|Episode||Episode 6: Grow Up! Little Turtle|
|Features||Special capabilities including flying ability|
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.’
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.
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.
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.)