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YMMV / Ultraman: Towards the Future

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  • Anvilicious: This show is essentially the Ultraman equivalent of Captain Planet and the Planeteers in its delivery of environmental issues.
  • Awesome Music: The instrumentals for this series are very well done and mood-appropriate. Special mention goes to Ultraman's own theme, which somehow manages to be both majestic and campy at the same time.
  • Creepy Awesome: Some of the monsters may qualify, seeing as how the costumes are quite lavishly detailed.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Majaba has proven to be the most popular of the show's kaiju with fans on both sides of the Pacific.
  • Fridge Logic: Just how did UMA get the idea to load the prophecy disc into one of their laser cannons and use it against the Kodalar and Kilazee?
    • And before that, Colonel Grant tells General Brewer that his time (i.e. the use of More Dakka) is over, and yet goes on to use the prophecy disk as a weapon in its own right.
  • Funny Moments: A lot of the show's humour comes from the human characters' Deadpan Snarker banter amongst themselves.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The end of episode six, after Gudis is finally gone for good, Jack and Jean share a huge, relieved hug.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Gudis was a virus-like alien entity that sought to corrupt all life on Earth. About 10 years later the Japanese producers would create a villain of the exact same nature in the form of Chaos Header.
  • Moment of Awesome: The climactic fights of both story arcs, in episodes six and thirteen respectively.
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  • Narm / Narm Charm: It is a 90s TV series featuring men in rubber suits, after all.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Gudis has a face only a mother could love. Its second form, more so.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Ryugulo's face may look fearsome, with his oversized bulging blue compound eyes and his vertical mouth containing More Teeth than the Osmond Family, but his Jerk Jock voice just clashes with his appearance.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The Ultraman: Towards the Future SNES game is notorious for its poor graphics and unfair difficulty levels, often ranking among the worst video games ever.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general fandom consensus is that while Towards the Future did have its interesting perks, it was weighed down by its preachiness and being rather forgettable.
  • Special Effects Failure: In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, when Ultraman lays the smackdown on the Kodara in their second fight, the monster's spiky shell briefly comes detached from the rest of the costume.
    • Also, after Ultraman's first fight with Gudis on Mars, a brief glimpse of the original Gudis costume can be seen as the creature begins to turn itself into a swarm of microbes.
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  • The Woobie: The children and their caregivers who get caught up in the monster attacks, particularly Jimmy in episode three, and Jenny in episode seven - though Jenny is much better-adjusted overall.

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