Ultra Seven X
is a 2007 tokusatsu
series produced by Tsuburaya Productions. It is a Darker and Edgier
reimagining of the classic Ultra Seven
In the 23rd century, Deus agent Jin has contracted amnesia and is in a strange apartment. Upon waking up, he sees that he has a strange item, the Ultra Eye. With it, he can change into the mysterious giant called Ultra Seven X. Now, he must fight the alien invaders that threaten his world and figure out the mystery behind his missing memories.
The is the first Ultra in the Ultra Series
to be aimed exclusively at adults.
Ultra Seven X provides examples of the following tropes:
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: The Big Bad appears as a group of middle-aged people. Their true form is a Hive Mind of insectile subterranean creatures.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Well, it's an Ultra series, but surprisingly averted most of the time. A lot of the Monster of the Week are human-sized.
- Action Girl: Agent S.
- Awful Truth: The world is secretly controlled by a mysterious group via manipulation of information and constant surveillance, DEUS is firmly under their control and has been servicing their agenda, and they plan to cross over into an alternate universe to expand their rule.
- Back from the Dead: Agent D. Turns out he faked his death to be with his alien lover.
- Jin himself. He died prior to the start of the series and was resurrected by fusing with Ultra Seven.
- BadAss: Jin/Ultraseven X. Due to the show being something of a detective show, his battles are usually settled within the last 5 or so minutes, sometimes in one single blow. Even the Big Bad can do little against him once he gets his memory back.
- Badass Bookworm: Elea Saeki, Jin's lover, is a scientist and while she may not be able to fight like the agents, she's quite proficient with guns.
- Badass Crew: Jin, K, and S are top-of-the-line agents.
- Big Damn Heroes: Seven, of course, especially in the final episode once he gets his memory back. The best example has to be when he rescued the injured K and S, preventing their Heroic Sacrifice.
- Butt Monkey: Agent K, especially when Agent S is around.
- Breather Episode: One episode has a non-malicious spacefaring alien, the final living member of its species, who attaches itself to Jin's space otaku friend to take him with it into space as a companion. This is the only episode where absolutely no one gets harmed. In fact, Jin turned into Seven just to give them a proper sendoff into space.
- The Cameo: In the final episode of the series, Dan Moroboshi (Kohji Moritsugu) and Anne Yuri (Yuriko Hishimi) are shown reuniting after Ultra Seven returns to his home universe.
- Combat Pragmatist: In contrast to other Ultraman shows, this Seven does not pull his punches and often uses his most powerful moves as soon as the battle begins, averting Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? situations.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Some of the early episodes can feel like this.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: K is pretty laid back most of the time, acts like he's terrified by S, and usually fits the group's The Smart Guy role. In the final episodes, he showed us just why he was chosen as a DEUS member by disarming S, who was pointing her gun at his head, and holding both her and Jin at gunpoint.
- Darker and Edgier: The darkest show of the entire Ultra Series.
- Did You Actually Believe?: Inverted; when K finally meets up with Jin and Elea, K holds Jin at gunpoint. However, after Jin remains resolute in helping her and asks for K's trust, K laughs, puts down his gun, and asks if Jin actually thought he was going to fire.
- Early-Bird Cameo: S appears in the first episode disguised as a waitress before her proper introduction in the fourth episode.
- Easy Amnesia: Jin is unable to remember anything about his past. It was actually Seven who purposely sealed away his consciousness, along with Jin's memory, because the former feared he would erase the latter's personality upon fusing with him.
- Evil All Along: The boss of DEUS is the Big Bad, and the purpose of DEUS is to destroy threats to their rule.
- Face-Heel Turn: Agent R, who sided with the abductor aliens after he lost his wife. Near the end, every DEUS agent except K and S were sent to eliminate Jin, Elea, and K and S themselves.
- Foreshadowing: In the sixth episode, the bartender at the bar Jin is visiting asks him to bring his girlfriend sometime. Jin replies that he doesn't have one. He does. It's Elea.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Almost happens to K and S in the final episode.
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Ultraseven himself doesn't normally appear beyond the last 5 minutes of the episode, and his battles in some of the later episodes were almost single-stroke battles. Also used by Seven, who sealed his consciousness for fear that he will erase Jin's, giving him his Easy Amnesia.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: The third episode in a nutshell. While there is a Monster of the Week building a device for conquering Earth and using people's minds for an energy source, he's being willingly assisted by human workers. Even when Jin flat-out tells them that their boss is an alien, the device they're building will be used for invading the planet, and they're literally killing themselves, the employees state that they don't care as long as they're being paid. Even worse, the alien confirms that the clients he's building the device for are humans themselves.
- Inter Species Romance: Happened between agent D and an alien girl who was so entranced with earth music that she abandoned her invasion mission. There are two other examples, but they both ended in tragedy.
- Lettered Sequel
- Like an Old Married Couple: Invoked when K told S that, being agents who are considered nonexistant to the rest of the world, she was the closest thing he had to a wife right as they prepare for their Heroic Sacrifice.
- My God, What Have I Done?: One of the aliens has this reaction when he realized that he killed his own wife and, unable to cope with reality, modified his own memory where his wife was the monster instead of him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The fifth episode has the agents help retrieve an alien race's stolen power crystal, which was revealed at the end to be a planet-destroying bomb which they will use to wipe out their rival species. Both species' planets end up being destroyed in the ensuing conflict.
- Peace & Love, Incorporated: The giant floating TV screens all around the city preaching about how to be a good citizen reeks of it. These are actually surveillance and attack drones of the Big Bad.
- Punch Clock Villain: One Monster of the Week fashions himself as a recruitment agent for his WMD factory and he fights in order to protect his business interests, not an invasion plan. On top of that, his clients were Humans.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: One alien does this after his human form was killed, turning him into a crazed monster who killed his killers and his own wife.
- The Reveal: This is the same Ultra Seven from the M78 universe who came into the X world to stop the Grakyess, the Big Bad of the series, from crossing into the Seven's side.
- Shout-Out: The eighth episode turns out to be one to Psycho. Jin even explains the film's premise near the end, though he doesn't mention it by name.
- Tragic Monster: Quite a few.
- Sweet Tooth: Agent S really likes her chocolate balls.
- Transformation Trinket: The Ultra Eye.
- Vagueness Is Coming: A lot of Elea's dialogue with Jin comes across as this, since it's obvious she knows much more about what's happening than he does and is withholding the information. She's keeping the full truth from Jin since, due to his fusion with Ultra Seven, he risks losing his consciousness entirely should he regain his memories.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Agent R. Also happens to the main protagonists.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: In one episode, S ate an alien organism and had severe stomach pains afterwards. Turns out Jin had swapped the tablet containing the parasite with an ordinary multivitamin tablet...S was not happy.