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Film: Ultraman Saga

Ultraman Saga is a 2012 film made by Tsuburaya Productions and was directed by Hideki Oka for the Ultraman Franchise. It serves as a sequel to Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial and is the 3rd movie of the Ultraman Zero trilogy. This film is notably for revealing the return of classic Heisei ultras, Ultraman Dyna and Ultraman Cosmos, as well as the villain Alien Bat, who first appeared in the series, Return of Ultraman.

Somewhere in another universe, the evil Alien Bat has abducted the entire population of Earth with the exception of a minor few children and is creating a massive monster that feeds on their fear and despair. This monster is non other than Zetton, the first monster to have beaten Ultraman!

Meanwhile Ultraman Zero, whom is still living in yet another different universe (from "previous events") has heard the distress calls from the Earth that Alien Bat is ravaging and thus heads there to stop Alien Bat's tyranny and save the Earth from Zetton. Taking the form of Nozomu Taiga, a young pilot of Super GUTS, Zero joins with makeshift Earth Defense Force group Team U, as well as Musashi Haruno, (Ultraman Cosmos) and Shin Asuka (Ultraman Dyna), together the team of heroes set out to stop Alien Bat and Hyper Zetton from conquering the Universe.


Ultraman Saga provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Alternate Universe: The multiverse (continuing the idea from the previous film).
  • Apocalypse How: Class 3, later revealing that all life was abducted by Alien Bat in order for the survivors' fear to feed Hyper Zetton.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Giganto Zetton
  • Becoming the Mask: Team U. Originally the group was composed of a bunch of amateur mechanics, an office worker, and a nurse. However once the Human race had been abducted, they took it upon themselves to protect the surviving children of Alien Bat's invasion by claiming they were a part Earth's Defense Force.
  • Berserk Button: Ultraman Zero is very dignified, and does not tolerate being called foolish or small by any other name...
  • Big Damn Heroes: Zero, Cosmos, and Dyna fusing to become Ultraman Saga to fight Hyper Zetton, with Team U assisting him in the final battle.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of the movie, Ultraman Zero does this to Taiga. Arguably justified, since there were still many aliens in the universe that he would need to take care of, and he couldn't do that while remaining with Taiga.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At the start of the film, Team U had set up explosive trap doors all over Tokyo in order to stop monsters from attacking. It doesn't work when Earthtron attacks them. During Ultraman Saga and Hyper Zetton's battle however, the trap successfully works in distracting Hyper Zetton long enough for Ultraman Saga to cripple him in battle.
  • Continuity Nod: Asuka having been sucked into a wormhole at the end of his series is this and a major plot point, since it started the journey that took him here. Also, Musashi mentions how Chaos Header, which Cosmos purified in the final episode of his series, is the peaceful leader of the planet Juran, where humans and Kaiju all live together in harmony.
  • Crossover: With Ultraman Cosmos.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Ultraman Dyna vs. Earthtron. Also Hyper Zetton vs. Zero, Cosmos, and Dyna
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Alien Bat cannot understand why Ultramen always help humans, who he sees as worthless. Zero lampshades this by saying that there's no reason, except that's the way it's always been.
  • Evil Laugh: Alien Bat pulls these from time to time.
  • Fusion Dance: Ultraman Saga
  • Galactic Conqueror: Alien Bat
  • A God Am I: Alien Bat declares himself a god after merging with Hyper Zetton.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Ultraman Cosmos purifies Gubila (and later Gomess), turning them both into gentle monsters.
  • Heroic BSOD: EVERYONE after Giganto Zetton hatches and attacks Team U's base.
  • Hope Spot: Dyna has been revived, and he, Cosmos, and Zero have managed to defeat Giganto Zetton... then they find out that it was just the neofetus for Hyper Zetton, who proceeds to give all three of them a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Kaiju
  • Marilyn Maneuver: One of the members of AKB48 in a miniskirt has one of these moments when Ultraman Zero transforms to fight Giganto Zetton.
  • Mini-Mecha / Transforming Mecha: U-Loader used by Team-U.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: According to early trailers to the film, Ultraman Dyna and Earthtron's fight was suppose to go on much longer, but it only lasts one minute in the actual film.
  • One-Winged Angel: Subverted in a way, when Alien Bat merges with Giganto Zetton to become Hyper Zetton.
  • Power Glows: Ultraman Saga's whole body glows all the colors of the rainbow.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Ultraman Dyna starts off this way after losing to Giganto Zetton prior to the events of the film.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Ultraman Dyna while trying to prevent Giganto Zetton's egg from hatching, despite it intentions being for a good cause.
  • Symbiotic Possession: Ultraman Zero and Nozomu Taiga, although they do banter back-and-forth in the beginning. (See Vitriolic Best Buds below)
  • Toku
  • Teleport Spam: Hyper Zetton and Ultraman Saga
  • Transformation Sequence: All three Ultras have one
  • Transformation Trinket: Zero's Ultra Eye, Cosmos's Cosmo Pluck, and Dyna's Reflasher. Also Alien Bat's own fortress.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ultraman Zero gives one to Taiga, after Taiga freezes up thinking about a traumatic memory of his childhood during Giganto Zetton's attack on Team U's base.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Taiga and Ultraman Zero when Zero takes on Taiga's form.
  • You Have Failed Me: Alien Bat executes Gubila and Gomess after their Heel Face Turn for failing to stop Ultraman Cosmos or Ultraman Zero


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alternative title(s): Ultraman Saga
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