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|Ultraman Tiga is the 12th entry in the Ultra Series|
|Created by:||Tsuburaya Productions|
|Starring:||Hiroshi Nagano, Takami Yoshimoto, Akitoshi Ohtaki, Shigeki Kagemaru, Yukio Masuda, Yoichi Furuya, Mio Takagi|
|Opening Theme:||Take Me Higher (V6)|
|Ending Theme:||Brave Love, Tiga|
|Country Of Origin||Japan|
|Number Of Episodes||52|
|Running Time||24 minutes (per episode)|
|Original Channel||Tokyo Broadcasting System|
|Original Air Date||September 7, 1996|
|Preceded by||Ultraman Zearth|
|Succeeded by||Ultraman Dyna|
Ultraman Tiga (ウルトラマンティガ Urutoraman Tiga) is the 12th entry in the Ultra Series, airing from September 7th to August 30th, 1996-1997. It was the first Ultra Series broadcast in Japan since 1980's Ultraman 80, it revolutionized the franchise, not to mention the great effect it had on Tokusatsu outside of Tsuburaya.
Ultraman Tiga was the giant of light that protected the ancient human civilisation 30 million years ago. After the human civilisation perished, Tiga become a stone statue. In the present times, Tiga was resurrected by merging with pilot Daigo from GUTS defense team, who also possess Ultra DNA in his body. At the same time, the 21st century Earth is facing threats of invaders from space and other dimensions.
Can Daigo and GUTS protect humankind from those invaders and saving Earth from destruction?
- Souichiro Sawai
- Masayuki Nahara: A gentle man of principle who avoids confrontation. He likes to put the breaks on reckless military buildups.
- Tetsuji Yoshioka: He is responsible for the enforcement arm of TPC. A war hawk, but also an old friend of pacifist Sawai. Often disagrees with Nahara, but never acts irrationally. A former submariner. He likes to carry and use a traditional folding Japanese fan.
- Mayumi Shinjoh
- Naban Yao: A professor and the founder of Maxima Overdrive, which can harness the power of light. A scientist at heart, he continues to pursue the dreams of his childhood. It takes him 20 years to turn his dream of creating the greatest ship ever into a reality (in the form of the Artdessei). In a nice touch, names his test vehicle the Snow White.
- Reiko Kashimura: The head of TPC's "Ride Mecha" R and D. She made several appearances in the first half of the series. She participates in the analysis of Yuzare's time capsule and the modification of GUTS mecha to combat. She also makes an appearance in Ultraman Dyna.
- Yuuji Tango: An army scientist from TPC's Life Sciences Research division. He is small at heart but full of pride. He spends time analyzing the remains of the Tiga statues. His insecurities eventually lead him to trouble.
- Omi Yanase
- Shin Hayate
- Keigo Masaki
- Michiru Ezaki
- Makio Kirino
- Tomoki Miura: Iruma's only son. He lives with his grandmother and is a computer genius that surpasses even Yazumi.
Kaiju & Seijin
- Golza (Powered)
- Gakuma α
- Gakuma β
- Kyrie People
- Kyrieloid II
- Power Type Analogue
- Sky Type Analogue
- Gazort II
- Alien Reguran
- Different Dimension Witch
- Gagi II
- Illusion Evolu
- Alien Raybeak
- Alien Raybeak Leader
- Alien Raybeak Followers
- Virtual Alien Raybeak II
- Alien Muzan
- Humanoid Form
- Monster Form
- Virtual Alien Muzan II
- Rucia and Zara
- Alien Standel
- Dark Tribe
- Light Tribe
- Shining Meteorite
- Magnia Parasites
- Weaponizer 1
- Weaponizer 2
- Maya Cruz
- Alien Natarn
- King Molerat
- The Life Form of Planet Bizaamo
- Small Desimonia
- Alien Desimo
- Alien Manon
- Karen E-90
- Nook and Terra
- Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey: The story is set two years after the final episode.
- Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant: A direct-to-video special set many years after the end of the series (Year 2038, 21 years after the events of Ultraman Dyna).
- Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light: A crossover between Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Dyna. The events of the movie take place within the Dyna series. Tiga appears to assist Dyna in battling an alien threat.
- Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia: The Decisive Battle in Hyperspace: A crossover featuring Tiga as an Ultra that appeared in the film.
- Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers: Tiga was one of the main Ultras who appeared in this film, this movie occurs in an alternate universe where Ultras never came to Earth and were thought of as legends from a TV show. Ultraman Mebius crossed over into this universe to team up with them.
Ultraman Tiga was the fourth Ultra series to be adapted for a U.S. release, following Ultraman, Ultraseven, and Ultraman: Towards the Future. It was licensed by 4Kids Entertainment and aired on the Fox Broadcasting Company's FoxBox Saturday morning programming block. The first episode premiered on September 14, 2002.
Unlike the Super Sentai Series' adaptation into Power Rangers, which combined the original shows' tokusatsu sequences with an entirely new cast, Ultraman Tiga was simply dubbed into English. Nonetheless, 4Kids made a number of significant changes. There was an entirely new theme song and the original soundtrack for the series was replaced. Episode storylines was altered and simplified to comply with Fox's Standards and Practices division and accommodate the differences between Japanese and American commercial breaks and broadcasting scheduling. Each episode was typically one or two minutes shorter than its Japanese counterpart.
There was also a lot more blatant and crude humor. The Japanese Ultraman Tiga had a few moments of subtle humor and charming moments. The Americanized version came with dialogue that poked fun of the original material as well as the dubbing in general, which changed the personalities for some of the characters (Notable in this aspect was the transformation of Captain Iruma from a smart, level-headed individual into a complete airhead.) Additionally, Captain Iruma was referred to as a "sir" instead of a "ma'am", perhaps in an attempt at being politically correct. This caused some problems within the addressing of a commanding officer whether that person was male or a female.
The monsters were enhanced with new sound effects, and the transformation sequence was altered altogether, in a scene showcasing all of Tiga's forms and emphasizing the change from Daigo to Tiga. Additionally, Ultraman Tiga's "Multi, Power, and Sky Types" are changed into "Omni, Power, and Speed Modes," respectively. The Spark Lens was renamed the "Torch of Tiga", although the Region 1 DVD Release refers to it as the "Spark Lance" for the first DVD (soon afterwards, the translation becomes "Spark Lens" yet again. His light techniques were called "Luminizers", and Ultraman Tiga's Color Timer is referred to as his "Biotic Sensor." Probably the most infamous (and partially racial) of the Tiga incidents was in episode 22, where the Japanese dialogue was used in the Americanized version of the series as an "Extraterrestrial Language."
Ultraman Tiga was removed from the FoxBox lineup on March 15, 2003, due to low ratings, with only 25 episodes of the 52-episode series having aired. 4Kids initially planned to relaunch the show in September, but decided to release the Japanese episodes on DVD instead. As a result, their dub is only viewable through recordings of the original broadcasts.
According to Voice Actress, Erica Schroeder (whom played the voice of Rena of GUTS,) she said that part of the reason for Ultraman Tiga's limited success in the U.S. was due to 4Kids was having issues deciding on whether to satirize the show or to make it serious, which explains the poorly handled humor and dubbing as seen throughout the dub.[Citation needed]
- Daigo Madoka (マドカ・ダイゴ Madoka Daigo)/Nagano (長野 ): Hiroshi Nagano (V6) (長野 博（Ｖ６） Nagano Hiroshi (Bui Shikkusu))
- Rena Yanase (ヤナセ・レナ Yanase Rena): Takami Yoshimoto (吉本 多香美 Yoshimoto Takami)
- Megumi Iruma (イルマ・メグミ Iruma Megumi)/Yuzare (ユザレ ): Mio Takaki (高樹 澪 Takaki Mio)
- Seiichi Munakata (ムナカタ・セイイチ Munakata Seiichi): Akitoshi Ohtaki (大滝 明利 Ōtaki Akitoshi)
- Masami Horii (ホリイ・マサミ Horii Masami): Yukio Masuda (増田 由紀夫 Masuda Yukio)
- Tetsuo Shinjoh (シンジョウ・テツオ Shinjō Tetsuo): Shigeki Kagemaru (影丸 茂樹 Kagemaru Shigeki)
- Jun Yazumi (ヤズミ・ジュン Yazumi Jyun): Yoichi Furuya (古屋 暢一 Furuya Yōichi)
- Souichiro Sawai (サワイ・ソウイチロウ Sawai Sōichirō): Tamio Kawachi (川地 民夫 Kawachi Tamio)
- Masayuki Nahara (ナハラ・マサユキ Nahara Masayuki): Take Uketa (タケ・ウケタ )
- Tetsuji Yoshioka (ヨシオカ・テツジ Yoshioka Tetsuji): Ken Okabe (岡部 健 Okabe Ken)
- Mayumi Shinjoh (シンジョウ・マユミ Shinjō Mayumi): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けい Ishibashi Kei)
- Naban Yao (ヤオ・ナバン Yao Naban): Ichirō Ogura (小倉 一郎 Ogura Ichirō)
- Reiko Kashimura (カシムラ・レイコ Kashimura Reiko): Takako Kitagawa (北川 たか子 Kitagawa Takako)
- Yūji Tango (タンゴ・ユウジ Tango Yūji): Yoichi Okamura (岡村 洋一 Okamura Yoichi)
- Ultraman Tiga's Voice (ウルトラマンティガの声 Urutoraman Tiga no Koe): Yuji Machi (真地 勇志 Machi Yuji)
- Omi Yanase (ヤナセ・オミ Yanase Omi): Shigeru Araki (荒木 しげる Araki Shigeru)
- Ryosuke Sanada (サナダ・リョウスケ Sanada Ryosuke): Ryoma Sasaki (柚原 旬 Sasaki Ryoma)
- Sayaka Ijuin (イジュウイン・サヤカ Ijuin Sayaka): Michiko Shimazaki (島崎路子 Shimazaki Michiko)
- Zara (ザラShogo Shiotani (塩谷庄吾 Shiotani Shogo) ):
- Lucia (ルシア Rushia): Motoko Nagi (梛野素子 Nagi Motoko)
- Takuma (拓磨 Takuma): Takuma Aoki (青木 拓磨 Aoki Takuma)
- Obiko (オビコ ): Shoichiro Akaboshi (赤星昇一郎 Akaboshi Shoichiro)
- Kyoto Inui (イヌイ・キヨ Inui Kyoto): Tom Saeba (冴場都夢 Saeba Tomu)
- Keiko Masaki (マサキ・ケイゴ Masaki Keigo): Takashi Koura (高良隆志 Koura Takashi)
- Shin Hayate (ハヤテ・シン Hayate Shin): Masaki Kyomoto (京本 政樹 Kyōmoto Masaki)
- Ultraman (ウルトラマン Urutoraman): Satoshi Furuya (voice)
- Ultraman Tiga (Multi & Sky Type): Shunsuke Gondo (権藤 俊輔 Gondō Shunsuke)
- Ultraman Tiga (Multi & Power Type): Koji Nakamura (中村 浩二 Nakamura Koji)
- Kaiju & Seijin:
- Wayne Grayson as Daigo Madoka
- Megan Hollingshead as Megumi Iruma
- Jimmy Zoppi as Masami Horii
- Dan Green
- Mike Pollock
- Corinne Orr
- David Moo
- Jason Samuels
- Andrew Paull as Tetsuo Shinjoh
- Eric Stuart
- Opening Theme
- "TAKE ME HIGHER"
- Lyrics and Composition: Jennifer Batten, Alberto Emilio Contini, Giancarlo Pasquini
- Japanese Lyrics: Kazumi Suzuki (鈴木 計美 Suzuki Kazumi)
- Arrangement: Yasuhiko Hoshino (星野 靖彦 Hoshino Yasuhiko)
- String Arrangement: Mitsuo Hagida (萩田 光雄 Hagida Mitsuo)
- Choral Arrangement: Hiroaki Suzuki (鈴木 弘明 Suzuki Hiroaki)
- Artist: V6
- Original Artist: Dave Rodgers [he performed the English version of Take Me Higher before V6 translated it into Japanese]
- Ending Theme
- "Brave Love, Tiga"
- Producer: Gorō Kishitani (岸谷 五朗 Kishitani Gorō)
- Lyrics: Sunplaza Nakano
- Composition: Barbe-Q Wasada (バーベQ和佐田 Bābe Kyū Wasada)
- Arrangement: Yasuhiko Fukuda (福田裕彦 Fukuda Yasuhiko)
- Artist: Earth Protection Force (地球防衛団 Chikyū Bōei-dan)
- Leader: Gorō Kishitani
- Members: Takashi Utsunomiya (宇都宮 隆 Utsunomiya Takashi), Toshiaki Karasawa, Naoto Kine (木根 尚登 Kine Naoto), Sunplaza Nakano, Yasafumi Terawaki (寺脇 康文 Terawaki Yasufumi), Masahiko Nishimura, Barbe-Q Wasada, Papala Kawai (パッパラー河合 Papparā Kawai), Patrick Bommarito (パトリック・ボンマリート Patorikku Bonmarīto), Funky Sueyoshi (ファンキー末吉 Fankī Sueyoshi), Yasuhiko Fukuda (福田 裕彦 Fukuda Yasuhiko), Honjamaka (ホンジャマカ Honjamaka), Hidehiko Ishizuka (石塚 英彦 Ishizuka Hidehiko), Toshiaki Megumi (恵 俊彰 Megumi Toshiaki)
- Ultraman Tiga has a special opening theme and ending theme exclusive to Chinese TV version named "奇迹再现" (The Miracle Reappear) and "永远的奥特曼" (Ultraman Forever).
Uchūsen (Spacecraft) Magazine began a serialization of an Ultraman Tiga manga in the Summer 1997 written by Mamoru Uchiyama.
DVD Box Sets
Dark Horse Comics published a manga-style series based on Ultraman Tiga in 2003–2004.