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).

Ultraman 1966-67
UltraSeven 1967-68
Return of…(Jack) 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
Ultraman UltraSeven X 2007

Neo Ultra Q 2013
Ultraman Ginga 2013
Ultraman Ginga S 2014
Ultraman X 2015-16
Ultraman Orb 2016
Ultraman Geed 2017
Ultraman R/B 2018
Ultraman Taiga 2019
Ultraman Z 2020
Ultraman Trigger 2021

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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ULTRAMAN DYNA: I'm not sure what I watched, but it wasn't an origin episode. It was very much like Ultraman Tiga, but a bit sillier. the man who becomes Ultraman Dyna is Asuka and his team is not just GUTS, but Super-GUTS. I think I'm just going to post the lyrics to the theme song and leave it at that.

Wow wow, Dyna!
What is courage, Dyna?
What is the meaning of love?
Ultraman Dyna, oh!

The people of Earth are crying
The skies themselves recoil in fear
Our dreams stolen away from us

(Flash!) Ask for what reason
(Miracle!) Ask for whose sake
(Strong!) It is that you have that power

When the star of Ultra twinkles in the sky
A new light will come upon us
Of that you can be sure

Wow wow, Dyna!
Until your last breath, Dyna!
You must fight for righteousness!
Ultraman Dyna, Dyna!

The very ground trembles
The wind quivers
Our homes broken before our eyes

(Flash!) To protect this world
(Miracle!) To protect its people
(Strong!) You must never give up!

When we all believe in the star of Ultra
That is when our world shall find peace
Of that you can be sure

Wow wow, Dyna!
Until your last breath, Dyna!
You must fight for righteousness!
Ultraman Dyna, Dyna!

Super-GUTS has has it's own theme song, partially in English. I cannot find a translation of the Japanese lyrics, but here is an excerpt of the ones I found.

Super GUTS Super GUTS
Fly to sky

Super GUTS arata na yume e
Take off

Stop by GUTS ikou
Victory for my happiness
Come on to operation
Three two one FIRE!
Super GUTS hikari totomoni
Take off

"Someone's in the kitchen with Dyna..."

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