Or however you spell that title... harumph.
Great movie... interesting idea... but this has been posted here in this section for a very different reason.
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In case you need to know... Uresei Yatsura (or whatever the hell it's spelled like) is an anime series (and a good number of feature films) about a boy named Aturu who was having a decent life, (which consisted of chasing girls, and trying to get it on with his own girlfriend Shinobu), till a damn army of aliens came down and threatened to destroy all humanity... unless a chosen champion can defeat one of their own. One of their own just happens to be the very sexy Lum. Well, after many loses, Aturu, on the final day, finally wins the match. Too bad nobody told him that when he won he'd get Lum as a wife (course he made the mistake of announcing what sounded, to Lum, as a marriage proposal). So now Aturu's stuck with an alien wife and has to put up with all the crap that comes with it. And it does in many shapes and forms.
Toho produced this UY movie probably sometime in either the late 70's or the early 80's. Since Toho's obviously a much revered studio in the land of the rising sun... the animators of this movie decided to put in a lotta hints and nods and tributes to Toho's movies. Mainly... Godzilla and company.
The beginning itself is chock full of cameos (students in costumes) by many Toho monsters.
(at the beginning of a hallway sequence)
(at the end of a hallway sequence)
-The Planet X Aliens
(all through out the beginning)
(whose talking with some random japanese character and one of the Baltans from the Ultraman series.)
(being pushed up the stairs by a flood of students)
(Being pushed up those same stairs)
-Atragon w/ Manda wrapped around it
(the stairs again)
Then later on in the movie, the main characters are shown watching a black and white movie on a theater screen... that B&W movie just so happens to be animated segments of Godzilla 1954
. Mainly Godzilla in his second attack on Tokyo... and an animated Serizawa holding up the legendary Oxygen Destroyer.
Not to mention that throughout the beginning sequences there's alotta tributes/nods to the most popular movies and shows of the time (Star Wars, UltraMan, Alien, etc.). Just look around during the chaos and you'll find stuff.
Now don't just go out and rent this movie for the sole purpose of seeing some animated Godzilla characters (well ya can if you want to... I'm not going to be able to stop ya... >_>)... Beautiful Dreamer's a great movie on it's own and I didn't just enjoy it mainly for the chance to see some animated kaiju. It's a great movie and has a great story... I'll be posting up my review in the movie section later. Just wanted to bring some of this info to the attention of other kaiju fans.