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Cover artwork for the 2011 Japanese DVD release featuring Ultraman Joeneus, various monsters and the Science Guard's aircraft.
|Genre||Superhero, Kyodai Hero, Kaiju, science fiction|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by|| Hisayuki Toriumi |
|Written by||Keiichi Abe|
|Original run||April 4, 1979 – March 26, 1980|
The Ultraman (ザ☆ウルトラマン, Za Urutoraman) is a Japanese animated television series co-produced by Tsuburaya Production and Tokyo Broadcasting System and animated by Sunrise. The series aired on TBS Television affiliates on the Wednesday 7:00 PM time slot from April 4, 1979 to March 26, 1980, lasting a total of 50 episodes. It was the eighth installment in the Ultra Series and began airing four years after the end of Ultraman Leo .
The show was the first animated incarnation of Tsuburaya's iconic superhero Ultraman, as well as one of the earliest works of anime studio Nippon Sunrise (now known simply as Sunrise), who also worked on their now-iconic mecha series Mobile Suit Gundam during the same year.
In the 21st century, various mysterious events occur on Earth, causing monsters to appear all of a sudden. EGG3 officer Chōichirō Hikari was scouted to join the Science Guard on Earth but while on his way back, he was bonded to Ultraman Joneus, an Ultra Person of U40 who was sent by his brethren to fight against the monster threats and alien invasions. This allows the youth to become an Ultraman against countless enemies while keeping his identity a secret from his fellow members.Almost in the middle of the series, both Hikari and Joneus lost their lives from fighting the Spirit Parasite. They were spirited to the Ultra Planet U40 by Elek, and discovered the Ultra People's connection to the Earth in the past. Hikari and Joneus were revived in said planet and helped foiled the invaders Badel Tribe to reclaim the stolen Ultra Mind.
Starting from episode 28, Daisuke Gondō becomes a new captain to the Science Guard. Despite their rocky start, the team learn to accept him due to his great intuition and brotherly instinct. Amia would return to Earth to warn Hikari and the Science Guard of the invasion of Heller Empire, a renegade faction of Ultra People that invaded their home world and saw Earth as their next target due to Joneus' involvement. The Heller Empire was led by Heller, who was banished due to his misuse of the Ultra Mind for immortality. The Science Guard were given the Ultria, an ancient battleship made by the Ultra People to counter invasion attempts made by the Heller Army. In the four final episodes, Heller sent a full-scale invasion on Earth to wipe humanity after fearing that they would cooperate with the remaining Ultra People. The Science Guard disobeyed the Earth Self Defense Army to go into space, joining forces with the remaining U40 resistances to form the U Fleet and attacked the Titan Base on Saturn to prevent more invasion forces from coming to Earth. On U40, the Science Guard made a risky attempt to sneak into the Heller City to weaken its defense as the U Fleet attacked Heller's forces in the planet's outer atmosphere. When the Science Guard were about to be killed by Mac Datar, Hikari's secret was exposed to save his comrades before joining the remaining seven Ultras in foiling Heller's attempts to escape. With Amia and the Great Sage being rescued, Heller died in the ensuing explosion as U40 celebrated their victory. Joneus finally separated from Hikari and spent several months to observe Earth with his sister Amia. Once assuring that peace had returned, they bid farewell to the Science Guard and promised to return when the Earth's safety is threatened once more.
|Producers||Noboru Tsuburaya, Kazuho Mitsuda, Masaru Tadakuma|
|Music by||Kunio Miyauchi & Toru Fuyuki|
|Theme Song Performed by||Isao Sasaki|
|Published in|| Shogakukan's "Tv-Kun" and Other Learning Magazines|
Kodansha's "Tv Magazine" and Other Learning Magazines
|Animation Supervision & Character Design||Tsuneo Ninomiya|
|Designers / Monster Concept||Akihiko Takahashi & Osamu Yamaguchi|
|Chief Directors / Storyboarding||Hisayuki Toriumi, Takeyuki Kanda|
|Production Producer||Yasuo Shibue|
|Animation Produced by||Logi Studio|
|Produced by||Tsuburaya Productions, Tokyo Broadcasting System|
|Written by||Keiichi Abe, Soji Yoshikawa, Hiroyuki Hoshiyama|
Bunzo Wakatsuki, Yoshihisa Araki, Keisuke Fujikawa
Yasushi Hirano, Shiro Azusazawa, Yuki Miyata
|Directed by||Masahisa Ishida, Junyasu Furukawa, Takao Shitsuji, Hideyoshi Oshika, Takashi Ano, Katsuyuki Tsuji, Masami Yagioka, Hiromichi Matano, Osamu Sekita|
|Storyboard||Yuji Nunokawa, Kazuo Terada, Asahi Yahiro|
Seiji Okuda, Soji Yoshikawa, Motosuke Takahashi
Kohei Matsuura, Noboru Ishiguro, Toru Sakata
Mitsuru Hikita, Takeshi Shirato, Tsutomu Yamaguchi
Kazuho Mitsuda, Masaoka Fujioka, Toru Yoshida
Kazuo Yamazaki, Ryosuke Takahashi, Yoshiyuki Tomino
|In Charge of Literature||Kazuichi Tsurumi|
|Mechanical Design||Kunio Okakawa, Studio Nue|
|Art||Mitsuaki Nakamura, Nobuto Sakamoto, Kazuo Miyagawa, Shin Sato, Torio Arai|
|Director of Animation||Kazuo Nakamura|
|Animation by||Sunrise Studio, Waap, Green Box, Anime R, Tiger & Nakamura Productions|
|Monster Concept||Minoru Kujirai, Fumio Ogawa, Yoshio Tsuburaya, Yasumi Asahi, Seiichi Saito, Masahiko Watanabe|
|Color Designation||Hiroshi Wakao, Atsuko Oikawa, Shinichi Hatori, Kazumi Matsui, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Sachiyo Osawa, Yayoi Suzuki|
|Ink And Paint||Shaft, Green BOX, Studio Deen, Kuma Productions, Studio Juffs|
|Backgrounds||Mascot, Production Eye, Big Studios, Artland, Art Take 1, Magic House, Baku Productions, Studio Apple|
|Special Effects||Michiaki Doi, Masanori Yamazaki, Green Box, Takao Tanaka, Hiroshi Kazao|
|Rostrum Camera||Asahi Productions and Zenji Furukawa|
|Editing by||Tomoaki Tsurubuchi, Fumio Otachi, Tsurubuchi Films, Yukio Watanabe, Fumiei Kataishi|
|Film Processing||Tokyo Laboratories|
|Audio Director||Toshimi Toriumi|
|Production Coordinator||Hisayoshi Takahashi|
|Recorded at||Niisaka Recording|
|Production Managers||Noboru Mano, Keiichi Kobayashi, Akira Machida, Yoshihide Fujita, Eiichi Endo, Hideo Hayashi, Masahiko Matsuo, Eizo Takahashi, Masami Yagioka, Mashiro Ueda, Tadayoshi Kusari, Setsuo Fukada, Katsushi Kaniyama|
|Desk||Yoshiyuki Yoshina, Noboru Mano|
|Planning Desk||Naoyuki Eto|
|In Charge of Production||Yoshikazu Tochihira|
|Executive Producer||Mark Cohen|
|Produced by||Sydney L. Caplan|
|Directed by||Tom Weiner|
|Voices||Tom Weiner, Joe Perry, Barbara Goodson, Steve Kramer|
|Screenplay||Sidney L. Caplan & Tom Weiner|
|Music||Screen Music West|
|Post Production Supervision||Wally Soul, Filmkraft|
|Produced by||Associates Entertainment International|
|English version Presented by||WWOR TV|
|Introduced by||Tetsuko Kuroyanagi|
|Voice Director||William Ross|
|Produced by||Frontier Enterprises|
|Sponsored by||Bandai America|
|Voices||Gary Morgan, Gladys Enright, Susan Harry Sprang, Sean Reily, Michael Guillian, Walter Schafer|
|Written and Directed by||Jeff Segal|
|Associate Producer||Ken Fukui|
|Casting Consultants||Buck and Margaret Kartalian|
|Dialogue, Music, Editing Assistants & Engineering||Terry Porter, Mike McDonald, Lee Williams, Denis Ricotta, Don Harris, Robert Miller|
|Music Composed & Performed by||Mark McKinniss, Bill Mutter, Ron Peters, Wade Short|
|P.A. & Production Secretary||Martyn Segal, Roberta Miles|
|ADR Production||Ryder Sound Services|
|Music Recorded at||Trax Recording Studios|
|Produced by||Lionsgate Home Entertainment|
This serves as the first case of an entry in the Ultra Series having an ending sequence. Performed by BGM staff who had previously composed the theme song for "Ultra Seven". Both songs were recorded in Los Angeles, as was the in-play music.
Sasaki, who was in charge of the song, made it the most difficult song he had ever sung.
It was used in Episode 18, and in Episode 23, the instrument was used.
In the 15th episode of the next series, Ultraman 80, Emi Johno was used in the scene singing a lullaby to the monster Mue and in 44 the instrument was used in the scene where 80 and the Delusion Ultra Seven fight. In addition, the "popular monster large parade" of "5 Nights Series Super TV" (March 26–30, 1984, Ultraman Taro , Mirrorman , Fireman , Jumborg Ace ) digest version had been featured. It is also used as an ending.
In the United States, there have been two feature-length movie compilations: The Adventures of Ultraman (1981), and Ultraman II: The Further Adventures of Ultraman (1983). The Adventures of Ultraman was a feature-length film produced by Tsuburaya Productions specifically for the English-language market. The film is composed of edited footage from several episodes of the series. The storyline was rewritten for this adaptation with a new script by Jeff Segal and music composed by Mark McKinniss. Ultraman II was a dub of the first four episodes co-produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Associates Entertainment International. Despite the title, it has no continuity with the previous English dub of the series. Although the translation is closer to the original Japanese scripts than the first movie, the characters' names were still changed (although, the names given to the characters are not the same ones used in the previous dub). The order of the third and fourth episodes were also switched.
On April 5, 1980, episode 14 of The Ultraman aired on U.S. national television when New York superstation WOR-TV Channel 9 (now WWOR) aired it as the first part of "Japan Tonight!", a special seven-hour block of programming from TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System), hosted by actor Telly Savalas. Japanese actress/author/talk show host Tetsuko Kuroyanagi introduced the episode surrounded by assorted Ultraman toys and merchandise while explaining to the American audience just who Ultraman is, "It's very, very popular in Japan - He's like your Superman". The episode was dubbed into English by William Ross (Frontier Enterprises) in Japan and was sponsored by Bandai America.
In 2018, the series was released on the streaming service Toku.
In July 2020, Shout! Factory announced to have struck a multi-year deal with Alliance Entertainment and Mill Creek, with the blessings of Tsuburaya and Indigo, that granted them the exclusive SVOD and AVOD digital rights to the Ultra series and films (1,100 TV episodes and 20 films) acquired by Mill Creek the previous year. The Ultraman, amongst other titles, will stream in the United States and Canada through Shout! Factory TV and Tokushoutsu.
Mirrorman is the title superhero of a tokusatsu science fiction/kaiju/superhero TV series, Mirrorman. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, the series aired on Fuji TV from December 5, 1971 to November 26, 1972, with a total of 51 episodes. This was Tsuburaya Productions' first non-Ultra superhero. Like Ultra Seven, Mirrorman was more of a dark and brooding science fiction drama than most other shows of its ilk, but by Episode 26, after major changes were forced upon the series by the network, it became a typical action-oriented superhero adventure of its era.
Ultraman Ace is the 5th show in the Ultra Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, the series aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from April 8, 1972 to March 31, 1973, with a total of 52 episodes.
Ultraman 80 is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show produced by Tsuburaya Productions which aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System channel from April 2, 1980, to March 25, 1981, lasting a total of 50 episodes. It was the ninth TV show in the Ultra Series and began a week after the conclusion of the anime series The Ultraman, bringing the franchise back to its live-action roots. It would be the last Ultraman TV series for Japanese audiences during the following 16 years until the production of Ultraman Tiga.
Ultraman Taro is the sixth show in the Ultra Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, the series aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from April 7, 1973, to April 6, 1974, with a total of 53 episodes.
Ultraman Leo is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show and is the 7th show in the Ultra Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Steve Krantz Productions, Ultraman Leo was aired between April 12, 1974, and March 28, 1975, with a total of 51 episodes. Tatsumi Nikamoto was the in-suit actor of Ultraman Leo.
Ultraman Cosmos is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show being the 16th show in the Ultra Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Ultraman Cosmos aired from July 6, 2001 to September 27, 2002, with a total of 65 episodes, which currently makes it the longest running Ultra show to date. It was also released to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Ultraman series.
Ultraman Max is a Japanese Tokusatsu series produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Co., Ltd.. Released as the 19th Ultra Series overall, it aired on July 2, 2005 to April 1, 2006. The show aimed to return to the true formula of new monsters every week and being a fast-paced show like previous series with the exception of Ultraman Nexus. On October 10, 2014, Crunchyroll announced that the series would be broadcast on their streaming service starting on October 17, 2014 in the US, Canada, Latin America, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
Ultraman Mebius is a Japanese television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting. It is the 20th TV series and 40th anniversary production in the Ultra Series, which first began in 1966. It premiered on the Tokyo Broadcasting System on April 8, 2006. Unlike the two prior entries, Ultraman Nexus (2004) and Ultraman Max (2005), Mebius was moved from Saturday mornings to Saturday evenings at 05:30 and the show went on to air in Korea in April 2012,.
Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider is a crossover superhero television special that aired on July 21, 1993 which was originally made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Ultra Series and the 20th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series, featuring clips from the various series from over the years, interviews with two of the stars, and finally a team-up between Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman and Toei Company's Kamen Rider. It was also released on VHS and Laserdisc in 1993. In 2011, Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider was re-released on Blu-ray and DVD for the 45th anniversary of the Ultra Series and the 40th anniversary of the Kamen Rider Series.
Ultraman Retsuden is a biography series produced by Tsuburaya Productions created to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Ultra Series. The show first premiered on TV Tokyo on July 6, 2011 and was in syndication for two years. The show features clips from past Ultra Series shows. The catchphrases for the series are "Let's Schwatch together in front of the television at 6 o'clock on Wednesday!" and "Kindness and courage to you!".
Ultraman Ginga is a Japanese television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions. It is the 25th entry to the Ultra Series, released to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. It aired as part of the New Ultraman Retsuden programming block on TV Tokyo from July 10, 2013 to December 18, 2013. A second season titled Ultraman Ginga S aired in 2014.
Ultraman X is a Japanese television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions. The 27th entry to the Ultra Series, it is currently the last series to air as part of the New Ultraman Retsuden programming block on TV Tokyo. On July 13 Crunchyroll announced it would be simulcast in North America on their site and app, making it the first tokusatsu show in the world to be simulcast while airing in Japan.
Ultra Fight Victory is a Japanese television miniseries produced by Tsuburaya Productions, aired during the ending segment of the New Ultraman Retsuden programming block on TV Tokyo. The official YouTube Channel of Tsuburaya Productions aired this miniseries legally with each episode that was uploaded to the Tsuburaya Productions YouTube Channel being deleted a week after their initial upload. It was available in regions that are currently region locked such as the United States. In promotion to the 2-part episodes 13 and 14 of Ultraman X, which features the crossover with the cast of Ultraman Ginga S, the Tsuburaya YouTube channel decided to re-aired a full episode instead of miniseries cuts, retaining the original subtitle. However, this video was limited until it would be locked in October 24, 2015.
Ultraman X The Movie is a Japanese superhero and kaiju film, serving as the film adaptation of the 2015 Ultra Series television series Ultraman X. It was released on March 12, 2016, in celebration to the 50th anniversary of the Ultra Series, as well as 50th anniversary of Ultraman and 20th anniversary of Ultraman Tiga, both appearing in this movie as supporting characters. The film was scheduled for release on January 8, 2017 in the United States along with Ultraman Ginga S The Movie as a double feature. Actors of the English dub were announced on December 10, 2016 by SciFi Japan. The American release also coincided with the Canadian release from William Winckler Productions.
Ultraman Orb is a Japanese tokusatsu television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions and broadcast on TV Tokyo. This series is the 28th entry to the Ultra Series, released to celebrate its 50th anniversary and is the first one since Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey not to be a part of Ultraman Retsuden/New Ultraman Retsuden. Similar to its preceding series, Ultraman X, Orb is also simulcasted in North America via Crunchyroll. The series was also released on Toku on July 2, 2018, and then added to its streaming platform the following month.
Ultraman R/B is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions. It is the 30th entry to the Ultra Series overall and the last entry to the series released in the Heisei era. It aired on TV Tokyo on July 7, 2018.
Ultraman Taiga is a Japanese tokusatsu television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions. It is the 31st entry to the Ultra Series, the first series released in the Reiwa period and the seventh entry to the New Generation Hero lineup. It began airing on TV Tokyo on July 6, 2019.
Ultra Galaxy Fight is a Japanese online miniseries produced by Tsuburaya Productions, based on the low-budget series Ultra Fight while being marketed for worldwide audiences through YouTube in both Japanese and English versions for viewers overseas. It was originally released from September 29, 2019 while coinciding with the television broadcast of Ultraman Taiga. Eight months after it ended, the series was announced to receive a sequel story in November 2020.
Ultraman Z is a Japanese tokusatsu television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions. It is the 32nd entry to the Ultra Series, the eighth and last entry to the New Generation Hero lineup and celebrated the 10th anniversary of Ultraman Zero. It premiered in TV Tokyo on June 20, 2020.