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  • Genre Turning Point: It cannot be understated how much Ultra Q influenced the kaiju genre. Its massive success on 60s Japanese television proved it was completely possible to create movie-level special effects work on a TV budget and schedule, allowing the path to be paved for many Toku shows (including the rest of the Ultra Series) to come. And for ordinary viewers, it had opened up a golden opportunity. As Eiji Tsuburaya recalled in an interview, he had overheard two children walking home from school and they were talking about how with Ultra Q, it meant they could just see kaiju whenever they wanted instead of having to go to the movies whenever a new flick came out — something that made Tsuburaya very happy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Exaggerated (as expected in many horror films), especially when you watch alone.
    • Nightmare Retardant: Eiji Tsuburaya wanted the series to be kid-friendly ("Remember, children will be watching", he instructed to the writers), so it can be quite tame in comparison to some later work, especially the two sequels/remakes.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: In retrospect, compared to other tokusatsu, it may not seem like much, but at the time it was one of the highest rated, most expensive shows on Japanese TV. It was shot in 35mm, which was the format for feature films in Japan, and it used a very expensive optical printer-so expensive that only Toho and Disney had one.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: A big part of Ultra Q's success. Eiji Tsuburaya had produced the quality of suits, miniatures, and puppets found only in his Toho movie work on a TV schedule and budget.

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