Good morning all,
There She Grows covered 2002’s Mighty Lady “New Episode” in January of this year. That was a reboot of this Japanese giant women series which first aired in the 1980s. Today, let’s check out another film from that low-budget franchise produced by Big Peach Entertainment! We’ll examine 2010’s Mighty Lady “Bellcelio,” a 35-minute long entry (not including a bonus “Making Of” feature) into this cinematic universe. (NOTE: Although, cinematic universe may be a stretch. The continuity for the Mighty Lady films seems pretty loose.)
Once again this features pretty young ladies donning silver uniforms and rapidly growing to enormous proportions to fight monsters. However, Bellcelio also utilizes the concept of “fusion” with aliens and human Earth Savers frequently merging together to combine their strength, as can been seen below.
Fusion involves one person writhing on top of the other while moaning loudly. One wonders if the actresses wanted to do multiple takes. “Maybe if our lips touch it will improve the performance?” 😉
The focus of this film is a battle between the benevolent Bellcelio & the Earth Savers and a malevolent alien called Hera & her subservient parasites and alien lackeys. Hera is pictured below on the left and Bellcelio is our protector on the right. At one point, Hera gained the upper hand and froze her opponent as can be seen in the following screenshot. (NOTE: Hera was also the antagonist‘s name in the aforementioned New Episode, but the two villains appear to be unrelated.)
Viewers see a flashback during which Suzuna was on the moon where she was attacked by an alien and Bellcelio came to her aid. Suzuna was grievously wounded so Bellcelio merged with Suzuna to restore her health. (NOTE: I took a first aid class once and can verify that fusion is a regular practice in emergency medical care.)
The remaining runtime involves the Earth Savers struggling to defeat the evil Hera. Although, it’s mostly a lot of dominating role play to be honest! 😉 That includes a mind-controlled giant Suzuna punching Bellcelio when she was strapped to a metal frame. (NOTE: Although to be clear, the violence was non-graphic being devoid of bleeding, bruising, or any overt signs of physical injury. Instead, there was a lot of anguish cries.) There was also a phallic tentacle that emerged from the ground and kinda whipped Bellcelio as can be seen below. She sounds as if it hurts, but the tentacle lazily runs its tip over her body and actually looks to have a gentle touch. I’m sure the goo it leaves all over and its penile appearance were completely unintentional 😉
Later on the fat tentacle wraps around Bellcelio and a monster whips her while she lies helpless on the street.
^ Mama said there’ll be days like this… There’ll be days like this my Mama said… (Pretty sure this is what the Shirelles were referring to…)
Eventually, Bellcelio gains the upper hand over Hera, but then the large tentacle intervenes and tries to swallow our heroine!
I won’t give away anymore details, but must note that the the production made good use of their small budget with a detailed model city and decent computer-generated (CG) effects. I got a kick out of seeing a miniature McDonald’s as well as tiny Lawson and 7-Eleven convenience stores. Wonder if those brands paid for the promotion? Giant Suzuna also borrowed a page from Godzilla’s play book and employed her own version of atomic breath, courtesy of CG effects.
All in all, this was fun if somewhat confusing at times. I recommend that viewers give Mighty Lady “Bellcelio” a watch if they can, but it will be difficult to find. Mighty Lady has their own online store front, but their movies are a little expensive. For instance, brand-new DVDs with roughly 50 minutes of content (including making of features) can run for more than $35. Furthermore, I do not believe that they accept foreign credit cards or ship overseas. However, some Japanese used goods stores sell old Mighty Lady DVDs for reasonable prices. One final word of caution, their works are Japanese language only and to the best of my knowledge have never been translated.
That’s it for today folks, Thursday’s review will cover some particularly size-related episodes from The Seven Deadly Sins anime. Until then, keep growing!
P.S. More directors should have their performers walk through water with tiny boats. The smooth bobbing of the vessels as the performers move about go a long way to selling the illusion that the performers are giants and are having a noticeable effect on their surrounding environment!
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