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Ultraman 80 (ウルトラマン80エイティ Urutoraman Eiti) is the 9th entry in the Ultraman Series, airing from April 2nd, 1980, to March 25th, 1981, and returning the series to its original live-action format. It was produced by Tsuburaya Productions and aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System channel. 80 introduced the second female Ultra, Yullian, as well as the first female human form of an Ultra since Ultraman Ace, excluding the Lady in Green. Unfortunately, its ratings were not steadily high, causing the Ultraman Series to go on hiatus in its native country for sixteen years, until the franchise's revival with Ultraman Tiga.

Plot

The ninth member of the Ultra Brothers, Ultraman 80 comes to earth under the guise of Takeshi Yamato. He becomes a school teacher, but in the first episode also becomes a member of UGM (Utility Government Members).

For the first thirteen episodes Takeshi must keep his identity secret from his students and balance life between his multiple commitments: defending the earth as a member of UGM and as an Ultra, and teaching students going through puberty.

This plot line, however, was dropped later in the series in favour of a more Ultraman-like story focusing on the defence team members exploring various monster-related mysteries. The school and (now grown) students, however, would make an appearance in episode 41 of Ultraman Mebius.

Later in the series Yullian, princess of Nebula M78, shows up to aid 80 in a few of his battles, culminating in a climactic battle against Plazma and Minazma. Shortly afterwards, one final Minus Energy monster appears, named Margodon. 80 and Yullian are prepared to fight it, but are found out by UGM, who insist that they should fight the monster alone. With Margodon defeated by the humans, 80 and Yullian depart for the Land of Light, confident that the planet is safe in the hands of humanity.

Characters

UGM

Ultras

Kaiju

Reception

Ultraman 80 had average ratings due to tokusatsu not being popular during the time (in the 80's anime was having big fame). 80 is considered among the least known of the Showa era Ultraman Series. In other countries, like France, due to the show being named Ultraman 80, in many promos 80 was named "Ultraman 2080". Tokuriders.com commented that the series are "a little conserved and a little new; it seems the creators had a drought of ideas, and had the imagination with the handbrake on, yet it has points of interest and valuable aspects...". The series currently has a 7.1 rating on the Internet Movie Database.

Cast

  • Takeshi Yamato/Ultraman 80 (voice) (矢的猛 / ウルトラマン80 (声) Yamato Takeshi/Urutoraman 80 (koe)): Hatsunori Hasegawa (長谷川初範 Hasegawa hatsunori)
  • Kazuki Oyama (オオヤマ一樹 Ōyama Kazuki): Jin Nakayama (中山仁さん Nakayama Jin-san)
  • Emi Jouno (城野エミ Jōno Emi)/Android Emi Jouno: Eri Ishida (石田えり Ishida eri)
  • Hiroshi Tajima (タジマ浩 Tajima Hiroshi): Shuhei Nitta (新田修平 Nitta Shūhei)
  • Junkichi Ito (イトウ順吉 Itō Junkichi): Masaaki Daimon (大門正明 Daimon Masaaki)
  • Tokihiko Harada (ハラダ時彦 Harada Tokihiko): Daisuke Muso (無双大介 Musō Daisuke)
  • Shinpachiro Fujimori (フジモリ新八郎 Fujimori Shinpachirō): Masashi Furuta (古田正志 Furuta Masashi)
  • Ryoko Hoshi/Yullian (星涼子/ユリアン Hoshi Ryōko/Yurian Voice): Sayoko Hagiwara (萩原佐代子 Hagiwara Sayoko)
  • Noboru Ikeda (イケダ登 Ikeda Noboru): Tatsuya Okamoto (岡本達哉 Okamoto Tatsuya)
  • Sera Teruo (セラ照夫 Sera Teruo): Akihiko Sugisaki (杉崎昭彦 Sugisaki Akihiko)
  • Yuriko Kosaka (小坂ユリ子 Kosaka Yuriko): Oriko Shirasaka (白坂紀子 Shirasaka Oriko)
  • Narrator (ナレーター Narētā): Yusaku Yara (屋良有作 Yara Yūsaku)

Suit Actors

  • Ultraman 80 (ウルトラマン80 Urutoraman Eiti):Junichi Akasaka (赤坂順一 Akasaka Jun'ichi 1-8, & 27-28): Koichi Nara (奈良光一 Nara Kōichi 9-10 & 12), Ichibu Hanashino (話の一部 Hanashino Ichibu 29-50), Yoshitake Iwaizumi (岩泉芳武 Iwaizumi Yoshitake 11), & Hiroshi Fukuda (福田浩 Fukuda Hiroshi 12-26)
  • Yullian (Yurian ユリアン): Maki Kiyota (清田真妃 Kiyota Maki)

Music

Opening Theme
Ultraman_80_Opening

Ultraman 80 Opening

The shows first opening

Ending Theme
  • "Let's go UGM!" by TALIZMAN
  • "We Are Earthlings" by TALIZMANA CD featuring the OST of the show was released.

Cancelled American Adaptation

In 1987, William Winckler of Winckler Productions reveals that he had plans to localize the series with Adam West in a starring role.[1]

Home Media

Ultraman 80 is available streaming with English subtitles on Crunchyroll. Ultraman 80 Complete DVD-Box features all episodes, and Ultraman 80 30th Anniversery Memorial Box I features episodes 1-28 and Box II features episodes 29-50. Malaysian DVDs where released by the DVD manufacturer Speedy/Aquos Sharp. Volumes 2-4 can be bought on eBay while vol. 1 has been seen but not seen for purchase. The DVDs contain english subtitles. TOKU premieres the series in the United States on March 27, 2017 and was finalized on April 28, 2017. [2]

Trivia

  • This is the first (non-anime) entry in the Ultraman Series to have an ending theme.
  • This is the first Ultraman Series since Ultraseven to not have episode arcs.

References

External Links

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
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
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero | Ultraman (Netflix film)
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 | 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 | 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 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 | Shin Ultraman
Spin-Offs Andro Melos | 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 | Ultra Galaxy Fight: The Absolute Conspiracy | Sevenger Fight | Gridknight Fight
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