Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Ultraman is a popular Japanese fictional superhero created by Eiji Tsuburaya from Tsuburaya Productions, a pioneer in special effects who was responsible for bringing Godzilla to life in 1954. Ultraman made his debut on July 10, 1966 in the the TV series, Ultraman, a follow-up to the TV series Ultra Q. The original series was so popular that it spawned many sequels throughout the years. The Ultra Series is the collective name for all the shows featuring Ultraman and his many brethren.
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Here are the intros and other clips of the Ultra Series. Links lead to YouTube:
Ultra Q (intro, theme song) - This is the first of the long-running Ultra Series, and was broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System from January 2 to July 3, 1966. The Ultra Q series has no Ultra beings but only monsters such as the famous Godzilla.
Ultraman (intro, theme song) - The first series to feature an Ultra-being, Ultraman aired from from July 10, 1966 to April 9, 1967.
Ultra Seven (intro)- Aired from October 1, 1967 to September 8, 1968, Ultra Seven is a follow-up to Ultraman and considered by some to be the best Ultra Series of all time.
Ultraman Jack (intro, theme song, promo video) - Also known as The Return of Ultraman, Ultraman Jack aired from April 21, 1971 to March 31, 1972.
Ultraman Ace (theme song) - Aired from April 7, 1972 to March 30, 1973, Ultraman Ace shifted the Ultra Series from a sci-fi/mystery adventure to a full-tilt superhero fantasy fare.
Ultraman Taro (intro, theme song) - One of the strongest Ultramen, the series aired from April 6, 1973 to April 5, 1974.
Ultraman Leo (intro, theme song) - This was the last series of the golden era of Ultraman. The live-action franchise was put into hibernation for four years after Leo ended. Ultraman Leo aired aired between April 12, 1974 to March 28, 1975.
Ultraman 80 (intro, theme song) - The last Ultraman produced in Japan until Ultraman Tiga, 15 years later, Ultraman 80 aired between April 2, 1980 to March 25, 1981.
Ultraman Tiga (intro, US intro) - Tiga is the first Ultraman with multiple combat modes and non-red colors. It marked the return of the Ultraman franchise after a hiatus of over 15 years. It aired between September 7, 1996 to August 30, 1997
Ultrman Dyna (intro, music video) - It aired between September 6, 1997 to August 29, 1998 and is a light-hearted sequel to Ultraman Tiga.
Ultraman Gaia (intro) - The 14th show in the Ultra Series, it aired from September 5, 1998 until August 28, 1999 and featured two Ultramen with conflicting philosophies towards defending the Earth.
Ultraman Cosmos (intro) - It aired between July 7, 2001 to July 20, 2002, the longest running Ultra Series to date. Ultraman Cosmos was released to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the original Ultraman.
Ultraman Nexus (intro, music video) - It was part of an experiment in 2004 to re-invent Ultraman for a new generation of fans. It ran from October 2, 2004 until June 25, 2005.
Ultraman Max (intro) - Max started airing on 7 July 2005. It went back to the tried and true formula of new monsters every week and being fast paced like previous series.
Ultraman Mebius (intro) - The current Ultra Series, Ultraman Mebius celebrates the 40th anniversary of the franchise. It first aired on April 8, 2006.
And to cap it all off, here's the Ultra family doing what they do best - dancing!
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Posted by I.Z. Reloaded at 3:34 PM
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