This article is about a/an series entry (the 4th) in the Ultra Series.
Ultra Series Title Card - 04 - Return of Ultraman
The Return of Ultraman
Number 4
Number of episodes: 51
First episode: All Monsters Attack
Last episode: The 5 Ultra Pledges
Intro: Kaettekita Ultraman
Original airing: April 21, 1971 - March 31, 1972
Production Order
Ultraman Ace

The Return of Ultraman (帰ってきたウルトラマン Kaettekita Urutoraman?) is the fourth entry of the Ultra Series. The show features a new Ultraman named "New Ultraman" (新ウルトラマン Shin Urutoraman?), or just "Kaettekita Ultraman" (帰ってきたウルトラマン?).

In 1984, he was renamed "Ultraman Jack" (ウルトラマンジャック Urutoraman Jakku?) due to licensing issues. Tsuburaya and Bandai (which had just bought the Ultraman toy license in Japan) held a contest for children to pick a new name for this Ultraman. Although he is called "Ultraman Jack" for licensing in and out of Japan, he is still sometimes referred to as "New Ultraman"/"Kaettekita Ultraman", by some fans (and also in some official sources).

This change was done due to a last-minute decision as the original plan for this series was for the original Ultraman to return to Earth to resume the fight against aliens and monsters. While nearly identical in appearance to the original Ultraman, the red pattern on his silver suit is slightly different. Furthermore, the new Ultraman can be distinguished by his shorter pants, the pinstripes along the red areas, and the fuller sleeves/kneepads. The characters and related events are described below using in-universe tone.

Due to the mid-season addition of 'Ultraman' being Ultraman Jack, the series reintroduced his predecessors, Ultraman and Seven to the series canon - Both his predecessors were originally in different canon 'universes' beforehand. This began a shared universe which continued throughout the Showa series, with Zoffy, Ultraman's superior, being reintroduced to the canon the following year in Ultraman Ace.


Eiji Tsuburaya had originally intended for the Ultra Series to end with the 1967 series Ultraseven (1967). Ultraman (1966) proved to be too popular a character to omit.

Eiji Tsuburaya died in 1970. His son Hajime Tsuburaya (who took over Tsuburaya Productions until his own death in 1973) revived the Ultra Series with Return of Ultraman.


This series is a follow up to the original Ultraman & Ultraseven that is set in 1971, four years after Ultraseven left Earth, and five years after Ultraman came to Earth. The first episode begins with a fight between two giant monsters named Takkong and Zazahn, in Tokyo. Amid the monster destruction, young race-car driver Hideki Go is killed while trying to rescue a little boy and a dog from the falling rubble. His valiant sacrifice is noted by everyone, including his friends and the new defense force MAT (Monster Attack Team), but an unseen being also takes notice.

Looking over Hideki is "New Ultraman (Ultraman Jack)", who is so touched by the race car driver's heroism, that he decides to combine his life force with that of Hideki, thus bringing him back to life (just like the original Ultraman did with Shin Hayata), much to everyone's astonishment. MAT then asks Hideki to join the team, which he does, especially since in this frightening new "Age of Monsters" Earth will need a savior. In times of crisis, Hideki will raise his right arm and, by force of will, transform into Ultraman Jack to fight monsters. In addition, Ultraman and Ultraseven are watching Jack's brave fighting from the sidelines, and offer their help when Jack is in peril.



Ultraman Jack Hideki Go


Supporting CharactersEdit




  1. All Monsters Attack (怪獣総進撃 Kaiju Soh-Shingeki?)
  2. Takkong's Big Counterattack ((タッコング大逆襲 Takkongu Dai-Gyakushu?)
  3. Evil Monster Realm of Terror (恐怖の怪獣魔境 Kyoufu No Kaiju Makyou?)
  4. Definite Kill! Comet Kick (必殺! 流星キック Hissatsu! Ryuusei Kikku?)
  5. Two Giant Monsters Attack Tokyo (二大怪獣東京を襲撃 Nidai Kaiju Toukyou O Shugeki?)
  6. Battle! Monsters Vs. Mat (決戦! 怪獣対マット Kessen! Kaiju Tai Matto?)
  7. Operation Rainbow Monster! (怪獣レインボー作戦 Kaijū Reinbō Sakusen?)
  8. Monster Time Bomb (怪獣時限爆弾 Kaijū Jigen Bakudan?)
  9. Monster Island S.O.S (怪獣島SOS Kaijū jima esuōesu?)
  10. Dinosaur Explosion Directive (恐竜爆破指令 Kyōryū Bakuha Shirei?)
  11. Poison Gas Monster Appears (毒ガス怪獣出現 Dokugasu Kaijū Shutsugen?)
  12. Revenge of Shugaron (怪獣シュガロンの復讐 Kaiju Shugaron no Fukushiu?)
  13. Terror of The Tsunami. Tokyo's Big Pinch (津波怪獣の恐怖 東京大ピンチ Tsunami Kaijū no Kyōfu Tōkyō dai Pinchi?)
  14. Terror of The Two Tsunami Monsters, Tokyo's Dalong Reel (二大怪獣の恐怖 東京大龍巻 Ni Dai Kaijū no Kyōfu, Tōkyō Ōtatsu Maki?)
  15. Revenge of the Monster Lad (怪獣少年の復讐 Kaijū Shōnen no Fukushū?)
  16. Mystery of the Big Bird Monster Terochilus (大怪鳥テロチルスの謎 Dai kaichō terochirusu no nazo?)
  17. Monster Bird Terochilus- Tokyo's Big Aireal Bombing (怪鳥テロチルス東京大空爆 Kaichō Terochirusu Tōkyō Dai Kūbaku?)
  18. Ultraseven Arrives! (ウルトラセブン参上 Urutorasebun Sanjo!?)
  19. The Giant Invisible Monster that Came from Space (宇宙から来た透明大怪獣 Uchū kara kita tōmei dai kaijū?)
  20. The Monster is a Giant Shooting Star in Space (怪獣は宇宙の流れ星 Kaijū wa uchū no nagareboshi?)
  21. Monster Channel (怪獣チャンネル Kaiju Channeru?)
  22. I'll Kill This Monster! (この怪獣は俺が殺る Kono kaijū wa ore ga yaru?)
  23. Dark Monsters. Spit Out Stars! (鮟鱇怪獣 星を吐き出け! Ankoū Kaijū Sei wo Hakidake?)
  24. Horror! Mansion Monster's Birth (戦慄! マンシヨン怪獣誕生 Senritsu Manshiyon Kaijū Tanjō?)
  25. Leaving My Home Planet Earth (ふるさと地球を去る Furusato chikyū o saru?)
  26. Mystery Homicide Beetle Incident (奇怪!殺人甲虫事件 Kikai! Satsujin Kabutomushi jiken?)
  27. Go to Hell. With This One Blow! (この一発で地獄へ行け! Kono ichi-patsu de jigoku e ike!?)
  28. Ultra Special Attack (ウルトラ特攻大作戦 Urutora tokkōdai sakusen?)
  29. Jiro-Kun Rides A Monster (次郎くん怪獣に乗る Jirō-kun kaijū ni noru?)
  30. The Curse of the Bone God Oxter (呪いの骨神オクスター Noroi no Hone-shin Okusutā?)
  31. In Between a Devil & Angel (悪魔と天使の間に Akuma to Tenshi no ma ni?)
  32. Decisive Battle Under The Setting Sun (落日の決闘 Rakujitsu no Kettō?)
  33. The Monster User And The Boy (怪獣使いと少年 Kaijū Tsukai to Shōnen?)
  34. The Life That Can't Be Forgiven (許さんざいのいのち Yurusanzai no Inochi?)
  35. Cruel! Light Monster Pris-Ma (残酷! 光怪獣プリズ魔 Zankoku! Hikari Kaijū Purizu Ma?)
  36. The Chirase Kicks The Night (夜を蹴ちらせ Yoru o ke chirase?)
  37. Ultraman Dies at Sunset (ウルトラマン夕陽に死す Urutoraman Yūhi ni Shisu?)
  38. When the Ultra Star Shines (ウルトラの星光る時 Urutoranohoshi Hikaru Toki?)
  39. Winter of Horror Series - The 20th Century Abominable Snowman (冬の怪奇シリーズ ・ 20世紀の雪男 Fuyu no Kaiki Shirizu - Niju Seiki no Yuki Otoko?)
  40. Winter of Horror Series - Phantom Snow Woman (冬の怪奇シリーズ ・ まぼろしの雪女 Fuyu no Kaiki Shirizu - Maboroshi no Yuki Onna?)
  41. The Revenge of Alien Baltan Jr. (バルタン星人Jr.の復習 Barutan Seijin Junia no Fukushu?)
  42. The Monster on Mountain Fuji (富士に立つ怪獣 Fuji ni Tatsu Kaijū?)
  43. Demon God Barks on The Moon (魔神月に咆える Majin tsuki ni hoeru?)
  44. To The Starry Sky With Love (星空に愛をこめて Hoshizora ni ai o komete?)
  45. Assasinate Hideki Go! (郷秀樹を暗殺せよ! Go Hideki Ō Ansantsu seyo?)
  46. This One Blow Filled With Anger (この一撃に怒りをこめて Kono ichigeki ni ikari o komete?)
  47. The Targeted Woman (猫わらた女 Newarta Ōnna?)
  48. I'm Taking The Earth (地球頂きます Chikyū Itadakimasu?)
  49. Space Warriors-Your Name is MAT (宇宙戦士その名まMAT Uchuu Senshi Sono Nama Matto?)
  50. Invitation From Hell (地獄からの誘い Jigoku Kara no Sasoi?)
  51. The 5 Ultra Pledges (ウルトラ5つの誓い Urutora Go tsu no Chikai?)


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