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Ultraseven
Number 3
Number of episodes: 49
First episode: The Invisible Challenger
Last episode: The Greatest Invasion in History
Intro: Ultraseven no Uta
Original airing: October 1, 1967 - September 8, 1968
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Ultraseven (ウルトラセブン Urutora Sebun?) is the third entry of the Ultra Series. Created by Eiji Tsuburaya, this follow up to Ultraman went on to become one of Japan's greatest fantasy TV series. Ultraseven, produced by Tsuburaya Productions, aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from October 1, 1967 to September 8, 1968.

Such is his popularity that Ultraseven (or simply "Seven") has appeared or at least made cameos in nearly every Ultra Series following his own and has had far more exposure than even the original Ultraman (though the original Ultraman is without a doubt the face of the Ultras).

Ultraseven is sometimes incorrectly called "Ultraman Seven" by many sources outside Japan (or in the case of KHON/Honolulu, Hawaii, Ultra 7, as listed in TV Guide when it ran in 1975). Both the series and its hero can also be called Ultraseven (without a space), which is generally the form used when romanized.

PlotEdit

In the not-too-distant future, the Earth finds itself constantly under attack from extraterrestrial threats. To combat them, the Terrestrial Defense Force establishes the Ultra Guard (ウルトラ警備隊 Urutora keibi-tai?), a team of six elite members who utilize high-tech vehicles and weaponry. Joining their fight is the mysterious Dan Moroboshi who is secretly an alien from the Land of Light in Nebula M-78, Ultraseven.

CharactersEdit

UltrasEdit

Ultraseven Dan Moroboshi
Seven's Superior Seven's Superior

Ultra GarrisonEdit

MonstersEdit

Capsule MonstersEdit

Other Monsters And AliensEdit

ArsenalEdit

EpisodesEdit

Main article: Ultraseven Episodes
  1. The Invisible Challenger (姿なき挑戦者 Sugata naki Chōsensha?)
  2. The Green Terror (緑の恐怖 Midori no Kyōfu?)
  3. The Secret of the Lake (湖のひみつ Mizumi no himitsu?)
  4. Max, Acknowledge (マックス号応答せよ Makkusu-gō Ōtō seyo?)
  5. The Negated Hours (消された時間 Kesareta Jikan?)
  6. The Dark Zone (ダーク・ゾーン Dāku Zōn?)
  7. Space Prisoner 303 (宇宙囚人303 Uchū Shūjin San-Maru-San?)
  8. The Targeted Town (狙われた街 Nerawareta Machi?)
  9. Android Zero Directive (アンドロイド0指令 Andoroido Zero Shirei?)
  10. The Suspicious Neighbor (怪しい隣人 Ayashii Rinjin?)
  11. Fly to Devil's Mountain (魔の山へ飛べ Ma no Yama e Tobe?)
  12. From Another Planet with Love (遊星より愛をこめて Yūsei yori Ai o Komete?)
  13. The Man from V3 (V3から来た男 Bui Surī kara Kita Otoko?)
  14. Westward, Ultra Garrison (Beginning) (ウルトラ警備隊西へ(前編) Urutora Keibitai Nishi e (Zenpen)?)
  15. Westward, Ultra Garrison (Conclusion) (ウルトラ警備隊西へ(後編) Urutora Keibitai Nishi e (Kōhen)?)
  16. Shining Eyes in the Darkness (闇に光る目 Yami ni Hikaru Me?)
  17. Underground: Go! Go! Go! (地底GO! GO! GO! Chitei Gō! Gō! Gō!?)
  18. Escape from Area X (空間X脱出 Kūkan Ekkusu Dasshutsu?)
  19. Project Blue (プロジェクト・ブルー Purojekuto Burū?)
  20. Smash Epicenter X (地震源Xを倒せ Jishingen Ekkusu o Taose?)
  21. Pursue the Undersea Base (海底基地を追え Kaitei Kichi o Oe?)
  22. The Human Ranch (人間牧場 Ningen Bokujō?)
  23. Find Tomorrow (明日を捜せ Asu o Sagase?)
  24. Return to the North! (北へ還れ! Kita e Kaere!?)
  25. Showdown at 140 Degrees Below Zero (零下140度の対決 Reika Hyakuyonjū-do no Taiketsu?)
  26. Super Weapon R-1 (超兵器R1号 Chōheiki Āru Ichi-gō?)
  27. Operation: Cyborg (サイボーグ作戦 Saibōgu Sakusen?)
  28. The 700 Kilometer Run! (700キロを突っ走れ! Nanahyaku Kiro o Tsuppashire!?)
  29. The Forsaken Earthman (ひとりぼっちの地球人 Hitoribotchi no Chikyūjin?)
  30. For Whom Takes the Glory (栄光は誰れのために Eikō wa Dare no Tame ni?)
  31. The Devil Who Dwells in a Flower (悪魔の住む花 Akuma no Sumu Hana?)
  32. The Wandering Planet (散歩する惑星 Sannpo suru Wakusei?)
  33. The Dead Invaders (侵略する死者たち Shinryaku suru Shishatachi?)
  34. The Vanishing City (蒸発都市 Jōhatsu Toshi?)
  35. Horror on the Moon (月世界の戦慄 Gessekai no Senritsu?)
  36. The 0.1 Second Kill (必殺の0.1秒 Hissatsu no Rei-ten-ichi Byō?)
  37. The Stolen Ultra Eye (盗まれたウルトラ・アイ Nusumareta Urutora Ai?)
  38. The Courageous Battle (勇気ある戦い Yūki aru Tatakai?)
  39. The Seven Assassination Plan (Beginning) (セブン暗殺計画(前篇) Sebun Ansatsu Keikaku (Zenpen)?)
  40. The Seven Assassination Plan (Conclusion) (セブン暗殺計画(後編) Sebun Ansatsu Keikaku (Kōhen)?)
  41. The Challenge from the Water (水中からの挑戦 Suichū kara no Chōsen?)
  42. Ambassador of The Nonmalt (ノンマルトの使者 Nonmaruto no Shisha?)
  43. Nightmare on Planet 4 (第四惑星の悪夢 Daiyon Wakusei no Akumu?)
  44. The Terrifying Super-Simian (恐怖の超猿人 Kyōfu no Chōenjin?)
  45. The Boy Who Cried Flying Saucer (円盤が来た Enban ga Kita?)
  46. The Duel: Dan vs. Seven (ダン対セブンの決闘 Dan tai Sebun no Kettō?)
  47. Who are You? (あなたはだぁれ? Anata wa dare??)
  48. The Greatest Invasion in History (Beginning) (史上最大の侵略(前編) Shijō Saidai no Shinryaku (Zenpen)?)
  49. The Greatest Invasion in History (Conclusion) (史上最大の侵略(後編) Shijō Saidai no Shinryaku (Kōhen)?)

Movies

  1. Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight (ウルトラマン・ウルトラセブン モーレツ大怪獣戦?)

CastEdit

Suit actorsEdit

SongsEdit

Differences from the original UltramanEdit

Ultraseven was not only visually different from the first Ultraman (being mostly red with a removable crest/weapon and more 'boxy'-looking eyes), but often faced numerous moral and ethical dilemmas. On one occasion, he was forced to break a promise Dan had made to a young boy who was undergoing an operation in order to protect the hospital from a monster. On another occasion, he was forced to battle the sole survivor of a small planet that was destroyed by a careless weapons test, making him wonder if he was fighting for a worthy cause. On yet another occasion, as Dan, he desperately tried to contact the inhabitants of a space faring city before it was destroyed by the Ultra Garrison, to keep it from crashing into Earth.

Also, Ultraseven did not possess a mortally injured human to use as his host but instead used his powers to scan a brave human that he had saved from being fatally injured and used that human as a template to create a human form for him to shift into. Thus, Dan Moroboshi literally IS Ultraseven while the original Ultraman would instead merge into the body of Shin Hayata to make two beings into one. However the consequence of Ultraseven transforming into a human form is that catastrophic injuries he receives as Ultraseven can and will pass on to his human form of Dan Moroboshi.

This was shown best in the opening episode of Ultraman Leo when Ultraseven was badly beaten by a tag team of two monsters and their alien master, with one of the monsters breaking his right leg. After he reverted to his human form, the injuries were still there and as a result of the injuries as well as the severe energy drain he suffered, Dan was unable to transform back into Ultraseven and his Ultra Eye was damaged in the process. Ultraman Leo, Ultraman 80 and Ultraman Mebius also used their powers to create a human form to transform into and thus they also would share this same weakness as Ultraseven.

Video ReleaseEdit

US DVD

DVD cover

In 2012, US company Shout! Factory, released a 6 disc DVD box set containing every episode of the original series (with the exception of the notoriously banned episode 12 due to censorship.) The set features an Interview with the Show's Cast (The Ultra Garrison,) who discussed working on the set (the interview itself was documented before Shōji Nakayama's Death and Shinsuke Achiha's Suicide) as well as a booklet by August Ragone which gives details on the behind-the-scenes of the series. [1]

It should be noted however, that while Shout Factory acquired the rights to release the Ultraseven series (as well as Ultra Q) from Golden Media Group. Golden Media Group, in turn, acquired the rights from the Thai company, Chaiyo Productions, a company in which has had several legal battles against Tsuburaya Proudctions over the rights to various Ultraman characters and series'.

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