shotaro ishimori

anonymous asked:

I just watched a few of James Rofle/AVGN's reccent videos on Power Rangers, and although it felt like there's still a lot he doesn't know/got wrong irt Tokusatsu, he WAS right in that there is a LOT of overlap between Tokusatsu and Anime (& Japanese media in general), in terms of specific genres and traits (giant robos, etc.). Do you think that we have Shotaro Ishimori, Eiji Tsubaraya and Go Nagai, among others that I'm probably forgetting/I don't know, to thank for that; the former especially?

Oh yes we do!  All of the gentlemen you mentioned above also dabbled in anime (not so much Eiji Tsuburaya himself but his production company certainly did).  In fact, Go Nagai was an apprentice to Shotaro Ishinomori as a manga writer before branching out on his own and Ishinomori was apprenticed to the God of Manga himself, Osamu Tezuka. 

In fact, the very first five man team in history was in an anime from 1966 called Rainbow Sentai which was created by Shotaro Ishinomori.

Of course, we also have to acknowledge the debt Super Sentai owes to Tatsunoko Productions and Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, which brought a lot of the tropes that would later become accepted in the live action medium to the forefront.

Heck, one of the most popular pre-Power Ranger Super Sentai series was a direct homage to Gatchaman, 1991′s Choujin Sentai Jetman.

Ishinomori was such a force in manga, anime and tokusatsu.  I could go on and on about his contributions including; Kamen Rider, The Toei Fushigi Comedy Series, Brother Fist Bycrosser, Cyborg 009, Android Kikaider but that would take the entire rest of this ask and we have other people to talk about!

Go Nagai was no slouch either.  He pretty much popularized the concept of the piloted giant robot with his seminal work, Mazinger Z.

Before that, of course, we had Tetsujin 28 and Giant Robo but those were robots remote controlled or self-controlled.  Go Nagai pretty much invented the over the top giant, piloted robot.  The success of which lead to a deal with Marvel Comics to license these giant robots for an American comic and allowed the Japanese to use Marvel properties, which lead to the tokusatsu Spider-Man.  Spider-Man was given a giant robot to sell the concept in Japan and that, in turn, lead to the giant robots being added to the Sentai franchise to create Super Sentai.

Go Nagai was no stranger to tokusatsu either.  Among his toku works were;

Star of Pro-Wrestling Azteckaiser

and Battle Hawk

As for Tsuburaya Productions, they had a hand in some anime as well including animated versions of Ultraman.

And one of my personal favorites, the weird anime/tokusatsu hybrid Dinosaur War Aizenborg!

That’s not even to mention all the writers, directors and producers who have worked on both tokusatsu and anime.  An example today is Gen Urobuchi who is responsible for both Puella Magi Madoka Magika

and Kamen Rider Gaim

He’s even currently working on the anime adaptation of one of the grand-daddies of tokusatsu, Godzilla!

So yeah, tokusatsu and anime are so intertwined it would be hard to separate one from the other.  They draw inspiration from each other, share talent and help influence Japanese culture in general.  If it hadn’t been for being in the anime fandom in the early 1990s, -I- never would have gotten into tokusatsu!

This is really only scratching the surface of a very interesting topic and I wish I had more time to get really in depth with it but I don’t.  I hope this at least helps to answer your question.

Edit: I totally loved James Rolfe’s Power Rangers episodes.  He always makes me laugh!

Shotaro Ishinomori did a manga about David Bowie called ‘David Bowie: Hermaphrodite Lifeform From Another Cosmic Dimension: 

ISHIMORI’S SPACE ODDITY: You may freak-out that manga master Shotaro Ishimori illustrated a one-shot about a star man who fell to Earth, because it blows my mind! Here’s the title splash page for a 14-page story that in the February, 1977 issue of “FM Recopal” (Shogakukan Publishing). Even more incredible, gender-bending moonage daydream is called, “David Bowie: Hermaphrodite Lifeform From Another Cosmic Dimension” (!). Appearing in the largely forgotten manga are Mick Jagger and his then-wife, Bianca… Major Tom, indeed.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us just pause our blogging for a moment and appreciate this man here. The man whom without his creativity, genius and all around imagination we would not have many of the series we enjoy.

I speak, of course, of one Shotaro Ishimori, the man who helped give birth to such series as Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Cyborg 009 and numerous others that we read and watch throughout our lives as fans.

So thank you, Ishimori-san, for giving us nerds, geeks, fanboys and fangirls something to obsess over for years to come.

Kikaider: DR. KOMYOGI is an expert in robotics and has a wealthy sponsor, HERBERT GILL. Gill however, is a horrible man who forces Dr. Komyogi to develop numerous robots which he plans to use to take over the world. Dr. Komyogi realizes Gill’s dark ambition and secretly develops a high-performance robot called KIKAIDER. He leaves Kikaider with his daughter MITSUKO and then disappears.Finally, Gill makes his move. He unleashes a robot army named DARK to dominate and control human society. Mitsuko, reading a message left for her by her father Dr. Komyogi, persuades Kikaider to fight off Gill’s terrible robots. On that day, Kikaider’s fierce battles with DARK begin!Kikaider, however, is a robot imprinted with a ‘conscience circuit,’ so that he can act more like a human. As a result of this circuitry, Kikaider suffers from the agony of being neither truly human nor truly robot. As he spends time with Mitsuko, he gradually becomes conscious of what it really means to be 'human’'¦Kikaider is supposed to protect humans. However, the evil Professor Gill who funded the scientist sends Kikaider’s brother figures, robot army corps as hatchet men in order to destroy Kikaider who is in the professor’s way. This means to Kikaider having to kill his own brothers in order to protect humans.
Cyborg 009: Spreading the seeds of war and reaping huge profits by selling weapons to warring nations, the organization of death merchants known as BLACK GHOST plots to dominate the world! With an eye toward super-stratospheric war, they draft a secret plan to develop an invincible warrior, the Cyborg Soldier. Gathering nine young people from various countries around the world, they create a prototype cyborg, the 00- series, for the purpose of mass producing an army of unstoppable killing machines. Appalled by the twisting of science to such evil purposes, Dr. ISAAC GILMORE escapes from the organization, taking the nine cyborgs with him. These nine youngsters must struggle to overcome the trauma of their transformation into cyborgs and fight back against Black Ghost with all the powers at their disposal. The peace of the world depends on them! Story of group of abducted and reconstructed youth from various countries who escapes with help from a kind scientist, and who fights with the evil, international arms trader, Black Ghost. They were forced to be reconstructed into cyborgs. They did not form the group, because they liked one another. Ishinomori depicts the sorrow and struggles of each of those cyborgs due to the differences amongst their nationalities, races, ages, and sex. They fight for someone that goes beyond their sufferings, but they can never go back to their lives before they were turned into the cyborgs.