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Return of Ultraman: MAT Arrow 1 Takeoff Order (帰ってきたウルトラマン MATアロー1号発進命令 Kaettekita Urutoraman Matto Arō 1-gō Hasshin Meirei) is a 1983 fan-made short film based off Tsuburaya Productions' Return of Ultraman. The film was made by Hideaki Anno, a long time fan of the Ultraman Series who would go on to produce works such as the Evangelion series and Shin Ultraman, and his company Daicon Film, which he started with his friends in university. The film stars Hideaki himself in a maskless/headless Ultraman Jack-like suit.

Production

Hideaki Anno and his friends/partners at Daicon Film decided to produce this short film to promote Daicon 4 at the 22nd Japan Science Fiction Convention in 1983, and had to make their own suits, sets, props and effects. Because cosplay shops barely existed back then, the staff had to create their own MAT uniforms (which better resembled the UG's) by having them sewn at an ordinary clothing store. Nishigaki Toshihiko and Yuki Nishi spent some of their time making the suits, but they ended up not fitting very well.

Several sound effects and musical scores were taken from Return of Ultraman and Ultraman 80, with the opening theme being Fight! Ultraman (戦え!ウルトラマン Tatakae! Urutoraman), the rejected runner-up theme song of Return of Ultraman.

Hideaki's own spectacles were used for Ultraman's transformation item.

Plot

The meteor Lambda 1 crashes onto the Earth, destroying the whole of Hiratsune city instantly. While investigating the meteorite, MAT member Ibuki is attacked by the monster Bug Jewel, causing his MAT Arrow to crash. After finding conventional weaponry to be ineffective against the monster, the Earth Defense Force decides to use nuclear weapons against it, but member Hayakawa (who was actually Ultraman) disagrees. The next morning, member Ibuki's father Captain Ibuki sortied in a MAT Arrow equipped with nuclear weapons.

Characters

MAT

  • Captain Ibuki
  • Member Hayakawa
  • Member Ibuki
  • Member Yamaga
  • Member Imamura
  • Member Nishi

Ultra

  • Ultraman (Jack)

Kaiju

Cast

  • Captain Ibuki: Yasuhiro Takeda
  • Member Hayakawa: Joiichi Hayashi
  • Member Ibuki: Takeshi Sawamura
  • Member Yamaga: Takashi Nyoten
  • Member Imamura: Nishigaki Toshihiko
  • Member Nishi: Yuki Nishi
  • Ultraman: Hideaki Anno
  • Kiruan: Norio Tamura
  • Narrator: Kifumi Seizumi

Staff

  • Producers: Yasuhiro Takeda, Sawamura Takeshi
  • Director: Hideaki Anno
  • Special Effects Director: Takami Akai
  • Screenplay: Toshio Okada
  • Planning and Production: Daicon Film

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