"Strongest! Fastest!! Max Power! Max Speed!!"
- ―Series tagline
Ultraman Max (ウルトラマンマックス Urutoraman Makkusu) is the 18th entry in the Ultraman Series, and aired from July 2, 2005 to March 25, 2006. After the darker series Ultraman Nexus, Tsuburaya featured a more traditional formula with weekly monsters and a lighter theme.
On January 27, 2017, the US television channel TOKU announced that the series will be broadcast in the United States on its channel beginning February 27, 2017, making it the fifth Ultraman Series to air in the United States after Ultraman, Ultraseven, Ultraman: Towards the Future, and Ultraman Tiga.
Many actors (and characters) from previous shows make cameos, most notably professor Yukari Yoshinaga and chief Kenzo Tomioka, who are played by the actors Hiroko Sakurai (Akiko Fuji) and Susumu Kurobe (Shin Hayata) from the original Ultraman. One episode (#29) revolves around the filming of the 1964 program Ultra Q, the first entry in the Ultraman Series. Two actors from that show appear as themselves.
Much like Ultraman: Towards the Future, Max has a strong environmental message: most monster and alien attacks have something to do with the environment.
Although certain monsters from the previous Ultraman Series appear here in this series, the characters do not actually recognize them. This series does not have any direct continuity to any of the other Ultraman Series (except episode 24: "The Untargeted Town" which seems to be a sequel to the Ultraseven series episode 8: "The Targeted Town").
Just like his predecessors, Ultraman Max is from Nebula M78 and is supported by DASH (Defense Action Squad Heroes), a branch of the UDF (United Defense Federation). His human host is Touma Kaito. He bears many resemblances to Ultraseven, such as his armor and his eye-slugger. His superior, Ultraman Xenon, appears in episodes 13 and 39.
This series is notable for its attack team containing both an android member, and, for the first time, a foreigner. The latter would carry on to later series such as Ultraman Mebius.
- Lagoras Evo
- Baby Eleking
- Alien Sran
- Red King
- People of Nebula KJ-K5
- Alien Zetton
- King Joe
- Space Cats
- Alien Shamer
- Alien Tarla
- Alien Metron
- Alien Neril
- Alien Godley
- Alien Pitt
- Alien Moetaranga
- Tiny Baltan
- Dark Baltan
- Alien Satun
- Delos People
- Auto Maton
- Scout Berserke
- Satellite Berserke
- Giga Berserke
Super Battle Special
After the broadcast of Ultraman Max, an eight minute special titled Super Battle! Ultraman Max (スーパーバトルだ！ウルトラマンマックス Sūpā Batoru da! Urutoraman Makkusu) was released on DVD. This special was a five minute clip show giving a review of Ultraman Max's backstory and primary attacks up until Ultraman Xenon gives him the Max Galaxy. After the clip show, the monster Red King attacks Max with Zetton shortly joining in. The special ends with Max defeating both of them.
- Kaito Touma (トウマ・カイト Tōma Kaito): Sota Aoyama (青山 草太 Aoyama Sōta)
- Shigeru Hijikata (ヒジカタ・シゲル Hijikata Shigeru): Kai Shishido (宍戸 開 Shishido Kai)
- Mizuki Koishikawa (コイシカワ・ミズキ Koishikawa Mizuki): Hitomi Hasebe (長谷部 瞳 Hasebe Hitomi)
- Kenjiro Koba (コバ・ケンジロウ Koba Kenjirō): Nobuyuki Ogawa (小川 信行 Ogawa Nobuyuki)
- Sean White (ショーン・ホワイト Shōn Howaito): Sean Nichols (ショーン・ニコルス Shōn Nikorusu)
- Elly (エリー Erī): Hikari Mitsushima (満島 ひかり Mitsushima Hikari)
- Kenzo Tomioka (トミオカ・ケンゾウ Tomioka Kenzō): Susumu Kurobe (黒部 進 Kurobe Susumu)
- Yukari Yoshinaga (ヨシナガ・ユカリ Yoshinaga Yukari): Hiroko Sakurai (桜井 浩子 Sakurai Hiroko)
- Ultraman Max (voice) (ウルトラマンマックス（声） Urutoraman Makkusu (koe)): Kazuya Nakai (中井 和哉 Nakai Kazuya)
- Narration (ナレーション Narēshon): Shiro Sano (佐野 史郎 Sano Shirō)
- Opening Theme
- "Ultraman Max" (ウルトラマンマックス Urutoraman Makkusu)
- Ending Theme
- NO LIMITED
- Insert Themes
- DASH Alpha - Fight theme
2017 English Dub
On January 27, 2017, the television channel TOKU announced that the series will be broadcast in the United States on its channel beginning February 27, 2017. Days later, it is confirmed that the series will be dubbed in English.  The series was broadcast Monday through Friday at 7pm ET with replays every day during the morning or afternoon and was finalized on March 24, 2017.
- In one episode the scene where Kaito and an alien were having a conversation about the alien's past with ancient Earth shows a village. This is the same village from Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant, the footage had just been updated and a few new scenes were added.
- This series along with Ultraman X The Movie: Here He Comes! Our Ultraman and Ultraman Ginga S The Movie: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors! were dubbed in English, marking the first time an Ultraman related movie or series was dubbed since the Ultraman Tiga 4Kids Dubbing.