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Ultra Monster art by Takayoshi Mizuki: Japanese monster-kaiju art from the 70s. Warnring: Contains Dino-Tank
posted by The Whelk (31 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
God DAMN do I wish those were posted in computer-desktop-appropriate sizes.
posted by Shepherd at 9:38 AM on April 16, 2010

No kidding, Shepherd. These are amazing.
posted by brundlefly at 9:46 AM on April 16, 2010

Dino-Tank. DINO-TANK? Why have I never seen this Dino-Tank before? Who has been bogarting the awsomesauce!?
posted by Splunge at 9:47 AM on April 16, 2010

Warning: Contains Dino-Tank

posted by gamera at 9:48 AM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Is "Dino-Tank" part dinosaur, part tank, or just a lazy dinosaur who doesn't want to walk around? Neither this video clip nor the rambling description/history of Dino-Tank on Wikipedia clarify this (the description of this as a "biological war machine" seem too simple, as based on that video clip, it seems more like a turtle augmented with wheels).

(Also: via is missing it's via link)
posted by filthy light thief at 9:50 AM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Must Have!
posted by Splunge at 9:50 AM on April 16, 2010

So glad to see Dino-tank is nothing like Tub Girl.
posted by munchingzombie at 9:53 AM on April 16, 2010

Further example of Dino-Tank being a lazy dinosaur: figure X.

That said, good find, fine use of tags (sadly the first use of the POW! and PUNCH! tags).

Other stuff: I don't know what's going on here, but I like to think that Human Man started spreading nasty rumors between the kaiju, and instead of having people fight the kaiju, they're no fighting each-other. His pose in the foreground is stating: "score another triumph for the ingenuity of mankind!"
posted by filthy light thief at 9:55 AM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

We have a lot of this on DVD... Relatives record this stuff from TV and send us dozens and dozens of DVDs every year.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:03 AM on April 16, 2010

Meetup at KokuRyu's place!

Oh, right, you're kind of far away. Crumbs.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:04 AM on April 16, 2010

I really like the very casual way Ultra 7 is smacking Aron's forelimb off in that first image. He is way too cool for the playground. Or maybe it's just that his face is rigidly blank.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:05 AM on April 16, 2010

And Aron's face is all "OH THAT ULTRA 7!"
posted by The Whelk at 10:07 AM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Also, I notice that they have a gigantic mutant walrus, and the best name they came up with was "Peter?" It is an old and proud name, but not quite as cosmic as Kanegon or Todora...
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:25 AM on April 16, 2010

At first I was thinking, "gee, Dino-Tank doesn't have much in the way of guns", but then realized how foolish I was.
posted by tommasz at 10:26 AM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

That Ultra 7 seems to be a bit of a dead-faced bully, smacking people's arms off and such. No wonder they team up against him.

And "Warning: Contains Dino-Tank" is like "Warning: if erection last more than four hours...".
posted by djrock3k at 10:32 AM on April 16, 2010

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posted by Mister_A at 11:04 AM on April 16, 2010

Dino tank is awesome, but I think Tarkus would totally trounce him. (Great Tarkus cover.)
posted by cleancut at 11:07 AM on April 16, 2010

Ultraseven is a good role model. Too me, he seems to have a permanent smile, no matter how perilous the situation or frightful the alien invader. Plus he has a cool theme song.
posted by dustypinata at 11:25 AM on April 16, 2010

dude what
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 11:26 AM on April 16, 2010

This one reminded me of George Bush.
posted by Joe Beese at 11:27 AM on April 16, 2010

Some of them seem hilariously as if the participants were engaged in something err...other than fighting (left part here, with spectacular athleticism here).
posted by juv3nal at 11:50 AM on April 16, 2010

Only if yer a dirty bird, juv3nal.
posted by Mister_A at 12:04 PM on April 16, 2010

Needs more gorillas.
posted by SPrintF at 12:18 PM on April 16, 2010

You know what I find most charming about these? That some of them have the katakana names for the monsters, with tiny hiragana beside them—presumably for the kids who've just learned to read hiragana, but haven't learned katakana yet.

So cute.
posted by pts at 12:22 PM on April 16, 2010

Only if yer a dirty bird, juv3nal.

I don't know what other activity you were thinking of. Clearly ultraman in fully clothed in both those pictures. *shifty eyes*
posted by juv3nal at 12:38 PM on April 16, 2010


Was this intentional? I hope so.
posted by HumanComplex at 12:59 PM on April 16, 2010

*sigh* no ....no it was not *deeper sigh*
posted by The Whelk at 1:28 PM on April 16, 2010

i must confess that when this used to come on afternoon tv i would hide behind my sister - there was this sea creature with a octopus like body and a whirling head with tentacles that would give me nightmares
posted by infini at 1:41 PM on April 16, 2010

Hmm. Needs more me.

I think the reason I like the Godzilla movies/monsters more is that there's no moral component to the kaiju's actions. There's no reason, they just destroy shit.. Kanegon? He became a horrible monster because he was greedy? Piffle. Godzilla is just a force of nature, or, you know, our own horrible mistakes come back to destroy our cities, again and again. And some day, I swear, I'll finally kick his ass. Not for any particular reason, mind you, but because it's what Kaiju do.
posted by Ghidorah at 3:56 PM on April 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

I cannot favorite this hard enough.
posted by ursus_comiter at 4:24 PM on April 16, 2010

Warning Hooray: Contains Dino-Tank
posted by schoolgirl report at 5:19 PM on April 17, 2010

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