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|Created by||Tsuburaya Productions|
|Opening theme||Spirit by Project DMM|
Ultraman Cosmos~Kimi ni Dekiru Nani Ka by Project DMM|
Kokoro no Kizuna by Project DMM
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||65|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Original release||July 6, 2001 – September 27, 2002|
|Preceded by||Ultraman Neos|
|Followed by||Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy|
Ultraman Cosmos (ウルトラマンコスモス Urutoraman Kosumosu) 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. Ultraman Cosmos was also the 35th anniversary for the Ultraman series.
In June 2002, Cosmos was taken off of television for several weeks (following the broadcast of the 49th episode) when lead actor Taiyou Sugiura was questioned in an assault and extortion case. When the case against Sugiura was dropped for lack of evidence, Cosmos was put back on the air. TBS and Tsuburaya ultimately pulled five episodes (50, 52, 54, 56, and 58) from broadcast to make up for time lost, and these episodes were later released on DVD.
In April 2017, the television channel TOKU announced that they would released the series in the United States in the near future. A year later, the series was released by the channel on April 23, 2018.
Observing the increasing trend of violence that occurred in the younger generation of Japan, the Tsuburaya makes Ultraman character that has a gentler nature than its predecessors. With a dominant blue first look, Tsuburaya wants to elevate Ultraman's image as a figure of love for the environment and peace. Thus, the concept of the story is the theme of pacifism, meaning an idea which considers war to be morally unjustifiable, and all disputes or disagreements must be resolved by way of peace. So Ultraman Cosmos is a gentle ultraman, nonviolent fight.
The series featured many firsts for the franchise, including the start of the story in a movie rather than the series proper. Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact was the prequel to the series and took place ten years before episode 1. In it, 9-year-old Musashi Haruno encounters the being of light, Ultraman Cosmos (ウルトラマンコスモス Urutoraman Kosumosu), and befriends him as the two confront a threat to Earth.
Ten years later, Musashi, now 19 and a member of Team EYES, once again encounters the being of light from his childhood. The dark being Chaos Header has appeared and is corrupting the monsters of Earth, making them become ravenous and violent creatures that threaten humanity. Through Musashi's will to see the beasts and humans live in peace, Cosmos grants him a new power that will allow him to heal the corrupted creatures.
Team Elite Young Expert Squadrons, also known as Team EYES, is the science investigation team of the series. The aim of the operation is not to destroy monsters, but rather to find a place where they can live peacefully on earth. Once a monster is healed by Cosmos, members will transport it to a conservation area where they may live peacefully without the threat of humans or the Chaos Header.
- Musashi Haruno
A 19-year-old pilot candidate part of the SRC Space Development Center. Musashi first encountered Ultraman Cosmos as a child and formed a bond with him that would return to aid him as an adult. He confronts a monster corrupted by the Chaos Header's Virus of Light (光のウィルス Hikari no Wirusu) and is allowed to join Team EYES as a result of his brave actions. Musashi faces a dilemma later on in the series when he realizes that the Chaos Header is not simply a virus, but a living creature that he must destroy.
- Harumitsu Hiura
Hiura is the 33-year-old captain of Team EYES and one of the founding members of the SRC research project. He is affectionately called "cap" by his teammates and was the reason Musashi was allowed to team EYES. Though essentially a gentleman, Hiura has a wild side that comes out when he finds himself in battle.
- Mizuki Shinbou
The vice-captain of Team EYES, 28 years old. Mizuki is one of the original defense instructors and joined Team EYES after sympathizing with their policies and ideals. While she is generally reserved, she often takes the lead in battle and guides her team through dangerous situations with great care and experience.
- Keisuke Fubuki
A 23-year-old former police officer and the rookie member of EYES before Musashi. He has a cool, yet slightly aggressive personality that SRC initially did not want on their Team EYES project. He often comes into conflict with other members on how to deal with the corrupted monsters, especially butting heads with Musashi many times. The two form a deep friendship throughout the series as Fubuki comes to understand Musashi and his feelings towards life. Though Fubuki is strong, he was a sick child who was unable to defend those closest to him; this led to him wanting to become strong to protect others, an ideal which was eventually washed away by a need to simply be strong.
In Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle. the final entry into the series taking place three years after the final episode, Fubuki has become the captain of a new batch of Team EYES members and fights with the ideals of Musashi in mind.
- Koji Doigaki
Koji is the 25-year-old mechanic of Team EYES and seen as the most naive member of the team. He hails from Kōchi Prefecture, his teammates often think of him as a country boy because of this. He was called a genius scientist at a young age and was watched closely by the SRC project. Koji joined the team so he could escape his father, a man who he shares an uneasy relationship with.
- Ayano Morimoto
A 19-year-old member of the team and the youngest member, younger than Musashi by 10 months. Ayano is very spirited and often spoiled due to her upbringing. She has a habit of falling in love with handsome men and doesn't concern herself with femininity. She was initially very cold towards Musashi, unable to accept that her junior on the team was actually older than she was and often referred to him as "Member Musashi" throughout most of the series. The two seem to form a close bond as the series plays out, Ayano eventually on a first-name basis with Musashi by the end of the show.
- Ultraman Cosmos
The being of light that comes from space in the series and hopes to establish peace in the universe. He sparks a friendship with the young Musashi that will be a lifelong bond between the two. After defeating the threat in First Contact, Cosmos returns to space and is not seen again for ten years, in which time much has changed on earth.
Musashi becomes Cosmos by using the Cosmo Pluck (コスモプラック Kosumo Purakku) and shouting "Cosmos!". Cosmos' default form is the blue Luna Mode (ルナモード Runa Mōdo) used to heal monsters under the influence of Chaos Header's virus. The red Corona Mode (コロナモード Korona Mōdo) is the mode that Cosmos uses when he must kill a monster. In addition to these Cosmos also has Eclipse Mode (エクリプスモード Ekuripusu Mōdo), for dealing with especially strong monsters or Chaos Ultraman. The Eclipse Mode is also a special mode that can only be sustained for one minute at a time and the golden Miracluna Mode (ミラクルナモード Mirakuruna Mōdo) which appears in the final episode and serves as an upgrade to Luna Mode. He also has the Space Corona Mode (スペースコロナモード Supēsu Korona Mōdo) and the Future Mode (フューチャーモード Fyūchā Mōdo) but these forms were never shown in the series. They are only shown in Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle. He also has the Phantom Corona Mode (ファントムコロナモード Fantomu Korona Mōdo), but it only appears in Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet as Musashi's vision.
- Reunion With Light (光との再会 Hikari to no Saikai)
- Shadow of the Chaos Header (カオスヘッダーの影 Kaosu Heddā no Kage)
- Fly! Musashi (飛べ! ムサシ Tobe! Musashi)
- The Fallen Robot (落ちてきたロボット Ochitekita Robotto)
- Revenge of the Fireflies (蛍の復讐 Hotaru no Fukushū)
- Monster Fishing (怪獣一本釣り Kaijū Ipponzuri)
- Present from the Sky (空からのプレゼント Sora kara no Purezento)
- Sleeping Maiden (乙女の眠り Otome no Nemuri)
- Friends of the Forest (森の友だち Mori no Tomodachi)
- The Bronze Devil (青銅の魔神 Seidō no Majin)
- Move! Monster (動け! 怪獣 Ugoke! Kaijū)
- The Organism of Light (生命の輝き Seimei no Kagayaki)
- Daughter of Time: Part 1 (時の娘（前編） Toki no Musume (Zenpen))
- Daughter of Time: Part 2 (時の娘（後編） Toki no Musume (Kōhen))
- Deep Sea Fight (深海の死闘 Shinkai no Shitō)
- The Flying Whale (飛ぶクジラ Tobu Kujira)
- The Different Dimensional Trap (異次元の罠 Ijigen no Wana)
- The Legend of Mt. Nibito (二人山伝説 Nibitoyama Densetsu)
- Star Lover (星の恋人 Hoshi no Koibito)
- Musashi's Sky (ムサシの空 Musashi no Sora)
- The Battle with the Tech Booster: Part 1 (テックブースター出動せよ（前編） Tekku Būsutā Shutsudō seyo (Zenpen))
- The Battle with the Tech Booster: Part 2 (テックブースター出動せよ（後編） Tekku Būsutā Shutsudō seyo (Kōhen))
- Luna v.s. Luna (ルナ対ルナ Runa Tai Runa)
- Warm Memories (ぬくもりの記憶 Nukumori no Kioku)
- Alien Girl (異星の少女（ひと） Isei no Hito)
- The Power to Defeat the Chaos (カオスを倒す力 Kaosu o Taosu Chikara)
- A Space Monster is Born on Earth (地球生まれの宇宙怪獣 Chikyū Umare no Uchū Kaijū)
- Strength and Power (強さと力 Tsuyosa to Chikara)
- Dreaming Courage (夢みる勇気 Yumemiru Yūki)
- Eclipse (エクリプス Ekuripusu)
- Rescue Gon (ゴンを救え Gon o Sukue)
- The Nightmare Experiment (悪夢の実験 Akumu no Jikken)
- Monster Hunter (怪獣狙撃手（ハンター） Kaijū Hantā)
- Wrath of the Sea God (海神の怒り Kaijin no Ikari)
- The Magic Stone (魔法の石 Mahō no Ishi)
- The Mountain of Yōkai (妖怪の山 Yōkai no Yama)
- Fubuki Retires?! (フブキ退任?! Fubuki Tainin?!)
- Alien Old Man (オヤジ星人 Oyaji Seijin)
- Light of Evil (邪悪の光 Jaaku no Hikari)
- Giant of Evil (邪悪の巨人 Jaaku no Kyojin)
- The Green Fugitive (緑の逃亡者 Midori no Tōbōsha)
- Friend (ともだち Tomodachi)
- Puppet Monster (操り怪獣 Ayatsuri Kaijū)
- Ghighi vs Gon (ギギVSゴン Gigi Tai Gon)
- The Amusement Park Legend (遊園地伝説 Yūenchi Densetsu)
- The Miraculous Flower (奇跡の花 Kiseki no Hana)
- Sorceress of the Sky (空の魔女 Sora no Majo)
- Waroga Counterattack (ワロガ逆襲 Waroga Gyakushū)
- Snow of Space (宇宙の雪 Uchū no Yuki)
- Monster Smuggling!? (怪獣密輸!? Kaijū Mitsuyu!?)
- Enemy of Chaos (カオスの敵 Kaosu no Teki)
- Transformation Impossible!? (変身不能!? Henshin Funō!?)
- Future Monster (未来怪獣 Mirai Kaijū)
- Human Transporter (人間転送機 Ningen Tensōki)
- Final Test (最終テスト Saishū Tesuto)
- Kappa Village (かっぱの里 Kappa no Sato)
- Door of Snow (雪の扉 Yuki no Tobira)
- The Sky of Revenge (復讐の空 Fukushū no Sora)
- Maximum Invasions (最大の侵略 Saidai no Shinryaku)
- Chaos War (カオス大戦 Kaosu Taisen)
- Forbidden Weapon (禁断の兵器 Kindan no Heiki)
- Cry of the Earth (地球の悲鳴 Chikyū no Himei)
- Chaos's Violent Attack (カオス激襲 Kaosu Gekishū)
- Deathmatch on the Moon (月面の決戦 Getsumen no Kessen)
- True Hero (真の勇者 Shin no Yūsha)
- Special Summary 1: Cosmos's Greatest Crisis (特別総集編1 コスモス最大の危機 Tokubetsu Sōshūhen Ichi: Kosumosu Saidai no Kiki)
- Special Summary 2: Cosmos's Last Fight (特別総集編2 コスモス最後の戦い Tokubetsu Sōshūhen Ni: Kosumosu Saigo no Tatakai)
- Musashi Haruno/Ultraman Cosmos
Taiyo Sugiura (杉浦 太陽 Sugiura Taiyō)
Kounosuke Tokai (child)
- Captain Harumitsu Hiura
Daisuke Shima (嶋 大輔 Shima Daisuke)
- Deputy Captain Shinobu Mizuki
- Keisuke Fubuki
- Koji Doigaki
- Ayano Morimoto
- Ultraman Cosmos
Hiroyuki Sato (voice)
- Chaos Header, Chaos Ultraman
- Julie/Ultraman Justice
Kazue Fukiishi (film only)
- Opening theme
- Ending themes
- "Ultraman Cosmos ~ Kimi ni Dekiru Nanika" (ウルトラマンコスモス～君にできるなにか Urutoraman Kosumosu ~ Kimi ni Dekiru Nanika, lit. "Something You Can Do")
- "Kokoro no Kizuna" (心の絆, lit. "Bonds of the Heart")
- Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact (2001)
- Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet (2002)
- Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle (2003)
- Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy (2009), Musashi joins with Zap Spacy as a member.
- Ultraman Saga (2012), Cosmos joins with Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Dyna and 5 Showa-era Ultra Heroes.
- Ultraman Ginga S: Showdown! Ultra 10 Warriors!! (2015), Cosmos joins with Ultraman Ginga, and 8 Heisei-era Ultra Heroes.
- Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga (2016-2017), Musashi joins with Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Dyna.