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I Saw a Bird (鳥を見た Tori o Mita) is the twelfth episode of Ultra Q.


A strange occurrence at the zoo has caused the animals to disappear and has left the zoo keeper near death. Gasping his last breath, the dying man murmurs, "I saw a bird". At a peaceful fishing village, a 10th-century sailing vessel mysteriously drifts into port. Upon investigating, Jun and the others find the ship to be completely deserted, but discover the navigational log and a small, white bird. Without warning, the ship begins to crumble around them and the group flees, taking along the ship's journal. The ship is lost beneath the waves and the small bird flies away. Back in Tokyo, Dr. Ichinotani determines the ship's log to be 998 years old; oddly enough, the final entry reads "I saw a bird..." Adding to the mystery, the small bird that was discovered is identified as an extinct species of prehistoric bird called Larugeus. In the meantime, a young boy from the village named Saburo befriends the small bird and names it Kuro (an ironic name for a white bird, as kuro means black in Japanese). Shortly after the bird's appearance in the village, a large flock of chickens are missing. Believing the bird to be dangerous, the local authorities capture and hold it in jail. Larugeus grows to gigantic proportions, breaking its bonds and causing widespread destruction to the city as it flies away. Saburo catches sight of the departing Larugeus and bids the bird farewell.


  • Jun Manjome (万城目淳 Manjome Jun): Kenji Sahara (佐原 健二 Sahara Kenji)
  • Yuriko Edogawa (江戸川由利子 Edogawa Yuriko): Hiroko Sakurai (桜井 浩子 Sakurai Hiroko)
  • Ippei Togawa (戸川一平 Togawa Ippei): Yasuhiko Saijo (西條 康彦 Saijo Yasuhiko)
  • Professor Ichinotani (一の谷博士 Ichinotani-hakase): Ureo Egawa (江川 宇礼雄 Egawa Ureo)
  • Narrator (ナレーター Nareta): Koji Ishizaka (石坂 浩二 Ishizaka Koji)

Guest Cast

  • Fisherman (漁師 Ryoushi): Yutaka Nakayama (中山 豊 Nakayama Yutaka)
  • Assistant police officer (警部補 Keibuho): Kazuo Hinata (日方 一夫 Hinata Kazuo)
  • Ancient Ship Discoverer (古代船発見者 Kodaisenhakkensha Bi): Keiichiro Katsumoto (勝本 圭一郎 Katsumoto Keiichiro), Kamayuki Tsubono (坪野 鎌之 Tsubono Kamayuki)
  • Elderly fisherman (年配の漁師 Nenpai no Ryoushi): Hiroshi Akitsu (安芸津 広 Akitsu Hiroshi)
  • Saburo's uncle (三郎の叔父 Saburo no oji): Masao Kanda (神田 正夫 Kanda Masao)
  • Saburo (三郎 Saburou): Akihide Tsuwaza (津沢 彰秀 Tsuzawa Akihide)
  • Zoo Guard A (動物園守衛A Doubutsuen shuei ei): Isao Mabuchi (馬渕 功 Mabuchi Isao)
  • Keeper (飼育員 shiikuin): Toku Ihara (伊原 徳 Ihara Toku)
  • Zoo Guard B (動物園守衛B Doubutsuen shuei bi): Kenji Mizushima (水島 健二 Mizushima Kenji)
  • Cop (警官 Keikan): Kazuho Mitsuta (満田 かずほ Mitsuta Kazuho)



Home Media

  • Ultra Q Volume 3 features episodes 9-12, & Total Natural Color Blu-Ray Volume 4 features episodes 12-14.


  • Ultraman Orb episode 1, The Sunset Wanderer, features an easter egg to this episode. While Jetta Hayami was scrolling through tweets regarding typhoons in Twitter, Maga-Basser was depicted by Larugeus' shadow and the uploader said this episode's title.
  • This episode uses stock footage from Rodan.
Ultra Q Episodes
Defeat Gomess! | Goro and Goroh | The Gift From Space | Mammoth Flower | Peguila is Here! | Grow Up! Little Turtle | S.O.S. Mount Fuji | Terror of the Sweet Honey | Baron Spider | The Underground Super Express Goes West | Balloonga | I Saw a Bird | Garadama | Tokyo Ice Age | Kanegon's Cocoon | Garamon Strikes Back | The 1/8 Project | The Rainbow's Egg | Challenge from the Year 2020 | The Undersea Humanoid Ragon | Space Directive M774 | Metamorphosis | Fury of the South Sea | The Idol of Goga | The Devil Child | Blazing Victory | The Disappearance of Flight 206 | Open Up!