The members of the Super GUTS force, one of whom is secretly Ultraman Dyna, are in the middle of a losing battle against an enormous monster on the surface of the moon, when suddenly a ... See full summary »
The lives of three stunt pilots (Scott, Chuck, and Beth) are changed when they gain the ability to transform into three new Ultra-beings, and form the Ultra Force, to battle four giant Sorkin Monsters.
Disguised as GUYS member Mirai Hibino, Mebius, a young rookie Ultraman, is sent by Ultra-Father to defend Earth from monsters and aliens, new and old, and even gets occasional help from the older Ultramen.
After being brutally maimed by evil aliens, Dan Moroboshi (Ultra Seven) takes under his wing a fierce young Ultra-like being from L-77, and christens him "Ultraman Leo," to continue his mission to defend the Earth.
After being mortally wounded in a monster attack, grocery man Seiji Hokuto and medical girl Yuko Minami are revived by (and given two Ultra Rings, with which they unite into) a new Ultra-being, Ultraman Ace.
A coalition of some of the galaxy's most ruthless alien monsters have joined forces to conquer Earth. They are however opposed by the heroic "warrior of light" Ultraman Mebius from Nebula M... See full summary »
The concept for Dan Moroboshi/Ultra Seven's "Capsule Monsters" (capsules that explode and become giant monsters, and back again upon Dan's command) became the inspiration for Bulma's exploding convenience capsules in _"Doragon bôru" (1986)_ and for the PokeBalls in the hit video game/TV series, Poketto Monsutâ (1997). (The creators of both shows, Akira Toriyama and Satoshi Tajiri respectively, were big fans of this series.) See more »
The 1985 English-dubbed version done in Canada by Turner and Cinar features an entirely new animated opening sequence (along with a new synthesizer soundtrack). After the TPS (Turner Programming Services) logo, there are animated images with the Ultra Garrison logo (spinning around Earth, from which two Ultra Garrison mecha fly), an silhouette of Dan Moroboshi (wearing the sparkling Ultra-Eye glasses, which transform him into Ultra Seven in the show), which transforms into Ultra Seven. After that, there is a burst of light, followed by the "Ultra 7" logo, which is enveloped in black when an animated Ultra Seven flies into the screen. This is then followed by the show's weekly episode title (in yellow text against a black background), right before the episode begins. The same silhouette of Dan Moroboshi is flashed for commercial breaks, and the image of Ultra Seven (after the Dan silhouette is transformed) is featured during the closing credits. See more »
"Ultra Seven" appears to be the overall best entry in the entire "Ultra" series, which began with "Ultra Q" and achieved massive popularity with "Ultraman." Fan coverage seems to confirm the belief that the third entry in the series, "Ultra Seven," is indeed the best. The stories often focused a lot more on characters and story than previous entries did; they also probed a number of social and ethical issues relevant to contemporary society - not just Japanese society but everywhere, with the overall intent being an introspective examination of who/what we are as a species. The entire "Ultra" series focused on the adventures of alien superheroes saving Earth from all threats, terrestrial and extraterrestrial. This incarnation finds the intergalactic space traveler Ultra Seven assuming the form of an injured mountain climber, and thus becomes the human Dan Moroboshi (Koji Moritsugu), the honorary seventh member of the Terrestrial Defense Force (TDF), which protects Earth from all forms of extraterrestrial menace (and whose ranks include two cast members from "Ultraman"). The focus of any of the various "Ultra" films were the creative kaiju/daikaiju monster designs and showdowns, courtesy of Eiji Tsuburaya (1901-1970) and his company Tsuburaya Productions (which was also behind the hugely popular Showa-era "Godzilla" film series).
Ultra Seven is now my second-favorite Japanese superhero, behind The Guyver.
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