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