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The☆Ultraman
The☆Ultraman is the 8th entry in the Ultra Series
The☆Ultraman title card
Format: Sci-Fi, Animation
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions, Nippon Sunrise
Starring: Takeshi Toyama
Opening Theme: The Ultraman
Ending Theme: Heroes of Love
Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episodes 50
Running Time 24 mins
Original Channel TBS
TOKU (US)
Original Air Date April 4, 1979 - March 26, 1980
Preceded by Ultraman Leo
Succeeded by Ultraman 80

The☆Ultraman (ザ☆ウルトラマン Za Urutoraman?) is the 8th entry in the Ultra Series. It is a Japanese animated television series co-produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Tokyo Broadcasting System. The series aired on TBS Television affiliates on the Wednesday 7:00 PM time slot from April 4, 1979 to March 26, 1980, lasting a total of 50 episodes. It was the eighth installment in the Ultra Series and aired four years after the end of Ultraman Leo. The show was the first animated incarnation of Tsuburaya's iconic superhero Ultraman, as well as one of the earliest works of anime studio Nippon Sunrise (now known simply as Sunrise), known for their now-iconic mecha series Mobile Suit Gundam created during the same year.

Characters

Ultraman Joneus

Main article: Ultraman Joneus

The Ultraman featured in this series is named Ultraman Joneus (ウルトラマンジョーニアス Urutoraman Jōniasu? alternately spelled Ultraman Jonias), who is also called Ultraman Joe (ウルトラマンJ Urutoraman Jō?) for short. Hhe hails from the Planet U40 (as opposed to the Land of Light in Nebula M78, where Ultra-beings usually came from).

Scientific Defense Guard

Main article: Scientific Defense Guard

The Scientific Defense Guard (科学警備隊 Kagaku Keibitai?) is a branch of the Earth Defense Force.

  • Tetsuo Akiyama (アキヤマ 徹男 Akiyama Tetsuo?): The first captain of the Far East Zone. He is transferred to the America Zone in Episode 26.
  • Daisuke Gondo (ゴンドウ 大助 Gondō Daisuke?): The second captain of the Far East Zone, who takes over Akiyama's duties from Episode 27 and onward.
  • Kei Marume (マルメ 敬 Marume Kei?): A chubby strongman and an expert marksman.
  • Hiroaki Tobe (トベ 博明 Tobe Hiroaki?): A smart alik weapons developer.
  • Mutsumi Hoshikawa (星川 ムツミ Hoshikawa Mutsumi?): The female member.
  • Choichiro Hikari (ヒカリ 超一郎 Hikari Chōichirō?): He encounters Joeneus on his way from the space station EGG 3 to the earth, and merges with Joeneus.
  • Pigu and Monkey: The Pigmon-like robot operator and mascot of the team, respectively.

Cast

  • Kei Tomiyama as Choichiro Hikari
  • Masatō Ibu as Ultraman Joneus
  • Eiji Kanie as Narrator
  • Hidekatsu Shibata as Daisuke Gondō (eps 28-50)
  • Junpei Takiguchi as Pig
  • Kinya Morikawa as Tetsuo Akiyama (eps 1-26)
  • Masanari Nihei as Hiroaki Tobe
  • Shigeru Chiba as Monkey
  • Shingo Kanemoto as Kei Marume
  • Sumi Shimamoto as Mutsumi Hoshikawa
  • Hidekatsu Shibata as Gondou (eps 28-50)
  • Ichirō Nagai as Robot No. 101 (ep 7)
  • Kazuo Kumakura as Professor Henry Nishiki (4 episodes)
  • Kenji Utsumi as Daisuke Oogawara (ep 11)
  • Kinya Morikawa as Akiyama (eps 1-26)
  • Kōhei Miyauchi as Great Sage (8 episodes)
  • Kumiko Takizawa as Amia (9 episodes)
  • Mari Okamoto as Noa (ep 36) and Yuriko Nojima (eps 13, 18)
  • Masaru Ikeda as Erek (10 episodes)
  • Mikio Terashima as Baltan (ep 8)
  • Minoru Midorikawa as Takai (ep 45)
  • Ryusuke Shiomi as Sakurada (12 episodes)
  • Ryûzaburô Ôtomo as Lloigor (eps 37-44, 48)
  • Shigeru Chiba as Pablo (ep 17)
  • Shōzō Iizuka as
  • Baradon-Seijin (ep 27)
  • Gibaruga (ep 26)
  • Sumi Shimamoto as Mutsumi
  • Tamio Ohki as Heller (eps 37, 49-50)
  • Taro Sagami as Hatari (ep 42)
  • Toshiro Ishii as Takai (ep 19)
  • Toshiya Ueda as Takai (eps 26, 28, 38)
  • Yōko Kuri as Federiko (ep 40)
  • Yoshito Miyamura as Lot (8 episodes)
  • Yukari Nozawa as Uruk

English Dub

  • Gary Morgan as Scotty Harrison (The Adventures of Ultraman) and Ultraman (The Adventures of Ultraman)
  • Steve Kramer as Chief Harris (Ultraman II)
  • Tom Wyner as Ultraman (Ultraman II)
  • Barbara Goodson as Lieutenant Anne Johnson (Ultraman II) and PDQ (Ultraman II)
  • Gladys Enright as Anya (The Adventures of Ultraman)
  • Joe Perry as Lieutenant Glenn (Ultraman II) and Lieutenant Marconi (Ultraman II)
  • Michael Dobson as Kei Marume (pilot)
  • Susan Harry Sprang as Lieutenant Nan Johnson (The Adventures of Ultraman)
  • Tom Wyner as Captain Adams (Ultraman II) and Narrator (Ultraman II)
  • Sean Reily as General Steel (The Adventures of Ultraman)

English versions

Japan Tonight!

The☆Ultraman on Japan Tonight! in 1980.

The☆Ultraman on Japan Tonight! in 1980.

Japan Tonight Hostess

Japan Tonight! Host Tetsuko Kuroyanagi introducing Ultraman to American audiences in 1980.

In the United States, on April 5, 1980, episode #14 of The☆Ultraman aired on U.S. national television when New York superstation WOR-TV Channel 9 (now WWOR) aired it as the first part of "Japan Tonight!", a special seven hour block of programming from TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System), hosted by actor Telly Savalas. Japanese actress/author/talk show host Tetsuko Kuroyanagi introduced the episode surrounded by assorted Ultraman toys and merchandise while explaining to the American audience just who Ultraman is ("It's very, very popular in Japan - He's like your Superman."). The episode was dubbed into English by William Ross (Frontier Enterprises) in Japan and was sponsored by Bandai America. 

The opening narration: "In a galaxy, which is millions of light-years away from us, the rulers of the star Ultra decided to send one of their men to Earth so that he could protect the people from the many space monsters that had suddenly started to appear at frequent intervals.  But they could not very well send in Ultraman, as everyone would notice him because of his strange appearance.  They therefore decided to use the vast resources of the star Ultra to implant the spirit of an Ultraman in the body of a young Space Force Trooper named Matt Gordon.  In times of danger, Trooper Gordon can call upon these amazing Ultra powers and transform himself into Ultraman and still be able to keep his identity a secret from everyone else on Earth."

Ultraman Promo

Ultraman Promo

Home Video

AdvUM
There has also been two feature-length movie compilations released for home video: 
  • The Adventures of Ultraman (1981), a featured-length movie produced by Tsuburaya Productions specifically for the English-language market. The movie is composed of edited footage from several episodes at the end of of the series. The storyline was rewritten for this adaptation with a new script by Jeff Segal and music composed by Mark McKinniss.
The Adventures of Ultraman Trailer-1

The Adventures of Ultraman Trailer-1

  • UltramanII

    Trans World Entertainment's release of Ultraman II.

    Ultraman II: The Further Adventures of Ultraman (1983), a dub of the first four episodes co-produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Associates Entertainment International. Despite the title, it has no continuity with the previous English dub of the series. Although the translation is closer to the original Japanese scripts than the first movie, the characters' names were still changed (the names given to the characters are not the same ones used in the previous dub, though several are very similar). The order of the third and fourth episodes were also switched. Also, the opening title and end credits sequences for this release were textless (new U.S. credits were used) as well as being transposed and did not use the vocal tracks.

DVD Box Set




Shows and Films
Showa Series


Ultra Q | Ultraman | Ultraseven | Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro | Ultraman Leo | Ultraman 80


Heisei Series


Ultraman Tiga | Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos | Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy | Ultraman Nexus | Ultraman Max | Ultraman Mebius | Ultraseven X | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey | Ultraman Retsuden | Neo Ultra Q | Shin Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman R/B


Outside of Japan


Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero


OV・TVSP


Ultra Fight | Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider | Ultraman Nice | Heisei Ultraseven | Ultraman Neos | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultra Zone | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | Ultraman Super Fighter Legend


Showa Movies


Ultraman: Monster Movie Feature | Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight | Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story


Heisei Movies


Ultra Q The Movie: Legend of the Stars | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2: Superhuman Big Battle - Light and Shadow | Revive! Ultraman | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light | Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia: The Decisive Battle in Hyperspace | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Gaia: Once Again Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet | Ultraman Cosmos Vs Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie | Ultraman Zero The Movie: Super Deciding Fight! The Belial Galactic Empire | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga S The Movie: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors! | Ultraman X The Movie: Here Comes! Our Ultraman | Ultraman Orb The Movie: Lend Me The Power of Bonds! | Ultraman Geed The Movie: Connect The Wishes!


Other Series


Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | 10-4, 10-10 | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur War Aizenborg | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Denkou Choujin Gridman | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Mirror Fight 2012
Anime


The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Denkou Choujin Gridman: Boys Invent Great Heroes | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | Kaiju Girls | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019)
Outlaw


Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman