|Ultraman 80 is the 9th entry in the Ultra Series|
|Created by:||Tsuburaya Productions|
|Starring:||Hatsunori Hasegawa, Sayoko Hagiwara, Jin Nakayama, Mayumi Asano|
|Opening Theme:||Ultraman 80 (1st opening theme)
Ganbare, Ulttraman (2nd opening theme)
|Ending Theme:||Let's Go UGM (1st ending theme)
I'm an Earthling (2nd ending theme)
|Country Of Origin||Japan|
|Number Of Episodes||50|
|Running Time||24 Minutes (per episode)|
|Original Air Date||April 2 1980 - March 25 1981|
|Preceded by||The Ultraman|
|Succeeded by||Ultraman: Towards the Future|
|Watch on Crunchyroll|
Ultraman 80 (ウルトラマン80 Urutoraman Eiti?) is the 9th entry in the Ultra Series, airing from April 2nd, 1980, to March 25th, 1981, and returning the series to its original live-action format. It was produced by Tsuburaya Productions and aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System channel. 80 introduced the second female ultra, Yullian, as well as the first female human form of an ultra since Ultraman Ace, excluding the Lady in Green. Unfortunately, its ratings were not steadily high, causing the Ultra Series to go on hiatus for sixteen years, until the franchise's revival with Ultraman Tiga.
The ninth member of the Ultra Brothers, Ultraman 80 comes to earth under the guise of Takeshi Yamato. He becomes a school teacher, but in the first episode also becomes a member of UGM (Utility Government Members).
For the first thirteen episodes Takeshi must keep his identity secret from his students and balance life between his multiple commitments: defending the earth as a member of UGM and as an ultra, and teaching students going through puberty.
This plot line, however, was dropped later in the series in favour of a more Ultraman-like story focusing on the defence team members exploring various monster-related mysteries. The school and (now grown) students, however, would make an appearance in episode 41 of Ultraman Mebius.
Later in the series Yullian, princess of Nebula M78, shows up to aid 80 in a few of his battles. After the UGM defeats Margodon, 80 and Yullian leave the earth, confident that it is safe in the hands of the humans.
UGM (Utility Government Members) MembersEdit
- Main article: Utility Government Members
- Captain Kazuki Oyama
- Chief Junkichi Ito
- Takeshi Yamato (human disguise of Ultraman 80)
- Hiroshi Tajima
- Emi Johno
- Android Emi Johno
- Ryoko Hoshi
Ultraman 80 had average ratings due to tokusatsu not being popular during the time (in the 80's anime was having a big fame). 80 is considered among the least known of the Showa era Ultra series. In other countries, like France, due to the show being named Ultraman 80, in many promos 80 was named "Ultraman 2080". Tokuriders.com commented that the series are "a little conserved and a little new; it seems the creators had a drought of ideas, and had the imagination with the handbrake on, yet it has points of interest avd valuable aspects...". The series currently have a 7.1 rating on the Internet Movie Database.
- Takeshi Yamato/Ultraman 80 (voice) (矢的猛 / ウルトラマン80 (声) Yamato Takeshi/ Urutoraman 80 (koe)?): Hatsunori Hasegawa (長谷川初範 Hasegawa hatsunori?)
- Kazuki Oyama (オオヤマ一樹 Ōyama Kazuki?): Hitoshi Nakayama ( 中山仁 Nakayamajin?)
- Emi Johno (城野エミ Jōno Emi?)/Android Emi Johno: Eri Ishida (石田えり Ishida eri?)
- Hiroshi Tajima (タジマ浩 Tajima Hiroshi?): Shuhei Nitta (新田修平 Nitta Shūhei?)
- Junkichi Ito (イトウ順吉 Itō Junkichi?): Masaaki Daimon (大門正明 Daimon Masaaki?)
- Kazuki Oyama (オオヤマ一樹 Ōyama Kazuki?):
- Tokihiko Harada (ハラダ時彦 Harada Tokihiko?): Daisuke Muso (無双大介 Musō Daisuke?)
- Shinpachiro Fujimori (フジモリ新八郎 Fujimori Shinpachirō?): Masashi Furuta (古田正志 Furuta Masashi?)
- Ryoko Hoshi/Yullian (星涼子/ユリアン Hoshi Ryōko/Yurian Voice?): Sayoko Hagiwara (萩原佐代子 Hagiwara Sayoko?)
- Noboru Ikeda (イケダ登 Ikeda Noboru?): Tatsuya Okamoto (岡本達哉 Okamoto Tatsuya?)
- Sera Teruo (セラ照夫 Sera Teruo?): Akihiko Sugisaki (杉崎昭彦 Sugisaki Akihiko?)
- Yuriko Kosaka (小坂ユリ子 Kosaka Yuriko?): Oriko Shirasaka (白坂紀子 Shirasaka Oriko?)
- Narrator (ナレーター Narētā?): Yusaku Yara (屋良有作 Yara Yūsaku?)
- Ultraman 80 (ウルトラマン80 Urutoraman Eiti?):Junichi Akasaka (赤坂順一 Akasaka Jun'ichi 1-8, & 27-28?): Koichi Nara (奈良光一 Nara Kōichi 9-10 & 12?), Ichibu Hanashino (話の一部 Hanashino Ichibu 29-50?), Yoshitake Iwaizumi (岩泉芳武 Iwaizumi Yoshitake 11?), & Hiroshi Fukuda (福田浩 Fukuda Hiroshi 12-26?)
- Yullian (Yurian ユリアン?): Maki Kiyota (清田真妃 Kiyota Maki?)
A CD featuring the OST of the show was released.
Ultraman 80 is available streaming with English subtitles on Crunchyroll.
Ultraman 80 Complete DVD-Box features all episodes, & Ultraman 80 30th Anniversery Memorial Box I features episodes 1-28 & Box II features episodes 29-50.
- This is the first entry in the ultra series to have an ending theme.