Director Akio Jissoji #16

“Ultraman Zenyasai (Ultraman Eve Festival)” 1966

Moreover, it seems that they used some real-life young “pigs” to attract the audience’s attention in the show, although it is unthinkable by today’s standards, and that it caused an uproar as the pigs started running away even out of the theater (Suginami Kokaido/Public Hall) where the show was performed.

Although it was aired safely in time after Toshihiro Iijima had to work overnight to edit the film by trimming off unwanted blooper reels and adding the finished films from the Ultraman episodes that were already completed before the broadcasting, Jissoji, according to one of the books authored by Hiroko Sakurai (Akiko Fuji), went to the telecine company himself to remove his name from the credits as he was ashamed of the result of the stage show.


Jissoji’s act made Takashi Kakoi, TBS producer, so mad that Kakoi angrily asked Jissoji why he had got rid of his own name although Jissoji was in charge of the show. Jissoji seems to have said “Oh, no. I don’t think I deserve such an honor to have my name shown in the credits” or something trying to throw Kakoi off the track.

Sakurai points out in her book that the mess arose because they didn’t spend much time in rehearsing the show while the people including Jissoji were playing mahjiong the night before to let nature take its course about the show as they found it bothersome to rehearse carefully.

Sakurai writes in her book that, although Jissoji explained to her that it was a good time when people were allowed to do such sloppy things, Kakoi seems to have said to her about it, “I was at a loss for words.”


That being said, I like these stories about Jissoji as I believe it should have definitely been a more idyllic time than it is now back then so that people could live more freely with looser restrictions along with the stories about how Eiji Tsuburaya dealt with this extraordinary director as I have referred to it in these serial posts.

Well, while I think it is time to conclude my posts about Director Akio Jissoji with this entry, I don’t know how much helpful they have been to let you learn about the unique director with my limited knowledge and ability I believe fell far short of informing you of what he was really like, hoping my poorly written articles will not mislead you by dishonoring his great achievements as a highly reputed director.

Lastly, I would like to introduce Jissoji’s word about Eiji Tsuburaya that makes me miss the idyllic time while it seems to illustrate how much Eiji cared for the young people who were following him without blocking them from developing:

“Oyaji-san (Big Daddy, Eiji was nicknamed as such) was so kind to me. He let me film anything I liked.”

4 thoughts on “Director Akio Jissoji #16”

  1. What a great drawing, Pisit! It made me laugh! I love the expression on Ultraman’s face as he is falling down the stairs, and I also love how there is so much action crammed into this one scene that it makes you feel the chaos of the production. Thank you once again for sharing your artwork with us!

    These anecdotes about Jissoji have been very enjoyable to read! I’m still very slowly reading the Jissoji Akio Kenkyu Tokuhon I mentioned before, and now it seems there’s another Jissoji book that I would like to try and read (the one you mentioned in Akio Jissoji #12). Even though I read Japanese very slowly, your posts make me enthusiastic about these topics, and I feel inspired to continue to work hard at reading these books!

    1. You can say that again, RT! Pisit’s excellent skill of drawing is just amazing with the one panel with so many things in it while it can be easily understood what is happening and with so much expressiveness. I also like his ink stokes which make me feel the momentum!

      Also, thanks for your nice words for my articles. Glad to know that you have enjoyed them. Yeah, I know. It takes me so much time to read in English too. In my case, it takes a long time as nice English expressions and words I don’t know which keep coming up while reading tend to distract me from concentrating on the content!

      Don’t work too hard, RT, though! 🙂

  2. If I didn’t not read your article, I wouldn’t have imagined these things…… Ultraman fell down the stairway on the stage, Pigmon fell down to the floor as its head came off and Antler appeared with its body suit worn back to front ! and pigs! Thank for Amazing stories about Amazing person.

    1. What a great job as always, Pisit-san! You draw things amazingly quickly! This is just great and hilarious! One thing, sorry for my poor English description I have just corrected now… The part worn back to front by the Antler actor was its body, instead of its head. 🙂 But it is so nice anyway!

      Thanks for sharing your fabulous work with us again!

      p.s. It has always surprised me…you must read Japanese very well!

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