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|Ultraman Leo is the 7th entry in the Ultra Series|
|Format:||Science fiction, action, adventure|
|Created by:||Tsuburaya Productions|
|Starring:||Ryu Manatsu, Kohji Moritsugu, Mieko Mita, Tomoko Ai|
|Opening Theme:||Ultraman Leo (Episode 1 - 13) by Ryu Manatsu |
Tatakae! Ultraman Leo (Episode 14 - 51) by Hide Yuki
|Country Of Origin||Japan|
|Number Of Episodes||51|
|Running Time||24 minutes (per episode)|
|Original Air Date||April 12, 1974 – March 28, 1975|
|Preceded by||Ultraman Taro|
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Ultraman Leo (ウルトラマンレオ, Urutoraman Reo?) is the 7th entry in the Ultra Series, airing from 1974 to 1975. It had a much darker theme than the preceding Ultraman Taro, in order to bring back the older fans who had disliked the previous series' childish nature. Unfortunately, this move lost many of the younger fans, leading to the lowest ratings the franchise had yet seen. Tatsumi Nikamoto was the in-suit actor of Ultraman Leo.
Ultraman Leo comes from the planet L77 of the Leo constellation, and takes the human form of Gen Ohtori. Ultraseven appears to fight a new foe, Alien Magma and his two "pets", the Gillas Brothers. Ultimately, Ultraseven is greatly overpowered and his leg is graphically broken by Black Gillas. Ultraman Leo drives off the foes, but Ultraseven is confined to his human form because of his injuries and due to the Ultraseven being damaged when he attempted to transform. Dan Moroboshi then maintains his role as Captain of MAC (Monster Attack Crew). Gen is a gymnastics teacher on the side and joins MAC to defend the Earth. Gen and Dan regularly train together, allowing Ultraman Leo to learn many moves in human form.
Warning: contains major spoilers.
Alien Magma attacks and destroys L77, and Ultraman Leo flees to earth and is trained by Dan Moroboshi. The two face many threats, and eventually the Magma alien is killed by Leo. From then on, as a MAC member, Gen investigates many alien threats and trains children.
Sadly, an even greater evil has its eyes set on earth: Black Star. Black Directive arrives on the planet, summoning his first saucer beast, Silver Bloome. Taking the MAC station by surprise, every character besides Gen, Dan and Tooru is killed. Dan vanishes in the collapsing station.
Gen and Tooru are alone, but are taken in by the Miyama family. Supported by the three women, they continue to battle the threats of the Saucer Race, summoned by Black Directive from Black Star. Eventually only Alien Bunyo and Black End are the only remaining saucers.
Bunyo traps Gen, freezes him, and dismembers him. Tooru and Ayumi find his body and bury it, and Bunyo begins to rampage. Ultraman King, however, resurrects Leo. Bunyo's head is knocked off and he melts.
For some time there is peace, but Black End arrives. Gen is visited by Seven in a dream, and is told he must tell the humans of his identity. He beats Leo down, while Black Directive holds Tooru hostage. Seeing this, Ayumi organises the children Gen taught and leads them in an assault on Black Directive. She bights his hand, and Tooru throws his crystal ball to Leo. Leo destroys Black End as Black Directive melts.
Black Star flies to earth to destroy it, but before the planets can collide Leo charges up an ultra shooting beam and destroys the planet, saving earth. He then bids farewell to the children, Miyamas and Tooru, and goes off to explore the earth.
MAC (Monster Attacking Crew) members
The Monster Attacking Crew (MAC) is one of the most radically different Ultra support teams. As mentioned above, the captain is Dan Moroboshi, who is Ultraseven deprived of his ability to transform. MAC also has a flowing membership. Members get killed off and replaced with frightening rapidity. There were bases in orbit above North and South America, Africa, Northern Europe, and Japan. This is in addition to numerous land-based bases as well.
- Captain Dan Moroboshi (the commander and leader, Ultra Seven)
- Gen Ohtori (Ultraman Leo)
- Ichiro Aoshima
- Akio Kuroda
- Kiyohiko Akashi
- Junko Shirakawa
- Haruko Momoi
- Ultraman Leo is the titular Ultraman, coming from the domed L77 in pursuit of Alien Magma
- Ultraman King was introduced in the episode Japan Masterpiece Folklore Series - Ultraman King vs the Magician, stepping in to save Leo from Pressure in episode 26.
- Astra, Leo's brother, appeared to help Leo defeat Garon and Littre in episode 22. He appeared many times after that.
- Ultraseven appeared in the first episode, and was defeated and rendered unable to transform. Throughout the series, until episode forty, he appears as Dan Moroboshi and assists and "trains" Gen.
- Ultraman Jack
- Ultraman Ace
- Mother of Ultra appeared briefly towards the end of episode 39.
- Father of Ultra appeared briefly towards the end of episode 39.
Production and series notes
- Ultraman Leo series was noted as the last of the golden age of the Ultra Series. During the 'Oil Shock' which hit world economy in the 1970s, the production of monster-based series became less popular, in addition to more animated series being produced.
- Ultraman Leo got off on a bad start. The previous series (Ultraman Taro) was extended from 49 to 53 episodes because pre-production of Ultraman Leo was running behind schedule.
- The series was written for more of an adult audience than Ultraman Taro, because Tsuburaya was losing positive ratings from adults due to the child oriented nature of Ultraman Taro.
- The MAC song sings about the MAC Mole and the MAC Shark, but these machines were never used in battle on the series. However the MAC Shark makes an appearance in the opening credits after episode 28.
- Ultraman Leo 1st theme was chosen as Fight Ultraman Leo wasn't ready at the time
- The first singer of Tatakae! Ultraman Leo was actually Masato Shimon as a note to Yuki Hide on how to sing it
- The series used new special effects for the Ultra Series. They where mostly reused from Jumborg Ace (series).
- Ultraman Leo/Gen Ohtori (ウルトラマンレオ, Urutoraman Reō/おおとり ゲン Ōtori Gen?): Ryu Manatsu (真夏 竜 Manatsu Ryū?)
- Dan Moroboshi (モロボシ・ダン Moroboshi Dan?): Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣 Moritsugu Kōji?)
- Astra (アストラ Asutora?): Jun Maruyama (丸山純 Maruyama Jun?)
- Ultraman King (ウルトラマンキング Urutoraman Kingu Voice?): Motomu Kiyokawa (清川元夢 Kiyokawa Motomu 39?) & Hiroshi Masuoka (増岡弘 Masuoka Hiroshi 50?)
- Takeshi Nomura (野村猛 Nomura Takeshi?): Yukio Ito (伊藤幸雄 Ito Yukio?)
- Black Directive (ブラック指令 Burakku Shirei?): Takeshi Ōbayashi (大林丈史 Ōbayashi Takeshi?)
- Akio Kuroda (黒田明雄 Kuroda Akio ?): So Kuroda (黒田宗 Kuroda Sō?)
- Ichiro Aoshima (青島一郎 Aoshima Ichirō?): Yuichi Yanagisawa (柳沢優一 Yanagisawa Yūichi?)
- Kiyohiko Akaishi (赤石清彦 Akaishi Kiyohiko?): Kenji Oshima (大島健二 Ōshima Kenji?)
- Junko Shirakawa (白川純子 Shirakawa Junko?): Mieko Mita (三田美枝子 Mita Mieko?)
- Atsushi Hirayama (平山あつし Hirayama Atsushi?): Nobuo Hirasawa (平沢 信夫 Hirasawa Nobuo?)
- Daisuke Sato (佐藤大介 Satō Daisuke?): Shigeo Tedzuka (手塚茂夫 Tedzuka Shigeo?)
- Haruko Momoi (桃井晴子 Momoi Haruko?): Kyoko Aradama (新玉恭子 Aradama Kyōko?)
- Haruko Matsuki (松木晴子 Matsuki Haruko ?): Tomoko Ai (藍とも子 Ai Tomoko?)
- Seiji Omura (大村正司 Ōmura Seiji?): Yu Fujiki (藤木悠 Fujiki Yū?)
- Ippei Kajita (梶田一平 Kajita Ippei?): Takashi Asakura (朝倉隆 Asakura Takashi?)
- Jun Shirato (白土純 Shirato Jun?): Masaharu Matsuzaka (松坂雅治 Matsuzaka Masaharu?)
- Momoko Yamaguchi (山口百子 Yamaguchi Momoko?):Kaori Okano (丘野かおり Okano Kaori?)
- Kaoru Umeda (梅田 カオル Umeda Kaoru?): Yoshiko Tominaga (富永美子 Tominaga Yoshiko?)
- Tooru Umeda (梅田 トオル Umeda Tooru?): Tsunehiro Arai (新井つねひろ Arai Tsunehiro?)
- Sakiko Miyama (美山咲子 Miyama Sakiko?): Masumi Harukawa (春川ますみ Harukawa Masumi?)
- Ayumi Miyama
- Narrator (ナレーター Narētā?): Tetsuro Sagawa (瑳川哲朗 Sagawa Tetsurō?)
- Ultraman Leo (ウルトラマンレオ Urutoraman Reo?): Tatsumi Nikamoto (二家本辰巳 Nikamoto Tatsumi?) & Kazunori Kawaguchi (川口和則 Kawaguchi Kazunori?)
- Astra (アストラ Asutora?): Mamoru Kusumi (久須美護 Kusumi Mamoru?)
- Ultraman King (ウルトラマンキング Urutoraman Kingu?): Toshiya Oaku (大阿久俊也 Ōaku Toshiya?)
- Producer: Ken Tsuburaya,Takeshi Kumagai, Yoji Hashimoto (TBS), Kunio Kumagai Kunio (TBS Movie Division)
- Screenplay: Shigemitsu Taguchi , Ai bun bin , Tetsuro Domon, Bunzo Wakatsuki ,Okutsu Akirajiro , Ishido Yoshiakira
- Director: Tadashi Mabune, Kiyosumi Fukasawa, Shohei Tojo , Toru Toyama, Masanori Kakei , Isao Maeda, Tadashitakashi Yamamoto, Atsushi Oki , Nobuo Nakagawa , Tadashi Okamura, Hisashisan Yamagiwa
- Special effects director: Koichi Takano , Nobuo Yajima, Shohei Tojo, Atsushi Oki, Yoshiyuki Yoshimura
- Music: Toru Fuyuki
- Shooting (Main): Kiyoshi Suzuki , Goro Uchiyama
- Shooting (Special Effects): Kimikatsu Kunihiko
- Ultraman Leo (ウルトラマンレオ, episodes 1 - 13?)
- Tatakae! Ultraman Leo (戦え! ウルトラマンレオ, episodes 14 - 51?)
US Television Premiere
- Honolulu, Hawaii-based on-air broadcaster of Japanese programming, KIKU-TV, the home of the tokusatsu or Kikaida craze of the 1970s, began airing all 51 episodes of the series on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM (Hawaiian Standard Time) in Japanese with English Subtitles. In 1975, an English-dubbed version of Ultra Seven was broadcast on Honolulu's NBC affiliate KHON-TV.
- The series is also now available for streaming on Crunchyroll
- TOKU premiered the series with English subtitles in the United States on November 29, 2017.
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