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The 1/8 Project (1/8計画 Hachibun-no-Ichi Keikaku) is the seventeenth episode of Ultra Q.

Plot

After being trampled beneath the maddening rush of a crowded Tokyo train station, Yuriko discovers crowds of people volunteering to participate in a new experiment called the 1/8 Project. When Yuriko enquires into the nature of the project, she is accidentally reduced to 1/8 her normal size. The project, she learns, is being tested by the Japanese government as a possible solution to urban overcrowding; by miniaturizing the citizens, cities can allow for the continued proliferation of life on a much smaller scale. Following her miniaturization, Yuriko is accused of having trespassed into Area S13 without a passport and is delivered to jail for incarceration. Hearing her plight, her normal-sized cellmate helps her to escape. She is discovered by two nuns, who deliver her to Jun's office at Hoshikawa Airport. Upon finding a memorial photo of herself in the empty office, Yuriko's hopes of returning normal size begin to fade and she leaves for Area S13. In their search for Yuriko, Jun and Ippei discover the miniature metropolis, but their enormous size frightens the Lilliputian citizens. When they locate Yuriko, she flees from thern, resigned to remain in Area S13 Yuriko eventually awakens in a hospital bed, elated to find that she has been restored to normal size. It turns out that her whole adventure was a dream, following her nearly being trampled to death in the train station.

Cast

  • Jun Manjome (万城目淳 Manjome Jun): Kenji Sahara (佐原 健二 Sahara Kenji)
  • Yuriko Edogawa (江戸川由利子 Edogawa Yuriko): Hiroko Sakurai (桜井 浩子 Sakurai Hiroko)
  • Ippei Togawa (戸川一平 Togawa Ippei): Yasuhiko Saijo (西條 康彦 Saijo Yasuhiko)
  • Seki (関デスク Seki desk): Yoshibumi Tajima (田島 義文 Tajima Yoshibumi)(only voice)
  • Narrator (ナレーター Nareta): Koji Ishizaka (石坂 浩二 Ishizaka Koji)

Guest Cast

  • S13 district Mayor (S13地区区長 Esu jusan chikukucho): Fuyuki Murakami (村上 冬樹 Murakami Fuyuki)
  • 1/8 project Personnel A (1/8計画係員A Hachibunnoichi keikaku kakariinn ei): Masaaki Tachibana (橘 正晃 Tachibana Masaaki)
  • 1/8 project Personnel B (1/8計画係員B Hachibunnoichi keikaku kakariinn bi): Sachio Sakai (堺 左千夫 Sakai Sachio)
  • 1/8 project Personnel C (1/8計画係員C Hachibunnoichi keikaku kakariinn shi): Hiroshi Sekita (関田 裕 Sekita Hiroshi)
  • 1/8 project applicant (1/8計画応募者 Hachibunnoichi keikaku Oubosha): Somesho Matsumoto (松本 染升 Matsumoto Somesho)
  • Fat man (太った男 Futotta otoko): Junichi Tanaka (田中 順一 Tanaka Junichi)
  • 1/8 project applicant B (1/8計画応募者B Hachibunnoichi keikaku Oubosha bi): Toku Ihara (伊原 徳 Ihara Toku)
  • 1/8 project applicant C (1/8計画応募者C Hachibunnoichi keikaku Oubosha shi): Hiroshi Akitsu (安芸津 広 Akitsu Hiroshi)
  • S13 district's cop (S13地区・警官 Esu jusan chikuku keikan): Junpei Natsuki (夏木 順平 Natsuki Junpei)
  • S13 district's welfare officer (S13地区・民生委員 Esu jusan chikuku Minsei iin): Teruko Mita (三田 照子 Mita Teruko)
  • Man running up the stairs (階段を駆け上がる男 Kaidan wo kakeagaru otoko): Tetsuo Kinjo (金城 哲夫 Kinjo Tetsuo)

Appearances

Kaiju

Home Media

Ultra Q Volume 5 features episodes 17-20, & Total Natural Color DVD Volume 5 features episodes 15-17.

Ultra Q Episodes
Defeat Gomess! | Goro and Goroh | The Gift From Space | Mammoth Flower | Peguila is Here! | Grow Up! Little Turtle | S.O.S. Mount Fuji | Terror of the Sweet Honey | Baron Spider | The Underground Super Express Goes West | Balloonga | I Saw a Bird | Garadama | Tokyo Ice Age | Kanegon's Cocoon | Garamon Strikes Back | The 1/8 Project | The Rainbow's Egg | Challenge from the Year 2020 | The Undersea Humanoid Ragon | Space Directive M774 | Metamorphosis | Fury of the South Sea | The Idol of Goga | The Devil Child | Blazing Victory | The Disappearance of Flight 206 | Open Up!
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