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Ultra Q
Number 1
Number of episodes: 28
First episode: Defeat Gomess!
Last episode: Open Up!
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Original airing: January 2, 1966 - July 3, 1966
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Ultra Q (ウルトラQ Urutora Kyū?) is the first entry of the Ultra Series.

Produced in black and white by Tokyo Broadcasting System/Tsuburaya Productions, this is actually the first of the long-running Ultra Series, and was broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) from January 2 to July 3, 1966 (the final episode was preempted until December 14, 1967), with a total of 28 episodes. This series was followed two weeks later by the more popular Ultraman (Urutoraman, 1966), the second Ultra Series.

Ultra Q can be described as a half-hour Toho kaiju series. Executive Producer Eiji Tsuburaya intended this series to be more like the American television series The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, featuring all kinds of strange and unusual stories. After a survey, the TBS network convinced Tsuburaya Productions to add more giant monsters, as children were intensely interested in them, since Godzilla (Gojira) and Gamera were all the rage at the time (the first "Kaiju Boom" took off after Ultra Q became a enormous hit).[1] Much like the The X-Files, the series features continuing characters who investigate strange supernatural phenomena, including giant monsters, aliens, ghosts, and various other threats.

The original planned title of this project was Unbalance, and was subsequently rechristened Ultra Q (the English word, "Ultra" had become popular because of the Gold Medal winning Japanese gymnast during the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, who used a technique called "Ultra C", which caused the word to becoming a catch phrase.) The series began production in 1964, with the premiere set for January 1966. At the time, this was the most expensive television series ever produced in Japan. The "Q" stands for "Question" and also tied with another hit TBS series, Obake no Q-tarō, an animated series based on the manga by Fujiko Fujio.[2]

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

MonstersEdit

EpisodesEdit

Main article: Ultra Q Episodes
  1. Defeat Gomess! (ゴメスを倒せ! Gomesu o Taose!?)
  2. Goro and Goroh (五郎とゴロー Gorō to Gorō?)
  3. The Gift From Space (宇宙からの贈りもの Uchū kara no Okurimono?)
  4. Mammoth Flower (マンモスフラワー Manmosu Furawā?)
  5. Peguila Is Here! (ペギラが来た! Pegira ga Kita!?)
  6. Grow Up! Little Turtle (育てよ! カメ Sodateyo! Kame?)
  7. S.O.S. Mount Fuji (SOS富士山 Esu Ō Esu Fujisan?)
  8. Terror of the Sweet Honey (甘い蜜の恐怖 Amai Mitsu no Kyōfu?)
  9. Baron Spider (クモ男爵 Kumo Danshaku?)
  10. The Underground Super Express Goes West (地底超特急西へ Chitei Chōtokkyū Nishi e?)
  11. Balloonga (バルンガ Barunga?)
  12. I Saw a Bird (鳥を見た Tori o Mita?)
  13. Garadama (ガラダマ?)
  14. Tokyo Ice Age (東京氷河期 Tōkyō Hyōgaki?)
  15. Kanegon's Cocoon (カネゴンの繭 Kanegon no Mayu?)
  16. Garamon Strikes Back (ガラモンの逆襲 Garamon no Gyakushū?)
  17. The 1/8 Project (1/8計画 Hachibun-no-Ichi Keikaku?)
  18. The Rainbow's Egg (虹の卵 Niji no Tamago?)
  19. Challenge from the Year 2020 (2020年の挑戦 Nisen-nijū-nen no Chōsen?)
  20. The Undersea Humanoid Ragon (海底原人ラゴン Kaitei Genjin Ragon?)
  21. Space Directive M774 (宇宙指令M774 Uchū Shirei Emu Nana Nana Yon?)
  22. Metamorphosis (変身 Henshin?)
  23. Fury of the South Sea (南海の怒り Nankai no Ikari?)
  24. The Idol of Goga (ゴーガの像 Gōga no Zō?)
  25. The Devil Child (悪魔ッ子 Akumakko?)
  26. Blazing Victory (燃えろ栄光 Moeru Eikō?)
  27. The Disappearance of Flight 206 (206便消滅す Ni Maru Roku Bin Shōmetsu-su?)
  28. Open Up! (あけてくれ! Aketekure!?)

Movies

  1. Ultra Q The Movie: Legend of the Stars (ウルトラQ ザ・ムービー 星の伝説?)

CastEdit

English DubEdit

Page from United Artist Television's Press Kit

Page from United Artist's Television Press Kit.

In 1967, Ultra Q was licensed from Eiji Tsuburaya and TBS by CBS Films, producers of The Twilight Zone. It was a package deal that not only included Ultra Q, but also Ultraman. For the task of dubbing, CBS hired Film House in Toronto, Canada, what is now DeLuxe Toronto. Tsuburaya provided translated scripts, plus English language opening and closing credits, and a custom, swirling title-card. The series itself was dubbed in its 28 episode entirety. At some point, CBS Films backed out of licencing the series, and it was picked up, along with Ultraman, by United Artists Television, producers of The Outer Limits.

Subsequently, United Artists Television hired Titra Studios to dub Ultraman. Ultraman was syndicated, however, Ultra Q was not, due to being in Black-and-white at a time when most television was switching to color. After Ultraman finished its run in syndication, audio and film masters, and other materials, of both series were stored in the MGM vaults (stumbled upon by the author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, August Ragone, while researching materials concerning Ultra Q).[3]

Before Ragone uncovered this information, it was commonly believed, even by Tsuburaya Productions, that only one episode, Episode 3 ("Gift From Outer Space"), was dubbed into English as a pilot.[4] Over the last decade, other episodes have been discovered in the hands of private US collectors on the 16mm film format.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ragone, August (2007, 2014) Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, Chronicle Books, ISBN 978-0-8118-6078-9
  2. Ragone, August (2007, 2014) Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, Chronicle Books, ISBN 978-0-8118-6078-9
  3. Ragone, August (2007, 2014) Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, Chronicle Books, ISBN 978-0-8118-6078-9
  4. Ragone, August (2007, 2014) Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, Chronicle Books, ISBN 978-0-8118-6078-9

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