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Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series
Format Science fiction, action, adventure
Created by Tsuburaya Productions
Starring Susumu Kurobe
Shouji Kobayashi
Hiroko Sakurai
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 39
Running time 24 minutes (per episode)
Original channel TBS
Original run July 17, 1966April 9, 1967

Ultraman (ウルトラマン Urutoraman?) is a fictional character featured in tokusatsu, or "special effects" television programs. Ultraman made his debut in the tokusatsu SF/kaiju/superhero TV series, Ultraman, a follow-up to the television series Ultra Q. The show was produced by Tsuburaya Productions, and was broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) from July 17, 1966 to April 9, 1967, with a total of 39 episodes (40, counting the pre-premiere special that aired on July 10, 1966). Ultraman and variant spellings can refer to: Ultraman, a DC Comics supervillain. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up adventure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tsuburaya Productions (円谷プロダクション) is the production company founded by the late special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya and is now run by his family. ... Susumu Kurobe(黒部進 Kurobe Susumu) given the birth name of Takashi Yoshimoto was born on 1939-10-22 in Toyama, Japan and was most commonly known and popular as having played the character role Shin Hayata in the Ultraman series. ... Image:Tokyo Broadcasting System(年末瑞穂第一小学校) in Akasaka . ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Icons of tokusatsu in the late 1970s: Spider-Man, Kamen Rider Stronger, Kamen Rider V3, Battle Fever J, Ultraman Jonias, as well as the manga and anime icon Doraemon Tokusatsu ) is a Japanese word that literally means special effects. ... Icons of tokusatsu in the late 1970s: Spider-Man, Kamen Rider Stronger, Kamen Rider V3, Battle Fever J, Ultraman Jonias, as well as the manga and anime icon Doraemon Tokusatsu ) is a Japanese word that literally means special effects. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... KaijÅ« (怪獣) is a Japanese term that generically translates to monster. ... For other uses, see Superhero (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Tsuburaya Productions (円谷プロダクション) is the production company founded by the late special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya and is now run by his family. ... Image:Tokyo Broadcasting System(年末瑞穂第一小学校) in Akasaka . ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...

Although Ultraman is the first series to feature an Ultra-being, this is actually the second Ultra Series. Ultra Q was the first. A major pop culture phenomenon in Japan, the show has spawned dozens of imitators as well as numerous sequels and remakes, which continue to be popular today. The Ultra Series is the collective name for all the shows featuring Ultraman and his many brethren (although few of these shows, like the first Ultra Series, Ultra Q, do not have any Ultramen in them). ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...

To distinguish him from subsequent Ultra Warriors, Ultraman is referred to as the original Ultraman (初代ウルトラマン Shodai Urutoraman?), the first Ultraman, Ultraman Hayata (a reference to his host's surname) or as simply Man.


Series background

Ultraman's creator was Eiji Tsuburaya from Tsuburaya Productions, a pioneer in special effects who was responsible for bringing Godzilla to life in 1954. The show's predecessor was a series called Ultra Q, a black-and-white 28-episode series very much like today's The X-Files or The Twilight Zone. When Ultra Q was finished, plans were underway for a series that would be even better. Eiji Tsuburaya (1901 - 1970) Special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya ) (born Eiichi Tsuburaya円谷 英一 ) on July 7, 1901 – died January 25, 1970, in Sukagawa, Fukushima) was the Japanese special effects director responsible for many Japanese science-fiction movies, including the Godzilla series. ... Tsuburaya Productions (円谷プロダクション) is the production company founded by the late special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya and is now run by his family. ... Special effects (abbreviated SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as depicting travel to other star systems. ... This article is about the character itself. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Black-and-white or black and white) can refer to a general term used in photography, film, and other media (see black-and-white). ... The X-Files is an American Peabody and Emmy Award-winning science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. ... The Twilight Zone title. ...

The project had the following working titles/plots:

  • WoO (WoO Ū?): This story had a corporeal space creature with eyes, who befriended a reporter named Jôji Akita, but the Self Defense Forces, who perceive him as a threat, were after him. This was basically the monster version of the British science fiction series Doctor Who (1963), and Woo's personality was comical.
    • NOTE: Tsuburaya Productions produced a new series, Bio Planet WoO, which made its TV series debut in January 2006. It is very loosely based on the above concept.
  • Bemular (ベムラー Bemurā?), then retitled Scientific Special Search Party: Bemular (科学特捜隊ベムラー Kagaku Tokusō Tai - Bemurā?): The main characters are a defense force (with the same Japanese name as the Science Patrol) disguised as an art/photography team. One of the members, little did anyone (even his teammates) know, gained the ability to transform into a giant birdlike humanoid monster called Bemular (this is not the same Bemular that Ultraman would fight in Episode # 1 of the actual series), who defends Earth from monsters, aliens and other threats. Unlike Woo, Bemular was a tough and righteous fighter (and looked very similar in design to the title monster of the 1967 kaiju film Gappa, the Triphibian Monster). Allegedly the plot was scrapped when it was worried audiences might have trouble telling that one monster was good and the other evil.
  • Redman (レッドマン Reddoman?): The title hero of this project slightly resembled Ultraman as we know him, but he looked more demonic and had horns. He came to Earth after his planet was destroyed by aliens from Planet X. (Needless to say, Ultra Seven shared this working title as well.)

Both Bemular and Redman were designed by Toru Narita, who came up with the final design for Ultraman based on his Redman design, now resembling a less-scary Buck Rogers-style alien being (with a bit of the iconic "Roswell Alien" as well). The characteristic "ColorTimer" (the "warning light" on his chest) was added at the eleventh hour. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about the television series. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... Bio Planet WoO (Seibutsu Wakusei Woo) is a kyodai themed tokusatsu that premiered April 9, 2006 and airs at 7:30pm on NHK. The series is scheduled to have 13 episodes. ... In the Ultraman television show, the Science Patrol is the name of the fictional organization which seeks out the monster of the week. ... Beam from mouth. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Kaijū (怪獣) is a Japanese term that generically translates to monster. ... Daikyojû Gappa (a. ... For other uses, see Planet X (disambiguation). ... Ultra Seven ) is a fictional superhero featured in a tokusatsu TV show of the same name. ... Buck Rogers is a fictional pulp character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. ... Roswell Daily Record, July 8, 1947, announcing the capture of a flying saucer. ...

The premise of the first series begins when Science Patrol (Kagaku Tokusou Tai) member Shin Hayata was flying his plane and a red sphere of light crashes into his Mini-VTOL. The sphere turns out to be the transport (TravelSphere) for a giant red-and-silver being called Ultraman, and feeling remorse for killing the human, he merges his essence with Hayata to revive him. In return, Hayata serves as the human form for this being, and when danger threatens, he raises the Beta Capsule and transforms to Ultraman to save the day. The Hawker Harrier, one of the famous examples of a plane with VTOL capability. ...

Monsters and heroes

One outstanding feature of the Ultraman series was the use of various monster costumes, known as kaiju in Japan. Often wildly imaginative, this feature would influence other series such as Gatchaman and Super Sentai series like Himitsu Sentai Goranger. The principals were played by famous stunt actor Haruo Nakajima, who played the original Godzilla. His apprentice, Bin Furuya, started out as Ultraman. Nakajima had a martial arts background and used it to create a sense of drama in order to be dramatically effective in costumes that had little potential to show emotion. For the first episodes, and this is clearly evident in the action sequences, simple wrestling was used. However, in later episodes sequences gradually evolved into more complex fighting that would later be reflected in anime productions (dramatic windups, extravagant gestures prior to unleashing an energy attack, bellicose roars and threat displays, etc.). Kaijū (怪獣) is a Japanese term that generically translates to monster. ... Categories: Stub ... The official logo of the Super Sentai Series introduced in 2000 during the run of Mirai Sentai Timeranger The Super Sentai Series ) is the name given to the long running Japanese superhero team genre of shows produced by Toei Company Ltd. ... Himitsu Sentai Goranger ), translated into English as Secret Squadron FiveRanger, is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series. ... Haruo Nakajima (born January 1, 1929 in Yamagata, Japan) is a Japanese actor. ... This article is about the character itself. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... “Animé” redirects here. ...

Often costumes of famous monsters like Godzilla or Gamera would be recycled and altered, sometimes with nothing more than spray paint and often while the actor was still inside. Nakajima quipped once that the staggering gait of some of the monsters he portrayed was due less to his acting than to the fumes he had to endure. Some of the costumes could not be shown fully as his feet would be exposed, a necessary allowance to maintain balance in the often cumbersome outfits. Also, the expense of repairing the scale cities and landscapes used for battle scenes required economy of movement and meticulous planning. Gamera ) is a giant, flying turtle-like creature from a popular series of daikaiju eiga monster movies produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company in Japan. ... Spray painting is painting using a device that sprays the paint. ...


The storyline begins in the near future, as referenced from the mid-1960s. In episode 22, "My Home Is Earth", it is definitively established that the series takes place in the early 1990s, as a plaque shown at the end of the episode displays the current year as being 1993. Sinister aliens and giant monsters constantly threaten civilization during this period. The only Earth organization equipped to handle these disasters is the Science Patrol, a special police force with branches all over the world, and equipped with high-tech weapons and vehicles, as well as extensive scientific and engineering facilities. The branch of the Science Patrol that is focused on in the series is located in Tokyo, Japan. Led by Captain "Cap" Muramatsu (shortened to "Captain Mura" in the dubbed English-language version), the Science Patrol is always ready to protect the Earth from rampaging monsters, but sometimes finds itself overmatched. When the situation becomes desperate, Hayata, the Patrol's most capable member, holds the key to salvation in the form of the Beta Capsule which, when triggered, allows him to secretly transform into the amazing, superpowered giant from space - Ultraman.

While active as Ultraman, Hayata's human body goes into a type of deep coma, reviving only after the threat has been neutralized and Ultraman willingly departs. Victory is never assured, however, as Ultraman's powers - his very life force - comes from rapidly depleted, stored solar energy. At the beginning of each transformation from Hayata-to-Ultraman, the warning light on the giant's chest begins as a steady blue color. Yet as Ultraman exerts himself, the ColorTimer changes to red, then blinks - slowly at first, then with increasing rapidity - as his energy reserves get closer to exhaustion. As the voice-over narration reminds the viewer - beginning with episode 2 and for each episode thereafter - if Ultraman ever reaches the point of total energy depletion, he "will never rise again".

(In Episode 39, Farewell Ultraman), Per the DVD set from BCI Eclipse, in the original subtitled version, Ultraman fights Zetton who damages his ColorTimer, which disables his ability to measure his power supply. As a result, Ultraman stays in his form too long and collapses into a dormant state. Fortunately despite this loss, the Science Patrol were able to defeat Zetton on their own. When Zoffy, Ultraman's superior, came to retrieve the fallen hero, Ultraman pleads for Hayata's life and offers his life completely, so that Hayata may live as a normal man. Zoffy then says he brought two lives and that he will give one to Hayata. He then separates them, giving Hayata new life, but Hayata seemed to have no memory between the time he first hit Ultraman's ship and his standing outside Patrol HQ as he watched Zoffy take Ultraman home. This is a rather different finish to the series than the English dub which stated Ultraman would return and that Hayata retained his Beta Capsule as he awaited Ultraman's return. Zoffy (ゾフィー - Zofî) is a fictional alien superhero featured in the Ultra Series. ...


The Science Patrol

  • Captain Toshio "Cap" Muramatsu - Age 36. The Science Patrol's leader.
  • Daisuke Arashi - Age 26. The Science Patrol's rotund tough-guy marksman.
    • Played by Sandayu Dokumamushi (as Iyoshi Ishii)
  • Mitsuhiro Ide - Age 24. The Science Patrol's comical inventor. Although he sometimes feels that Ultraman's intervention makes his role useless, his inventions have occasionally been critical in saving the day such as helping the superhero defeat particularly formidable monsters.
  • Akiko Fuji - Age 21. The Science Patrol's radio/communications operator, and ostensibly is their token female member. However, in most adventures Fuji proves to be the most level-headed and capable member after Hayata.
    • Played by Hiroko Sakurai
  • Isamu Hoshino - Age 11. A little boy who's Fuji's younger brother. Gets to hang out with the Science Patrol (and even wear a uniform later on). He often gets into trouble, and sometimes Ultraman would have to save him. In the Japanese-language storyline it is intimated very early on that Hoshino knows Hayata is Ultraman.
    • Played by Akihide Tsuzawa
  • Shin Hayata/Ultraman - Age 26. Also spelled "Hiyata" at many other sites and sources. The Science Patrol's brave, no-nonsense deputy captain. His life changed forever when Ultraman accidentally crashed into him in with his TravelSphere and killed him. To make amends, he merges his own lifeforce into that of the Earthman, thus reviving him. He then gives Hayata the marker-like device called the Beta Capsule, with which he can transform into Ultraman by pressing its button to activate it.

// Born on 1930-09-06 in Tokyo Japan Shôji Kobayashi Issei Mori 1962 - Seppuku 1963 - Yaju no seishun 1965 - Etsuraku 1970 - Buraikan 1979 - Urutoraman 1980 - Shogun Assassin 1981 - Kofuku 1993 - Godzilla Versus Mecha Godzilla 1996 - Gamera Attack of Legion On the year of 1996-08-27 of lung cancer... Masanari Nihei (二瓶正也 Nihei Masanari)(1940 December 9 – ) is a Japanese actor. ... Susumu Kurobe(黒部進 Kurobe Susumu) given the birth name of Takashi Yoshimoto was born on 1939-10-22 in Toyama, Japan and was most commonly known and popular as having played the character role Shin Hayata in the Ultraman series. ...

Supporting characters

  • Dr. Iwamoto - Age 40. A professor from the Scientific Research Center. The Science Patrol's "monster expert". First appears in Episode 5.
    • Played by Akihiko Hirata (Occasional substitutes for Hirata: Played in Episode 33 by Hisaya Ito and Episode 36 by Bin Morizuka)

Ultraman's statistics

  • Height: 40 m (130 ft)
  • Weight: 35,000 tons
  • Age: 20,000 Earth years old
  • Flight Speed: Mach 5
  • Jump Ceiling: 800 m (2,600 ft)
  • Running Speed: 450 km/h (280 mph)
  • Swimming Speed: 200 knots (230 mph)
  • Physical Strength: can lift a 100,000-ton tanker (Skydon was twice as heavy)
  • Occupations: Teacher at Space University (Uchū Daigaku?); Chief of Space Garrison Milky Way Office (宇宙警備隊銀河系局 Uchū Keibitai Gingakei Kyoku?)
  • Family Structure:
    • Father: Director of Space Security Board (Uchū Hoan Chō?)
    • Mother: Teacher at Ultra School (Urutora Gakkō?)
  • Human Form: Shin Hayata (host)
  • Transformation Item: Beta Capsule (Bētā Kapuseru?)

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Ultraman's special powers

This list covers powers used in and outside the series.

  • Specium Ray (スペシウム光線 Supeshiumu Kōsen?) - Ultraman crouches slightly forward and crosses his wrists together, with his right forearm vertical and left forearm horizontal in front of it, and the thumb edge of his hands facing his body, to shoot from the outer edge of his right hand a particle/light-ray that kills most opponents. The effect is either an explosion or a fatal burn. The ray can be reflected (see Alien Baltan II) but loses intensity once reflected. The ray can also be negated by similar energy (see Alien Mephilas). Specium is actually a substance found on Mars that itself is deadly to at least one monster species (the Baltans), as established in Episode 2 ("Shoot the Invader"). The Specium Ray - indeed all of Ultraman's Specium-type energy attacks - may be based on that substance, but this is never stated as the case in the series. Regardless, the Specium Ray is perhaps Ultraman's most powerful single weapon, and very few creatures are immune to it, such as Keronia and Z-Ton. In Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider, Ultraman uses it in conjunction with a giant Kamen Rider 1's Rider Kick to destroy Sasori-Gadoras, who had managed to absorb the ray earlier. (This weapon was used on nearly all opponents.)In mebius,he used this to destroy mephilas' blasts. in the movie, he used this on ukillersaurus,and comibed it with ultraseven's wide shot to kill alien guts.
  • Ultra Slash (ウルトラスラッシュ Urutora Surasshu?) - Ultraman fires a saw-like Specium-energy ring (a Cutting Halo (八つ裂き光輪 Yatsuzaki Kōrin?)) from his hand. This Halo can slice his opponent in half. The Cutting Halo does have drawbacks however: a Baltan alien was able to deflect a Halo with his barrier, Gubira was lucky enough to catch a second Halo on his nose, rather than be sliced by it, and Keelar was just as lucky to catch a third Halo with his tail. Alien Mephilas destroyed a fourth Halo with his Bare Hand Beam, and a fifth Halo shattered after striking Zetton's barrier. In Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider, Ultraman used this to sever Sasori-Gadoras' tail after Kamen Rider 1 had been struck. (Used against Redking and Alien Baltan II, among other opponents.)

in the mebius, he used it cut ukillersaurs' tentacles. Ultraman vs. ... Kamen Rider No. ... The Rider Kick is finishing move from the Kamen Rider series. ...

  • Electrical Immunity - When attacked by Neronga in Episode 3 of the series, and by Alien Mephilas in Episode 47 of Ultraman Mebius, Ultraman evidences immunity to electrical or lightning attacks. Not all Ultra-beings have this immunity.
  • Ultra Attack Beam (ウルトラアタック光線 Urutora Attakku Kōsen?) - By focusing energy from his left hand into a spiral energy beam around his right arm, then directing the energy at a target creature, Ultraman can induce a temporal stasis, in effect paralyzing the target. This is a rare power, and was only used once, against Keronia in Episode 31, when the Specium Ray had failed him. Resembles a Karate "Seiken-zuki".
  • High Spin (ハイスピン Hai Supin?) - Ultraman can counter temporal/spatial attacks or can damage opponents by spinning rapidly in an upright position. The attack is remote, and does not involve beams, but it can rip space on a local level, cause remote explosions, or create immobilizing rings of force. (Used against Bullton successfully; also used against Zetton, who interfered with the attack.)
  • Ultra Air Catch (ウルトラエアキャッチ Urutora Ea Kyatchi?) Version I - Using narrow beams from his index fingers, Ultraman can paralyze objects suspended in mid-air. This is followed by a Cutting Halo that divides in two to cut the suspended object into thirds. (Used against Redking II.) Also called Ultra Anti-Gravity Beam (Urutora Han Jūryoku Kōsen?)
  • Ultra Air Catch (ウルトラエアキャッチ Urutora Ea Kyatchi?) Version II - With considerable concentration, Ultraman can converge two parallel swirls of energy originating from his palms to lift an opponent off the ground and repel it. This power also may involve a remote attack, as it was followed by explosive destruction of the target. (Used against Keelar.)
  • Ultra Psychokinesis (ウルトラサイコキネシス Urutora Saikokineshisu?) - Ultraman's telekinetic power. Used before the Ultra Air Catch Version I. Also called Ultra Willpower (ウルトラ念力 Urutora Nenriki?).
  • Flight (飛行能力 Hikō Nōryoku?) - Ultraman can propel himself in a controlled manner through the air. Apparently it takes little energy to do this, as he almost always is able to take off at the conclusion of a fight and get out of sight to change back into his human host. Book sources indicate this is possibly due to special jet boots, but that effect is never in evidence on the television programs.
  • Teleportation (テレポーテーション Terepōtēshon?) - In dire emergencies when flying to a location would be too slow, Ultraman can teleport to it instead. Ultraman used this power to return to Earth from Planet X, in order to combat an invading Baltan force in Episode 16. However, this power has a high energy demand and his warning light will usually turn red and/or begin to blink as soon as he arrives at his destination. In the English-language dubbed version only, a peculiar symptom of Ultraman's preparation to teleport is manic laughter. When Ultraman teleports, he leaves behind Hayata's body in its comatose state, and the two cannot re-merge until they are in sufficient proximity.
  • Ultra Current (ウルトラ水流 Urutora Suiryū?) - Ultraman can direct a high-pressure stream of water from his fingertips by touching his hands together. This may not actually be water from Ultraman's body, but rather a forced condensation of water in the atmosphere channeled into a stream. (Used to kill Jamila, whose body was water-soluble, and to extinguish the fires caused by Pestar.)
  • Dynamic Size Change (巨大化能力 Kyodaika Nōryoku?) - Ultraman can control his molecular structure, phasing from human-size to giant-size. He places his hands in front of his chest at 45 degree angles, thumb edge facing inward, and then sharply gestures outward. This is not the same as his transformation from human form as Hayata. (Used to counteract Dada's micronizer ray.)
  • Clairvoyance Beam (透視光線 Tōshi Kōsen?) - Ultraman's vision extends into a wider range of the electromagnetic spectrum than that of humans, at least into infra-red and ultraviolet, and probably further to include gamma rays and X-rays. One manifestation of this power is a beam of energy, resembling a spotlight, that is emitted from Ultraman's eyes and which renders electromagnetic cloaks used by shielded objects and beings inoperative. (Used to spot the Baltan spaceship in Earth's atmosphere at night, and the Dada when it attempted to remain invisible.)
  • Ultra Chop (ウルトラチョップ Urutora Choppu?) - A standard karate chop, though a more powerful version is accompanied by a flash of energy on impact. Ultraman used an example of the latter to defeat the monster Jirass. Also called Ultra Mist Cut (Urutora Kasumi Kiri?).
  • Ultra Punch (ウルトラパンチ Urutora Panchi?) - It has the power of 50 Indian elephants.
  • Ultra Kick (ウルトラキック Urutora Kikku?) - Ultraman has a shoe size of 320 mon and Three-Fold Joints (Sanjū Kansetsu?).
  • Ultra Swing (ウルトラスウィング Urutora Suwingu?) - Ultraman swings an opponent around several times before letting go. Used against Keronia and defeated Redking and Terresdon.
  • Ultra Eye Spot (ウルトラアイスポット Urutora Ai Supotto?) - When Alien Baltan II's barrier deflected Ultraman's Cutting Halo, Ultraman used this eye beam to neutralize the barrier. Also called Ultra Discernment (Urutora Gankō?)
  • Slash Beam (スラッシュ光線 Surasshu Kōsen?) - In his battle against Alien Mephilas, Ultraman used this line of chevron-like bolts fire from his fingertips while the two where in flight, and Mephilas countered with his Bare Hand Beam, which resulted in Ultraman being temporarily blinded.
  • Catch Rings (キャッチリング Kyatchi Ringu?) - Ultraman, spinning at high speeds, can produce three yellow energy rings to bind an opponent. Used on Z-Ton, who managed to break free. Also called Paralysis Beams (Kanashibari Kōsen?).
  • Ultra Planet Strategy (ウルトラの星作戦 Urutora no Hoshi Sakusen?) - In Return of Ultraman Episode 38, Ultraman and Ultra Seven used this tactic to free Ultraman Jack.
  • Ultra Separation (ウルトラセパレーション Urutora Separēshon?) - In the 1996 movie Revive! Ultraman, Ultraman created four duplicates of himself to fight various monsters simultaneously.
  • Marine Spacium Beam (マリンスペシウム光線 Marin Supeshiumu Kōsen?) - A rainbow-colored Specium Ray used to defeat Z-Ton in Revive! Ultraman.
  • Energy Transfer Beam - In Ultraman Tiga Episode 49, Ultraman used this to replenish Ultraman Tiga's stamina.
  • Final Cross Shield (ファイナルクロスシールド Fainaru Kurosu Shīrudo?) - In the prologue of Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers, Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace used this to imprison U-Killersaurs and Yapool in the sea at the cost of their ability to transform.
  • Energy Exposure (エネルギー照射 Enerugī Shōsha?) - In Ultraman Mebius and Ultraman Brothers, Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace gave energy from four directions to Ultraman Mebius, who had been imprisoned by Alien Guts.
  • Giga Specium Beam (ギガスペシウム光線 Giga Supeshiumu Kōsen?) - In the PlayStation 2 video game Ultraman: Fighting Evolution Rebirth (released in 2005), Ultraman, who had been pummeled by the Chaos Spacium Beam (Kaosu Supeshiumu Kōsen?) of Chaosroid U (Kaosuroido Yū?) (but survived) and empowered by the light of the Plasma Spark, used this extremely powerful version of the Specium Ray to destroy Chaosroid U and save the Land of Ultra from Alien Mephilas' invasion.
  • Beta Capsule Transformation - Ultraman's cohabitation within Hayata's body is not entirely unlike the religious or spiritual concept of possession. However, Ultraman does not attempt to control Hayata's decision-making. Hayata's mind and spirit control his body under ordinary circumstances. Yet it is possible, as evidenced by the many close calls to Hayata's life, that Ultraman can intercede in some way to protect Hayata's body. Only the Beta Capsule can trigger the physical transformation from Hayata to Ultraman. Where the Beta Capsule goes when Ultraman is active is not known, but during his first battle with Gomora (Gahora in US version) the Beta Capsule was somehow separated from him by a strong attack from the monster. This also revealed that the Beta Capsule only works for Hayata, as the child that retrieved the capsule hit the switch on it and nothing happened to either the child or Hayata. When Hayata activates the capsule, Ultraman does not have to appear precisely where Hayata was standing, but usually does appear very close to that location, and often, but not always, in a similar pose. Should Hayata use the Beta Capsule in a building, Ultraman can choose to appear from within it or outside of it, even projecting himself during transformation through the specially-reinforced walls of Science Patrol Headquarters. One occasion demonstrates the variability: Hayata was atop a building during a mission where Alien Baltan was attacking, and the Beta Capsule fell out of his reach and landed on a ledge below. With Hayata needing to transform immediately and having no way to reach the device safely, he took an extraordinary gamble and threw himself head first off the building and managed to grab the capsule and activate it as he fell. Ultraman then appeared on the ground, safely standing on his feet. While some episodes establish that Hayata's body goes into a comatose state upon activation of the Beta Capsule, others seem to indicate that he is actually incorporated into Ultraman when the giant appears. In one episode, Ultraman changes back to human form by beaming a spiral of energy from his hands to a point on the ground. Hayata's body materializes within this spiral, and Ultraman's body vanishes.

Despite all these amazing powers, Ultraman has one main weakness: Since Earth's atmosphere filters out his solar energy, Ultraman can only be on Earth for 3 minutes. To signal this, a warning light in Ultraman's chest (called the ColorTimer (カラータイマー KarāTaimā?) in the Japanese-language version) starts out at blue. At the 1 minute mark it starts to blink, and then turns red and blinks faster at the 2 minute mark. Some sources have given 2:10 as the mark where the timer begins to blink. If the ColorTimer/warning light stops, Ultraman will "never rise again". Obviously, at whatever point the blinking begins, Ultraman typically has only a short amount of time left to defeat his foe and return to his human host. However, Ultraman has occasionally been able to extend his operating time by flying towards the Sun and 'recharging'. Ultraman Mebius ) is a Japanese television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting. ... For other uses, see Karate (disambiguation). ... Psychokinesis (literally mind-movement) or PK is the more commonly used term today for what in the past was known as telekinesis (literally distant-movement). It refers to the psi ability to influence the behavior of matter by mental intention (or possibly some other aspect of mental activity) alone. ... Return of Ultraman (帰ってきたウルトラマン - Kaettekita Urutoraman - roughly meaning Ultraman Has Returned) is a tokusatsu SF/kaiju/superhero TV series, and is the 4th Ultra Series. ... Ultraman Tiga ) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show and is the 11th show in the Ultra Series. ... Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers ) is Ultraman Mebius theatrical film adaptation, was released in Japan on September 16th, 2006. ... PS2 redirects here. ...

Ultraman rarely engages in conversation, and when he does it seems to be in a telepathic manner. In Episode 1, as he reveals who he is and what he must do to keep Hayata alive, his discussion with the clearly unconscious Hayata in the damaged Travelsphere can only be explained via telepathy. However, his conversation with the monster Mephilas does not follow this pattern. Zoffy also speaks to Ultraman in the final episode while the two are in the Travelsphere, though it is not clear if this is via telepathy as was the case earlier with the unconscious Hayata. Otherwise, Ultraman does engage in vocalizations, specifically the shouts and barks he makes in reverberating human-like cries ("kiais") while fighting a monster. Although these sounds and other grunts of exertion are most common, Ultraman also has one oft-repeated, and now extremely iconic phrase that he clearly utters: "Shuwatch" (シュワッチ Shuwatchi?), which he shouts when jumping into the air to fly. In Japanese pop-culture, "Shuwatch" or 'Shoowatch' has been the phrase most associated with Ultraman. Kiai is a compound of ki meaning mind, will, turn-of-mind, spirit. ...

The Science Patrol's arsenal

The Patrol personnel wear special orange field-uniforms that are worn under a regular duty blue business suit uniform. When the order to go into the field is given, the outer suit is designed to be quickly removed in favor of the field uniform. Accompanying the field uniform are special helmets with ear fixtures that improve the reception of their communicator pins, and visors that provide visual aid (such as when using weapons). The field uniform/helmet combination also provides a degree of protection from radiation - even enough to allow a human to operate in space. A suit, also known as a business suit, comprises a collection of matching clothing consisting of: a coat (commonly known as a jacket) a waistcoat (optional) (USA vest) a pair of trousers (USA pants) Though not part of a suit, a shirt and tie very frequently accompany it. ...

  • Jet VTOL (AKA: Jet Beetle) - The Science Patrol's iconic principal craft. Frequently just called the "VTOL/Beetle". (The prop for the Jet VTOL was originally from the 1962 Toho SF epic, Gorath, but repainted and probably modified for this series. It should be noted that the Gorath prop was slightly pointier than the rounded VTOL.) Up to three are seen. A hydrogen-rocket modification is later built for it, allowing it to go into space. It is generally armed with missiles of varying quality, depending on the episode.
  • Mini-VTOL (AKA: Mini-Beetle) - A smaller, triangular version of the Jet VTOL, it is actually a STOL with no VTOL capabilities. This was the vehicle piloted by Hayata when he crashed into Ultraman in the first episode. Generally not used to attack monsters, as it lacks the heavier firepower and carrying space of the Jet VTOL.
  • Submarines S16, S21 and S25 - The Science Patrol's underwater vehicles, which are airlifted by the Jet VTOL one at a time.
  • Science Patrol Car - A silver 1963 Chevrolet Corvair, with the Science Patrol logos on the doors and roof.
  • Supergun - The basic sidearm carried by each Science Patrol member. When unholstered, the barrel flips out from the handle and the gun is ready to fire. The weapon discharges either a wave of what looks like electricity or, alternatively in some episodes, a thin beam of energy. Three of them can be combined for a "triple shot", which is powerful enough to take down a (revived) monster. Returns for an episode of Ultraman Dyna (as an "older model").
  • Spider-Shot - The heavy atomic gun, and Arashi's favorite weapon. Fashioned as a two-handed weapon - somewhat like a submachine gun with a massive maw - it is clearly more powerful than the standard Supergun sidearm, and visually more impressive. It has at least three settings; stun, red-heat, and heavy damage.
  • Mars 133 - A gun invented by Ide/Ito that works on the same principal as Ultraman's Spacium Ray, and is thus mortally effective against Baltans. The name is read "Mars ichi-san-san" (one-three-three) in Japanese.
  • QX Gun - This weapon attacks a monster's nervous system. Stands for "Quickly eXtinguish Gun".
  • Mad Bazooka Freakishly large cannon occasionally brought out by Arashi when the Spider-Shot is just not enough.
  • Spark 8 An attachment for the Supergun invented by Ide/Ito, and used by him, that enables the gun to fire rapid shots. The effect is best described as a gattling gun that 'erases' parts of a monster from existence. Judging from its only effectiveness, it is easily the most effective handheld weapon the Science Patrol has, yet is only used twice; against a revived monster (Dorako II) and Geronimon.
  • Monster Translator - Invented by Ide/Ito to translate any monster's language. It was used to communicate with the friendly monster Pigmon, in the second of the two episodes he appeared in. A more modern (i.e.: no tape reels) version is invented early on in Ultraman Tiga.
  • Science Patrol Shuriken - Hayata hurls a shuriken or shaken shaped like the Science Patrol's logo at the man-sized version of the monster Baltan in episode 2. (On the DVD, you can actually see it bounce off, before the film is edited to show it stick in to the monster.)
  • Communicator Pin - Each Science Patrol officer is equipped with a small pin shaped as the organization's emblem that has a radio transmitter of considerable power and range for its size. All the operator has to do is pull out the small antenna at the top of the pin to activate it and send a message.

The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... Gorath (妖星ゴラス - Yosei Gorasu) is a 1962 science fiction tokusatsu produced by Toho Studios which depicts a runaway star on a collision course with Earth. ... Thunderbirds is a British mid-1960s television show devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and made by AP Films using a form of puppetry dubbed Supermarionation. The series followed the adventures of International Rescue, an organisation created to help those in grave danger using technically advanced equipment and machinery. ... Pellucidar is a fictional Hollow Earth milieu invented by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs for a series of action adventure stories. ... Edgar Rice Burroughs Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan, although he also produced works in many genres. ... At the Earths Core DVD At the Earths Core is a 1976 science fiction film directed by Kevin Connor. ... Shuriken (手裏剣; lit: hand hidden blade) is a traditional Japanese concealed weapon that was generally used for throwing, and sometimes stabbing or slashing an opponents arteries. ... SHAKEN Japanese throwing blades, spikes. ... Baltan (バルタン星人 - Barutan Seijin) is an alien creature originally featured in the 1966 tokusatsu TV series, Ultraman. ... In communications and information processing, a transmitter (sometimes abbreviated XMTR) is an object (source) which sends information to an observer (receiver). ...


In alphabetical order

Aboras was one of two ancient monsters that appeared in an Ultraman episode known in English as The Red and the Blue. ... Antlar was a monster from the Ultraman television series. ... Baltan (バルタン星人 - Barutan Seijin) is an alien creature originally featured in the 1966 tokusatsu TV series, Ultraman. ... Banila was one of two ancient monsters that appeared in an Ultraman episode known in English as The Red and the Blue. ... Beam from mouth. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... It has been suggested that Dorako be merged into this article or section. ... Dada monster - Identified in the Ultraman TV series as Dada, these creatures travelled to Earth extra-dimensionally, after intercepting a transmission from Earth. ... Dodongo monster - Really just known as Dodongo, this monster was from the televison series Ultraman, and is distinguished here from the Dodongo from the Legend of Zelda videogame series. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Ultraman. ... Gabora was a monster from the television series Ultraman. ... Gamakujira literally means pearl-eater in Japanese, and this monster from the Ultraman television series did exactly that. ... Geronimon was denoted as the king of all monsters in his Ultraman episode, but most fans of the show think he should take a back seat to Gomora (or Gahora), Mephiras (or Mefilas), Z-ton, and the Baltan, all of whom proved to be more persistent adversaries. ... Gesura - Also known as Quesra, Quezra, or Quesura, this aquatic monster from the Ultraman television series had a sweet tooth for chocolate, cocoa, and the cacao bean. ... Ice, Thunder, Hill, and Fire Gigas from the game Final Fantasy II. Gigas is a Greek word meaning giant, originally used to describe the race of Gigantes in Greek mythology. ... Goldun - A gold-colored monster from the Ultraman television series, Goldun was the proverbial monster of the mine (the name of the episode in English). ... Gomora ) is a fictional kaiju from the tokusatsu TV series, Ultraman. ... Greenmons was a monster that appeared in the Ultraman television series. ... Gubira was a monster from the Ultraman television series. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Jamila ( Jamira) was a monster that appeared in the Japanese superhero show Ultraman. ... Jirass (Alternate Spelling: Jiras. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Red King ( Reddo Kingu), also known as Redking, is a dinosaur-like monster originally featured in the 1966 tokusatsu television series, Ultraman. ... Zetton ( Zetton)sometimes spell Z-Ton is a fictional alien kaiju featured in the tokusatsu TV series, Ultraman. ...


  1. Ultra Operation No. 1 (ウルトラ作戦第一号 Urutora Sakusen Dai Ichigō?)
  2. Defeat All Invaders (侵略者を撃て Shinryakusha o Ute?)
  3. Sally Forth, Science Patrol (科特隊出撃せよ Katokutai Shutugeki seyo?)
  4. 5 Seconds Before the Big Explosion (大爆発五秒前 Dai Bakuhatsu Gobyō Mae?)
  5. Treasure of the Miloganda (ミロガンダの秘密 Miroganda no Himitsu?)
  6. The Coast Guard Command (沿岸警備命令 Engan Keibi Meirei?)
  7. The Blue Stone of Baradhi (バラージの青い石 Barāji no Aoi Ishi?)
  8. The Lawless Monster Zone (怪獣無法地帯 Kaijū Muhō Chitai?)
  9. Operation: Lightning Speed (電光石火作戦 Denkōsekka Sakusen?)
  10. The Mysterious Dinosaur Base (謎の恐竜基地 Nazo no Uchū Kichi?)
  11. The Ruffian from Outer Space (宇宙から来た暴れん坊 Uchū kara Kita Abarenbō?)
  12. The Cries of the Mummy (ミイラの叫び Miira no Sakebi?)
  13. Oil S.O.S. (オイルSOS Oiru Esu Ō Esu?)
  14. The Pearl Oyster Protection Directive (真珠貝防衛指令 Shinjugai Bōei Shirei?)
  15. The Terrifying Cosmic Rays (恐怖の宇宙線 Kyōfu no Uchūsen?)
  16. The Science Patrol to Outer Space (科特隊宇宙へ Katokutai Uchū e?)
  17. Passport to Infinity (無限へのパスポート Mugen e no Pasupōto?)
  18. The Brother from Another Planet (遊星から来た兄弟 Yūsei kara Kita Kyōdai?)
  19. The Demons Once More (悪魔はふたたび Akuma wa Futatabi?)
  20. Terror on Route 87 (恐怖のルート87 Kyōfu no Rūto Hachijūnana?)
  21. Break Through the Smoke (噴煙突破せよ Fun'en Toppa seyo?)
  22. The Underground Destruction Work (地上破壊工作 Chijō Hakai Kōsaku?)
  23. My Home is Earth (故郷は地球 Kokyō wa Chikyū?)
  24. The Undersea Science Base (海底科学基地 Kaitei Kagaku Kichi?)
  25. Mystery Comet Tsuifon (怪彗星ツイフォン Kai Susei Tsuifon?)
  26. Monster Majesty: Part 1 (怪獣殿下 前篇 Kaijū Denka Zenpen?)
  27. Monster Majesty: Part 2 (怪獣殿下 後篇 Kaijū Denka Kōhen?)
  28. Human Specimens 5 & 6 (人間標本5・6 Ningen Hyōhon Go Roku?)
  29. A Challenge to the Underground (地底への挑戦 Chitei e no Chōsen?)
  30. The Snowy Mountain of Illusions (まぼろしの雪山 Maboroshi no Yukiyama?)
  31. Who Has Come? (来たのは誰だ Kita no wa Dare da?)
  32. The Endless Counterattack (果てしなき逆襲 Hateshinaki Gyakushū?)
  33. The Forbidden Words (禁じられた言葉 Kinjirareta Kotoba?)
  34. Gift from the Sky (空の贈り物 Sora no Okurimono?)
  35. The Monster Graveyard (怪獣墓場 Kaijū Hakaba?)
  36. Don't Shoot, Arashi! (射つな! アラシ Utsuna! Arashi?)
  37. The Little Hero (小さな英雄 Chiisana Eiyū?)
  38. The Spaceship Rescue Command (宇宙船救助命令 Uchūsen Kyūjo Meirei?)
  39. Farewell, Ultraman (さらばウルトラマン Saraba Urutoraman?)

Licensing rights dispute

See Ultra Series The Ultra Series is the collective name for all the shows featuring Ultraman and his many brethren (although few of these shows, like the first Ultra Series, Ultra Q, do not have any Ultramen in them). ...

DVD release

The American company BCI Eclipse has released the entire Ultraman series on DVD with the original Japanese soundtrack and the original 1960s American dub. On July 18, 2006, the first twenty episodes of the series were released in a 3-disc set which included interviews with Peter Fernandez, Corinne Orr and Earl Hammond, who were part of the American dubbing team. The remainder of the series was released on October 10, 2006. Because of a licensing rights dispute, BCI Eclipse acquired licensing through Thailand-based Chaiyo Productions. [1] DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Speed Racer and his Mach 5 Speed Racer originally started in Japan as the manga and anime series Mach Go Go Go (マッハGoGoGo) from the legendary anime studio Tatsunoko Productions. ... Corinne Orr was born in the French-Canadian village of St. ... Earl Hammond (June 17, 1921 - May 1, 2002) was an actor and voice actor. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

There has also been a digital re-release movement in Japan where the entire Ultraman series are to be released as a collector's box set. These box sets feature the entire series plus various limited edition items such as posters, etc.

In video games

A Super-Nintendo (SNES) game featuring Ultraman was also released, and reached #2 on Screwattack's Top 10 Worst Fighting games list. Ultraman Fighting Evolution 0 Bargain Edition will be released July 19, 2007 in Japan for PSP ScrewAttack is a video game-related website that showcases original entertainment for an audience of video game enthusiasts. ...

In other media

Footage from the Ultraman series appeared in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "$20.01", though for the DVD release of the episode, the footage was removed due to licensing issues. Space Ghost Coast to Coast (often abbreviated as SGC2C) is an animated spoof talk show on the cable TV channel Cartoon Network in the United States, Adult Swim in Australia, Bravo in the UK, and Teletoon in Canada. ...

Ultraman served as an assistant to General Tani on the hit Japanese game show challenge, Takeshi's Castle. The 1986 cast of Takeshis Castle Takeshis Castle , literally Operation! Takeshi Castle) was a Japanese game show that aired from 1986 to 1989 on the Tokyo Broadcasting System. ...

Ultraman is a member of the heroes in Banpresto's "SD Great Battle" video game series, appearing alongside Kamen Rider and Mobile Suit Gundam. Each Great Battle title would feature a current Ultraman, Rider, and Gundam. Kamen Rider ), translated as Masked Rider, was a popular and seminal sci-fi story conceived by renowned Japanese comic book creator Shōtarō Ishinomori ). It debuted as a tokusatsu television series on April 3, 1971 and ran until February 10, 1973. ...

In a couch gag on The Simpsons, the family appears as anime characters, with Homer Simpson as Ultraman. The couch gag is a running visual joke in the opening credits of the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ...

A short clip from the series appears very briefly during a montage in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy. Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... This article is about the 1969 film. ...

In the eighth volume of the Manga Sgt. Frog there are constant references to Ultraman, with a character named "Wet Traman" representing Ultraman. Keroro redirects here. ...

In 2007, a Super Bowl TV spot for Garmin personal navigation systems featured a character named "Garmin Man", obviously inspired by Ultraman. He transforms using his Garmin, and fights the evil "Maposaurus" using several Ultraman-like moves, including a finishing beam attack. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Garmin Ltd. ...

In the Cartoon Network series, Ben 10, an Omnitrix alien named Waybig bears a resemblance to Ultraman. Ben 10 is an American animated television series created by Man of Action (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle), and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. ... “XLR8” redirects here. ...

In the Simpsons, the character, Ralph Wiggum, says, "My sash says Ultraman."

The base for the 2007 Hugo Awards trophy featured Ultraman standing at Mount Fuji. [2] The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... Mount Fuji Mount Fuji , IPA: )  , is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,388 ft). ...

Chikara Pro Wrestling's Ultramantis Black's name is said to have been based from and is in tribute to Ultraman. CHIKARA (sometimes referred to as Chikara Pro) is an American professional wrestling promotion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...

In Ranma 1/2, the master of "The Good Old Days" martial art style wears Ultraman's mask.

In the Manga Azumanga Daioh, the character Osaka wears an Ultraman mask in one strip in volume 3. Serialized in Dengeki Daioh Original run February 1999 – June 2002 No. ... Ayumu Kasuga ), more commonly known as Osaka ), is a fictional character from the anime and manga series Azumanga Daioh. ...

In Yoshiki Takaya's Guyver series a student can be seen wearing an Ultraman mask. This occurs in the tenth issue and is in the background.

In the "Giant Billy and Mandy All-Out Attack" episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Billy is transformed into "Super Happy Hyper Monster Fighter B", a giant version of himself who dresses like Ultraman. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (Sometimes shortened as Billy & Mandy or Grim Adventures), created by Maxwell Atoms, is an American animated television series aired on Cartoon Network. ...

See also

The Ultra Series is the collective name for all the shows featuring Ultraman and his many brethren (although few of these shows, like the first Ultra Series, Ultra Q, do not have any Ultramen in them). ... Bio Planet WoO (Seibutsu Wakusei Woo) is a kyodai themed tokusatsu that premiered April 9, 2006 and airs at 7:30pm on NHK. The series is scheduled to have 13 episodes. ... // Ultra Q Gomess - 10m tall reptilian mammal, this carnivore is awakened by excavation and wreaks havok until killed by Littras acid. ...

External links

  • Ultraman in Tokupedia

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