Series / Ultraman Taro

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Taro! Ultraman Number Six!!
Opening Theme

Ultraman Taro is a Japanese Series, the sixth Ultra show, aired from 1973 to 1974, with 53 episodes. Ultra Seven's first cousin, the son of the Ultra Mother, comes to Earth and merges with Kohtaro Higashi, a young boxer and drifter. Taro is powerful and eager to fight, but he's a bit green. His mother and Ultramen from past shows lend a hand. This show has been one of the highest rated in all the franchise, topping a trend started by the Return of Ultraman two years prior.

Although it is sometimes considered an Affectionate Parody, this series continues with many of the tropes laid down by its predecessors. Tsuburaya refers to Ultraman Taro as 'the fairytale of the Ultra Series'. In keeping with this vision, many monsters are inspired by Japanese legends.

Ultraman Taro provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism / Idiot Ball: After asking for help from his brothers, they tell him to go fight Alien Temperor by himself. Once he fights Temperor to a draw and the Big Bad ups the ante, Taro is too big and bad to accept their help.
  • Affectionate Parody: Although not strictly a parody, the series is considerably more whimsical than the ones which preceded it.
  • All Your Powers Combined:
    • Taro, Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Zoffy, Ultraman Ace, and Jack merge into one being that can fetch a bell that when rung will dissipate the darkness engulfing Earth during a kaiju attack. This happens again during the Ultraman Story movie in The 80's.
    • The way Taro was merged with Kohtaro.
    • How Temperor was defeated.
    • Tyrant, a fusion of past Ultra Monsters.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Birdon, who sidelined two Ultramen.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Taro!"
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Storium Kohsen!"
    • Quite a rare example in the Ultra Series, since most Ultras don't speak at all.
  • The Chew Toy: Taro gets defeated and humiliated a lot, considering how powerful he's supposed to be.
  • Christmas Episode: An owl-like alien named Miracle comes to Japan to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. It is a shame that he's also being hunted by another alien named 'Terrorist'...
  • Continuity Nod: In keeping with the previous series of the Showa era, this series is a direct sequel to Ultraman Ace.
    • All the previous Ultramen, and even Yuko Minami make appearances.
    • The Ultra Sign appears from time to time, and even the Ultra Brothers wear theirs in their civilian attire when they visit Koutaro.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Taro and a group of kids single-handedly send Onibanba fleeing for her life by throwing salt at her. To add insult to injury, Taro throws her into the air, followed by her club, sending her rocketing away into space.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Kohtaro doesn't holler out "Taro!" before transforming in the first ten episodes or so.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Tarou defeats Rodera by spinning into a tornado, where Rodera is trapped and spun upwards until exploding.
  • Eye Scream: ZAT use an unusual method to attack Rodera, using a bamboo tree to slingshot Higashi onto Rodera's snout. He then hacks away at Rodera's eye, causing it to violently bleed. A truly painful way to suffer.
    • "New" Bemstar gets a spear to the eye courtesy of an angry father.
  • First-Name Basis: Kids and civilian allies call him "Kohtaro-San". This is the same as Mr. Miyagi calling Daniel LaRusso "Daniel-San".
  • Friend to All Children: He trains with them and spends a lot of time hanging out with one or even saving one.
  • Fun with Acronyms: ZAT= Zariba (Malay for "stockade") of all Territory.
  • Fusion Dance: Tarou and the other Ultramen do this on the Land of Light to retrieve the Ultra Bell from a burning tower, and again in Ultraman Story to defeat Juda and Grand King.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Dorobon and the stolen Color Timer. This quickly turns into Gone Horribly Wrong After the colour timer starts indicating that like any other Ultra, Dorobon has been struck by the limited time rule...
  • Gratuitous English: The theme song's intro.
  • Hilarity Ensues / Failure Is the Only Option: ZAT (usually) can't shoot straight. Just imagine them directing traffic or doing crowd control. Their haplessness and incompetence may be the reason civilians often pick up the Idiot Ball. However, ZAT seem to be much better shots when flying their planes, and utilise some rather odd methods to hurt Kaiju, such as when ZAT took to launching one of their team-mates into the air and onto Rodera's snout. The team-mate then hacked away at Rodera's eye, partially blinding them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dorobon, who ripped Ultraman Jack's Color Timer out of his chest in exchange for the Deputy Captain of ZAT, used it later to increase his power and defeat Taro. Taro was on the receiving end of a bad beatdown, that is, until the stolen Color Timer blinked red, signalling the kaiju's energy was running out.
  • The Hyena: Live King, who swallowed Higashi and a dog. Big belly laugh...
  • Idiot Ball: Most of the times that a human thinks he/she can take on a kaiju. Higashi did this in the first episode (the incident that caused his death in the first place). Also, see the top of the page.
  • Kick the Dog: Jack, ironically one of the more powerful Ultra Brothers, experiences this towards the latter half of the series.
    • Tyrant, a super-chimera formed from various Kaiju and Choju, rampages throughout the Solar System, beating down each and every one of Taro's brothers in turn. He then gets his ass handed to him by Taro.
  • Lady of War: The Ultra Mother.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to its predecessors. Seems to have been made from the point of view of a child.
  • The Juggernaut: Tyrant manages to defeat the first five Ultramen with ease, only to be beaten down in a Curb-Stomp Battle by Taro.
  • Mama Bear: Mother of Ultra; Queen Tortoise
  • Meaningful Name: Kohtaro sounds like Taro, the name of the child protagonist in Japanese children's tales, and Ultraman Taro himself. Higashi=East, which is in keeping with Ace's hosts, who are Seiji Hokuto = North, and Yuko Minami = South.
    • Dorobon's name is derived from Dorobo, meaning thief.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: After being killed by Birdon and brought back by his mother, Taro gets his own version of the Ultra Bracelet.
  • Mythology Gag: Taro looks like Seven, being family and all, but retains the time limit (and Color Timer) of his silver counterparts. In addition, Taro is not blood related to Seven, although he and Seven are cousins.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Alien Terrorist.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Blowing-himself-up-and-regenerating, Ultra-Brother-Merging, Healing (both Taro and his mother have this ability), Ultra Seven and Zoffy's merging with humans, and other one-shot powers.
  • One-Woman Wail: Taro and Ultra Mother (and by association The Land of Light) each had a Leitmotif like this. Also, some episode endings.
  • Papa Wolf: King Tortoise, just as protective of his offspring as his mate, to the chagrin of well-meaning ZAT and Tarou.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: An opening credits example with Taro. Just the ZAT base and the mechas appear.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The cliffhanger music sounds too upbeat for some of the predicaments Tarou encountered. Case in point: Episodes 17 and 18, two of a three-part episode featuring Birdon, have DownerEndings, but the ending music sounds triumphant and cheerful instead.
  • Swallowed Whole: Kohtaro and a pooch, compliments of Live King.
  • Title Scream: A variation; see the top of the page.
  • Title Sequence: Live-action mecha and the ZAT base, only the title logo is animated, breaking with tradition.
  • Transformation Sequence: One of the more polished ones in the Showa era.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Ultra Badge, worn on Higashi's shoulder. When it shines, it's time to fight kaijuu.
  • Walk the Earth: He turns in his badge, kills an alien, and walks away...
  • The Worf Effect: The first 5 Ultramen were easily defeated by Tyrant, despite being incredibly powerful in their own rights, only to lose fairly easily to Taro. Played with, however, as some sources say that Tyrant lost to Taro so easily because he had exhausted himself fighting the other five.
  • You Are Number 6: The title song even says so.


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