Balgaras

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Balgaras
Balgaras.jpg
Balgaras' Orb form in Zone Fighter
Subtitle(s) Transforming Terror-Beast
(変身恐獣,   Henshin Kyōjū)
Height 62 meters[1]
Weight 59,000 metric tons[1]
Forms Bipedal form, orb form
Controlled by Garogas
Allies Garogas, Gigan (manga adaptation)
Enemies Zone Fighter
First appearance Zone Fighter Episode 17:
Go! Fighter, Scramble!
Roar(s)
Orb form:

Bipedal form:

Balgaras (バルガラス,   Barugarasu) is a kaiju created by Toho that appeared in episode 17 of the 1973 tokusatsu kaiju series, Zone Fighter, titled Go! Fighter, Scramble.

Origins

According to Toho Special Effects: All Kaiju Illustrated Encyclopedia, Balgaras was born on Planet Garoga, the same homeworld as the Garogas, before being sent to Planet Bulgar.[2]

Design

Balgaras resembles a Tyrannosaurus rex, with some minor alterations to its body. He has curved red dorsal plates running down his back in a similar fashion to a Stegosaurus', and he has pale spikes running down the outer sides of his legs. His skin is mostly white, but his belly is green with a red streak running down it. Similar red streaks run around his eyes, and he has red irises. Balgaras' Orb form maintains his coloring and some of his red spikes, but has an unusual, near-human face with a large nose and red eyes.

History

Zone Fighter

"Go! Fighter, Scramble!"

Balgaras was created by the Garogas when they placed an unknown reptile on the desolate Planet Bulgar. Over time, the animal mutated into Balgaras. A short while later, the Garogas obtain Smokey, the Zone Family's spaceship with Angel and Junior still onboard, and places it on Bulgar as bait, where Balgaras ambushes Zone Angel and Zone Junior. Zone Fighter arrives, and at first was having trouble coping with the monster's unusual abilities, but he lured it into a trap, injuring it with his Proton Beam. He then tore off one of Balgaras' dorsal fins and jammed it into their mouth, before finishing it off with his Meteor Missile Might attack.

Abilities

Physical capabilities

During the battle with Zone Fighter, Balgaras grabbed the hero by the waist a few times, in one instance swinging him around before tossing him. Balgaras also attempted a body slam during the fight, but missed, as Zone Fighter had moved out of the way. All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume) notes that Balgaras is skilled at lifting his opponents by the waist, which causes them to topple over.

Orb

Balgaras can curl up like a pill-bug and turn into an orb. In this form he can fly and hover up and down, but cannot fire his toxic gas, and instead rams opponents or runs them down. Balgaras can revert back into his regular form, but loses the ability to fly or hover.

Regeneration

Balgaras can regenerate if its destroyed in Orb form, but in the process, turns back into his bipedal form.

Miracle Death Ray

Balgaras can fire a pink explosive gas from its mouth. According to All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume), this attack is called the Miracle Death Ray (ミラクル殺人光線 Mirakuru Satsujin Kosen).[2] This attack engulfed Zone Fighter in numerous explosions while also dazing him, causing him to fall over backwards briefly.

Comics

Zone Fighter manga

Balgaras in the Zone Fighter manga

Balgaras appears in a manga adaptation of his debut series. Similarly to his appearance in the TV series, he is deployed by the Garogas on an icy planet and captures Smokey, engaging in battle with Zone Fighter. To assist Balgaras, the Garogas send Gigan to assist the Terror-Beast, and the two monsters team up to fight Zone.

Trivia

  • Balgaras has one of the most bizarre deaths in the series - after he dies, sparks fly from him, and a cross rises out of the ground. Finally, a halo rises from Balgaras and travels above the cross.
  • Balgaras' orb form ability is shared with the Bacillus from Godzilla: The Series.
  • Balgaras bears a resemblance to the Return of Ultraman kaiju Arstron, only with different colors and more dorsal fins.

References

This is a list of references for Balgaras. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 SciFi Japan: ZONE FIGHTER Series Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Balgaras". Toho Kingdom. Retrieved 8 January 2024.

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