Story behind the Story

-Ichiro Mizuki was originally supposed to sing the theme song of Kamen Rider Super1- (from an interview article with Shunsuke Takasugi) After the press conference for the new series,Kamen Rider Super1, they threw a party. One of the staff said, "Takasugi-kun is the leading character so we must know about him as much as possible. I guess he should sing Karaoke to make strong impression on us." The people there cheered up and asked him to sing. Takasugi was reluctant to sing a song in public but he had no choices, so he did his best. One producer of Columbia ...
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Masao Nakasone, a voice actor was chosen as Ultraman(voice), but on the day of recording, he accidentally couldn't show up on time because he was late for the recording for episode one. So someone had to do Ultraman's voice. Hajime Tsuburaya tried acting Ultraman at first, but it wasn't good. Consequently Hisashi Kondo, the recording engineer read the lines in episode one. Later he played Ultraman (voice) in the final episode. Rumor has it that Masao Nakasone was scolded by Mr.Tsuburaya harshly later. He consequently missed the chance to act Ultraman's 'speaking' but he could still have chance to act ...
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The actor who was in suit of 'Daimajin' was Chikara Hashimoto, ex-professinal baseball player. Hashimoto tried hard not to blink even though the studio was filled with powder dust and cork powder in the air. His effort made his eyes get bloodshot. Glaring at camera with his bloodshot eyes gave a great impression of anger and furious look. This 'bloodshot eyes' got to become his icon. Yoshiyuki Kuroda, SFX director of 'Daimajin' highly acclaimed "the power of the eyes". He cast Hashimoto in the role of 'Daimon', main character of villain in 'Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare' The late Akira ...
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According to Kazuho Mitsuta, a director and producer of Ultraseven, at planning stage, Dan Moroboshi performed by Koji Moritsugu was a mere driver of Ultra-Keibitai (The Ultra Guard), not a regular member. He was supposed to overcome a lot of hardships and then admitted as a regular member. However Mr.Moritsugu didn't have a driver's license back then, so he was set to be a regular member from the beginning. For your information Kazuho Mitsuta played the announcements in The Ultra Guard Base. You can hear his voice at the scene of Ultra-Hawk's launching. Pointer was GREATLY-MODIFIED Chrysler Imperial '57 ...
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This is Great Doctor Lee Keflen in "Choushinsei Flashman" and the actor Kouji Shimizu who portrayed Keflen. According to an interview article on Shimizu, when he got an offer for Keflen, he asked his son if his son would mind his dad playing the villain in TV show which was highly expected to be watched by his son's friends. He seriously worried that his son could got bullied just because of the son of the enemy of kid's hero.His son said he wouldn't mind at all, so Shimizu decided to accept the offer. Jiro Miyaguchi, who is well known ...
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This is "怪傑透明ウルトラエース(Swift Invisible Ultra A)" created by Marusan co. It's obviously a bogus hero-like figure. It seems that the production intended to make grown-ups who have little knowledge on hero program buy as souvenir for their kids by making them confusing actually TV-aired hero character. However this fake stuff brought about one of the greatest incidents on Tokusatsu history. The sequel of "帰ってきたウルトラマン(Ultraman JACK or Ultraman the Return)" was supposed to be "Ultra Ace" not "Ultraman Ace". Tsuburaya production was planning to name this series as "Ultra series" rather than "Ultra-MAN" series. Actually the trailer aired on the ...
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This man is SSS9, who is a spy and assassin playing a prominent part in the events of Godzilla vs. Biollante. Believe it or not, he wasn't an actor but a chief executive of '1st.Avenue', an ad production. He came to the shooting site to serve as an interpreter for the foreign actors who portrayed Bio-Major Spies. However he happened to be employed as an 'actor' on the spot. ...
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At the planning stage, name of 6th Ultra warrior was 'Ultraman Star'. Then 'Ultraman Jack' was floated as the top candidate. However in those days hijack was a serious social problem, and 'Jack' could be associated with a negative image. So 'Ultraman Jack' was turned down. In the end 'Ultraman Taro' was officially adopted. Taro used to be a common name for Japanese male especially for the first son. My performing Ultraman Taro's theme on piano ...
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#1 KAMEN RIDER ZX BEATS A SNATCHER Shun Sugata a.k.a Ryo Murasame/Kamen Rider ZX has been officially commended by Mejiro Tokyo police department for arresting a bag snatcher in Dec. 2005. According to Sugata, on his way home he heard a woman screaming "Bag Snatcher!!!"and the next moment he saw the criminal running away.  Sugata chased the snatcher and tracked down to the dead-end street. Then the grabber rushed toward him. With the help of a passing mail man, ex-Rider overpowered the culprit. Later he said the hold technique of Jiu-Jutsu skill had also helped him a lot. He joked ...
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In May 1972, The staff of Kamen Rider got shocked. Hiroshi Fujioka ran away from filming of Kamen Rider. Through the media even kids got to know this incident. According to the media, Fujioka had auditioned a drama titled “Akahige” supposed to start airing on October 6 1972. Fujioka had successfully got a role of Noboru Yasumoto, an important character in the drama. The appearance on this drama would give Fujioka much more popularity. However, Toei company hadn’t been informed of his audition, and it had already decided to secure a booking at Kamen Rider. Appearing both on 'Kamen Rider' ...
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1. Those called ‘Professor’ or 'Doctor’ basically can do anything, know everything regardless of their specialty. 2. People attacked by venomous monster turn too much pale, suffering with mysterious symptom without any treatment, but get well naturally right after the monster’s death. 3. Most monsters can’t die without explosion. 4. Mechanical robots with AI (Artificial Intelligence) can do anything. 5. The blueprint of a gigantic robot with futuristic technology needs only one-large paper. 6. Automatic doors in secret base open upward, moving vertically. 7. When heroes sneak into a secret base of their enemy, the villains are usually discuss their ...
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# A FIELD OF VIEW WHEN IN GODZILLA’S SUIT This is difficult to explain. Right after putting on the heavy-suit over 100kg (222lbs), you can see outside VAGUELY through small 12 holes on the throat of Godzilla. These holes called ‘Inochi-ana (life holes)’. However you will soon lose visual contact due to sweat dripping down your forehead. And Godzilla is not always on ground. Many of you can remember scenes where the Big-G walking from the ocean toward the land. In this case you are into a large pool in Toho studio, putting on goggle. You can get the sight ...
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