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The Global Unlimited Task Squad, abbreviated as GUTS, is a special group for supernatural phenomenons, organized by the TPC, appearing in Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Dyna.[1]

Overview[]

Logo of GUTS

GUTS is a special investigative team formed by the Far East Branch of TPC, consisting of seven members. The primary mission of this team is to respond to, investigate, and manage supernatural phenomena, mysterious events, and emergencies occurring on Earth. Unlike most defense teams, GUTS is not a military unit. Although their main task is to investigate unforeseen events, members are required to carry basic weapons and equipment for self-defense when facing various unknown threats. Their armament is limited, primarily including aircraft.

However, with the appearance of Kaiju, GUTS underwent significant upgrades to protect humanity from the threats posed by monsters and extraterrestrial invaders. This upgrade included enhancing their armaments, such as their mechas, to improve defensive capabilities, gradually bolstering their military strength.

History[]

Ultraman Tiga[]

GUTS was initially proposed by the then United Nations Secretary-General Souichiro Sawai when he founded TPC in 2004. He believed that in order to address various challenges and emergencies that might arise on Earth in the future, there was a need to establish a specialized team of experts to research and deal with supernatural phenomena. This was the vision behind GUTS, and the recruitment of GUTS members was carried out extensively within Japan.

After the preparations involving organizational design and entrance tests, GUTS was officially established in 2006. With the end of the global war, it began its activities as a non-militarized organization.

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GUTS discovers Tiga's Pyramid in Japan's Tohoku region.

In 2007, during an investigation into a meteorite that had fallen to Earth, GUTS unexpectedly discovered a device called the "Time Capsule." An AI system within the Time Capsule appeared as a 3D holographic projection and introduced itself as Yuzare. She brought astonishing prophecies, warning of an impending era of darkness and destruction for humanity. To further understand the situation, GUTS conducted a thorough investigation and ultimately found three massive stone statues hidden within a pyramid in the northeastern part of Japan known as "Tiga's Pyramid". During a crisis, two of the statues were destroyed by the arrival of Golza and Melba to the Japanese archipelago, while the third statue was resurrected and assisted in repelling the monsters.Inheritance of Light

Subsequently, GUTS named this giant of light Ultraman Tiga and later adopted this name as the official universal codename. Following this event, in order to better address potential threats posed by monsters and extraterrestrial beings, GUTS unsealed their armaments and equipped themselves with more lethal weapons. However, these armaments were strictly restricted for use against monsters and extraterrestrials and were prohibited for conflicts among humans. Simultaneously, to enhance their response capabilities, TPC began the construction of a large dedicated combat mothership for GUTS.

In 2010, when the ultra-ancient ruins of R'lyeh surfaced near the waters of New Zealand, they released dark forces that posed a global threat. GUTS actively participated in the battle against Gatanothor and his soldiers, ultimately successfully protecting Earth from the impending disaster.To the Shining Ones

Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey[]

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GUTS participates in R'lyeh search and rescue mission.

Two years later, GUTS members Daigo and Rena temporarily left the team to embark on vacation trips around the world. However, during an investigation into R'lyeh, a research team, including Captain Iruma, disappeared. GUTS became involved in the rescue operation for Iruma. Eventually, after defeating the "darkness" on the island, they successfully rescued Iruma, while R'lyeh sank to the ocean floor.Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey

One year later, Daigo and Rena got married and decided to leave GUTS to become part of the first group of members of the "Mars Immigration Plan Force" to relocate to Mars. As TPC expanded internally, a proposal for the reorganization of the original GUTS organization was made. By 2014, GUTS was officially disbanded.

Ultraman Dyna[]

After Super GUTS took over the role of GUTS, all former GUTS members began to pursue different paths in their respective fields of development.

However, during the following period, some GUTS members repeatedly assisted Super GUTS in battling and investigating monster disasters and incidents. Some members also remained stationed at TPC bases or facilities, collaborating with Super GUTS to address the threat of Spheres.

Base[]

Divehanger

Dive Hangar

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The Dive Hanger in Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey

The main base of operations of GUTS is the Far East Headquarters "Dive Hangar" (極東本部基地「ダイブハンガー」, Kyokutō Honbu Kichi Daibu Hangā). It is a pyramid-shaped building that is able to submerge into the ocean.


The base houses an abundance of GUTS Wings and other special vehicles. GUTS Wing 1s are deployed from the container-shaped launch bay. GUTS Wing 2s take off from two runways above the GUTS Wing 1's launch bay, hidden and protected by the base's sliding armored structures. Under the base is a massive system of underground hangers. One of the hangars, the F-4 Dock, houses the Artdessei. Before the Artdessei can be launched, the Dive Hangar would elevate itself further above the sea surface to reveal a larger launch bay. The Artdessei would be brought to this launch bay by elevator and launch from the base under its own power.

Members[]

Megumi Iruma 1

Megumi Iruma

Main article: Megumi Iruma

Megumi Iruma: 36 years old. Before joining GUTS, she was a manager of the special group, working to communicate with E.T. She lost her husband, who had worked with her, in a accident there. She has one son named Tomoki. He was living with grandmother, who held a grudge against her for not stopping her work in the wake of her son's death. Her son's talent regarding computer technology is genius level, even more so than Yazumi, even he is so young. Her ability as GUTS Captain is excellent. All members trust her decisions, especially Munakata who trusts and respects her so much as she saved his life before they joined guts. In The Final Odyssey, it is stated by Camearra that Iruma is the descendant of Yuzare and her reincarnation, as shown when the spirit of her ancestor emerged from her unconscious body to seal the Dark Giants on R'lyeh. Seven years after the threat of Dark Giants, she briefly returns to action in Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light, where she pilots a GUTS Wing upon witnessing the new Ultraman, Dyna who died on the hand of Queen Monera as she also witness the revival of Ultraman Tiga. She also assisted Super GUTS when Asuka and Ryo are captured by the TPC in order for the creation of a new weapon.


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Seiichi Munakata

Main article: Seiichi Munakata

Seiichi Munakata: 33 years old. At the front line, he is always cool and level-headed trying to make the correct decision. He was saved by Iruma back in his days on the defense force. His only weak point is a liquor got which he has no tolerance. He has a penchant for drinking milk at jazz bars and wearing a baseball cap in the field.


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Daigo Madoka

Main article: Daigo Madoka

Daigo Madoka: 23 years old. He was recruited for GUTS member by Mr. Sawai, Supreme general of TPC, when Daigo was working with TPC transportation division. He is the main character of the series; able to transform into the titular Ultraman Tiga. Usually he wields a device called the Sparklence to transform, but sometimes even without it. According to the hologram of Yuzare which is working by artificial intelligence generated program and is supporting Daigo, Daigo has DNA of ancient super warriors called Ultramen around 30 million years ago. He returns in Ultraman Dyna and saves Asuka after the latter's battle with Zeluganoid, then contacts Super GUTS, but not before talking about the responsibilities of being an Ultra with his successor.


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Rena Yanase

Main article: Rena Yanase

Rena Yanase: 22 years old. Her father, Omi Yanase is working at the space center of TPC. She is one of the best pilots in TPC and can control any fighter masterfully. Also, she is an only pilot originally able to drive Snow White, a fighter which uses the power of Maxima Over Drive.

It is shown be the end of the series that she has feeling for Daigo. After the series the two get married and move to Mars where they have two children: Hikari Madoka (eldest daughter) and Tsubasa Madoka (youngest son).


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Masami Horii

Main article: Masami Horii

Masami Horii: The scientist and inventor. 28 years old. His position of the story is very similar to Ide from 1966 Ultraman. Horii invented a lot of super mechanics, e.g. Sound Translator, Monster Tracker, Defender against shrink-gun, Barrier Destroyer etc. He gets married to a girl whom he saved from alien monster Magnia. Her name is Michiru Ezaki. She is the daughter of Dr. Ezaki who took the Jupiter III attacked by Ligatron. They would have two children Tsugumu and Mirai. Horii is a fan of the singer Maya Cruz, being a dedicated "Cruz-tian". When this was first stated, Daigo thought he meant Christian. Returns in Ultraman Dyna episodes 35 and 36.


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Tetsuo Shinjoh

Main article: Tetsuo Shinjoh

Tetsuo Shinjoh: The tough guy. 26 years old. He has a sister named Mayumi. She is a nurse of TPC medical center. He would have frequent chances to go on a GUTS Wing with Daigo and they were also frequently shot down. The running joke is that they were the worst combination for GUTS Wing formation attacks. He always thinks of himself as good-looking person. Returns in Ultraman Dyna episodes 35 and 36.


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Jun Yazumi

Main article: Jun Yazumi

Jun Yazumi: An 18 year old computer genius. His main job is to analyze monsters, technology, substance etc, and to research them for information. The system he programmed, named Acachic Record, is a power search engine. It can access and search through any kind of data in the world, not only text data but also image, movie, sound and so on, and of course from anywhere. Also it seems he can access protected data bases. Only his dissatisfaction is that Rena treats him just like her younger brother, not an adult though sometimes he did sees her as an older sister figure while addressing her in the name 'Onee-chan' (sister in Japanese). He returns in Ultraman Dyna episode 50 to help with activating the Neo Maxima cannon.


Arsenal[]

Attire[]

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Standard GUTS uniform

  • GUTS Suits (GUTSスーツ, Gattsu Sūtsu): It is resistant to fire, heat, cold, and water. It is durable and impact resistant. They sport the owner's name romanized in white on the back.
  • GUTS Met (GUTSメット, Gattsu Metto): A helmet made from a special alloy, it sports a camera and a communication device. Goggles were added in episode 3, and has optional components. It has a built in air supply.

Equipment[]

  • PDI (GUTS COM): A small device that GUTS members carry, It is usually mounted on the waist and used for communication. It can also be used to scan for radiation, or perform a biological scan. It can also be used to search for personal data.
  • GUTS HYPER (GUTSハイパー, Gattsu Haipā): A gun the GUTS team carries. The ammo can be exchanged for different types; a typical gun, tear gas, or a signal flare.
  • GUTS Rifle (GUTSライフル, Gattsu Raifuru): A rifle type gun, it shoots out rays of ultraviolet. They were first used against Obiko.
  • DUNK Shot I (DUNKショットI, Danku Shotto I)/DUNK Shot II (DUNKショットII, Danku Shotto II)/DUNK Shot III (DUNKショットIII, Danku Shotto III): A large double-barreled laser gun rifle. The model is later succeeded by the DUNK Shot II, with various attachments such as a stock to improve handling and accuracy. A more compact version, the DUNK Shot III, was used during the events of The Final Odyssey.
  • Sound Translator (サウンドトランスレーター, Saundo Toransurētā): A translation device invented by Horii. It was used to translate the words of all life forms on Earth into a human language. It was used on Yuzare and Gazort, but the alien humanoid Rucia gave it some trouble.
  • Communication Instrument (通信機, Tsūshin-ki): A device Daigo used in episode 3, to talk to Rena who was up in the GUTS Wing 2.
  • Sonic Spacecraft (音波探査機, Onpa tansa-ki): Used to detect the inside of something using sonic waves.
  • GUTS Attache (ガッツアタッシュ, Gattsu Atasshu): A case holding special equipment for missions.
  • GUTS Attache 2 (ガッツアタッシュII, Gattsu Atasshu II): A rifle case that holds the parts for the GUTS HYPER.

Mecha[]

The mechas used by GUTS are known as Ride Mecha (ライドメカ, Raido Meka).

  • GUTS Wing
    • GUTS Wing 1: A VTOL fighter with variable-sweep wings. It would be later used by the Super GUTS as trainer aircraft as well as customized fighters for the other branches. Its main weapons are Needle Laser Guns (ニードルレーザー砲, Nīdorurēzā-hō) and HEAT Missiles (ヒートミサイル, Hītomisairu).
    • GUTS Wing 2: A four-seater VTOL medium fighter, possessing enhanced firepower at the cost of speed. It is equipped with a Hyper Railgun (ハイパーレールガン, Haipārērugan).
    • GUTS Wing EX-J: A heavily modified version of the GUTS Wing 2. It can split into EX-J α and EX-J β.
    • Snow White: A customized GUTS Wing 1 designed for hypersonic flight.
  • Artdessei: A general-purpose battle carrier. It has hangars for multiple GUTS Wings, a Peepar, and a Dolphar 202. Its primary weapon is the Deluc Cannon (デラック砲, Derakku-hō).
  • Sherlock (GUTS Car): A modified Chevrolet Camaro, equipped with a Large Laser Cannon "Scroll" (大型レーザー砲スクロール, Ōgata Rēzā-hō Sukurōru) at the back.
  • De La Mu: A modified Chevrolet Blazer, equipped with a mutli-jointed Large Laser Cannon "Degner" (大型レーザー砲デグナー, Ōgata Rēzā-hō Degunā) on the roof.
  • Peepar: A tank equipped with a super-hard drill for subterranean exploration and combat. It can fire either the Freezing Ray "Cold Beam" (冷凍光線コールドビーム, Reitō Kōsen Kōrudobīmu) or the Blue Heat Ray "Fuser Z" (青い熱線フューザーZ, Aoi Nessen Fu~yūzā Z) from its drill.
  • Dolphar 202: A submarine used for exploration and infiltration missions. It is armed with missiles, torpedoes, and a D-Autocannon (D機関砲, D Kikanhō).
  • Stug: A pair of modified motorcycles made by Horii for routine patrol. Two models existed with different purposes:
    • 1: Made for on-road type.
    • 2: Made for off-road type.

Gallery[]

Ultraman Tiga[]

Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey[]

Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light[]

Ultraman Dyna[]

Miscellaneous[]

Trivia[]

  • GUTS is the first defense team in the Ultraman Series to be led by a female captain.
  • According to the book TV Magazine Special Editing: Ultraman Tiga, GUTS was originally planned to have eleven members (a reference to MJ).[2]

References[]

Defense Teams
Showa Defense Teams SSSP | TDF (UG, MAT, TAC, ZAT, MAC, UGM) | Science Guard Party
Heisei Defense Teams UMA | WINR | HEART | Mydo | TPC (GUTS, Super GUTS, Black Buster Corps, Neo Super GUTS) | GUARD (XIG) | GOKAZOKU | SRC (EYES, Team SEA), JADF | BCST | TLT (NR) | UDF (DASH) | GUYS | DEUS | ZAP SPACY | Team U | UPG | UNVER (Xio) | VTL | AIB
Reiwa Defense Teams EGIS | GAF (STORAGE) | TPU (GUTS-Select) | SSSP | GGF (SKaRD) | KDF | SKIP, GDF
Other Defense Teams Inter Galactic Defense Force | Space Patrol | MIGHTY JACK | SRI | SGM | Team Mouri | SAT | SAF | PAT | Koseidon Corps | SWORD | SSSP | USP | GIRLS
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