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(io9)   Japanese schoolchildren are busy designing new aquatic lifeforms. What could possibly go wrong? (And no, this is not a viral marketing campaign for Godzilla, though it probably should have been)   (io9.com) divider line 28
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2014-05-13 08:33:02 AM
What could go wrong?

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Gavadon, that's what.
 
2014-05-13 11:05:14 AM
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"HI KIDS!"
 
2014-05-13 11:42:45 AM
i62.tinypic.com

I see what you did there.
 
2014-05-13 11:47:47 AM
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Ultraman was proof that Japan had a thriving culture of psychadelics back in the day, isn't it?
 
2014-05-13 11:56:58 AM

DjangoStonereaver: [img.amiami.jp image 423x277]

Ultraman was proof that Japan had a thriving culture of psychadelics back in the day, isn't it?


They certainly had the sexiest kaiju of them all:

img4.wikia.nocookie.net

I used to watch the original Ultraman on TV back in the 1970's.  I loved it then.  I picked up the entire original series on DVD a while back, with some trepidation, as I was afraid the show I loved as a kid wouldn't hold up to adult scrutiny.

It's actually not that bad, especially if you watch it in Japanese with subtitles.

Now, Johnny Sokko/Giant Robo?  That's just pure unadulterated crap.  I can't believe I liked that as a kid.
 
2014-05-13 12:08:00 PM

dittybopper: DjangoStonereaver: [img.amiami.jp image 423x277]

Ultraman was proof that Japan had a thriving culture of psychadelics back in the day, isn't it?

They certainly had the sexiest kaiju of them all:

[img4.wikia.nocookie.net image 800x600]

I used to watch the original Ultraman on TV back in the 1970's.  I loved it then.  I picked up the entire original series on DVD a while back, with some trepidation, as I was afraid the show I loved as a kid wouldn't hold up to adult scrutiny.

It's actually not that bad, especially if you watch it in Japanese with subtitles.

Now, Johnny Sokko/Giant Robo?  That's just pure unadulterated crap.  I can't believe I liked that as a kid.


I was always more into Johnny Sokko myself (the movie was continually shown on WABC's 4:30 movie,
and we could get Channel 17 from Philly that carried the full show when the weather was right).  I don't
remember ULTRAMAN on any NY TV stations in the 70s.  But I was also a huge fan of GIGANTOR, and
The Giant Robot was just an extension of that I guess.

/I love my ULTRAMAN DVDs, but the 2nd disc has a mastering error and several of the tracks just freeze
up when playing.
 
2014-05-13 12:08:53 PM
What could go wrong?

static.giantbomb.com
 
2014-05-13 12:15:03 PM

DjangoStonereaver: I was always more into Johnny Sokko myself (the movie was continually shown on WABC's 4:30 movie,
and we could get Channel 17 from Philly that carried the full show when the weather was right).  I don't
remember ULTRAMAN on any NY TV stations in the 70s.  But I was also a huge fan of GIGANTOR, and
The Giant Robot was just an extension of that I guess.

/I love my ULTRAMAN DVDs, but the 2nd disc has a mastering error and several of the tracks just freeze
up when playing.


I grew outside of Philadelphia.   One of the local Philly stations carried Ultraman in the afternoons.  I think it was the same station that had Dr. Shock on Saturdays showing B horror movies.

I was also a fan of Marine Boy and the better known Speed Racer.
 
2014-05-13 12:31:35 PM
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I must remember to pack the larger of my two shrimping nets.
 
2014-05-13 12:58:39 PM

dittybopper: I grew outside of Philadelphia.   One of the local Philly stations carried Ultraman in the afternoons.  I think it was the same station that had Dr. Shock on Saturdays showing B horror movies.


I remember one of the local TV stations in Kentucky showing Ultraman when I was a wee lad in the late 70s. Some of that stuff was a little farked up for my young mind. I have one particularly vivd memory of one episode where a guy turned into this terrible monster because he ate some bad meat, which was nightmare fuel for young me.
 
2014-05-13 01:00:44 PM

DjangoStonereaver: [img.amiami.jp image 423x277]

Ultraman was proof that Japan had a thriving culture of psychadelics back in the day, isn't it?


What do mean by "back in the day"?

http://youtu.be/gw424Dih19g?t=11m25s
 
2014-05-13 01:05:16 PM
this thread needs more tentacles!

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that's better.  :)
 
2014-05-13 01:13:24 PM

Mad_Radhu: dittybopper: I grew outside of Philadelphia.   One of the local Philly stations carried Ultraman in the afternoons.  I think it was the same station that had Dr. Shock on Saturdays showing B horror movies.

I remember one of the local TV stations in Kentucky showing Ultraman when I was a wee lad in the late 70s. Some of that stuff was a little farked up for my young mind. I have one particularly vivd memory of one episode where a guy turned into this terrible monster because he ate some bad meat, which was nightmare fuel for young me.



Was it this bad boy?

Human sized:

img2.wikia.nocookie.net

Kaiju sized:

img4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-05-13 01:54:02 PM

dittybopper: Mad_Radhu: dittybopper: I grew outside of Philadelphia.   One of the local Philly stations carried Ultraman in the afternoons.  I think it was the same station that had Dr. Shock on Saturdays showing B horror movies.

I remember one of the local TV stations in Kentucky showing Ultraman when I was a wee lad in the late 70s. Some of that stuff was a little farked up for my young mind. I have one particularly vivd memory of one episode where a guy turned into this terrible monster because he ate some bad meat, which was nightmare fuel for young me.


Was it this bad boy?

Human sized:

[img2.wikia.nocookie.net image 525x399]

Kaiju sized:

[img4.wikia.nocookie.net image 480x640]


Not sure. What was the name of the creature? I'll have to look it up, but in my fuzzy memory it seemed more fleshy.
 
2014-05-13 01:55:39 PM
There was also something about his dog, too.

/I think it was Ultraman, it could have been another Japanese show. I think I was 5-6 years old at the time.
 
2014-05-13 02:07:07 PM

Mad_Radhu: dittybopper: Mad_Radhu: dittybopper: I grew outside of Philadelphia.   One of the local Philly stations carried Ultraman in the afternoons.  I think it was the same station that had Dr. Shock on Saturdays showing B horror movies.

I remember one of the local TV stations in Kentucky showing Ultraman when I was a wee lad in the late 70s. Some of that stuff was a little farked up for my young mind. I have one particularly vivd memory of one episode where a guy turned into this terrible monster because he ate some bad meat, which was nightmare fuel for young me.


Was it this bad boy?

Human sized:

[img2.wikia.nocookie.net image 525x399]

Kaiju sized:

[img4.wikia.nocookie.net image 480x640]

Not sure. What was the name of the creature? I'll have to look it up, but in my fuzzy memory it seemed more fleshy.


That's Keronia.

http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Keronia

You might be thinking of Jamila, but he wasn't transformed by eating meat.

http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Jamila

img4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-05-13 02:14:09 PM

Mad_Radhu: There was also something about his dog, too.

/I think it was Ultraman, it could have been another Japanese show. I think I was 5-6 years old at the time.


Must have been another show.  I don't recall anything about a dog in any of the original Ultraman series.

But if you want freaky, one of the episodes of Johnny Sokko had the residents of Tokyo turning into mummies when they drank contaminated water.   Now that was freaky.
 
2014-05-13 02:25:02 PM

Parthenogenetic: You might be thinking of Jamila, but he wasn't transformed by eating meat.

http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Jamila


It didn't sound like Jamila to me, because he was implying that he transformed during the episode.  Jamila doesn't do that.

BTW, one of my favorite episodes, nice and melancholy like the ones with Seabozu and Woo.
 
2014-05-13 02:57:35 PM
Which raises the question as to why there aren't more kaiju movies about giant squid or octopus. I'd settle for a giant cuttlefish at this point.
 
2014-05-13 03:03:04 PM

Nurglitch: Which raises the question as to why there aren't more kaiju movies about giant squid or octopus. I'd settle for a giant cuttlefish at this point.


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'How many kaiju do you see?'
 
2014-05-13 03:30:13 PM
 
2014-05-13 03:40:20 PM
Kaiju?

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2014-05-13 04:11:45 PM
dittybopper:

I used to watch the original Ultraman on TV back in the 1970's.  I loved it then.  I picked up the entire original series on DVD a while back, with some trepidation, as I was afraid the show I loved as a kid wouldn't hold up to adult scrutiny.  It's actually not that bad, especially if you watch it in Japanese with subtitles.

Completely agree.  The special effects are very dated--but they were really TRYING.  And they successfully told the story.
 
2014-05-13 05:08:58 PM
Somebody prep the big guy and rusty
 
2014-05-13 06:05:27 PM

Rhypskallion: dittybopper:

I used to watch the original Ultraman on TV back in the 1970's.  I loved it then.  I picked up the entire original series on DVD a while back, with some trepidation, as I was afraid the show I loved as a kid wouldn't hold up to adult scrutiny.  It's actually not that bad, especially if you watch it in Japanese with subtitles.

Completely agree.  The special effects are very dated--but they were really TRYING.  And they successfully told the story.


Even the special effects aren't bad, considering. They're just as good as the contemporary Godzilla films, largely because it was the same guy doing them. In fact, some of the Ultraman effects and concepts are superior to the Godzilla films, especially once Godzilla got a silly side.
 
2014-05-13 08:53:50 PM

dittybopper: Even the special effects aren't bad, considering. They're just as good as the contemporary Godzilla films, largely because it was the same guy doing them. In fact, some of the Ultraman effects and concepts are superior to the Godzilla films, especially once Godzilla got a silly side.


Not to mention that Jirass was the actual Godzilla suit with an added frill.  Even the roar is the same (though sped up).

http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Jirass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTpVELWUEQQ

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2014-05-13 09:40:21 PM
You've got to be an miserable old fart to not think this is really cool, and it was avaiable when you were a kid:

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Original article

Then again, with this being Fark, the aquarium would be full of giant penis fish.
 
2014-05-13 10:27:47 PM
To eat or to fark?
 
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