Trivia / Ultraman

Tokusatsu series:

  • Actor Allusion: Akihiko Hirata (Dr. Serizawa from the original Godzilla (1954)) plays another brilliant scientist who helps the heroes against kaiju, the recurring Dr. Iwamoto.
  • Creator's Favorite: Susumu Kurobe has listed his favourite monsters to be Pigmon and Woo.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Red King has been jokingly dubbed "Corn King" or "Corn Godzilla" by English-speaking fans because of his corn-like skin texture. He's also been called "Mr. Bad", thanks to a line from the unlicensed film Space Warriors 2000 using footage from his second appearance.
    • Gomora has been dubbed by some fans as "Prince of the Monsters" as an homage to Godzilla (the King of the Monsters) and because it was the title of his debut two-parter (although the eponymous prince was actually a kid who knew a lot about monsters).
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: King Ghidorah is the Science Patrol's telephone!
    • Many monster roars are reused from Toho kaiju:
      • The roar of Varan was used for Neronga, the giant Ragon, Chandler, Magular, and Aboras.
      • Mothra's cry was used for Pestar and Dodongo.
      • Toho's version of King Kong was used for Woo, Gabora, Gigass, Skydon, and Zaragas.
      • Gaira was mixed with Godzilla's into Red King and with an elephant's into Gomora.
      • Godzilla's was played in reverse for Bemular and modified for Jirass.
      • Rodan's was sped up to create Antlar's screech, while Anguirus' howl became that of Banila.
      • Ebirah was used for Dorako.
      • Alien Baltan's iconic Evil Laugh was borrowed from Matango while Bullton's throbbing was from Dogora.
      • In the reverse, Kemular was used for Hedorah's flying and land forms while Keronia was modified into Titanosaurus.
      • Non-Toho examples: Gamera was Zambolar, Gyango, and Telesdon, Barugon was Gubila, and Ultra Q's Kemur-Man and Mongler were Zetton and Geronimon respectively.
  • Name's the Same: Superman had an evil counterpart also named Ultraman, who preceded the series by about two years.
    • Also, the main character of the TV series My Secret Identity called himself "Ultraman", but never actually used such an identity.
  • Playing Against Type: Susumu Kurobe actually played bad guys more, at that point in his career. (He's joked in interviews that he just happened to be in line for roles when they were casting for Hayata.)
  • Prop Recycling:
    • The iconic V-TOL/Beetle is a modified prop from the Toho disaster movie Calamity Star Gorath.
    • The set for Barraj (or Vallarge in some translations) was reused from the Toshiro Mifune movie The Adventure of Taklamakan.
    • A few monster suits come from Godzilla movies since Eiji Tsuburaya owned the suits, not Toho. Apparently there were considerable difficulties in getting new monster costumes. Later costumes were, in a number of cases, simply recycled from earlier ones.
      • Bemular was recycled into Gyango.
      • Alien Baltan was made from the Cicada Man in Ultra Q. Several sources have expanded on this, saying that the Baltans are indeed related to the Cicada People.
      • Baragon's suit was famously remade into Neronga, Magular, and Gabora.
      • Gesura was reused from the giant lizard Peter in Ultra Q with added fins from the Ragon suit.
      • Red King's suit was made into Aboras and then back into Red King for his reappearance.
      • Chandler was a loosely disguised Peguila (the only difference is Peguila has a small horn) while friendly, little Pigmon was giant, malevolent Garamon (both from Ultra Q).
      • Godzilla was blatantly used for Jirass. More specifically, the body of the Invasion of Astro-Monster suit was combined with the head of the Mothra vs. Godzilla suit (the body had been turned into Gomess) and given a few adjustments like a frill (that gets ripped off in the fight). Eiji Tsuburaya never intended Jirass to look like Godzilla, but budget issues forced them to borrow some old suits from Toho.
      • Dodongo's head was taken from Pagos.
      • Gamakujira was remade into Skydon.
      • Gavadon's first form was was remade into Gubila and the second form became Zambolar.
      • Alien Zarab was made from Ragon. Likewise, Ragon's appearance in Ultraman was simply the Ultra Q suit (with its breasts removed...)
      • Hydra was made into Gigass.
      • Gomora's suit was made into Zaragas.
      • The Zettonian was made from the Kemur suit with the face turned sideways. Kemur's cameo in Episode 33 was reused from the original suit.
      • Zetton used Red King's arms and Kemular's shell.
      • The opening silhouette of Goro uses M1's body as a substitute for King Kong's.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Ultraman was originally going to be in an Ultra Q episode, where he was going to be an alien villain, instead of a superhero.
    • Ultraman's mouth was intended to be able to move, but the result looked better on paper than it did on screen. The slightly Off-Model design for Ultraman in the first few episodes can be attributed to the hasty stitch-up of the open mouth and the aforementioned villainous prototype. This idea for a moving mouth also meant Ultraman was to have Breath Weapons.
    • Ultraman was originally going to be a bird-like alien monster named Bemlar. Due to the fear that children wouldn't know who to cheer for, they turned Ultraman into a more humanoid alien. The name for the bird-man was given to Ultraman's first enemy while it's design was later used for Hydra, and Nikkatsu's Gappa the Triphibian Monster.
    • The show was originally also envisioned as Redman with Red King as the king of all monsters. Red King's name stuck around while the hero's name was reused for a different series.
    • Another early draft for the show was WoO. This time, Ultraman was a comical, bug-eyed alien named Woo who befriended a news reporter named Joji Akita, but had to fight monsters and avoid the armed forces who saw him as a threat. The alien's name was recycled for the monster from Episode 30 and the concept was revived in 2006 as a separate series called Bio Planet WoO.
    • Hayata was originally named Sakomizu and Captain Muramatsu would have been the only one who knew about his Secret Identity, with Science Patrol being a top-secret agency disguised as a team of journalists.
    • Ide's role was originally meant for singer and comedian, Susumu Isikawa, but due to a contractual dispute, he was replaced with Masanari Nihei at the last minute.
    • In "The Small Hero", the monsters, Geronimon was supposed to revive were to be Gomora and Red King. However, the suits were not available (Red King was too deteriorated and Gomora had just been modified into Zaragas), so Telesdon and Dorako were chosen. Amusingly, the English dub still refers the revived monsters as Gomora and Red King.
    • "The Dreaded Comet Tsuiphon" was originally going to have the Rock Monster Gorgos from Ultra Q instead of Red King, while Gabora's role in "Operation Lightning Speed" was meant for Pagos.
    • "The Forbidden Words" was originally envisioned as the ultimate alien episode in which Mefilas, Zarab, Baltan, Dada, and Kemur team-up to conquer Earth. Hoshino was also intended to be the boy that Mefilas would attempt to persuade, but Satoru was created as Hoshino's actor had broken his leg on a ski trip (hence his disappearance after Episode 24).
    • Many monsters differed radically from their final design — Pestar was originally to be a two-headed monster, Gavadon was a colorful moose-walrus creature in the script, Dorako was envisioned as an insectoid monster with whip arms, Dada was originally meant to have three faces all at once, and Zaragas was written in the script as a lumpy, eyeless monster able to change shape.
    • The executives wanted Ultraman to run for 52 episodes, but Eiji Tsuburaya insisted 39 as the fast-paced production schedules were a burden for his crew. Nevertheless, unused scripts for some of the never-finished 13 episodes exist like "Aurora Line Freeze", which featured Peguila as the Monster of the Week.
    • A feature-length movie called Ultraman: Operation Giant was also planned, and the movie would have featured the Baltans teaming up with an evil human scientist, a robot named Napoleon who helps Science Patrol battle the aliens, a new monster called Morugo, and Ultraman gaining a weapon called the Ultra Sword to save the day.
    • The final episode was originally going to have Zoffy kill Zetton after Ultraman's defeat. An earlier draft had Zetton as simply a side monster that Ultraman would kill quickly as a warm-up to the real MotW Saigo. However, the production team had realized that Zetton's design was simply too good to waste, so Saigo was demoted to a side monster to appear alongside Kiyla. This still lingers in Zetton's title "Space Dinosaur", which was intended for Saigo, who got "Sand Pit Monster" instead.

Manga:

  • The Other Darrin: With the exception listed below, all characters from previous entries in the Ultra Series are voiced in the motion comic by somebody other than their original actor.
  • Role Reprisal: Hiroko Sakurai reprises her role as Akiko Fuji from the original Ultraman TV series in the manga's motion comic version.
  • Working Title: The manga was originally advertised with the title "Ultraman Begins".
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