Episode 11: "The Ruffian from Outer Space" (catch up on past episodes)
aka. "The Rambunctious One from Space"
Original Air Date: September 25, 1966
Featured Monster: Gyango
In this comically surreal episode, a con artist terrorizes Japan with a monster he creates from a wish-fulfilling space rock that responds to people's thoughts.
It's been too long since our last installment of Ultraman Mondays, but after an extended leave of absence required by family commitments, I'm back to bring you my thoughts on the crazy world of spandex superheroics and giant monsters destroying cardboard cities.
And, wouldn't you know it, this week's episode starts off with Hoshino and his friends recreating The Human Centipede.
|The Human Centipede Jr.|
|Cue the music to 2001: A Space Odyssey|
|All Hail Drum Cake! Death to the unbelievers!|
|He's got he whole world, in his hands|
And what does a nefarious villain do with a space rock that can literally turn into anything he wants?
In a major suspension of disbelief, the criminal ends up comatose despite being at the epicenter of the building's implosion. Since he's unconscious, Gyango won't be able to be called off until his conjurer wakes up. Again, I'm pretty sure that the scientist back in act two told us pretty specifically that the telepathic link only works within a two meter radius. They could just move the criminal far away, no? No? Well, they are called The Science Patrol, not The Logic Patrol after all.
|Peekaboo on an apocalyptic scale|
|Mom! Gyango just farted on me!|
|Okay guys, wrap it up already.|
Thus ends the saga of the Ruffian from Outer Space. The cheesy Gyango costume and fragile miniature cityscape plus the thin plot is pretty laughable, but mostly in a fun ironic way. I can't say I was exactly thrilled by anything in this episode aside from the completely whack-a-doodle design of Gyango and his unique physical personality. Certainly one of the most childish episodes in this kid-centric series, "The Ruffian from Outer Space" is a prime example of Ultraman's capacity for insane kaiju insanity.
|"It was such a wonderful dream. And you were there. And you, and you, and you!"|