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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

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

10 July 1966 (Japan) See more »

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Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Science Patrol's Jet VTOL (AKA: Jet Beetle) was originally from the Toho SF epic, Gorath (1962), but with a new paint job and accessories. 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 Watchman Video Broadcast: The Comic Con: Part 1 (2013) 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 ChungMoSee 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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