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Dah lama dpt tiket free masuk untuk 2 org ke Akemashite Ultraman Show @ Prism Hall, Tokyo Dome City yg kami terima dari Tamaki-san (student class Bahasa Malaysia). Alya pun dah sembuh demam, kami bertolak dari rumah dlm pukul 10:45 ke Shinagawa untuk makan sushi @ Kura Sushi. Disebabkan office2 pun masih tgh tutup, kami tak perlu beratur untuk dpt meja. Makan pun tak lah sebanyak sebelum ni sbb perut pun masih kenyang lagi selepas breakfast pagi tadi. Then naik Yamanote-sen dan Sobu/Chuo-sen ke Suidobashi eki. Sampai je ke Tokyo Dome City, tgk org ramai. Rupa2nya tgh beratur untuk membeli tiket lumba kuda. Member kata kat Jepun ni Lumba kuda tak consider judi kerana dianjurkan oleh kerajaan dan pachinko juga bukan judi kerana bermain dgn bola2 besi bukan duit. Padahal dah terang2 semua tu judi. Kami ke Akemashite Ultraman Show selepas beli 2 tiket untuk kanak2 (seorang 1200 yen) dan untuk dewasa tak perlu beli sbb dah ada tiket free (seorang 1500 yen). Orang yg paling suka adalah Zakwan dan Zarul masih lagi dengan Anpanman but kira suka jugaklah compare dengan Alya yg mcm bosan je. Alya siap mintak pergi tgk Hello Kitty atau yg lain selepas ni. Ada byk Ultraman dari yg dulu2 sampai sekarang. Ada pertunjukkan pentas, terpaksa beratur selama lebih kurang 1 jam untuk dptkan tpt duduk yg depan. Tapi sambil2 beratur, anak2 dapat tengok DVD Ultraman yg ditayangkan. Sebenarnya show ini untuk mengajar kanak2 bagaimana tahun baru disambut dan apa makna semua adat2 atau upacara yg ada. Kira sebenarnya mereka mengajar adat2 mereka secara tak langsung. Kami pun dpt la belajar sedikit sebanyak budaya mereka yg selama ni kami cuma tgk2 sahaja. Itulah cara mereka mendidik anak2 mereka dengan menggunakan idol anak2. Kami sempat bergambar dengan Ultraman (sebenarnya kena bayar 1000 yen) dan beli DVD Ultraman & Ultraman Cards. Sebelum balik, singgah ke Akihabara-eki untuk makan soba dan udon di dlm eki (tak keluar eki pun) sbb kena transfer ke Yamanote-sen di sana.

Ultraman (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman?) is a fictional character featured in tokusatsu, or “special effects” television programs. Ultraman made his debut in the tokusatsu SF/kaiju/superhero TV series, Ultraman, a follow-up to the television series Ultra Q. The show was produced by Tsuburaya Productions, and was broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) from July 17, 1966 to April 9, 1967, with a total of 39 episodes (40, counting the pre-premiere special that aired on July 10, 1966).

Although Ultraman is the first series to feature an Ultra-being, this is actually the second Ultra Series. Ultra Q was the first. A major pop culture phenomenon in Japan, the show has spawned dozens of imitators as well as numerous sequels and remakes, which continue to be popular today.

To distinguish him from subsequent Ultra Warriors, Ultraman is referred to as the original Ultraman (初代ウルトラマン, Shodai Urutoraman?), the first Ultraman, Ultraman Hayata (a reference to his host’s surname) or as simply Man.

Series background
Ultraman’s creator was Eiji Tsuburaya from Tsuburaya Productions, a pioneer in special effects who was responsible for bringing Godzilla to life in 1954. The show’s predecessor was a series called Ultra Q, a black-and-white 28-episode series very much like today’s The X-Files or The Twilight Zone. When Ultra Q was finished, plans were underway for a series that would be even better.

The project had the following working titles/plots:

* WoO (WoO, Wū?): This story had a corporeal space creature with eyes, who befriended a reporter named Jôji Akita, but the Self Defense Forces, who perceive him as a threat, were after him. This was basically the monster version of the British science fiction series Doctor Who (1963), and Woo’s personality was comical.
o NOTE: Tsuburaya Productions produced a new series, Bio Planet WoO, which made its TV series debut in January 2006. It is very loosely based on the above concept.

* Bemular (ベムラー, Bemurā?), then retitled Scientific Special Search Party: Bemular (科学特捜隊ベムラー, Kagaku Tokusō Tai – Bemurā?): The main characters are a defense force (with the same Japanese name as the Science Patrol) disguised as an art/photography team. One of the members, little did anyone (even his teammates) know, gained the ability to transform into a giant birdlike humanoid monster called Bemular (this is not the same Bemular that Ultraman would fight in Episode # 1 of the actual series), who defends Earth from monsters, aliens and other threats. Unlike Woo, Bemular was a tough and righteous fighter (and looked very similar in design to the title monster of the 1967 kaiju film Gappa, the Triphibian Monster). Allegedly the plot was scrapped when it was worried audiences might have trouble telling that one monster was good and the other evil.

* Redman (レッドマン, Reddoman?): The title hero of this project slightly resembled Ultraman as we know him, but he looked more demonic and had horns. He came to Earth after his planet was destroyed by aliens from Planet X. (Needless to say, Ultra Seven shared this working title as well.)

Both Bemular and Redman were designed by Toru Narita, who came up with the final design for Ultraman based on his Redman design, now resembling a less-scary Buck Rogers-style alien being (with a bit of the iconic “Roswell Alien” as well). The characteristic “ColorTimer” (the “warning light” on his chest) was added at the eleventh hour.

The premise of the first series begins when Science Patrol (Kagaku Tokusou Tai) member Shin Hayata was flying his plane and a red sphere of light crashes into his Mini-VTOL. The sphere turns out to be the transport (TravelSphere) for a giant red-and-silver being called Ultraman, and feeling remorse for killing the human, he merges his essence with Hayata to revive him. In return, Hayata serves as the human form for this being, and when danger threatens, he raises the Beta Capsule and transforms to Ultraman to save the day.

Monsters and heroes
One outstanding feature of the Ultraman series was the use of various monster costumes, known as kaiju in Japan. Often wildly imaginative, this feature would influence other series such as Gatchaman and Super Sentai series like Himitsu Sentai Goranger. The principals were played by famous stunt actor Haruo Nakajima, who played the original Godzilla. His apprentice, Bin Furuya, started out as Ultraman. Nakajima had a martial arts background and used it to create a sense of drama in order to be dramatically effective in costumes that had little potential to show emotion. For the first episodes, and this is clearly evident in the action sequences, simple wrestling was used. However, in later episodes sequences gradually evolved into more complex fighting that would later be reflected in anime productions (dramatic windups, extravagant gestures prior to unleashing an energy attack, bellicose roars and threat displays, etc.).

Often costumes of famous monsters like Godzilla would be recycled and altered, sometimes with nothing more than spray paint and often while the actor was still inside. Nakajima quipped once that the staggering gait of some of the monsters he portrayed was due less to his acting than to the fumes he had to endure. Some of the costumes could not be shown fully as his feet would be exposed, a necessary allowance to maintain balance in the often cumbersome outfits. Also, the expense of repairing the scale cities and landscapes used for battle scenes required economy of movement and meticulous planning.
From WIKI

salam… kak fiza and family… salam maal hijrah …happy new year tooo…waaa… siap pi seoul lagi.. hari tu memang terlupa birthday party anak akak… teringat akak jemput lepas makan malam… punya laaa… gomen ne… memory almost full… Tue 8-Jan-2008 15:32
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Seronoknya tgk character2 ni…ank lina mesti suka..yg maknyer tgk pun teringat masa kekecik dulu…
Kalau cari barang msia ..tudung2 ke..meh la singgah ke http://bazaarperantau.fotopages.com sambil shopping boleh berkenalan dan merapatkan ukhwah… penghantaran sekitar jepun.. Wed 6-Feb-2008 18:42
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Skrg duduk di mana..?? Kami di Oota-ku. Anak2 seronok betul dpt jumpa Ultraman dan sampai sekarang tak jemu2 tgk dvd yg kami beli tu Wed 13-Feb-2008 06:30
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