Trivia / Ultraseven

General Trivia

  • In Real Life, Kohji Moritsugu (Dan) and Yuriko Hishimi (Anne) are both restaurateurs.

Trope Trivia

  • Absentee Actor: Yuriko Hishimi does not appear in "Fly To The Mountain Of Evil".
  • Acting for Two:
    • Those twin alien girls from "The Secret of the Lake"? In human form, they were played by one actress. "They" appear together at the end of the episode.
    • Kohji Moritsugu plays both Jiro Satsuma and Dan in "Underground: Go! Go! Go!".
  • Bad Export for You: It's nice to have it on R1, but the set itself lies and says its mono, when it's really a 5.1 remix with new sound effects, and the video is taken from basically ripping the R2s.
  • Banned Episode
    • "From Another Planet With Love" was banned in the 1970s after a support group for atomic bomb survivors complained about comparisons between bomb victims and Spell Aliens.note 
    • In 2011, "Super Weapon R-1" was banned in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster.
  • Completely Different Title: In Mexico, it was known as El Agente Ultrasiete (The Agent Ultraseven).
  • Contest Winner Cameo: Guyros was the winner of a Make Your Own Ultra Monster contest, although he had been submitted as Alien Guyros.
  • Creator Backlash: Despite its iconic nature, director Akio Jissoji always thought the coffee table scene between Dan and Alien Metron in "The Targeted Town" was silly, even when he filmed it.
  • Creator's Favorite: Kohji Moritsugu's favorite monsters are Eleking, Alien Metron, and King Joe.
  • Exiled from Continuity: Alien Spell, due to the controversy of Unfortunate Implications on atom bomb survivors it stirred in the 70s.
  • Follow the Leader: The Ultra Hawks used by the team were inspired by Thunderbirds, as Eiji Tsuburaya greatly admired the miniatures work on Gerry Anderson's show.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: Like with Ultraman's Science Patrol, Ultra Garrison used King Ghidorah's cackle for their telephone.
    • Eleking's shriek was recycled by Toho for Kamacuras.
    • In Agira's first appearance, he uses Rodan's roar, but in his second appearance, it's Gamera's. Meanwhile, Windam's was recycled from Mechani-Kong and Miclas' croak was from Goldon.
    • Alien Guts actually used Dada's "DA-DA!", while Pandon was a sped-up Miclas.
    • Narse and Gyeron both used Ebirah's screech, while Guyros' recycled Gyaos.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Given that Bin Furuya was a judo expert and he played the Henshin Hero in the previous show, it's surprising he played the Non-Action Guy in this show.
  • Missing Episode: Ultra Seven is this and then some.
    • Tsuburaya has a self-imposed ban on Episode 12. Strangely enough, the banned Episode 12 was dubbed and broadcast in the Statesnote , and can even be found online.
    • Out of the Hawaiian Dub, only episodes 21, 22, and 35 survived.
    • In the Cinar/Turner dub, all episodes were dubbed, but between 1985 and 1994, Turner's own video copies of episodes 5, 6, and 7 disappeared.
    • Nowadays, "Super Weapon R-1" is banned due to parallels to the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster, although it can still be found on DVD releases.
  • Name's the Same: Alien Metron shares a name with a Marvel Comics character as well as a race of Human Aliens from Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • One of Us: Moritsugu is the biggest collector of Ultraseven memorabilia in Japan, which he'll proudly show off at his home and his restaurant.
  • Prop Recycling: Alien Quraso's costume is a Kemur-Man costume with a new head. The Science Patrol's Mars-133 was cut down and turned into the Ultra Garrison's "Paralyzer" stun-gun.
    • Gabura was made from the Goldon suit from Ultraman.
    • The Dinosaur-Tank suit was remade into Rigger.
    • Alien Borg was made from Alien Talk, whose episode was never aired.
    • The shadow illusion created by Alien Shaplay was made from the suits of Aliens Godola, Pegassa and Quraso combined.
  • Unfinished Episode: "The 300-Year Revenge". It was intended to be the twenty-third episode of the show and would have featured an alien called Alien Talk. It only became known in the 90s when a documentary on the production of Ultraseven discovered it.
  • What Could Have Been
    • Was originally supposed to be a more hard sci-fi show similar to Lost in Space called The Ultra Garrison, but someone urged a rewrite due to being too similar to rival show Captain Ultra, and the show was turned into Ultra Eye, where Dan was supposed to transform into Redman, who was also Ultraman Junior. The Capsule Monsters were supposed to be Peguila, Antlar, and Red King, but Tsuburaya wanted to do more with their budget, so the capsule monsters became new monsters. Ultra Eye was reworked into Ultra Seven and the rest is history.
    • When Turner Program Services was shown the finished dub, they found it to be subpar, and after failing to sell it to another network or syndication, the episodes were locked away until 1994- when they realized they never got run, they were given to TNT to run as part of their Toons Til Noon and MonsterVision blocks (for the former, the eps were edited to be suitable for kids and families; for the latter, the episodes ran uncut).
    • Among the bizarre rejected ideas, producer Masami Sueyasu proposed the series become a Japanese analog to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland combined with The Red Balloon, writer Akio Jissoji proposed a series revolving around a time-traveling family and their everyday lives, Hajime Tsuburaya proposed a new season of Ultraman that basically pandered to the sponsors (think Merchandise-Driven to the Nth degree like today's Kamen Rider), and Eiji proposed a cross between Thunderbirds and Lost in Space.
    • The Ultra Garrison proposal would have revolved around a team of astronauts and Robot Buddy "John", who lived in a space station called Mother and were Earth's first line of defense against alien invaders. The concept came off as too derisive, and the executives ordered Tsuburaya to rewrite it.
    • In addition to Ultraman Junior, there would be both good and bad monsters from Earth and space respectively, and the good Earth monsters would fight on humanity's side. Ultraman Gaia saw this idea come to fruition.
    • In one draft, Dan would have been half-R-alien (possessing ESP), half-human.
    • One of Seven's preliminary costume designs looked similar to Ultraman Mebius.
    • Most of those designs lacked an Eye Slugger, but did use elaborate headdresses and chestpieces.
    • Ultraseven was originally going to blue, but due to the blue-screen matte process, it was changed to red to prevent blend-in.
    • The series was originally intended to take place in its own continuity, where the events of Ultra Q and Ultraman never took place. Traces of this can be seen in the final product, as there is no mention whatsoever of Ultraman nor his adventures with the Science Patrol, Seven himself exhibits many differences when compared to other Ultras (though Ultraman Taro and Ultraman Zero, the latter being Seven's son, resemble him more closely.), and his superior looks exactly like him rather than Zoffy. The Heisei Ultraseven series and Ultraseven X ran with this idea.
    • Alien Guts was originally meant to have a bulbous exposed brain in order to emphasize his intelligence and potent mental powers, but Eiji Tsuburaya rejected it for being too grotesque.
    • "The Wandering Planet" was initially written as an episode of Ultraman, while Rigger's role was for Pagos. Agira was a last-minute addition, as the role was initially meant for Windam, but Executive Meddling demanded a new monster.
    • Miclas was originally meant to be killed in the Alien Guts two-parter rather than Windam.
    • A capsule monster based on Hachiko existed in early concepts.
  • Working Title: Ultra Eye
  • You Look Familiar: The Robot Chief was played by Dr. Niwanote 's actor. He'd later play Alien Nackle's human form (and voice him) in Return of Ultraman.


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