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No.30
・Farewell, Kochi-power Research Institute! Fly away to the sky of hope!
・Books to learn more about “Return of Ultraman”
・Grand sumo tournament with soft vinyl monster dolls (special edition)

さらば東風力研究所!希望の空へとんで行け!

News from Kochi-power Research Institute (Part 30)

〇 (Synopsis up to the last time) After making enemies of Pandai, a major toy manufacturer, Nyantendo, a major video game software manufacturer, and Tsuburana Productions, a major TV production company, Kochi-power Research Institute continues to ignore warnings from the three companies, resulting in an all-out war with them. Professor Kochitarō, the institute director, fights back with the robot army of the Mitori Shokai against the Pandai army, which attacked with giant robots such as Bidō-senshi Pandam, but Ultrajin Jackie, to whom Hidebu Gō transformed, suddenly appears and accidentally fires the Suberium ray at the robot army belonging to the institute, wiping them out. The professor is so frustrated that he detonates his trump card, the Blasting Robot, and succeeds in annihilating the Pandai army, including the enemy general Reiji Tamuro. However, their joy is short-lived, as they are now trapped by the Nyantendo army with its horde of Larios and the Tsuburana Pro army with many Ultrajins. The professor returns to the institute alone to carry out his final mission to blow up the water pipe connecting the institute to Lake Yamanaka and submerge the institute. Meanwhile, his assistant Kochijirō, suddenly transformed into a giant by the Jet Jiger Unit the professor had planted in his body, attacks the Tsuburana Pro army in order to stop the Ultrajins…


 Bumo~ (1)
〇 Jirō, who had grown large and lost his mind, attacked the Ultrajins. The Ultrajins flinched for a moment at the mad robot’s onslaught, but soon each of them launched their own beams.
 Ouch, it’s not fair to use the beams all at once.
〇 At that moment, a man stands in front of the Ultrajins. He was Chopin Yamato, (2) the Ultrajin Teacher!
 Guys, stop. Yeti!
〇 Yamato transformed into the Ultrajin Yeti (3) and spoke to Jirō.
 Each Ultrajin is a hero, and the Ultrajin series are not Rangers series. It’s not our style to kill a single enemy with a large number of Ultrajins. How about we settle this in the one-on-one battle? You can choose your opponent.
 You are indeed an educator. Now, Mr. Yeti, I will fight you.
〇 “Hang in there~!" Yeti’s girlfriend, Yullian Retriever,(4) is waving at him.
 Come on, let’s get started!
(Note)
(1) In the last episode of “Return of Ultraman," when the Alien Bat became huge, he let out the same kind of shout.
(2) The main character of “Ultraman 80" was Takeshi Yamato, but the nickname of the lead actor, Hatsunori Hasegawa, was “Chopin," so I think the name “Chopin Yamato" was coined.
(3) It looks like “Ultraman 80," but the “Yeti" refers to an abominable snowman.
(4) There is a female comedian with a very similar name, “Yuriyan・Retriever."


〇 Meanwhile, the professor was fighting a horde of Larios in the laboratory. The Larios, as their name implies, attacked the professor one after another with their crazy eyes.
 Kochi-power beam! (5)
 Mōkatte makka? Voltekka, continuous firing! (6)
 Solar Sword, Aurora Prizuma Return! (7)
〇 The professor unleashed one special move after another, but Larios were still jumping up and down and coming at him in droves. One of them invaded the greenhouse in the institute.
 Wow, mushrooms, mushrooms.
〇 When the Lario came into contact with the Madango,(8) Kinokomorugus, (9) Kinokorugen, (10) and other mushrooms that were growing in the greenhouse, he transformed into a giant Super Lario! (11)
 Oh no, Super Lario can’t be killed by a single attack. It is this far…
〇 The professor was disappointed, but suddenly a vagabond appeared in front of him.
 Aim for the slightly inside, and hit it like your fist is twisting, hit it, hit it! (12)
〇 After taking three strong jabs with the tennis racket, Super Lario returned to Lario form and died.
 Oh, you’re Joemi Oka, the “Joemi of Ace" (13) of the West High School tennis team, who made a limited public appearance at the 3rd “Kochi-ism"!
 Heh, I’m completely late because of my match against Reika Rikiishi, (14) Madam Mantis. Now, come at me from anywhere, you crazy bastards!
 All right, I’ve asked you to do the rest, Joemi-san.

パルタン星人Jr.

〇 Joemi started a huge brawl with the horde of Larios all by himself. He is indeed the man who destroyed Wolf Midorikawa's (15) jaw and beat up Goromaki Kondō. (16) The professor hurried to the top floor of the institute. But there was a suspicious shadow watching him on the monitor…
 Hmm, he’s an idiot. He’s going to jump in here just like the scenario I’ve outlined. (17)
(Note)
(5) See “Kochi-ism" Vol.1 and 2.
(6) See “Kochi-ism" Vol.7. “Mōkatte makka" is an everyday greeting heard in the Kansai area and its meaning is “Are you making money?" I guess it’s used just because it has a similar ending to “Voltekka."
(7) See “Kochi-ism" Vol.25. Correctly, it’s “Aurora Plasma Return."
(8) It is probably a variant of the Matango from the movie “Attack of the Mashroom People."
(9) I think it’s a variant of the Kinokomorugu from “Kamen Rider."
(10) I think it’s a variant of the Kinokorge from “Barom-1."
(11) Of course, when Lario grows up, he’ll be Super Lario, right?
(12) In “Tomorrow’s Joe," Danpei sent a letter to Joe in the juvenile prison. The letter, “For Tomorrow (Part 1)," contained the correct way to shoot a jab.
(13) A gag manga created by the professor who took the liberty of merging “Tomorrow’s Joe" and “Aim for the Ace!" The protagonist, Joemi Oka (Joe Yabuki and Hiromi Oka are united, gender unknown), goes on a tennis rampage.
(14) Tōru Rikiishi and Reika Ryūzaki are combined into one, and is Joemi’s biggest rivals. Gender unknown. Reika Ryūzaki was called “Madam Butterfly," but “Madam Mantis" is a pornographic film starring Midori Satsuki.
(15) The name is a combination of Wolf Kanagushi and Ranko Midorikawa. Gender unknown.
(16) In “Tomorrow’s Joe," there is a character named Goromaki Gondō.

(17) A line from Alien Baltan Jr. in episode 41 of “Return of Ultraman."


〇 Outside the institute, Yullian was crying next to the Yeti that had been beaten to a pulp by Jirō. Ultrajin Yeti didn’t know that summer was much hotter than it was in the 1980s.
 I’ve won. You can all go back to the Tsuburana warehouses. (18)
〇 Just as the Ultrajins, who were mumbling and complaining, were about to leave the institute, Soffy, (19) Ultra Seppun, (20) and Ultrajin Darō (21) of the Space Patrol flew in with a shout “Wait a minute!" Soffy attacked, saying, “I don’t know what the Yeti said, but the crime of mocking me, the captain of the Space Patrol, on your blog deserves to die." Yes, that’s right, said the Ultrajins who were preparing to leave, and attacked Jirō again. Even Jiro, as expected, was hit by the onslaught of the Ultrajins, and finally fell to the ground.
 Professor, I’m sorry…

ゴジラースとアンヌ秀明

〇 At that moment, with a loud roar, a huge monster appeared and launched a fire attack at the Ultrajins.
 That’s Godzillas. (22) Why is he here…
〇 The Ultrajins scattered and fled. Godzillas was 120 meters tall, three times as tall as the Ultrajins. On his hand is a man…
 You’re the film director, Anne Hideaki! (23) So, that’s Shin Godzillas! (24)
 That’s right. Since you guys don’t believe in the power of computer graphics (CG), I’m here to prove it to you. If I don’t get more publicity for the greatness of CG, it will affect the box office results for “Shin Ultrajin (25) and “Shin Omen Rider" (26) that are currently in production.
〇 Encouraged, Jirō stood up again and ran towards the Ultrajins, shouting that “Shin Shin Obake no O-taro" (27) should also be made into a movie.
(Note)
(18) “Tsuburaya warehouses" is not the name of an actual warehouse, but a series of colored figures by Bandai that are reproductions of filming props and other items found in Tsuburaya Productions’ warehouses.
(19) The name is similar to Zoffy.
(20) The name is similar to Ultraseven, but “Seppun" means kissing.
(21) The name is similar to Ultraman Taro, but “Darō" means “maybe."
(22) The name is probably a combination of Godzilla and Jirass.
(23) The actual person is Hideaki Anno. You know that “Anne" is a female member of the team in “Ultraseven," right?
(24) I guess it is imitating “Shin Godzilla."
(25) I guess it’s a movie like “Shin Ultraman."
(26) I guess it’s a movie like “Shin Kamen Rider." “Omen" is a toy mask worn by children.
(27) An anime called “Shin Obake no Q-taro" was aired in 1971, but I’ve never heard of “O-taro." Incidentally, Q-taro’s younger brother is called O-jiro.


〇 When the professor reached the top floor of the institute, he finally put his hand on the detonator. Just then, a large pair of scissors swept away the professor’s hand.
 Alien Paltan Jr.! (28) Why are you here?
 I’ve come to take advantage of this opportunity to take revenge on you because you’ve been neglecting my clan by saying that the Ultrajins’ greatest rival is Z-tom! (29) Take a look!

ピルガモ

〇 From behind Jr., a huge robot appeared and headed towards the professor.
 Hahaha, that’s my Operation Pillgamo. (30)
This was the terrifying strategy of Alien Partan Jr.. Extremely despicable operation by the robot monster Pillgamo. Pillgamo was the devil’s messenger with a mission to ruin Yamanashi Prefecture, destroy the Kochi-power Research Institute , and assassinate the Professor and Jirō. (31)
 Obā Shooting Bees-Stingers Phenomenon!! (32)
〇 The professor’s special move does not work for Pillgamo either. The professor was cornered to the nook of the room. The professor is in danger! The next moment, he thought to hear a swooshing sound and Pillgamo’s one arm flew through the air. Then a ronin appeared with a sword in his hand.
 You are Hyōgo Hanayama, (33) played by the famous actor of yesteryear, Jūshimatsu Konoe! (34)
 I’ve come to thank you for remembering and featuring me. Now, come on.
〇 As expected of Hyōgo Hanayama, a master of the sword. Pillgamo was cut down in no time at all. Next, Hyōgo closed the distance between him and the Alien Paltan little by little. Paltan seemed to have given up completely, but…
 I didn’t lose the game. The game is still in the first inning. I’ll surely be back to get your life. Farewell, Kochitaro! (35)
As soon as he said that, he took off toward the sky. The professor fired a ray at the fleeing Paltan.
 Zeperium Beam!(36)
〇 Paltan Jr. suffered severe burns on his back and he fell toward the ground screaming “Seiji~." (37)
 You have to save your trump card until the end. (38) It may only be the top of the first inning, but I won cold.
〇 Then, Joemi came running up the stairs, being out of breath.
 Those crazy bastards are too many to stop. They’ll be coming up here soon. While we’re stalling here, hit the time bomb switch and escape through the emergency exit.
 But do you know what will happen to you?
〇 Joemi and Hyōgo looked at each other and smiled.
 Haven’t you noticed? I’ve already burned out and turned into pure white ash. (39)
 I was bored with fishing with my son Hiroki Umekata, (40) so I just came to visit. I will return to where I should be when the time comes.
 I didn’t know that. I’ll never forget this favor. I am also ill and will be coming there soon, thank you.
〇 The professor switched on the time bomb, and left the room through the emergency exit. At the same time, a group of hundreds of Larios flooded into the room.
 All right, it’s been a long time since I’ve gone wild!
 His eyes look like the beast(41) Well, there’s okara (42) and good sake waiting for me when I’m done. Let’s do this!
〇 Joemi and Hyōgo boldly jumped into horde of Larios.
(Note)
(28) The name is very similar to Baltan Jr..
(29) The name is very similar to Z-ton.
(30) A line from Alien Baltan Jr. in episode 41 of “Return of Ultraman."
(31) It looks just like the narration in episode 41 of “Return of Ultraman."
(32) See “Kochi-ism" Vol.17. Instead of “Baoh," it’s “Obā," which means old lady.
(33) The name is a combination of “Hyōgo Tsukikage" and “Daikichi Hanayama," two of the professor’s favorite samurai dramas.
(34) The real person was a great actor named Jūshirō Konoe. And there is a bird called “Jūshimatsu."
(35) A line from Alien Baltan Jr. in episode 41 of “Return of Ultraman."
(36) See “Kochi-ism" Vol.20. It is similar to Ultraman Tiga's “Zeperion Beam."
(37) There is a comedian named “Chihara Jr." who often talks about his older brother, “Seiji."
(38) I heard it’s a line from a character in the Gundam series.
(39) In the last episode of “Tomorrow’s Joe," Joe closes his eyes and says, “I’m burned… burned out… to pure white ash.
(40) Jūshirō Konoe's son was also a famous actor, Hiroki Matsukata. He liked fishing. There is no man called Umekata.
(41) In the first episode of “Tomorrow’s Joe," when Danpei looked at Joe, he said, “That’s the eye of the beast!
(42) Both “Hyōgo Tsukikage" and “Daikichi Hanayama" loved okara. Okara is the dregs of the soybeans used to make tofu, and is a favorite food in East Asia.


〇 Three, two, one… Boom! The explosion blew out the huge water conduit that connected Lake Yamanaka to the institute, and a huge amount of water rushed down the mountain in a torrent. The institute at the foot of the mountain was quickly submerged, and for a while, even the rooftops were covered in black water, but eventually the water receded and a large number of Lario’s corpses floated to the surface. Seeing this, the Nyantendo army began to retreat, and the Tsuburana Pro army eventually pulled out as the Ultrajins were driven out by the Godzillas.

 Professor! Are you all right?
 Oh, looks like you’re back to the normal size after being soaked in water. That’s good.
 But we’ve lost everything.
 Not really. Come here for a minute.
〇 The professors descended through a secret passageway into the deep underground of the institute. There was a large hangar in the basement, and what Jirō saw was a huge, bright red fighter jet.
 It’s the mobile base I’ve been secretly developing, Jean-Paul Phoenix! (43) Here we go, Jiro!
 Yes! It’s not safe here. Let’s resume our activities somewhere else.
 ♪ Our dreams, our big hopes, oh phoenix ♪ (44)
〇 Jean-Paul Phoenix took off into the sunset. Ultrajin Jackie and Godzillas saw it off with a smile. Goodbye, Kochi-power Research Institute. Goodbye, Professor and Jirō. (The end)
(Note)
(43) The name is an imitation of Jumbo Phoenix from “Mirrorman," but it is a tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo, the famous actor who died recently.
(44) The lyrics are very similar to the song, “Jumbo Phoenix Towards the Morning Sun."

Books to learn more about “Return of Ultraman"

In this final installment, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the airing of “Return of Ultraman," I will introduce books for further information about the program, in order of the year of first publication. Of course, this is not a complete list of all relevant books, just the ones I have on hand. I would like to tell that I have not purchased many books, especially those that have been published in recent years, as they seem to lack novelty.

小学館 怪獣図解入門

(1) Shogakukan Introductory Encyclopedia Series 18 “Illustrated Introduction to Monsters" (composition and commentary by Shōji Ōtomo, Shogakukan, first published in 1972/7)
This series, along with No.15 “Introduction to Ultra Monsters," was a favorite reading for children at the time. This is a long-lasting book, and I think the new Heisei edition is still available. In addition to the monsters featured in Asahi Sonorama's “Monster Anatomy Book," 29 monsters are featured from “Return of Ultraman."

勁文社 全怪獣怪人大百科

(2) Keibunsha’s Encyclopedia “All Monsters and Phantoms Encyclopedia" 1978 edition (Keibunsha, first published in 1977/12)
This book is not specific to “Return of Ultraman," but it was useful for researching monsters and phantoms from various TV shows during the second monster boom. This 1978 edition bears the memorable number 1 on its back.

勁文社 ウルトラマン大百科

(3) Keibunsha’s Encyclopedia “Ultraman Encyclopedia" (Keibunsha, first published in 1978/8)
It was an earlier book than Asahi Sonorama’s Fantastic Collection “Ultraman Part II," and covered the seven films up to “Ultraman Leo," so I think it sold well at the time. Many of the authors and collaborators are still active writers, and I believe that the information on each work is accurate and complete.

朝日ソノラマ ウルトラマンPARTⅡ

(4) Fantastic Collection No.10 “The Wonderful World of Fantastic Special Effect Videos: Ultraman Part II" (Asahi Sonorama, first published in 1978/12)
It’s been seven months since the publication of “The Wonderful World of Fantastic Special Effect Videos: Ultraman," the Fan-Colle No. 2 that sparked the second monster boom. The book gave a harsh evaluation of the second Ultra series, and due to the backlash from fans, it seems to have turned around and added an article evaluating the series in the expanded and revised edition, but I think what it wrote in the first edition is “completely correct." As an elementary school student who was an avid “Ultra" fan, I stopped watching the Ultra series midway through “Ultraman Ace," and I’m sure many people who were viewers during that era share the same opinion.

朝日ソノラマ 華麗なる円谷特撮の世界 ミラーマン、ジャンボーグA、ファイヤーマン

(5) Fantastic Collection No.16 “The Splendid World of Tsuburaya Special Effects: Mirrorman, Jumborg Ace, Magma Man" (Asahi Sonorama, first published in 1979/9)
This is a book that has nothing to do with “Return of Ultraman," but Toshio Sakai's article on “Mirrorman" is all about the mess surrounding the special effects before and after the production of “Return of Ultraman." The content can be taken as the resentful complaint of Mr. Sakai, such as pointing anger at Tsuburaya Productions’ rudeness toward the declining Toho Pictures was directed at his benefactor, President Hajime Tsuburaya. I think that the view of “Return of Ultraman" will change If you know these facts, so I introduced this book for reference.

朝日ソノラマ 隔月刊 宇宙船

(6) Bimonthly “Uchūsen" Vol.19 (Asahi Sonorama, published in 1984/8)
A special feature on “Return of Ultraman" has been posted. The conversation between the then young Jirō Dan and Rumi Sakakibara is a must-see, with Mr. Dan saying he was in love with Mrs. Sakakibara at the time, and Mrs. Sakakibara replying, “Mr. Dan had a girlfriend."

朝日ソノラマ 帰ってきたウルトラマン怪獣事典

(7) Uchūsen Bunko “Return of Ultraman Monster Encyclopedia" (Asahi Sonorama, first published in 1986/3)
It is basically a handy type of monster illustrated book, but it contains many rare photos in addition to monsters, making it a good buy. Asahi Sonorama finally didn’t release a film story book for “Return of Ultraman," but it made up for it with visual books featuring mostly photos, which I will introduce later.

講談社 ウルトラマン大全集Ⅱ

(8) TV Magazine Special Edition “Ultraman encyclopedia II" (Kodansha, first published in 1987/8/15)
If you have this book and the Fan-Colle introduced in (4), you will have all the information you need about the second Ultra series. The book’s “Three Major Creator Roundtable: The Monument of the Ultra Series" is very interesting as it gives us a glimpse into the relationship between the producer Yōji Hashimoto and scenario writers Tetsuo Kinjō and Shinichi Ichikawa at the time. Also unusually, Kō Mitsui and Nobuo Tsukamoto participated in the “Return of Ultraman Roundtable," and you can hear valuable behind-the-scenes stories from the filming. 

朝日ソノラマ 帰ってきたウルトラマングラフィティ

(9) Uchūsen separate volume “Return of Ultraman Graffiti" (Asahi Sonorama, published in 1987/8/25)
Because the pages alternate between color and black-and-white, there are many black-and-white photos, but there is nothing like this book for snapshots of the performers. There are also many photos of monsters from unusual angles, making this a valuable book that is a must-have for fans.

風塵社 ウルトラマンダンディー

(10) “The Man Who Performed the Return of Ultraman: Ultraman Dundee" (author: Eiichi Kikuchi, Fūjinsha, first published in 1995/8 )
I thought it would be a book about the life of the actor Kikuchi, but that part is only in passing, and most of the pages are devoted to Kikuchi’s review of all the episodes of “Return of Ultraman" with Minoru Kawasaki, and a three-way conversation with Mr. Kawasaki and Jirō Dan. I was surprised to learn that Mr. Kikuchi went to the limit of his mental and physical capabilities in “Return of Ultraman" to the extent that he turned down a request to be a costumed actor for “Ultraman Ace." On the other hand, I have to deduct points for the fact that Mr. Kawasaki was so engrossed in his conversation with Mr. Dan that he didn’t get to hear much of what Mr. Kikuchi had to say.

辰巳出版 帰ってきた帰ってきたウルトラマン

(11) Tatsumi Mook “Verification: The Second Ultra Boom: Return of 'Return of Ultraman’ " (Tatsumi Publishing, first published in 1999/3)
This is one of the best books in my collection. It analyzes the works from various angles, and I am impressed and amazed by all of the articles. This is something that can only be written by a writer who knows and loves the work well. The articles “A Study of the Brothers in 'Return of Ultraman'" and “Return of Ultraman: Called Ultraman Jack" are what I can’t tell you how many times I’ve enjoyed.

竹書房 ウルトラマンプラモデル大鑑

(12) “Ultraman Plastic Model Encyclopedia" (Author: Mari Chimatsuri, Takeshobo, first published in 2002/10/4)
This is a terrific book that covers almost all the plastic models of the Ultra series that have been released so far. I happened to pick it up at the library, and was completely fascinated by it. In “Return of Ultraman," the first actual photos of the Bullmark “Arstron" and “Detton" have been published. I had never seen Marusan’s battery powered monster plastic models and it was only through the same book that I learned about them in their entirety.

竹書房 光の戦士三十五年の歩み ウルトラマン画報

(13) “Warrior of light 35-year trajectory: Ultraman Pictorial" (Takeshobo, first published in 2002/10/4)
It was published at the same time as the above. In the upper and lower volumes, 1,600 monsters that have appeared up to “Ultraman Cosmos" are complete in all colors. The images are much clearer than in previous monster picture books. I believe this is the first time that a relatively clear (and probably digitally processed) color photo of the Alien Meits has been published.

双葉社 帰ってきたウルトラマン大全

(14)"Returned of Ultraman Encyclopedia" (edited by Masahiko Shiraishi and Tomohiro Ogino, Futabasha, first published in 2003/1) 
With a total of 323 pages, this book is an overwhelming volume. It is filled with love for “Return of Ultraman." The interviews with the people involved at the end of the book are also rich, making it a first-class resource. The commentary on each story has a bit of a fanzine feel to it, which is a personal point deduction.

朝日ソノラマ 帰ってきたウルトラマンアルバム

(15)Fantastic Collection “Ultra Series: Return of Ultraman Album" (edited by Hiroshi Takeuchi, Asahi Sonorama, first published in 2003/2)
A collection of photographs created by Toshio Sakai, aka Hiroshi Takeuchi. This work was edited by collecting as many existing printed photographs as possible. Although there are not many spectacularly rare photos in the book, I think that his achievement should be more highly appreciated, because without this work, many of the photos would have been lost. This is also the last book related to “Return of Ultraman" published by Asahi Sonorama.

たちばな出版 帰ってきたウルトラマン大百科

(16)Reprint edition of “Return of Ultraman Encyclopedia" (Tachibana Publishing, first published in 2003/4)
Although it is properly described at the end of this book, the original is the Keibunsha edition published in 1990/12. Since it is basically aimed at children, Ultraman’s name has been standardized as “Jack," but the contents of the book will satisfy even the most discerning of fans with never-before-seen approaches, such as “Sakata-san’s famous lines," “Monster classification study," and “The trailer collection of all episodes."

ジェネオン・エンタテインメント 帰ってきたウルトラマン1971

(17)"Return of Ultraman 1971" (edited by Masumi Kaneda, Geneon Entertainment, first published in 2006/6)
This gorgeous book includes a booklet that visually looks back the world of “Return of Ultraman" along with the events in Japan at the time of its release, and a DVD with bonus footage and audio. Most valuable of all is the recording of Hideki Gō’s apology narration in episode 18, which was postponed for a week due to a special program on the All Nippon Airways plane crash.

ネコ・パブリッシング ウルトラ怪獣ソフビ完全アルバム

(18)Garage Life October extra issue “Soft Vinyl Ultra Monster Complete Album" (Neko Publishing, published in 2008/10)
This is a photo collection of Marusan-Bullmark type soft vinyl monsters from “Ultra Q" to “Ultraman Leo." The backgrounds of the photos are all black, and some of the dolls can’t be seen in detail depending on the lighting, which is a deducting point, but the book covers all the different variations and is useful when buying used items.

講談社 ウルトラマンが泣いている

(19)"Ultraman is Crying: The Failure of Tsuburaya Productions" (author: Hideaki Tsuburaya, Kodansha, first published in 2013/6)
Some may think it is whining from the side of the loser, but after reading it, it makes you think about many things. It is clear that films like “Ultraseven" and “Return of Ultraman" are not easy to produce in today’s society where companies are struggling with their relationships with many stakeholders. I think some people think that it is good that Tsuburaya Productions survived, just to be able to see a new Ultra series every six months. However, if the current management is only interested in the profits generated by the Ultraman content, they will have no choice but to continue to eat away at the assets of the past, and no new Seven or Jack (or even Tiga) will ever appear before us.

KKベストセラーズ 語れ!ウルトラマン 兄弟激闘編

(20)Best Mook Series 23 “Talk about Ultraman! Brothers Fierce Battle Edition" (KK Best Sellers, published in 2013/10)
It is a really interesting book that I have mentioned several times in this blog. There are not only unique articles like “Ultra Monster Theory of Evolution" but also high quality articles like “The Secrets of Showa Ultra’s Special Effects Techniques and Super Powerful Best Scenes." However, I was shocked to see that the first place in the “Best 30 Episodes of the 70s General Election" at the beginning of the book went to the Baraba and Ace Killer episodes of “Ultraman Ace," and the second place went to the Birdon trilogy of “Ultraman Taro." I can’t believe that the episode with Gudon and Twintail is ranked third, below these works!

マガジンハウス 大人のウルトラマン大図鑑

(21)Magazine House Mook “Ultraman Encyclopedia for Adults: The Second Ultraman Series Edition" (Magazine House, published in 2014/1)
This mook is somewhat similar to the above, but it also has many interesting articles in its own right, such as “Secret Making Still Pictures," “Tsuburaya Monster King of Kings," and “70’s Tsuburaya Monster Catalog by Costume Type." In addition, the all-color “70’s Tsuburaya Monster Imaginary Artist Biography" is spectacular, and the monster design drawings alone are enough to convince anyone that an exhibition could be held.

小学館 学年誌ウルトラ伝説

(22)"School-year-magazine Ultra Legend" (edited and written by Tetsushige Akiyama, Shogakukan, first published in 2017/7)
This is an amazing book that collects only feature articles about Ultra series, familiar to those who loved reading “〇th-grade of Elementary-school" at the time. You will be overwhelmed by a feverish Ultra World that you cannot see anywhere else. In particular, the article on “Ultra Ace," not “Ultraman Ace," which is introduced with the announcement of the final episode of “Return of Ultraman" is nostalgic and brings tears to my eyes.

ネコ・パブリッシング エンターテインメントアーカイブ帰ってきたウルトラマン

(23)Entertainment Archive “Return of Ultraman" (edited by Kōji Nakamura, Neko Publishing, first published in 2018/1)
This is the latest and last book that I own, but while the work has an appealingly detailed portrayal of human beings, the content is a parade of monster photos, and I’m not sure what it is trying to tell the reader. The same is true for “Mirrorman" from the same series. Introducing only monsters can only be seen as a lack of understanding and love for the work. Well, there are some people in the world who think that monsters and Mechas are more important than the content of a drama, so I recommend this book to those people.

Kochi-Grand sumo tournament with soft vinyl monster dolls (special edition)

I have picked up some of the best scenes from all the games, including the pre-tournament games, and introduce them below (excluding those covered in the highlights from the last issue). It is a bit long, so I hope you enjoy it when you have time.

Kochi-Grand sumo tournament: Impressive scenes

Finally greetings

This is the final post of the “Kochi-ism," which started in February 2021, and has completed 30 posts as originally planned. I would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone who has patronized my blog. I’m sure there were many people who complained that for the 70’s, I was too heavily focused on the Ultra series, and didn’t cover Toei works including “Kamen Rider," and other programs and animations, but please forgive me for saying that I didn’t have as many materials, images, and toys to provide you with information as I did for the Ultra series. Now, I plan to concentrate on my work for the time being, but I hope to be able to send out information in some form again. Each time, I also uploaded a poorly translated English version of “Kochi-ism." If you select “English" in the “Please select a language." box below the title, you will be switched to the English version. There are some images that are only uploaded to the English version, so please have a look when you have time. If you have any suggestions, such as “We don’t use this kind of expression in English," I would love to hear from you. If you have any other comments or suggestions, please let me know through “Contact Us." Goodbye, everyone, until we meet again.

                                       September 2021
              Kochitarō