It's pushing 3 am. and I just finished watching the tail-end of Gamera 3 and it reminded me of a tale from several years ago. The scene is a Sayonara party for a long-time Sendai guy (if memory serves, it was Ed who was shuffling off to Russia or England or some such exotic land.) He was giving an extremely moving speech elaborating on his love for Sendai and the many heartfelt memories he'll have of her. One line in particular stands out, he asked, "Who had even heard of Sendai before they arrived here?" I meekly rose my hand and said, "I had." Perhaps a little annoyed because I had responded to his rhetorical question, he insisted that I expand upon my statement. "Sendai was destroyed in a battle between Gamera and Legion in Gamera 2." There were a few giggles but mostly an awkward silence. He went on with his speech.
I'd now like to back up my claim with a little proof and let the naysayers swallow their words!
Take a peek at Gamera 2 to see if you can spot Sendai.
Oops, that's the wrong link. That is of a human-powered helicopter dubbed Gamera 2.
This is the link I meant:
You have to look pretty carefully to see any scenes of Sendai's demise, but there may be one or two. Try the 40 second mark. Is that one? Or just after the 2-minute mark?
Or check out this clip from a badly dubbed trailer with a catchy singalong tune. Is that Sendai at the 20 second mark?
No real definitive proof, therefore I have to go to my resource material. Fortunately my copy of the movie program was near at hand, though at the bottom of a box.
Ah, here we go. A two-page spread about Sendai.
Let's delve a little closer, shall we. (You can click on the pic to Gamerasize it.)
Cool! That's the SS30 building and elsewhere in the magazine, it's the very familiar Sendai Station!
There's even a newspaper headline (though I think they need to fire their proofreader.)
So the next time, I wax nostalgically about my particular field of expertise, don't question my authority!
(Sadly, Sendai had its fair share of a more natural disaster on 3/11/11 but we've come a long way since then.)