YMMV / Ultraman

Tokusatsu series:

  • Anticlimax: Zetton's death at hands of Science Patrol.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The theme song — a true classic in the hearts of Japanese children.
    • The Science Patrol's march theme that plays whenever the team heads out to take on the Monster of the Week.
  • Cult Classic: The show is fondly remembered in Argentina, to quote: "it was the Power Rangers of our generation!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Alien Baltan, leading to many reappearances in other shows, and becoming one of the most iconic and famous villains in the series. Same with Gomora, who got his own show and Adaptational Heroism in order to fight alongside Ultraman. To a lesser extent, Zetton, Red King, and Alien Mephilas.
    • Among the monsters who don't make regular reappearances, Geronimon and Kiyla have a lot of fans who would really like to see them return and fight some of the newer Ultramen. Also Jirass, for being "Godzilla with a frill".
  • Ear Worm: The theme song is quite catchy.
  • Fair for Its Day: Fuji is to this show as Uhura is to Star Trek: The Original Series. Japan's attitude towards gender roles was even more conservative than USA's at the time, so Fuji's prominence in Science Patrol was quite revolutionary, even if she was a childlike Office Lady at times. She was often deployed with her teammates and fought alongside them in many battles, and even got a few episodes centered around her.
  • Fridge Horror: Zetton looks more cool than scary. Supply material note that those boxes that appear to be its eyes are actually the ears. So where are Zetton's eyes? Those glowing spots on its chest. Suddenly, the beast looks much more creepy than before.
  • Genre Turning Point:
    • It's difficult to overstate just how much this show rebuilt and codified the Kaiju genre. Whereas before, a giant monster coming out of the sea to wreck up the place would be like a typhoon or hurricane: unstoppable, and the little humans scurrying away from it could only hope to rebuild afterwards or put up token resistance. The cost of stopping one would be horrendously high (Gojira) or worryingly public (King Kong), requiring military deployment. From this show onwards, it became entirely believable that those little humans could fight back on their own terms, and do it once a friggin' week at that. Oh, and the big guy on Earth's side - the idea that Earth could have external, fairly long-lasting help from elsewhere - is also a nice change of pace.
    • For Tokusatsu in general, Ultraman was responsible for helping the genre move away from kaiju trashing cities on cinema to superheroes battling monsters on weekly television, resulting in franchises like Kamen Rider and Super Sentai becoming the greater face of Toku than Godzilla and Gamera.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The episode "The Monster Graveyard".
  • It Was His Sled: Ultraman is defeated by Gomora in the two-part episode and killed by Zetton in the finale — both of which are extremely well-known in Japan. Hell, defeating Ultraman is the reason why both Gomora and Zetton are so insanely popular in the first place.
  • Macekre: The English dubbed version of the original Japanese dialogue is not nearly the worst offender, but the differences are definitely noticeable.
    • BCI Eclipse's DVD releases of the series, thanks to having the uncut episodes, show at which points the show was or wasn't dubbed - a Japanese TV episode is a couple minutes longer than an American episode, so where there were undubbed moments, the dialogue just switches back to Japanese, and the subtitles come on. Whether it's incredibly distracting or just really distracting depends on whether or not you know why it's happening.
  • More Popular Spinoff / Sequel Displacement: While Ultra Q is a very influential and beloved TV show in its own right in Japan, Ultraman remains the one that's better known worldwide and holds the Guinness world record for most spinoffs.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound of Hayata becoming Ultraman is when you know the day will be saved. Also, some of the monster roars are pretty awesome, like Gomora, Red King, and Antlar.
  • Narm: Some of the less stellar-looking monsters. Gamakujira stands out in particular for looking like the suit is two times too big for its suit actor.
    • Bemular's disproportionately tiny arms and buggy little eyes can make him seem more comical than menacing for some.
    • The first Ultraman suit's Off-Model appearance is really something to be seen.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Dada and the Mummy will have you looking behind your back when you're alone in an office building...
    • Nightmare Retardant: ...until you imagine Muramatsu - not an especially big guy - tackling Dada to the ground and not even losing any momentum in the process. And locking him out, too.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: To modern viewers, it may seem like a goofy and stereotypical Japanese superhero show, but it must be emphasized that this series was huge when it debuted — one of the most expensive TV shows of its day and drawing in enormous ratings of around 30-40% of all Japanese TV viewers.
  • Special Effect Failure: Occasionally. It was made in 1966, and not everything's going to look good after 50 years.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Put it this way - it's 1966, and most of the crazy things you see in a typical episode would have looked good in a theatrically-released film. This was a half-hour kids' television show, filmed in color at a time when there were barely enough black-and-white TVs to watch it on. They could've fudged things here and there, but didn't, and wow does their effort show even nearly 60 years after the fact.
  • Tear Jerker: The episode of Jamila.
    • Zetton killing Ultraman in the finale was bad enough, but then when Zoffy comes to pick Ultraman up he begs his senior Ultra to let him die and give his life to his host Hayata instead. Luckily Zoffy happened to bring two lives along when he came to pick Ultraman up, but there's still the fact that Ultraman has to leave Earth forever afterwards.
      Ultraman: Zoffy... I would like to leave Earth by giving my life... To Hayata then.
      Zoffy: You don't care if you die?
      Ultraman: No, I don't. I've already lived for 20,000 years. Earthling's lives are very short. And Hayata is still very young. I don't want him to be a victim.
  • Ugly Cute: Pigmon
  • Uncanny Valley: Dada, who looks like a mime wearing tiki masks, and makes an unearthly groan.