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Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero
Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero is the 11th entry in the Ultra Series
Ultimate Hero title card
Format: Tokusatsu, Sci-Fi
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions, Steppin Stone Entertainment
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" ("この宇宙のどこかに"?)
2nd "Starlight Fantasy"
Country Of Origin Japan, United States
Number Of Episodes 13
Running Time 25 mins
Original Channel Tokyo Broadcasting System
Original Air Date April 8, 1995 – July 1, 1995
Preceded by Ultraman: Towards the Future
Succeeded by Ultraman Zearth
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 and the eleventh entry in the franchise overall.

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.


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 article: WINR (Worldwide Investigation Network Response team)


Main article: Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero Episodes
  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?"


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.


  • 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 red when his color timer is red.
  • Due to the high cost of producing the costumes, the American Producers were concerned that they'd be damaged in a violent fight scene. As such, Powered has some of the weakest fight choreography in the entire Ultra franchise, consisting mostly of the actors nudging each other and SFX attacks with minimal physical contact. This is one of the key downsides to this series.

Theme SongsEdit


  • "Ultraman Powered" (『ウルトラマンパワード』 “Urutoraman Pawādo”?): The Opening theme. The US version uses an instrumental version.
    • Lyrics - Goro Matsui
    • Composer - Suzuki Kisaburo
    • Arranger - Tatsumi Yano
    • Singer - Tatsuya Maeda

TV sizedEdit


  • "Somewhere in this Universe (この宇宙のどこかに, Kono uchū no doko ka ni?)": The first ending theme.
    • Lyrics - Goro Matsui
    • Composition - Suzuki Kisaburo
    • Arrangement - Tamimi Yano
    • Singer - Tatsuya Maeda
  • "STARLIGHT FANTASY": The second ending theme.
    • Lyrics - MoriYuki KoreSusumu C
    • Composer - YoMinoru Akihiro
    • Arranger - Y2
    • Singer - Hitomi Sudo

TV sizedEdit

Home Video ReleasesEdit

VHS & LaserdiscEdit

The series is released in 7 volumes, as both the VHS & Laserdisc in 1993 till 1994.


  • Ultraman Powered BLU-RAY BOX

The complete series, digitally remastered in High Definition, is available as a Blu-ray BOX by Bandai Visual.


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



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


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 | 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

Outside of Japan

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


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

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

Ultra Q The Movie | 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: 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 | 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!

Other Series

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Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legends | Ultra Nyan | Denkou Choujin Gridman: Boys Invent Great Heroes | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai!

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