I was a big fan of Ultraman when I was a kid. In the early ‘90s I discovered there was a new “Ultraman” show, but unfortunately I was more interested in acquiring episodes of the old show on VHS than I was episodes of the new one. Somewhat later I discovered that there have been many, many “Ultraman” series over the years, rivaling Doctor Who in its longevity. A brief search of the internet yields the following results (but I’ve probably missed a few).

Ultra-Man 1966-67
Ultra-Seven 1967-68
Ultra Fight 1970-71
Return of… 1971-72
Ultraman Ace 1972-73
Ultraman Taro 1973-74
Ultraman Leo 1974-75
Ultraman 80 1980-81
Ultimate Hero 1995
Ultraman Tiga 1996-97
Ultraman Dyna 1997-98
Ultraman Gaia 1998-99
Ultraman Cosmos 2001-02
Ultraman Nexus 2004-05
Ultraman Max 2005-06
Ultraman Mebius 2006-07

Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster 2007-08
Ultraman Retsuden 2011+

We’ve been discussing other tokusatsu series in this forum lately, and because those series were produced later than Ultraman, I expected them to be technically better, but I ended up being somewhat disappointed in Super Robot Red Baron and Iron King. I enjoyed them, but I didn’t like them as much as I hoped to. Now I’ve started watching Ultraseven, and it’s everything I hoped it would be.

As the liner noteson the DVD set point out, “the difference in the overall quality in production between Ultraman and Ultraseven was marked, and made the show memorable 45 years later. According to Wikipedia, “Such is his popularity that Ultra Seven (or simply 'Seven') has appeared or at least made cameos in nearly every Ultra Series following his own and has had far more exposure than even the original Ultraman (though the original Ultraman is without a doubt the face of the Ultras).”

My wife and I disagree about the relative merits of Ultraseven in comparison to SRRB/IK. I would like to start the discussion with a look at the opening title sequence and music, then open the floor for rebutal.

The title sequence of Ultraman, as you will recall, looks as if it had been spelled out in a can of paint, slowly stirred, then run backwards. Ultraseven looks more like it had been spelled out in brightly colored confetti, placed atop one of those old electric football games, shaken apart, then run backwards. Whereas the soundtrack of Ultraman is jazzy, that of Ultraseven shows more of a classical influence.

Here is the English translation of the lyrics…

Seven… Seven… Seven… Seven…

Seven! Seven! Seven!
Seven! Seven! Seven!

A distant star was once his home
Ultra Seven! Fighter Seven!
Ultra Seven! Seven! Seven!

Onward to the edge of the galaxy
Use your Ultra-Eye and… STRIKE!
Seven! Seven! Seven!
Seven! Seven! Seven!

Dan Moroboshi is his borrowed name
Ultra Seven! Hero Seven!
Ultra Seven! Seven! Seven!

Defeat the great fire-breathing monster
Use yout Ultra-Beam and STRIKE!

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"I will endeavor to dub more of the monsters similarly."

You knocked it out of the park with your first! I hope you can maintain the expectations yoiu have set for yourself.

This is "Twintail".

I feel sorry for Twintail. Twintail is actually the foodsource of Gudon, both of which appeared in the latest two-part episode we watched. Twintail keeps his head near the ground, and attacks (defensively) by wrapping its twin tails around its opponent. Also, as one might expect, it takes advantage of its position by biting its opponent on the ankle. After MAT gets involved, they use a bazooka to blind Twintail first in one eye, then the other.

MAT blinded him in the second eye as Ultraman held him in position. Twintail was a sorry monster, shaped like a tapeworm with a baboon butt up in the air.
Tonight's rocky monster was sprayed in a colorful rainbow so it couldn't disappear. Fruiti Pebbles just wanted to be left alone!
...a.k.a. Gorbagos. Same basic problem and solution as Jonny Quest's Invisible Monster.

Here are the weekend episode monsters. 


What's going on between Ultraman and Stegron?

Dancing Hedgehog 

I can’t decide whether those things on Dunger’s head look like dreadlocks of tentacles. Depending on which, I call this one either Bucktooth Rastafarian of Bucktooth Ch’thulu. In any case, Ultraman rips them off his head in the course of battle.

I'm thinking that one of these should read "two".

Jeff of Earth-J said:

 Seamons walks on four legs and Seagorath walks on four.

"I'm thinking that one of these should read 'two'."

Right you are. Too late to correct. Reposted (and corrected) below.

The episode we watched last night (part one of two) was the first time, I think, a kaiju and its mate were featured. Seamons is the female and Seagorath is the male. Seamons walks on four legs and Seagorath walks on two. (I refuse to contemplate the sociological implications of that.) When Seamons gets in trouble, her horn flashes calling her mate. The first thing we see of Seagorath is his horn, rising like a giant phallus from the sea. These two are also referred to as the tsunami monsters, because that is what they cause. This episode uses lots of actual tsunami footage interspersed with bcukets of water dousing miniatures.

After watching two of the newer series back-to-back, it is refreshing to see some old school pyrotechnics instead of modern visual SFX.


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