Ultraman Ace (ウルトラマンエース Urutoraman Ēsu) is the 5th show in the Ultraman Series, and it contains 52 episodes. It was aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System from April 7, 1972 to March 30, 1973.

Synopsis

Yapool an ancient interdimensional race of beings tries to conquer the Planet Earth with his army of monsters called Choju. The newest member of the Ultra Brothers, Ultraman Ace, arrives on Earth to aid humanity in the battle against Yapool. Touched by the sacrifices of Seiji Hokuto and Yuko Minami, he revives them and grants them the Ultra Rings, which allows them to transform into Ultraman Ace in times of need.

Production

At this time, the Ultraman Series was facing direct competition from series such as Kamen Rider. This caused Ace to start shifting from a sci-fi/mystery adventure to full-tilt superhero fantasy fare. Also, all previous Ultraman like Ultraman, Ultraseven, Ultraman Jack (from Return of Ultraman) and also with Zoffy make more frequent appearances here, whereas they only made guest appearances in the previous show Return of Ultraman. In addition to this, the writing became darker, slightly less episodic, and far more intense, as Ace struggles against the forces of Yapool, the first big bad of the entire franchise. Civilian deaths are more frequent, and monsters are often killed in extremely gory ways, although there is not as much death as would come two years later, with the advent of Ultraman Leo.

Ace is also notable because it introduces the first female host to the franchise, Yuko Minami. Unfortunately, gender prejudice of the time caused backlash against Yuko, combined with the staff struggling to write plots incorporating both her and Hokuto with equal focus, forcing the producers to have her written out of the show. It also introduced the concept of recurring antagonists, with Yapool being the major villain.

Characters

TAC

Umezu Family

Ultras

Antagonists

Kaiju

Cast

  • Seiji Hokuto (北斗星司 Hokuto Seiji): Keiji Takamine (高峰 圭二 Takami)
  • Yuko Minami (南夕子 Minami Yūko): Mitsuko Hoshi (星光子 Hoshi Mitsuko) (1-29, 39 & 52)
  • Noriko Mikawa (美川 のり子 Mikawa Noriko): Keiko Nishi (西恵子 Nishi Keiko)
  • Goro Ryu (竜五 郎 Ryu Goro): Tetsurō Sagawa (瑳川哲朗 Sagawa Tetsurō)
  • Ichiro Yamanaka (山中一郎 Yamanaka Ichiro): Okita Shunichi (沖田駿一 Shunichi Okita)
  • Tsutomu Konno (今野勉 Konno Tsutomu): Masaaki Yamamoto (山本正明 Yamamoto Masaaki)
  • Kozo Yoshimura (吉村公三 Yoshimura Kozo): Koyo Sano (佐野光洋 Sano Koyo)
  • Kaji Yoichi (梶洋一 Yoichi Kaji): Katsumi Nakaiyama (中山 勝己 Nakaiyama Katsumi) (1-3, 5-14, 27, & 31)
  • Dan Umezu (梅酢ダン Umezu Dan): Umezu Akinori (梅酢秋則 Akinori Umezu)
  • Kayoko Umezu (梅津香代子 Umezu Kayoko): Rie Miyako (宮野リエ Miyako Rie) (29-43)
  • Narrator (ナレーター Nareta): Shin Kishida (岸田森 Kishida Shin)

Voice Actors

Suit Actors

Music

Home Media

A Malaysian DVD was released in 2014. It contains a Cantonese/Chinese dub, English subtitles, Chinese subtitles and Malay subtitles.

Mill Creek is also set to release the complete series on May 26, 2020, under the Steelbook and Blu-Ray releases.

Trivia

  • Working titles for the series included Ultra V (ウルトラVブイ Urutora Bui), Ultra Fighter (ウルトラファイター Urutora Faitā) and Ultra Hunter (ウルトラハンターUrutora Hantā), and eventually they settled on Ultra Ace (ウルトラエース Urutora Ēsu)[1]. Unfortunately, the name was already copyrighted, and so the series was renamed Ultraman Ace. The fact that Ultra A was renamed Ultraman Ace is important, because it established the precedent of all succeeding shows being named Ultraman followed by their respective title, instead of just Ultra.
    • Up till this point, "Ultra" had been the title, not "Ultraman", as indicated by the name of Ultraseven. (Ultraman Jack had originally intended to be an updated design of the original Ultraman, and had not been given his name yet)
    • This would have meant that Ultraman would be the only Ultra with the title of Ultraman, and all the others would be known as Ultra -- like Ultraseven. It is unknown what this would have meant for Ultraman Jack.
  • This is the first series to introduce a being of light that is not part of the Ultra Brothers, that of course being Father of Ultra, the Supreme Commander of the Inter Galactic Defense Force.
  • This the first Ultraman Series which contains a preview of the next episode at the end of the episode.

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References

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
Rebroadcast Shows Ultraman Retsuden | New Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman New Generation Chronicle | Ultraman Chronicle: ZERO & GEED
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 | 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
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 Great War Izenborg | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Denkou Choujin Gridman | Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Mirror Fight 2012 | Ultraman The Prime | Ultra Science Fantasy Hour
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) | Kaiju Step Wandabada | KAIJU DECODE | SSSS.DYNAZENON
Outlaw Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman | Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman
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