Ultraman

14 Mar

「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman) is a Japanese superhero television show from the 1960’s.

「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman)

「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman)

The story is basically about an organization that protects Earth from giant alien attacks. But they are always overwhelmed by the monster…fortunately, one member of the organization has a “Beta Capsule” that can be used to summon 「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman) from the Sun.

「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman) can only stay on Earth for a short time before he must return to the Sun…otherwise he’ll die. The 「カラータイマー」 (“Color Timer“) on his chest blinks to indicate that he must return soon.

I used to watch 「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman) reruns dubbed in English on TV in the ’70s when I was a child in America.

In America, 「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman) is considered low-standard and cheesy.
But here in Japan, 「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman) is a pop-culture phenomenon. 「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman) is still popular with young boys in Japan today.

In Japan, there have been numerous spin-off shows including 「ウルトラセブン」 (Ultra Seven), 「帰ってきたウルトラマン」 (Return Of Ultraman), 「ウルトラマン・エース」 (Ultraman Ace), etc as well as 「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman) movies. And stores in Japan sell 「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman) toys, clothes, shoes, lunchbox sets, towels, and all kinds of other merchandise.

Ultraman Alarm Clock

Ultraman Alarm Clock

「ウルトラ・サイダー」 ("Ultra Cider") drink

「ウルトラ・サイダー」 ("Ultra Cider") drink

「ウルトラセブンワインセット」 ("Ultra Seven" 40th anniversary wine set)

「ウルトラセブンワインセット」 ("Ultra Seven" 40th anniversary wine set)

「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman) was supposed to take place in the 1990’s…thirty years in the future from when it was filmed.

Have you ever watched 「ウルトラマン」 (Ultraman)? Do you like the series?

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44 Responses to “Ultraman”

  1. dave longo March 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    anyone know were we can get a dvd or old school video tv shows of ultrman?

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    • tokyo5 March 10, 2012 at 12:38 am #

      Have you tried Amazon.com or E-bay?

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  2. Justin July 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    Still watch it. Still love it! Thank you so much for posting these!!!!

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    • tokyo5 July 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

      Thanks for the comment.

      What country do you live in? Do they show Ultraman on TV there?

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  3. Andrew November 15, 2009 at 5:13 am #

    Yes,I love the Ultraman concept.
    Although the 70s shows lacked funding and sophisticated sfx the stiryline was gun and the continuing ultraman brother series ie:Ultramanseven,ace,taro,Sofvi etc were brilliant.
    Definitely cult classics worth watching if you are into superheroes of a different kind.

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    • tokyo5 November 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

      Ultraman is still popular in Japan.

      Currently there is a car commercial on TV with the Ultraman family…and they are filming a new Ultraman movie. Former Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi recorded his voice for the Ultraman “father” character!

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  4. abraxis July 16, 2009 at 5:50 am #

    I remember watching Ultraman (first) back in the late 70s on a local Sci-Fi show called “Captain Cosmic”. They were also the first to show Star Blazers (Space Cruiser Yamato) which was dubbed but kept the original soundtrack.

    Then in the mid 90’s, TNT would show dubbed versions of Ultra Seven at very late hours (0200-0300 and later) on Friday and Saturday nights. Whoever came up with that idea was a genius!! You get home late after a night of drinking and you watch Seven and his eye slugger…

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    • tokyo5 July 17, 2009 at 11:44 am #

      When I was a kid in the ’70s, Ultraman reruns were on in the morning while I was eating my breakfast before school.

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  5. lvironpigs March 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    No, I am not a Batman-guy. Hollywood version.

    I like the old Batman from TV back in the day with Adam West! Remember?

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    • tokyo5 March 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm #

      Yes, I used to watch that Batman TV series in the ’70s when I was a kid.
      I loved it!

      But I think the two most recent Batman movies are better.

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  6. lvironpigs March 19, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    Yeah, the Greatest American Hero didn’t last long…I thought the whole idea was great.

    He got an instruction book for his magic suit and promptly lost it so he goes around not knowing what he can do!

    Thundar was a cartoon from the early 80s. Ookla the Mock was his companion.

    Today’s super heroes are lame…

    ULTRAMAN FOREVER!!!

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    • tokyo5 March 19, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

      >Today’s super heroes are lame…

      Didn’t you like the most recent Batman movie?

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      • dave longo March 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

        yes but i like the old school stuff,but i did like batman for ever its was a great movie

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      • tokyo5 March 10, 2012 at 12:46 am #

        >i did like “batman for ever”. its was a great movie

        Yeah, I enjoyed that movie too! And I look forward to watching the newest Batman movie and the new Spiderman too!

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  7. lvironpigs March 18, 2009 at 9:04 am #

    I, too, watched Ultraman in the 70’s on US television!

    Ultraman is STILL the MOST kick-ass superhero there ever was.

    Thundar the Barbarian was pretty tough and I always liked the Greatest American Hero, but Ultraman…

    Thanks for the memories and photos

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    • tokyo5 March 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

      Ultraman is fun.

      I don’t know “Thundar the Barbarian“…but “The Greatest American Hero” was a goofy ’80s TV series. 🙂

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    • dave longo March 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

      it was the best,but in the 60s i did like batman

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      • tokyo5 March 10, 2012 at 12:43 am #

        I wasn’t born until late 1969 so I don’t know about that decade…but I liked to watch the weekly Batman show on TV in the ’70s.
        I know now that it was extremely goofy and campy…but I was a little kid at the time, so my friends and I took it very seriously! 😉
        I also like the “Incredible Hulk” TV show back then.

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  8. cuteandcurls March 16, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    Thanks for the Google Reader tip! Did it! Looking forward to more interesting reads.

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    • tokyo5 March 16, 2009 at 10:43 am #

      >Thanks for the Google Reader tip! Did it!

      Glad it worked.

      >Looking forward to more interesting reads.

      Thanks. And I look forward to more comments.

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      • cuteandcurls March 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

        Does your children watch Ultraman? Do they like the leather clad awesome looking superhero? I should’ve bought that soft Ultraman toy – it was a rather cute looking one compare to the action toys 😀

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      • tokyo5 March 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

        My daughters were never interested in Ultraman.

        I have two sisters too. When they were young, they weren’t interested in Ultraman, either.

        I’d bet most girls don’t care about that type of show.

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  9. Sir Pent March 16, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    I’ve honestly never seen a single episode. Although I must admit I am envious. It is EXACTLY what I would’ve been into as a kid.

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    • tokyo5 March 16, 2009 at 10:42 am #

      Yeah, even today, Japanese boys love Ultraman!

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  10. Tom March 16, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    My friend’s son (4) is totally obsessed with Ultraman. I guess there are worse things.

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    • tokyo5 March 16, 2009 at 9:51 am #

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Ultraman.
      It’s low-tech and simple…but it’s fun.

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  11. Sir Pent March 16, 2009 at 4:38 am #

    I became aware of Ultraman in college, but it was not something that I remember getting played on television in the central Illinois area.

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    • tokyo5 March 16, 2009 at 9:50 am #

      So late?! You’ve never seen the reruns when you were a kid? You were deprived! 😀

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  12. j March 16, 2009 at 12:04 am #

    I want an Ultraman shirt. I like the picture on the top of this page with Ultraman written in Japanese… Size XL being that I’m a fat lazy American.

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    • tokyo5 March 16, 2009 at 2:59 am #

      I haven’t seen an Ultraman T-shirt for adults.

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  13. j March 16, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    They should make more episodes but like they did in the 70’s. I’d watch it!

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    • tokyo5 March 16, 2009 at 2:58 am #

      I think, if they make a new Ultraman series, it should be modern and realistic looking.

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  14. j March 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    I know why he drinks. Ultraman has a family

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  15. cutencurls March 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    I remembered watching Ultraman way back in the 80s, dubbed in my language. I always get excited whenever Ultraman is summoned and we used to remember doing the Ultraman moves. Its funny how its considered to be cheesy and low standard when the Power Rangers, to my point of view, was influenced by this awesome action show. It is still being shown over here and I see alot of UM’s merchandise sold here too. My 2 year old nephew for some reason have now dumped his Thomas The Tank Engine for Ultraman and my sister fears that Ultraman is a wee bit too active for a baby like him 🙂

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    • tokyo5 March 15, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

      >way back in the 80s

      Way back“? You make me feel old! 😉 I watched Ultraman in the ’70s!

      >dubbed in my language.

      Which language is that?

      >the Power Rangers, to my point of view, was influenced by this awesome action show.

      Actually, I think America’s “Power Rangers” was inspired by Japan’s 「秘密戦隊ゴレンジャー」 (“Himitsu-sentai-go-ranger“).

      >It is still being shown over here and I see alot of UM’s merchandise sold here too.

      Does your country have Ultraman shows and merchandise like Japan does? What country do you live in?

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      • cuteandcurls March 16, 2009 at 9:23 am #

        😀 hehe sowwy i feel old already saying way back in the 80s hehe ..anyhoo it was dubbed in Malay language. i never knew that Power Rangers were influenced by Himitsu sentai go ranger 🙂 and i always thought it was Ultraman. I currently live in Malaysia but Im actually from Brunei and in Brunei we have access to the Malaysian channels hence we got to watch Ultraman. Some shops sell Ultraman merchandises here in Malaysia at their toy section.

        May I know how to subscribe to your site? Im actually mycaboodle but I gave up on my wordpress account because its soooo complicating 😦

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      • tokyo5 March 16, 2009 at 9:55 am #

        cuteandcurls…

        > May I know how to subscribe to your site?

        Sorry, I’m sure there is a way. But unless you have a WordPress acc’t, I don’t know how.
        Maybe the Google Reader?

        >I gave up on my wordpress account because its soooo complicating

        Really? I find it quite easy to use. Is Blogspot easier?

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  16. Eric March 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    I didn’t know Ultraman liked wine!

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    • tokyo5 March 14, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

      He needs to unwind after fighting giant monsters.

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      • Eric March 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

        Maybe that’s what he’s doing in the sun.

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      • tokyo5 March 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

        Eric…
        Compared to the temperature on the Sun that Ultraman must be used to, Earth must seem very cold (maybe that’s why he wears a leather body suit)…he’d probably want a warm drink. 😉

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    • bartman905 March 15, 2009 at 11:49 am #

      He looks like a beer drinking kind of superhero though, no? Ok, I have to admit that I have never watched the Ultraman TV series.

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      • tokyo5 March 15, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

        bartman905…

        You’ve never seen an Ultraman episode?

        You should watch it while you’re here in Tokyo (it airs weekly).
        Of course it’s in Japanese here, though.

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