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Ultraman Tiga
Ultraman Tiga is the 12th entry in the Ultra Series
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Format: Tokusatsu
Science Fiction
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions
Starring: Hiroshi Nagano, Takami Yoshimoto, Akitoshi Ohtaki, Shigeki Kagemaru, Yukio Masuda, Yoichi Furuya, Mio Takagi
Opening Theme: Take Me Higher (V6)
Ending Theme: Brave Love, Tiga
Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episodes 52
Running Time 24 minutes (per episode)
Original Channel Tokyo Broadcasting System
Original Air Date September 7, 1996
Preceded by Ultraman Zearth
Succeeded by Ultraman Dyna

Ultraman Tiga (ウルトラマンティガ Urutoraman Tiga) is the 12th entry in the Ultra Series, airing from September 7th to August 30th, 1996-1997. It was the first Ultra Series broadcast in Japan since 1980's Ultraman 80, it revolutionized the franchise, not to mention the great effect it had on Tokusatsu outside of Tsuburaya.


Ultraman Tiga was the giant of light that protected the ancient human civilisation 30 million years ago. After the human civilisation perished, Tiga become a stone statue. In the present times, Tiga was resurrected by merging with pilot Daigo from GUTS defense team, who also possess Ultra DNA in his body. At the same time, the 21st century Earth is facing threats of invaders from space and other dimensions.

Can Daigo and GUTS protect humankind from those invaders and saving Earth from destruction?




  • Souichiro Sawai
  • Masayuki Nahara: A gentle man of principle who avoids confrontation. He likes to put the breaks on reckless military buildups.
  • Tetsuji Yoshioka: He is responsible for the enforcement arm of TPC. A war hawk, but also an old friend of pacifist Sawai. Often disagrees with Nahara, but never acts irrationally. A former submariner. He likes to carry and use a traditional folding Japanese fan.
  • Mayumi Shinjoh
  • Naban Yao: A professor and the founder of Maxima Overdrive, which can harness the power of light. A scientist at heart, he continues to pursue the dreams of his childhood. It takes him 20 years to turn his dream of creating the greatest ship ever into a reality (in the form of the Artdessei). In a nice touch, names his test vehicle the Snow White.
  • Reiko Kashimura: The head of TPC's "Ride Mecha" R and D. She made several appearances in the first half of the series. She participates in the analysis of Yuzare's time capsule and the modification of GUTS mecha to combat. She also makes an appearance in Ultraman Dyna.
  • Yuuji Tango: An army scientist from TPC's Life Sciences Research division. He is small at heart but full of pride. He spends time analyzing the remains of the Tiga statues. His insecurities eventually lead him to trouble.
  • Omi Yanase
  • Shin Hayate



Kaiju & Seijin


4Kids Adaptation

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4Kids's opening title card.

Ultraman Tiga was the fourth Ultra series to be adapted for a U.S. release, following Ultraman, Ultraseven, and Ultraman: Towards the Future. It was licensed by 4Kids Entertainment and aired on the Fox Broadcasting Company's FoxBox Saturday morning programming block. The first episode premiered on September 14, 2002.

Unlike the Super Sentai Series'Icon-crosswiki adaptation into Power RangersIcon-crosswiki, which combined the original shows' tokusatsu sequences with an entirely new cast, Ultraman Tiga was simply dubbed into English. Nonetheless, 4Kids made a number of significant changes. There was an entirely new theme song and the original soundtrack for the series was replaced. Episode storylines was altered and simplified to comply with Fox's Standards and Practices division and accommodate the differences between Japanese and American commercial breaks and broadcasting scheduling. Each episode was typically one or two minutes shorter than its Japanese counterpart.

There was also a lot more blatant and crude humor. The Japanese Ultraman Tiga had a few moments of subtle humor and charming moments. The Americanized version came with dialogue that poked fun of the original material as well as the dubbing in general, which changed the personalities for some of the characters (Notable in this aspect was the transformation of Captain Iruma from a smart, level-headed individual into a complete airhead.) Additionally, Captain Iruma was referred to as a "sir" instead of a "ma'am", perhaps in an attempt at being politically correct. This caused some problems within the addressing of a commanding officer whether that person was male or a female.

The monsters were enhanced with new sound effects, and the transformation sequence was altered altogether, in a scene showcasing all of Tiga's forms and emphasizing the change from Daigo to Tiga. Additionally, Ultraman Tiga's "Multi, Power, and Sky Types" are changed into "Omni, Power, and Speed Modes," respectively. The Spark Lens was renamed the "Torch of Tiga", although the Region 1 DVD Release refers to it as the "Spark Lance" for the first DVD (soon afterwards, the translation becomes "Spark Lens" yet again. His light techniques were called "Luminizers", and Ultraman Tiga's Color Timer is referred to as his "Biotic Sensor." Probably the most infamous (and partially racial) of the Tiga incidents was in episode 22, where the Japanese dialogue was used in the Americanized version of the series as an "Extraterrestrial Language."

Ultraman Tiga was removed from the FoxBox lineup on March 15, 2003, due to low ratings, with only 25 episodes of the 52-episode series having aired. 4Kids initially planned to relaunch the show in September, but decided to release the Japanese episodes on DVD instead.[1] As a result, their dub is only viewable through recordings of the original broadcasts.

According to Voice Actress, Erica Schroeder (whom played the voice of Rena of GUTS,) she said that part of the reason for Ultraman Tiga's limited success in the U.S. was due to 4Kids was having issues deciding on whether to satirize the show or to make it serious, which explains the poorly handled humor and dubbing as seen throughout the dub.[Citation needed]


  • Daigo Madoka (マドカ・ダイゴ Madoka Daigo)/Nagano (長野): Hiroshi Nagano (V6) (長野 博(V6) Nagano Hiroshi (Bui Shikkusu))
  • Rena Yanase (ヤナセ・レナ Yanase Rena): Takami Yoshimoto (吉本 多香美 Yoshimoto Takami)
  • Megumi Iruma (イルマ・メグミ Iruma Megumi)/Yuzare (ユザレ): Mio Takaki (高樹 澪 Takaki Mio)
  • Seiichi Munakata (ムナカタ・セイイチ Munakata Seiichi): Akitoshi Ohtaki (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)
  • Jun Yazumi (ヤズミ・ジュン Yazumi Jyun): Yoichi Furuya (古屋 暢一 Furuya Yōichi)
  • Souichiro Sawai (サワイ・ソウイチロウ Sawai Sōichirō): Tamio Kawachi (川地 民夫 Kawachi Tamio)
  • Masayuki Nahara (ナハラ・マサユキ Nahara Masayuki): Take Uketa (タケ・ウケタ)
  • Tetsuji Yoshioka (ヨシオカ・テツジ Yoshioka Tetsuji): Ken Okabe (岡部 健 Okabe Ken)
  • Mayumi Shinjoh (シンジョウ・マユミ Shinjō Mayumi): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けい Ishibashi Kei)
  • Naban Yao (ヤオ・ナバン Yao Naban): Ichirō Ogura (小倉 一郎 Ogura Ichirō)
  • Reiko Kashimura (カシムラ・レイコ Kashimura Reiko): Takako Kitagawa (北川 たか子 Kitagawa Takako)
  • Yūji Tango (タンゴ・ユウジ Tango Yūji): Yoichi Okamura (岡村 洋一 Okamura Yoichi)
  • Ultraman Tiga's Voice (ウルトラマンティガの声 Urutoraman Tiga no Koe): Yuji Machi (真地 勇志 Machi Yuji)

Guest Cast

  • Omi Yanase (ヤナセ・オミ Yanase Omi): Shigeru Araki (荒木 しげる Araki Shigeru)
  • Ryosuke Sanada (サナダ・リョウスケ Sanada Ryosuke): Ryoma Sasaki (柚原 旬 Sasaki Ryoma)
  • Sayaka Ijuin (イジュウイン・サヤカ Ijuin Sayaka): Michiko Shimazaki (島崎路子 Shimazaki Michiko)
  • Zara (ザラ): Shogo Shiotani (塩谷庄吾 Shiotani Shogo)
  • Lucia (ルシア Rushia): Motoko Nagi (梛野素子 Nagi Motoko)
  • Takuma (拓磨 Takuma): Takuma Aoki (青木 拓磨 Aoki Takuma)
  • Obiko (オビコ): Shoichiro Akaboshi (赤星昇一郎 Akaboshi Shoichiro)
  • Kyoto Inui (イヌイ・キヨ Inui Kyoto): Tom Saeba (冴場都夢 Saeba Tomu)
  • Keiko Masaki (マサキ・ケイゴ Masaki Keigo): Takashi Koura (高良隆志 Koura Takashi)
  • Shin Hayate (ハヤテ・シン Hayate Shin): Masaki Kyomoto (京本 政樹 Kyōmoto Masaki)
  • Ultraman (ウルトラマン Urutoraman): Satoshi Furuya (voice)

Suit Actors

English Dub


Opening Theme
"TAKE ME HIGHER" reached #1 of the Oricon Weekly Rankings Charts for the week of September 30, 1996, and became a Platinum Record.
Ending Theme


Uchūsen (Spacecraft) Magazine began a serialization of an Ultraman Tiga manga in the Summer 1997 written by Mamoru Uchiyama.

DVD Box Sets


Dark Horse Comics published a manga-style series based on Ultraman Tiga in 2003–2004.


  1. [1]Henshin! Online, 2/28/03 - Tiga Reloaded!
Shows and Films
Showa Series Ultra Q | Ultraman | Ultra Seven | 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 | Ultraman Retsuden | Neo Ultra Q | New Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman R/B | Ultraman New Generation Chronicle
Reiwa Series Ultraman Taiga
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 | Ultraman Nice | Heisei Ultra Seven | 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: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story
Heisei Movies Ultra Q The Movie | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2 | Revive! Ultraman | 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 S The Movie | Ultraman X The Movie | Ultraman Orb The Movie | Ultraman Geed The Movie | Ultraman R/B The Movie
Reiwa Movies Shin Ultraman
Spin-offs 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
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