Synonyms: Ultraman Jonias, Ultraman Joe
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 1979 to Mar 26, 1980
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe first animated Ultraman series.
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||Apr 4, 1979 to Mar 26, 1980
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VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Ultraman is another one of those old, children’s superhero series and amongst the first I watched on VHS back in the 80’s. It was cool for its time as it had many features that made it different from the rest of anything else on tv. It has very little value today since later shows such as Guyver and Tekkaman took the whole bioorganic suit vs freaks to far more mature and brutal levels. Utraman is before them for kids (which was fine for when I watched it).
ART & SOUND SECTIONS: 6/10
As it goes with all old series, especially children shows, Ultraman has terrible graphics and sound by today’s standards. Character figures and spaceships look simplistic and generic if you have seen even a single Gundam series and voice acting is average to the point of forgetting them fast for not sounding too emotional or weird. It still has some good points though; the battle theme is very catchy and most battles have a sort of martial art choreography that makes them look exciting.
STORY & CHARACTER SECTIONS: 3/10
It’s just another alien-superhero-that-comes-to-help-humanity-against-monsters story. A nice twist is the fact that Ultraman is initially a little blue star that the human protagonist needs to keep secret from others all the time. This gives a “Clark Kent”-like story, as he can’t transform in public and go into battle any time he likes. Beyond that, all episodes are stand-alones and characters are uninteresting.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8/10
- The series is still enjoyable if you get into the proper mood. What I liked the most is the fighting. I don’t know of any other retro show where the hero fights huge monsters with martial arts. Instead of using some huge mecha, the protagonist IS the mecka. Well, he enlarges himself to the point of counting as one that is. And he doesn’t have unlimited time to beat them either; if he doesn’t win in a few minutes, his life force depletes and he will die! I was practically standing on my toes when his star was getting red (a sign of him dying).
- As for the bad guys, they were amongst the weirdest ones I had ever seen for their era. From typical fire-breathing dinosaurs to original living clouds!
- And the special moves… Wow! Not only there were many of them but also the bad guys were not defeated in the same way all the time (like, let’s say, Voltes 5’s Excalibur V slash finishing move). Most monsters required some strategy to be beaten, usually not an Ultraman attack but a terrain feature. And not to fail to mention that they were not all blowing up when they were defeated! Every special attack had a different effect, from burning them, to cutting them, to freezing them; oh, it was an orgasm to try to guess what would happen.
Ok, if I am to see this a bit more mature I must admit that the battles were always just a few minutes per episode and Ultraman was performing some really imposible comebacks in moments he was cornered badly. And the whole action is not as brutal as one would expect with so many weapons of mass destruction, as if they are deliberately holding back on blood and dissections.
I suggest this to retro-lovers of the genre. It ain’t nearly as memorable as Tekkaman Blade but it sure is exciting half the time. read more
Opening Theme"The Ultraman" by Isao Sasaki
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