Amidst the unprecedented Kaiju Boom that arose in the wake of “Ultra Q” and “Ultraman” along with the Godzilla movies, kaijus appeared even in non-tokusatsu dramas.
Nakira is a kaiju that appeared in Episode 16 “Cute Kaiju Nakira” of the serial drama “Naite Tamaruka (I Never Cry)” aired on TBS, the same channel as the Ultra Series, from 1966 to 1968 with 80 episodes in all.
The show was a popular ninjō (人情: human emotion) drama meant to evoke tears and laughter among viewers portraying a good-natured male protagonist who works hard, even though a bit clumsily, against difficulties with different characters and settings in each complete story.
In the episode, Nakira was a costume monster designed by an ad agency worker in competition with a rival advertising company while I checked it out on the Internet as I myself don’t remember it.
It seems that the story conclusion was the ad agency worker managed to get the better of the rival agency by creating Nakira as an advertising character (the man himself was seemingly set to act Nakira wearing the costume).
The thing is that Nakira was a kaiju actually designed by Tohl Narita and sculpted by Ryosaku Takayama although it was set to have been created by the adman in the episode.
While Nakira looks like a human baby’s features were applied to a kaiju with Garamon or Pigmon-like projecting parts, what it looks like surely makes us aware it was just like a Narita-Takayama-made kaiju.
The name Nakira should have come from the Japanese verb naku, to cry or weep, in association with the show title.
The show “Naite Tamaruka” seems to have been produced featuring Kiyoshi Atsumi, Yukio Aoshima and Katsuo Nakamura while each of them played a different leading character according to the episode by turns, and Nakira appeared in the episode featuring Aoshima.
Aoshima (1932-2006) was a popular talent who served as the governor of Tokyo in later years, and you can find him to appear in Ultraman Episode 11 as a funny news reporter.
At any rate, Nakira might be called another extra kaiju created by Narita and Takayama along with Imora of “Kaiju Booska” hidden behind the commonly acknowledged Ultra Kaijus made by them.