Toho special effects movies that I loved



Toho special effects movies that I loved
Part 1

Hydrogen bomb monster movie



I traced the logo, but if you look at the posters from back then, there’s something different about it!


But since I’m confused, I’m fine with leaving it as it is! It’s just an atmosphere thing…


The only mad(?) scientist who defeated Godzilla


Akihiko Hirata played the role of Daisuke Serizawa, the genius scientist who invented the Oxygen Destroyer. After that, he also developed weapons for the Science Special Forces Team, and even defeated Zetton, who was unable to defeat Ultraman. Truly the strongest man in the human race!!! In his later years, he was part of the Die-Die group. He led the group and plotted to wipe out the Japanese, but he was thwarted by a strange hero who had trained in India and failed. Rainbow Man is strong!!!


In the movie, the doctor’s laboratory has a large aquarium, and along with yellowtail and sea bream, there is a huge black sea bream, maybe 50 centimeters long. Unless you’re a fishing fanatic, you wouldn’t notice it. I think it’s a fact that even Godzilla maniacs around the world don’t know about, I’m amazing!


I intended to draw the first Godzilla, but as I was drawing it, it ended up looking quite muscular and macho. I’m a little disappointed that it looks like Heisei Goji. The folds on the surface were extremely troublesome! Monsters require a lot of work!


It cannot be avoided when talking about Toho special effects!
The original Godzilla, the ultimate prototype of monsters


The main star of Toho special effects movies is Godzilla, also known as “The Monster,” a super famous monster that no one knows about. The first installment of the new series “The Toho Special Effects Movies That I Loved” is a feature film that has had a truly hydrogen bomb-level influence on science fiction films, animation, and the people involved in them, which are now one of the symbols of Japanese culture. Introducing “Godzilla.”


This work, which was released in 1954, caused a tremendous response, attracting 9.61 million (!) people, one in ten of the country’s population, to the theater, and caused a huge sensation not only in Japan but also overseas. (According to wiki, the overseas box office revenue was 40 billion yen… shocking!) Compared to this, the numbers of recent anime movies are really pitiful…


As expected, I wasn’t even born yet when the movie was shown in theaters, so I only know this work as a TV drama rather than a movie, but it was well made. There is no excuse that it is aimed at children, and you could say that the budget was well spent.The uncompromising screen design has not faded at all even after 55 years have passed, even when viewed on DVD. The threat of the “evil” Godzilla, not the Godzilla who later became an ally of humanity (?) or repelled King Ghidorah and Gigan, was like a kind of documentary film, and a number of memorable scenes unfolded. Buildings in Tokyo are collapsing and on fire, high-voltage power lines and steel towers that turn red-hot and melt like candy in the high-temperature press of radioactivity, and are strong enough to withstand the rocket attacks of the Air Self-Defense Force’s F86F. All the scenes that appeared in subsequent special effects dramas were packed with shocking images that made it seem as if they had already been covered in this work.


In the end, Godzilla is defeated by the Oxygen Destroyer and humanity ends up victorious, but the inventor, Dr. Serizawa, decides to share Godzilla’s fate in order to prevent a weapon that destroys the environment even more than nuclear weapons from being diverted to military use. The ending was an excellent ending with a strong message that could be said to be the conscience of Japan, the only country in the world to have suffered from atomic bombs.


Personally, the scene that left an impression on me was the one where the TV staff and announcer said, “Godzilla is now right in front of me! Everyone! Goodbye!” (lol)