GAMERON

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Episode Episode 6: Grow Up! Little Turtle
Alias Giant Turtle
Height 99 centimeters
Weight 1 ton
Homeplace Tokyo
Features Special capabilities including flying ability
Designer Undescribed
Sculptor Eizo Kaimai
Actor Yukio Fukutome

Gameron (this name was left unused in the show) is the giant turtle that a squirtle turtle raised by Taro grew up into.

Taro, 5th grade boy, had believed that, if the turtle grew up to the size of 99 centimeters, it would take him to Ryugujo, literally Dragon Palace Castle, imaginary palace cited in a Japanese famous folk tale ‘Taro Urashima.’

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Gameron with Taro on its back flying over Tokyo

The folk tale is not only for this episode but does exist, and it’s a story about Taro Urashima who saved a turtle being teased by unruly boys on the beach and was taken to the undersea Ryugujo at the invitation of the turtle appreciating his help.

In the folk tale, Taro met Otohime (princess) there and was entertained with a big meal in the palace more than picturesque.

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Gameron with blinkers on the shell end

As the Taro of this episode longed for it, he told Gameron to take him to the undersea palace when it had grown big enough.

Gameron has super abilities to walk through walls or to fly in the sky, and, oddly enough, has turn signals and speedometer (it indicated Mach 3 when flying) on the body.

And a speedometer on the back
And a speedometer on the back…

While it’s also capable to swim underwater in the sea at a high speed, Gameron with Taro on its back reached the deep sea palace at last.

Incidentally, Gamera (Gammera) is the forerunner of a flying turtle monster as its first movie produced by Daiei (no longer existing) was shown in 1965 ahead of Ultra Q (1966).

Both names surely came from kame, the Japanese term for turtle/tortoise. (Game is just for making the names sound stronger than kame.)

It shows up with a part of the shell flipping up
It shows up with a part of the shell flipping up

2 thoughts on “GAMERON”

  1. Never seen this episode or heard of this monster before. It looks so funny! I imagine kids fans of Gamera must have been pretty happy to see such a monster on tv.

    1. Yes, absolutely!
      It was exactly the transition period from movies, pivotal entertainment at the time, to television shows.
      And there was actually a time in those days when keeping a squirtle turtle became popular among kids in Japan. 🙂

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