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For the video game, see Ultraman: Towards the Future (video game).
Ultraman: Towards the Future
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Format: Television miniseries
Created by: Shô Aikawa, Hidenori Miyazawa, Chiaki Konaka, Akinori Endo, Satoshi Suzuki, Terry Larsen
Starring: Dore Kraus, Ralph Cotterill, Gia Carides, Rick Adams, Lloyd Morris, Grace Parr, Robert Simper, Steve Apps
Opening Theme: N/a
Ending Theme: N/a
Country Of Origin Australia, Japan
Number Of Episode 13
Running Time 30 mins
Original Channel first-run syndication, Tokyo Broadcasting System
Original Air Date United States: 4 January - 28 March 1992
Japan:

8 July - 30 September 1995

Preceed by Ultraman 80
Succeed Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero

Ultraman: Towards the Future (known also as Ultraman Great (ウルトラマンG(グレート) Urutoraman Gurēto?)) is a tokusatsu SF/kaiju/superhero TV series produced in 1990 in Australia by the South Australian Film Corporation and Japan's Tsuburaya Productions (the creators of the Ultraman character). There were 13 episodes filmed (the first 6 episodes were the "Goudes Threat" story arc). At the time, eco-awareness was at a high, and many episodes included environmental themes. Ultraman's three minute time limit is also attributed to "Earth's polluted atmosphere" in this version.

Although simply called "Ultraman" in the original Australian version, the series was titled Ultraman Great for its Japanese release; the 13-episode show was originally featured on home video and Laser Disc there on 25 September 1990, and was later broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System from 8 July to 30 September 1995. This was the 10th Ultra Series and the first produced in the Heisei era. The show was distributed in the United States by Sachs Family Entertainment, the show was broadcast in weekly syndication from 4 January to 28 March 1992.

The series generated a merchandise line including toys, comic books and a video game.

StoryEdit

Jack Shindo and Stanley Haggard are members of the first manned expedition to Mars, and on the red planet find a giant slug-like monster, Goudes/Gudis. Suddenly the giant warrior, Ultraman, arrives and fights Goudes, but is knocked down for a period. Shindo is pinned by a rockslide and Haggard tries to escape in their ship but is blown up by Goudes. It is then that Ultraman gets up, and when he is on the verge of victory Goudes changes into a virus and travels to Earth, where it plans on corrupting all life, mutating other creatures into monsters and awakening existing ones. Needing a human host to survive on Earth, Ultraman joins with Jack, allowing him to become the mighty alien when all seems lost. He joins the Universal Multipurpose Agency, or UMA, in order to help them battle the monsters.

Halfway through the series Goudes reappears, more powerful than before. It imprisons Ultraman, but Jack distracts it by ultimately showing it the futility of its mission. Even if it does manage to corrupt all life, eventually there will be nothing else to corrupt. The distraction allows Ultraman to break free and destroy Goudes once and for all. For the rest of the series the environmental themes are stronger and the monsters usually arise from human pollution.

In the series finale, a doomsday scenario begins with the appearance of three powerful monsters: Kilazee, Kodalar, and the Earth itself, which tries to wipe out the human race for abusing it. Ultraman is defeated by Kodalar, but Jack survives. Ultimately the humans use an ancient disc to destroy Kodalar by reflecting its own power at it and Ultraman defeats Kilazee and carries it into space, separating Jack from him and restoring him on Earth as a normal human. The victory is seen as another chance for the human race.

CharactersEdit

UMA (Universal Multipurpose Agency)Edit

Main article: Universal Multipurpose Agency

Pronounced "Yuma" (or sometimes just "Uma", as in actress Uma Thurman), the Universal Multipurpose Agency is a high-tech defense force with a huge base situated on an island off the coast of Australia.

  • Colonel Arthur Grant (Ralph Cotterill, voiced by Akiji Kobayashi) - The head of UMA. When General Brewer arrives at UMA headquarters, Grant contests command and triumphs. Grant also serves as the narrator of the story.
  • Jean Echo (Gia Carides, voiced by Yoshiko Sakakibara) - One of the two female members of UMA and a love interest for Jack Shindo.
  • Lloyd Wilder (Rick Adams, voiced by Kōichi Yamadera) - The toughest member of UMA. Also the most skeptical member of the team, especially when it comes to Shindo's behavior.
  • Charles Morgan (Lloyd Morris, voiced by Shingo Yanagisawa) - UMA's scientific/technical expert and the team's comedy relief. Has a thing for Jean.
  • Kim Shaomin (Grace Parr, voiced by Fumi Hirano) - An Asian girl, one of the two female members of UMA. An excellent pilot.
  • Jack Shindo (Dore Kraus) and Ultraman (Great) (Robert Simper and Steve Apps, voiced by Matthew O'Sullivan; both are voiced by Masaki Kyōmoto in the Japanese dub) - An astronaut who, on his expedition to Mars, lost his partner Stanley Haggard in a fight between Goudes and Ultraman Great, who, after defeating the monster (who escapes to Earth), combines with Shindo to save him from being stranded on Mars. After mysteriously returning to Earth, Shindo joins UMA as a member, although his astronaut work was somehow related to UMA, to help the team with the Goudes threat, among other monster/alien-related calamities, since he shares Great's psyche. Although somewhat reluctant to be combined with Great, as he does not like being constantly under his teammates's suspicion, he nonetheless takes this responsibility. Shindo transforms into Ultraman Great by activating the Delta Plasma Pendant, which is shaped like Great's Color-Timer warning light.

UMA VehiclesEdit

There are two main vehicles, which are mass-produced.

  • Hummer - The red-colored jet vehicle. Fires laser beams.
  • Saltop - The tech-equipped jeep. Has an energy cannon.

Ultra-MonstersEdit

All the Ultra-Monsters in Ultraman (Great): Towards The Future were operated by Australian stuntmen Mike Read and Johnny Halliday. They were:

EpisodesEdit

  1. "Signs of Life"
  2. "The Hibernator"
  3. "The Child's Dream"
    • Monsters: Gerugadon, Clone Jimmy-not killed by Ultraman Great, Jimmy took control and flew away together as it bid farewell to Ultraman Great.
  4. "The Storm Hunter"
  5. "Blast from the Past"
  6. "The Showdown"
  7. "The Forest Guardian"
    • Monster: Gazebo (AKA: Zebokon)-not killed by Ultraman Great, it was put to rest.
  8. "Bitter Harvest"
    • Monster: Majama and Majaba (possibly male and female versions of the same monster), and various younger phases of the locust-like monsters - some were killed by the UMA.
  9. "The Biospherians"
  10. "Tourists from the Stars"
    • Monsters: Ryugulo, Veronica-not killed by Ultraman Great, Ryugulo reverted to his human form after Ultraman Great convinced him to stop fighting.
  11. "The Survivalists"
    • Monster: UF0 (UF-Zero)-not killed by Ultraman Great, flew into space after being hit by Ultraman Great's attack.
  12. "The Age of Plagues"
    • Monsters: Kodalar (AKA: Kudara)-only monster to defeat Ultraman Great, Shiralee (AKA: Shilagi, Kilazee)
  13. "Nemesis"
    • Monsters: Kodalar-not killed by Ultraman Great; the UMA used an artifact to reflect its own attack back at it. Shiralee-unknown, but heavily implied to be dead; Ultraman Great carried him off into space after separating himself from Jack.

ProductionEdit

Ultraman Great is the only Ultraman whose costume is made of spandex (such as the suits used for Super SentaiIcon-crosswiki/Power RangersIcon-crosswiki) as opposed to traditional rubber-based suits of all other Ultraman series.

MerchandisingEdit

SoundtrackEdit

The music was composed by Sinsuke Kazato and released by Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd (COCC-9745) in 1992. The soundtrack is very rare, it went quickly out of print and can now only be found used. The music was performed by The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Theme SongsEdit

Ultraman - Toward the Future FULL opening01:31

Ultraman - Toward the Future FULL opening.wmv

Ultraman: Towards the Future english Opening

  • English: The sliver giant in the Ultraman Great Soundtrack (short version) by Sinsuke Kazato
ウルトラマン G(グレート) 『ぼくらのグレート』02:41

ウルトラマン G(グレート) 『ぼくらのグレート』

Toy LineEdit

The series also received an equally short-lived toyline from DreamWorks toys. The figures were 10" tall and included Ultraman, who came with a mini Jack Shindo, as well as his enemies Bogun, Barrangas, Majaba, Gerukadon and Kilazee. Also released was a toy of the Hummer vehicle which included a mini figure of Charlie Morgan. A toy of the Saltop was advertised on the back of all boxes, though it was never released or produced according to a Bandai representative. Despite their unique size, the toys were not without their problems. Jack, Charlie and the Hummer were well out of scale with the other toys, while the Ultraman figure lacked articulation. Also, despite being the main villain for the first story arc, neither version of Gudis was released as a toy in the DreamWorks line (although one did appear in Bandai's Japanese vinyl Ultraman line). However, Gudis was mentioned on the packaging of all the figures.

Video GameEdit

Main article: Ultraman: Towards the Future (video game)

A video game based on the series was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is thought to have awkward controls and an unfairly high level of difficulty by many. It was based around the same engine as a Japanese Ultraman game based on the original series. In the game Ultraman fights Gudis, Bogun, Degola, Barrangas, Gudis II, Zebokon, Majaba, Kodolar, and Kilazee.

Comic bookEdit

A comic book retelling of/sequel to the series, published in early 1993 by Harvey Comics' short-lived "Nemesis" label, was printed in the United States. However, the comic treats Ultraman Great as the same Ultraman from the original 1966 series. The comic has also been known to confuse Ultraman: Towards the Future with the subsequent American-produced series, Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (which was released as Ultraman Powered in Japan), of which the comic had included plenty of full-color publicity pictures in many issues to generate interest. After 8 issues (most of these issues had different collectible cover variants, a trend prevalent in the "Speculator Boom" at the time), the comic series was canceled once Harvey Comics went out of business the next year.

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