Tohl Narita, an Iconic ‘Tokusatsu’ Visual Artist by Pen

One of the most important artists in the history of tokusatsu (video productions using special effects) was Tohl Narita, who was the creator of some of the genre’s iconic characters. Artist, sculptor, artistic director and author, he worked on various productions by Toho during the Showa era, and also on several  television series by Tsuburaya Productions, like Ultra Q and Ultraman, which were very popular in Japan in the 1960s. Strongly influenced by the tradition of fine arts, his work stands at the crossroads between academic and popular culture.

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