Google’s homepage in Japan now hosts an incredible Warioware-esque mini-game based around the works of legendary special effects guru Eiji Tsuburaya, who would be celebrating his 114th birthday if he were still alive.
Special effects innovator Tsubaraya was considered one of the most influential movie visionaries of all time and was the creator of a style of Japanese live action film called Tokusatsu.
The doodle takes you through 10 scenarios of a quick game on a beautifully illustrated set of a tokusatsu film that plays a lot like the popular mobile title Dumb Ways to Die.
The doodle credited Tsuburaya as a “quiet pioneer” who created Ultraman, co-created Godzilla, “and brought Tokusatsu to the global cinematic mainstream”. He made 250 films in total, but Godzilla won him several accolades.
The doodle has the user help in creating one of Tsuburaya’s monster movies, assisting actors in putting on their cumbersome costumes, using giant monster tails to crush houses, and suspending superheroes on wires to help them defeat alien creatures. The upcoming Attack on Titan films are also heavily influenced by his techniques. Around 1940s Tsuburaya started his own special effects laboratory and later he started his own studio for visual effects, named as Tsuburaya Productions.