Originally, "Ultra Seven" was not going to be related to the original Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966) TV series, but was intended as an alternate version. Initially, months before that series ended production, Tsuburaya Productions pitched to Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) an idea for a new sci-fi adventure called "The Ultra Garrison" ("Urutora Keibitai"). The project then evolved into "Ultra Eye" ("Urutora Ai") about Dan Moroboshi, an esper alien from Planet R. He was born to an alien father and a human mother, whom he went to Earth in search for. Upon coming to Earth, Dan joined the Ultra Garrison, and became the driver of the Garrison's Supercar. But unbeknownst to anyone, in times of crisis, Dan transforms into his R-ian form, known on Earth as Redman. Almost identical to Ultra Seven, Redman's Capsule Monsters were to be monsters that were originally from Urutora Q (1965) and "Ultraman" (Red King, Antlar and Peguila). With several changes to the plot (including the hero's homeworld being the Land of Light in the Nebula M78, just like Ultraman), the show began production as "Redman" ("Reddoman"), the same working title that "Ultraman" had used. Casting auditions were held in June. Episodes 3, 2, 6 and 4, in that order, were produced in May of 1967. Just before Episode 1 next began production, the series title was ultimately changed to "Ultra Seven," with Episode 1 being the first to bear that title. All references to Redman in previous episodes were dubbed out. Post-production was completed in September, and the show finally premiered on October 1, 1967, competing with Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (1967) and Kaijû Ôji (1967), and earning a 30% rating. 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 »
Urutora Sebun no Uta
("The Song of Ultra Seven")
Main Title Theme
Music Composed and Arranged by Toru Fuyuki
Lyrics by Kyôichi Azuma (pseudonym for Hajime Tsuburaya)
Sung by The Echoes & the Misuzu Childrens' Choir 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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