I recently came across the toy exhibition of the characters created by Go Nagai at Seibu Department Store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. While it is not related to the Ultra Series predominantly covered on this blog, let me show you what it looked like.
It seems that this event was held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Go Nagai’s career as a manga artist.
Although I am not following his manga works lately, there should be people who like his characters among my readers, and it surely makes me feel nostalgic as well.
Mazinger and Devilman were nice enough to warmly welcome me at the entrance. Actually I visited his manga production company Dynamic Production several times as a fan when I was a kid to see how manga products were created back then (it is unbelievable from today’s standpoint that fans were allowed to get in at that time) when Mazinger and Devilman were serialized in manga magazines.
I remember I was amazed at what the manga version Devilaman looked like when one of my friends showed the manga magazine to me as I only knew the anime version of Devilman that just started airing in those days.
While I was drawn to the manga version Devilaman who looked more monsterous, the anime version makes me aware he is attractive enough in himself when reviewed now as he looks more like a hero.
It is known that the character was created to make it look like an American comic superhero while applying the shape of a bat to its head, and it is said that the design was modified into the manga version for readers at a higher age than anime viewers.