At any rate, anime and tokusatsu gained much popularity and won every child’s attention back then naturally.
As a matter of fact, Ultra Q was aired at 7 p.m. on Sundays back to back with an anime show broadcast at 7:30 p.m., and the anime also had ‘Q’ in its title.
That was ‘Obake No Q Taro,’ often abbreviated as Oba Q, about a friendly obake named Q Taro who lives with humans while obake is the Japanese word for ghost although it may sound a bit childish.
Oba Q was originally created as a manga drawn by Fujio Fujiko, who were (they were two of manga artists) to be known as the authors of Doraemon in later years, with the settings and plot development quite similar to Doraemon.
It’s known that the title Ultra Q came from Ultra C, the term which became popular after being used by an NHK announcer to informally describe the fascinating feats performed by the Japanese gymnastic team in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games while their techniques were ranked by the degree of difficulty with the ‘C’ designated to be most difficult.
Therefore, Ultra C means the technique beyond the supposedly most difficult C ranked technique while the term itself should sound frumpy now, and Q in Ultra Q was from Q in ‘question.’
It was a measure the people on the TBS production side came up with to bring out the combination of two Qs with even more impact so that they could draw more attention from viewers.
They guessed right and the slot from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays is said to have been feared as ‘terrifying QQ hour’ by people of the other broadcasting stations with an enormous viewership around 30%.