Unexpected Popularity “Ultra Fight” Won

Handwritten subtitle “Baltan Ninpo (ninja technique) Endangering Seven!” for “Ultra Fight” Episode 75

Thus the show “Ultra Fight” was produced with a strict cost-cutting policy.

As shown in my yesterday’s post, the show title simply features intensely blazing flames in the background with a nicely handwritten subtitle appearing after that each time (It seems that there was another opening title in the “edited episodes” part).

Using the films edited from the original series, only the battle scenes from each episode was shown while it was made to look like a live coverage of a professional wrestling match that was so popular in Japan back then with a play-by-play announcer commenting on what was happening in the fight.

As to the “newly shot episodes,” they made the most of the character costumes that remained in storage including the ones exclusively used for stage shows.

Ultraseven in a newly shot episode of “Ultra Fight”

Therefore the characters that appeared in “Ultra Fight” turned out to be quite unlike the ones found in “Ultraman” and “Ultraseven” even including the costumes that were actually used in the shows due to deterioration while they have gained popularity of their own among fans.

The location shootings were carried out mostly in plain fields where land development was going on in those days.

Although this measure seems to have been criticized by those in the industry as Tsuburaya Productions was trying to make a business out of “used tea leaves,” the show “Ultra Fight” got to win great popularity among kids unexpectedly.

Moreover, the significance of “Ultra Fight” lies in having triggered the momentum to produce a new Ultra Series after the original series ended with “Ultraseven” in 1968 as it led to the beginning of the second Ultra Series starting with “Return of Ultraman” in 1971.


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