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"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 Productions opted for a more traditional formula with weekly monsters and a lighter theme.

On January 27, 2017, the television channel TOKU announced that series would be broadcast in the United States on its channel beginning February 27, 2017,[1][2] making it the fifth Ultraman Series to air in the United States after Ultraman, UltrasevenUltraman: Towards the Future, and Ultraman Tiga. Days later, it was confirmed to be dubbed in English.[3] The series was broadcast Monday through Friday at 7pm ET with replays every day during the morning or afternoon, ending on March 24, 2017. This show can be watched on Tubi, Plex, and Vudu.

Production[]

In October 2004, TBS began broadcasting Ultraman Nexus. According to the plan of CBC Television, a subsidiary of TBS, a news program was scheduled to start airing every Saturday at 7:30 PM in April 2006. If Ultraman Nexus was shortened to 37 episodes and concluded in June 2005, then the new series would have a total of 39 episodes in its broadcast cycle by 2006. However, if Ultraman Nexus extended its run until September, the new series would only have a broadcast cycle of 26 episodes. Considering profitability issues, Tsuburaya Productions aimed for the new project to ideally reach 52 episodes, but at the very least produce 39 episodes.[4]

In mid-December 2004, Tsuburaya Productions decided to shorten Ultraman Nexus to 37 episodes, resulting in significant changes to the series' plot. Due to the overwhelming workload of producer Hiroyasu Shibuya being too busy, Tsuburaya Productions appointed Takeshi Yagi, who had previously directed Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy, to oversee the planning and production of the new project. Yagi proposed a new project called "21st Century Edition: Fantasy Science Special Effects Series - Ultraxenon" (21世紀版 空想科学特撮シリーズ ウルトラゼノン, Nijūisseiki-ban Kūsō Kagaku Tokusatsu Shirīzu Urutorazenon) and collaborated on the planning aspect with Kengo Kaji and Yuji Kobayashi.[4][5][6]

In January 2005, the proposal for the new series was completed and submitted to CBC's Dentsu advertising agency for revisions, eventually forming the official plan. Takeshi Yagi's concept was "an authentic Ultraman series with each episode being self-contained and filled with a sense of wonder and science fiction, which is the quintessential format for Ultraman stories." He aimed to return to the "origin" of the original 1966 series, emphasizing the "6 S's" in the proposal: Story, Simple, Speed, Strong, SF (Science Fiction), and Sense of Wonder. These principles guided the diverse structure of Ultraxenon episodes.[7][4]In the final proposal, Yagi wrote down "hope for the future" as the theme of the work.[8]

With only three production units, the production team dedicated themselves to compactly unfolding the plot within the limited number of episodes, ensuring all elements were full of twists and turns. To clearly showcase the series' theme, the planning team decided to incorporate popular monsters from previous iterations into the show, endowing them with new charm while retaining their formidable strength, fully respecting the settings of the "original series." The defense team "DASH" in the series drew heavily from the member allocation and duty configuration of the SSSP in Ultraman and the UG in Ultraseven.

Max production press

The main actors of Ultraman Max participated in the production press conference.[9]

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.

In December 2004, Takeshi Yagi invited Shusuke Kaneko to be the chief director. Due to scheduling conflicts, Kaneko could not confirm his participation until February 8th of the following year. Once confirmed, Kaneko quickly became involved in writing the project proposal and began selecting actors as well as recruiting writers and directors for episodes after the fifth one. Ultimately, the series saw the participation of 11 directors and 18 writers, making it the installment with the most creators in the series' history.[10]

At the suggestion of CBC producer Tsuyoshi Okazaki and after considering registration issues, the series was finally named Ultraman Max.[10] Filming began in March of the same year, and the series premiered in July 2005.

Synopsis[]

In the 21st century, natural disasters continue to strike worldwide, and finally, the once thought of as fantastical "kaiju" have appeared.

Facing the two major kaiju, Grangon and Lagoras, Touma Kaito is enveloped in a red light the moment he is attacked by the kaijus. The one who saved Kaito was an observer of civilization from the M78 Nebula. Sensing a resonance of courage within Kaito that aligns with his own personality, the observer proposes to merge with him, granting the power of Max Spark. Thus, the birth of the strongest and fastest hero, Ultraman Max, takes place.

Characters[]

Protagonist[]

UDF[]

DASH[]

Ultras[]

Kaiju[]

Cast[]

  • 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)

Voice Actors[]

  • Ultraman Max (ウルトラマンマックス, Urutoraman Makkusu): Kazuya Nakai (中井 和哉, Nakai Kazuya)
  • Narration (ナレーション, Narēshon): Shiro Sano (佐野 史郎, Sano Shirō)

Music[]

Opening Theme
Insert Themes
  • DASH Alpha - Fight theme

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.

Home Media[]

The series was released on DVD by Bandai Visual from December 23, 2005, to September 22, 2006, across 10 volumes. On February 22, 2008, Climax Stories: Ultraman Max released, featuring the series compiled into a hour-long film with narration by Sota Aoyama. A complete DVD box set was released on October 26, 2012.[11] Box sets of Ultraman Nexus and Ultraman Mebius released around the same time, with all three having covers illustrated by Masayuki Gotoh.

On January 24, 2023, Mill Creek released a box set of the series with English subtitles in the United States.[12][13]

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Trivia[]

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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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