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Ultraman Max
Ultraman Max is the 19th entry in the Ultra Series
Max opening
Format: Tokusatsu, Science fiction
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions
Starring: Sota Aoyama, Shusuke Kaneko, Kai Shishido, Hitomi Hasebe, Hikari Mitsushima
Opening Theme: Ultraman Max
Ending Theme: NO LIMITED
Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episodes 39 (40 with special)
Running Time Approx. 24 mins per episode
Original Channel Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting
Original Air Date July 2, 2005
Preceded by Ultraman Nexus
Succeeded by Ultraman Mebius
Watch on Crunchyroll

Ultraman Max (ウルトラマンマックス Urutoraman Makkusu?) is the 19th installation in the Ultra Television Series, and started airing on 7 July 2005. After the darker series Ultraman Nexus, Tsuburaya featured a more traditional formula with weekly monsters and a lighter theme.

Many actors (and characters) from previous shows make cameos, most notably professor Yukari Yoshinaga and chief Kenzo Tomioka, who are played by the actors Hiroko Sakurai (Akiko Fuji) and Susumu Kurobe (Shin Hayata) from the original Ultraman. One episode (#29) revolves around the filming of the 1964 program Ultra Q the first entry in the Ultra series. Two actors from that show appear as themselves.

Max has a strong environmental message: most monster and alien attacks have something to do with the environment.

The tagline is Strongest! Fastest!! Max Power! Max Speed!! (最強! 最速!! Max Power! Max Speed!! Saikyō! Saisoku!! Max pawā! Max Speed!!?)

On January 27, 2017, the US television channel TOKU announced that the series will be broadcast in the United States on its channel beginning February 27, 2017, making it the fifth Ultra Series to air in the United States after Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman: Towards the Future and Ultraman Tiga. [1] [2] [3] [4]


Series overviewEdit

Maxposter

Promotional Flyer

Although certain monsters from the previous Ultra Series appear here in this series, the characters do not actually recognize them. This series does not have any direct continuity to any of the other Ultra Series (except episode 24: "The Untargeted Town" which seems to be a sequel to the Ultra Seven series episode 8: "The Targeted Town").

Just like his predecessors, Ultraman Max is from Nebula M78 and is supported by DASH (Defense Action Squad Heroes), a branch of the UDF (United Defense Federation). His human host is Touma Kaito. He bears many resemblances to Ultraseven, such as his armor and his eye-slugger. His superior, Ultraman Xenon, appears in episodes 13 and 39.

Team DASH is stationed in a harbor and their base is called the Base Titan. They have a main airplane called the Dash Mother which releases two other small planes known as Dash Bird 1 and 2. A third plane called the Dash Bird 3 appears in episode 23.

Team DASH also has an android operator, named Elly , who learns a bit about human behavior in some episodes. She also has a small ball shaped robot called Koko which makes a high pitched sound to respond to queries.

This series is notible for it's attack team containing both an android member, and, for the first time, a foreigner. (The latter would carry on to later series such as Ultraman Mebius.)

CharactersEdit

Defense Action Squad Heroes (DASH)Edit

Main article: DASH (Defense Action Squad Heroes)
  • Captain Shigeru Hijikata: The team leader of DASH.
  • Kenjiro Koba: The marksman and sharpshooter of DASH.
  • Mizuki Koishikawa: The ace pilot and token female member. She is Kaito/Ultraman Max's love interest.
  • Sean White: The team inventor/scientist/joker. He was transported from DASH North America branch.
  • Elly: The robot operator (android) of DASH. She learns human behavior and once wished to become a human. She even cried in Episode 16 and in the final episode. During the series she shows a growing interest in Kenjiro Koba, even admitting at a certain point during the series that she likes him. She also has a steam when gets mad.
  • Kaito Touma/Ultraman Max: The team's latest recruit. After he lost his parents during an earthquake while he was traveling, he resolved to do his best to protect others, so that no one would experience the loss he did. In order to do this he tried joining DASH, but failed the test the first time. He was saved by Ultraman Max from a certain death and was given the Max Spark, so that he could transform whenever needs arose.

Supporting charactersEdit

  • Chief Kenzo Tomioka: A UDF general, the supervisor of DASH.
  • Professor Yukari Yoshinaga.
  • Ultraman Xenon (ウルトラマンゼノン Urutoraman Zenon?): He appears once to help Ultraman Max when he is in danger and is also the one that gives Ultraman Max the Max Galaxy. He also appeared in episode 39 to wait for Ultraman Max to leave after Ultraman Max defeats Giga Berserkes. 

MonstersEdit

Ultraman Max Kaiju & Seijin
Grangon | Lagoras | Eleking | Baby Eleking | Reguila | Alien Sran | Pigmon | Red King | Salamadon | Paragler | People of Nebula KJ-K5 (Kesam, Kerus, Kedam) | Bugdalas | Natsunomeryu | Metacisus | Antlar | Halen | Alien Zetton | Zetton | King Joe | IF | Mike, Kuro and Tama | Nina | Eraga | Alien Shamer | Alien Tarla | Gilfas | Cloudos | Gomora | Madeus | Flygler | Alien Metron | Alien Neril | Alien Godley | Unizin | Alien Pitt | Eleking II | Luganoger | Lilika | Geronga | Lagoras Evo | Moetaranga | Tiny Baltan | Dark Baltan | Hophop | Adam | Eve | Red King II | Alien Satun | Keplus | Delos people | Auto Maton | Scout Berserke | Satellite Berserke | Giga Berserke

Super Battle Special Edit

After the broadcast of Ultraman Max, an eight minute special was released on DVD. This special was a five minute clip show giving a review of Ultraman Max's back story and primary attacks up until Ultraman Xenon gives him the Max Galaxy. After the clip show, the monster Red King attacks Max with Zetton shortly joining in. The special ends with Max defeating both of them.

Cast Edit

Songs Edit

Opening theme

Ending theme: "NO LIMITED"

Fight theme: "DASH Alpha"

2017 English DubEdit

On January 27, 2017, the television channel TOKU announced that the series will be broadcast in the United States on its channel beginning February 27, 2017. [5] Days later, it is confirmed that the series will be dubbed in English.

Other MediaEdit

CameoEdit

DVD ReleasesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Max's opening credits, the hero and some kaiju silhouetted on moving multicolored lights, are a tribute to Ultraman 80, which used a similar opening.
  • Multiple Showa actors, including Ryu Manatsu and Kohji Moritsugu make cameos in episodes.
  • In one episode the scene where Kaito and an alien were having a conversation about the alien's past with ancient Earth shows a village. This is the same village from Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant, the footage had just been updated and a few new scenes were added.

ReferencesEdit

External links Edit

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


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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