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It's been exactly forty years now that the Earth has been under threat from monsters and invaders.
During a time when it seemed that everyone's smiles would be taken away,
they came from the far distant Land of Light:
those dependable heroes called "the Ultra Brothers".
And now Ultra Father has sent one young champion to the Earth.
His name is...
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Ultraman Mebius is the 17th TV series and 40th anniversary production in the Ultra Series, broadcasted from April 8, 2006 to March 31, 2007. Preceded by Ultraman Max and succeeded by Ultraseven X.

For the first time in 25 years, an Ultraman is sent to Earth to protect it from aliens and monsters which would start to appear again. The Ultra Father entrusts the Earth to their newest member, Ultraman Mebius. Under the guise of Mirai Hibino, Mebius joins the Earth defense team GUYS in the Japan branch to better fend off threats to its people. What follows is an epic loveletter to the entire Ultra Series and capstone to the original Ultramen.

Crunchyroll started streaming Mebius on October 23, 2014, a week after Ultraman Max arrived on the service.


Ultraman Mebius provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Bomb: Ultraman Taro's "Ultra Dynamite" attack, which Mebius bases his own "Mebium Dynamite" attack on. (Taro's lifespan shortens a bit when he uses it — it's not clear if Mebius' does as well.)
  • Anti-Hero: Hunter Knight Tsurugi/Ultraman Hikari. Character development following Bogal's death help him grow out of this.
  • Arc Villain: Bogal in the first half of the show. The Four Heavenly Kings took over her spot once she's gone.
  • As Long as There is Evil: Yapool's enmity is everlasting.
  • Assimilation Backfire: Alien Serpent possessed and assimilated Hinode Sayuri to use her in his kind's bid to take over the Earth. Thanks to her desire to protect her kids, she manages to hang onto her consciousness, overpower him, and take over him. Then used his hijacked body to beat the hell out of the rest of the invasion force.
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  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Father of Ultra comes to Earth to help Mebius after he's turned to a gold statue by Jashrin. Jashrin doesn't fair well. At all. The only reason Mebius was the one to finish the fight was because the Father wanted him to. Also, you know how powerful the Emperor is? The Father fought him to a draw in ancient times. By himself.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Ultraman Leo. Doesn't use projectile attacks much. Doesn't need them.
  • Big Bad: There are several villains that fill the role of Big Bad for a time. The first ten episodes dealt with Bogal. After her defeat, Yapool takes her place, until he's revealed to be only one of the Four Heavenly Kings. Once they're all defeated, we get the overall Ultra Big Bad: The Emperor/Emperor-Seijin.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Ultra Brothers each get an episode that builds up to them doing this.
  • Big Fancy House: Teppei's rich family has one.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall
    • Maru has a habit of speaking directly to the camera, which often gets lampshaded.
    Maru: (Turning to the camera) "Is [Misaki] meeting the chief inspector after this?"
    Misaki: "What was that?"
    Maru: "It's nothing. Please proceed."
  • Butt-Monkey
    • Adjutant Toriyama. Maru is also one to a lesser extent.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang / Continuity Nod: Mebius is revived in one episode when Konomi deploys the Magnerium Medicalizer, the same weapon the Ultra Garrison used to revive Ultra Seven when he was crucified.
  • Combining Mecha: The Gun-Phoenix
  • Cool Ship: Quite a few of the Super Prototypes GUYS has fall in this category.
  • Continuity Nod: This being the 40th Anniversary of the Ultra Series and the first show since 1981's Ultraman 80 to be set in the classic universe, there's bound to be a few of these...
    • The Five Ultra Pledges from the final episode of Ultraman Jack was re-recited in the first episode.
    • Whenever a kaiju from an ealier installment return, GUYS will refer to the documents of past Attack Teams (Document MAT, SSP, ZAT, etc) for details involving the returning monster.
    • Maquette Ultraman Mebius' defeat at the hands of Maquette Zetton mirrors the original Zetton defeating Ultraman in Ultraman's final episode.
    • Once again, a Gudon and a Twin-Tail are shown to be sworn enemies. The show even references the monsters to be recorded from Document MAT.
    • Kodaigon from Return of Ultraman is reborn from cells of Alien Grotes, harvested from the VERY SAME lake where the alien and kaiju were defeated 35 year prior...
    • Remember Alien Mates from Return of Ultraman, unfairly killed by humans? His son is back and is seeking vengeance...
    • When Nova reappears, his existence is categorized as Out-of-Document; makes sense, since in Ultraman Leo Nova debuts AFTER MAC has been wiped out.
    • Speaking of which, one of the new kaiju, Roberuga, was birthed from fragments of the destroyed Black Star in the final episode of Ultraman Leo.

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Emperor vs. pretty much everyone and anyone. He oneshots or curbstomps everyone.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: All METEOR technology made available to GUYS is treated like this as it is reverse-engineered alien technology. To safeguard against its use, it can only be activated for one minute.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Mirai Hibino
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Justified: Mebius doesn't cause Dinozaur to explode when he kills him, and the head of GUYS complains next episode that he is tied up cleaning up the corpse. Notably, Mebius blows monsters up after that.
  • Demotedto Extra: Mirai/Mebius is the only main cast member from the TV show with a significant role in the movie. YMMV on whether the Showa Ultramen as replacements makes up for it (for most fans, it likely did).
  • Elite Mooks: Imperizers. Made of Iron Determinators with a Healing Factor to make Wolverine blush — recovering even when being blasted apart into chunks. To stop it, they have to blow it into very TINY bits, or it will just recover. Even when they are mass produced, it takes the crew's most powerful attacks and no-nonsense tactics to take them down. Every time they show up is a guaranteed "Oh, Crap!" moment.
  • Energy Being: All Ultramen.
  • Failure Hero: GUYS subverts the usual human defense team and the whole series makes it a plot point that the Ultras are protecting humanity until they can fight together as equals.
  • Fallen Hero: For once, it's Zetton. Unlike previous series, this time it's one of candidate new capsule monsters to assist GUYS team. Unfortunately, its case got dropped on floor and malfunction, turn Zetton to evil once more.
  • Food Chain of Evil: Bogal. For the first 10 episodes, she calls other monsters to Earth to devour them and grow in the process. Lesser Bogals continue her work for the next 12 episodes, though they're too small to consume any of the monsters that appear.
  • Fun with Acronyms: GUYS (Guards for UtilityY Situation) and METEOR (Much Extreme Technology of Extraterrestrial ORigin)
  • Four Is Death: Four Heavenly Generals.
  • Fusion Dance
    • Once in the series finale with Mebius' True Companions.
    • Again in the Movie with Mebius and all the Ultra Brothers.
  • Genius Bruiser: As revealed in Hikari Saga, Ultraman Hikari was a scientist.
  • Grand Finale: As a whole, Mebius was the final Ultra Series to be produced by Tsuburaya Productions before it was purchased by Bandai Namco Entertainment, ending over 40 years of independent series production.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Mebius gets the coolest powers of all from his close friendship with the rest of GUYS.
  • Homage: LOTS. Tsuburaya Pro had several shows and years to go through; it might be faster to list what wasn't referenced.
  • Hour of Power: Besides the Ultras, there's also the METEOR technology that GUYS uses, which is limited to just one minute of use before it deactivates.
  • Human Aliens: Mirai Hibino reveals in episode 30 that Ultramen once looked like humans, but they gained their current appearances thousands of years ago in a planetary accident. They decided to put their powers to good use and saw much in common with humans, hence the reason why ultramen consider it their duty to protect them.
  • Idiot Hero: Mirai is in the Naive version of this trope.
  • I Have Many Names: Ultraman King says this of himself in one of the "Hikari Side Story" episodes. King's just the name he uses on Earth.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: METEOR is this, being reverse-engineered from wrecked alien ships.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Mebius' Burning Brave form, and the fiery wings of GUYS Japan.
  • Kaiju: It's Ultraman! They have three types, though. Regular Monsters, Aliens and "Super Beasts" (Yapool's creations).
  • Mama Bear: Hinode Sayuri, a woman assimilated by Alien Serpent, manages to hold onto her consciousness and take over the alien instead to protect her children. She then proceeds to use her hijacked body to beat the hell out of most of the others.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: In episode 2 of the Trisquad Voice Drama series, you hear about how Mebius struggled with the reality that he would outlive all of his human friends and how he came to terms with it.
  • Meaningful Name: Mirai means 'future' in Japanese.
  • Meganekko: Konomi, to the point where, in one episode, nobody notices her when she tries out contacts.
  • Mythology Gag: It's hard to go an episode without one, be it a returning monster or something else.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lots of times. Yapool, Mephilas, Imperizers and the Emperor all elicit this response at least once. Emperor takes the cake, as the merest act of landing on earth elicits this (and a whole bunch of explosions).
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Emperor is implied to have used most of the events in the series to his advantage to ensure his arrival.
  • The Juggernaut: The Emperor, again.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Happens A LOT.
  • Papa Wolf: Implied to be the reason the Father came to Earth to aid Mebius.
  • The Power of Friendship: Mebius gains more power from his friends than anything else.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Lampshaded. Mirai brings them together because he saw them act bravely beforehand. How else can you get a Motorcycle ace, a Soccer Star, a Preschool Teacher and a Medical Student all on your team? Justified, however, as they all also have skills that are legitimately useful for fighting kaiju, and had already passed the basic flight tests.
  • Reality Ensues: Mebius kills Dinozaur but doesn't completely destroy him. The head of GUYS complains next episode that he's tied up handling cleaning up the corpse. Mebius is present for this and notably blows up kaiju from then on.
  • Reunion Show
    • Mostly the movie, but also the last major story arc (starting near the midpoint of the series) so that for the final 4 episodes before the finale, the heroes teamed up with the previous Ultramen (and their actors).
    • And a literal version in the episode of the final arc that showcases Ultraman 80.
  • Sacrificial Lamb
    • The first GUYS team is killed off in the first episode, save for one. The GUYS team for the rest of the series is formed in the next episode.
    • Later, during the Grand Finale, Ryu and Mirai bite the bullet, They get better.
  • Secret Keeper: Around the halfway point, Mirai reveals his true identity to GUYS.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Used straight and subverted whenever the Elite Mook Imperizers show up.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Mebius or Moebus? Kilbeam of Kerubim? Bogar or Bogal? The list goes on and on with the monsters names.
  • Super Prototype
    • Any GUYS machine equipped with METEOR technology.
    • The first Imperizer has regenerate ability and can reform its arm as a large blade. But since mass production Imperizer keep the teleportation ability, they number made up for that.
  • Super Senses: Marina has extremely good hearing and George's eyesight is unparalleled.
  • Take Up My Sword: Before Hikari was Put on a Bus, he gave his Knight Brace to Mebius, allowing Mebius to enter Brave Mode. In battle against Emperor, Ryu became Hikari's host after Serizawa passed away.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Averted in episode 22 when a Bogal attacks Mirai as he Transforms.
  • Transformation Trinket: Mebius' Mebium Brace and Hikari's Knight Brace.
  • True Companions: GUYS crew, but especially important to the Ultramen as a whole who consider all of the people of Earth part of their True Companions.
  • Ultimate Evil: The Alien Emperor
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Reflectian appears to be honorable alien at first. It's well mannered in its speech, always using honorifics, and even spares Mebius after their first battle, claiming that he's too weak. After Mebius managed to damage its shield, it was quick to use the GUYS crew as hostages.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 29. Mebius is called back home by the Father of Ultra, but he refuses. Then, one of Emperor's minions, the gigantic, virtually immortal war machine Imperizer arrives on Earth and Mebius can't defeat it alone. Taro's arrival evens the odds just barely. Finally to top it off, Mirai is forced to reveal to Ryu that he is Ultraman Mebius!
    • Episode 36. Most of the episode is fairly light-hearted, dealing primarily with GUYS having to put up with a mischievous Psychokino alien and her drill-nosed monster minion Angross. However at the end of the episode, an important development is made. The Psychokino reveals that a space-time emitter is what's summoning monsters to Earth even after the defeat of the Bogals and someone placed it there to destroy Mebius.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Given to Mebius by Ryu in the very first episode because he let the monster destroy buildings as he dodged the attacks.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: George's irrational fear of the ocean.
  • You Have Failed Me: Lampshaded by the target. Poor Mephilas....
    Mephilas: Emperor! Have I become a useless piece in this game? Alas! (explodes)
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Used by Yapool in the movie without so much as a word beforehand. Made all the more mean-spirited because the ally in question was in the middle of a Monologue about how he and Yapool would be teaming up.


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