Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka (1974-75)

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Good Morning! Kid's Show series
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Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka
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Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka
Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka
Air date November 12, 1974 - April 25, 1975
Producer(s) Masaaki Hisamatsu
Produced by Toho Planning
Channel(s) Nippon Television,
Family Gekijo (rebroadcast)
Genre(s) Tokusatsu, fantasy
Episodes 156[1]

Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka (行け! (うし) (わか) () () (ろう),   Ike Ushiwaka Kotarō)[note 1] is a Japanese tokusatsu series produced by Toho Planning that aired daily from November 12, 1974 to April 25, 1975. A successor to Go! Greenman, it was the fourth and final series to be aired on Good Morning! Kid's Show's tokusatsu block, though it does not share continuity with any of the shows preceding it.

Kotaro Ushiwaka uniquely did not feature a giant hero fighting kaiju, rather taking cues from period dramas with Japanese folklore creatures as a major focus. Despite the show's incorporation of some classical Japanese elements, such as the pre-Meiji period currency ryō, numerous episodes take place in modern settings, thus making its intended time period unclear. While Toho's previous shows for the corner were divided into 3- to 6-episode sagas, Kotaro Ushiwaka aired 156 original stories. The show was reaired on Family Gekijo in 2004, though its broadcast order was rearranged and 30 episodes were cut entirely.

Plot

When the evil fox yokai Coonjo set her loyal minions on the people of Japan, a mysterious being with the ability to harness sunlight appeared to stop them. The hero, a man named Kotaro Ushiwaka hailing from a region of the Sun itself, took up the role of a nomad, traveling the country in search of Coonjo's yokai recruits. Following her defeat at the hands of Ushiwaka, Coonjo rallied her surviving troops and summoned the yokai Aobozu to lead a counterattack against him. During his travels, Ushiwaka met a drunkard and strongman named Nyudo, who professed himself to be skilled in yokai hunting. Coonjo and her followers suddenly appeared to confront Nyudo, who was in fact deathly afraid of yokai, but was protected by Ushiwaka. Later, Coonjo abducted Nyudo and held him captive with the assistance of Aobozu and the last of her minions, but they were again foiled by Ushiwaka, sealing his allyship with Nyudo.

Her followers now wiped out, Coonjo turned to the various spirits, demons and other creatures of Japan as potential allies. Kotaro soon met another fox yokai, Uragira, whose greed brought him into conflict with the demon Onibaba. When Kotaro protected him, Uragira vowed to aid him in his campaign, secretly seizing the opportunity to travel in search of riches. Kotaro and Uragira travelled far and wide, gradually fending off each of Coonjo's subordinates and schemes with the help of Nyudo, while engaging in their own misadventures along the way. Eventually, Coonjo performed a ritual to infuse a plate of onigiri with the deceased spirits of Shirei, tricking Uragira and Nyudo into eating them and turning them against their own companion. Luckily, Kotaro managed to exercise the Shirei from the pair before throwing one of the cursed onigiri into Coonjo's mouth. Now herself possessed, Coonjo wandered off in a daze, leaving the trio to reunite victorious.

Episodes

  1. "The Birth of Kotaro"
  2. "The Yokai Clan's Grudge"
  3. "The Jigokudani Trap"
  4. "Onibaba's Treasure"
  5. "Kotaro in Peril"
  6. "The Haunted Well"
  7. "Ikkakuki"
  8. "The Sorrowful Satori Yokai"
  9. "Cursed Demon Hannya"
  10. "The Tenjoname Yokai"
  11. "Evil Spirit Sogenbi"
  12. "Yokai Yamanosei"[note 2]
  13. "Shokera's Venomous Claw"
  14. "The Perceptive Yokai"
  15. "The Greedy Yokai"
  16. "The Wall-Passing Yokai"
  17. "The Powerful Unparraleled Kappa"
  18. "Money Yokai Kanennushi"
  19. "The Yamanba Duel"[note 3]
  20. "Gyuki and the Cursed Vase"
  21. "Mujinadojin's Poison Strategy"
  22. "The Demon Who Fell in Love With Nyudo"
  23. "The Ghost Sword"
  24. "Superhuman Strength Yokai Hihihi"
  25. "Nopperabo"
  26. "The Fish Yokai"
  27. "Shirakubi"
  28. "The Yokai Who Emerged From a Vase"
  29. "Sodehikikozo"
  30. "Greed in Moderation"
  31. "The Haunted Egg"[note 4]
  32. "Momonji"
  33. "Yokai Biron"[note 5]
  34. "Nyudo's Brother"
  35. "The Doll Yokai"
  36. "Uragira's Misfortune"
  37. "Coonjo and a Handgun"
  38. "The Demon Who Was Defeated by Chestnuts"
  39. "The Hilarious Manga"
  40. "Cheating Each Other"
  41. "Hyosube"
  42. "Grave Yokai Uwan"
  43. "Strongman Yokai Raigo"[note 6]
  44. "The Deceptive Yokai"
  45. "Yamahiko"
  46. "The Paper Inugami"
  47. "Imitation Yokai Hesomagari"
  48. "The Ghost Yokai"
  49. "Trampoline Yokai Hazumi"
  50. "Intense Training"
  51. "Kotaro's Critical Moment"
  52. "Nakimushijiji"
53. "Kanibozu"
54. "The Banquet Yokai"
55. "Yokai Hitobashira"
56. "Forest Yokai Koppa"
57. "The Poisonous Mushroom Ghost"
58. "Ghost Nyudo"
59. "Tree Spirit Todoro"
60. "Yokai Taiyan"
61. "Appearance of the Garbage Yokai"
62. "Yokai Gashadokuro"
63. "Uragira Taken Hostage"
64. "The Yokai Who Does Not Match Its Appearance"
65. "Yamazuri's Prey"
66. "Yokai Hayatochiri"
67. "Bloodsucking Demon Vampi"
68. "Obsessive Yokai Haranari"
69. "Judgement Yokai Hyakutataki"
70. "Yokai Yarinbo"
71. "Yokai Uminosei"
72. "Yokai Hitotsumekozo"
73. "Yokai Kamioni"
74. "The Sakabashira Yokai"
75. "Nurarihyon"
76. "Bat Yokai Burusagari"
77. "Evil Yokai Higuruma"
78. "Yokai Amanjaku"
79. "Nyudo Catches a Cold"
80. "Uragira's Nightmare"
81. "The Dancer Yokai"
82. "The Darkness Yokai"
83. "The Yokai Who Will Take Anything"
84. "Butt Pinching"
85. "The Telekinetic Snake Eyeball"
86. "Yokai Hyakuganki"
87. "The Yokai Who Wanted a Naginata"
88. "Drunkard Yokai Haradashi"
89. "Kyuketsukamazukai"
90. "Yokai Morokubi"
91. "The Intelligent Yokai"
92. "The Poisonous Moth Yokai"
93. "Yokai Fake Nyudo"
94. "Looking for the Yokai's Weak Point"
95. "Karakasakozo"
96. "Fukikeshibaba"
97. "Gangikozo"
98. "Yokai Tejinakurabe"
99. "The Magic Bicycle"
100. "Aonyobo"
101. "The Kamimai Yokai"
102. "Onihitokuchi"
103. "The Drunkard Yokai"
104. "Kotaro Rides a Horse"
105. "The Well Ghost"
106. "Yokai Kirifuki"
107. "The Jimoguri Yokai"
108. "The Yokai Phantom Car"
109. "Nyudo's Misfortune"
110. "Nureonna"
111. "Onikko's Strife"
112. "Heed the Fog"
113. "Ubume"
114. "Stop the Curse"
115. "Coonjo's Greatest Chance"
116. "The Haunted Quern"
117. "City Yokai Onibaba"
118. "Beware Beautiful Flowers"
119. "The Bell Sound Yokai"
120. "The Tsuchigumo Yokai"
121. "The Hide-and-Seek Yokai"
122. "Nimenonna"
123. "The Strong Yokai's Challenge"
124. "Yamame"
125. "The Brief Question Yokai"
126. "The Dancing Shoes"
127. "Kawanosei"
128. "The Yokai Who Wanted a Kimono"
129. "The Terrifying Ushirogami"
130. "Beware the Bandit Yokai"
131. "White Yokai Kimotori"
132. "Uragira's Wish"
133. "Futakuchionna"
134. "Spark Raigoro"
135. "The Bloodsucking Yokai"
136. "The Proficient Yokai"
137. "Falling Umbrellas"
138. "Yokai Paigon"
139. "Flute Playing Yokai Ukareonna"[note 7]
140. "Seeing Things"
141. "Yokai Heartbreak"
142. "Yakubyogami"
143. "The Sand Hole Yokai"
144. "Uragira is Teased"
145. "The Bloomed Flower Yokai"
146. "Tengu's Magic Cloak"
147. "The Magic Orb"
148. "The Tricked Yokai"
149. "Crab Yokai Taraba"
150. "The Yokai Territory"
151. "Being Kind to the Elderly"
152. "Shiwanba"
153. "Kanenosei"
154. "The Old Temple Yokai"
155. "Beach Yokai Nagisa"
156. "Possessed by Shirei"
  1. "Onibaba's Treasure"
  2. "The Haunted Well"
  3. "Kotaro in Peril"
  4. "The Jigokudani Trap"
  5. "The Yokai Clan's Grudge"
  6. "The Doll Yokai"
  7. "The Birth of Kotaro"
  8. "Uragira's Misfortune"
  9. "Coonjo and a Handgun"
  10. "The Greedy Yokai"
  11. "The Tenjoname Yokai"
  12. "The Sorrowful Satori Yokai"
  13. "Cursed Demon Hannya"
  14. "The Wall-Passing Yokai"
  15. "The Demon Who Was Defeated by Chestnuts"
  16. "Cheating Each Other"
  17. "The Hilarious Manga"
  18. "The Perceptive Yokai"
  19. "The Demon Who Fell in Love With Nyudo"
  20. "Money Yokai Kanennushi"
  21. "The Powerful Unparraleled Kappa"
  22. "Gyuki and the Cursed Vase"
  23. "The Yamanba Duel"[note 3]
  24. "Mujinadojin's Poison Strategy"
  25. "Yokai Yamanosei"[note 2]
  26. "Evil Spirit Sogenbi"
  27. "Shokera's Venomous Claw"
  28. "The Yokai Who Emerged From a Vase"
  29. "The Fish Yokai"
  30. "Shirakubi"
  31. "The Ghost Sword"
  32. "Nopperabo"
  33. "Superhuman Strength Yokai Hihihi"
  34. "Greed in Moderation"
  35. "Nyudo's Brother"
  36. "Yokai Biron"[note 5]
  37. "The Deceptive Yokai"
  38. "Momonji"
  39. "Sodehikikozo"
  40. "Strongman Yokai Raigo"[note 6]
  41. "Hyosube"
  42. "The Paper Inugami"
43. "The Haunted Egg"[note 4]
44. "Yamahiko"
45. "Grave Yokai Uwan"
46. "Trampoline Yokai Hazumi"
47. "Intense Training"
48. "Imitation Yokai Hesomagari"
49. "Kotaro's Critical Moment"
50. "The Ghost Yokai"
51. "Nakimushijiji"
52. "Yokai Gashadokuro"
53. "Uragira Taken Hostage"
54. "Tree Spirit Todoro"
55. "Yokai Taiyan"
56. "Appearance of the Garbage Yokai"
57. "Kanibozu"
58. "Yokai Hitobashira"
59. "The Banquet Yokai"
60. "Yamazuri's Prey"
61. "Judgement Yokai Hyakutataki"
62. "Yokai Yarinbo"
63. "Obsessive Yokai Haranari"
64. "Ghost Nyudo"
65. "The Poisonous Mushroom Ghost"
66. "Forest Yokai Koppa"
67. "The Yokai Who Does Not Match Its Appearance"
68. "Yokai Hayatochiri"
69. "Bloodsucking Demon Vampi"
70. "Nurarihyon"
71. "The Sakabashira Yokai"
72. "Yokai Hitotsumekozo"
73. "Yokai Kamioni"
74. "Bat Yokai Burusagari"
75. "Ikkakuki"
76. "Evil Yokai Higuruma"
77. "Possessed by Shirei"
78. "Beach Yokai Nagisa"
79. "The Dancer Yokai"
80. "The Telekinetic Snake Eyeball"
81. "Nyudo Catches a Cold"
82. "Uragira's Nightmare"
83. "Yokai Hyakuganki"
84. "The Yokai Who Wanted a Naginata"
85. "The Yokai Who Will Take Anything"
86. "The Darkness Yokai"
87. "Butt Pinching"
88. "Yokai Amanjaku"
89. "Being Kind to the Elderly"
90. "Kanenosei"
91. "Shiwanba"
92. "Onihitokuchi"
93. "Aonyobo"
94. "The Drunkard Yokai"
95. "The Kamimai Yokai"
96. "The Well Ghost"
97. "Karakasakozo"
98. "Gangikozo"
99. "Fukikeshibaba"
100. "Looking for the Yokai's Weak Point"
101. "The Magic Bicycle"
102. "Kotaro Rides a Horse"
103. "Yokai Tejinakurabe"
104. "Yokai Uminosei"
105. "Nyudo's Misfortune"
106. "Onikko's Strife"
107. "Nureonna"
108. "Yokai Kifuki"
109. "The Yokai Phantom Car"
110. "The Jimoguri Yokai"
111. "Yokai Fake Nyudo"
112. "Yokai Morokubi"
113. "The Poisonous Moth Yokai"
114. "Kyuketsukamazukai"
115. "Flute Playing Yokai Ukareonna"[note 7]
116. "Drunkard Yokai Haradashi"
117. "City Yokai Onibaba"
118. "Stop the Curse"
119. "Beware Beautiful Flowers"
120. "Heed the Fog"
121. "Ubume"
122. "The Bell Sound Yokai"
123. "The Tsuchigumo Yokai"
124. "Coonjo's Greatest Chance"
125. "The Haunted Quern"
126. "The Old Temple Yokai"

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Masaaki Hisamatsu, Hiroyasu Sunahara, Heikichi Tsushima, Akio Imamura
  • Written by   Tsunehisa Ito, Yu Yamamoto, Yoshimi Shinozaki, Masako Suzuki, Yoichi Nanzawa
  • Produced by   Masaaki Hisamatsu
  • Theme songs "Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka" and "Yokai Coming" performed by   Yoshihiro Sugiura
    • Lyrics by   Akira Yamazaki
    • Composed and arranged by   Takashi Miki

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

Appearances

Characters and yokai

Video releases

Kodansha DVD (2018)

  • Released: June 26, 2018
  • Region: 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Notes: Featured as part of Godzilla All Movie DVD Collector's BOX volume 52. Includes 15 episodes.[note 13]

Kodansha DVD (2018)

  • Released: July 10, 2018
  • Region: 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Notes: Featured as part of Godzilla All Movie DVD Collector's BOX volume 53. Includes 15 episodes.[note 14]

Kodansha DVD (2018)

  • Released: July 24, 2018
  • Region: 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Notes: Featured as part of Godzilla All Movie DVD Collector's BOX volume 54. Includes 20 episodes.[note 15]

Kodansha DVD (2018)

  • Released: August 7, 2018
  • Region: 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Notes: Featured as part of Godzilla All Movie DVD Collector's BOX volume 55. Includes 20 episodes.[note 16]

Kodansha DVD (2018)

  • Released: August 21, 2018
  • Region: 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Notes: Featured as part of Godzilla All Movie DVD Collector's BOX volume 56. Includes 24 episodes.[note 17]

Kodansha DVD (2018)

  • Released: September 4, 2018
  • Region: 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Notes: Featured as part of Godzilla All Movie DVD Collector's BOX volume 57. Includes 22 episodes.[note 18]

Kodansha DVD (2018)

  • Released: September 18, 2018
  • Region: 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Notes: Featured as part of Godzilla All Movie DVD Collector's BOX volume 58. Includes 14 episodes.[note 19]

Kodansha DVD (2018)

  • Released: October 2, 2018
  • Region: 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Notes: Featured as part of Godzilla All Movie DVD Collector's BOX volume 59. Includes 14 episodes.[note 20]

Kodansha DVD (2018)

  • Released: October 16, 2018
  • Region: 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Notes: Featured as part of Godzilla All Movie DVD Collector's BOX volume 60. Only includes music videos for "Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka" and "Yokai Coming."

Toho DVD (2019) [Volume 1]

  • Released: January 16, 2019
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Special features: Two "Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka" openings, "Yokai Coming" opening
  • Notes: Includes episodes 1-39.

Toho DVD (2019) [Volume 2]

  • Released: January 16, 2019
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Special features: Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka Still Collection Part 1
  • Notes: Includes episodes 30-78.

Toho DVD (2019) [Volume 3]

  • Released: January 16, 2019
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Special features: Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka Still Collection Part 2
  • Notes: Includes episodes 79-117.

Toho DVD (2019) [Volume 4]

  • Released: January 16, 2019
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Special features: "Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka" music video, "Yokai Coming" music video
  • Notes: Includes episodes 118-156.

Videos

Show opening
Episodes 1-2
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 6
Episode 9
Episode 10
Episode 11
Episode 16
Episode 25
Episode 29
Episode 30
Episode 37
Episode 38
Episode 39
Episode 40
Episode 49
Episode 62
Episode 63
Episode 67
Episode 70
Episode 100
Episode 101
Episode 102
Episode 103
Episode 152
Episode 156

Trivia

  • Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka is the only one of Good Morning! Kid's Show's tokusatsu series to not reuse monsters from earlier productions; Redman''s monster roster consisted entirely of characters reused from Tsuburaya Productions' series, while Go! Godman and Go! Greenman featured numerous characters from Toho's kaiju films as well as the shows Chibikko Special and Assault! Human!!, respectively. However, many partial suits from various companies were reused to portray the show's yokai.
    • Monro's head from Kure Kure Takora, which is in extremely poor condition, was altered and reused for the Perceptive Yokai, Doll Yokai, and the haunted egg yokai in episode 31.
    • The head of the Sodehikikozo appears to be a heavily altered Garuma head from Warrior of Love Rainbowman.
    • Hyosube's head appears to be reused from one of Maoh's minions from Go! Greenman, though repainted green and with new facial features sculpted over top.
    • Kappalge's body from Go! Greenman is used for that of the Strongman Yokai Raigo and the Proficient Yokai.
    • Multiple pieces from the Devilas from Triple Fighter are reused, a head for an unnamed banquet yokai in episode 54 and a bodysuit and gloves for the Fukikeshibaba.
    • The head of the Gashadokuro is a repainted Golden Bat head from a Golden Bat live show. Toho previously reused a suit from the show to portray Foxaus in Go! Greenman.[4]
    • The body Hotter uses in Go! Greenman is reused for the Bat Yokai Burusagari in episode 76 and an unnamed territorial Yokai in episode 150.
    • The head piece of Gilagind from Spectreman is used for that of the Darkness Yokai.
    • The gloves and boots of the Drunkard Yokai from episode 103 appear to be reused from Rainbowman's Dash 2 form, though the former are repainted.[5]
    • Stegodzillas' body from Go! Greenman is used for the Strong Yokai in episode 123.
  • Ironically, Ryoichi Tanaka and Takashi Taguchi, who voice the show's protagonists Kotaro Ushiwaka and Uragira, previously portrayed Go! Greenman's primary antagonists, Maoh and Tonchiki, respectively.
  • Go! Kotaro Ushiwaka was filmed in cooperation with Yomiuriland (episode 49), the Hakonekowaki Park Children's Village (episodes 50, 111), Fuji-Q Highland (episodes 81, 86, 101, 129, 134), Japan Land (episodes 91, 95, 106, 139, 144) and Mother Farm (episodes 98-99, 104, 109, 114, 119, 124).

Notes

  1. Some sources erroneously describe the pronunciation of 行け as Yuke (ゆけ).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Written as "Yamasei" on the title card.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Written as "Yamauba" on the title card.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Read aloud as "The Haunted Yokai Egg."
  5. 5.0 5.1 Read aloud without "Yokai."
  6. 6.0 6.1 Written as "Raigoro" on the title card.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Written as "Ukareme" on the title card.
  8. Minions of Coonjo, Aobozu, three-eyed yokai, Ikkakuki, Satori Yokai, Yamanosei, Shokera, Kappa, Mujinadojin, Nopperabo, Shirakubi, Momonji, Biron, Doll Yokai, demon who was defeated by chestnuts, Coonjo's cousin, deceptive yokai, Nakimushijiji, Kanibozu, Akakubi, Hyakuganki.
  9. Perceptive Yokai, Greedy Yokai, Wall-Passing Yokai, Hihihi, Fish Yokai, yokai who emerged from a vase, forest yokai, haunted egg yokai, Funbaba, Karakasakozo.
  10. Onibaba, Kanennushi, red demon, Hyosube, Uwan, Raigo, Deceptive Yokai, Yamahiko, Paper Inugami, Hesomagari, Hazumi, Hitobashira, Koppa, Poisonous Mushroom Ghost, Todoro, Garbage Yokai, Gashadokuro, yokai who took Uragira hostage, tug-of-war yokai, Hayatochiri, Vampi, Haranari, Hyakutataki, Gangikozo, Drunkard Yokai, Kirifuki.
  11. Yarinbo, Hitotsumekozo, Kamioni, Sakabashira Yokai, Nurarihyon, Burusagari, Higuruma, Uminosei, Butt Pinch Yokai, yokai who wanted a naginata, fog yokai, Tsuchigumo Yokai, Haunted Quern.
  12. Amanjaku, Darkness Yokai, Haradashi, Kyuketsukamazukai, Morokubi, Poisonous Moth Yokai, Fake Nyudo, invulnerable yokai, Tejinakurabe, Kamimai Yokai, Brief Question Yokai, elderly yokai, Kanenosei.
  13. Episodes 1-10, 15-16, 35-37.
  14. Episodes 11-14, 17-22, 26, 28, 38-40.
  15. Episodes 23-25, 27, 29-34, 41-47, 49-51.
  16. Episodes 48, 52-63, 70, 72-77.
  17. Episodes 71, 78-82, 84-87, 94-97, 100-103, 105, 125, 145, 151, 153, 155.
  18. Episodes 64-65, 88-90, 92-93, 106-108, 110-114, 117-119, 133, 138-139, 150.
  19. Episodes 98, 115-116, 120-121, 124, 126, 128, 136-137, 140, 148, 154.
  20. Episodes 66-69, 99, 104, 109, 141-142, 146-147, 149, 152, 156.

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Lamango

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Yo, this channel has some Gimme Gimme Takora and Go! Kotaro https://www....84UGA/videos
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Lamango

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If I got the Japanese names for all of these, I could find pictures.
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