|Format||Tokusatsu, Science fiction|
|Created by||Chiaki J. Konaka|
|Opening theme||Ultraman Gaia! by Masayuki Tanaka & Kazuya Daimon|
|Ending theme||Lovin' You Lovin' Me by B.B.WAVES
Beat on Dream on by Tomohiko Kikuda
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||51|
|Running time||24 minutes (per episode)|
|Original run||September 5, 1998 – August 28, 1999|
|Preceded by||Ultraman Dyna|
|Followed by||Ultraman Nice|
Ultraman Gaia (ウルトラマンガイア Urutoraman Gaia ) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show and is the 13th show in the Ultra Series. Created by Chiaki J. Konaka and produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS TV), Ultraman Gaia was aired on JNN TV stations (TBS, CBC, MBS, etc.) from September 5, 1998 until August 28, 1999, with a total of 51 episodes.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Story
- 3 Characters
- 4 Monsters
- 5 Episodes
- 6 Other media
- 7 Cast
- 8 Music
- 9 External links
Ultraman Gaia takes place in yet another universe, one that is totally different from the world of the Shōwa era Ultramen(Ultraman to Ultraman 80), as well as the world of Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Dyna. In a departure from most of the other series, there are two Ultramen as the main characters. They have conflicting philosophies in regards to defending the Earth from a mysterious, malevolent and extremely intelligent cosmic entity.
The first half of the series explores the growing tension between them, and their eventual clash. The second half has them reconcile their differences so they can defeat their common enemy.
The show is also different from past Ultra Series in that the support team, XIG, has more personnel than the defence teams in previous series.
In this series, Ultraman Gaia (ウルトラマンガイア Urutoraman Gaia ) (Chinese: 超人佳亞) is the lead, but Ultraman Agul (ウルトラマンアグル Urutoraman Aguru )(Chinese: 超人亞古魯), makes many appearances. They are often at odds with each other in the beginning of the series. Their philosophies are as different as their skin colors. Unlike Gaia, Agul is completely blue. Gamu Takayama, the human host of Ultraman Gaia, believes that Gaia is here to save Earth and humanity. On the other hand, Fujimiya Hiroya, the human host of Ultraman Agul, believes Agul to be Earth's natural defence mechanism. He is at first more interested in protecting just the planet itself, even at the expense of humanity (hence the occasional clashes with Gaia). But this was discontinued after Gaia and Agul would work together as one to face more powerful monsters.
The story takes place in the year 2000. CRISIS, a supercomputer developed the Alchemy Stars (a global network of young geniuses born during the 1980s), predicts around 1996-1997 that Earth and humanity would be annihilated by something known as the "Entity that Brings Radical Destruction". Technology developed by the Alchemy Stars is used to form an international defence organization known as Globalcentric Universal Alliance against the Radical Destruction (G.U.A.R.D.). This is done secretly, so as to avoid worldwide panic. The eXpanded Interceptive Guards (X.I.G.) is the combat wing of G.U.A.R.D, operating in a floating sky fortress known as the Aerial Base.
20-year old Gamu Takayama, a scientist and member of the Alchemy Stars briefly encounters Gaia during some virtual reality experiments he performs with the secret purpose of discovering the will of the Earth, later merging with him in order to fight various monsters that threaten the safety of the Earth. During his battles, he encounters Ultraman Agul, whose human form is Hiroya Fujimya, a former Alchemy Stars member. Both clash because of their ideals regarding the protection of the Earth but eventually resolve their differences to battle their common enemy.
The eXpanded Interceptive Guardians (a branch of G.U.A.R.D.) is formed by:
- Gamu Takayama (高山 我夢 Takayama Gamu ): He merges with Ultraman Gaia in episode 1, thus gaining the ability to assume the form of Ultraman Gaia. He joined the XIG as an analyzer in episode 2.
- Akio Ishimuro (石室 章雄 Ishimuro Akio ): The commander of XIG. He has known that Gamu is Ultraman Gaia from the beginning, but keeps it a secret.
- Seiichiro Tsutsumi (堤 誠一郎 Tsutsumi Seiichirō ): The chief of XIG.
- Atsuko Sasaki (佐々木 敦子 Sasaki Atsuko ): The operator of XIG.
- Georgie Leland (ジョジー・リーランド Jōjī Rīrando ): The American operator of XIG.
- Ayaka Ukai (鵜飼 彩香 Ukai Ayaka ): The part-time operator of XIG. The filling-vacant-positions staff for Atsuko or Georgie.
The elite flight team. Staff Officer Chiba said that this team was "Defense Forces' Top Gun".
- Katsumi Kajio (梶尾 克美 Kajio Katsumi ): The leader of Team Lightning.
- Yasushi Kitada (北田 靖 Kitada Yasushi )
- Satoshi Ogawara (大河原 聡志 Ōgawara Satoshi )
The veteran flight team. The teamwork as a veteran excels the Team Lightning.
- Tatsuhiko Yoneda (米田 達彦 Yoneda Tatsuhiko ): The leader of Team Falcon.
- Koichi Hayashi (林 幸市 Hayashi Kōichi )
- Toru Tsukamori (塚守 亨 Tsukamori Tōru )
The female flight team. They like rock music.
- Miho Inagi (稲城 美穂 Inagi Miho ): The leader of Team Crow.
- Juri Mishima (三島 樹莉 Mishima Juri )
- Kei Tadano (多田野 慧 Tadano Kei )
A beefy ground-based team. They work out during standby in the gym.
- Satoru Yoshida (吉田 悟 Yoshida Satoru ): The leader of Team Hercules.
- Takanobu Kuwabara (桑原 孝信 Kuwabara Takanobu )
- Mitsugu Shima (志摩 貢 Shima Mitsugu )
- Atsushi Koyama (神山 篤志 Kōyama Atsushi ): The leader of Team Seagull.
- Renji Matsuo (松尾 蓮二 Matsuo Renji )
- Michael Simmons (マイクル・シモンズ Maikuru Shimonzu )
- Katsutoshi Yokotani (横谷 勝歳 Yokotani Katsutoshi ): The leader of Team Marlin.
- Gentaro Imai (今井 源太郎 Imai Gentarō )
- Kingo Iwao (巌 均悟 Iwao Kingo )
The Globalcentric Universal Alliance against the Radical Destruction is formed by:
- Tatsumi Chiba (千葉 辰巳 Chiba Tatsumi ): The standing staff officer of XIG.
- Hiroyuki Hiiragi (柊 博之 Hiiragi Hiroyuki ): The Pacific rim unit's commodore.
- Kosuke Ranbashi (乱橋 巧介 Ranbashi Kōsuke ): The development officer of XIG Fighters.
- Ryuichi Senuma (瀬沼 龍一 Senuma Ryūichi ): The captain of a special investigation team, the Lizard, who belongs to Geo Base.
- Chief Higuchi (樋口チーフ Higuchi Chīfu ): The chief of the chemical department of Geo Base.
- Doctor Hoshiyama (星山博士 Hoshiyama Hakase ): The doctor of the quantum mechanics department of the scientific inquiry section of Geo Base.
- Alf Mckay (アルフ・マッケイ Arufu Makkei ): The command team captain of G.U.A.R.D. U.S.
- Jeremy Spinoza (ジェレミー・スピノザ Jeremī Supinoza ): The executive of G.U.A.R.D. U.S.
A network of scientists formed by child prodigies born in the 1980s. Gamu and Fujimiya are members.
- Hiroya Fujimiya (藤宮 博也 Fujimiya Hiroya ): He transforms into Ultraman Agul. Ex-Alchemy Stars.
- Daniel Macffy (ダニエル・マクフィー Danieru Makufī ): The chairman of Alchemy Stars.
- Miku Asano (浅野 未来 Asano Miku ): A specialist whose work involves ancient monsters. Gamu is his acquaintance.
- Catherine Ryan (キャサリン・ライアン Kyasarin Raian ): The development officer of a natural environment protection system.
- Klaus Eckart (クラウス・エッカルト Kurausu Ekkaruto ): A founding member who is one of the designers of the CRISIS integrated-circuit.
- Alan (アラン Aran ): One of members with a supercomputer.
- Al (アル Aru ): One of members with a supercomputer.
- Natalie (ナタリー Natarī ): One of members with a supercomputer.
- Michel (ミッシェル Missheru ): A French member
- Melinda (メリンダ Merinda ): The girl who cooperated in the Mission Gaia.
- Azif (アジフ Ajifu ): The Pakistan member who cooperated in the Mission Gaia.
The KANTOH COMMUNITY BROADCASTING STATION,LTD (関東コミュニケーションテレビ Kantō Komyunikēshon Terebi ). The central broadcasting station of media.
- Kenji Tabata (田端 健二 Tabata Kenji ): A director. He has a skeptical viewpoint regarding G.U.A.R.D..
- Reiko Yoshii (吉井 玲子 Yoshii Reiko ): A popular announcer. She became a supporter of Fujimiya.
- Michifumi Inoue (井上 倫文 Inoue Michifumi ): A cameraman.
- Umezawa (梅沢 Umezawa ): He is a director of a branch office and he is Tabata's senior.
- Sato (サトウ Satō ): One of Gamu's friends at Jonan University. Something of a playboy.
- Makoto (マコト Makoto ): One of Gamu's friends at Jonan University. An excellent student who becomes Gamu's right-hand man at the laboratory in Jonan University.
- Nakaji (ナカジ Nakaji ): One of Gamu's friends at Jonan University. A realist.
- Shigemi Takayama (高山 重美 Takayama Shigemi ): Gamu's mother. She is principle of laissez-faire to Gamu.
- Yuiichi Takayama (高山 唯一 Takayama Yuiichi ): Gamu's father. He is working as a caseworker in the city office.
- Kyoko Inamori (稲森 京子 Inamori Kyōko ): A scientist who helped develop CRISIS with Fujimiya; also a romantic interest of his who dies in episode 23.
- Ritsuko Sasaki (佐々木 律子 Sasaki Ritsuko ): Atsuko's elder sister. Her husband was a pilot who died fighting the C.O.V. in episode 1.
- Megumi Kuroda (黒田 恵 Kuroda Megumi ): The feng shui master who can sense Mizunoenoryuh's intentions in episode 11. Tabata's friend.
- Yuki (ユキ Yuki ): A girl who Fujimiya rescues during a monster attack in episode 20; she runs into him frequently after the rescue.
- Seize the Light! (光をつかめ! Hikari o Tsukame! )
- A Hero Appears (勇者立つ Yūsha Tatsu )
- His Name is Gaia (その名はガイア Sono Na wa Gaia )
- Gamu of the Sky (天空の我夢 Tenkū no Gamu )
- Another Giant (もう1人の巨人 Mō Hitori no Kyojin )
- The Ridiculing Eye (あざ笑う眼 Azawarau Me )
- The Cleansing of the Earth (地球の洗濯 Chikyū no Sentaku )
- The 4,600 Million Years-Old Ghost (46億年の亡霊 Yonjūrokuokunen no Bōrei )
- Seagull Takes Off (シーガル飛びたつ Shīgaru Tobitatsu )
- Rock Fight (ロック･ファイト Rokku Faito )
- The Dragon's Capital (龍の都 Ryū no Miyako )
- Monster Encircling Net (野獣包囲網 Yajū Hōimō )
- The Night of the Marionettes (マリオネットの夜 Marionetto no Yoru )
- The Challenge from the Anti-Space (反宇宙からの挑戦 Han Uchū kara no Chōsen )
- When the Rain Stops (雨がやんだら Ame ga Yandara )
- The Birth of Agul (アグル誕生 Aguru Tanjō )
- Shadow of Space, Light of Earth (天の影 地の光 Ten no Kage Chi no Hikari )
- Agul vs. Gaia (アグル対ガイア Aguru Tai Gaia )
- Lilia's Maze (迷宮のリリア Meikyū no Riria )
- The Fossil of Ruin (滅亡の化石 Metsubō no Kaseki )
- The Sea of a Mysterious Light (妖光の海 Yōkō no Umi )
- The Wings of a Stone (石の翼 Ishi no Tsubasa )
- Gamu Expelled! (我夢追放! Gamu Tsuihō )
- The Determination of Agul (アグルの決意 Aguru no Ketsui )
- The Showdown for Tomorrow (明日なき対決 Asu Naki Taiketsu )
- The Final Resolution (決着の日 Ketchaku no Hi )
- A New Battle ~Version-up Fight!~ (新たなる戦い～ヴァージョンアップ・ファイト!～ Aratanaru Tatakai ~Vājon'appu Faito!~ )
- The Advent of the Heatwave (熱波襲来 Neppa Shūrai )
- The Distant City: Uqbar (遠い町･ウクバール Tōi Machi Ukubāru )
- The Demon's Cocoon (悪魔のマユ Akuma no Mayu )
- The Accursed Eye (呪いの眼 Noroi no Me )
- The Future Seen Before (いつか見た未来 Itsuka Mita Mirai )
- Battling the Legend (伝説との闘い Densetsu to no Tatakai )
- Crash of Souls! (魂の衝突! Tamashii no Shōtotsu! )
- Ransom for a Monster (怪物の身代金 Kaibutsu no Minoshirokin )
- The Sky of Reunion (再会の空 Saikai no Sora )
- The Fourth Symphony of a Nightmare (悪夢の第四楽章 Akumu no Daiyon Gakushō )
- Ground-Breaking Tusks (大地裂く牙 Daichi Saku Kiba )
- The Lake of Sadness (悲しみの沼 Kanashimi no Numa )
- I Want to See Gaia! (ガイアに会いたい! Gaia ni Aitai! )
- The Resurrection of Agul (アグル復活 Aguru Fukkatsu )
- Gamu vs. Gamu (我夢対我夢 Gamu Tai Gamu )
- The Silver Eyes of Izak (銀色の眼のイザク Gin'iro no Me no Izaku )
- The Attack of the Space Monsters (宇宙怪獣大進撃 Uchū Kaijū Daishingeki )
- The Living Planet (命すむ星 Inochi Sumu Hoshi )
- The Attack of the Forest (襲撃の森 Shūgeki no Mori )
- X.I.G. Destroyed!? (XIG壊滅!? Shigu Kaimetsu!? )
- The Revenge of the Death God (死神の逆襲 Shinigami no Gyakushū )
- An Angel Descends (天使降臨 Tenshi Kōrin )
- The Cry of the Earth (地球の叫び Chikyū no Sakebi )
- Earth is Ultraman's Star (地球はウルトラマンの星 Chikyū wa Urutoraman no Hoshi )
Films and crossovers
- Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Gaia: Battle in Hyperspace (1999), Gaia is one of the main Ultramen to appear in this movie, alongside with Tiga and Dyna.
- Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Again (2001), A 45-minute OVA set several years after the end of the series. Ultraman Gaia and Ultraman Agul return to fight a new enemy, along with help from mysterious undersea creatures.
- Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers (2008), Gaia teams up with Tiga, Dyna and Mebius in this movie, alongside Showa-era Ultra Heroes.
- Gamu Takayama (高山 我夢 Takayama Gamu ): Takeshi Yoshioka (吉岡 毅志 Yoshioka Takeshi )
- Hiroya Fujimiya (藤宮 博也 Fujimiya Hiroya ): Hassei Takano (高野 八誠 Takano Hassei )
- Akio Ishimuro (石室 章雄 Ishimuro Akio ): Hiroyuki Watanabe (渡辺 裕之 Watanabe Hiroyuki )
- Tatsumi Chiba (千葉 辰巳 Chiba Tatsumi ): Sei Hiraizumi (平泉 成 Hiraizumi Sei )
- Seiichiro Tsutsumi (堤 誠一郎 Tsutsumi Seiichirō ): Takashi Ukaji (宇梶 剛士 Ukaji Takashi )
- Atsuko Sasaki (佐々木 敦子 Sasaki Atsuko ): Ai Hashimoto (橋本 愛 Hashimoto Ai )
- Georgie Leland (ジョジー・リーランド Jojī Rīrando ): Maria Theresa Gow (マリア・テレサ・ガウ Maria Teresa Gau )
- Ayaka Ukai (鵜飼 彩香 Ukai Ayaka ): Ayaka Tanaka (田中 彩佳 Tanaka Ayaka )
- Katsumi Kajio (梶尾 克美 Kajio Katsumi ): Masami Nakagami (中上 雅巳 Nakagami Masami )
- Yasushi Kitada (北田 靖 Kitada Yasushi ): Katsuhiko Hasegawa (長谷川 勝彦 Hasegawa Katsuhiko )
- Satoshi Ogawara (大河原 聡志 Ōgawara Satoshi ): Yusuke Sawaki (沢木 祐介 Sawaki Yūsuke )
- Tatsuhiko Yoneda (米田 達彦 Yoneda Tatsuhiko ): Kuronosuke Kagawa (賀川 黒之助 Kagawa Kuronosuke )
- Koichi Hayashi (林 幸市 Hayashi Kōichi ): Shogo Shiotani (塩谷 庄吾 Shiotani Shōgo )
- Toru Tsukamoto (塚守 亨 Tsukamoto Tōru ): Shin Ishikawa (石川 真 Ishikawa Shin )
- Miho Inagi (稲城 美穂 Inagi Miho ): Tomoko Kawashima (川嶋 朋子 Kawashima Tomoko )
- Julie Mishima (三島 樹莉 Mishima Juri ): Izumi Matsuda (松田 いずみ Matsuda Izumi ) (Played by Izumiko Matsuda (松田 泉子 Matsuda Izumiko ))
- Kei Tadano (多田野 彗 Tadano Kei ): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けい Ishibashi Kei )
- Satoru Yoshida (吉田 悟 Yoshida Satoru ): Masaru Matsuda (松田 優 Matsuda Masaru )
- Mitsugu Shima (志摩 貢 Shima Mitsugu ): Kei Kagaya (加賀谷 圭 Kagaya Kei )
- Takanobu Kuwabara (桑原 孝信 Kuwabara Takanobu ): Koji Nakamura (中村 浩二 Nakamura Kōji )
- Atsushi Koyama (神山 篤志 Kōyama Atsushi ): Shunsuke Gondo (権藤 俊輔 Gondō Shunsuke )
- Renji Matsuo (松尾 蓮二 Matsuo Renji ): Tomu Saeba (冴場 都夢 Saeba Tomu )
- Michael Simmons (マイクル・シモンズ Maikeru Shimonzu ): Samuel Pop Aning (サムエル・ポップ・エニング Samueru Poppu Eningu )
- Katsutoshi Yokotani (横谷 勝歳 Yokotani Katsutoshi ): Tsukiya Kageura (陰浦 月弥 Tsukiya Kageura ) (Played by Tetsuro Shoji (庄司 哲郎 Shōji Tetsurō ))
- Gentaro Imai (今井 源太郎 Imai Gentarō ): Hiroaki Irisawa (入沢 宏彰 Irisawa Hiroaki )
- Kingo Iwao (厳 均悟 Iwao Kingo ): Naoyuki Yokoyama (横山 尚之 Yokoyama Naoyuki )
- Ryuichi Senuma (瀬沼 龍一 Senuma Ryūichi ): Hiroshi Ishii (石井 浩 Ishii Hiroshi )
- Catherine Ryan (キャサリン・ライアン Kyasarin Raian ): Debbie Regier (デビー・リギアー Debī Rigiā )
- Reiko Yoshii (吉井 玲子 Yoshii Reiko ): Yukari Ishida (石田 裕加里 Ishida Yukari )
- Michifumi Inoue (井上 倫文 Inoue Michifumi ): Eisuke Tsunoda (角田 英介 Tsunoda Eisuke )
- Kenji Tabata (田端 健二 Tabata Kenji ): Hiroshi Tsuburaya (円谷 浩 Tsuburaya Hiroshi )
- Sato (サトウ Satō ): Togo Okumoto (奥本 東五 Okumoto Tōgo )
- Makoto (マコト Makoto ): Hiroaki Nishijima (西嶋 大明 Nishijima Hiroaki )
- Nakaji (ナカジ Nakaji ): Masashi Kagami (加々美 正史 Kagami Masashi )
- Narration (ナレーション Narēshon ): Hiroshi Isobe (磯部 弘 Isobe Hiroshi )
- Ultraman Gaia: Shunsuke Gondo, Koji Nakamura
- Ultraman Agul: Kazuya Shimizu (清水 一哉 Shimizu Kazuya ) (Played by Kazuhiko Shimizu (清水 一彦 Shimizu Kazuhiko ))
- Opening theme
- "Ultraman Gaia!" by Masayuki Tanaka (田中 昌之 Tanaka Masayuki ) & Kazuya Daimon (大門 一也 Daimon Kazuya )
- Ending themes
- Tsuburaya Productions - The Official Home of Ultraman (Japanese)
- Japan Hero - Webpage devoted to Japanese superheroes