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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 he encounters.
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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 ...
 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)
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The series begins when the heroic alien Urutoraman pursues an alien menace to Earth. In the pursuit, he collides with Hiyata, 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. Thus Hiyata is returned to Earth alive and merged with the alien. 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. Hiyata 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 a beta capsule given to him by the alien. When he activates it, he transforms into the giant superhero, Urutoraman, who has the power necessary to protect Earth. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Trivia

Some monsters from Urutora Q (1965) appear in this series, some with changes. A few examples: In Episode 4 ("5 Seconds Before the Explosion!"), Ragon, the Gill-Man-style humanoid fish, returns in giant size and breathes fire like Godzilla. In Episode 8 ("The Lawless Monster Zone"), the monster Pegila returns as the monster Chandrah, fighting the monster Red King (and loses). And in that same episode, the giant-sized robot monster Garamon is reused as the friendly, pint-sized monster Pigmon. See more »

Quotes

Ultraman: [flies off] Shuwatch!
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Crazy Credits

During the show's opening credits, black silhouettes of the show's various characters (Ultraman, some of the show's monsters, and the Science Patrol logo) are shown against a colorful smoky background. In the US version, most of the silhouettes are featured, sans credits. See more »

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Referenced in Science Team (2014) 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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