The Ultraman

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The Ultraman
Ultraman Joeneus.jpg
Cover artwork for the 2011 Japanese DVD release featuring Ultraman Joeneus, various monsters and the Science Guard's aircraft.
ザ☆ウルトラマン
(Za Urutoraman)
GenreSuperhero, science fiction
Anime television series
Directed byHisayuki Toriumi
Takeyuki Kanda
Written byKeiichi Abe
Sōji Yoshikawa
Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
Bunzo Wakatsuki
Yoshihisa Araki
Keisuke Fujikawa
Yasushi Hirano
Kiyoshi Miyata
StudioNippon Sunrise
Original networkTBS
English network
Original run April 4, 1979 March 26, 1980
Episodes50
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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. 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 aired four years after the end of Ultraman Leo.[1][2]

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.[1][2]

Story[edit]

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.[1][2] 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 lead 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.

Episodes[edit]

  • The Birth of a New Hero!!
  • The Secret of the Shining Pendant
  • When the Weed Whistle Blows in the Evening...
  • Chase the Mysterious Red Cloud!!
  • The "Passenger"—Break Through the Underground!!
  • Challenge to the Burning Deep Sea
  • Orders to Attack! The Target is Pigu!!
  • The Secret of Team Member Hikari Is Stolen!?
  • Terror of the Awakened Ancient Creature!!
  • I Can See It!! The Phantom Monster...
  • Challenge to the Science Garrison!!
  • The Extraordinary Conversation Just Between Pigu and the Monster
  • The Sad Legend of the Revived Lake
  • A Star of Evil Has Come!!
  • You Are Ultraman
  • The Living Phantom Bird King Moa
  • The Betamie Has Disappeared!!
  • The Mysterious Monster Island
  • This is the Ultra Star!! Part 1
  • This is the Ultra Star!! Part 2
  • This is the Ultra Star!! Part 3
  • The Dubious Space of the South Sea
  • The Supersonic Battle
  • The Two Team Member Mutsumis
  • The Flower Garden of Evil
  • Earth's Ultimate Crisis!!
  • Monster Island Rises to the Surface!!!
  • The New Captain Has Arrived!!
  • The Invasion of the Evil UFO
  • The Giant Fossil That Started to Move
  • The Female Ultra Warrior
  • Object X from Outer Space
  • Magma Zone of Desperation
  • The Stolen Monster Asylum Planet, Part I
  • The Stolen Monster Asylum Planet, Part II
  • The Snow Woman from Space
  • Crisis of the Ultra Planet U40!!
  • Big Ultra War!!
  • The Targeted Giant Warship Ultoria
  • The Boy who Brought Along a Monster
  • Clash!! Ultraman vs. Ultraman
  • Ultraman Capture Strategy
  • Monkey Became a Monster!?
  • The Ultoria Broken in Half!?
  • The Bomb-Holding Pigu
  • Come Back to Life, Mutsumi
  • To the Ultra Star!! (Part 1: Intelligence from the Female Warrior)
  • To the Ultra Star!! (Part 2: Frontline Base Annihilated)
  • To the Ultra Star!! (Part 3: U Fleet Big Severe Battle)
  • To the Ultra Star!! (Conclusion: Victory Toward Peace)

Songs[edit]

Theme Songs[edit]

  • Opening theme: "The Ultraman"
    • Song: Aku
    • Composition and Arrangement: Miyauchi Kunio
    • Song: Isao Sasaki and Columbia Yurikakai
  • Ending theme: "Brave men of love"
    • Lyrics: Aku
    • Composition and Arrangement: Kunio Miyauchi
    • Songs: Isao Sasaki

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.

Insertion Songs[edit]

  • "Ultraman Hymn"
    • Lyrics: Kazuho Mitsuda
    • Composition and Arrangement: Toru Fuyuki
    • Song: Isao Sasaki

Sasaki, who was in charge of the song, made it the most difficult song he had ever sung.

  • "Star of Ultra"
    • Lyrics: Tani Noboru
    • Composition and Arrangement: Toru Fuyuki
    • Song: Columbia Torigokai
  • "Song of Mutsumi"
    • Lyrics-Kazuho Mitsuda
    • Composition: Tani Noboru
    • Arrangement: Takada Hiroshi
    • Song: Horie Mitsuko
  • "Super Murdoch"
    • Lyrics and Composition: Tani Noboru
    • Arrangement: Hirotaka Takada
    • Song: Isao Sasaki
  • "Our Science Garrison"
    • Lyrics: Kazuho Mitsuda
    • Composition: Tani Noboru
    • Arrangement: Hirotaka Takada
    • Songs: Isao Sasaki
  • "Robot Pig's Song"
    • Lyrics: Tani Noboru
    • Composition: Fuoki Toru
    • Arrangement: Maruyama Masahito
    • Song: Takiguchi Junpei
  • "Tomorrow ..."
    • Lyrics and Composition: Tani Noboru
    • Arrangement: Takada Hiroshi
    • Song: Toyama Takashi

It was used in Episode 18, and in Episode 23, the instrument was used.

  • "Monster Requiem"
    • Lyrics: Kazuho Mitsuda
    • Composition and Arrangement: Toru Fuyuki
    • Songs: Isao Sasaki

In the 15th episode of the next film " 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.

English versions[edit]

Home video releases[edit]

In the United States, there have been two feature-length movie compilations:

  • The Adventures of Ultraman (1981), a feature-length movie produced by Tsuburaya Productions specifically for the English-language market. The movie 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: The Further Adventures of Ultraman (1983), 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.

Television releases[edit]

  • 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 April 2017, the television network TOKU announced that they would release the series in the United States in the near future.[3] Months later, it was confirmed that the series would be released in Japanese with English subtitles in the channel starting January 29, 2018.[4]

Other appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "ザ★ウルトラマン 1" (in Japanese). Bandai Visual. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  2. ^ a b c "EMOTION the Best ザ★ウルトラマン DVD-BOX" (in Japanese). Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  3. ^ "TOKU on Facebook". 2017-04-28. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  4. ^ "TOKU Premieres Ultra Series Titles in USA". SciFi Japan. Retrieved 22 January 2018.

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