|This article is about a/an series entry (the 10th) in the Ultra Series.|
|Ultraman: Towards the Future|
|Number of episodes:||13|
|First episode:||Signs of Life|
|Intro:||Bokura no Great|
|Original airing:||January 4, 1992 - March 28, 1992|
Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero
Ultraman: Towards the Future, known as Ultraman Great (ウルトラマンＧ（グレート） Urutoraman Gurēto?), is the tenth entry of the Ultra Series. It was produced in 1990 in Australia by the South Australian Film Corporation and Japan's Tsuburaya Productions (the creators of the Ultraman character).
There were 13 episodes filmed (the first 6 episodes were the "Goudes Threat" story arc). At the time, Eco-awareness was at a high, and many episodes included environmental themes. Ultraman's three minute time limit is also attributed to "Earth's polluted atmosphere" in this version.
Although simply called "Ultraman" in the original Australian version, the series was titled Ultraman Great for its Japanese release; the 13-episode show was originally featured on home video and Laser Disc there on 25 September 1990, and was later broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System from 8 July to 30 September 1995.
It was the first series produced in the Heisei era. The show was distributed in the United States by Sachs Family Entertainment, the show was broadcast in weekly syndication from 4 January to 28 March 1992. The series generated a merchandise line including toys, comic books and a video game.
Jack Shindo and Stanley Haggard are members of the first manned expedition to Mars, and on the red planet find a giant slug-like monster, Goudes/Gudis. Suddenly the giant warrior, Ultraman, arrives and fights Goudes, but is knocked down for a period. Shindo is pinned by a rockslide and Haggard tries to escape in their ship but is blown up by Goudes. It is then that Ultraman gets up, and when he is on the verge of victory Goudes changes into a virus and travels to Earth, where it plans on corrupting all life, mutating other creatures into monsters and awakening existing ones. Needing a human host to survive on Earth, Ultraman joins with Jack, allowing him to become the mighty alien when all seems lost. He joins the Universal Multipurpose Agency, or UMA, in order to help them battle the monsters.
Halfway through the series Goudes reappears, more powerful than before. It imprisons Ultraman, but Jack distracts it by ultimately showing it the futility of its mission. Even if it does manage to corrupt all life, eventually there will be nothing else to corrupt. The distraction allows Ultraman to break free and destroy Goudes once and for all. For the rest of the series the environmental themes are stronger and the monsters usually arise from human pollution.
In the series finale, a doomsday scenario begins with the appearance of three powerful monsters: Kilazee, Kodalar, and the Earth itself, which tries to wipe out the human race for abusing it. Ultraman is defeated by Kodalar, but Jack survives. Ultimately the humans use an ancient disc to destroy Kodalar by reflecting its own power at it and Ultraman defeats Kilazee and carries it into space, separating Jack from him and restoring him on Earth as a normal human. The victory is seen as another chance for the human race.
|Ultraman Great||Jack Shindo|
- Clone Jimmy
- The Vegoids
- Mysterious Plankton
- Signs of Life (生命の兆候 Seimei no chōkō?)
- The Hibernator (冬眠動物 Tōmindōbutsu?)
- The Child's Dream (子供の夢 Kodomo no yume?)
- The Storm Hunter (ストームハンター Sutōmuhantā?)
- Blast from the Past (タイムトラベラーきのうから来た恋 Taimutoraberā kinō kara kita koibito?)
- The Showdown (対決 Taiketsu?)
- The Forest Guardian (森のガーディアン Mori no gādian?)
- Bitter Harvest (苦い収穫 Nigai shūkaku?)
- The Biospherians
- Tourists from the Stars (スターからの観光客 Sutā kara no kankōkyaku?)
- The Survivalists (サバイバル生活 Sabaibaru seikatsu?)
- The Age of Plagues (疫病の時代 Ekibyōnojidai?)
- Nemesis (ネメシス Nemeshisu?)
- Jack Shindo: Dore Kraus
- Colonel Arthur Grant: Ralph Cotterill
- Jean Echo: Gia Carides
- Lloyd Wilder: Rick Adams
- Charles Morgan: Lloyd Morris
- Kim Shaomin: Grace Parr
- Jack Shindo, Ultraman Great: Matthew O'Sullivan, Masaki Kyomoto (京本 政樹 Kyōmoto Masaki?)
- Colonel Arthur Grant: Akiji Kobayashi (小林昭二 Kobayashi Akiji?)
- Jean Echo: Yoshiko Sakakibara (榊原 良子 Sakakibara Yoshiko?)
- Lloyd Wilder: Koichi Yamadera (山寺 宏一 Yamadera Kōichi?)
- Charles Morgan: Shingo Yanagisawa (柳沢 慎吾 Yanagisawa Shingo?)
- Kim Shaomin: Fumi Hirano (平野 文 Hirano Fumi?)
- Opening theme
- Ending theme
The music was composed by Sinsuke Kazato and released by Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd (COCC-9745) in 1992. The soundtrack is very rare, it went quickly out of print and can now only be found used. The music was performed by The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
The series also received an equally short-lived toyline from DreamWorks toys. The figures were 10" tall and included Ultraman, who came with a mini Jack Shindo, as well as his enemies Bogun, Barrangas, Majaba, Gerukadon and Kilazee. Also released was a toy of the Hummer vehicle which included a mini figure of Charlie Morgan.
A toy of the Saltop was advertised on the back of all boxes, though it was never released or produced according to a Bandai representative. Despite their unique size, the toys were not without their problems. Jack, Charlie and the Hummer were well out of scale with the other toys, while the Ultraman figure lacked articulation. Also, despite being the main villain for the first story arc, neither version of Gudis was released as a toy in the DreamWorks line (although one did appear in Bandai's Japanese vinyl Ultraman line).
A video game based on the series was released for Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom. It is thought to have awkward controls and an unfairly high level of difficulty by many. It was based around the same engine as a Japanese Ultraman game based on the original series. In the game Ultraman fights Gudis, Bogun, Degola, Barrangas, Gudis II, Zebokon, Majaba, Kodolar, and Kilazee.
A comic book retelling of/sequel to the series, published in early 1993 by Harvey Comics' short-lived "Nemesis" label, was printed in the United States. However, the comic treats Ultraman Great as the same Ultraman from the original 1966 series. The comic has also been known to confuse Ultraman: Towards the Future with the subsequent American-produced series, Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (which was released as Ultraman Powered in Japan), of which the comic had included plenty of full-color publicity pictures in many issues to generate interest.
After 4 issues (5 if you count the "Minus-one" issue), the comic series was canceled once Harvey Comics went out of business the next year. (Most of the issues had different collectible cover variants, a trend prevalent in the "Speculator Boom" at the time). Another unrelated comic book series, "Ultraman Tiga", was later published by Dark Horse Comics in 2003 (ten issues).
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