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“Seven” without monsters

Commander Robot in his room (Episode 43)

It is known the producers had a hard time with the deteriorating viewer rates and the rising production cost for the latter half of the series of “Ultra Seven.”

As a last-ditch measure, some episodes were produced without suits.

While one of them is Episode 37 “The Stolen Ultra Eye” featuring Maya as previously posted, there is another one ahead which is Episode 33 titled “The Dead Invaders.”

This one is a story about the spirit of dead people (Shadow Man) used for invasion by the unidentified alien which doesn’t appear at all.


He plots colonization of Earth

Episode 43 “Nightmare on Planet 4” directed by Akio Jissoji also features only humans.

To be more correct, they are set as robots just like humans.

Commander Robot and Officer Robot are played by undisguised actors without suits.

It is about Planet 4 where humans are dominated by humanoid robots though identical to Earth in appearance.


Ultra Seven smashes the Earth invasion force of Planet 4

I hear Mr. Jissoji, who co-wrote the script, produced this episode inspired by a Jean-Luc Godard’s movie “Alphaville.” (I haven’t seen it.)

He wanted to realize a science fiction drama with as few SFX props as possible, which he says in his book didn’t do well.

The room where Commander Robot stays is very much surreal.

It is said Mr. Jissoji came up with the idea of the room inspired by Ames Room.

Funny monsters

Gavadon just asleep (Episode 15)

Even only through the early Ultra Series, a variety of monsters appear.

As posted yesterday, there are those which are not necessarily bad.

Following the post of yesterday, I’d like to talk about Gavadon, Skydon and Seabose all appearing in “Ultraman.”

All of these are unique monsters produced by the combination of Mamoru Sasaki (screenwriter) and Akio Jissoji (director) .

Akio Jissoji is the director called “the maverick of Ultra.”


Skydon just hopelessly heavy (Episode 34)

He produced a number of unique episodes with Mamoru Sasaki in perfect harmony.

In the drama, Gavadon is the monster born of children’s graffiti.

The children loves Gavadon.

It’s funny to see Gavadon asleep much of the time.

While Ultraman battles with Gavadon, the children yell at Ultraman to go home.

It is ironical to see the hero for children treated like the enemy of them.

Such an upside-down idea is just like Mr. Jissoji and Mr. Sasaki.


Seabose just homesick (Episode 35)

Skydon is just hopelessly heavy and does nothing in particular almost asleep.

The episode comically, or ironically, depicts the SSSP members running around in confusion over how to handle the monster just heavy.

Seabose mistakenly came from the monster cemetery in the space.

It has no intention to do harm and  just wishes to go back to the space.

The SSSP and Ultraman have much trouble with Seabose which keeps roaring sadly looking up at the sky wishing to go back home.