Ultra Eye stolen repeatedly


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Alien Pitt in human form

In “Ultra Seven,” there are also episodes in which aliens mutate into human women.

Alien Pitt appearing in Episode 3, which was shot at the very beginning of the series, is the first one.

Episode 3 “The Secret of The Lake” is said to have tiled “Beautiful Invader” originally in the script, and two of Alien Pitt like twin sisters, when in human form, appear.

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Alien Pitt

Actually they were played by a single actress, Reiko Takahashi who was 15 years old at the time.

 

Now that it’s mentioned, the two don’t appear in the same scene with their faces shown to us.

The drama not to give us a sense of strangeness is excellent.

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Alien Goddra in human form

It is well known Alien Pitt are the aliens to control Eleking.

In Episode 4 “Max, Acknowledge,” Alien Goddra appears with the appearance of a young woman acted by Ryuko Mizukami.

 

What is in common between both episodes is that Dan has Ultra Eye stolen by the girls the aliens have transformed into.

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Alien Goddra

That’s why it’s often talked about playfully among fans that Dan is very susceptible to female charms.

But it’s true, in addition to the story about Alien Magellan, Maya (Episode 37 “The Stolen Ultra Eye”), Dan has Ultra Eye stolen by girls over and over.

Come on, Dan!

Android Girl


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Zero One (“Ultra Seven”; Episode 9)

Alien Chibull mentioned in the previous post is accompanied by a subordinate android girl named Zero One.

I don’t know since when she has been called so because I think she was called merely Android Girl or something in my childhood.

But, as it looks like Zero One is her official name today, I’ll follow it.

Alien Chibull calls his evil scheme Android Zero Directive as the subtitle (Episode 9) shows. and she may have got the name from it.

 

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Furuhashi paid for it

Though she looks very charming, the android without expressions was scaring when I was a kid.

In the drama, Zero One appears in front of Furuhashi and Soga of the UG on patrol by Pointer.

Zero One: Do you happen to be Tai-in Dan Moroboshi?

Furuhashi: Me? (With a wink at Soga) Yes. Dan Moroboshi.

Zero One: I wanted to meet you… (Offers her hand)

As soon as Furuhashi holds her hand, he gets an electric shock.

 

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Alien Chibull’s human form and Zero One

And Zero One, who failed to end him, runs away.

I wondered why Furuhashi pretended to be Dan Moroboshi as an innocent child though I knew his intention in later years.

Yukiko Kobayashi who played Zero One was an actress belonging to Toho at the time.

Her beautiful features really match the role of the android girl.

Ms. Kobayashi says in a recent interview on a book the role of Zero One remains impressive.

Zero One has much of a presence and remains impressive to me as well.

Intelligence of Ultra


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Tetsuo Kinjo, the main screenwriter for the early Ultra Series

Regardless of whether the producers actually knew much of Greece or not, I think it’s a fact that Ultra was sustained by background culture of the producers.

Just my opinion, Japanese of the olden days had much intelligence.

I mean It’s not just knowledge.

I think they had much of what may be called general culture, or liberal arts academically, regardless of their academic background.

 

It’s not just the size of information but something more radical, I think.

They may have loved intelligence in a real sense in accordance with the initial meaning of the word “philosophy.”

I think the subtitles show the intelligence of the producers of the time.

They have terms which should be difficult for children to understand.

 

But, as I told you before, Ultra was produced family-intended and children could ask their parents or grandparents about such difficult terms.

It may be said it was produced and works out on the premise of warm family or human relationship.

The logo of each title is tasteful as well.

That makes each episode more likely to be an independent one like a movie as I said before.

I think it shows the producers must have put their heart into the product episode by episode.

Sweet names of Ultra Kaiju


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Alien Iyros (“Ultra Seven”; Episode 13)

Besides the subtitles, what also draws my attention is the names of the Ultra Kaiju which I find very much attractive.

You may find there are lots of monsters whose name ends with “ra” or “la.” (They are not distinguished in Japanese.)

The custom should come from the famous Godzilla which I heard named after gorilla and kujira (whale in Japanese).

 

Coming up with a unique name for the monsters appearing weekly in the drama must have been considerably a tough task.

But they are attractive enough as each of them seams to match the particular monster or alien.

“The producers of ‘Ultra Seven’ know very much about Greece.

There was a Greek playwrite named Aeschylus. ” […]

According to “Ultra Seven Pictorial,” it’s explained properly Alien Ayros (Iyros) was named after Aischylos, poet of ancient Greece, In the publication for children of the time.

 

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Alien Chibull (“Ultra Seven”; Episode 9)

Those named intuitively or by playing on words are also attractive.

They often have a nice ring or are full of wit with a sense of fun.

A masterpiece is, for example, Alien Chibull named after the Okinawan term meaning “head.”

Shozo Uehara who wrote the script for this episode is  from Okinawa along with late Tetsuo Kinjo, the main screen writer for the first trilogy of Ultra.

Tohl Narita designed the alien by abstracting the brain.

Charming subtitles


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“Passport to Infinity” (Ultraman; Episode 17)

As a matter of fact, I doubt the Ultra Series has lasted until today without the original Ultraman designed by Tohl Narita.

All f the newer Ultra Heroes follow the original Ultraman and Ultra Sven.

And there were lots of super heroes other than the Tsuburaya products in the past.

They are reviewed as nostalgic heroes (I love them, too! ) but not with such an impact as Ultraman.

 

Some cartoonists say success of the product depends much on the characters.

And I also hear, if they get a good character, they tend to come up with attractive stories more easily to make the characters act attractively.

For all that, it is also true excellent producers get together and each of them contributed to expanding the world of Ultra.

It can be said the Ultra Series were blessed with talented producers of all time including the directors and screen writers.

 

As an example, though it’s not often mentioned, I think each episode title of the first trilogy of Ultra is so nice.

If interested, please see the static pages of this site.

I’m not sure if the English subtitles would make you feel the same way, but they are not childish at all and, moreover, quite elegant in Japanese in addition to being brief and lean with much impact.

Each of them easily makes me remember the story, the monster and the scenes.

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“The Invisible Challenger” (Ultra Seven; Episode 1)