Ultraman Tiga

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Ultraman Tiga
Tiga logo.jpg
Ultraman Tiga Original Japanese title card
Genre Superhero
Tokusatsu
Kaiju
Sci-Fi
Created by Tsuburaya Productions
Starring Hiroshi Nagano
Takami Yoshimoto
Akitoshi Ohtaki
Shigeki Kagemaru
Yukio Masuda
Yoichi Furuya
Mio Takagi
Narrated by Issei Futamata
Opening theme Take Me Higher by V6
Ending theme Brave Love, Tiga by 地球防衛団 (the Earth Defense Force)
Composer(s) Tatsumi Yano
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 52
Production
Running time half hour (per episode)
Release
Original network TBS, MBS (JPN)
GMA Network (PH)
4KidsTV (US)
Original release September 7, 1996 – August 30, 1997
Chronology
Preceded by Ultraman Zearth
Followed by Ultraman Dyna

Ultraman Tiga (ウルトラマンティガ, Urutoraman Tiga) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show and is the 12th show in the Ultra Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Ultraman Tiga was aired at 6:00pm and aired between September 7, 1996 to August 30, 1997, with a total of 52 episodes with 5 movies (3 being crossovers, 2 being direct sequel to the series as well as a comic book series) After a franchise hiatus of over 15 years, set in a universe different from all previous series and updated with a new look and feel. Tiga is the first Ultraman with multiple combat modes and non-red colors. It is one of the most popular entries in the Ultra Series. Because of Tiga's popularity, he had more exposure on TV and movies than any other Heisei Ultraman. Ultraman Tiga was also dubbed in English by 4Kids Entertainment and broadcast in the United States as part of the Fox Box programming block on Fox Broadcasting Company affiliates, making it the fourth Ultra Series to air in the United States after Ultraman, Ultra Seven and Ultraman: Towards the Future.

Plot[edit]

Ultraman Tiga facing against his final opponent, Gatanothor.

Set in an alternate universe in the year 2007-2010 (2049 in the U.S. dub), giant monsters and conquering aliens start to appear, as was foretold by an apocalyptic prophecy about an uncontrollable chaos over the Earth. Facing the threat, the TPC (Terrestrial Peaceable Consortium) is created along with its branch, GUTS (Global Unlimited Task Squad). Through a holographic message in a capsule found by researchers, the GUTS gets knowledge about a golden pyramid built by an ancient civilization. At the site, three statues of a race of giants who defended early human civilization on Earth about 30,000,000 years ago. GUTS finds the three ancient statues, but two of them are destroyed by the monsters Golza and Melba. The third one gains life from the spiritual energy of officer Daigo, descendant of the ancient race. Daigo and the remaining statue merge into a single being, made of light. Shortly after defeating the two monsters, Daigo is revealed by the hologram of the prophecy that 30 million years in the past, a great evil that not even the giants could stop, destroyed the ancient civilization.

The same evil reappears in the finale of the series, the Ruler of Darkness Gatanothor, and his servants, Gijera and Zoigar. Gatanothor defeats Ultraman Tiga with ease, withstanding the Delcalium Light Stream and a modified version of the Zeperion Ray, both Tiga's finishes, and turns him back into a stone statue, but the light of humanity is able to turn him into Glitter Tiga, giving him the power to defeat Gatanothor and save the Earth. However, Tiga's victory came at a cost. Daigo was no longer able to become Tiga after the Spark Lens disintegrated into dust after his final battle. It is revealed that Tiga, although no longer bound to Daigo, its energy now remains in the heart of all those who believe in Tiga, inner-strength and justice. Given the right conditions such as times of despair, the sparks will gather and the Tiga statue will be revitalized.

Episodes[edit]

  1. The One Who Inherits the Light (光を継ぐもの, Hikari o Tsugu Mono)
  2. Stone of Legends (石の神話, Ishi no Shinwa)
  3. The Devil's Prophecy (悪魔の預言, Akuma no Yogen)
  4. Sa-yo-na-ra Earth (サ・ヨ・ナ・ラ地球, Sa.Yo.Na.Ra Chikyū)
  5. The Day the Monster Came Out (怪獣が出てきた日, Kaijū ga Detekita Hi)
  6. Second Contact (セカンド・コンタクト, Sekando Kontakuto)
  7. The Man Who Came Down to Earth (地球に降りてきた男, Chikyū ni Oritekita Otoko)
  8. On Halloween Night (ハロウィンの夜に, Harowin no Yoru ni)
  9. The Girl Who Waits for a Monster (怪獣を待つ少女, Kaijū o Matsu Shōjo)
  10. The Closed Amusement Park (閉ざされた遊園地, Tozasareta Yūenchi)
  11. Requiem to the Darkness (闇へのレクイエム, Yami e no Rekuiemu)
  12. S.O.S from the Deep Sea (深海からのSOS, Shinkai kara no SOS)
  13. Human Collecting (人間採集, Ningen Saishū)
  14. The Released Target (放たれた標的, Hanatareta Hyōteki)
  15. The Phantom Dash (幻の疾走, Maboroshi no Shissō)
  16. Resurrected Friend (よみがえる鬼神, Yomigaeru Kishin)
  17. Red and Blue's Battle (赤と青の戦い, Aka to Ao no Tatakai)
  18. Golza's Counterattack (ゴルザの逆襲, Goruza no Gyakushū)
  19. GUTS to the Sky (part 1) (GUTSよ宙(そら)へ 前編, Gattsu yo Sora e (Zenpen))
  20. GUTS to the Sky (part 2) (GUTSよ宙(そら)へ 後編, Gattsu yo Sora e (Kōhen)
  21. Deban's Turn (出番だデバン!, Deban da Deban)
  22. A Fog's Coming (霧が来る, Kiri ga Kuru)
  23. Dinosaurs' Star (恐竜たちの星, Kyoryū-tachi no Hoshi)
  24. Go! Monster Expedition Team (行け! 怪獣探検隊, Ike! Kaijyū Tankentai)
  25. The Devil's Judgement (悪魔の審判, Akuma no Shinpan)
  26. Evil Monster Realm of the Rainbow (虹の怪獣魔境, Niji no Kaijū Makyō)
  27. I Saw Obico! (オビコを見た!, Obiko o Mita!)
  28. One Vanishing Moment (うたかたの…, Utakata no...)
  29. Blue Night's Memory (青い夜の記憶, Aoi Yoru no Kioku)
  30. Monster Zoo (怪獣動物園, Kaijū Doōbutsuen)
  31. The Attacked GUTS Base (襲われたGUTS基地, Osowareta Gattsu Kichi)
  32. Zelda Point's Defenses (ゼルダポイントの攻防, Zeruda Pointo no Kōbō)
  33. Vampire City (吸血都市, Kyūketsu Toshi)
  34. To The Southern Limit (南の涯てまで, Minami no Hate Made)
  35. The Sleeping Maiden (眠りの乙女, Nemuri no Otome)
  36. The Time-Transcending Smile (時空をこえた微笑, Toki o Koeta Hohoemi)
  37. Flower (, Hana)
  38. The Mirage Monster (蜃気楼の怪獣, Shinkirō no Kaijū)
  39. Dear Mr. Ultraman (拝啓ウルトラマン様, Haikei Urutoraman-sama)
  40. Dream (, Yume)
  41. Friend from Space (宇宙からの友, Uchū kara no Tomo)
  42. Town Where the Girl Disappeared (少女が消えた街, Shōjo ga Kieta Machi)
  43. Land Shark (地の鮫, Chi no Same)
  44. The One Who Inherits the Shadows (影を継ぐもの, Kage o Tsugu Mono)
  45. Eternal Life (永遠の命, Eien no Inochi)
  46. Let's Go to Kamakura! (いざ鎌倉!, Iza Kamakura!)
  47. Goodbye to Darkness (闇にさようなら, Yami ni Sayōnara)
  48. Fugitive from The Moon (月からの逃亡者, Tsuki kara no Tōbōsha)
  49. The Ultra Star (ウルトラの星, Urutora no Hoshi)
  50. Take Me Higher! (もっと高く!~Take Me Higher!~, Motto Takaku!~Teiku Mī Haiyā~)
  51. Master of Darkness (暗黒の支配者, Ankoku no Shihaisha)
  52. To The Shining Ones (輝けるものたちへ, Kagayakeru Mono-tachi e)

Cameos[edit]

Episode 49
The original Ultraman helps to defeat monster Yanakagi. As mentioned earlier, Tiga is from an entirely different timeline than the original Ultra series, so a lot of plot contortions are made in order to bring together this dream team, to honor the 30th anniversary of the original Ultraman.

Films[edit]

  • Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey (2000): The story is set two years after the final episode.
  • Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant (2001): A direct-to-video special set many years after the end of the series (Year 2038, 21 years after the events of Ultraman Dyna) In it, Daigo and Rena also have a son who is named Tsubasa.

Team ups[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Daigo Madoka/Ultraman Tiga (マドカ・ダイゴ, Madoka Daigo)/Nagano (長野, Nagano, 49): Hiroshi Nagano (V6) (長野 博(V6), Nagano Hiroshi (Bui Shikkusu))
  • Rena Yanase (ヤナセ・レナ, Yanase Rena): Takami Yoshimoto (吉本 多香美, Yoshimoto Takami)
  • Megumi Iruma (イルマ・メグミ, Iruma Megumi)/Yuzare (ユザレ, Yuzare, 50): Mio Takaki (高樹 澪, Takaki Mio)
  • Seiichi Munakata (ムナカタ・セイイチ, Munakata Seiichi): Akitoshi Ohtaki (大滝 明利, Ōtaki Akitoshi)
  • Masami Horii (ホリイ・マサミ, Horii Masami): Yukio Masuda (増田 由紀夫, Masuda Yukio)
  • Tetsuo Shinjoh (シンジョウ・テツオ, Shinjō Tetsuo): Shigeki Kagemaru (影丸 茂樹, Kagemaru Shigeki)
  • Jun Yazumi (ヤズミ・ジュン, Yazumi Jun): Yoichi Furuya (古屋 暢一, Furuya Yōichi)
  • Souichiro Sawai (サワイ・ソウイチロウ, Sawai Sōichirō): Tamio Kawachi (川地 民夫, Kawachi Tamio)
  • Masayuki Nahara (ナハラ・マサユキ, Nahara Masayuki): Take Uketa (タケ・ウケタ)
  • Tetsuji Yoshioka (ヨシオカ・テツジ, Yoshioka Tetsuji): Ken Okabe (岡部 健, Okabe Ken)
  • Mayumi Shinjoh (シンジョウ・マユミ, Shinjō Mayumi): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けい, Ishibashi Kei)
  • Naban Yao (ヤオ・ナバン, Yao Naban): Ichirō Ogura (小倉 一郎, Ogura Ichirō)
  • Reiko Kashimura (カシムラ・レイコ, Kashimura Reiko): Takako Kitagawa (北川 たか子, Kitagawa Takako)
  • Yūji Tango (タンゴ・ユウジ, Tango Yūji): Yoichi Okamura (岡村 洋一, Okamura Yoichi)
  • Ultraman Tiga (ウルトラマンティガの声, Urutoraman Tiga no Koe): Yūji Machi (真地 勇志, Machi Yuji) (voice)

Guest cast[edit]

  • Omi Yanase (ヤナセ・オミ, Yanase Omi, 7): Shigeru Araki (荒木 しげる, Araki Shigeru)
  • Ryosuke Sanada (サナダ・リョウスケ, Sanada Ryōsuke, 11, 47): Jun Yuzuhara (柚原 旬, Yuzuhara Jun)
  • Sayaka Ijuin (イジュウイン・サヤカ, Ijūin Sayaka, 11, 47): Michiko Shimazaki (島崎 路子, Shimazaki Michiko)
  • Zara (ザラ, Zara, 14): Shogo Shiotani (塩谷 庄吾, Shiotani Shōgo)
  • Lucia (ルシア, Rushia, 14): Motoko Nagi (梛野 素子, Nagi Motoko)
  • Takuma (拓磨, Takuma, 15): Takuma Aoki (青木 拓磨, Aoki Takuma)
  • Noodle Shop Vendor (夜鳴きそば屋, Yonaki soba-ya)/Obiko (オビコ, Obiko, 27): Shoichiro Akaboshi (赤星 昇一郎, Akaboshi Shōichirō)
  • Kyoto Inui (イヌイ・キヨト, Inui Kyoto, 41): Tom Saeba (冴場 都夢, Saeba Tomu)
  • Keigo Masaki (マサキ・ケイゴ/イーヴィルティガ, Masaki Keigo, 43-44, 52): Takashi Kora (高良 隆志, Kōra Takashi)
  • Shin Hayate (ハヤテ・シン, Hayate Shin, 48, 52): Masaki Kyomoto (京本 政樹, Kyōmoto Masaki)
  • Ultraman (ウルトラマンの声, Urutoraman no Koe, 49): Satoshi Furuya (voice)

Suit actors[edit]

English-dub actors[edit]

In 2002, an English adaptation dub of the series was produced by 4Kids Entertainment and recorded by their in-house dubbing studio, 4Kids Productions. The adaptation dub aired on the Fox Box Children's block on Fox in the United States.

Songs[edit]

Opening theme
  • "TAKE ME HIGHER"
    "TAKE ME HIGHER" reached #1 of the Oricon Weekly Rankings Charts for the week of September 30, 1996, and became a Platinum Record.
Ending Theme
  • "Brave Love, TIGA"
    • Producer: Gorō Kishitani (岸谷 五朗, Kishitani Gorō)
    • Lyrics: Sunplaza Nakano
    • Composition: Barbe-Q Wasada (バーベQ和佐田, Bābe Kyū Wasada)
    • Arrangement: Yasuhiko Fukuda (福田裕彦, Fukuda Yasuhiko)
    • Artist: Earth Protection Force (地球防衛団, Chikyū Bōei-dan)
    • Leader: Gorō Kishitani
    • Members: Takashi Utsunomiya (宇都宮 隆, Utsunomiya Takashi), Toshiaki Karasawa, Naoto Kine (木根 尚登, Kine Naoto), Sunplaza Nakano, Yasafumi Terawaki (寺脇 康文, Terawaki Yasufumi), Masahiko Nishimura, Barbe-Q Wasada, Papala Kawai (パッパラー河合, Papparā Kawai), Patrick Bommarito (パトリック・ボンマリート, Patorikku Bonmarīto), Funky Sueyoshi (ファンキー末吉, Fankī Sueyoshi), Yasuhiko Fukuda (福田 裕彦, Fukuda Yasuhiko), Honjamaka (ホンジャマカ, Hidehiko Ishizuka (石塚 英彦, Ishizuka Hidehiko), Toshiaki Megumi (恵 俊彰, Megumi Toshiaki)) Sequel
  • It is widely thought that Dyna is related to Tiga, and Ultraman Dyna is the sequel to Ultraman Tiga.

Adaptations[edit]

Dark Horse Comics published a manga-style series based on Ultraman Tiga in 2003–2004.

References[edit]

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