Unexpected Defeat Of Ultraman

The defeat of Ultraman came as a surprise and definitely had an enormous impact on us kids at the time.

It’s a well-known story that children looked up at the night sky to say goodbye to Ultraman going back home when the final episode was aired.

I feel it exactly shows a sense of unity between the creators and viewers as Satoshi (Bin) Furuya mentioned in his newspaper contribution.

What defeated Ultraman?

It was Zetton in the story, but it’s said to have been due to the tight shooting schedule to meet the deadline for the weekly broadcasting.

In fact, the final episode was broadcast just 10 days after the shooting of the SFX part was finished.

I hear, in the script, Zetton was to be beaten with Spaceum Beam shot by Zoffy from the sky initially.

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The script also seems to have included a scene in which Zetton trample and crush Ultraman’s Color Timer, but killing a children’s hero cruelly was avoided eventually. (It’s a great relief!)

Ultraman’s Color Timer appears to have been crushed (or melted) in the scenes with Zoffy though it was not like that when he fell down before Zetton.

That shows the trace of the above plot with a strip of wrinkled plastic wrap placed on the Timer for the shooting. (No one in the suit as Mr. Furuya played Zoffy as well.)


ZOFFY

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Episode Episode 39: “Farewell, Ultraman”
Alias None
Height 45 m
Weight 45,000 t
Emergence SSSP Japan Headquarter
Homeplace Land of Light, Nebula M78
Features Colleague of Ultraman’s
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Unknown
Actor Satoshi (Bin) Furuya

Zoffy is a member of the Space Ranger of the Land of Light, Nebula M78.

He’s a colleague of Ultraman’s and came flying to bring Ultraman defeated by Zetton back home.

He was reset to be the oldest brother of the Ultra/Ultraman Brothers and the captain of the Space Ranger in the later Ultra Series of the 1970s.

After Zetton was beaten by the SSSP, Zoffy showed up from the sky. (You’re too late!)

He turned into a red light ball which exactly looks like the one we saw in Episode 1 of this series and had Ultraman lying on the ground attracted into it.

Given Zoffy identified himself as such in front of Ultraman, the two presumably didn’t know each other until that time.

Although Zoffy suggested Ultraman to go back home with him, Ultraman insisted he would stay on the earth because Hayata would die if Ultraman should return home.

Zoffy preached the value of peace on earth lies in being grasped by the hands of humans and that Ultraman should not stay on indefinitely.

Ultraman agreed to it offering to give his life to Hayata, and, at this time, it was revealed Ultraman was at the age of 20,000.

Moved by these words and learning Ultraman’s love for eartghlings, Zoffy gave Hayata the other one of the ‘two lives’ he brought with him. (You’re too late, Zoffy…)

Thus Hayata and Ultraman got separated from each other, which made Hayata lose his memory of what happened while he was united with Ultraman.

The SSSP members including puzzled Hayata watched Ultraman and Zoffy leave the earth for home.


ZETTON

Episode Episode 39: “Farewell, Ultraman”
Alias Space Dinosaur
Height 60 m
Weight 30,000 t
Emergence SSSP Japan Headquarter
Homeplace Space
Features Controlled by the mysterious alien; defeating Ultraman completely
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Teruo Aragaki

Zetton is a space monster described as Space Dinosaur which came out of the mysterious aliens‘ largest spacecraft.

It’s known as the strongest monster which, of all things, defeated Ultraman completely.

Always emitting a characteristic electric sound (I like this), Zetton disabled Ultraman’s attacks such as Catch Ring and Ultra Slash by using its barrier and so on.

It also has the ability to teleport which disturbed Ultraman.

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The space dinosaur absorbed Ultraman’s Spaceum Beam and emitted a wave-like beam in exchange which hit the Color Timer and
made Ultraman fall down to the ground.

At the end, the formidable enemy was smashed into pieces in mid air by the Zero Gravity Shot which was a prototype just finished by the Science Center.

It’s amazing to see Dr. Iwamoto, who was rescued out of the SSSP building, take the new weapon out of the inner pocket of his jacket in such a casual way.  Yes, I like that!!!  🙂

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The stylish form of Zetton with no features and expressions on its face, which makes it look emotionless enough, was so impressive as well although it’s an abominable monster which defeated our hero.

Its back like a longicorn beetle also looks attractive.

As described in the post on Saigo, I heard Zetton could have been an alien controlling Saigo.

If that’s true, I imagine that could be why both of them have similar projections on the face.

But I think it’s Zetton that deserves to be a monster for the final episode.


MYSTERIOUS ALIEN (ALIEN ZETTON)

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Episode Episode 39: “Farewell, Ultraman”
Alias Transformation Mystery Man
Height 2 m
Weight 60 kg
Emergence SSSP Japan Headquarter
Homeplace Space
Features Controlling Zetton; transforming into Dr. Iwamoto
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Unknown

This is a mysterious and enigmatic alien who controls Space Dinosaur Zetton.

Although he’s now commonly known as Alien Zetton for the sake of convenience, he seems to have been described just as Mysterious Alien in the script.

It’s assumed the aliens had watched for the opportunity to invade the earth for more than 40 years prudently.

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The big one contains Space Dinosaur Zetton

His head apparently has the same appearance as Kemur appearing in Ultra Q and Ultraman.

The head of Alien Zetton seems to be attached with a different angle from Kemur, which made Alien Zetton look like a single-eyed alien. (Both of them are three-eyed actually.)

And Alien Zetton doesn’t have the hair Kemur had around the neck, either.

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In the close-up scene, we can see Kemur have had eyebrows.

The shape of the hands is also different though it remains unknown what the body looks like due to the business suit Alien Zetton wore.

Because he sneaked into the SSSP Japan Headquarter disguising himself as Dr. Iwamoto.

While a group of their spacecrafts approaching the earth with the VTOLs in action to intercept them, he made Fuji fall unconscious by wringing her neck and destroyed the machines of the control room.

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Cornered by the other SSSP members and knocked to the ground by Arashi, he showed his true colors.

Shot by Hayata with the Mars 133, he vanished into thin air groaning the name of Zetton in agony.

The fact no one of the SSSP members didn’t refer to the alien as Kemur told us kids he’s a different alien from Kemur, leaving us a bit puzzled abut it.

I think we called him ‘Alien like Kemur controlling Zetton’ in my childhood with no choice at the time.


SAIGO

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Episode Episode 38: “The Spaceship Rescue Command”
Alias Sand Hell Monster
Height 45 m
Weight 40,000 t
Emergence Planet Q
Homeplace Planet Q
Features Breathing out sand cloud; inconspicuous
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Eiichi Matsushima

Saigo is a space monster dwelling underground on Planet Q.

In spite of the somber impression, Saigo compares favorably with  Keylla in strength.

In the battle with Keylla, Saigo overpowered Keylla initially taking a bite at Keylla, mounting it or breathing out sand cloud.

But Keylla’s flash light from its eyes caused Saigo to escape into underground.

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Saigo emerged from underground before the SSSP’s Space Tank.

And then it was smashed into pieces by the SNK Missiles launched from the tank.

I think Saigo is the most low-profile monster among the monsters of Ultraman but Suflan.

Although Saigo is often described as a monster which digs a trap in the ground in wait for prey like an ant lion, there is no scene like that.

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Sand Cloud Attack

At any rate, the darkness on Planet Q and the dark color of the body makes the monster so inconspicuous that I didn’t remember this monster in my childhood.

It’s a well-made monster in itself both in design and sculpturing.

The name Saigo means last or end in Japanese.

According to one explanation I heard, Saigo was supposed to be the monster for the final episode of Ultraman.

And Zetton was designed as an alien who controls Saigo.

The name Zetton came from the last letter of the alphabet.

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Space Tank

KEYLLA

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Episode Episode 38: “The Spaceship Rescue Command”
Alias Heat and Light Monster
Height 40 m
Weight 20,000 t
Emergence Planet Q
Homeplace Planet Q
Features Blinding flashlight from the big eyes; invulnerable to Ultra Slash and Spaceum Beam
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Haruo Nakajima

Keylla is a space monster dwelling on Planet Q to which humans sent a space probe named Prospector.

It emits such an intense flashlight from the big eyes as to blind people temporarily who have looked at it.

Besides the eyes, it’s characterized by the slated, segmented body like a sea slater and the face which makes us imagine a longicorn beetle.

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It went into battle with Saigo, another monster living on Planet Q.

Although the big-eyed monster was almost overwhelmed by Saigo initially, the eye flash caused Saigo to run away into underground.

Contrary to appearances, Keylla is such a strong monster that the Needle S80, (as always) new weapon invented and developed by Ide, Ultra Slash and Spaceum Beam had no effect on it.

But it’s often the case with Ultraman that he uses a technique unseen before all of a sudden in such a critical situation.

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Needle S80 held by Hayata

Keylla was hurled into space by Ultra Psychokinesis and exploded eventually.

Although I think it’s an attractive monster with the characteristic big eyes, along with the darkness of Plant Q, it is regrettable Keylla was not such an impressive monster somehow.

But the story of this episode depicting the activities of the SSSP on another planet in space is much fun.

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Ultra Psychokinesis

DORAKO (REBORN)

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Episode Episode 37: “The Littlest Hero”
Alias Comet Monster
Height 45 m
Weight 20,000 t
Emergence Mt. Oiwa
Homeplace Mt. Oiwa
Features Revived by Geronimon
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Eiichi Matsushima

Reborn Dorako is one of the monsters revived by the psychic ability of Geronimon.

The original Dorako appeared in Episode 25: Strange Comet Cyphon in which it went missing after beaten by Guigas and Red King (II) with its wings torn off.

Although Reborn Pigmon and Reborn Telesdon look almost the same as the originals (except the deterioration of the costumes with the passage of time), Reborn Dorako looks so much different from Dorako.

Reborn Dorako didn’t have the beautiful wings it had last time from the beginning and had five horns instead of just one it originally had.

And, oddly enough, it had five-fingered hands like a human instead of the sickle-shaped ones of the original Dorako.

Its reappearance with these unexplained differences made me feel strange in my childhood.

Although such differences were not referred to publicly at the time so much as today (with no Internet), we kids were fully aware of the differences.

Incidentally, the designation ‘Reborn Dorako’ was not used in those days, and it was described as Dorako II until recently along with the other reborn monsters.

Irritated by Reborn Pigmon hopping around to draw the attention to protect Ide, Reborn Dorako crushed the tiny monster to death.

And Reborn Dorako was smashed into pieces with Spark 8 shot by Ide who restored courage at the sight of Pigmon’s deadly devotion.


TELESDON (REBORN)

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Episode Episode 37: “The Littlest Hero”
Alias Underground Monster
Height 60 m
Weight 120,000 t
Emergence Mt. Oiwa
Homeplace Mt. Oiwa
Features Revived by Geronimon
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Hiroyuki Kiyono

Guided by Reborn Pigmon, the SSSP rushed to Mr. Oiwa where Geronimon seemed to be hiding.

Ahead of Geronimon, they found Reborn Telesdon and Reborn Dorako in the mountains.

Telesdon was originally a monster controlled by the underground humans in Episode 22: Sabotage Terrene.

But they were not involved with this Reborn Telesdon.

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Unlike Reborn Dorako, Reborn Telesdon has no distinctive difference from the original one. (In terms of the costume, the neck appears to be bent forward sharply in comparison with the original probably due to deterioration with the passage of time.)

In Episode 22, Telesdon showed up and went on a rampage in the heart of Tokyo at night as the monster is set to hate brightness just like the Underground Humans who controlled the monster.

Reborn Telesdon could be active even in daylight.

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Triple Shot

Although Reborn Telesdon had a skirmish with Reborn Dorako under the moonlight, they stopped fighting when hearing Geronimon’s roar from Mr. Oiwa.

And Reborn Telesdon and Reborn Dorako went into battle with the SSSP.

It was defeated by the Triple Shot with the muzzles of tree Superguns joined among Cap. Muramatsu, Fuji and Arashi.

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The Triple Shot hit Reborn Telesdon

PIGMON (REBORN)

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Episode Episode 37: “The Littlest Hero”
Alias Friendly Rare Beast
Height 1 m
Weight 10 kg
Emergence Department store in Tokyo
Homeplace Mt. Oiwa
Features Revived by Geronimon
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Hiroshi Chiba (credited as Masahiro Oyake)

Pigmon is a monster known as the one friendly to humans which first appeared in Episode 8 The Wild Monster Zone of Ultraman.

The psychic ability of Geronimon revived Pigmon along with the other monsters.

This reborn Pigmon showed up somehow in a department store of Tokyo for this time and was taken into protective custody by the SSSP.

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Pigmon asleep in the toy department

It’s fun to see him blink in surprise and get excited when he found the tin toy of Garamon in the toy aisle he wandered into.

Beside the Marzan‘s toy, Red King can be seen, which could be called a fatal reunion for Pigmon given what happened in Episode 8.

The tiny monster actually came up to warn the SSSP that 60 monsters led by Geronimon would be attacking them. (What a good guy!)

His words were deciphered by a doctor studying dolphin language nicknamed as Dr. Dolohin, which revealed Geronimon’s atrocious plot.

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Pigmon cooperated with the SSSP to find out Geronimon, and they initially found Telesdon (reborn) and Dorako (reborn) there which were resurrected like Pigmon.

Pigmon tried to protect Ide from Dorako by drawing its attention, which sadly made the friendly monster lose his life again just as he did due to Red King in Episode 8.

His noble behavior makes him deserve the title of this episode indeed.

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Pigmon blinks at the toys

NELONGA (making #2)

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For Satoshi (Bin) Furuya, the original Ultraman actor, Haruo Nakajima who played Nelonga was a senior fellow as both of them were actors belonging to Toho Company.

The battling scenes with the veteran kaiju actor seems to have been tough and requiring.

Furuya states in his memoir, every time he was asked which kaiju was toughest to beat, he would answer it was Mr. Nakajima.

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The mechanism to make the translucent horn glow with a light moving from bottom to top inside was the work of Shigeo Kurakata who was in charge of mechanisms.

He says the antennas which turn forward when emitting electric shock were not his work.

He assumes it was manipulated by piano strings manually on the set.

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Tohl Narita stated in his art book that he wanted to make a typical four-footed monster and that he added a pattern of stripes like a tiger to make it look more colorful (photo C).

In a well-known still photo for promotion having Ultraman, Alien Baltan and Nelonga, the suit of Nelonga seems to be unfinished.

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Tohl Narita's art work of Nelonga (close-up)
Tohl Narita’s art work of Nelonga (close-up)

It didn’t have the tiger pattern on the back with no antennas on the head yet as shown in photo A, B and D. (In addition, the eyes of Ultraman seem to have no eye holes yet, either.)

Incidentally, Tohl Narita’s art work of Nelonga has no antennas, so they must have been added to the suit just before the shooting.

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Tohl Narita’s art work of Nelonga