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―Series Catchphrase

Ultraman Dyna (ウルトラマンダイナ, Urutoraman Daina) is the 13th entry in the Ultraman Series which aired between September 6, 1997 until August 29, 1998. The series is a direct sequel to the previous Ultraman series, Ultraman Tiga.

The series can be viewed on Tubi, Roku, and Vudu.

Production[]

Program proposals for Ultraman Dyna

The promotional pamphlets and program proposals for "Ultraman Dyna" are collected by Takeshi Tsuruno.[1]

In 1996, the series Ultraman Tiga received a positive response from the audience. At the beginning of its broadcast, Tsuburaya Productions and Mainichi Broadcasting System signed a contract for two seasons. Later in October, an additional two-season contract was signed. This extension allowed the series to continue airing until the end of August 1997, making the planning of subsequent programs starting in September a primary focus for the involved parties.[2]

Due to the shared desire of Tsuburaya Productions and Yomiko Advertising, Inc. to create a new series, they began preparations in early 1997. At that time, Tsuburaya Productions had roughly conceived a new project but had not considered a sequel to Ultraman Tiga. The proposed plan was for a new series independent of the existing universe. The main character was deliberately not set as a member of the Defense Team but was designed as a traveler who gets involved in various incidents and connects with Defense Team members, structured in a road movie style. Tsuburaya Productions initially drafted a project proposal based on this concept and held related meetings around February. Although this proposal was discussed, it ultimately was not realized due to several difficulties.[2]

Bandai and Kodansha suggested that while a new series continuing the universe of Ultraman Tiga would be acceptable, it would require an entirely new cast. Based on the discussions from this meeting, the upcoming series in preparation was officially confirmed to be a sequel to Ultraman Tiga. With this decision made, Tomohiko Hamada, the Deputy Manager of Tsuburaya Productions, led the project, with Masato Oida appointed as the project manager. Oida's concept at the time was to commence the new series' story a few years after the events of Ultraman Tiga. To facilitate the development of a fresh storyline, a time gap was deemed necessary.[3]

After discussions with the planning department's Masakazu Migita, the setting for the new series was established to be seven years after the conclusion of the Ultraman Tiga story, placing it in the year 2017. It was assumed that humanity had resolved global issues that could arise in the future during the era of Tiga, leading naturally to a cosmic stage for the subsequent narrative. Thus, while the primary theme revolved around the cosmos, the plan also encompassed various reforms such as DNA, deep-sea exploration, and environmental transformation, covering a wide range of fields to showcase diversity in storytelling, technological advancements, and thematic variations. Discussions were also held regarding aspects closely related to each story, artistic styles, and dramatic directions. Therefore, while maintaining the style of Ultraman Tiga, the new series aimed to inject originality and freshness, gradually shifting its direction, which became a consensus among the involved parties.[3][2][4][5]

In April 1997, MBS decided to continue the sequel to Ultraman Tiga as part of the Ultraman series. Shortly after, the new program was named Ultraman Dyna. This title was one of the alternatives considered by Tsuburaya Productions when applying for the Ultraman Neos trademark in 1994, and it was selected by MBS planner Yoshihiko Marutani for its strong phonetic appeal. The primary director for the new series was ultimately determined to be Kazuya Konaka. Under Konaka and Koichi Takano's planning, the core direction of the new series was defined as embodying a "positive" spirit, with the concept of "adventurer" serving as a vital tone for this creative endeavor.[6]

DYNA group photo

A group photo of the main cast was taken on the first day of filming, on July 17, 1997.[7]

With no clear concept yet for the sequel to Ultraman Tiga, the first episode script that would determine the direction of the new series was created through a wide-ranging solicitation of story ideas. Seven screenwriters were tasked with proposing storylines based on the brief from the planning meeting. The selected storyline was eventually proposed by Keiichi Hasegawa.[3][8] As the casting of actors was confirmed and specific filming preparations progressed, filming for Ultraman Dyna officially began on June 28, 1997, led by the special effects team, while the main unit commenced shooting on July 8. At that time, episodes 51 and 52 of Ultraman Tiga were still in production.[6][9]

Synopsis[]

Seven years after the decisive battle between Ultraman Tiga and Gatanothor, humanity entered the "Neo Frontier Era," focusing primarily on space exploration.

As the special investigation team GUTS evolved and reformed into "Super GUTS", Shin Asuka, a candidate, encountered a mysterious light while drifting in space due to a training accident. Miraculously surviving, Asuka, now officially part of Super GUTS, faces off against Kaiju created by the Spheres that attacked Mars, finding himself in a desperate situation.

Despite the dire circumstances, Asuka's unwavering determination to continue the fight transforms his body into light, giving rise to a new light, Ultraman Dyna.[10]

Characters[]

Protagonist[]

TPC[]

Super GUTS[]

Black Buster Corps[]

Former GUTS Members[]

Others[]

Ultras[]

Kaiju[]

Cast[]

  • Shin Asuka (アスカ・シン, Asuka Shin): Takeshi Tsuruno (つるの 剛士, Tsuruno Takeshi)
  • Gousuke Hibiki (ヒビキ・ゴウスケ, Hibiki Gōsuke): Ryo Kinomoto (木之元 亮, Kinomoto Ryō)
  • Toshiyuki Kohda (コウダ・トシユキ, Kōda Toshiyuki): Toshikazu Fukawa (布川 敏和, Fukawa Toshikazu)
  • Ryo Yumimura (ユミムラ・リョウ, Yumimura Ryō): Risa Saito (斉藤 りさ, Saitō Risa)
  • Kouhei Kariya (カリヤ・コウヘイ, Kariya Kōhei): Takao Kase (加瀬 尊朗, Kase Takao)
  • Tsutomu Nakajima (ナカジマ・ツトム, Nakajima Tsutomu): Joe Onodera (小野寺 丈, Onodera Jō)
  • Mai Midorikawa (ミドリカワ・マイ, Midorikawa Mai): Mariya Yamada (山田 まりや, Yamada Mariya)
  • Kouki Fukami (フカミ・コウキ, Fukami Kōki): Toshiaki Amada (天田 俊明, Amada Toshiaki)
  • Seiji Miyata (ミヤタ・セイジ, Miyata Seiji): Hiroshi Tsuburaya (円谷 浩, Tsuburaya Hiroshi)
  • Kihachi Gondou (ゴンドウ・キハチ, Gondō Kihachi): Shinobu Kameyama (亀山 忍, Kameyama Shinobu)
  • Saeko Shiina (シイナ・サエコ, Shiina Saeko): Yasumi Maezawa (前沢 保美, Maezawa Yasumi)
  • Masami Mishina (ミシナ・マサミ, Mishina Masami): Edo Yamaguchi (エド山口)
  • Mayumi Shinjoh (シンジョウ・マユミ, Shinjō Mayumi): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けい, Ishibashi Kei)
  • Kazuma Asuka (アスカ・カズマ, Asuka Kazuma): Daisuke Ryu (隆 大介, Ryū Daisuke)

Guest Cast[]

  • Takeru Fudo (フドウ・タケル, Fudo Takeru): Takanori Kikuchi (菊池 隆則, Kikuchi Takanori)
  • Yusaku Himuro (ヒムロ・ユウサク, Himuro Yūsaku): Kazuya Matsushita (松下 一矢, Matsushita Kazuya)
  • Otomo (オオトモ): Akira Miyazawa (宮沢 彰, Miyazawa Akira)
  • Hiroyuki Yamazaki (ヤマザキ・ヒロユキ, Yamazaki Hiroyuki): Yuji Watari (渡 祐志, Watari Yuji)
  • Natsumi Kudo (クドウ・ナツミ, Kudo Natsumi): Mayuka Fujiwara (藤原 まゆか, Fujiwara Mayuka)
  • Kaoru Hasumi (ハスミ・カオル, Hasumi Kaoru): Teppei Shibuya (渋谷 哲平, Shibuya Teppei)
  • Sonoka Hibiki (ヒビキ・ソノカ, Hibiki Sonoka): Ayumi Yamaguchi (山口 あゆみ, Yamaguchi Ayumi)
  • Hiroya Narumi (鳴海 浩也, Narumi Hiroya): Koji Shimizu (清水 綋治, Shimizu Koji)
  • Shin Hayate (ハヤテ・シン, Hayate Shin): Masaki Kyomoto (京本 政樹, Kyomoto Masaki)
  • Rui Kisaragi (キサラギ・ルイ, Kisaragi Rui): Aya Sugimoto (杉本 彩, Sugimoto Aya)
  • Kenji Fudo (フドウ・ケンジ, Fudō Kenji): Tomonori Yoshida (吉田 友紀, Yoshida Tomonori)
  • Reika Saeki (サエキ・レイカ, Saeki Reika): Kaori Mizushima (水島 かおり, Mizushima Kaori)
  • Masayuki Nahara (ナハラ・マサユキ, Nahara Masayuki): Take Uketa (タケ・ウケタ)
  • Megumi Iruma (イルマ・メグミ, Iruma Megumi): Mio Takaki (高樹 澪, Takaki Mio)
  • Seiichi Munakata (ムナカタ・セイイチ, Munakata Seiichi): Akitoshi Otaki (大滝 明利, Ōtaki Akitoshi)
  • Masami Horii (ホリイ・マサミ, Horii Masami): Yukio Masuda (増田 由紀夫, Masuda Yukio)
  • Tetsuo Shinjoh (シンジョウ・テツオ, Shinjō Tetsuo): Shigeki Kagemaru (影丸 茂樹, Kagemaru Shigeki)
  • Michiru Horii (ホリイ・ミチル, Horii Michiru): Misato Hayase (早勢 美里, Hayase Misato)
  • Jun Yazumi (ヤズミ・ジュン, Yazumi Jun): Yoichi Furuya (古屋 暢一, Furuya Yōichi)
  • Rena Madoka (マドカ・レナ, Madoka Rena): Takami Yoshimoto (吉本 多香美, Yoshimoto Takami)
  • Souichiro Sawai (サワイ・ソウイチロウ, Sawai Sōichirō): Tamio Kawachi (川地 民夫, Kawachi Tamio)
  • Daigo Madoka (マドカ・ダイゴ, Madoka Daigo): Hiroshi Nagano (V6) (長野 博(V6), Nagano Hiroshi (Bui Shikkusu))

Voice Actors[]

  • Narrator (ナレーター, Narētā): Yuji Machi (真地 勇志, Machi Yūji)
  • Hanejiro (ハネジロー, Hanejirō): Junko Kawashima (河島 順子, Kawashima Junko)

Suit Actors[]

  • Ultraman Dyna (Flash Type, Miracle Type): Shunsuke Gondo (権藤 俊輔, Gondō Shunsuke)
  • Ultraman Dyna (Flash Type, Strong Type), Terranoid: Koji Nakamura (中村 浩二, Nakamura Kōji)
  • Ultraman Dyna (49 - 51 / Flash, Miracle Type): Kazuhiko Shimizu (清水 一彦, Shimizu Kazuhiko)
  • Kaiju:
    • Kohji Mimura (三村 幸司, Mimura Kōji)
    • Toshio Miyake (三宅 敏夫, Miyake Toshio)
    • Hiroyuki Okano (岡野 弘之, Okano Hiroyuki)
    • Eiji Mori (森 英二, Mori Eiji)
    • Tomoharu Nishizawa (西沢 智治, Nishizawa Tomoharu)
    • Fumitetsu Kuwahara (桑原 史哲, Kuwahara Fumitetsu)
    • Yutaka Yamashiro (山城 豊, Yamashiro Yutaka)
    • Shuichi Kado (角 秀一, Kado Shuichi)
    • Yuji Kitahara (北原 裕次, Kitahara Yuji)
    • Takashi Matsue (松栄 隆, Matsue Takashi)
    • Hisataka Kitaoka (北岡 久貴, Kitaoka Hisataka)

Music[]

Opening Theme
Ending Themes

Home Media[]

  • Ultraman Dyna was released on VHS from January 25 to November 25, 1998, totaling 13 volumes.
  • Ultraman Dyna was also released on DVD from October 25, 1999-January 25, 2000, totaling 13 volumes.
  • On January 25, 2000, a DVD titled "Ultraman Dyna SPECIAL" was released, featuring episodes 49 to 51, with additional scenes not aired on TV.
  • on June 22, 2007, the entire series was released as part of the "Memorial Box" DVD Set .
  • On January 25, 2008, the entire series was condensed into a 1-hour special, released under the "Climax Stories" DVD series.
  • On September 25, 2015, the entire series was remastered through upscaling and noise-reduction, and released as part of the "Complete Blu-ray BOX".
  • On November 16, 2021, the series was released on dvd with English subtitles by Mill Creek.[11]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • This series was the first since Ultraman 80 to incorporate "silhouettes" into its opening animations.
  • In terms of the main cast, Takeshi Tsuruno and Risa Saito were selected through auditions, while Ryo Kinomoto was directly invited to join due to his character image. Mariya Yamada was chosen because of her leading role in Tsuburaya Productions' Moon Spiral the previous year. Toshikazu Fukawa was recommended by Kazuo Tsuburaya, while Joe Onodera and Takao Kase were nominated by the casting director, Minoru Ando.[6]
  • Unlike its movie tie-in, the series was not part of TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION's launch lineup. It was eventually added weekly from April 1, 2022 to celebrate its 25th anniversary.[12][13][14]

External Links[]

References[]

  1. https://x.com/takeshi_tsuruno/status/1509778115694034944
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ultra Tokusatsu PERFECT MOOK vol. 22: Ultraman Dyna, pg 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Ultraman Dyna's 25th Anniversary Testimony" ~Masato Oida
  4. Ultraman Dyna (TV Magazine Special Edition) pg 76
  5. https://magmix.jp/post/98873
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Ultra Tokusatsu PERFECT MOOK vol. 22: Ultraman Dyna, pg 5
  7. https://x.com/takeshi_tsuruno/status/1509829165536903172
  8. Ultraman Tiga, Dyna, Gaia Perfect Guide Book pg 34
  9. Ultraman Dyna (TV Magazine Special Edition) pg 77
  10. https://m-78.jp/videoworks/ultraman_dyna/
  11. https://www.millcreekent.com/collections/the-ultra-verse/products/ultraman-dyna
  12. https://m-78.jp/news/post-6241
  13. https://spice.eplus.jp/articles/300890
  14. https://mantan-web.jp/article/20220415dog00m200070000c.html

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
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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
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