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Operation: Mystery
Operation: Mystery is the 1st entry in the TBS Ultra Series
Title Card
Format: Science Fiction (SF), Horror, Mystery, Tokusatsu
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions
Starring: Homare Suguro

Mori Kishida
Yasumi Hara
Shoji Matsuyama
Reiko Kobashi
Shoji Kobayashi

Opening Theme: Main Title(OPENING (A))Composition: Hiroki Tamaki
Ending Theme: "Town of Terror" - Sunny Tones
Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episodes 26
Running Time Sunday from 19:00 to 19:30 (30 minutes)
Original Channel TBS
Original Air Date September 15, 1968 - March 9, 1969
Preceded by Ultraseven
Succeeded by Return of Ultraman

Operation: Mystery (怪奇大作戦 Kaiki Daisakusen? literal translation: Strange Campaign) is a mystery supernatural show produced by Tsuburaya in 1969. It was filmed after the production of Fight! Mighty Jack. Tsuburaya Productions' official international title for the series is Operation: Mystery.

Rather than focus on giant monsters, Operation: Mystery focused on more paranormal phenomenon, revolving around the exploits of the Science Research Institute team (SRI) as they combat these threats. 

Cast

Main/Semi-main characters

  • Makiro: Kishida Mori
  • Misawa Keisuke: Suguro Homare
  • Tadashi Yuya: Harumi Hara
  • Hiroshi Nomura: Shoji Matsuyama (1 - 17, 19 - 26 episodes)
  • Ogawa Saori: Reiko Kobashi (1 - 5, 7 - 22, 24 - 26 episodes)
  • Machida Odori: Shoji Kobayashi (1, 2, 4-8, 10 - 21, 23 - 26 episodes)
  • Jiro: Hiroshi Nakajima (No. 1 - 3, 11 episodes)

Production

  • Producers: Koji Morita, Koichi Noguchi, Takaaki Toyako (Tsuburaya Pro) Ken Kumagai, Yoji Hashimoto (TBS)
  • Supervisor: Eiji Tsuburaya
  • Music Director: Naozumi Yamamoto
  • Music: Hiroki Tamaki
  • Screenplay: Uehara Shozo , Kanagi Tetsuo , Sasaki Mamoru , Wakatsuki Bunzo , Ichikawa Moriichi , Fukuda Jun , Takahashi Tatsuo, Fujikawa Keisuke , Tanabe Torao, Ishido Yoshiro , Yamaura Hiroyasu
  • Directors: Toshihiro Iijima , Hajime Tsuburaya , Akio Jissoji , Suzuki ShunTsugi , Tsuneo Kobayashi , Ando Tatsumi , Takashi Nagano, Shigeo Nakagi, Jun Fukuda, Kazuho Mitsuda
  • Special Effects: Toru Maba , Atsushi Oki , Koichi Takano , Kazuo Sagawa
  • Assistant Directors: Masataka Yamamoto, Seiichi Namba, Takehiko Ishii, Takeshi Ando, ​​Goro Takahashi, Sei Okamura, Shohei Tojo , Hiroshi Shimura
  • Shootings: Yasuzo Inagaki, Yasudo Fukuzawa, Kiyoshi Suzuki, Yoshihiro Mori , Takeshi Nakamachi
  • Art: Iwasaki Masaki, Iketani Senkoku , Fukada Tatsuro, Kurahashi Toshiro
  • Production Cooperation: Kyoto Film ※ Only 23rd and 25th episodes
  • Production: Tsuburaya Productions , TBS
  • Provided by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.

Sequels

To date, there have been three sequels/remakes of Kaiki Daisakusen

  • Science Investigation SRI: The Laughing Man In Flames [ 怪奇事件特捜チームS・R・I 嗤う火だるま男 Kagaku Tokusou SRI: Warau Hidaruma Otoko] - 2004
  • Operation: Mystery - Second File [怪奇大作戦 セカンドファイル Kaiki Daisakusen: Second File] - 2007
  • Operation: Mystery - Mystery File [怪奇大作戦 ミステリー・ファイル Kaiki Daisakusen: Mystery File] - 2013

DVD Release

In 2012, Tsuburaya Productions released a DVD of Operation: Mystery in HD.

Videos

Kaiki Daisakusen City of Fear - played by JAVARNANDA

Kaiki Daisakusen City of Fear - played by JAVARNANDA

Trivia

  • This is the last TV Series Eiji Tsuburaya contributed too before his death.
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