Makoto Ikeda / profile

Makoto Ikeda

He was born in 1961, in Shizuoka prefecture.When he was in elementary school, he devoted himself to reading a boys’-magazine “Bouken-ou”, collecting Kamen-rider cards, and pretending to be Kamen-rider or some “Kaijin” on the hill with citrus trees behind his home.He studied Japanese literature in university and in graduate school. Now, while teaching Japanese in several prep-schools, he studies Tokusatsu and works as a writer.

He wrote for”Robot & Hero Comics Super Guide”(Byakuya Shobou),”A Guide to School-Manga”(Takarajima-sha),”The Complete Book of Shonen-Gahou “(Shonengahou sha),”Our Hero Legend”(Husousha), “The Soul of Characters”(Tatsumishuppan),”Come back! Kamen-rider’s Golden Age: No.1, No.2, and V3!!” “Come back! Ultraman’s Golden Age: Q, Man, Seven !!” (Take shobou),”Moving Episodes in Kamen-rider”(Mediax), “Kamen-rider 1971~1984″(Kodansha) etc.

 

 

Mr.Ikeda loves “Bouken-ou” and other old magazines. After the earthquake in 2011, He said he would “evacuate them for safety”,and sent cardboard boxes filled with his magazines to several places, even to the house of his wife’s parents.His wife’s father was surprised at the contents of the cardboard box. Although he had expected the content to be a little troubling, he saw a lot of magazines with the same cover and felt his son-in-law was eccentric.
He called his daughter and asked her,”There are many identical magazines in this box; is Makoto in his right mind?”His daughter sighed and replied, “Yes, he is all right.”However, in reality, even his daughter couldn’t believe firmly that her husband was in his right mind.

 

His wife’s parents are also reading this blog.Are you all right, Mr. Ikeda?

 

From tomorrow:

Makoto Ikeda

 < The Bessatsu(:extra issue) Bouken-ou 1972 autumn number>

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (1)

 

Bessatsu Bouken-ou 1972 autumn number

 

This number was the last one for Mr. Ikeda to collect in order to complete his collection of <Bouken-ou> from 1971 onward.

Mr. Ikeda recalls.

”If I remember correctly, in 2000 or 2001, this number appeared at a Mandarake auction. I hadn’t seen this <Bessatsu ’72 autumn > at the auction until that time.”

“And what did you do? ”  I  asked.

“For the time being, I put 200,000 yen into it ”

“I didn’t know at all”

“Well, I didn’t say.”Mr. Ikeda looked at me as if to say “Obvious, isn’t it?”

“I see.Then? ”

“I made a successful bid for 180,000 yen.”

To be accurate, 180100 yen. At Mandarake auctions, the contract price is set at 100 yen more than what the second-place bidder offers.

 

He looked as if he wished to keep his explanation of this scene brief, and so I continued inquiring with persistence.

The fact was that he had made up his mind not to step down, whatever the cost may be.<Bessatsu Bouken-ou> 1972 autumn number, which he could not find however hard he looked, had finally appeared.
“If I miss this opportunity, I may never get my hands on this number forever”…Mr.Ikeda was afraid of this.He thought that strength of his will was being tested by destiny.

 

No wonder he did not tell me.Well, I’m no longer surprised at such a thing though.

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (2)

”Bouken-ou” is a boy’s magazine which was released between 1949 and 1983 by Akita shoten. (After that, it was retitled “TV Anime Magazine”, and  continued until 1984).They concentrated on the world of Tokusatsu and anime on TV and featured  a lot of comicalized works of those subjects.Besides the usual monthly magazine, they released extra issues < Bessatsu > quarterly (spring, summer, autumn, winter numbers) and special issues < Zoukan > twice a  year (summer-vacation, New-Year numbers).

 

Mr.Ikeda bid the <Bessatsu Bouken-ou 1972 autumn > at the Mandarake auction mentioned previously (in the first post).
After that, he bought another copy of the same number for 80,000 yen at the Nakano store of Mandarake. In addition, he bought the same number, with some missing bromides, on behalf of his friend.  Furthermore, he made a successful bid on Yahoo auction for 50,000 yen, and impulsively bought one with cut-outs at the Umeda store of Mandarake for 25,000 yen. Other than those, he still has a lot of < Bessatsu 72 autumn > whether  they are in good condition or not.

 

 

In the beginning, I presumed he intended to do business with those magazines, but it seems that he doesn’t have any intention of doing so. He treasures even the unmarketably old and worn-out ones.
“Anyway, if I find this number in a more or less complete condition at 100,000 yen, or one with cut outs at about 30,000yen, I think I would feel like buying it on impulse,” Mr.Ikeda said.

 

“Just a moment. Why do you want it so much?”

 

This is an eternal question by people close to a collector, I guess.

 

 

“I think it’s the child inside me.”Mr.Ikeda said.

 

I looked at him with suspicious eyes. Don’t be silly. There cannot be a child that buys the same magazines repeatedly like that.

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (3)

< Bessatsu Bouken-ou ’72 autumn number >

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime  encounter of fate”…with such a readiness, Mr. Ikeda faced the Mandarake aucion. His obsession probably spread to the later <Bouken-ou> market.

 

Mr.Ikeda said. “< Bouken-ou > had never been priced really high until I knocked it down at the auction. It might have been a trigger, because later at  another Mandarake auction, the price of < Zoukan Bouken-ou ’73 summer vacation number, featuring Kamenrider V3 > suddenly leaped up to 460,000 yen.”

“Hmmm. Somehow, I understand.”

“The contract price shows that there were at least two people who had bid  for 400,000 yen or more.” Mr. Ikeda said.

“Perhaps, one of the two people was you, I suppose.”

“No, I didn’t bid. I was also surprised at the price. I saw this  auction  thinking “darn, dare you to buy it, I’d sell my copy””

“Did you already have that number?”

“Of course I did.”Mr. Ikeda puffed up with pride.

“I see. But I have seen this < Bessatsu 72 autumn number > so frequently that I didn’t think they were that valuable. ”
“Everything that I possess a large number of is usually something rare in  this world.”

Mr. Ikeda threw out his chest even more, and then, as if he suddenly noticed, he abruptly said to me, “I’m sorry.”

 

” ? ”

“I’m sorry, forgive me.”

Mr. Ikeda apologizes to me, which is just a strategy to improve his  image. You, it is tooooo late for that.
To be continued, quietly.

Zoukan Bouken-ou ’73 summer vacation number

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (4)

“As for < Bessatsu Bouken-ou autumn number >, the autumn number in itself rarely appears on the market.”  Mr.Ikeda said.

 

“Compared to the autumn number, the < Zoukan Bouken-ou > (released twice a year) often appears on the market. The summer vacation number was published in the middle of August and children returned to their parents’ family hometown and got their grandparents to buy it. The New-Year’s number was on sale from the middle of December until January and children could buy it with Otoshidama (New Year’s gift, usually money).

Concerning the < Bessatsu >, the summer and winter numbers were released in summer vacation and New Year’s holiday, respectively. The spring number was released in March. That’s the temporary income season for children, as it’s when they progress to the next year and  also have spring vacation.

However, the autumn number was published in October. It was the dark month when children couldn’t expect any events, wasn’t it? It was on sale just at the time when they were short on money; therefore this number may not have been bought as much, I guess. I feel that few would be on the market.”

 

All right. I understand why < Bessatsu autumn number> turned out to be rare.

 

One more thing dawned on me.  Young Ikeda’s every day revolved around pocket money all year round. It seemed that for him, sports day and field trips had little importance and extra income was the greatest event. If such a child grows up and possesses his own money…, how would things turn out ?

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (5)

“Here, let us look at this number from the first page.”

 

Mr. Ikeda said so and carefully opened the < Bessatsu Bouken-ou 1972 autumn number>.

 

1 Picture postcards of< Devilman >
2 A frontispiece poster(On the front,< Thundermask >. On the back, < The March of Monsters in Film > (Godzilla, Gamella, Giralla etc.))
3 Color cards of TV kaijins (8p.) (Kamen-rider, Choujin Barom1, Kaiketsu Lionmaru, Henshin ninja arashi: total 4 pieces)
4 A special report on TV (Lion maru (7p.), Kamen-rider (8p.))
5 Explanatory diagrams of Kaijin etc.
(Barom1 (3p.), Arashi (4p.), Lion maru (4p.), Kamen-rider (4p.), and two-color printings (Red/black, blue/black).)
6 The return of monsters in films (7p.)
7 TV & Film news …Information on the movie in which Mari Amachi has her first starring role.

The composition: The comicalized works of Tokusatsu and animated cartoons.

 

“Of everything, the part that the children cut away before anything else is the Devilman postcard (:1) and the color cards (:3)

< Bessatsu Bouken-ou > didn’t have any freebies, so the picture postcard and color cards were equal to the bound-in supplement.Most children cut out this part instinctively.It is just about right to assume that these parts will be cut out.”
“Really?”
“Yes. In other words, a child who doesn’t cut out this part is not a true child.They are the parts that Mr. Satte laughs as soon as he sees them cut out and says “Oh, the parts to be cut out are cut out”.”

 

Mr. Ikeda applauded the great unshaken spirit of Satte Takahashi, and continued.

 

“<With cutting out > usually means this.It is what we call the scar left by the ex-owner child’s instinct.”

       

         

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (6)

“Then, let us survey the manga works in this number.”
Mr. Ikeda said.

 

Chojin Barom 1(Takeshi Kojo / original author: Takawo Saitou)
Kamen Rider(Mitsuru Sugaya / original author: Shotarou Ishimori)
Devil-man(Mitsuru Hiruta and Dynamic Pro / original author: Go Nagai)
Thunder-Mask (Takeshi Hasegawa and Hiromi pro / original plan: Shozou Uehara)
Henshin-Ninja-Arashi(Ken Ishikawa and Dynamic Pro / original author: Shotarou Ishimori)
Astro-ganger(Masanobu Asai)
Kaiketsu Lion-maru(Daiji Kazumine / original author: Souji Ushio)

 

Mr.Ikeda said,
“Above the titles on the cover page, it states that <all stories are complete >.
It would be so, of course. All these manga are comicalized works of Tokusatsu or anime cartoons on TV.
Some of them go unrecorded in independent volumes.Both the famous <Thunder-mask> and the relatively obscure <Astro-ganger> weren’t developed later and were not published as a book.By the way, the story of <Kamen-rider> in this number was unrecorded until <The Complete Edition of Kamen-rider Bouken-ou Version >was released.
The kaijin (cyborg/monster) in it was “Dividing kaijin Mukade-condor”(Centipede-mutant), an original kaijin created by Mitsuru Sugaya.
The story was also elaborate, and Kamen-rider’s machine < Cyclone > blows up and breaks into pieces.
Besides, in the inch-wide margin between the fold of the pages, the name of the new evil organization <Gell-Shocker > is shown!”

 

“Oh my, is it the first appearance?”

 

”No, in the monthly < Bouken-ou >(To separate it from Bessatsu, we will later refer to it as Honshi), the new organization appeared in the comicalized work in October, and its name < Gell Shocker > was revealed in the November number. The drama that occurred when the evil organization switched from Shocker to Gell-Shocker is clearly described in < Bouken-ou Honshi>.But in < Bessatsu >, they cast this mysterious name at children, and did not explain it at all.
It was not even connected with the story in this number.Penny-less children were toyed with this way of releasing information in small pieces.”

 

Mr. Ikeda was annoyed with this.The child’s world seems to have already been a ruthless information intensive society, swayed by money.

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (7)

Mr. Ikeda continued talking about the manga works included in this number.

 

“As for < Chojin Barom1 (Superman Barom1)>, in 2007, a book including the stories unrecorded individually was published, declaring itself the complete edition.However, there is just one story missing from this edition.That’s the one in this <Bessatsu ’72 autumn>”

 

“Oh, my! Then, this number became even more valuable, didn’t it?”I said to Mr. Ikeda.

 

His face exhibited a complex expression.
“Mmm. I feel that I am a bit responsible for this incident. To tell the truth, I previously wrote in <Robot & Hero Comix Super Guide > that the last episode of < Barom 1 > was uncollected in a single volume. I presume the editorial staff of <The Complete Edition> referred to my words. But, actually, in addition to the last episode, the story of < Bessatsu 72 autumn number> was also left out.
Afterwards, I noticed and corrected my mistake in “Our Hero Legend “, but it seems that the staff didn’t see this.Such being the case, the last episode was published, but the story in this < Bessatsu> was omitted.”

 

“Oh, that is a dire crime…”

 

 

“But I am not the only one to blame.”

 

Indeed……   I think it’s the case that the editors swallowed whole the information on Wikipedia, which is not really a rare occurring.

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (8)

It is said  that < Bouken-ou > was accepted to carry a lot of superior original manga,”Igaguri-kun”” A Zero Fighter Red” in the first place.

That might be exactly why they once got behind the times.

Mr.Ikeda said.
“The 1st Tokusatsu boom on TV visited in the latter half of the 1960’s.
At that times, what did other boys’-magazines do ?

For example,< Bokura > ran Tokusatsu “Ultra-Q”,”Ultraman”,”Ultra-seven” one after another.They published them on the cover and photogravures and featured them. Furthermore,they added many appendixes concerning Tokusatsu and appealed it extensively.

As for another boys’-magazine < Shonen-gahou >, it was an opposite way.
The < Magma taishi (Magma ambassador)> that was published serially in < Shonen-gahou> got televised as a Tokusatsu work, the editors made it a central pivot of the magazine.

In short,< Bokura > and < Shonengahou > were linked to Tokusatsu on TV and developed.

 

Then, what did < Bouken-ou > do ?

Mr.Ikeda said. “At that time, the Tokusatsu works in < Bouken-ou> were <Majin-Bander> and <Hyouman>(a leopard man).

<Majin Bander > was pushed intensively by being introduced on the covers and guravures.Even < Zoukan Bouken-ou  > featuring <Majin Bander> was released.
Though they promoted the work with all their strength, it took a long time to be televised. It became televised  at last, surprisingly after three and half years. Furthermore,broadcasting was only three months ! ”

“When it comes to <Hyouman>,though it was even introduced on many guravures, it was not telecasted to the end. Compared with < Bokura > possessing Ultra series, < Shonengahou > carrying < Magma taishi >,  < Bouken-ou > was lack of power undeniably.

 

After all,they could not get onto the wave of the 1st Tokusatsu boom.
But,the time came when the wave was over.

At the same time, the wave to make boys’magazines publish weekly was coming.

Igaguri kun ( Eiich Fukui )

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (9)

In the end of 1960s, the 1st Tokusatsu boom was over.

 

At the almost same time, in 1968, the monthly boys’ magazine < Shonen >stopped issuing. In 1969, the monthly one <Shonen Book > stopped, too.

Taking the place of them, in 1968, the weekly boys’ magazine < Shonen-Jump > was published. In 1969, the weekly one < Shonen Chanpion > started. In that 1969, the monthly boys’magazine< Bokura > changed to the weekly < Bokura magazine >, and the monthly <Shonen-Gahou> began to be released every other week.

 

“After all, monthly boys’-magazines stopped issuing one after another . They had been overwhelmed by  the weekly magazines.”
Mr. Ikeda said.

 

“The monthly boys’-magazine < Bouken-ou > and < Manga-ou > (Akita shoten) just managed to hold on somehow, but at June /1971,< Manga-ou > discontinued publication and was combined into < Bouken-ou >.

In that same period , < Bokura magazine > < Shonen-Gahou > which had survived  with changing to a weekly or a biweekly, stopped issuing in conclusion.
Finally, monthly boys’ magazines to have been supporting children in the days after the Second World War became only < Bouken-ou >.”
However, <Bouken-ou> survived another 13 years after the middle of 1971.(in the last year odd, they changed the name to <TV anime magazine>)

Mr, Ikeda said. Their desperate efforts in the 2nd Tokusatsu boom from 1971 was there, and in the center of the struggle, this < Bessatsu ’72 autumn > stands out.

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (10)

The 2nd Tokusatsu boom started in 1971.
In 1972, this boom reached a peak.

 

“In 1971, Tokusatsu was just <Returned Ultra-man><Kamen-rider> and <Spectre-man>(Renamed in three parts; <Space Apeman Gori>, <Space Apeman vs Spectre-man> and then <Spectre-man>).
In 1972, Tokusatsu increased abruptly, and a lot of hero-anime cartoons for children began to be telecasted.” Mr. Ikeda said.
 

In the beginning of 1971, < Bouken-ou > centered on “Spectreman” and lay emphasis on Tokusatsu, which it did not completely do previously. In addition, they put gravures of “Kamen-rider” on the November number. It was the start of a major reform entirely with its sights on the 2nd Tokusatsu boom.
 

According to Mr.Ikeda, this time < Bouken-ou > targeted the Tokusatsu boom with real earnest, desperately.
Previously, they used original manga as their drawing card, but then, they began to carry comicalized works of Tokusatsu and Anime one after another.
Series they published were increased gradually, and by 1972,”Kamenrider””Henshin-Ninja-Arashi””Choujin Barom1″”Devilman”under the publisher Kodannsha, and “Kaiketsu Lion-maru””Thunder-mask” under the publisher Shogakukan could be read in their now “cover-all” magazine.
 

As for < Bessatsu>, gravures and illustrations of Tokusatsu and Anime were rushed into < Bessatsu Bouken-ou >,separate from < Bouken-ou Honshi >.
<Honshi> kept some original manga on it, but < Bessatsu > swept away all the original works that had used most part of its pages, now concentrating on the comicalized works of Tokusatsu and Anime on TV.
As a response to increasing the pages for gravures and illustrations, < Bessatsu Bouken-ou > reduced the pages per story compared with <Honshi>.
To make <Bessatsu Bouken-ou > be a stronghold of Tokusatsu and Anime, they included color-gravures and explanatory illustrations thoroughly and carried the comicalized pieces of contemporary popular works cross-sectionally and comprehensively.

 

The completion of this overpowering style was this < Bessatsu ’72 autumn number>, and this number also achieved the most brilliant level of that, Mr. Ikeda said.

     ” Chojin Barom 1 ”
      Kaiketsu Lion maru

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (11)

”Anyway, this number has no unnecessary pages.”

 

Mr. Ikeda delivered a fervent speech.
”At first, to give a sweeping view over the volume, we don’t find “Tokusha” at all. “Tokusha” are photos taken by photographers at gatherings called by productions for advertising, frequently used in a boys-magazines such as < TV Magazine >.

 

But in this number, all the color gravures are ones which  photographers took by actually going to the filming locations directly. To be frank with you, no other magazine had as many photos that conveyed the feel of the actual scene as < Bouken-ou >.”

 

“Next, the explanatory illustration, with as many as 15 color pages, is excellent.
The strength of the photogravures and the explanatory illustrations, the impressiveness of this number is there.”

 

“< TV magazine >, for example, having a face as an educational magazine, put some pages like “To mothers” written by an education expert. But here, there is no room to carry such lax pages. There is just the powerful atmosphere of the actual scenes, and a massive amount of visual information.”

 

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (12 )

This <Bessatsu Bouken-ou 1972 autumn number >was at a critical turning point, in many ways.

 

“For example, this number is the first issue which put the subtitle <Movie and TV magazine> under the main title <Bouken-ou>.” Mr. Ikeda said.

 

“Thereafter, this style went on, and from the ’73 June number this subtitle became bigger than the main title. Afterward this magazine was called < Movie and TV magazine > and the name continued until the discontinuation of publication in the <Bessatsu>’74 February number.”

 

“What is more, from the spring number after this autumn number, with a winter one in between the two, the format of the magazine changed from B5 size to a wider AB size and the publication frequency changed from quarterly to monthly.

There is a trace of the reform in this autumn number. Take a look at this place.”

 

Mr. Ikeda opened the inside of the front cover.

<Prize Contest>

It’s one where you answer a quiz and a questionnaire, and have a chance to win a Transformation Cyborg Figure as the prize.”The quiz and how to participate” is printed at the bottom of the page.

<The quiz and how to participate>

・Question

Among Kamen-rider, Chojin Barom 1, and Thunder-mask, which can transform itself in two stages.

1 Kamen-rider 2  Chojin Barom1  3 Thunder-mask

・Questionnaire

In your opinion, how many <Bessatsu Bouken-ou/Movie TV Magazine > should be published in a year?

1 Four  2 Six  3 Twelve

・How to enter

Please be sure to write your answer using the numbers and apply by an official postcard.Don’t forget to write what was the most interesting manga for you[Write an interesting manga and reply to the questionnaire.>

 

Oh, god! I was shocked at this.How serious a survey the editorial staff were carrying on in such a casual way and in such a place!

“Did this questionnaire affect the quarterly publication after that?”I asked him.

“I don’t know the details, but here, we can see < Bouken-ou > groping to survive.”

Mr. Ikeda said heartily.

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (13)

Mr. Ikeda and I were looking closely at this < Bessatsu ’72 autumn number>.

 

 

On the front cover, with a conspicuous pink background, Kamenrider, Thundermask, Henshin-Ninja-Arashi, Kaiketsu-Lion-maru, Chojin Barom1 were crammed in. A small Godzilla and Devilman is pictured too. It was a magnificent cover full of many heroes.

 

“This is an absolutely chaotic atmosphere like < Bouken-ou >, isn’t it?”  Mr. Ikeda said delightedly.

“Moreover, pink.” I added.

“Yes, pink! (Smiles)…Ouch!”

 

Compared with its gorgeous cover, the body itself was surprisingly thin. Apparently, < Bessatsu >was previously as thick as <Bouken-ou Honshi>, but had become only half the thickness of <Honshi> since the summer number just prior to this one.Did cutting down most of the original manga, to focus deeply on Tokusatsu and anime cartoons, lead to such a form?

 

It was the figure of a magazine that stood at a crossroad, struggling to survive. While magnificent, there is a faint sense of uneasiness there.

 

However this number that fascinated Mr. Ikeda also attracted me. Indeed, I thought, this number is full of the spirit to survive. That moves us deeply.

 

“And yet!” Mr. Ikeda suddenly cried.

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (14)

“And yet!”Mr. Ikeda suddenly cried.

 

“I!  In those days!  In my childhood! Never knew this number even existed!”

 

“Really? So it’s not that you owned this one in your childhood?”  I said to him, and he became grievous.

 

“Yes. When this number was released, it was the peak of my obsession with Kamen-rider cards, and monthly magazines were all I could buy at best without any extra income!”

 

“Oh, in dark October, wasn’t it?”  I see. This is why he was talking about a penniless life windingly.

 

“Right. Maybe, many other children could not buy this number too. I’m guessing that the circulation of it was not so large either. This is a number which disappeared quietly out of bookstores before we noticed.”

 

Mr. Ikeda caressed this <Bessatsu 72 autumn number> adoringly.

Makoto Ikeda / Bouken-ou (15)

Basically, Mr. Ikeda met this number after he grew up.

 

Mr. Ikeda said.

“In my childhood,Ididn’t know anything about this. To think that this number was lined up at bookstores and disappeared before noticed makes me
feel overwhelmed with emotion.”

“Looking at this reminds me exactly of the atmosphere of my life in those days. This number is full of energy that makes me feel so.”

 

“Even though you met with it after growing up?” I asked.

 

Mr. Ikeda answered right away.”No, it’s probably because I met it as a grown-up.”

 

What comes to his mind is probably not only nostalgic, beautiful scenes.His childhood obsessed with Kamen-rider cards, lacking money and be greedily starving for more…There was too much that he couldn’t get, and his unfulfilled desires still persisted even till today. Heading towards possessing articles in his hands, which he couldn’t gain in the childhood…. Is that what growing up means for Mr. Ikeda?

 

Well, I suppose you could insist that it’s the childlike soul….

 

Left to myself as I turned the pages of this number, I opened a page where Kamen-rider was fighting, surrounded by many kaijin.

 

I give up, Ikeda.

 

You are not all right at all, are you?

 

 

( Finis )