Taroh! Urutoraman Nombah Sikkusu!Ultraman Taro
— Opening Theme
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.
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, Tarou is too big and bad to accept their help.
- Adaptation Expansion
- Affectionate Parody: The only one Tsuburaya Productions created until Ultraman Zearth in 1995.
- 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.
- The way Taro was merged with Kohtaro.
- How Temperor was defeated.
- Tyrant, a fusion of past Ultra Monsters.
- Big, Badass Bird of Prey: Birdon, who sidelined two Ultramen.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Tarou!"
- Calling Your Attacks: "Storium Kohsen!"
- The Chew Toy: Taro gets defeated and humiliated a lot, considering how powerful he's supposed to be.
- Christmas Episode
- Continuity Nod
- 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.
- Development Gag: Alien Valkie's costume was an unused concept for Ultraman Leo. Tarou's head is Ultraseven's with horns and a non-detachable fin, being Seven's cousin and all.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Kohtaro doesn't holler out "Tarou" before transforming in the first ten episodes or so.
- Friend to All Children
- Fun with Acronyms: ZAT= Zariba (stockade) of all Territory.
- Fusion Dance: Tarou and the other Ultramen do this in M-78 one time.
- Gone Horribly Right: Dorobo and the Color Timer.
- Gratuitous English: The theme song.
- Hilarity Ensues / Failure Is the Only Option: ZAT 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.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Dorobo, 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 kaijuu's energy was running out.
- The Hyena: Live King, who swallowed Higashi and a dog. Big belly laugh...
- Idiot Ball: Whenever a human thinks he/she can take on a kaiju. Higashi did this in the first episode, before Taro was part of his life. Also, see the top of the page.
- Lady of War: The Ultra Mother.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to its predecessors.
- The Juggernaut: Tyrant manages to defeat the first five Ultramen with ease.
- 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 Tarou. Higashi=East.
- 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.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Alien Terrorist
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Self-Immolation, Optical Illusions (like pretending to be beheaded), Ultra-Brother-Merging, Healing (both Tarou 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 M-78) each had a Leitmotiv like this. Also, some episode endings.
- Papa Wolf: King Tortoise
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: An opening credits example with Taro.
- 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.
- 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.
- You Are Number Six: The title song even says so.