First up, for the #BNoirDetour crowd, I picked the only tokusatsu show I could remember seeing that came anywhere near being considered noir, a TNT English dubbed episode of Ultra Seven.
Although known and referred to by his peers as Seven, Ultra Seven was the second hero to be introduced in the Ultra franchise. He debuted in the third self-titled Ultra series and has remained one of the most popular characters, so popular that he went on to sire a new generation of Ultra fans with the debut of his son, Ultraman Zero. The first Ultra series, Ultra Q, was more of a Twilight Zone black and white series that followed the Science Patrol's weekly encounters with eerie monsters, and Ultraman would not be introduced until his own series debuted the following year. Unfortunately, Ultra Q has no English dubbed or subtitled American release, but one English dubbed episode does exist.
Ultra Seven Episode 9 - Toys in Crisis (Japanese title - The Android Zero Directive)
This episode stuck in my head because it had its own little version of a femme fatale in the form of a blonde Asian named "Barbie" (as if that's naturally-occurring).
|Now I have to dig out my Aqua CDs...|
|Alien invaders were decades ahead of Real Doll.|
This also stuck in my head because life-sized living dolls/mannequins freak me out a little ever since I saw a short film on the USA Network called Living Dolls. To emphasize the effect it had on me, I have added it to the beginning of this playlist just to ramp up the creep factor.
Barbie's alien overlord, the alien Chiburu, could be mistaken for a French Gepetto in his human form, and the mask fits well because he is, in fact, a toymaker from another planet. Chiburu might look familiar to fans of Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Cartoon Planet because both cartoons made liberal use of stock footage from Ultra Seven.
|An evil Gepetto? What is this, a Bill Willingham story?|
|A picture is worth a thousand words but lacks a lot of justice.|
Then, for the #TCMParty Godzilla fans out there, Spectreman takes on a three-headed dragon.
Spectreman Episode 32 - The Three-headed Dragon Rises Again
Spectreman Episode 33 - S.O.S. The Undersea Oil Field
|I know I got at least one Godzilla fan's hopes up just a little. #sorrynotsorry|
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