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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: Superhuman Giant Battle - Light and Shadow (ウルトラマンゼアス2 超人大戦 光と影 Urutoraman zeasu 2 chōjin taisen hikatokage?) are two Ultraman movies produced by Tsuburaya Productions in 1996 and 1997 respectively. The first movie was released as a celebration of Tsuberaya'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.

Kaiju and Seijin

Mydo

Mydo (Maido) is the abbreviated name of Mysterious Yonder Defense Organization (超宇宙防衛機構Chō Uchū Bōei Kikō. It stations bases in Asia (HQ), North America, South America, Europe, Africa, South Pacific, Silicon Valley, Migo Desert, and Japan. It stations bases also in Delambre (Moon), Elara and Sinope (Jupiter), Titan (Saturn), and Ariel (Uranus).

Members

  • Captain Shinpei Ohkohchi (大河内 神平Ōkōchi Shinpei) is previous Mydo's captain. He was promoted to a staff officer in Ultraman Zearth 2.
  • Butsukichi Konakai (小中井 仏吉Konakai Butsukichi?) is previous Mydo's deputy captain. He also was promoted to a deputy staff officer in Ultraman Zearth 2.
  • Captain Ban Satsuma (薩摩 萬Satsuma Ban?) is Mydo's captain.
  • Manabu Kazu (数 学Kazu Manabu?) is Mydo's deputy captain.
  • Tohru Hoshimi (星見 透Hoshimi Tōru?) is a female member. She has a younger brother named Yuki Hoshimi (星見 勇気Hoshimi Yūki?).
  • Ganta Takemura (武村 岩太Takemura Ganta?) is a strong man.
  • Katsuto Asahi (朝日 勝人Asahi Katsuto?) is Zearth's human form.
  • Midori (ミドリ?) is an AI.

Weapons

  • Stylus Gun (スタイラスガンSutairasu Gan?): A handgun.
  • Drag & Drop (ドラッグアンドドロップDoraggu Ando Doroppu?): A heavy firearm.

Ships

  • Sky Fish (スカイフィッシュSukai Fisshu?): Two fighter jets.
  • Sky Shark (スカイシャークSukai Shāku?): The battle mother ship.

Cast

Suit actors

Song

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, & 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.

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 | Ultra Seven | The 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 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 | 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 | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | 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)

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