Ultraman and Ultra Seven

Ultraman (1966)

My heroes in my childhood are, of course, Ultraman and Ultra Seven.

I was a 4-5 years old, at that time, “Monster Boom” (Kaijyu Boom) has occurred between the children.
Ultra Q, Ultraman and Ultra Seven were much more popular than you could imagine now.

When I entered a kindergarten, my mother bought me a magazine for children.
In the magazine I remember there was a notice saying that “Ultra Seven” is coming soon on TV.

Ultra Seven (1967)

Just the broadcasting of Ultraman ended in spite of the popularity.
It was time to have Ultra Seven start to be broadcast.

Looking at the photos of Ultra Seven, completely different appearance from familiar Ultraman, I was a bit embarrassed.

The protector around the shoulder which Ultraman didn’t have gave the impression such as a robot to me.

I was worried whether Ultra Seven could fight as smart as Ultraman.
After Ultra Seven started, I found it was just a needless worry.
Seven was a hero that had a different charm from Ultraman.

Ultraman and Seven became the immortal hero for me.

I looked forward to watching Seven every Sunday.
But now I know the viewing rate was going down.

After Seven, “Kaiki Daisakusen” of the same Tsuburaya production was broadcast.
No Ultra Kaijyu and no Ultra heroes were there any more.

In TV broadcasting industry, they had a recognition that Kaijyu was already old-fashioned.

Kaiki Daisakusen is re-evaluated today among ardent fans.
But, in my impression, after Ultra Series, I found it lack in impact.

The end of Ultra Seven was also the end of the “Kaijyu Boom” until the boom came back after years.

The world setting of ULTRA Q

The world setting of ULTRA Q, ULTRAMAN and ULTRA SEVEN is not all the same.

ULTRA Q and ULTRAMAN can be interpreted to be stories in the same world although the settings such as characters are different.

In fact,the same KAIJYU such as RAGON and ALIEN KEMUR-JIN apear in the both series.

But ULTRA SEVEN is about a world totally different from the others.

The world of ULTRA Q itself was not the same at first.
I mean it did not feature KAIJYU at the beginning.

Originally, the shooting of ULTRA Q started as KAIKI series, not KAIJYU series.

KAIKI means chiller.

In the early stage, the series title was UNBALANCE, not ULTRA Q.
The concept was “If the balance of nature collapse”.

The change of the title and series concept is due to intention of TBS,the broadcast station for ULTRA Q.

TBS thought, as EIJI TSUBURAYA famous for GODJILLA SERIES supervises ULTRA Q,why not KAIJYU?

The judgement resulted in success and ULTRA Q marked 30% and over audience rating.

Idyllic times of Japan

Watching ULTRA Q now, the SFX filmed in monochrome is the more impressive and looks real.

I also find idyllic times of Japan in it.

Enjoying the years of high economic growth, simple and homely culture still existed in Japan at that time.

The storyline may be slow-paced.

The way to defeat KAIJYU may be too easy.

But I still find warmth of times, for example, in the conversation the characters have there or good old landscape of Japan.

It seems to have been a good time for making things.

I see lots of passion or soul in each work of the early ULTRA SERIES.

That is why I still love ULTRA Q, ULTRAMAN and ULTRA SEVEN.

They makes me feel really nostalgic, NATSUKASHI in Japanese.

The world of ULTRA Q

The name of ULTRA Q came from the term ULTRA C, which was used in the Tokyo Olympics held in 1964referring to the level of difficulty skills performed by Japan men’s gymnastics team.

Q in ULTRA Q refers to QUESTION.

It is interesting to know the name of ULTRA, which is used for the works lasting till now, originally came from gymnastics.

Although I am not sure whether I was watching ULTRA Q on time because I was 2 years old then,I am sure I enjoyed it after it rerun over and over.

The world of ULTRA Q was so scary to me at that time.

In ULTRA Q, a hero like ULTRAMAN does not appear.
Such concept to have a hero like ULTRAMAN appear did not exist yet.

ULTRA Q depicts human beings VS enigmatic phenomena and VS KAIJYU,both of which appear as a result of UNBALANCED NATURE.

Although it may be lacking in showiness and briskness like ULTRAMAN and ULTRA SEVEN as it is also monochrome, it is full of flavor and I like it.


ULTRA Q is monochromatic SFX TV series broadcast weekly from January 2 through July 3, 1966 in Japan.

ULTRA Q started to be broadcast after all its 26 episodes had been shot and 35mm films were used ,not 16mm ones,like movies.

As a matter of fact, I am not sure whether I watched ULTRA Q on time. But I can imagine the wonder and excitement the children in front of a TV set should have had when the well-known opening title of ULTRA Q started.

ULTRA Q is litellaly the origin of the ULTRA SERIES and is the beginning of its legend.

It can be said that ULTRA Q is the first legitimate SFX TV program in Japan.

It must have been sort of epoch-making that you can watch an full-scaled SFX series on TV in the living room in those days.

SHIN TEZUKA who is the son of famous OSAMU TEZUKA,the representative comic artist of Japan, remembers he was more absorbed in ULTRA Q than WONDER 3 which was also broadcast almost the same time as ULTRA Q and is one of his father’s work.

In a meening,the origin of ULTRA Q is GODJILLA.

As you know,GODJILLA is a KAIJYU,monster,which stars in the movies GODJILLA SERIES already so popular at that time.

You can imagine the excitement children charmed with GODJILLA had when facing KAIJYU monsters on TV at home!

It is said that the Crown Prince wedding in 1959 and the TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES in 1964 spurred the spread of TV sets at home all over the country.

The times were moving forward from the movie to the television.

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