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Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero
Ultimate Hero title card
Format: Tokusatsu
Created by: Satsuki Tsuburaya
Starring: Kane Kosugi, Harrison Page, Sandra Guibord, Robyn Bliley, Rob Roy Fitzgerald, Scott Rogers
Opening Theme: "Ultraman Powered!!!" ("ウルトラマンパワード!!"?)
Ending Theme: 1st "Somewhere in this Universe"
2nd "Starlight Fantasy"
Country Of Origin U.S.A
Number Of Episode 13
Running Time 25 mins
Original Channel Tokyo Broadcasting System
Original Air Date April 8, 1995 – July 1, 1995
Preceed by Ultraman: Towards the Future
Succeed Ultraman Tiga

Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (also known as Ultraman Powered (ウルトラマンパワード Urutoraman Pawādo?) is a tokusatsu show produced in the United States in 1993 by Major Havoc Entertainment (later renamed Steppin Stone Entertainment) and Tsuburaya Productions with a total of 13 episodes. Following the footsteps of the Australian-produced Ultraman: Towards the Future, this was the second live-action Ultra Series produced outside Japan.

Titled Ultraman Powered for Japanese release, the show was released on home video there on December 17, 1993, and later aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from April 8 to July 1, 1995. This was the 11th Ultra Series.

However, despite being produced in America, the show was never broadcast there. Although having impressive costume designs, the action was quite weak compared to other installments of the Ultra Series, due to the costumes being fragile. After this series, Tsuburaya has since focused on domestic productions.

StoryEdit

The members of WINR (pronounced "Winner") respond when members of the alien Baltan race attack Earth, but the Baltans are only fended off when a gigantic alien, Ultraman Powered, joins with WINR member Kenichi Kai and gives him the power to metamorphose into Ultraman in times of danger. At the end of the first episode Ultraman declares that the Baltans were not completely defeated and that he will remain on Earth to continue the fight.

WINR and Ultraman destroy numerous other monsters, but WINR learns that the Baltans were arranging all the battles to learn Ultraman's strengths and weaknesses. They also learn Kai's secret identity when Ultraman is injured by Dorako and Kai sports an identical wound. In the finale the Baltans unleash their most powerful monster, Zetton. Ultraman separates from Kai and takes on Zetton, but is overwhelmed. Ultraman's color timer is flashing more and more rapidly as he tries to blast Zetton only to have Zetton easily withstand the blasts. He then summons more energy despite the risk to fire a shot at Zetton's ship. This causes the shot to bounce off it towards Z-ton's back but he turns and blocks the shot. However this gives Ultraman an opening and he summons the last of his energy for one final blast that hits Zetton in the back, destroying him. Ultraman then falls over backwards as his energy is completely drained. Before he can perish completely, other members of the Ultra race, appearing as balls of light, arrive and convert Ultraman into a red ball of light so that he can return home.

WINR (Worldwide Investigation Network Response)Edit

Main

EpisodesEdit

  1. "On a Mission from M78"
  2. "Attack Kemular From Behind"
  3. "A Quartet of Creatures"
  4. "The Dark Past"
  5. "Monstrous Meltdown"
  6. "The Dada Effect"
  7. "Devils from the Crypts"
  8. "A Father's Love"
  9. "The Fires Beneath"
  10. "Deadly Starfish"
  11. "Dino Might"
  12. "Falling Stars Spell Trouble"
  13. "The Final Showdown?"

ProductionEdit

Veteran makeup artist and Ultraman fan Steve Wang was briefly involved with the production of the show. He and his team created a miniature suit model of Ultraman which Tsuburaya approved.

Sho Kosugi, who provides Ultraman's voice in the English version, is the father of Kane Kosugi, who plays Kenichi Kai.

This is the only time that Red King is actually red (as opposed to gold & blue). Ultraman Powered's eyes are normally blue, but they change to yellow when his color timer is blinking yellow, and red when the timer blinks red.

OpeningEdit

  • Ultraman Ultimate Hero U.S01:30

    Ultraman Ultimate Hero U.S.A Opening

    The shows 1st U.S.A opening

U.S.A Opening

  • Ultraman The Ultimate Hero 2nd U.S01:01

    Ultraman The Ultimate Hero 2nd U.S.A Opening

    The shows 2nd U.S.A opening

2nd U.S.A Opening

  • Ultraman The Ultimate Hero Japanese opening01:30

    Ultraman The Ultimate Hero Japanese opening

    The shows Japanese opening

Japanese Opening

ReceptionEdit

The show currently holds a 5.1 score in IMDB. One of the reviewers in IMDB says "Ultraman: The Ultimate Disappointment". Reviewers criticized the action & the weak suits due to Tsuburaya's refusal to increase budgets.

GalleryEdit

MediaEdit

The show spawned a video game, called Ultraman Powered, released for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer.

CameoEdit

External linksEdit

Shows and Films
Showa Series


Ultra Q | Ultraman | Ultra Seven | The Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro | Ultraman Leo | The☆Ultraman | Ultraman 80 |


First phase of Heisei Series


Ultraman Tiga | Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Gaia |


Second phase of Heisei Series


Ultraman Cosmos | 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 | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S


Out side 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


Showa Movies


Ultraman: Monster Movie Feature | Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight | Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Ultraman (1979 film) | Zoffy: The Ultra Warriors Vs The Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story


Heisei Movies


Ultraman Zearth |Ultra Q The Movie |Ultra Q The Movie | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2: Superman Big Battle - Light and Shadow | Revive!:Ultraman | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Gaia: Battle in Hyperspace | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact (2001) | Ultraman Cosmos: The Blue Planet (2002) | Ultraman Cosmos Vs Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle | Ultraman The Next | Ultraman Mebius & The Ultra Brothers | The Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend The Movie | Ultraman Zero The Movie: The Revenge of Belial | Ultraman Saga


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