Heisei Trilogy of Ultraman

We have a Ultra Series commonly called among the fans “Heisei Trilogy.”

Heisei is a Japanese traditional era name continuing from 1989.

The products are “Ultraman Tiga” (1996-1997), “Ultraman Dyna” (1997-1998) and “Ultraman Gaia” (1998-1999).

“Ultraman Tiga” was produced in 16 years after “Ultraman 80” (1980-1981).

I enjoyed “Ultraman Gaia” with my own children among these.

These three were well-made products through which the production people showed much respect to the First Trilogy, “Ultra Q” (1966), “Ultraman” (1966-1967) and “Ultra Seven” (1967-1968), while developing innovation.

“Ultraman Dyna” is the sequel to “Ultraman Tiga” with the same world settings though Ultraman Gaia” has its own settings completely separate from the first two.

That reminds me of the relationship among the products of the First Trilogy.

In the Heisei Trilogy, what attracted my attention is the design of each Ultraman.

Hiroshi Maruyama, involved in the design art with Tsuburaya Productions at the time, is said to have designed each Ultraman with the idea of “deleting,” not adding something to the original Ultraman as the hollowed head of Tiga shows it clearly.

When seeing Tiga for the first time in publication, the face evoked B Type Ultraman with the narrow mouth.

According to Mr. Maruyama, he designed it modeling after A Type.

Now that it’s mentioned, the flat shape seen from the lower lip and the jaw exactly looks like that of A Type.

“Dyna” was modeled after C Type Ultraman and “Gaia” B Type.

You can see it in the shape of each mouth.

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