Recently, I saw someone wondering if if Gen Urobuchi, a well-known writer responsible for dark series such as Kamen Rider Gaim, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, and a few others, could save and enliven the Ultra Series and bring it fully up to competition with the currently popular toku. I've always been wary of series that billed themselves to be darker, but this is something the Ultra Series usually does well. Ultraseven, Ultraman Leo, and Ultraman Nexus, (yes, I like Nexus, despite my criticism of it) all come to mind as dark and incredible series. But is Tsuburaya likely to take this route, and would it actually help the struggling series?
First of all, Urobuchi writes a different style than Ultra. He drops episodic arcs entirely. The o…Read more >
The first episode of Ultra Q, Defeat Gomess!, which aired fifty years ago on January 16th, is really impressive, and that's putting it lightly. While the plot could've been taken from any giant kaiju film, the execution, for a television series, is spectacular.
The entire episode has a sense of forbodeing, and Gomess, actually a reused MosuGoji suit, is brought to life at first in a cave system, and is actually not seen much in the first part of the episode. The effects, though simple, hold up incredibly well for a Showa-era production, mostly due to the fact that Gomess is shown sparsely and in amazingly well-constructed sets.
Litra's execution was less fluid, due to the fact that it was a bird-like creature and done with puppetry as opposed …
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At first, it's easy to be put off from watching Showa Ultra by the goofy-looking monster designs, less impressive special effects, poor video quality, and other things that show just how old Ultra is. And watching it is a decidedly different experience from watching modern tokusatsu, as close as entries like Mebius come to its style.
For one, it's more violent, and even the infamously childish Taro did not shy away from showing tens of human bodies. Monsters are often slain in gruesome ways, and sometimes children are killed.
On the other hand, it's also more goofy, in the cheesy 60s monster movie style. What can be better than father and son bonding over making rice cakes to pacify a hungry monster? A kaijin that ran away from school and cons…Read more >
One thing we have to think about is our articles in the context of how they are used by the rest of the fandom. As a matter of fact, wikis are, 90% of the time, used for quick fact checking. Most fans are not interested in in-depth analysis or pages of text on a Japanese show for children, and if they are, they usually go to places other than a wiki for it.
That's not to say detailed descriptions do not belong on the wiki, it's that they have their place. But knowing this, what does it tell us about the format of our articles?
- They should be clearly organised and consistent, so that it's easy to find what you're looking for.
- They should be short and concise. Articles should give as much information in as little space as possible.
- They should …
Ultraseven still remains the most highly rated ultra series, and is one of the most highly praised in general. Its often looked to as one of the ideal definitions of what tokusatsu should be. I'm glad that it's been released on Shout! Factory, even though I wish it was a Tsuburaya Productions sponsored release, but this has allowed me to watch it in full.
In short? It is powerfully moving and complex, but at the same time simple. It's darker than Ultraman, and the hero is often faced with complex moral dilemmas and mature situations. Many episodes are atmospheric and moody, foreboding or even downright terrifying.
But the series never forgets the children among its audience, and this is where its strength lies. It is dark and yet bright, it is…Read more >