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Ultraman Cosmos (ウルトラマンコスモス, Urutoraman Kosumosu) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show being the 16th show in the Ultraman Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Ultraman Cosmos aired from July 7, 2001 to September 28, 2002, with a total of 65 episodes, which currently makes it the longest running Ultra Show to date. Ultraman Cosmos was also produced coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Ultraman Series.

The series can be watched on Roku and Vudu.

Production

Ultraman Cosmos Movie 1111

The script draft for the film Ultraman Cosmos (tentative title).

After the TV series Ultraman Gaia concluded in 1999 and the film Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey was released in March 2000, Tsuburaya Productions focused on the production of the video series Ultraman Neos throughout 2000. Considering that the TV series had ended in August 1999, Tsuburaya Productions decided to begin airing a brand new Ultraman TV series in October 2001, following an approximately two-year hiatus.[1]

The planning for this first Ultraman project of the 21st century began in April 2000.[2] They aimed to maintain an annual schedule, with the next theatrical film tentatively scheduled for release in March 2001, followed by the new TV series in October. Since 2001 marked the 35th anniversary of Ultraman and the 100th anniversary of Eiji Tsuburaya's birth, the series for that year was designated as a commemorative work.

Although both the film and the TV series were commemorative works, it was not initially decided that they would be based on the same setting. The movie project continued to be produced by Kiyoshi Suzuki, while Hiroyasu Shibuya served as the producer of the TV series, overseeing the overall planning and production. When Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey was released, special attention was paid to the audience's reaction. It was confirmed that, aside from fans of the Ultraman Tiga series, the main audience for the theatrical film also included other groups—such as young children, elementary school students, and their parents.[1][3]

Recognizing the importance of considering the needs of younger viewers and families, Shibuya proposed this idea to Suzuki. Consequently, the planning of the movie and TV series became more closely synchronized. The new Ultraman protagonist would first appear in the movie and then be depicted growing up in the TV series.[3]

In order to create a setting for the new Ultraman that aimed to make it easier for children to resonate with and feel a sense of unity with the protagonist, Shibuya proposed emphasizing positive emotions such as "kindness and compassion," which are inherently intertwined with life and very primal in nature. Shibuya believed that the societal atmosphere at the turn of the 21st century seemed somewhat harsh and unfeeling. Therefore, he hoped to convey the importance of kindness to children as a message by emphasizing it as a contrasting viewpoint.[1][3]

The Ultraman image sculpted by Shibuya also conveyed a sense of significance and challenge to Suzuki. Consequently, when Suzuki was fleshing out the plans for the theatrical film, he not only adopted Shibuya's character image but also realized the need to reexamine the "origin" of Ultraman for the 21st century. With this awareness, Suzuki extended a directorial invitation to Toshihiro Iijima.[4]

In May 2000, Shibuya's proposal for the "New Ultraman" was delivered to Iijima, who promptly accepted the invitation and agreed to direct the film. Additionally, Iijima committed to serving as the screenwriter under the pseudonym "Kitao Senzoku" (a pen name he used in the past when working on the Ultraman series) and decided to feature Alien Baltan as the antagonist in the film. With the production framework in place, Hiroshi Maruyama began designing Ultraman, and scriptwriting progressed almost simultaneously. Suzuki proposed an image of a transparent Ultraman, resembling crystal in its entirety and envisioned it being able to switch between two modes. However, due to the limitations of the special effects technology at the time, this concept was abandoned. Eventually, the design evolved into Ultraman having two forms: blue and red.[4]

In Shibuya's proposal, initially, it was planned for Musashi to merge with Ultraman. However, during the scriptwriting phase, Iijima made modifications and insisted on portraying Musashi and Ultraman as separate entities in the "Encounter Chapter" of the film. This setup was subsequently scrapped and used in the television series instead. As a result, the outline of the project's story gradually took shape. The image of Ultraman Cosmos became clearer, with blue representing gentleness and red representing strength. As for the naming of the new Ultraman, Shibuya proposed the idea of Ultraman Cosmos, based on Ultraman representing principles of order and harmony. This naming choice was uncontested and officially confirmed before the summer. Subsequent preparations proceeded smoothly.[4][3]

Filming for the film Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact officially began in October 2000, with Shibuya stepping back from the film project to focus on the production of the TV series. While considering the movie's setup, he collaborated with Shinsuke Onishi to develop the plot outlines for episodes 1 and 2, and started coordinating to schedule the TV series premiere on July 7th, the birthday of Eiji Tsuburaya, to coincide with the "Eiji Tsuburaya 100th Anniversary".[5]

ULTRAMAN COSMOS 2001 3

The production announcements for both the film and the TV series were made on the same day, on March 1, 2001.[6][7]

In early March 2001, filming for the television series commenced, while the special effects part started half a month later. The final character designs for the main roles were determined during the filming of episodes 1 and 2 by Tsugumi Kitaura, the movie's assistant director who was also involved in the planning of the television series. The production structure was not significantly different from past productions. Despite a reduction in budget of approximately 30% compared to the previous three series, strict control over the budget and schedule adjustments were made. The filming equipment was also adjusted, with the special effects part still using 16mm film, while the television series part switched to video recording.[4]

Ultimately, the television series premiered on July 7th, while the theatrical release of the film, originally scheduled for March, was delayed to July 20th due to arrangements by Shochiku. Tsuburaya Productions intentionally aimed to connect Ultraman Cosmos with subsequent television projects, leading to location scouting on Saipan Island in the summer of 2001. This was done in preparation for the production of the film Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet, planned for release in August 2002. Following this, projects related to Cosmos continued until 2003.

After the series aired, it was initially planned to produce four quarters as usual. However, due to delays in the production of the succeeding program, extended toy sales cycles, and the program's good performance, it was decided to urgently increase the budget and extend the production time. This resulted in Ultraman Cosmos airing until September 28, 2002, making it the longest-running and most aired Ultraman series to date.[8]

Synopsis

A mysterious light appears in the sky, leading to an incident where an entire city is destructively wiped out. An investigation by the special investigation team, EYES, reveals that the source of the light is a life form named Chaos Header.

Meanwhile, Musashi Haruno, a space astronaut candidate at the SRC Space Development Center, enjoys a paired flight with his friend, the Kaiju Lidorias.

However, Chaos Header possesses Lidorias, turning it violent. Musashi, attempting to stop Lidorias on his own, is visited by Ultraman Cosmos, the giant of light and compassion whom he encountered in his childhood.

Characters

Protagonist

SRC

EYES

JADF

  • Sahara
  • Saijo
  • Junya Nagare
  • Oka
  • Ishii

Others

Ultras

Kaiju

Cast

  • Musashi Haruno (春野 ムサシ, Haruno Musashi): Taiyo Sugiura (杉浦 太陽, Sugiura Taiyō)
  • Harumitsu Hiura (ヒウラ ハルミツ, Hiura Harumitsu): Daisuke Shima (嶋 大輔, Shima Daisuke)
  • Shinobu Mizuki (ミズキ シノブ, Mizuki Shinobu): Kaori Sakagami (坂上 香織, Sakagami Kaori)
  • Keisuke Fubuki (フブキ ケイスケ, Fubuki Keisuke): Hidekazu Ichinose (市瀬 秀和, Ichinose Hidekazu)
  • Koji Doigaki (ドイガキ コウジ, Doigaki Kōji): Koichi Sudo (須藤 公一, Sudō Kōichi)
  • Ayano Morimoto (モリモト アヤノ, Morimoto Ayano): Mayuka Suzuki (鈴木 繭菓, Suzuki Mayuka)
  • Director Ikeyama (イケヤマ管理官, Ikeyama-kanri-kan): Hyoei Ichikawa (市川 兵衛, Ichikawa Hyōei)
  • Commander Sahara (佐原司令官, Sahara-shirei-kan): Masahiro Sudo (須藤 正裕, Sudō Masahiro)
  • Vice Commander Shishikura (宍倉副司令官, Shishikura-fuku-shirei-kan): Eiji Oki (大城 英司, Ōki Eiji)
  • Naval Officer Saijo (西条武官, Saijō-bukan): Atsushi Narasaka (奈良 坂篤, Narasaka Atsushi)

Guest Cast

  • Azusa Niimi (新見 あづさ, Niimi Azusa): Kayano Komaki (小牧 かやの, Kayano Komaki)
  • Yukari Yoshii (吉井 ユカリ, Yoshii Yukari): Nana Horie (堀江 奈々, Horie Nana)
  • Noboru Kawaya (カワヤ ノボル, Kawaya Noboru): Shigeki Kagemaru (影丸 茂樹, Kagemaru Shigeki)
  • Science Director Hazumi (ハズミ科学主任, Hazumi-kagaku-shunin): Takumi Tsutsui (筒井 巧, Tsutsui Takumi)
  • Bengals Captain Oka (ベンガルズ隊長・岡, Bengaruzu Taichō Oka): Hideki Oka (岡 秀樹, Oka Hideki)
  • Ishii (石井): Hiroshi Ishii (石井 浩, Ishii Hiroshi)
  • Yasue Sawaguchi (サワグチ ヤスエ, Sawaguchi Yasue): Kumiko Hara (原 久美子, Hara Kumiko)
  • Reni Kurosaki (レニ・クロサキ, Reni Kurosaki): Hitomi Miwa (三輪 ひとみ, Miwa Hitomi)
  • Mitsuya (ミツヤ): Issey Takahashi (高橋 一生, Takahashi Issei)
  • Junya Nagare (ナガレ ジュンヤ, Nagare Junya): Soji Masaki (正木 蒼二, Masaki Soji)
  • Kasumi Sanjodera (三条寺 カスミ, Sanjōdera Kasumi): Mami Shimizu (清水 真実, Shimizu Mami)
  • Shoji (ショージ, Shōji): Ryo Nitta (新田 亮, Nitta Ryō)
  • Kensaku Kimoto (木本 研作, Kimoto Kensaku): Shunji Fujimura (藤村 俊二, Fujimura Shunji)

Voice Actors

  • Ultraman Cosmos (ウルトラマンコスモス, Urutoraman Kosumosu): Hiroyuki Sato (佐藤 浩之, Satō Hiroyuki)
  • Chaos Header (カオスヘッダー, Kaosu Heddā): Koji Haramaki (服巻 浩司, Haramaki Kōji)
  • Narrator (ナレーター, Narētā): Hiroshi Isobe (磯部 弘, Isobe Hiroshi)

Suit Actors

  • Ultraman Cosmos:
  • Ultraman Cosmos, Chaos Ultraman, Chaos Ultraman Calamity: Yasuhiro Masuda (益田 康弘, Masuda Yasuhiro)
  • Ultraman Cosmos, Kaiju: Hiroyuki Okano (岡野 弘之, Okano Hiroyuki)
  • Chaos Header, Kaiju: Toshio Miyake (三宅 敏夫, Miyake Toshio)
  • Kaiju:
    • Tomohiro Nagata (永田 朋裕, Nagata Tomohiro)
    • Kazunori Yokoo (横尾 和則, Yokoo Kazunori)
    • Madoka Fukuoka (福岡 まどか, Fukuoka Madoka)
    • Eiji Mori (森 英二, Mori Eiji)
    • Tadashi Katsumata (勝亦 正, Katsumata Tadashi)
    • Tomomi Ota (太田 智美, Ota Tomomi)
    • Satoshi Yamamoto (山本 諭, Yamamoto Satoshi)
    • Hiroshi Komiya (小宮 啓志, Komiya Hiroshi)

Music

Opening Theme
  • Spirit
    • Lyrics: Goro Matsui
    • Composition: KATSUMI
    • Arrangement: Takao Konishi
    • Artist: Project DMM
Ending Themes
  • Ultraman Cosmos 〜 Kimi Ni Dekiru Nanika (ウルトラマンコスモス~君にできるなにか, Urutoraman Kosumosu ~ Kimi ni Dekiru Nanika, lit. "Something You Can Do")
    • Lyrics: Goro Matsui
    • Composition: Kisaburo Suzuki
    • Arrangement: Seiichi Kyoda
    • Artist: Project DMM
  • Kokoro no Kizuna (心の絆, lit. "Bonds of the Heart")
    • Lyrics/Composition: KATSUMI
    • Arrangement: Kazuya Daimon
    • Artist: Project DMM
Insert Themes

Home Media

The DVD version of the series was released from February 5, 2002, to March 28, 2003. It includes all 60 episodes from the original broadcast, spread across 15 volumes. The special features include openings and endings without subtitles, trailers, behind-the-scenes content, and a monster design gallery. Each segment starts with the introduction that was shown before the program in the TV version.

Five unaired episodes and three special episodes were released on March 28, 2003, in a "Special Selection" format on both VHS and DVD.

In 2011, Tsuburaya productions has released the entire TV Series in DVD Box set, under the title "Ultraman Cosmos: 10th Anniversary Memorial Box", features all 65 episodes plus three newly-edited episodes. Comes with a 32-page description.[9]

Arrest of Taiyo Sugiura

Arrest of Taiyo Sugiura

In June 2002, Cosmos was taken off of television for several weeks (following the broadcast of the 49th episode) when lead actor Taiyo Sugiura was questioned in an assault and extortion case. The feature film Ultraman M78 Theater Love & Peace and the direct-to-video Ultraman series Ultraman Neos were broadcast during this period. When the case against Sugiura was dropped for lack of evidence, Cosmos was put back on the air.[10] TBS and Tsuburaya ultimately pulled five episodes (50, 52, 54, 56, and 58) from broadcast to make up for time lost, and these episodes were later released on DVD.

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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 | Ultraman Trigger: New Generation Tiga | Ultraman Decker | Ultraman Blazar | Ultraman Arc
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero | Ultraman: Rising
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 | Return of Ultraman: MAT Arrow 1 Takeoff Order | 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 | New Century Ultraman Legend | Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice | New Century 2003 Ultraman Legend | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy: The Movie | Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial | 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 | Ultraman Trigger: Episode Z | Shin Ultraman | Ultraman Decker Finale | Ultraman Blazar The Movie
Spin-Offs Andro Melos | Ultraman Zearth: Parody Chapter | Revival of the Ancient Giant | The Return of Hanejiro | Gaia Again | Ultra Q Kaiju Legend | Ultraman Kaiju Legend | Hikari Saga | Armored Darkness | Ghost Rebirth | Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops Zero | Q - Door to Another Dimension | Killer the Beatstar | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | New Generation Heroes | The Absolute Conspiracy | Sevenger Fight | The Struggle of Special Section 3 | The Destined Crossroad | Continued Ultra Fight | Shin Ultra Fight | Return of Special Section 3 | Ultraman Regulos | Ultraman Regulos: First Mission | Ultraseven IF Story | SKaRD Break Room
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 | Ultraman Chronicle D | Ultraman New Generation Stars
Informational Ultraman The Prime | ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES | Ultra Science Fantasy Hour | Ultra Fight Club | UlSummer Information Station | Ultra Information Center | Professor Teruaki's "Blazar Kaiju Academy" | Super Power! Ultra Encyclopedia! | Ultra Construction Tour | THE ORIGIN OF ULTRAMAN | Ultraman 4K Discovery
Docudramas Fly in the Sea Breeze! Ultraman | The Men Who Made Ultraman | My Beloved Ultraseven | The Man Who Wanted to be Ultraman | The Kaiju Club | The Two Ultramen
Other Series and Movies Kaiju Booska | Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Fight! Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Chibira-kun | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Emergency Directive 10-4·10-10 | Iron King | Horror Theater Unbalance | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Jumborg Ace & Giant | Mars Men | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | The Last Dinosaur | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur Great War Izenborg | Star Wolf | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Anime-chan | Gridman the Hyper Agent | Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad | Moon Spiral | Cyber Beauties Telomere | Booska! Booska!! | Otasuke Girl | Mysterious Incident Special Investigation Team SRI | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Operation: Mystery - Second File | Mirror Fight 2012 | Operation: Mystery - Mystery File | Gridknight Fight
Anime The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Ultra Nyan 2: The Great Happy Operation | Ultraman M78 Theater Love & Peace | Gridman the Hyper Agent: boys invent great hero | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | Kaiju Girls | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019) | Kaiju Step Wandabada | SSSS.DYNAZENON | KAIJU DECODE | GRIDMAN UNIVERSE
Outlaw Content Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Ultraman The Animation | Ultraman: A Little Journey on Earth | Fun... English with Ultraman | Young Ultraman | Ultraman Big Transformation | Sinic Q | Red Jade | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman | Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman
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