What makes the early trilogy of Ultra, “Ultra Q,” “Ultraman” and “Ultra Seven,” outstanding must be the existence of Eiji Tsuburaya who was still on the active.
Eiji Tsuburaya, who is called “God of SFX” in Japan and highly reputed across the world as well, is credited as “supervisor” in each of the above first trilogy.
His name appears at the very beginning of the opening credit of each one of them.
Each of the pictures above has his name proudly credited as “Supervisor: Eiji Tsuburaya.”
As his name was already known by many people because of, needless to say, “Godzilla” at the time, his name on top should have raised people’s expectations for the product.
And the products lived up to their expectations or more than that.
As far as the viewing rate is concerned, “Ultra Seven” had a hard time.
The flourishing of “anime” that made a greater variety of expressions possible may have caused the deteriorated viewing rate.
But the producers’ idea to leave a good thing behind made “Ultra Seven” a successful masterpiece to hand down to posterity.
Kazuho Mitsuta, a dyed-in-the-wool Tsuburaya director who directed lots of episodes of the first trilogy now at the age of 78, says they were always aware of Eiji Tsuburaya’s gleaming eyes in those days.