Tag: dinosaurs

オーストラリア最大恐竜がエロマンガに

エロマンガの恐竜オブジェ

 オーストラリアの最大恐竜がエロマンガにあった。

 本当。

 下品なことを考えってんじゃねぇよ!エロマンガはオーストラリア先住民の言葉で「風がよく吹く平野」という意味だそう。

 エロマンガは、北部クイーンズランド州にある小さな村です。石油とオパール鉱業が中心となっている人口約40人の村である。

海から最も遠く離れている町を豪No.1のエロマンガ

 1990年代までエロマンガ有名なことはオーストラリア内で海から最も遠く離れている町ということだった。(今でもそうと主張しているが、そうじゃないという人もいます。)

 いずれにせよ、クイーンズランド州都ブリスベーンから約1,000キロ西の方に置かれている。

 1994年にチャリ乗りの少年が化石を見つけて、以降次から次へ恐竜の化石が発見された。

 2007年にみつかった化石が今までオーストラリアで最も大きいな恐竜のものだった。

 その恐竜がティタノザウルス類の一種であり、エロマンんがの恐竜がクーパーと名付けられた。

 しかし、名前は名前なので、当然にエロマンガという村が日本に注目を浴びた。

 数多くの日本のエロ漫画や普通の漫画もエロマンガの話が出ています。

ティタノザウルスがエロマンガに存在した風景

 その中は「ニニンがシノブ伝」、「サムライフラメンコ」というまでもなくオーストラリアで児童ポルノとして禁じられている「エロマンガ先生」がある。

 今、エロマンガに恐竜研究が励んでいる。

 2017年に開館したエロマンガ自然博物館が運営しているが、コロナ禍で苦しんでいるだろう。

 それでも、間違いなくエロマンガがオーストラリア恐竜研究・跡地の最前線にひとつということはまちがいない。

 これからもエロマンガにますます期待できるだろう。

 

 

 

Dino Might!

Perhaps not surprisingly in a land ruled by middle-aged and elderly blokes and the fax still a crucial communication tool, mightily impressive dinosaurs have taken over a part of Japan not far from Tokyo.

And despite being equipped with apparently razor-sharp fangs, the dinosaurs in question are actually toothless.

They’re part of an amazing display at the Izu Granpal Amusement Park.

The park is located in Izukogen, a town about 100 km southwest of central Tokyo.

And the dinosaurs are part of an illumination display presented with a Cool Japan Matching Award.

Both the dinosaurs and the illumination display were absolutely fabulous!

In clear weather, it’s also possible to ride a flying fox (zipline) over the illumination display on the park.

Getting to the park takes a couple of hours by train, but highly worthwhile, with plenty more to see in the Izukogen area, a thriving little town gaining wider exposure with the increase in inbound tourism over the past handful of years.

An Aussie Touch to a Landmark Japanese TV Show

Australia provided an (admittedly unacknowledged) touch to Monster Prince (怪獣王子), one of Japan’s most popular TV shows in the late 1960s.
Monster Prince told the story of Takeru Ibuki, a boy left stranded on a tropical island while a baby when his family is caught in a volcanic eruption and subsequently raised by dinosaurs living there.
Together with his brontosaurus friend, Nessie, Takeru defends the island, and by extension the Earth, from invading aliens.
And that’s where the Australian touch comes in…Takeru’s weapon of choice is a boomerang!
The show ran for two series and was made by Nihon Tokusatsu Kabukikaisha.
The role of Takeru was shared by twins, Yoshinori and Mitsunori Nomura, both of who were prominent child actors at the time, but for who this would be their final role before they both left showbiz.
Monster Prince was plagued by troubles throughout its duration, though its merchandise did brisk sales.
Confectionary giant, Lotte, the program’s sponsor, wanted to pull the plug after the first series, but agreed to extend its backing when the show was sold to the United States.
In-fighting also plagued the program, which was shot in Kyoto but by a crew from Tokyo, and rivalries between those from the ancient and modern capitals were apparently fierce.
Nihon Tokusatsu Kabukikaisha wound up following the end of this series, which came as the tokusatsu boom that had encompassed Japan through much of the 1960s slowly declined from its zenith.

Check out KAIJU OUJI: MONSTER PRINCE, which has an awesome write-up on Monster Prince, a program also known outside of Japan by the romanization of its Japanese title,Kaiju Ouji.

See a subtitled version of the first-ever episode of Monster Prince (featuring plenty of boomerang throwing and an awesome scream to kick-off the opening titles!)