Ultra is well-balanced!

Taicho Kiriyama (right) & Taicho Kurata (“Ultra Seven” Episode 13)

I think another attractive point of the early Ultra Series is the union between the drama part and SFX part.

Regarding the shooting of the Ultra Series, as I wrote before, the drama part featuring the human actors and the SFX part featuring monsters, Ultra heroes or the defense team equipment were shot separately and simultaneously to save time and cost.

And it’s notable that these two parts match each other without hardly any feeling of strangeness especially in terms of the early trilogy subtitled “Fantasy SFX Series.”


If you split hairs, you may find inconsistencies in the drama, which I think is unavoidable to some degree in those days.

But I think it’s depicted quite carefully why the particular monster has appeared or how the humans act in face of it and son on.

If too much weight is attached to the human drama, that will make any monsters unnecessary.

On the other hand, if a monster just appears abruptly and meaninglessly apart from the human drama, that will make it look all the more unreal.


Either way the SFX drama like the Ultra Series will not work out.

I find a well-balanced union between the drama part and the SFX part in the early Ultra Series.

And it maximizes a synergistic effect between them.

It must deserve admiration that it offers entertainment for everyone portraying each human character properly without diminishing the attractiveness of monsters.

I love the early Ultra Series in this light as well!

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