Series Episodes
The☆Ultraman is the 8th entry in the Ultra Series
The☆Ultraman title card
Format: Sci-Fi, Animation
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions, Nippon Sunrise
Starring: Takeshi Toyama
Opening Theme: The Ultraman
Ending Theme: Heroes of Love
Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episodes 50
Running Time 24 mins
Original Channel TBS
Original Air Date April 4, 1979 - March 26, 1980
Preceded by Ultraman Leo
Succeeded by Ultraman 80
Watch on TOKU

The☆Ultraman (ザ☆ウルトラマン Za Urutoraman) is the 8th entry in the Ultra Series, aired four years hiatus after the end of Ultraman Leo. For the first time in the series, the show was presented as an anime instead of a tokusatsu show, with the production company Nippon Sunrise (now known simply as Sunrise), known for their now-iconic mecha series Mobile Suit Gundam, handling the animation.


Ultraman Joneus

Main article: Ultraman Joneus

The Ultraman featured in this series is named Ultraman Joneus (ウルトラマンジョーニアス Urutoraman Jōniasu alternately spelled Ultraman Jonias), who is also called Ultraman Joe (ウルトラマンJ Urutoraman Jō) for short. He hails from the Planet U40 (as opposed to the Land of Light in Nebula M78, where Ultra-beings usually came from).

Scientific Defense Guard

Main article: Scientific Defense Guard

The Scientific Defense Guard (科学警備隊 Kagaku Keibitai) is a branch of the Earth Defense Force.

  • Tetsuo Akiyama (アキヤマ 徹男 Akiyama Tetsuo): The first captain of the Far East Zone. He is transferred to the America Zone in Episode 26.
  • Daisuke Gondo (ゴンドウ 大助 Gondō Daisuke): The second captain of the Far East Zone, who takes over Akiyama's duties from Episode 27 and onward.
  • Kei Marume (マルメ 敬 Marume Kei): A chubby strongman and an expert marksman.
  • Hiroaki Tobe (トベ 博明 Tobe Hiroaki): A smart alik weapons developer.
  • Mutsumi Hoshikawa (星川 ムツミ Hoshikawa Mutsumi): The female member.
  • Choichiro Hikari (ヒカリ 超一郎 Hikari Chōichirō): He encounters Joeneus on his way from the space station EGG 3 to the earth, and merges with Joneus.
  • Pigu and Monkey: The Pigmon-like robot operator and mascot of the team, respectively.
  • Uruk: Robot deployed on U40 battleship Ultria, joined Scientific Defense Guard once activated by Pigu.


English Dub

  • Gary Morgan as Scotty Harrison (The Adventures of Ultraman) and Ultraman (The Adventures of Ultraman)
  • Steve Kramer as Chief Harris (Ultraman II)
  • Tom Wyner as Ultraman (Ultraman II)
  • Barbara Goodson as Lieutenant Anne Johnson (Ultraman II) and PDQ (Ultraman II)
  • Gladys Enright as Anya (The Adventures of Ultraman)
  • Joe Perry as Lieutenant Glenn (Ultraman II) and Lieutenant Marconi (Ultraman II)
  • Michael Dobson as Kei Marume (pilot)
  • Susan Harry Sprang as Lieutenant Nan Johnson (The Adventures of Ultraman)
  • Tom Wyner as Captain Adams (Ultraman II) and Narrator (Ultraman II)
  • Sean Reily as General Steel (The Adventures of Ultraman)


Theme Songs

  • Opening theme: "The Ultraman"
    • Song: Aku
    • Composition and Arrangement: Miyauchi Kunio
    • Song: Isao Sasaki and Columbia Yurikakai
  • Ending theme: "Heroes of love"
    • Lyrics: Aku
    • Composition and Arrangement: Kunio Miyauchi
    • Songs: Isao Sasaki

This ending theme serves as the first case of an entry in the Ultra Series having and ending sequence. Preformed by BGM staff who had previously composed the theme song for "Ultra Seven". Both songs were recorded in Los Angeles, as was the in-play music.

Insertion Songs

  • "Ultraman Hymn"
    • Lyrics: Kazuho Mitsuda
    • Composition and Arrangement: Toru Fuyuki
    • Song: Isao Sasaki

Sasaki, who was in charge of the song, made it the most difficult song he had ever sung.

  • "Star of Ultra"
    • Lyrics: Tani Noboru
    • Composition and Arrangement: Toru Fuyuki
    • Song: Columbia Torigokai
  • "Song of Mutsumi"
    • Lyrics-Kazuho Mitsuda
    • Composition: Tani Noboru
    • Arrangement: Takada Hiroshi
    • Song: Horie Mitsuko
  • "Super Murdoch"
    • Lyrics and Composition: Tani Noboru
    • Arrangement: Hirotaka Takada
    • Song: Isao Sasaki
  • "Our Science Garrison"
    • Lyrics: Kazuho Mitsuda
    • Composition: Tani Noboru
    • Arrangement: Hirotaka Takada
    • Songs: Isao Sasaki
  • "Robot Pigu's Song"
    • Lyrics: Tani Noboru
    • Composition: Fuoki Toru
    • Arrangement: Maruyama Masahito
    • Song: Takiguchi Junpei
  • "Tomorrow ..."
    • Lyrics and Composition: Tani Noboru
    • Arrangement: Takada Hiroshi
    • Song: Toyama Takashi

It was used in Episode 18, and in Episode 23, the instrument was used.

  • "Monster Requiem"
    • Lyrics: Kazuho Mitsuda
    • Composition and Arrangement: Toru Fuyuki
    • Songs: Isao Sasaki

In the 15th episode of the next film " Ultraman 80 ", Emi Johno was used in the scene of singing lullaby to the monster Mue and in 44 the instrument was used in the scene where 80 and the Delusion Ultra Seven fight. In addition, the " popular monster large parade " of " 5 Nights Series Super TV " (March 26-30, 1984, "Ultraman Taro", "Mirrorman", "Fireman", "Jumborg Ace" digest version. It is also used as an ending.

English versions

Japan Tonight!

The☆Ultraman on Japan Tonight! in 1980.

The☆Ultraman on Japan Tonight! in 1980.

Japan Tonight Hostess

Japan Tonight! Host Tetsuko Kuroyanagi introducing Ultraman to American audiences in 1980.

In the United States, on April 5, 1980, episode #14 of The☆Ultraman aired on U.S. national television when New York superstation WOR-TV Channel 9 (now WWOR) aired it as the first part of "Japan Tonight!", a special seven hour block of programming from TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System), hosted by actor Telly Savalas. Japanese actress/author/talk show host Tetsuko Kuroyanagi introduced the episode surrounded by assorted Ultraman toys and merchandise while explaining to the American audience just who Ultraman is ("It's very, very popular in Japan - He's like your Superman."). The episode was dubbed into English by William Ross (Frontier Enterprises) in Japan and was sponsored by Bandai America. 

The opening narration: "In a galaxy, which is millions of light-years away from us, the rulers of the star Ultra decided to send one of their men to Earth so that he could protect the people from the many space monsters that had suddenly started to appear at frequent intervals.  But they could not very well send in Ultraman, as everyone would notice him because of his strange appearance.  They therefore decided to use the vast resources of the star Ultra to implant the spirit of an Ultraman in the body of a young Space Force Trooper named Matt Gordon.  In times of danger, Trooper Gordon can call upon these amazing Ultra powers and transform himself into Ultraman and still be able to keep his identity a secret from everyone else on Earth."

Ultraman Promo (1980)

Ultraman Promo (1980)

Home Video

There has also been two feature-length movie compilations released for home video: 
  • The Adventures of Ultraman (1981), a featured-length movie produced by Tsuburaya Productions specifically for the English-language market. The movie is composed of edited footage from several episodes at the end of of the series. The storyline was rewritten for this adaptation with a new script by Jeff Segal and music composed by Mark McKinniss.
The Adventures of Ultraman (1981) Trailer-1

The Adventures of Ultraman (1981) Trailer-1

  • UltramanII

    Trans World Entertainment's release of Ultraman II.

    Ultraman II: The Further Adventures of Ultraman (1983), a dub of the first four episodes co-produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Associates Entertainment International. Despite the title, it has no continuity with the previous English dub of the series. Although the translation is closer to the original Japanese scripts than the first movie, the characters' names were still changed (the names given to the characters are not the same ones used in the previous dub, though several are very similar). The order of the third and fourth episodes were also switched. Also, the opening title and end credits sequences for this release were textless (new U.S. credits were used) as well as being transposed and did not use the vocal tracks.

DVD Box Set

Shows and Films
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 | Ultraman Retsuden | Neo Ultra Q | New Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman R/B | Ultraman New Generation Chronicle
Reiwa Series Ultraman Taiga
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero
Original Video and TV Special Ultra Fight | Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider | 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: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story
Heisei Movies Ultra Q The Movie | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2 | Revive! Ultraman | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2 | Ultraman Cosmos Vs Ultraman Justice | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie | Ultraman Zero The Movie | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga S The Movie | Ultraman X The Movie | Ultraman Orb The Movie | Ultraman Geed The Movie | Ultraman R/B The Movie
Reiwa Movies Shin Ultraman
Spin-offs Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant | Ultraman Dyna: The Return of Hanejiro | Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Again | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Hikari Saga | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Armored Darkness | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Ghost Rebirth | Ultra Galaxy Legend Gaiden: Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops Zero | Ultraman Zero Gaiden: Killer the Beatstar | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes
Other Series Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Emergency Directive 10-4·10-10 | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur War Aizenborg | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Denkou Choujin Gridman | Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Mirror Fight 2012
Anime The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | Kaiju Girls | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019)
Outlaw Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman | Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman
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