|Episode||Episode 10: The Underground Super Express Goes West|
|Features||The first life form to have been artificially created|
|Voice||Masao Nakasone (words uttered at the end; Nakasone is the voice actor who provided his voice for Ultraman’s shout)|
M1 is the life form artificially created for the first time in human history by Dr. Aikawa.
After its unstable cells were sealed in a high pressure cylinder to prevent cell division, it was initially to be transported by air to a research institute in Osaka by the Hoshikawa Aviation for which Manjome and Ippei work.
But it was mistakenly loaded in the Underground Super Express Inazuma (lightening) about to go on a public trial run.
The Inazuma is (fictionally) a high speed train that connects Tokyo to Kitakyushu in 3 hours at 450 kilometers (279.6 miles) per hour.
The cylinder ended up being stored in the storage locker of the train made of special alloy just after a newspaper reporter took pictures of it.
And the cells reacted to the flash and shaped into a human-sized life form like an ape man as the strong light promoted cell division.
Although it is not an aggressive kaiju but a docile, charming one with humorous behavior, fiddling with the control device in the Inazuma’s cockpit, M1 made the Super Express Train run out of control.
In the end, the first car of the train disconnected from the passenger cars smashed into the car stop with M1 and Itachi (meaning weasel; played by Tetsuo Yamamura), mischievous shoe shine boy who sneaked into the train out of curiosity, on board and exploded enormously.
The impact hurled M1 and the storage locker with Itachi inside into space, and the two started turning around Earth in a comical way.
While it’s hard for me to understand what the ending stands for, the words uttered by M1 at the very end of the episode came from the call sign Chaika (seagull) of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to have flown into space in Vostok 6 in 1963.
The name M1 is said to represent ‘man-made one.’