The Return of Izenborg ( 帰ってきたアイゼンボーグ, Kaettekita Aizenbōgu ) is a Japanese-Saudi documentary. It’s a collaboration between the Japanese company Tsuburaya Productions, Mr Jarrah Alfurih from Saudi Arabia and Cultures Factory (an NLC company).
It’s the first Arabic-Japanese production in the art of Japanese Tokusatsu which is a special live action effects category. This documentary was filmed in 2016 and aired on Friday 15th December 2017 on the Arabic channel Spacetoon at 8:30pm local Saudi time.
The documentary is an hour long and it talks about the behind-the-scenes details of the making of Dinosaur Great War Izenborg ( 恐竜大戦争アイゼンボーグ, Kyōryū Daisensō Aizenbōgu) which was aired in Japan in 1977. It elaborates on its conception and production. It showcases interviews with the past work team including the director and script writers, Mr Shinichi Ooka the CEO of Tsuburaya Productions and Mr Jarrah Alfurih.
The documentary also features a 10-minute long newly made episode of the show. The new episode tells the story of the return of Dinosaur Satan Gottes with Zobina and Emperor Ururu ( also known as Emperor Ululu ) where they are combatted by Tachibana Ai and Tachibana Zen.
It’s the first time to see a battle between Ururu and The Giant Hero Aizenbo .
Following the new episode, scenes about its making and exclusive interviews with its production team are shown.
The documentary is translated to Arabic and narrated by Mr Falah Hashim.
It’s worthy of note that Spacetoon only aired 30 minutes of this documentary. The full 60-minute version will be released on DVD in 2018.