Meet Makoto Ogawa


Episode from TOHO CHAMPION MATSURI staff

Makoto Ogawa


“Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla” Operation Assistant
“Terror of MechaGodzilla” Operation Assistant


I stepped into the special effects scene as a part-time job during “All Monsters Attack” (1968). However, at this time, I was in charge of monsters instead of acting. After that, I shifted to acting, but in those days, anyone who had free time was sent to act, so it was natural. When I joined, Shoji Ogawa was at the top, Koji Matsumoto was next, and I was right below him. Mr. (Fumio) Nakashiro used to be the manager of Bart, a company that handles mobile vehicles and cranes. Toho did not hire any employees after Mr. Matsumoto. So when Mr. Matsumoto retired, in particular, there was no longer a section called the performance. Mr. Shoji Ogawa and Mr. Matsumoto are both gentle people at heart. However, we kept our distance from each other because the way we work is different. After Mr. Nakashiro, the two of us took turns as engineers, but I don’t think there was any special meaning in that it was like, “Because it was me before, you’re next.” However, I have heard Mr. Shoji Ogawa say, “I don’t want to be an engineer anymore,” so I think Mr. Matsumoto gradually became the engineer. The other staff members were the same members every time, so we got along very well. And there were a lot of special effects on TV in those days. I also participated from the latter half of “The Return of Ultraman” (1971-72), and Shoji Ogawa and Mr. Matsumoto participated as engineers in “Ultraman A” (1977-73), for which Toho Eizou subcontracted special effects. I also became an engineer in the second half. I was 23 years old. Before and after “Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla” (1974), “Japan Sinks” of movies and TV entered, and it was sinking for almost a year. However, the next year there was no work for special effects, and free staff flowed to commercials. I also belonged to a company called NHK Special Effects, so I participated in “Terror of MechaGodzilla” as a secondment. After this movie, TV and commercials are the main work. After that, I participated in Toho, especially as an engineer for “Mothra 3” (1998), so there was a long gap.

おがわ・まこと…… 1948年、新潟県生まれ。数多くの怪獣を操演するほか、操演助手として『日本沈没』(73年)、『ノストラダムスの大予言』(74年)などの大作にも参加した。

Makoto Ogawa was born in 1948 in Niigata prefecture. In addition to manipulating many monsters, he also participated in major productions such as “Japan Sinks” (1973) and “Nostradamus’s Prophecy” (1974) as an assistant manipulator.

Source: ゴジラ東宝チャンピオンまつりパーフィクション, MAKING OF TOHO CHAMPION MATSURI, p. 93.