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Heisei Ultraseven (平成ウルトラセブン, Heisei Urutorasebun) is a sequel to the 1967 series Ultraseven. Ignoring the Land of Light continuity, it takes place in a world where Ultraseven is the only Ultra to have travelled to Earth.

The series consists of four parts that released from 1994 to 2002, the first of which aired on Nippon Television, while the rest released direct-to-DVD:

  1. NTV Specials
  2. Ultraseven 30th Anniversary Memorial Trilogy (ウルトラセブン誕生30周年記念3部作, Urutorasebun Tanjō Sanjū Shūnen Kinen San-busaku)
  3. Ultraseven 1999: The Final Chapters Hexalogy (ウルトラセブン1999最終章6部作, Urutorasebun Senkyuhyaku-kyujūkyu Saishūshō Roku-busaku)
  4. Ultraseven 35th Anniversary: EVOLUTION Pentalogy (ウルトラセブン誕生35周年"EVOLUTION"5部作, Urutorasebun Tanjō Sanjūgo Shūnen "Eboryūshon" Go-busaku)

Production[]

In 1990, following the conclusion of the broadcast of Ultraman: Towards the Future in Japan, a new movement in the "Ultraman series" adapted to the multimedia era was initiated for the first time in the form of an Original Video Series.[1]

In 1993, with strong demands from fan communities for the revival of Ultraman in the form of a television series, Tsuburaya Productions responded by resuming television series production with Gridman the Hyper Agent. Concurrently, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry designated March 21st as "Sun Day". To promote this concept, Tsuburaya Productions received sponsorship from the Japan Solar System Development Association and, led by Yomiuri Advertising, proposed a plan for a television special program. Initially planning to focus on an anime production, it was decided, upon the suggestion of Yomiuri Advertising producer Fujinami Toshihiko, to produce Ultraseven - Operation: Solar Energy, set in the worldview of the original Ultraseven series about a decade later. Due to this setting, to avoid confusion, the decision was intentionally made to abandon the Ultraseven setting from Ultraman Leo.[1]

Volume 37 of the Tsuburaya Productions Fan Club

Volume 37 of the Tsuburaya Productions Fan Club, published in 1994, covers the production process of the two television specials[2]

In November 1993, the script written by Masakazu Migita, a member of the Department of Literature, was completed. The filming team opted to use videotapes for shooting, primarily enlisting the assistance of personnel from the production team of Gridman the Hyper Agent to gain insights into special effects production. To generate buzz, there was also public promotion for the "UG team member recruitment" among the general populace. It's reported that approximately 3,000 people signed up for recruitment. Due to the setting being over a decade later, all members of UG were also to be updated. Artistic designs, including mechanical elements, were adjusted to suit contemporary society and customs. In the second special episode, Planet of the Earthlings, Kohji Moritsugu was once again invited to portray Dan Moroboshi.[1]

In 1994, only two television special programs were produced. Initially, there was an idea for a third piece, but due to various reasons, it was ultimately not realized.

In 1996, Tsuburaya Productions collaborated with VAP to air a three-episode science fiction television drama titled Moon Spiral on Nippon Television's late-night slot. Following the completion of this project, a new plan emerged between VAP's planner Sadahiro Chika and Masahiro Tsuburaya, which involved a reimagining of Ultraseven in the form of Original Video. Thus, ensuring budgetary concerns and with the premise of releasing on videotape, the production of Ultraseven 30th Anniversary Memorial Trilogy officially commenced in 1997, with three works slated for release in 1998.[3][4]

In 1999, following the commercially successful trilogy, the production continued directly with Ultraseven 1999: The Final Chapters Hexalogy. This six-part series aimed to be the definitive version of Heisei Ultraseven, introducing a new theme called the "Friendship Plan" based on the setting of "Nonmalt" from the original episode 42 "Ambassador of the Nonmalt". The series production commenced in mid-October 1998.[5][4]

After the completion of Ultraman Neos in December 2000, Masahiro Tsuburaya once again planned the "Ultraseven 35th Anniversary: EVOLUTION Pentalogy". This series, centered around the Akashic Records, narrates the story of the entire Memory Universe, exploring the theme of who should be entrusted with the future of the Earth.[4]

Synopsis[]

This series presents a storyline distinct from the previous Ultraseven and subsequent Return of Ultraman series, imagining what the world of "Ultraseven" would be like if its narrative had continued uninterrupted.

From the 1994 TV specials onwards, it became a full-length series of 16 episodes, including original videos. Furuhashi, who was a team member, aged and took on the role of captain and strategist, and the cast from that time appeared in their original roles. The events that occurred in the 1967 TV series serve as the key to the unfolding narrative, questioning the significance of Ultraseven and the Earthlings. A hard-hitting story that further advances the original science fiction elements is depicted.[6]

Characters[]

Protagonists[]

TDF[]

UG[]

1994 Team[]
1998/1999/EVOLUTION Team[]

Others[]

  • Anne
  • Professor Kusuhara
  • Dan
  • Professor Tonezaki
  • Shiori Satomi
  • Kyoko Murata
  • Rei Murata
  • Eijiro Inada
  • Yutaka Kanemitsu

Ultras[]

Kaiju[]

1994[]

1998[]

1999[]

2002[]

Cast[]

  • Dan Moroboshi (モロボシ・ダン, Moroboshi Dan): Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣, Moritsugu Kōji)
  • Shigeru Furuhashi (フルハシ・シゲル, Furuhashi Shigeru): Sandayu Dokumamushi (毒蝮 三太夫, Dokumamushi Sandayū)
  • Kaji (カジ): Shigeki Kagemaru (影丸 茂樹, Kagemaru Shigeki)
  • Togo (トーゴー, Tōgō): Takashi Matsuyama (松山 鷹志, Matsuyama Takashi)
  • Lisa (リサ, Risa): Ami Suzuki (鈴木 亜美, Suzuki Ami)
  • Sanshiro Shiragane (シラガネ・サンシロウ, Shiragane Sanshirō): Koji Nanjo (南条 弘二, Nanjō Kōji)
  • Masaki Kazamori (カザモリ・マサキ, Kazamori Masaki): Katsuyuki Yamazaki (山崎 勝之, Yamazaki Katsuyuki)
  • Keisuke Shima (シマ・ケイスケ, Shima Keisuke): Kunio Masaoka (正岡 邦夫, Masaoka Kunio):
  • Takuma Mizuno (ミズノ・タクマ, Mizuno Takuma): Wataru Koga (古賀 亘, Koga Wataru):
  • Satomi Hayakawa (ハヤカワ・サトミ, Hayakawa Satomi): Kaoru Ukawa (鵜川 薫, Ukawa Kaoru)
  • Rumi Honjou (ホンジョウ・ルミ, Honjō Rumi): Rieko Adachi (あだち 理絵子, Adachi Rieko)
  • Yuki Kisaragi (キサラギ・ユキ, Kisaragi Yuki): Mika Katsumura (勝村 美香, Katsumura Mika)
  • Takenaka (タケナカ): Kenji Sahara (佐原 健二, Sahara Kenji)

Home Media[]

In 2012, the series was released in the Ultraseven 1994-2002 Perfect Collection DVD-BOX set, which was officially launched on April 18th.[7]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ultra Tokusatsu PERFECT MOOK vol. 39: Ultraseven 1994/1998/1999/2002 (Heisei Ultraseven) / Ultraseven X, pg 4
  2. https://twitter.com/accumlater/status/1603352079191662592
  3. https://www.monomagazine.com/56283
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ultra Tokusatsu PERFECT MOOK vol. 39: Ultraseven 1994/1998/1999/2002 (Heisei Ultraseven) / Ultraseven X, pg 5
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20190410073125/http://www.vap.co.jp/u-seven/old/history.html
  6. https://m-78.jp/videoworks/heisei_ultraseven/
  7. https://www.cdjournal.com/main/news/moritsugu-kohji/43534

Productions
Showa Series Ultra Q | Ultraman | Ultraseven | Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro | Ultraman Leo | Ultraman 80
Heisei Series Ultraman Tiga | Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos | Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy | Ultraman Nexus | Ultraman Max | Ultraman Mebius | Ultraseven X | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey | Neo Ultra Q | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman R/B
Reiwa Series Ultraman Taiga | Ultraman Z | Ultraman Trigger: New Generation Tiga | Ultraman Decker | Ultraman Blazar | Ultraman Arc
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero | Ultraman: Rising
Original Video and TV Special Ultra Fight | Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider | Ultra Super Fight | Ultraman Nice | Heisei Ultraseven | Ultraman Neos | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultra Zone
Showa Movies Ultraman: Monster Movie Feature | Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight | The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Return of Ultraman: MAT Arrow 1 Takeoff Order | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story
Heisei Movies Ultra Q The Movie | Revive! Ultraman | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2 | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2 | New Century Ultraman Legend | Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice | New Century 2003 Ultraman Legend | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy: The Movie | Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga Theater Special | Ultraman Ginga Theater Special: Battle Royale | Ultraman Ginga S The Movie | Ultraman X The Movie | Ultraman Orb The Movie | Ultraman Geed The Movie | Ultraman R/B The Movie
Reiwa Movies Ultraman Taiga The Movie | Ultraman Trigger: Episode Z | Shin Ultraman | Ultraman Decker Finale | Ultraman Blazar The Movie
Spin-Offs Andro Melos | Ultraman Zearth: Parody Chapter | Revival of the Ancient Giant | The Return of Hanejiro | Gaia Again | Ultra Q Kaiju Legend | Ultraman Kaiju Legend | Hikari Saga | Armored Darkness | Ghost Rebirth | Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops Zero | Q - Door to Another Dimension | Killer the Beatstar | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | New Generation Heroes | The Absolute Conspiracy | Sevenger Fight | The Struggle of Special Section 3 | The Destined Crossroad | Continued Ultra Fight | Shin Ultra Fight | Return of Special Section 3 | Ultraman Regulos | Ultraman Regulos: First Mission | Ultraseven IF Story | SKaRD Break Room
Rebroadcast Shows Ultraman Retsuden | New Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman New Generation Chronicle | Ultraman Chronicle: ZERO & GEED | Ultraman Chronicle Z: Heroes' Odyssey | Ultraman Chronicle D | Ultraman New Generation Stars
Informational Ultraman The Prime | ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES | Ultra Science Fantasy Hour | Ultra Fight Club | UlSummer Information Station | Ultra Information Center | Professor Teruaki's "Blazar Kaiju Academy" | Super Power! Ultra Encyclopedia! | Ultra Construction Tour | THE ORIGIN OF ULTRAMAN | Ultraman 4K Discovery
Docudramas Fly in the Sea Breeze! Ultraman | The Men Who Made Ultraman | My Beloved Ultraseven | The Man Who Wanted to be Ultraman | The Kaiju Club | The Two Ultramen
Other Series and Movies Kaiju Booska | Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Fight! Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Chibira-kun | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Emergency Directive 10-4·10-10 | Iron King | Horror Theater Unbalance | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Jumborg Ace & Giant | Mars Men | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | The Last Dinosaur | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur Great War Izenborg | Star Wolf | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Anime-chan | Gridman the Hyper Agent | Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad | Moon Spiral | Cyber Beauties Telomere | Booska! Booska!! | Otasuke Girl | Mysterious Incident Special Investigation Team SRI | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Operation: Mystery - Second File | Mirror Fight 2012 | Operation: Mystery - Mystery File | Gridknight Fight
Anime The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Ultra Nyan 2: The Great Happy Operation | Ultraman M78 Theater Love & Peace | Gridman the Hyper Agent: boys invent great hero | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | Kaiju Girls | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019) | Kaiju Step Wandabada | SSSS.DYNAZENON | KAIJU DECODE | GRIDMAN UNIVERSE
Outlaw Content Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Ultraman The Animation | Ultraman: A Little Journey on Earth | Fun... English with Ultraman | Young Ultraman | Ultraman Big Transformation | Sinic Q | Red Jade | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman | Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman
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