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Ultraman Zearth
Ultraman Zearth DVD Cover
Directed by: Shinya Nakajima
Konaka Kazuya
Produced by: Kazuo Tsuburaya
Hiroshi Inagaki
Isomura Yoshiyuki
Goto Hiroshi
Written by: Nagasaka Hideka
Kazunori Saito
Starring: Masaharu Sekiguchi
Takaaki Ishibashi
Kinashi Noritake
Takaoka Yuka
Hiromoto Okubo
Kohji Moritsugu
Miyagawa Ichirota
Music by: James Shimoji
Cinematography: N/A
Editing by: N/A
Distributed by: Shochiku
Release Date(s) March 9, 1996 (1st movie)
April 12, 1997 (2nd movie)
Running time 51 minutes (1st movie)
66 minutes (2nd movie)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Ultraman Zearth (ウルトラマンゼアス Urutoraman Zeasu?) and Ultraman Zearth 2: Superman Big Battle - Light and Shadow (ウルトラマンゼアス2 超人大戦・光と影 Urutoraman Zeasu Tsū: Chōjin Taisen Hikari to Kage?) are two Ultraman movies produced by Tsuburaya Productions in 1996 and 1997 respectively. The first movie was released as a celebration of Tsuburaya's 30th anniversary, as part of the Ultraman Wonderful World project. Both movies feature many homages to previous series, including some of the members of the original Science Patrol from Ultraman. It is succeeded by Ultraman Tiga.

Appearances

Ultra

Kaiju & Seijin

Cast

  • Katsuto Asahi (朝日 勝人 Asahi Katsuto?): Masaharu Sekiguchi (関口 正晴 Sekiguchi Masaharu?)
  • Shinpei Ohkohchi (大河内 神平 Ōkōchi Shinpei?): Takaaki Ishibashi (石橋 貴明 Ishibashi Takaaki?)
  • Butsukichi Konakai (小中井 仏吉 Konakai Butsukichi?): Noritake Kinashi (木梨 憲武 Kinashi Noritake?)
  • Tohru Hoshimi (星見 透 Hoshimi Tōru?): Yuka Takaoka (高岡 由香 Takaoka Yuka?)
  • Ganta Takemura (武村 岩太 Takemura Ganta?): Hiromoto Okubo (大久保 博元 Okubo Hiromoto?)
  • Ban Satsuma (薩摩 萬 Satsuma Ban?): Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣 Moritsugu Koji?)
  • Manabu Kazu (数 学 Kazu Manabu?): Ichirota Miyagawa (宮川 一朗太 Miyagawa Ichirota?)
  • Night Watchman: Susumu Kurobe (黒部 進 Kurobe Susumu?)
  • Fisherman: Akiji Kobayashi (小林 昭二 Kobayashi Akiji?)
  • Photographer: Masanari Nihei (二瓶 正也 Nihei Masanari?)
  • Reporter: Sandayu Dokumamushi (毒蝮 三太夫 Dokumamushi Sandayu?)
  • Housewife: Sakurai Hiroko (桜井 浩子 Sakurai Hiroko?)
  • Master of Seidokaikan: Kazuyoshi Ishii (石井 和義 Ishii Kazuyoshi?)
  • Instructor of Seidokaikan: Nobuaki Kakuda (角田 信朗 Kakuda Nobuaki?)
  • Assistant Instructor: Andy Hug (アンディ・フグ Andi Fugu?)
  • Yuki Hoshimi (星見 勇気 Hoshimi Yuki?): Hiromi Sakimoto (崎本 大海 Sakimoto Hiromi?) (Played as "崎元 大海")
  • Telecast Reporter: Jiro Dan (団 時朗 Dan Jirō?)

Voice cast

  • Midori: Mariko Fukushima (福島 まりこ Fukushima Mariko?)
  • Akuma Ogami/Alien Benzene: Takeshi Kaga (鹿賀 丈史 Kaga Takeshi?)
  • Kagemi/Alien Lady-Benzene: Uno Kanda (神田 うの Kanda Uno?)

Theme Song

  • Shuwatch! Ultraman Zearth (シュワッチ!ウルトラマンゼアス Shuwatchi! Urutoraman Zeasu?)
    • Lyrics: Shinya Jinma (じんま しんや Jinma Shinya?)
    • Composition: James Shimoji (ジェイムス 下地 Jeimusu Shimoji?)
    • Artist: Tunnels (とんねるず Tonneruzu?)

Releases

A two disc release of Ultraman Zearth 1 & 2 is available on Blu-Ray.

Games

A game adaption of Ultraman Zearth was available in PlayStation.

Cancelled sequel

A 3rd Ultraman Zearth film is planned during the production of Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light, but no progress was made.

Trivia/Notes

  • Actors/Actresses from previous Ultraman series made cameos in 2 movies:
    • Arashi is a helicopter reporter (which is not too far from what he currently does in real life). In Ultraman Zearth, Hayata is a night watchman (who holds his flashlight up like a Beta Capsule) and in Ultraman Zearth 2 he is a common citizen who tries to transform into Ultraman with a spoon (echoing Hayata's performance from episode 34), Fuji (the only woman who ever catches the MYDO plane taking off from a secret base exit, which happens to be a billboard), Ide (as a photographer), and Captain Muramatsu, as a fisherman. In Ultraman Zearth 2, Ide shows up as the fisherman's son with the a photograph of his dad (actor Akiji Kobayashi, who played Captain Muramatsu, died between films). And finally, in Ultraman Zearth 2, we are treated to a rare cameo reappearance of Jiro Dan, who played Hideki Goh from Return of Ultraman as a telecast reporter on TV.
  • ​Product placement:
    • Movie 1: An Ultra Hero Series Ultraman, a larger Ultraman Taro figure, and a Sound Battler Ultraman Powered figure is shown in the beginning of the movie.
    • Movie 2: An Ultra Hero Series Ultraman Zearth figure is shown being wielded by Lady Benzene, only to be stomped by it.

Errors & Goofs

  • Movie 1:
    • A scene of Zearth rising from the lake of mud is actually a reversed version of Zearth diving through the water, which produces unnatural water effects during the rise.

References

  1. ^ Schilling, Mark (1997). The Encyclopedia of Japanese pop culture. Weatherhill. p. 280. ISBN 0-8348-0380-1.
  2. ^ Warner, Brad (2003). Hardcore Zen: punk rock, monster movies & the truth about reality. Wisdom Publications. p. 54. ISBN 0-86171-380-X.
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


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 | 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
Anime


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)