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Susumu Kurobe ...
 Shin Hayata (39 episodes, 1966-1967)
Sandayû Dokumamushi ...
 Daisuke Arashi (39 episodes, 1966-1967)
Masaya Nihei ...
 Mitsuhiro Ide (39 episodes, 1966-1967)
Bin Furuya ...
 Ultraman / ... (39 episodes, 1966-1967)
(39 episodes, 1966-1967)
Hiroko Sakurai ...
 Akiko Fuji (38 episodes, 1966-1967)
Akiji Kobayashi ...
 Captain 'Cap' Toshio Muramatsu (38 episodes, 1966-1967)
Kôji Ishizaka ...
 Narrator / ... (19 episodes, 1966)
Hikaru Urano ...
 Narrator / ... (19 episodes, 1966-1967)
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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The sequences with Ultraman fighting proved to be so expensive to film, that the producers needed a way to limit the scenes to only a few minutes for each episode. The solution was to give the character the weakness that he can not survive in his true self for more than roughly three minutes before he runs out of energy. This is marked with his warning chest light, called the Colortimer, which begins to blink with increasing speed as his energy runs out. See more »

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

In the Japanese version, the very beginning of the show (before the credits) has the same swirling-paint effect title shot from the previous TV series, Urutora Q (1965) (only in color), where the effect swirls into the "Ultra Q" title, and then, a sudden blast of red envelops the shot, with a white "Ultraman" appearing (The subtitle "A Special Effects Fantasy Series" then appears at the bottom). The US version has the very same effect, except that the English title "Ultra Man" is featured on both the swirling-paint effect and the red blast effect (both in the same font and instance). See more »

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Referenced in Air Master: Cry! Sakamoto Juliet (2003) 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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Sublime Wacked Out Monster Show - That's a Compliment!
29 April 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

The first giant robot Japanese Sci-Fi TV show has something that all the others (Ultraman sequels included) never achieved. It's set in a world of bizarre logic and weird film making that is hard to describe. Unlike American television shows, Ultraman seemed to be played for laughs, very strange laughs, but laughs none the less. Don't expect the self-conscious humor of Batman but a world where people say and do odd things, the plot lines take goofy turns and characters will suddenly turn to the camera and talk to you as if nothing strange is happening at all.

In one episode, the main characters (members of the "Science Patrol" in the Amrican translation) are sent out to find nuclear bombs that fell off a wayward space mission (!) and sank to the bottom of the sea. Unfortunately a sea creature found one of the bombs first and mutates into a giant monster (resembling the Creature from the Black Lagoon) that sinks boats and attacks ocean resorts. All the time a nuclear bomb is stuck on the monster's shoulder. The Science Patrol has the brilliant idea to sooth the enraged beast with music so they get the Japanese Coast Guard to play classical music from a destroyer! This has the opposite effect as the monster rips up and hurls trees around. One member of the Science Patrol make the incredible observation, "The monster doesn't like music, turn it off!". The show stops as the main characters try to figure out why their plan didn't work since "all wild beasts are soothed by music"! It's decided that radiation is the cause of the monster's inability to appreciate fine music!

If you are looking for "rational" entertainment, run far as you can from Ultraman. For the rest of us who enjoy goofy fun, you can't get better then this. The new DVD set has the original Japanese track which has increased my admiration for this show.


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