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Series Episodes
Ultraman Leo
Ultraman Leo is the 7th entry in the Ultra Series
Leo titlecard
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
Ending Theme: None
Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episodes 51
Running Time 24 minutes (per episode)
Original Channel TBS
Original Air Date April 12, 1974 – March 28, 1975
Preceded by Ultraman Taro
Succeeded by The☆Ultraman
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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.




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 demo 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).
  • The Ultra brothers make fewer appearances than they did in the previous two series and Taro isn't even mentioned or acknowledged at all in this series.


Suit Actors

Production Team

  • 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

Theme songs

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.[1] In 1975, an English-dubbed version of Ultra Seven was broadcast on Honolulu's NBC affiliate KHON-TV.
    • The series is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Shout! Factory TV.
  • TOKU premiered the series with English subtitles in the United States on November 29, 2017.
    New on TOKU- Ultraman Leo

    New on TOKU- Ultraman Leo

DVD Release

Ultraman Leo currently has no seen english subtitled DVD release.

Complete DVD Set

2006 release

2011 release



  • Ultraman Leo marks one of the few times Kamen Rider airs on the shows' same network (TBS). The Kamen Rider show Kamen Rider Stronger aired on TBS a week after Ultraman Leo concluded.


External links

Shows and Films
Showa Series

Ultra Q | Ultraman | Ultraseven | Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro | Ultraman Leo | Ultraman 80

Heisei Series

Ultraman Tiga | Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Gaia | 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 | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman R/B

Outside of Japan

Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero


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 | Ultraman Super Fighter Legend

Showa Movies

Ultraman: Monster Movie Feature | Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight | Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story

Heisei Movies

Ultra Q The Movie: Legend of the Stars | 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: The Decisive Battle in Hyperspace | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Gaia: Once Again Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet | Ultraman Cosmos Vs Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie | Ultraman Zero The Movie: Super Deciding Fight! The Belial Galactic Empire | 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! | Ultraman Geed The Movie: Connect Them! The Wishes!!

Other Series

Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | 10-4, 10-10 | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Army of the Apes | 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

The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Denkou Choujin Gridman: Boys Invent Great Heroes | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019)