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Ultraman 80
Ultra80-title
Format: Science fiction, action, adventure
Created by: Tsuburaya production
Starring: Hatsunori Hasegawa, Sayoko Hagiwara, Jin Nakayama, Mayumi Asano
Opening Theme: Ultraman 80 (1st opening theme)

Ultraman 80 Ganbare (2nd opening theme)

Ending Theme: Let's Go UGM (1st ending theme)

Im an earthling (2nd ending theme)

Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episode {{{Number Of Episode}}}
Running Time 24 Minutes (per episode)
Original Channel TBS
Original Air Date April 2 1980 - March 25 1981
Preceed by The Ultraman
Succeed Ultraman: Towards the Future

Ultraman 80 (ウルトラマン80 Urutoraman Eiti?) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show produced by Tsuburaya Productions which aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System channel from April 2, 1980 to March 25, 1981, lasting a total of 50 episodes. It was the ninth TV show in the Ultra Series and began a week after the conclusion of the anime series The Ultraman, bringing the franchise back to its live-action roots. It would be the last Ultraman TV series for Japanese audiences during the following sixteen years until the production of Ultraman Tiga.

PlotEdit

Ultraman 80 comes to Earth as one of the newest members of the Ultra Space Garrison (it is revealed in Ultraman Mebius that he is the ninth Ultra Brother), in the form of science teacher Takeshi Yamato. After a five-year hiatus since the departure of Ultraman Leo (1974), monsters started reappearing again.

Yamato's theory is that monsters are born of the energy created by negative human emotions, also known as Minus Energy. He decides to become a teacher at Sakuragaoka Junior High School in Tokyo, and serves as a science teacher, as well as the home room teacher responsible for 1st Year, E Division. He is absolutely dedicated to his students, for he is there to teach them not just about science, but also about life. Unfortunately, he has a penchant for being late, so he does things like promising his students to walk to class on his hands if he is late next time, or even promising to resign as a teacher. He even starts up a band with his students and jams on an electric guitar. His over-enthusiasm quickly wins the loyalty of his students, but often makes him an easy target for the prim Deputy Schoolmaster Kumi Nozawa. Yamato loves rice, ramen (Japanese noodle soup) and orange juice. He also loves Kyoko Aihara, the gym teacher, but loses all confidence in himself and sense of composure in her presence.

Yamato dons an orange and silver suit to moonlight at UGM (Utility Government Members), the regular Earth defence team, after school and on Sundays. He gets the job from Captain Oyama because they are both present at a park in the first episode, looking for signs of new monster activity. Oyama is happy to meet someone who believes in the re-emergence of monsters. Even his own team members had their doubts, since none of them have any combat experience like their veteran captain. At school, only Principal Kennosuke Hayashi knows of Yamato's extracurricular activities.

80 has one of the more difficult human situations of any Ultraman. Ultraman 80 cannot be revealed to be known by humans, since his revelation will lead 80 to leave Earth. Yet, Yamato must still balance UGM and school, all the while hiding his true identity, while nursing a crush on Aihara. Though determined to teach his students about responsibility and integrity, he has to lie and break promises constantly to maintain this secret multiple personality and eventually stops working as a teacher to be a full time UGM member.

Ultraman 80 and Hoshi returns home after the event of the final episode against monster Margodon. In the final episode, UGM destroy Margodon all by themselves. It is revealed that Captain Oyama knows the real identities of Yamato and Hoshi, and a small celebration is held to appreciate Ultraman 80's and Hoshi's assistance while on Earth.

YullianEdit

Main article: Yullian

Late in the series, 80 is joined on Earth by the Princess of the Land of Light (the Ultra Planet), Yullian (ユリアン Yurian?), 80's childhood friend (and in Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend, his girlfriend). She originally comes to Earth to warn 80 that King Galtan the Great is planning to assassinate him, but she ends up sticking around for a while and joins UGM (replacing Emi Jouno, who had been killed in action). She assumes the identity of Ryoko Hoshi. While not using any attacks as Yullian (other than Double Power, a combined attack with 80), she does shoot the Princess Ray, an infrared beam fired from the fingertips, as Ryoko.

She later makes a cameo appearance in the first episode of Ultraman Mebius and also participates along with several other Ultras in fighting against Ultraman Belial in the film, Ultra Galaxy Legends but she fails to stop Belial and is frozen once he steals the Plasma Spark and remains frozen until Ultraman Zero returns it.

UGM (Utility Government Members) MembersEdit

Main article: Utility Government Members

MonstersEdit

Main article: List of Ultraman 80 monsters

EpisodesEdit

  1. "Teacher Ultraman"
  2. "The Teacher's Secret"
  3. "First-Love Monster"
  4. "For The Love of The Sky"
  5. "Streets of Illusion"
  6. "Boy From The Stars"
  7. "Operation Silent Tokyo"
  8. "Revival of a Legend"
  9. "Airport Emergency"
  10. "The Visitor From Space"
  11. "Gas Panic Horror"
  12. "The Beatiful Transfer Student"
  13. "Formation Yamato"
  14. "Teleportation! The Man From Paris"
  15. "The Labortory of Doctor Demon"
  16. "The Mystroius Object Snow Art"
  17. "Flight to The Eerie Monster Island Part 1"
  18. "Flight to The Eerie Monster Island Part 2"
  19. "Directive: Destroy The Planet"
  20. "The Army of Bloodsucking Balls"
  21. "Space GMan 85"
  22. "When The Planets Make a Line"
  23. "Invasion of The Space Amoeba"
  24. "Star of a Betraying Android"
  25. "Beautiful Challenger"
  26. "Shadow Warriors in The Time Tunnel"
  27. "Terror of The White"
  28. "Lullaby of The Migrating Monster"
  29. "Wrath of The Emperor"
  30. "Lost Friend in The Desert"
  31. "The Seed of a Monster"
  32. "Ship On The Sea of Darkness"
  33. "The Boy-Made Monster"
  34. "I Caught a Strange Fish"
  35. "The 99th Year Dragon Festival"
  36. "The Kuwaganda Winter Party"
  37. "Operation Zoo"
  38. "The Voice of The Father of Ultra"
  39. "I am The Monster"
  40. "The Mountain Sumo Boy"
  41. "Did You See The Zero Monster Bird"
  42. "The Cannon is Strongest"
  43. "The Female Warrior of Ultra"
  44. "Duel! 80 vs Seven"
  45. "The Never-Ending Challenge of The Baltan"
  46. "The Unforseen Revival of Red King"
  47. "The Evil Glove is Laughing at You"
  48. "The Marathon Runner of Mount Mors"
  49. "80's Greatest Challenge"
  50. "All the Animals are Frozen"

ReceptionEdit

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.

AvailabilityEdit

A limited edition known as Ultraman 80 DVD 30th Anniversary Memorial Box was released. Two DVD box set will be released by Tsuburaya.

Later yearsEdit

25 years later, in Ultraman Mebius, 80 returns to Earth while fighting Robelgar II, whom he eventually defeats with Mebius' help. His former students, one of whom works at the school and knows that their former sensei (teacher) is in fact Ultraman 80 is ecstatic as they all have fond memories of him and would like to see him again. They decide to have one final reunion party at the school as the school is to be torn down soon in the hope that their mentor would come. Ultraman 80 tells Mebius that he will not attend as he feels that by joining the UGM to fight monsters he failed in his primary mission of teaching his students. As the reunion party starts on the roof of the school, residual negative energy (also referred to as Minus Energy), emerges from the school to resurrect the monster Hoh (a monster which appeared in 1980).

Ultraman Mebius battles the monster who seemed to be sad somehow and this sadness was being reflected in the school building itself. Ultraman 80 then landed and told Mebius that since it was the negative energy that spawned the monster that he would defeat it. The monster willingly stood and seemed to smile as it dispersed after being hit with energy from 80's Buckle Beam. 80 then sees his student's delight at his appearance and hears them as they shout out how their lives have turned out thanks to him. Ultraman 80 then flies away and reverts to Takeshi Yamato and is joyfully greeted by his students at the final school reunion, as he realized that he hadn't failed them after all. Ultraman 80 later returns during the series finale, assisting the other Ultra Brothers in destroying a manifestation of rock created by Alien Empera that was coating the sun. Takeshi Yamato is the only human host not to transform to his Ultra form on screen during Mebius' series.

During the film Ultra Galaxy Legends, Ultraman 80 teams up with Ultraman Jack and Ultraman Ace to prevent Ultraman Belial from stealing the Plasma Spark. However, the three Ultras are defeated by Belial and are frozen once he steals the Plasma Spark. They remain frozen until Ultraman Zero returns The Plasma Spark.

FirstsEdit

This is the very first live action Ultra series to have ending credits and an ending song. Two songs were used for the opening and endings, the ending songs were called Let's Go UGM by TALIZMAN, and You are Earthlings by TALIZMAN. The 1st Opening theme was covered by Koorogi '73, but this version is extremely rare.

Theme songsEdit

Opening ThemeEdit

Ultraman 80 Opening01:24

Ultraman 80 Opening

The shows first opening

Ending ThemeEdit

A CD featuring the OST of the show was released.

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


Other Series


Mighty Jack | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Dinosaur War Aizenborg | Denkou Choujin Gridman | Bio Planet WoO

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