Ultraman 80

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Ultraman 80
Created byTsuburaya Productions
StarringHatsunori Hasegawa
Jin Nakayama
Eri Ishida
Sayoko Hagiwara
Composer(s)Tōru Fuyuki
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes50
Running time24 minutes (per episode)
Original networkTBS (Japan)
Original releaseApril 2, 1980 – March 25, 1981
Preceded byThe Ultraman
Followed byUltraman: The Adventure Begins (US)

Ultraman 80 (ウルトラマン80, Urutoraman Eiti) 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 sixteen years until the production of Ultraman Tiga.


Ultraman 80 comes to Earth as one of the newest members of the Ultra Space Garrison (it is revealed in Ultraman Mebius that he is the ninth Ultra Brother), in the form of science teacher Takeshi Yamato. After a five-year hiatus since the departure of Ultraman Leo (1974), monsters started reappearing again.

Yamato's theory is that monsters are born of the energy created by negative human emotions, also known as Minus Energy. He decides to become a teacher at Sakura-ga-Oka Middle School in Tokyo, and serves as a science teacher, as well as the home room teacher responsible for 1st Year, E Division. He is absolutely dedicated to his students, for he is there to teach them not just about science, but also about life. Unfortunately, he has a habit for being late, so he does things like promising his students to walk to class on his hands if he is late next time, or even promising to resign as a teacher. He even starts up a band with his students and jams on an electric guitar. His over-enthusiasm quickly wins the loyalty of his students, but often makes him an easy target for the prim Deputy Schoolmaster Kumi Nozawa. Yamato loves rice, ramen (Japanese noodle soup) and orange juice. He also loves Kyohko Aihara, the gym teacher, but loses all confidence in himself and sense of composure in her presence.

Yamato dons an orange and silver suit to moonlight at UGM (Utility Government Members), the regular Earth defence team, after school and on Sundays. He gets the job from Captain Ōhyama because they are both present at a park in the first episode, looking for signs of new monster activity. Ohyama is happy to meet someone who believes in the re-emergence of monsters. Even his own team members had their doubts, since none of them have any combat experience like their veteran captain. At school, only Principal Ken-no-suke Hayashi knows of Yamato's extracurricular activities.

80 has one of the more difficult human situations of any Ultraman. Ultraman 80 cannot be revealed to be known by humans, since his revelation will lead 80 to leave Earth. Yet, Yamato must still balance UGM and school, all the while hiding his true identity, while nursing a crush on Aihara. Though determined to teach his students about responsibility and integrity, he has to lie and break promises constantly to maintain this secret multiple personality and eventually stops working as a teacher to be a full-time UGM member.

Ultraman 80 and Hoshi returns home after the event of the final episode against monster Margodon. In the final episode, UGM destroy Margodon all by themselves. It is revealed that Captain Ohyama knows the real identities of Yamato and Hoshi, and a small celebration is held to appreciate Ultraman 80's and Hoshi's assistance while on Earth.

Later years[edit]

25 years later, in Ultraman Mebius, 80 returns to Earth while fighting Robelgar II, whom he eventually defeats with Mebius' help. His former students, one of whom works at the school and knows that their former sensei (teacher) is in fact Ultraman 80 is ecstatic as they all have fond memories of him and would like to see him again. They decide to have one final reunion party at the school as the school is to be torn down soon in the hope that their mentor would come. Ultraman 80 tells Mebius that he will not attend as he feels that by joining the UGM to fight monsters he failed in his primary mission of teaching his students. As the reunion party starts on the roof of the school, residual negative energy (also referred to as Minus Energy), emerges from the school to resurrect the monster Hoh (a monster which appeared in 1980).

Ultraman Mebius battles the monster who seemed to be sad somehow and this sadness was being reflected in the school building itself. Ultraman 80 then landed and told Mebius that since it was the negative energy that spawned the monster that he would defeat it. The monster willingly stood and seemed to smile as it dispersed after being hit with energy from 80's Buckle Beam. 80 then sees his student's delight at his appearance and hears them as they shout out how their lives have turned out thanks to him. Ultraman 80 then flies away and reverts to Takeshi Yamato and is joyfully greeted by his students at the final school reunion, as he realized that he hadn't failed them after all. Ultraman 80 later returns during the series finale, assisting the other Ultra Brothers in destroying a manifestation of rock created by Alien Empera that was coating the sun. Takeshi Yamato is the only human host not to transform to his Ultra form on screen during Mebius' series.

During the film Ultra Galaxy Legends, Ultraman 80 teams up with Ultraman Jack and Ultraman Ace to prevent Ultraman Belial from stealing the Plasma Spark. However, the three Ultras are defeated by Belial and are frozen once he steals the Plasma Spark. They remain frozen until Ultraman Zero returns The Plasma Spark.

US television premiere and DVD/Streaming releases[edit]

The Ultraman 80 30th Anniversery Memorial two DVD's box set will be released by Tsuburaya. Box I features episodes 1-28 & Box II features episodes 29-50.

On December 9, 2014, Crunchyroll announced that the series would be available on their streaming service starting that day in the US, Canada, Latin America, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.[1]

The television channel TOKU premiered the series in the United States with English subtitles beginning March 27, 2017, making it the sixth Ultra Series to air in the United States after Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman: Towards the Future, Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Max.[2]


This is the very first live action Ultra series to have ending credits and an ending song. Two songs were used for the opening and endings the openings were called Ultraman 80 by TALIZMAN and Hang In There Ultraman 80 by TALIZMAN and Columbia Yurikago Kai, the ending songs were called Let's Go UGM by TALIZMAN, and You are Earthlings by TALIZMAN. The 1st Opening theme was covered by Koorogi '73, but this version is extremely rare.


Ultraman 80[edit]


  • Height: 50 meters
  • Weight: 44,000 tons
  • Flight Speed: Mach 9
  • Running Speed: Mach 1.3
  • Home Planet: The Land of Light, Nebula M78
  • Human Form: Takeshi Yamato (disguise in series, host in manga)
  • Transformation Item: Bright Stick


  • Saxium Ray
    80's "L' style beam attack. he tows his arms in the air, one pointing upward, and another to the right, then they come together in the "L" pose. Very powerful, and being able to destroy monsters with one hit.
  • Buckle Beam
    80 can emit diamond-shaped blasts from the diamond shape on his stomach. Can destroy monsters in one shot. Used against Hoh, Abudoralus, Jackie and Gora.
  • Super Edge
    80 can unleash a powered crusher from his fliperfinger.
  • Arrow Shot
    80 can fire a large laser arrow from his hands after rotating his arms in a circular position and charging his body with yellow energy. Can destroy monsters in one shot.
  • Ultra Double Arrow
    The second version of Arrow Shot, in which two looping pink cutters are fired toward a target.
  • Ultra Straight Flash
    A beam fired from right hand.
  • Ultra Double Straight Flash
    A beam fired from both hands. Used against Gora.
  • Ultra Spiral Beam
    80 can emit very powerful energy beam surrounded by green energy pulses from both hands. Used to destroyed the UFO of Abudoralus in episode 6.
  • Ultra Ray Lance
    A beam javelin 80 can use to smack and stab monsters every which way. Used against Daron.
  • Ultra Slash
    The spinning circular sawblade of light that slices up enemies. It's the same weapon of Ultraman's Ultra Slash.
  • Ultra Hulahoop Ray
    Used to destroyed an evil monster spirit in Gazela, in order to turn it back into a toy.
  • Ultra Mid-Air Circling
    Flies in circles around a monster in mid-air while fires a lighting bolts of energy from his Color Timer. Used in the 4th dimension to confuse Mechagillas and destroy his neck.
  • Yellow Z Ray
    Used to confuse the machines.
  • Ultra High Frequency
    Emitted by spinning body around rapidly. Used against Gamos.
  • Timer Shot
    Spiral laser fired from his Color Timer while body is blazing with energy.
  • 4th Dimension Eliminination Ray
    fires a yellow laser above the air that causes the 4th dimension to melt back into the 3rd dimension.
  • Ultra Eye Shot
    80 is able to fire beams from his eyes. Can be used to either burn the cells of an opponent or revert a creature back to its normal form if it has been turned into a monster, as is the case in episode 10 against the transformed elephant monster, Zuluzular.
  • Ultra Micro Beam
    Spiral laser fires from Color Timer used to make Mue smaller.
  • Medical Power
    Unlike most Ultra-heroes, 80 has powerful healing abilities. Used to save young Akio from the effects of Abudoralus' beam.
  • Ultra Reduction
    80 can shrink to any size he pleases. Used to get Jackie out from the Zuluzular's belly in episode 10 and to get the Space Plant out of Tetsuon's belly in episode 39.
  • Ultra Fist
    80 can charge his fist with energy for a much more powerful punch.
  • Power Circle Combo
    Together with Yullian, 80 can create a large energy circle from their joined hands; this circle, sort of a large Ultra-Slash, can vanquish even the most invincible of monsters. Used against Plazma and Minazma in episode 49.
  • 400-MON Kick
    Jumps high into the air and brings his foot crashing down on opponent.
  • Moonsault Kick
    80 can charge his foot with energy for a much more powerful kick in a fashion of a Rider Kick.
  • Dynamite Ball
    Spin fast, crouches into a human cannonball and crashes through monsters.
  • Kite String
    80 can summon a strong kite from his hands.
  • Ultra Wave
    80 can fire a blue ray from his right hand, used in episode 38.
  • Halation Mirror
    80 can create a rectangular force field to protect himself from incoming attacks. Also known as the Ultra Rebound Mirror or Ultra Rebound Ray.
  • Ultra Teleporting
    Able to transfer himself instantly to a different location in space. Used in episode 19.


Late in the series, 80 is joined on Earth by the Queen of the Land of Light (the Ultra Planet), Yullian (ユリアン, Yurian), 80's childhood friend (and in Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend, his girlfriend). She originally comes to Earth to warn 80 that King Galtan the Great is planning to assassinate him, but she ends up sticking around for a while and joins UGM (replacing Emi Johno, who had been killed in action). She assumes the identity of Ryohko Hoshi. While not using any attacks as Yullian (other than Double Power, a combined attack with 80), she does shoot the Princess Ray, an infrared beam fired from the fingertips, as Ryohko.

She later makes a cameo appearance in the first episode of Ultraman Mebius and also participates along with several other Ultras in fighting against Ultraman Belial in the film, Ultra Galaxy Legends but she fails to stop Belial and is frozen once he steals the Plasma Spark and remains frozen until Ultraman Zero returns it.


  • Height: 47 meters
  • Weight: 36,000 tons
  • Flight Speed: mach 7.7
  • Home Planet: The Land of Light, Nebula M78
  • Human Form: Ryohko Hoshi
  • Transformation Item: Bright Bracelet


  • Power Circle Combo
    Together with Yullian, 80 can create a large energy circle from their joined hands; this circle, sort of a large Ultra-Slash, can vanquish even the most invincible of monsters. Used against Plazma and Minazma in episode 49.

UGM (Utility Government Members)[edit]

  • Captain Kazuki Ohyama (オオヤマ, Ōyama Kazuki) (Played by Jin Nakayama)
  • Chief Junkichi Itoh (イトウ, Itō Junkichi) (Played by Daimon Masaaki)
  • Takeshi Yamato (矢的猛, Yamato Takeshi) (Played by Hatsunori Hasegawa)
  • Tokihiko Harada (ハラダ, Harada Tokihiko) (Played by Daisuke Musoh)
  • Hiroshi Tajima (タジマ, Tajima Hiroshi) (Played by Shuhhei Niida)
  • Emi Johno (城野, Jōno Emi) (Played by Eri Ishida)
  • Shin-hachiroh Fujimori (フジモリ, Fujimori Shinhachiroh) (Played by Masashi Furuta)
  • Noboru Ikeda (イケダ, Ikeda Hoshi) (Played by Tatsuya Okamoto)
  • Ryohko Hoshi (星涼子, Hoshi Ryōko) (Played by Sayoko Hagiwara)
  • Teruo Sera (セラ照夫, Seru Teruo) (Played by Akihiko Sugizawa)
  • Yuriko Ozaka (小坂ユリ子, Ozaka Yuriko) (Played by Noriko Shirasaki)
  • Android Emi (Played by Eri Ishida)

UGM Mecha[edit]

UGM has a mecha used to defend the Earth against the monsters and also they support for Ultraman 80.

  • UGM Headquarters

Has alots of buildings and a largest airfield, but is mostly located underground near Tokyo. In daily communication with the Earth Defense Army's headquarters around the world. The main command center was known as the "Paddock". On the topview of the buildings are shaped like the letters "UGM." The Paddock is located in a different area for the first 14 episodes.

  • Space Mommy

UGM's giant space battleship. Front half raises up to reveal a launch pad. Control tower can separate into two. It has plasma missiles, lasers and an aircraft hangar. Can carries Silver Gull and Sky Higher.

  • Silver Gull

UGM's main attack fighter. Normally takes off of a runway, but also can be a VTOL. Pulse-like lasers from wings. Can make quick turns and can seperate mid-air into alpha and beta.

  • Sky Higher

Small, multi-purpose and high-performance fighter. Lasers from wings. Used for battle, patrol, recon and bombardment.

  • Ace Flyer

Chief Itoh's laser jet, which he piloted from Paris to Japan.

  • Scouter S7

A supercar, several of which are always kept at the UGM Headquarters. Used for patrol and investigation.

  • Lyzer Gun

A super laser gun. Can changes cartridges for lasers, anaesthesia and flame.

Sakura-ga-Oka Middle School[edit]

The school at which Takeshi Yamato teaches science and life. After episode 12, he no longer work as a teacher but resume back as the member of UGM.

  • Takeshi Yamato (Played by Hatsunori Hasegawa)
  • Principal Ken-no-suke Hayashi (Played by Saburoh Bohya)
  • Deputy Schoolmaster Kumi Nozawa (Played by Ikuko Wada)
  • Kyohko Aihara (Played by Mayumi Asano)
  • Non-chan (Played by Noriko Shirasaki)

Other Appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "New Fall Catalog: Ultraman 80, Last Cinderella, Always the Two of Us, Locodol OVA". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
  2. ^ "TOKU to Air Ultraman 80 With English Subtitles". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2017-03-21.