Opticon Has Been Destroyed!

Huge Eyeball From Unknown Creature Washes Ashore On Florida Beach
It’s big, it’s blue … “among the possibilities being discussed are a giant squid, some other large fish or a whale or other large marine mammal.”
via NPR blog (Oct. 11, 2012) ‘Softball-Sized Eyeball’ Washes Up In Florida; Can You I.D. It?

Can we I.D. it?
Sure! It’s Japanese!
It’s “Opticon” from the 1960s, live-action, Japanese TV show, Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot.

opticon must be destroyed

Opticon Must Be Destroyed
Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot (Season 2, Episode 5)
opticonThere is a small quiet Allah Republic at the foot of the Alps. The only product of this beautiful country is gold. Her peace is broken when a vein of new ores is found in a gold mine.
Starring: Mitsunobu Kaneko, Akio Ito
Directed by: Michio Konishi
Runtime: 25 minutes
Original air date: January 01, 1967

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16 thoughts on “Opticon Has Been Destroyed!”

  1. I’m picturing a giant squid with one hell of a big eye-patch.

  2. Solved! (Where did the Big Eye In The Sea come from?)
    Deep Sea News | Oct. 12, 2012
    Sönke Johnsen a Professor of Biology and colleague of mine at Duke University…is an expert on everything visual in marine organisms including transparency, cryptic coloration, bioluminescence, ultraviolet protection, and of course vision.  He responded:

    I’m fairly sure it’s just the eye of a large scombrid, likely a swordfish or marlin. They get seriously big, but people don’t realize it because most of the eye is inside the head.

    He then went a step further and then emailed a few of his colleagues:

    Talked with some colleagues—definitely a swordfish eye.

    There you have it.  New reports on the eye also mention the presence of bones which obviously rules out the giant squid!

  3. Somewhere out there, there’s a swordfish that keeps swimming in circles.

  4. Opticon has NOT been destroyed!

    “Master of Science,” Captain Video rules! His Opticon Scillometer, a long-range, X-ray machine used to see through walls and clothes.


  5. Yes, Opticon Has Been Destroyed!
    All hail Gojira, protector of the Sacred Land, Nippon!~

  6. Medama Oyajis* at war with the stomach…


    *Medama Oyaji (目玉のおやじ, or 目玉親父, lit. “Eyeball Father”), a character from GeGeGe no Kitaro (lit. “Kitarō (of the) Graveyard” English title ‘Spooky Kitaro’). In the 2002 Kodansha International Bilingual Comics edition, he is referred to as Daddy Eyeball.

  7. A Super Famous Ghost of Japan! ‘Daddy Eyeball’?
    What really annoys me is that OtakuMode (below) sells kaomoji-kun items as kaomoji-kun kaomoji-kun
    but for Medama Oyaji, it’s Daddy Eyeball daddy-eyeball
    …That sounds so lame in engrish…. :/


    Daddy Eyeball Comic Book T-Shirt
    otakumode.com/shop US $ 29.99
    Daddy Eyeball is the father of the protagonist of Shigeru Mizuki’s classic 1960s manga, GeGeGe no Kitaro. This cool T-shirt …tells you something of his story in true American comic book style. Reading from left to right – whoops! Daddy Eyeball didn’t properly die! He used to be a normal ghost but became ill and died only to be reincarnated as an anthropomorphised version of his own eyeball! ...more...

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