Recently I have bought online the books of Ultraman I used to have when I was a kid.
I had this book “Ultra Kaijyu Nyumon” (“Nyumon” means beginner’s guide) of the first edition (1971) with the cover of “Kaette-kita Ultraman” (Return of Ultraman,1971) facing Kaijyu “Twintail.”
This 1990 edition features Ultra Seven and Bell Seijin instead.
When I turned the pages again, the feeling of old days fills me.
The content should be the same as the one I used to have.
But it looks a bit different from what I remembered.
The original Ultraman (1966) began to be called as “Shodai Ultraman” (Ultraman the First) .
Because the new “Kaette-kita Ultraman” was broadcast at that time.
This book also gives the name “Shodai” to the original Ultraman.
Probably, by this picture of Shodai Ultraman, I noticed the B-type Ultraman as I mentioned in the previous post.
The caption says, “The heroes who protected the earth.”
It is interesting to learn Ultra Seven is explained here as “the best friend of Ultraman’s.”
You can see the concept to link Ultraman, Ultra Seven and Kaette-kita Ultraman in the same world setting because they were set up as “Ultraman Family” or “Ultra Brothers” since Kaette-kita Ultraman.
Originally, Ultraman and Ultra Seven have the totally different world setting with no specific link with each other except that both of them are from Nebula M78, Hikari-no-kuni (the Land of Light).