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Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series 

Urutoraman: Kûsô tokusatsu shirîzu (original title)
A human member of a defense force is given the life and ability to change into a giant super-hero to battle the monsters that wrecks havoc on Earth.
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Series cast summary:
Susumu Kurobe ...  Shin Hayata 39 episodes, 1966-1967
Sandayû Dokumamushi ...  Daisuke Arashi 39 episodes, 1966-1967
Masaya Nihei Masaya Nihei ...  Mitsuhiro Ide 39 episodes, 1966-1967
Bin Furuya Bin Furuya ...  Ultraman / ... 39 episodes, 1966-1967
Corinne Orr 39 episodes, 1966-1967
Hiroko Sakurai ...  Akiko Fuji 38 episodes, 1966-1967
Akiji Kobayashi ...  Captain 'Cap' Toshio Muramatsu 38 episodes, 1966-1967
Kôji Ishizaka Kôji Ishizaka ...  Narrator / ... 19 episodes, 1966
Hikaru Urano Hikaru Urano ...  Narrator / ... 19 episodes, 1966-1967
Teruo Aragaki Teruo Aragaki ...  Alien Zarab (Kaiju) / ... 16 episodes, 1966-1967
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The series begins when the alien Ultraman pursues an alien monster to Earth. In the pursuit, he crashes with Hayata, an officer of the Science Patrol who is investigating the chase. To make amends for the accident, the alien gives his life force to the human along with his regular form and powers should he ever need it. This linking proves to be a most fortuitous event as the monster being pursued is but the first of a wave of destructive monsters and aliens that attack the planet. Hayata investigates sightings of these beasts as part of the Patrol who fights these threats with the advanced weapons at their disposal. However, the monsters often prove too strong for the Earth forces to stop. When that happens, Hiyata uses the beta capsule given to him by the alien. When he activates it, he transforms to the giant superhero, Ultraman, who wields the power necessary to protect Earth. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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TV-14
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Country:

Japan

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

10 July 1966 (Japan) See more »

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Ultraman See more »

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Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When directing Episode 36, "Gift from the Sky", Akio Jissôji played a humorous prank on star Susumu Kurobe by making him mistake a spoon for the Beta Capsule when transforming into Ultraman. This became a popular in-joke to many fans of the show (even American fans like cartoonist Jeff Nicholson, who made an Ultraman parody called "Ultra Klutz", in which the title superhero transforms using a spoon). See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Using his beta capsule, Hayata becomes Ultraman!
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Crazy Credits

The name of the episode is shown at the beginning of the credits, and the weekly monster/alien actually receives a "featuring" credit at the end of the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Urusei yatsura: The Mendou Family's Masquerade Ball (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Urutoraman no Uta
("The Song of Ultraman")
Main Title Theme
Composed by Kunio Miyauchi
Lyrics by Hajime Tsuburaya
Vocals by The Corro Stellar & The Misuzu Childrens' Choir
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More than just a great kids show!
13 January 2016 | by edwardtoyeboSee all my reviews

As a kid growing up in the 70's, I would rush home from school to watch Ultraman. My family cared not for this show and would frequently undermine my attempts to watch it. Sometimes through sheer force, I would get the television to myself and would revel in the exploits of the Science Patrol and Shin Hayata's alter ego/superhero Ultraman.

Every episode featured the same scenario. Alien invaders and or a giant monster would arrive and threaten Earths survival. It was up to the Science Patrol to counter this threat with their scientific knowhow. In most cases, this knowhow was not enough and Hayata/Ultraman would save the day.

By todays standards, this 'special effects fantasy series' will come off as cheap and primitive. It must be noted this was made in 1966 by Eiji Tsuburaya Productions. Tsuburaya was the special effects master behind the Godzilla movies and his expertise is in full swing. For the kids who watched this show, this was not some cheap entertainment. Ultraman was very real. Hayata was very real. The Science Patrol was a team worth rooting for. Some of the episodes are very advanced in terms of theme and story content.

There are two sets that can be purchased on DVD. Series One, Volume 1 and 2 is the set I own. The picture and sound quality are superb. The viewer has the option of watching this classic series dubbed in English or in Japanese with English subtitles. All episode are full length and uncut. The English dubs will have some scenes with Japanese language and subtitles. This is unavoidable and should not be too bothersome for the viewer. Better to watch Ultraman in it's original Japanese language.

Ultraman ran for one season with 39 episodes. Over the years, this show has garnered cult status. There is the Ultra Q series which came before and a slew of series spin-offs that followed. There are a number of Ultraman movies as well. In all, Ultraman has become a cultural pop phenomenon. If you remember this from childhood and wish to relive that childhood, or are looking for great entertainment for you own children, Ultraman comes highly recommended.

They simply do not make televisions shows like this anymore.


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