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Ultraman Gaia
Ultraman Gaia is the 14th entry in the Ultra Series
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Format: Tokusatsu, Sci-Fi
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions
Starring: Takeshi Yoshioka, Hassei Takano
Opening Theme: Ultraman Gaia!
Ending Theme: 1st: Lovin' You Lovin', 2nd: Beat on Dream on
Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episodes 51
Running Time 24 minutes
Original Channel TBS, MBS
Original Air Date September 5, 1998 - August 28, 1999
Preceded by Ultraman Dyna
Succeeded by Ultraman Nice
Watch on Crunchyroll

Ultraman Gaia (ウルトラマンガイア Urutoraman Gaia?) is a Japanese Tokusatsu TV show and is the 14th show in the Ultra Series. It was created by Chiaki J. Konaka and produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS TV). It was aired on Japan News Network TV stations (TBS, CBC, MBS, etc.).

PlotEdit

Ultraman Gaia VCD Cover

Gamu Takayama, a 20 year old member of an organization called Alchemy Star. After a monster known as C.O.V attacked the earth, Gamu falls through a portal of light and meets the giant: Ultraman Gaia, who gives him his powers. Later, when Gaia was in trouble in episode three, another Ultraman,Ultraman Agul appeared. Can they save the earth? Who is Agul, is he friend or foe? Later in the series it is seen that Agul, too, is a being of justice, but only protects the Earth, not humanity. The conflict between the two later leads to a duel, opening a wormhole that allows a giant beast to reach Earth. What will happen then?

OverviewEdit

Ultraman Gaia takes place in yet another universe, one that is totally different from the world of the Shōwa era Ultramen (Ultraman to Ultraman 80), as well as the world of Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Dyna. In a departure from most of the other series, there are two Ultramen as the main characters. They have conflicting philosophies in regards to defending the Earth from a mysterious, malevolent and extremely intelligent cosmic entity.

The first half of the series explores the growing tension between them, and their eventual clash. The second half has them reconcile their differences so they can defeat their common enemy.

The show is also different from past Ultra Series in that the support team, XIG, has more personnel than the defence teams in previous series.

In this series, Ultraman Gaia (ウルトラマンガイア Urutoraman Gaia?) (Template:Lang-zh) is the lead, but Ultraman Agul (ウルトラマンアグル Urutoraman Aguru?)(Template:Lang-zh), makes many appearances. They are often at odds with each other in the beginning of the series. Their philosophies are as different as their skin colors. Unlike Gaia, Agul is completely blue. Gamu Takayama, the human host of Ultraman Gaia, believes that Gaia is here to save Earth and humanity. On the other hand, Hiroya Fujimiya, the human host of Ultraman Agul, believes Agul to be Earth's natural defence mechanism. He is at first more interested in protecting just the planet itself, even at the expense of humanity (hence the occasional clashes with Gaia). But this was discontinued after Gaia and Agul would work together as one to face more powerful monsters.

StoryEdit

The story takes place in the year 2000. Crisis, a supercomputer developed the Alchemy Stars (a global network of young geniuses born during the 1980s), predicts around 1996–1997 that Earth and humanity would be annihilated by something known as the "Entity that Brings Radical Destruction". Technology developed by the Alchemy Stars is used to form an international defence organization known as Globalcentric Universal Alliance against the Radical Destruction (G.U.A.R.D.). This is done secretly, so as to avoid worldwide panic. The eXpanded Interceptive Guards (X.I.G.) is the combat wing of G.U.A.R.D, operating in a floating sky fortress known as the Aerial Base.

20-year-old Gamu Takayama, a scientist and member of the Alchemy Stars briefly encounters Gaia during some virtual reality experiments he performs with the secret purpose of discovering the will of the Earth, later merging with him in order to fight various monsters that threaten the safety of the Earth. During his battles, he encounters Ultraman Agul, whose human form is Hiroya Fujimiya, a former Alchemy Stars member. Both clash because of their ideals regarding the protection of the Earth but eventually resolve their differences to battle their common enemy.

CharactersEdit

XIGEdit

Main article: XIG (eXpanded Interceptive Guardians)

eXpanded Interceptive Guardians (X.I.G.) is an Earth defence unit under the command of G.U.A.R.D. (Geocentric Universal Alliance against the Radical Destruction). X.I.G. is commanded by Commander Akio Ishimuro, and headquartered in the Aerial Base, a floating sky fortress, utilising the Repulsor Lift technology created by Takayama Gamu. It is formed by:

Operation CrewEdit

  • Gamu Takayama (高山 我夢 Takayama Gamu?): He merges with Ultraman Gaia in episode 1, thus gaining the ability to assume the form of Ultraman Gaia. He joined the XIG as an analyzer in episode 2, and begins flying the planes he designed in episode 4.
  • Akio Ishimuro (石室 章雄 Ishimuro Akio?): 45-year-old, Ishimuro is the commander of XIG, becoming aware of Gamu's alter-ego as Ultraman Gaia by episode 7. He resembles Charles "Trip" Tucker III, the commander of battleship Enterprise NX-01 from Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • Seiichiro Tsutsumi (堤 誠一郎 Tsutsumi Seiichirō?): 33-year-old. Chief of XIG. Once a member of the Air Guard, he was said to be the strategist of the team's best defense. Tsutsumi calls out the face-to-face attacks to his flight teams from Peace Carry, and his officers trust him for his judgement in difficult situations. However, he tends to be a little overprotective for his subordinates. 
  • Atsuko Sasaki (佐々木 敦子 Sasaki Atsuko?): 21-year-old, she is the operator of XIG. Initially, she had a crush on Kaijo from Team Lightning but quit after he starts dating her sister. Though Atsuko sometimes cares for Gamu, she never developed a special relationship with him. However, Atsuko broke her pen twice with her hand out of jealousy when sensing Gamu holding hands with another girl. She has a horrible childhood where she was aways isolated, finding solace in arcade games. Though, this surprisingly helps her when Crisis invaded the base.
  • Georgie Leland (ジョジー・リーランド Jōjī Rīrando?): The 20-year-old American operator of XIG. She is Atsuko's friend and known for her cheerful yet mischievous personality.
  • Ayaka Ukai (鵜飼 彩香 Ukai Ayaka?): The 20-year-old part-time operator of XIG. She takes over when Atsuko or Georgie are not available. Ayaka's uniform however different compare to Atsuko and Georgie.

Team LightningEdit

Main article: Team Lightning

The elite flight team. Staff Officer Chiba said that this team was "Defense Forces' Top Gun".

  • Katsumi Kajio (梶尾 克美 Kajio Katsumi?): 24 years old. The leader of Team Lightning. He enlisted in XIG be withdrawn from Top Gun was the GUARDS. Has a high pride and absolute confidence in the handling of the jets, but he had a fairly high elitism  in his first appearences. Kajio wasn't impressed when Gamu joins XIG due to him being a student, but this changes as the series progresses. Kaijo surprisingly terrible at socializing. Due to this, he was aloof from everyone, though there was little able to converse with others on a mission other than the initial orders. He develops a relationship with Atsuko's sister, Ritsuko.
  • Yasushi Kitada (北田 靖 Kitada Yasushi?): 23-year-old. He advises Kajio’s tactics surface for some cases. He has the highest total for shooting accuracy. He seems to had a strong interest in Gamu.
  • Satoshi Ogawara (大河原 聡志 Ōgawara Satoshi?): 25 years old. Though older than Kajio, he has a great respect towards him. He also has a faith in Ultraman Gaia for saving him earlier from Mezard, which later becomes a weakness when he confused an imitation of Ultraman Gaia for the real one.

Team FalconEdit

Main article: Team Falcon

The veteran flight team. The teamwork as a veteran excels the Team Lightning.

  • Tatsuhiko Yoneda (米田 達彦 Yoneda Tatsuhiko?): 34 years old. The highly respected leader of Team Falcon. Former of the Defense Corps Top Gun, he gets the absolute trust of the pilots, but believes that era to nurture a younger generation, such as Lightning from now on. He went to pick Gamu from University in order to send Gamu to Team Marlin. He develops a relationship with Kei Tadano, a Team Crow pilot.
  • Koichi Hayashi (林 幸市 Hayashi Kōichi?): 33-year-old. Kajio's trainer during sometime ago. He also was once saved by Yoneda.
  • Toru Tsukamori (塚守 亨 Tsukamori Tōru?): 32-year-old. In the first person's flight tactics experiment, time-of-flight is long and far compared to the pilot of the same age. He is mild at first glance, but there is a moment when it is bound by impulse self-destructive, and strong will to try to overcome it, when there is a conflict is within him.

Team CrowEdit

Main article: Team Crow

The female flight team. They like rock music.

  • Miho Inagi (稲城 美穂 Inagi Miho?): 26-year-old. The leader of Team Crow. She previously known for her skillful flight in F16 jets and has a confident personality.
  • Julie Mishima (三島 樹莉 Mishima Juri?): Age 24, she is known for her Hiroshima dialect. Julie previously assist in the development of Fighter jets maintenance some time ago, causing her to fall in love with the technologies.
  • Kei Tadano (多田野 慧 Tadano Kei?): 22-year-old. Kei had once developed a phobia during her first training while also attracted to Team Falcon leader Yoneda. She was given a Team Falcon pendant by Yoneda as a memento in case he was killed in action near the end of the series.

Team HerculesEdit

Main article: Team Hercules

A beefy ground-based team. They work out during standby in the gym.

  • Satoru Yoshida (吉田 悟 Yoshida Satoru?): 30 years old. The leader of Team Hercules. There is also a thoughtful one side unexpectedly. Helped Gamu by unintentionally being a shield when Gamu ducked attacks in episode two. However, in practice, there is a purpose to recognize equipment in our dreams related to OPERATE. He have a beard from the second half. Contrary to the first impression, it is also a romantic with a great deal of interest to be related to animal extinction. He is called the "drunk-chan" from childhood friend Teruo Shoji that appeared in episode 29.
  • Takanobu Kuwabara (桑原 孝信 Kuwabara Takanobu?): 28 years old.  He feels that he needs to take care of Gamu often, especially by making him stronger. Cage is just like his cousin, in Episode 34, had emerged as a professional wrestler under the Shinya Hashimoto in the ring name "Mammoth DaiTsuyoshi ".
  • Mitsugu Shima (志摩 貢 Shima Mitsugu?): 35 years old. In person he called "chewing gum" for the first time that our dream in episode 11 in the play, and the other hand stinking father, he was a partner of Gamu is carings good. In fact he also longing to intelligence secretly. Nickname of "chewing gum" is called so Satoru Yoshida when it is dispatched in order to save Fujimiya.

Team SeagullEdit

Main article: Team Seagull

Rescue team.

  • Atsushi Koyama (神山 篤志 Kōyama Atsushi?): 28 years old. The leader of Team Seagull, although he is more regularly seen as the pilot of Peace Carry. In addition, and to participate in the mission of the last round only fighter other than the team, a person of high status within XIG. He wears sunglasses when he flies the Peace Carry. He has participated in rescue activities from 18 years of age. there is also a severity and spicy Matsuo, but it was taught the significance of the rescue, which is also joy. In addition, or share someone for the action well with bank chief, for Tabata of KCB critical, I preached the height of the virtue of his bank chief. As mentioned above, participated in the mission, even the last round, I showed the skill which is not inferior to members of XIG Fighter team.
  • Renji Matsuo (松尾 蓮二 Matsuo Renji?): 25 years old. With experience of rescue of the missing, he studied with Koyama. The brittle to information. When a man named Hirakawa you rescue missions in pairs Rezaito warfare were interviewed to be "? Did helped to whom" to Reiko Yoshii in the news, and said, "team Seagull Matsuo-san" is not able to speak well because of injury was, but it was shouting "I'm Matsuo team Seagull" informs him that his "It is more of Italy" because I could hear the wind of "Chimushigaru-Mattsuo" for Reiko.
  • Michael Simmons (マイクル・シモンズ Maikuru Shimonzu?): 27 years old. Black member with a bright personality, he dosen't play in scenes devoted to logistic support such other than handling of Seagull Floater mainly, and helping with rescue at the forefront, but he was prominent he found and reported to XIG the survival of Yoneda who had crashed in episode 48.

Team MarlinEdit

Main article: Team Marlin

Sea-based team.

  • Katsutoshi Yokotani (横谷 勝歳 Yokotani Katsutoshi?): 28 years old. The leader of Team Marlin. Personality is honest and calm, he was involved in the design of Siren 7500. His crew in the sub seems to be a finicky place, it was very unfriendly for Gamu to ride in the OAV, but there is a scene to talk with colleagues of the team in the ending.
  • Gentaro Imai (今井 源太郎 Imai Gentarō?): 25 years old. In the good-natured personality with glasses, he analyzed mainly. He is an oceanographer, is also a geologist. Offered a variety of explanations to our dream that you ride in OV.
  • Kingo Iwao (巌 均悟 Iwao Kingo?): 32-year-old. Some things in the school body, you've tightened too much Imai celebrates the first dispatch. Very noisy, but usually quiet during missions.

G.U.A.R.D.Edit

Main article: GUARD (Geocentric Universal Alliance against the Radical Destruction)

The Globalcentric Universal Alliance against the Radical Destruction is formed by:

  • Tatsumi Chiba (千葉 辰巳 Chiba Tatsumi?): The standing staff officer of XIG.
  • Hiroyuki Hiiragi (柊 博之 Hiiragi Hiroyuki?): The Pacific rim unit's commodore.
  • Kosuke Ranbashi (乱橋 巧介 Ranbashi Kōsuke?): The development officer of XIG Fighters.
  • Ryuichi Senuma (瀬沼 龍一 Senuma Ryūichi?): The captain of a special investigation team, the Lizard, who belongs to Geo Base. He investigates Fujimiya when he is being sought as Agul.
  • Chief Higuchi (樋口チーフ Higuchi Chīfu?): The chief of the chemical department of Geo Base.
  • Doctor Hoshiyama (星山博士 Hoshiyama Hakase?): The doctor of the quantum mechanics department of the scientific inquiry section of Geo Base.
  • Alf Mckay (アルフ・マッケイ Arufu Makkei?): The command team captain of G.U.A.R.D. U.S.
  • Jeremy Spinoza (ジェレミー・スピノザ Jeremī Supinoza?): The executive of G.U.A.R.D. U.S.

Alchemy StarsEdit

Main article: Alchemy Stars

A network of scientists formed by child prodigies born in the 1980s. Gamu and Fujimiya are members.

  • Hiroya Fujimiya (藤宮 博也 Fujimiya Hiroya?): He transforms into Ultraman Agul. Ex-Alchemy Stars.
  • Daniel Macffy (ダニエル・マクフィー Danieru Makufī?): The chairman of Alchemy Stars.
  • Miku Asano (浅野 未来 Asano Miku?): A specialist whose work involves ancient monsters. Gamu is his acquaintance.
  • Catherine Ryan (キャサリン・ライアン Kyasarin Raian?): The development officer of a natural environment protection system.
  • Klaus Eckart (クラウス・エッカルト Kurausu Ekkaruto?): A founding member who is one of the designers of the CRISIS integrated-circuit.
  • Alan (アラン Aran?): One of members with a supercomputer.
  • Al (アル Aru?): One of members with a supercomputer.
  • Natalie (ナタリー Natarī?): One of members with a supercomputer.
  • Michel (ミッシェル Missheru?): A French member
  • Melinda (メリンダ Merinda?): The girl who cooperated in the Mission Gaia.
  • Azif (アジフ Ajifu?): The Pakistan member who cooperated in the Mission Gaia.

KCBEdit

Main article: KCB

The KANTOH COMMUNITY BROADCASTING STATION,LTD (関東コミュニケーションテレビ Kantō Komyunikēshon Terebi?). The central broadcasting station of media.

  • Kenji Tabata (田端 健二 Tabata Kenji?): A director. He has a skeptical viewpoint regarding G.U.A.R.D..
  • Reiko Yoshi (吉井 玲子 Yoshii Reiko?): A popular announcer. She became a supporter of Hiroya Fujimiya.
  • Michifumi Inoue (井上 倫文 Inoue Michifumi?): A cameraman.
  • Umezawa (梅沢 Umezawa?): He is a director of a branch office and he is Tabata's senior.

OtherEdit

  • Sato (サトウ Satō?): One of Gamu's friends at Jonan University. Something of a playboy.
  • Makoto (マコト Makoto?): One of Gamu's friends at Jonan University. An excellent student who becomes Gamu's right-hand man at the laboratory in Jonan University.
  • Nakaji (ナカジ Nakaji?): One of Gamu's friends at Jonan University. A realist.
  • Shigemi Takayama (高山 重美 Takayama Shigemi?): Gamu's mother. She is principle of laissez-faire to Gamu.
  • Yuiichi Takayama (高山 唯一 Takayama Yuiichi?): Gamu's father. He is working as a caseworker in the city office, and regularly goes to check on rural residents.
  • Kyoko Inamori (稲森 京子 Inamori Kyōko?): A scientist who helped develop CRISIS with Fujimiya; also a romantic interest of his who dies in episode 23.
  • Ritsuko Sasaki (佐々木 律子 Sasaki Ritsuko?): Atsuko's elder sister. Her husband was a pilot who died fighting the C.O.V. in episode 1.
  • Megumi Kuroda (黒田 恵 Kuroda Megumi?): The feng shui master who can sense Mizunoenoryuh's intentions in episode 11. Tabata's friend.
  • Yuki (ユキ Yuki?): A girl who Fujimiya rescues during a monster attack in episode 20; she runs into him frequently after the rescue.

Other mediaEdit

Films and crossoversEdit

  • Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Again (2001), A 45-minute OV set several years after the end of the series. Ultraman Gaia and Ultraman Agul return to fight a new enemy, along with help from mysterious undersea creatures.

Video gamesEdit

Although not technically an Ultraman game, Ultraman Gaia serves as both the main character and main plot in Banpresto's Super Hero Operations: Diedal's Ambition for the PlayStation.

CastEdit

Suit actorsEdit

MusicEdit

Opening Theme(s)Edit

"Ultraman Gaia!"

Ending Theme(s)Edit

"Lovin' You Lovin' Me" (episodes 1-26)
"Beat on Dream on" (episodes 27-51 and Gaia Again)

Insert Theme(s)Edit

"LOVE IS ALIVE" (Episode 10)
"Power of Gaia" (ガイア ノ チカラ Gaia no Chikara?) (Episodes 1.27.30.34.35)

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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 | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X


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


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 Movie Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors! | Ultraman X The Movie: Here Comes! Our Ultraman


Other Series


Mighty Jack | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | Dinosaur War Aizenborg | 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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  • Today I finish Ultraman Gaia.

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    • I didn't really watched Nexus at first because Tsuru was watching it for a time, so I felt I would let him finish it first and then maybe watch...
    • Gaia was fun. Zogu was a really cool antagonist.
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