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Trivia / Return of Ultraman

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  • Author Existence Failure: This show was being conceived by Eiji Tsuburaya on his deathbed, and his son brought the idea to fruition.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: Episode 34 "The Life that Can't be Forgiven" was the winner of a script-making contest held by Tsuburaya Productions. Its creator, Shinichiro Kobayashi, would later create a similar script for an identical contest held by Toho Studios in the 1980s, resulting in Godzilla vs. Biollante.
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  • Creator's Favorite: Jiro Dan, Hideki Go's actor nominated Twin Tail as his favorite monster.
  • Dueling Works: With Kamen Rider with Return of Ultraman coming out a mere 18 days after it. Both were huge successes critically and financially.
  • Follow the Leader: Helped launch the "Henshin Boom" along with Kamen Rider in the 70s
  • Hey, It's That Sound!:
    • Earthtron's roar is that of Gyaos, while Twin Tail uses that of another Gamera foe, Barugon.
    • Gudon's roar is modified from King Kong's.
    • Bemstar used Gezora's squeaks.
  • Prop Recycling:
    • Detton was made from the Telesdon suit from Ultraman, which had greatly deteriorated by that point. In fact, Detton's role was originally meant to be for Telesdon.
    • Kingsaurus III's head was remade into Femigon's.
    • Ghostron was loosely modified from Earthtron.
    • Magnedon is a heavily-modified Eldertordoise suit, repainted black with back spikes added.
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    • King Maimai was created from Gudon.
    • Zanika was remade from the Beacon suit.
    • Alien Baltan, Jr. was remade from the Ultra Fight Baltan suit.
    • Kingstron was remade into Robonez. Coincidentally, they are both killed in the exact same manner.
  • Role Reprise: For the first of many times to come, Kohji Moritsugu and Susumu Kurobe respectively reprise Dan Moroboshi and Shin Hayata in Episode 38 "When the Ultra Star Shines".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, Eiji wanted the show to be a revival of the original, with the original Ultraman returning to Earth and Hayata reclaiming his identity as Ultraman, however Hajime scrapped these plans. It made more sense from a merchandising standpoint to create a new hero.
    • Black King was intended to be the brother of Red King and would have used the same suit.
  • Written by Cast Member: Shin Kishida, who played Ken Sakata, wrote Episode 35 (the one with Priz-Ma), which probably explains why Ken plays such a large role in the episode.


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