"My heart and mind are as they were when I was a child. Then I loved to play with toys and to read stories of magic. I still do. My wish is only to make life happier and more beautiful for those who will go and see my films of fantasy."
-Eiji Tsuburaya, CAPER magazine (1965)
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Eiji Tsuburaya with the cast of ULTRAMAN (1966), the TV show that perhaps had the greatest influence on the imagination of the wee Bunche.