A retrospective dedicated to the undyingly popular “Ultra” superhero franchise offers visitors a nostalgic trip back to the Showa Era (1926-1989) at the Kawara Museum in the city’s Aokicho district.
The “Ultraman Soseki-ten” (the Ultraman genesis exhibition) focuses on the first eight shows in the franchise, from 1966’s “Ultra Q” sci-fi drama series to 1980’s “Ultraman 80” live-action superhero series.
Production materials used for the shows including Ultraman’s masks and a model of a flying Ultraseven are on display.
Costumes of Space Ray Bostang, Peguila, Kanegon and other “kaiju” monsters and their statues also catch the eyes of the visitors.
Other items include full-body kaiju costumes created by model artists based on screenplays and design drawings, plaster and clay molds for making kaiju parts, and figures from the franchise. In all, about 250 items are featured.
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