CicadiaMania alerted me to the strange pleasure that is Cicada Man, or Semi Ningen.
Semi Ningen (Cicada-Human) is a character from a very odd 1966 Japanese TV series, Ultra Q. SN is sent to earth (disguised as a human man) by evil alien Cicadas. He is instructed to use the monster Garamon to create havoc in Tokyo.
Garamon was kind of like a fluffy Godzilla.
Why there were alien cicadas planning to covertly attack Tokyo by hijacking a multi-story dustmop with violent tendencies isn’t really clear. Interestingly, Semi Ningen is quite dapper, featuring a suit and tie as this one does. One would think that a labium and stylets would get in the way of traditional western attire, but apparently it’s better to be a Cicada that looks good than one that feels good.
Kaijiart explains the plot:
“Our intrepid Ultra Q team discovers a way to stop his source of control over the Garamon by placing a meteorite (Tilsonite) in a special covering that prevents it’s energy from reaching the Garamon…thus ending the attack.“
Um. OK, maybe that didn’t explain it after all.
You can watch an episode of Ultra Q (Revenge of Garamon) and see Cicada Man. Note to villains: concealing a meteorite in a Cello case is probably not as inconspicuous as you think.
Thanks very much to REdYOdA for the use of the SN photo.