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The・Ultraman (ザ・ウルトラマン Za Urutoraman) is a manga series written and illustrated by Mamoru Uchiyama. The first chapter, often called the Jackal Arc (ジャッカル編 Jakkaru-hen), was seralized in Japanese magazine Third Grade (小学三年生 Shōgaku San Nensei) from April 1975 to March 1976 under the name "Goodbye Ultra Brothers" (さよならウルトラ兄弟 Sayonara Urutora Kyōdai). Three years later, in 1978, it was reprinted and then continued in CoroCoro Comic under the name "The・Ultraman", where it gained more notoriety.[1]

The manga has been collected in multiple sets of anthology volumes, including an English translation called Ultraman Classic: Battle of the Ultra-Brothers. An animated short based off of the Jackal Arc titled The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman was created for the 2015 Japan Animator Expo.

Synopsis

Continuing from either one of Uchiyama's Ultraman Leo manga series, the story centers around Zoffy, Melos and the Ultra Brothers taking on numerous Kaiju threats to both the Land of Light (known as the Land of Ultra in the manga) and Planet Earth.

Plot

Jackal vs. The Ultra Brothers

The story begins with a mysterious evil picking off Ultra Brothers while they're alone, killing them. Zoffy grows more and more desperate to save his brothers, deploying greater safety measures and sending out soldiers to try and track down and destroy this evil, but is unable to prevent Ultraman, Jack, Taro, and Ace from being killed, seemingly by their greatest foes (Zetton, Black King, Birdon, and Ace Killer, respectively). At Ace's death, Zoffy declares that no one should be out alone, and Leo remembers his brother Astra is alone on another planet. Leo, Zoffy, and a small team travel at once to find Astra, but find him dead at the feet of an imposter posing as Zoffy. The imposter laughs and announces he was all of the monsters seen before, revealing that he can shapeshift freely and take on all the abilities of whatever form he takes. When Zoffy demands to see his true face, the imposter obliges, and changes form into Demon King Jackal, who Zoffy recognizes. He recalls that Jackal once tried to conquer the galaxy, and was only prevented from destroying the Land of Ultra by Ultraman King defeating him and trapping him in a black hole. Jackal announces he has absorbed the power of the black hole that had imprisoned him, and that he still thirsts for conquest, and for revenge on the Land of Ultra for his humiliating defeat. Zoffy and his team attack Jackal, but Jackal shapeshifts rapidly between various powerful forms and deals Leo a fatal blow, forcing Zoffy and the others to retreat to try and save his life. Once they return to Planet Ultra, Jackal laughs at Leo's plight, having disguised himself as an Ultra Warrior to sneak onto the Land of Light to better destroy it and King. Once King sees Jackal's true form, he sends soldiers to defend the Plasma Spark, but is unable to defeat Jackal. Father of Ultra sends Zoffy out to protect the Ultra Key and his wife, Mother of Ultra, and while Zoffy protests that he can help fight Jackal, Father of Ultra tells him that if Jackal gets the Ultra Key, he will be truly unstoppable. Zoffy flees with Mother of Ultra, and see a massive explosion on the surface of the planet. They return to find Jackal gone, and they can find only twenty-six survivors aside from themselves. Zoffy swears to avenge the fallen Ultra Warriors.

Zoffy and the 26 Ultra Warriors hide across Japan in human guise, with Jackal having learned of their survival and trying to force them out of hiding. To this end, they have enslaved all of Japan to track them down. Jackal's soldiers eventually capture one of Zoffy's soldiers and threaten to kill him if Zoffy doesn't reveal himself. Failing to draw out the Ultras, the soldiers begin crushing to death not only the disguised Ultra Warrior, but dozens of humans. Zoffy, though anguished over the decision, feels he can only stand by and wait it out, but the situation is saved when a masked, cloaked figure appears and trounces Jackal's soldiers with terrifying ease and aplomb, despite being outnumbered twenty to one. The figure disappears, and Zoffy is left to wonder who the masked warrior could have been. Zoffy's men heatedly protest sitting around doing nothing, saying thanks to the masked figure they have an opportunity to go on the offensive, but Zoffy hears an explosion from outside their hiding place. Going outside, he sees that Jackal's forces are attacking Tokyo, killing multiple humans in their wake. The masked figure appears again, and Zoffy at last agrees to rally the 28 Ultra Warriors to join him. Jackal's general demands to know who the masked figure is, and in response the figure literally explodes out of his armor for the sake of making a dramatic entrance, announcing himself as the Commander of the Andromeda Nebula Branch of the Inter Galactic Defense Force: Melos! It is at this moment the 28 Ultra Warriors make their appearance, and Zoffy and Melos instantly recognize one another. They fight together against Jackal's general and army, and despite the general being willing to sacrifice his own men to destroy his enemies, Melos is able to destroy him and the army retreats. Zoffy asks Melos to join them, but Melos flatly refuses, announcing that he couldn't fight alongside those who run and hide in fear. Melos then goes after Jackal by himself, encountering one of Jackal's spaceship bearing two of his top commanders. Jackal's ship hits Melos with a Destructo Cannon--a weapon with a beam that can kill an Ultra in a single blow. Thanks to Melos's armor, he barely survives, and Zoffy and the 28 Ultra Warriors come to his aid, two being killed by the beam and one taking a blade meant for Melos. With his dying breath, the Ultra begs Melos to fight alongside Zoffy, and Melos curses himself for having caused the Ultra's death. Two more Ultras die, and Zoffy manages to take control of one of the Destructo Cannons and use it on the ship, destroying it and Jackal's minions inside. After the fight, Zoffy berates Melos, telling him five lives were lost because of his ego. Ashamed, Melos offers to fight alongside them to honor their sacrifice, and together they attack Planet Jackal. Breaking into the throne room, both Zoffy and Melos see a massive statue of Jackal, though neither can tell that Jackal is observing them from inside through the statue's eyehole. The door to the throneroom slams shut, and Zoffy realizes they've both walked into a trap.

The floor breaks from underneath them, and Zoffy and the other Ultra Warriors are buried alive, thanks to Jackal's black hole power sucking them in. Melos fights Jackal one-on-one, and, believing he's found Jackal's weak spot in his horns, slices one off. Jackal falls to his knees, begging Melos to spare his life, but is only waiting for a chance to strike. Meanwhile Zoffy is restored to life by a disembodied blue light surrounding him, and instructed to help Melos beat Jackal. Jackal, by this time, realizes that Melos's armor is deactivated by a button on his wristband and, when Melos turns his back in disgust, he leaps forward, breaks Melos's arm, and presses the button, taking away the only protection Melos had against the power of the black hole. Jackal gloats over his limp figure before leaving, just as Zoffy manages to crawl out of the crushing gravity pit and make his way to Melos's side. As Jackal preens outside, announcing to his army that the Ultra Warriors are no more and that he plans to take the Land of Ultra as his new headquarters, he hears defiant words from somewhere in his army. Demanding to know who dares to mock him in his hour of triumph, he sees Melos's armored form in front of him, laughing at him. Infuriated, Jackal orders his army to destroy Melos, but the armored figure strikes back with surprising strength. Jackal charges his destructo beam, but before he can fire, "Melos" fires the M87 Beam, and the two opposing beams almost kill both figures, and completely blows the armor off of "Melos," who turns out to be Zoffy wearing his armor. Zoffy, mocking Jackal, reveals that every Ultra he'd killed has now been revived, and to demonstrate, the once-dead Ultra Brothers appear and simultaneously attack him all at once, destroying him utterly. Zoffy announces that the Demon King is no more, and offers to spare Jackal's entire army if they agree to retreat now. They all agree, but vow to have revenge. Zoffy isn't particularly worried by this, saying they're worthless without their leader. It is revealed that, not only did Melos survive, but the Land of Ultra is being rebuilt by King, who earlier appeared to Zoffy to revive him in the form of blue light.

The Challenge of Young Fightas

Desparate to duel Ultraseven, Fightas, who is later revealed to be Melos's younger brother, teams up with the remnants of the Jackal Army to force him to fight.

Fight! Ultra Brothers

The Ultra Brothers take on an invasion from Alien Pirates.

The Great Operation on the Moon ―― Versus Vadar

When the Ultras detect a fleet of Vadarian ships heading for the Land of Ultra, they work with humanity to build a fortress on Earth's moon to ambush them before they can arrive.

Friendship is Forever... ―― Taro and Elf

TBA

1 Dozen Special Attack Units ―― Versus Anubis

TBA

Zoffy's Crisis ―― Versus Assassin

The Ultra Brothers battle Alien Assassin, who is on a mission to assassinate Zoffy.

Volumes

Ladybug Comics

Shogakukan released The・Ultraman under its Ladybug Comics (てんとう虫コミックス Tentōmushi Komikkusu) label as four volumes. The second and third volumes also contain some chapters from Uchiyama's Ultraman Ace manga series, both of his Ultraman Taro manga series and both of his Ultraman Leo manga series.[2] In 1998, the volumes were reprinted in bunkobon format. On November 20th, 2015, they were released digitally.[3]

Vol. Release Date Contents
1 November 25, 1978
  • Jackal vs. The Ultra Brothers (ジャッカル対ウルトラ兄弟 Jakkaru Tai Urutora Kyōdai)
    1. Invisible Strong Enemy (姿なき強敵 Sugata Naki Kyōteki)
    2. Danger! Land of Ultra (あやうし! ウルトラの国 Ayaushi! Urutora no Kuni)
    3. A Mysterious Superman Appears! (謎の超人現る! Nazo no Chōjin Arawaru!)
    4. Resurrection! Ultra Brothers (復活! ウルトラ兄弟 Fukkatsu! Urutora Kyōdai)
  • The Challenge of Young Fightas (若きファイタスの挑戦 Wakaki Faitasu no Chōsen)
2 December 25, 1978
  • Ultraman Ace
    1. Is the Devil a Kind Brother? (悪魔はやさしいお兄さん? Akuma wa Yasashī Onīsan?)
    2. Watch Out For Noisy Sounds! (うるさい音に気をつけろ! Urusai Oto ni Kiwotsukero!)
    3. White Legend (白い伝説 Shiroi Densetsu)
  • Ultraman Taro
    1. Targeted Boy Takeru (ねらわれた少年タケル Nerawa Reta Shōnen Takeru)
    2. Walk With Your Own Feet! (自分の足で歩くんだ! Jibun no Ashi de Aruku Nda!)
    3. Policeman Invader (警官インベーダー Keikan Inbēdā)
    4. A Monster Really Appeared (ほんとに怪獣が出たぞ Hontoni Kaijū ga Deta Zo)
    5. The Boy Who Became a Child Of God (神の子になった少年 Kami no Ko ni Natta Shōnen)
    6. Tears of Strium Ray (涙のストリウム光線 Namida no Sutoriumu Kōsen)
    7. Fear! Ultra Antlion Pit (恐怖!ウルトラ蟻地獄 Kyōfu! Urutora Arijigoku)
3 January 25, 1979
  • Fight! Ultra Brothers (闘え!ウルトラ兄弟 Tatakae! Urutora Kyōdai)
  • Ultraman Leo
    1. Ultraman Leo Appearance (ウルトラマンレオ登場 Urutoraman Reo Tōjō)
    2. Close Call! Dan Moroboshi (危機一髪!モロボシダン Kikiippatsu! Moroboshi Dan)
    3. Ultra Killer Golgo (ウルトラキラーゴルゴ Urutora Kirā Gorugo)
    4. Resurrection! Ultraseven (復活!ウルトラセブン Fukkatsu! Urutorasebun)
    5. Returning Ultraman's Gift (帰ってきたウルトラマンのおくりもの Kaettekita Urutoraman no Okuri Mono)
    6. Leo's Younger Brother Astra Appears (レオの弟・アストラ登場 Reo no Otōto Asutora Tōjō)
    7. Legendary Elder Ultraman King (伝説の長老ウルトラマンキング Densetsu no Chōrō Urutoraman Kingu)
    8. The Last Great Decisive Battle (最後の大決戦 Saigo no Daikessen)
4 January 25, 1980
  • The Great Operation on the Moon ―― Versus Vadar (月面要さい大作戦――対ベーダー Getsumen Yōsai Daisakusen ―― Tai Bēdā)
  • Friendship is Forever... ―― Taro and Elf (友情は永遠に…――タロウとエルフ Yūjō wa Eien Ni… ―― Tarō to Erufu)
  • 1 Dozen Special Attack Units ―― Versus Anubis (1ダースの特攻隊――対アヌビス 1 Dāsu no Tokkōtai ―― Tai Anubisu)
  • Zoffy's Crisis ―― Versus Assassin (ゾフィーの危機――対アサシン Zofī no Kiki ―― Tai Asashin)

Ultraman Classic: Battle of the Ultra-Brothers

In 1994, Viz Comics published an English translation called "Ultraman Classic: Battle of the Ultra-Brothers". These volumes do not include chapters "Friendship is Forever..." and "1 Dozen Special Attack Units", and "Fight! Ultra Brothers" was placed after "The Great Operation on the Moon". Chapter 1 and Chapter 4 are also split into more parts than in the original.

Vol. Release Date Contents
1
  • Chapter 1. Jackal vs. The Ultra-Brothers
    • Part 1. The Enemy Unseen
    • Part 2. Threat to the Ultra-Homeworld
2
  • Chapter 1. Jackal vs. The Ultra-Brothers
    • Part 3. The Mystery Warrior Cometh!
3
  • Chapter 1. Jackal vs. The Ultra-Brothers
    • Part 4. Jackal Strikes Back!
    • Part 5. Resurrection of the Ultra-Brothers
  • Chapter 2. The Challenge of Fightas
4
  • Chapter 3. Operation Moon Fortress
  • Chapter 4. Fight! Ultra-Brothers!
    • Part 1
5
  • Chapter 4. Fight! Ultra-Brothers!
    • Part 2. Zoffy's Choice
  • Chapter 5. Marked For Death!

Futabasha

In 1998, the series was republished by Futabasha as three volumes. The selection of chapters is in a different order, but is the same as the Ladybug Comics release with a single new chapter, Uchiyama's Ultraman Tiga manga.

Vol. Release Date Contents
1 March 12, 1998
  • Jackal vs. The Ultra Brothers (ジャッカル対ウルトラ兄弟 Jakkaru Tai Urutora Kyōdai)
    1. Invisible Strong Enemy (姿なき強敵 Sugata Naki Kyōteki)
    2. Danger! Land of Ultra (あやうし! ウルトラの国 Ayaushi! Urutora no Kuni)
    3. A Mysterious Superman Appears! (謎の超人現る! Nazo no Chōjin Arawaru!)
    4. Resurrection! Ultra Brothers (復活! ウルトラ兄弟 Fukkatsu! Urutora Kyōdai)
  • The Challenge of Young Fightas (若きファイタスの挑戦 Wakaki Faitasu no Chōsen)
  • Ultraman Ace
    1. Is the Devil a Kind Brother? (悪魔はやさしいお兄さん? Akuma wa Yasashī Onīsan?)
    2. Watch Out For Noisy Sounds! (うるさい音に気をつけろ! Urusai Oto ni Kiwotsukero!)
    3. White Legend (白い伝説 Shiroi Densetsu)
2 April 12, 1998
  • The Great Operation on the Moon ―― Versus Vadar (月面要さい大作戦――対ベーダー Getsumen Yōsai Daisakusen ―― Tai Bēdā)
  • Friendship is Forever... ―― Taro and Elf (友情は永遠に…――タロウとエルフ Yūjō wa Eien Ni… ―― Tarō to Erufu)
  • Zoffy's Crisis ―― Versus Assassin (ゾフィーの危機――対アサシン Zofī no Kiki ―― Tai Asashin)
  • Ultraman Taro
    1. Targeted Boy Takeru (ねらわれた少年タケル Nerawa Reta Shōnen Takeru)
    2. Walk With Your Own Feet! (自分の足で歩くんだ! Jibun no Ashi de Aruku Nda!)
    3. Policeman Invader (警官インベーダー Keikan Inbēdā)
    4. A Monster Really Appeared (ほんとに怪獣が出たぞ Hontoni Kaijū ga Deta Zo)
    5. The Boy Who Became a Child Of God (神の子になった少年 Kami no Ko ni Natta Shōnen)
    6. Tears of Strium Ray (涙のストリウム光線 Namida no Sutoriumu Kōsen)
    7. Fear! Ultra Antlion Pit (恐怖!ウルトラ蟻地獄 Kyōfu! Urutora Arijigoku)
3 May 9, 1998
  • Fight! Ultra Brothers (闘え!ウルトラ兄弟 Tatakae! Urutora Kyōdai)
  • 1 Dozen Special Attack Units ―― Versus Anubis (1ダースの特攻隊――対アヌビス 1 Dāsu no Tokkōtai ―― Tai Anubisu)
  • Ultraman Leo
    1. Ultraman Leo Appearance (ウルトラマンレオ登場 Urutoraman Reo Tōjō)
    2. Close Call! Dan Moroboshi (危機一髪!モロボシダン Kikiippatsu! Moroboshi Dan)
    3. Ultra Killer Golgo (ウルトラキラーゴルゴ Urutora Kirā Gorugo)
    4. Resurrection! Ultraseven (復活!ウルトラセブン Fukkatsu! Urutorasebun)
    5. Returning Ultraman's Gift (帰ってきたウルトラマンのおくりもの Kaettekita Urutoraman no Okuri Mono)
    6. Leo's Younger Brother Astra Appears (レオの弟・アストラ登場 Reo no Otōto Asutora Tōjō)
    7. Legendary Elder Ultraman King (伝説の長老ウルトラマンキング Densetsu no Chōrō Urutoraman Kingu)
    8. The Last Great Decisive Battle (最後の大決戦 Saigo no Daikessen)
  • Ultraman Tiga (ウルトラマンティガ Urutoraman Tiga)

The・Ultraman Tankōbon First Recording & Masterpiece Selection

In 2022, two volumes titled The・Ultraman Tankōbon First Recording & Masterpiece Selection (ザ・ウルトラマン 単行本初収録&傑作選 Za Urutoraman Tankōbon Shoshūroku & Kessaku-sen) were released. This release includes The・Ultraman alongside various other Ultraman manga chapters created by Mamoru Uchiyama that hadn't been rereleased since their original publication, such as the entirety of his Ultraman Taro manga that was published in Fifth Grade magazine.[4]

Vol. Release Date Contents
1 March 20, 2022[4]
  • Jackal vs. The Ultra Brothers (ジャッカル対ウルトラ兄弟 Jakkaru Tai Urutora Kyōdai)
  • The Challenge of Young Fightas (若きファイタスの挑戦 Wakaki Faitasu no Chōsen)
  • Ultra Warrior Great Galaxy War (ウルトラ戦士銀河大戦争 Urutora Senshi Ginga Daisensō)
  • Ultraman Taro ("Fifth Grade" Version) (ウルトラマンタロウ(「小学五年生」版) Urutoraman Tarō ("Shōgaku Gonensei"-ban))
2 June 24, 2022[4]
  • Decisive Battle: The Ultra Brothers vs. 11 Great Monsters (決戦 ウルトラ兄弟対11大怪獣 Kessen Urutora Kyōdai Tai Jū-ichi Daikaijū)
  • The 5 Ultra Brothers Vs. Yapool Man (ウルトラ5兄弟対ヤプール人 Urutora Go Kyōdai Tai Yapūru Hito)
  • Duel of the Monster Graveyard (怪獣墓場の決闘 Kaijū Hakaba no Kettō)
  • Shine, Ultra Star (かがやけウルトラの星 Kagayake Urutora no Hoshi)
  • Fight! Ultra Brothers (戦え!ウルトラ兄弟 Tatakae! Urutora Kyōdai)
  • The Great Operation on the Moon ―― Versus Vadar (月面要さい大作戦――対ベーダー Getsumen Yōsai Daisakusen ―― Tai Bēdā)
  • Friendship is Forever... ―― Taro and Elf (友情は永遠に…――タロウとエルフ Yūjō wa Eien Ni… ―― Tarō to Erufu)
  • 1 Dozen Special Attack Units ―― Versus Anubis (1ダースの特攻隊――対アヌビス 1 Dāsu no Tokkōtai ―― Tai Anubisu)
  • Zoffy's Crisis ―― Versus Assassin (ゾフィーの危機――対アサシン Zofī no Kiki ―― Tai Asashin)

Characters

Ultras

Kaiju

  • Demon King Jackal
  • Alien Pirates (パイレーツ星人 Pairētsu Seijin)
  • Vadarians (ベーダー人 Bēdā-jin)
  • Alien Baltan
    • Red Baltan (レッドバルタン Reddo Barutan)
    • Blue Baltan (ブルーバルタン Burū Barutan)
  • Alien Anubis (アヌビス星人 Anubisu Seijin)
  • Alien Ulk (ウルク星人 Uruku Seijin)
  • Alien Assassin (アサシン星人 Asashin Seijin)

Gallery

Cover Art

Ladybug Comics

Shogakukan CoroCoro Bunko

Ultraman Classic: Battle of the Ultra-Brothers

Futabasha

The・Ultraman Tankōbon First Recording & Masterpiece Selection

Miscallaneous

Trivia

  • Battle of the Ultra-Brothers used many notable translations:
    • The Land of Ultra is called the Ultra-Homeworld.
    • Alien Nackle is called Alien Knuckle.
    • The Plasma Spark is called the Plasma Nuclear Fusion System.
    • Alien Pirates are just called Pirates.

References

Literature
Showa Ultraman (Operation Gold Rush, Umezu, Nohara, Kazumine, Operation Giant) | Ultraseven (The Targeted Star, Kuwata, Kazumine) | Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Great Fierce Battle | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro (Uchiyama, Ishikawa) | Ultraman Leo | Mirrorman | The・Ultraman | Ultra Brothers Story | The☆Ultraman | Ultraman 80 | Decisive Battle! Brothers | Ultra Super Legends
Heisei Ultraman Great (Manga, Novel) | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Gridman the Hyper Agent: The Demon King's Counterattack | Ultraman Tiga (Forest of the White Fox, Kiriel-Bito) | Ultraman Dyna (Star of Peace・The・Other) | Ultraman Gaia (The Day Algona Arrived, Superhuman Legend) | Heisei Ultraseven (Ultraseven EPISODE: 0, Ultraseven EVOLUTION) | Ultraman THE FIRST | Ultra Q dark fantasy | Ultraman THE NEXT | Ultraman Nexus ("N" THE OTHER, Second Coming -Dreams-) | Ultraman Story 0 | Ultraman Max | Ultraman Mebius (Anderes Horizont, Fight! Ultra Brothers, Armored Darkness) | Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Adventure | Ultra Monster Kattobi! Land | Ultraseven X | Ultra Ninpocho | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultraman Sisters | Ultraman: Another Genesis | ULTRAMAN | Seven Queu: Lovely Idol | Ultra Monster Anthropomorphic Project (Novels, Galaxy Days, POP, Ultra Journey, The Beginning Stories) | TSUBARAYA X HAYAKAWA (Return to Tatara Island: Ultra Monster Anthology, Ultraman Dual, Ultraman F, Ultraman Dual 2) | Ultraman Orb Chronicle | Ultraman R/B (Ultraman R/B The Movie Novelization, Ultraman R/B Novel | TDG: Adventure in Hyperspace | Anime ULTRAMAN Novel
Reiwa Ultraman Tiga: To the Shining Ones | SSSS.GRIDMAN NOVELIZATIONS | Hime and Samurai | ULTRAMAN SUIT ANOTHER UNIVERSE | Ultraman Dyna: Zero Drive Towards Tomorrow | Ultraman Taiga Novel | SSSS.GRIDMAN ANOTHER LOAD | Ultimate Force Zero ~Side Story~ | Diaclone VS. Gridman | Fight! Sevenger | DARKNESS HEELS ―Lili― | Mirrorman 2D | Another Gene
Foreign Ultraman G | Ultraman: Negative One | Ultraman Tiga | Redman | The Rise of Ultraman | The Trials of Ultraman | The Mystery of Ultraseven
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