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Ultraman Ace
Ultraman Ace is the 5th entry in the Ultra Series
Ultraman Ace Title
Format: Tokusatsu, Sci-Fi
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions
Starring: Keiji Takamine, Mitsuko Hoshi,Tetsurō Sagawa
Opening Theme: Ultraman Ace
Ending Theme: None
Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episodes 52
Running Time 24 minutes
Original Channel Tokyo Broadcasting System
Original Air Date April 7, 1972
Preceded by The Return of Ultraman
Succeeded by Ultraman Taro

Ultraman Ace (ウルトラマンAエース Urutoraman Ēsu?) is the 5th show in the Ultra Series, and it contains 52 episodes. It was aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System from April 7, 1972 to March 30, 1973.

Overview

At this time, the Ultra Series was facing direct competition from series such as Kamen Rider. This caused Ace to start shifting from a sci-fi/mystery adventure to full-tilt superhero fantasy fare. Also, all previous Ultraman like Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack (from The Return of Ultraman) and also with Zoffy make more frequent appearances here, whereas they only made guest appearances in the previous show The Return of Ultraman. In addition to this, the writing became darker, slightly less episodic, and far more intense, as Ace struggles against the forces of Yapool, the first big bad of the entire franchise. Civilian deaths are more frequent, and monsters are often killed in extremely gory ways, although there is not as much death as would come two years later, with the advent of Ultraman Leo.

Ace is also notable because it introduces the first female host to the franchise, Yuko Minami. Unfortunately, gender prejudice of the time caused backlash against Yuko, forcing the producers to have her written out of the show. It also introduced the concept of recurring antagonists, with Yapool being the major villain.

Synopsis

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Yapool, an ancient interdimensional creature from ancient times with similarities to Satan and Legion, sought after the planet of Earth and tried to conquer it with a campaign that involved his experiments known as Choju. The first super weapon sent to Earth, Verokron, ravaged a city and took on TAC, a special forces unit created by the Self Defense Force to defend the Earth from kaiju. Two of Verokron's unfortunate victims were Seiji Hokuto and Yuko Minami. Before they were dead long the first five Ultra Brothers, Ultraman, Zoffy, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace, decided to revive the duo for trying to help young children get away from the Choju and to fight off Yapool's forces. Ace decided to be the one to go as he had both of them be his host. Yapool has used not only Choju, but also recruited other aliens, humans that sold their souls to him for Choju possession, and even himself to assassinate Ace and TAC only to be brought down in absolute defeat. After the destruction of one of Yapool's oldest Choju, Lunaticks, Minami revealed she was one of the last natives from the moon and gave her Ultra-Ring to Hokuto as she had to leave, but she would return every once in a long while. Ever since Hokuto has been Ace's host and their efforts were just the same. Yapool became desperate by combining the bodies of a selected few to create Jumbo King only for him to fail and have Ace fly off to his home world of the Land of Light in M78. Ever since Ace has showed up to help later Ultras in their times of need.

Characters/Cast

Protagonists

TAC (Terrible Monster Attacking Crew)

Ultras

  • Ultraman Ace (ウルトラマンエース Urutoraman Ēsu?): Voiced by [[Gorō Naya] (納谷悟朗 Naya Gorō?): TBA
  • Ultraman (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman?): TBA
  • Zoffy (ゾフィー Zofī?): TBA
  • Ultraseven (ウルトラセブン Urutorasebun?)
  • Returning Ultraman (帰ってきたウルトラマン Kaettekita Urutoraman?) (Ultraman Jack (ウルトラマンジャック Urutoraman Jakku?)): TBA
  • Father of Ultra (ウルトラの父 Urutora no Chichi?): TBA

Antagonists

Guest Stars

TBA

Suit Actors

Music

Ultraman Ace opening01:11

Ultraman Ace opening

The show's opening

DVD Release

Trivia

  • Ace was originally going to be titled Ultra A, but was renamed when Tsuburaya discovered that title was already copyrighted. The fact that Ultra A was renamed Ultraman Ace is important, because it established that Ultraman would be the title of all the heroes to come after, as opposed to just Ultra.
    • Up till this point, Ultra had been the title, not Ultraman, as indicated by the name of Ultraseven. (Ultraman Jack had originally intended to be an updated design of the original Ultraman, and had not been given his name yet.)
    • This would have meant that Ultraman would be the only Ultra with the title of Ultraman, and all the others would be known as Ultra --, like Ultraseven. It is unknown what this would have meant for Ultraman Jack.
  • This is fourth series in English Dub but is the second english dub done by Malaysia.
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


OV・TVSP


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


Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur War Aizenborg | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Denkou Choujin Gridman | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Mirror Fight 2012
Anime


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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