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Due to its nature as an Alternate Universe sequel to Ultraseven, all spoilers for it are unmarked. You Have Been Warned!
Somewhere in an alternate timeline, he continues to fight for a new generation of mankind.

Under the name of Dan Moroboshi,
Ultraseven, hero Seven.
Ultraseven, Seven, Seven.
Defeat the giant, fire breathing monster
Use the Ultra Beam and strike!
Second part of the opening theme song

The Heisei Ultraseven is a series of Direct to Video media published from year 1994 to 2002. It was made by the joint collaboration between Tsuburaya Productions and video services, VAP and NTV. It consists of six specials that was divided into four series, depending on the year it aired.

  • The first two specials were Operation: Solar Energy and Planet of the Earthlings, aired as TV Specials in Nippon Television Network during 1994. The crew behind Denkō Chōjin Gridman also participated in the production of both instalments.
  • Ultraseven 30th Anniversary Trilogy, consist of three instalments where from this point, the videos are subsequently released on DVD exclusives. It celebrated the 30th anniversary of Ultraseven.
  • Ultraseven 1999 The Final Chapters Hexalogy, released in six episodes during the year 1999.
  • Ultraseven Evolution, the final installment to be released, all in five episodes in 2002.

Set in an Alternate Universe, Ultraseven features the titular hero as the only known Ultra to have visited and protected Planet Earth, thus disregarding Ultraman and every series subsequently after Return of Ultraman. Seven/Dan returned to Earth 30 years after his final battle with the invaders. During his arrival, Seven fought against the Alien Pitts and Metrons, leftovers from his prime years, but a few instalments deal with his wavering faith in mankind. During that moment, he also took the opportunity to slip into the ranks of the new Ultra Garrison, using their new recruit Masaki Kazamori as his new host.

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    Heisei Ultraseven as a whole 

  • Alternate Universe: Heisei Ultraseven took place in a timeline where Seven is the only Ultra to ever visited Earth, therefore creating an alternate timeline where the Ultra Garrison was never disbanded for MAT to replace them.
  • Central Theme: A few of them initially deals with environmental issues to coincide with Japan's environmental awareness back in the 1994. From 1999 and so on, the theme shifted to mankind's self worth and eventually into a full blown xenophobic and prejudice against anything that isn't mankind or from Earth.
  • Cool Car: The Pointer, just like the ones in the original series. However, recent models lacked any features and being portrayed as simple cars. The model varies within each instalments of the home video series.
  • Green Aesop: Both of the TV Specials and 30th anniversary trilogy focuses on environmental awareness and how mankind's pollution on Earth could affect their daily lives. The aliens also exploited the growing deterioration of Planet Earth for their invasion purposes.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The 1999 Hexalogy and the 2002 Evolution Quintology opted for this element, as Seven's trust for mankind started to waver after seeing their negative sides, while also dealing with the prospect of whether mankind was really worthy of being Earth inhabitants.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Furuhashi's friendship with Dan still remains the same even after his secret of being an alien was exposed. Aside from Anne (the only on-screen returning Ultra Garrison original member), Furuhashi even extend it to an Undying Loyalty.
  • Narrator All Along: Kohji Moritsugu, the actor of Dan Moroboshi and Ultraseven's voice actor is also the narrator in certain episodes of the special.
  • Time Skip: As early as Operation: Solar Energy, Furuhashi noted that it had been 30 years since Seven's last fight with Pandon.
  • What If?: The main premise of these special episodes are what would happen if Seven was the only Ultra to arrive on Earth.

    Ultraseven 1994 TV Special episodes 

  • Accidental Pervert: Dan (Anne's son) tricked the Ultra Garrison officer Togo into opening a bathroom where his sister was still taking her bath. Understandably, said teenager shrieked in surprise and Togo quickly shuts the door in apology.
  • Came Back Strong: Subverted. Despite the Alien Pitt's attempts at enhancing Eleking through their predecessor's past experience and even went as far as to destroy its data from the Ultra Garrison's databank, not only the horn's Achilles' Heel feature was still there, but their monster was also deprived of its energy by mankind's solar energy technology.
  • Canon Immigrant: Even for an Alternate Universe setting, the first episode has Gesura, Alien Baltan and Oil Drinker appearing as pictures despite being from different series than Seven. However it is possible that the Ultra Garrison had fought them before instead of different Ultras in the main timeline.
  • Dark Is Evil: The Alien Metron pair disguise themselves as a couple dressed in all black.
  • Distressed Dude: Anne's son, Dan, was kidnapped by the Alien Pitt after seeing the boy trying to interfere with their invasion plans.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The missiles created by Alien Metron were originally used to destroy the ozone layer and therefore using the sun's unfiltered UV rays to destroy mankind. The explosion of these missiles after they were prevented from being launched created a cloud of smoke which denied Seven from receiving his sunlight. That is, until Furuhashi cleared the smoke once again.
  • Field Promotion: Furuhashi is the only original member of the Ultra Garrison to be promoted to the rank of captain, leading a new batch of members under his wing.
  • He's Back!: After crashing down on Earth and remained comatose for almost the entire Operation: Solar Energy special, Seven finally reawakened just in time to intercept Eleking and the Alien Pitts.
  • I Have Your Wife: The Pitts after losing their Eleking try torture Anne's son, Dan, just to spite the humans before Dan saved the boy and finished them off in the space saucer.
  • I Lied: The Alien Metrons tricked a professor named Tonezaki to work with their plans over the underground civilization that was meant for the betterment of mankind, until it was revealed that they never cared for mankind and only wanted the Earth to their own kind.
  • I Will Wait for You: Platonic example: Furuhashi still had his faith in Dan/Seven's return, and despite Seven seemingly disappeared from the Metrons' explosion, he was right that it did not kill Seven right away.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Alien Metrons initially portray themselves as outer space environment activist to Professor Tonezaki for the betterment of Earth and other wildlife, but their plan was revealed to be ruse just to wipe out mankind and all life on Earth, at the same time making Earth as the second home to their kind.
  • One-Steve Limit: Invoked. Anne named her son as Dan in honor of Ultraseven's human form and the times they spent fighting together in their active years.
  • Retired Badass: Anne left the Ultra Garrison during the 30 year Time Skip and gave birth to a teenage daughter and a son, the latter she named as Dan. Her husband was absent in the TV Special, but was mentioned to have been on Mars doing research.

    Ultraseven 30th Anniversary Trilogy 

  • Amnesiac Hero: Dan lost his memory after the fight against Metron and survived by living as a freeloader in the Murata family's house.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: All invaders in this special uses a plot that involves brainwashing mankind to their own liking, while doing so out of transparent Well-Intentioned Extremist.
    • Alien Variel wanted to preserve nature on Earth after mankind's activity harm them.
    • Alien Guts predicted that mankind will extinct in the near future due to volcanic actvities and thus transforming humans into sulfur-mutants.
    • Banderas has the ability to rid mankind of their Minus Energy, but also brainwashing them into his mindless puppets.
  • Humans Are Special: Dan/Seven's reason of protecting mankind is that they are in charge of their own future and is adamant on refusing other alien races to meddle with Earth and its civilization.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Aside from Dan, Variel's plants cause memory loss in those who caught in its pollen.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: Atfer an entire episode of being Mugged for Disguise, Kazamori was mistaken by Furuhashi as the disguised Dan at the end of the fight against Alien Guts.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Dan abducted Kazamori into his capsule and use the young boy's form to slip into the Ultra Garrison, as well as helping them tackling the alien invaders they were fighting against.
  • Put on a Bus: While a new group of Ultra Garrison was established, their predecessor in the TV Special had long left. Furuhashi gets promoted while Kaji, Togo and Risa were absent. Kaji's case however is explained that his actor went to portray Shinjoh in Ultraman Tiga at that same time.
  • Shirtless Scene: An amnesiac Dan dreams of himself being shirtless and almost engulfed in flames.
  • Tragic Villain: Banderas loses it when it was revealed that despite his attempt to prevebt the death of his sun, inhabitants of his solar system had already left for another planet.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Alien Variel plans to save the Planet Earth from pollution, but doing so means he had to resort to brutal invasion and brainwashing.
    • Alien Guts predicted that mankind will cease to exist due to the mantle plume cycle that will arrive in the future. In order to save mankind and extending their influence to the future, Guts presented his solution by transforming them into sulfur-mutants.
    • Banderas' main goal of invading Earth is to support his namesake solar system, but as Dan pointed out, its residents already left for other planets right under his own nose.

    Ultraseven The Final Chapters Hexalogy 

  • Back for the Dead: Dan's Capsule Monsters Miclas and Windam once again appear, especially since the latter had an Unexplained Recovery after being killed by Alien Guts in Dan's prime years in Ultra Garrison. Unfortunately these two were quickly killed by Zabangi in episode 6 when Dan summoned them against the monster.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Earth is safe and mankind gets to live for another few years, but the Nonmalts get away even after their claim as the true Earthling was vindicated, as well as Seven being imprisoned in Horsehead Nebula for his trouble in interfering with a civil war between two native civilizations.
  • Body Surf: Alien Valkyrie jumps from various hosts to one another, constantly Body Surfing between members of the new Ultra Garrisons until it gets to Kazamori, where he allow Dan to shoot him, forcing Valkyrie to be left without a host. Oh and the alien cannot possess Seven for reasons unknown.
  • Breather Episode: Episode 4 is devoid of alien conflicts and Kaji's meddling with Ultra Garrison, opting for a live action adaptation of the Japanese fairy tale Urashima Taro.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Subverted. After being forced to shoot a Valkyrie-possessed Kazamori, the young man was gravely injured, forcing Seven to impersonated him at the end of the special. It was revealed in episode 6 that Dan assumed Kazamori's form for a year while the real man recuperated in one of Dan's capsule monsters.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • Alien Valkyrie's true form is a grotesque monstrosity, far from his namesake origin. Dan even lampshades that his true form is very much a reflection of his ugly heart.
    • The benevolent Alien Kyuloo's true form was never revealed, except as a shadow which portrayed him as a figure with messy textures.
  • Fantastic Nuke: The Operation: Friendship launched by TDF involves launching interstellar ballistic missiles to destroy planets with intelligent lifeforms which were deemed to be potential threats to mankind. Subverted that it was all a ruse for Kaji and his radical TDF factions to set up TDF bases on planets they bombarded.
  • Fantastic Racism: Kaji as part of his Took a Level in Jerkass due to losing a loved one in the past. The appearing aliens are also accounted for, except for Alien Kyuloo that is.
  • Government Conspiracy: The TDF's Omega File, which established mankind's predecessors as true invaders who overthrowed the Nonmalts in the past as the dominant race on Earth. Kaji and TDF's Public Security Bureau went through extreme lengths to silence everyone who knew the secret, including former Ultra Garrison captain Kiriyama.
  • He Knows Too Much: Off-screen, former Ultra Garrison captain Kiriyama was executed by Kaji's men in order to silence those who knew the contents of the Omega File.
  • Humongous Mecha:
    • Alien Kyuloo's Daitekkai robot, which the Alien Galo repaired and hijacked for invasion purposes.
    • Once again, Dan has Windam as his Mons deployed whenever he found himself in trouble.
    • TDF attempted to rebuild King Joe into their fighting force, only for the Rajakahm Stone to turn the robot berserk.
  • The Lost Lenore: Kaji lost his girlfriend (and is implied to have lost Togo and Risa as well) in an unnamed alien attack. It turns him into the current General Ripper that is a full blown departure from how he was in the 1994 TV Specials.
  • Mushroom Man: Alien Lemojo's true form are sentient humanoid fungus.
  • Spiders Are Scary: The Alien Galo are alien spiders who mind control humans to blend in with the society by latching into their host's head.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Seven's interference in the Civil War of Nonmalts and Humanity turns out to have done real bad things to his image, as it was seen as an outsider meddling in foreign affairs with an unfair advantage and bias towards one side which ended up turning Seven into a universe-wide pariah, as such when Seven returns to M78 his fellow Ultras don't welcome him with open arms and instead he's branded a criminal, exiled and then imprisoned in the Horsehead Nebula as punishment.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Again Kaji, for the above reasons.
  • Time Skip: As revealed in episode 1, several years had passed since Banderas' fight. Episode 6 (the final part of the hexalogy) established Seven had been in Kazamri's disguise for a year ever since that Valkyrie incident.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Also Kaji, for the above reasons.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The Rajakahm Stone created a clone of Kaji based on the darkness of his hearts, who boasted the fact that he was only for the genocide against aliens for the mankind supremacy. When Kaji shouted that King Joe is a robot of destruction, it only gets worse as the stone possessed the robot into a rampaging machine on the run.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A lot of them, but it only escalated into a cycle of hatred against one another.
    • After losing his girlfriend from an alien attack, Kaji initiated the plan to execute aliens and other invaders mercilessly to protect mankind from experiencing the same loss as he did. Unfortunately its buried under his newfound war hawk tendencies.
    • When mankind initiated Operation: Friendship by blowing up planets with potential alien enemies, Alien Valkyrie was the first to attack by discrediting the Ultra Garrison publicly through a series of possessions.
    • The Alien Galo, while relatively a villain fron the start, they also took their intervention like Valkyrie after Earth has become a planet that pick up a fight against the outer space.
    • The greatest holder of this trope is the Nonmalts when their claims for being the real Earthling before mankind did was proven through the Omega Files, hence beginning their hostile takeover of the surface dwellers (humans).
  • You Shall Not Pass!: All of these happening in Episode 6, so spoiler alert...
    • To prevent Zabangi from interrupting the transmission of the Omega Files by destroying the radio station, Windam and Miclas were summoned by Seven to halt the monster.
    • At that same time, Kaji and his men try to stop Seven from advancing to the Omega Files to no avail. After chancellor Takenaka approved the transfer of said file, Kaji did his final stand against Seven and was quickly tossed aside like a rag doll.

    Ultraseven Evolution 

  • Big Bad: For the first time in this series, the defining one appears to none other than Alien Garut.
  • Came Back Strong: The Neo Pandon is the Alien Ghost's revived Pandon who posed as a greater threat than it previously portrayed in the past.
  • Creepy Child: The ESPer children are all willing to use force to fight against the adults and are also not above the act of murder.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The retired (and now fugitive) Kazamori has remnants of Ultraseven's powers, dressed in all black and even hostile to the current Ultra Garrison as he is well aware that a traitor is among the TDF's ranks. Despite this, he is still the hero and the aliens fear him for bearing Seven's power.
  • Evil Counterpart: Alien Garut is one to Ultraseven: both share the same occupation (constant point observers) and were captivated by Planet Earth and its culture. However while Seven resolve to protect the planet and its people, Garut wanted to invade and conquer the planet through (il)legal means.
  • The Hero Dies: Satomi was killed by the psychic children, but her death also allowed her cavader to be converted into energy for Seven to escape his prison and finally heading for Earth.
  • Mistaken for Badass: Before his merger with Seven, Kazamori is treated as The Dreaded by a few aliens due to having a small portion of Seven's power.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: With the Pandon controller in possession, Neo Pandon feeds on the hatred of its users. Had Shima kept his composure, he would have stopped Neo Pandon from the get go when Mitsuko (the Plant Life form) was approaching him.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: For his act in interfering with civilizations from I am Earthling, Seven was imprisoned in the Horsehead Nebula.
  • Pet Monstrosity: Alien Garut isn't alone in his fight against Seven, as he also brought his Cyborg monster Gaimos as his partner in the fight.
  • The Power of Hate: Neo Pandon is controlled by a device which the user channeled his hatred to guide the monster into attacking. Without it, Neo Pandon can remain as a docile monster that wouldn't hurt a fly.
  • Retired Badass: Kazamori retired from the service of Ultra Garrison at the start of the series.
  • Sharing a Body: Kazamori merged with Seven a la Shin Hayata with Ultraman from their fight against Neo Pandon.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Yuki Kisaragi, the new recruit to Ultra Garrison.
  • Time Skip: 5 years had passed since the Nonmalt incident from the 1999 Hexalogy Specials.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The radical Alien Pegassa faction, Alien Godola, the ESPer children and finally former TDF officer Suwa were all manipulated by Alien Garut for his attempt to conquer Earth (legally).
  • Walking the Earth: The entire series as a whole ended with Kazamori leaving to parts unknown while still retaining his merger with Ultraseven.