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Operation: Mystery! 

Kaiki daisakusen (original title)
The Science Research Institute (SRI) investigates assorted strange phenomenon in Japan.




1969   1968  


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Series cast summary:
Homare Suguro Homare Suguro ...  Kyôsuke Misawa 26 episodes, 1968-1969
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ...  Shirô Maki 26 episodes, 1968-1969
Seiji Matsuyama Seiji Matsuyama ...  Hiroshi Nomura 26 episodes, 1968-1969
Yasumi Hara Yasumi Hara ...  Kiyoshi Matoya 26 episodes, 1968-1969
Reiko Kobashi Reiko Kobashi ...  Saori Ogawa 26 episodes, 1968-1969
Akiji Kobayashi ...  Inspector Taizô Machida 26 episodes, 1968-1969


The Science Research Institute (SRI) investigates assorted strange phenomenon in Japan.

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Release Date:

15 September 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation: Mystery! See more »

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(26 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kyôfu no Machi
("The Town of Fear")
Ending Theme
Music by Naozumi Yamamoto
Lyrics by Tetsuo Kinjô
Performed by the Honey Knights
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Scared us 10-12 year old kids breathless
5 March 2015 | by capografikSee all my reviews

In the south of Denmark many people watched German television in the seventies. It was before satellite or cable TV, and Denmark only had one channel, which was very culturally conservative. So when my redheaded playmate Jan told me about a really scary show they were showing in the children's programs on German TV, I had to watch it. And did scare me? Yes. Images are burned into my memory: An Archer who walks out of a painting and shoots a man in the room, a giant eye filling the sky and driving a man to madness etc. After a short while German TV realized it was actually made for adults (actually because of countless horrified parents calling in and complaining)and took it of.

It kind of became the stuff of legends for people my age when we talked about TV from our childhood: "Do you remember that Japanese show on ZDF - with the ghost in the lake - and the eye in the sky???", but no one remembered the name or knew what it actually was.

Along came the internet, and suddenly I found out, that a lot of people in Germany had the same fixation (probably born around 1960 all of them). They tried to get it shown on TV Again - but with no results. But a German video-company specializing in cult-TV released it on DVD, so I could watch it Again.

Did it hold up to the expectations? No, of course not, nothing can live up to the thrills you had with movies, books and comics as an 11 year old. But it has its charm - and is actually still quite creepy at times.

I give it 6 for the actual quality, and 10 for the nightmares it gave me as a child.

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