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Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant (ウルトラマンティガ外伝 古代に蘇る巨人, Urutoraman Tiga Gaiden Kodai Ni Yomigaeru Kyojin) is a direct-to-video special set many years after the end of the original Ultraman Tiga series, in which Daigo Madoka (human host of Ultraman Tiga) has a son with Rena, named Tsubasa Madoka. Tsubasa is a member of a new team, Neo Super GUTS, the successor to the original Super GUTS. This story is set in the year 2038 (18 years after the events of Ultraman Dyna).


This side story takes place after Ultraman Dyna. The protagonist, Tsubasa Madoka, is part of the defense team after Super GUTS, Neo Super GUTS. Then, due to time travel, Tsubasa ends up in an ancient civilization period 5000 years ago, before the start of Ultraman Tiga.


In a distant, distant past... there existed a village where the legend of the Giant of Light was passed down. In the year 2038... Tsubasa, the son of Daigo Madoka who once was Ultraman Tiga, suddenly slips through time along with the mysterious monster Jomonoid while on a training flight with Neo Super GUTS. Sensing the revival of the Giant of Light with the appearance of Jomonoid, the dark psychic Doguramaguma plotted to destroy the village known for the legend of the Giant of Light, "Tiga's Village."

In this crisis, Tsubasa transforms into Ultraman Tiga with the Bronze Sparklence brought by the mysterious female warrior Mahoroba, but he finds himself unexpectedly struggling. The Giant of Light was not fully revived...! The attack of Doguramaguma, who leads the dark demon Dogouf, has begun! Who will inherit the true will of the light, as foretold by the priestess of Izare...? Who could it be!?


In the beginning of this film the narrator explains that 5000 years ago a giant of light protected this particular village from a monster but disappeared after that. One day while returning from a mission with Neo Super GUTS, Tsubasa (the son of Daigo and Rena) is caught in a sudden storm and encounters a monster. Tsubasa tries to contact Neo Super GUTS headquarters, but a wormhole appears and sucks in both of them. The two return to the past, 5000 years ago where Tsubasa crash lands into a mountain, the nearby villagers, one of which is a boy named Amui, rescues Tsubasa, but to their horror, afterwards the same monster that attacked Tsubasa attacks the village. On the other hand, a wandering monster hunter stumbles upon the legendary Sparklence beside a monster she just killed. Not knowing what it is she keeps it but when she approaches the village under attack the Sparklence starts to shiver. The village's wooden defenses are no match for the monster and the village is heavily damaged with the defenders of the village trying to confront it with spears. It turns out the monster was 'summoned' to this time by a sorcerer who wanted to prevent the revival of Tiga by destroying the golden pyramid in which his remains lay petrified (the very same one Daigo enters and discovers Ultraman Tiga in episode 1 of Ultraman Tiga).

When Tsubasa sees the Sparklence fall out the monster hunter's bag, he instantly notices it looks like the one his father used to transform into Tiga. He takes it away before the monster hunter can object and transforms into Tiga. The monster is defeated easily but at the end Tiga disappears as Tsubasa was not destined to truly wield his power, and the whole village is devastated. Later Amui tells the village he saw the giant of light, but nobody believes him until the defenders state they saw Tiga too. Hearing this, one of the seers in the village claims the prophecy is coming true and soon someone in their village will be the one to awaken Tiga. Despite their triumphing over the first monster the sorcerer then sends his strongest monster and his two acolytes to attack the pyramid once again. The villagers with help from another village's elites and the monster hunter fend off the two minions but Tsubasa fails to defeat the monster Dogouf who stuns Tiga with a kick to the face.

Tsubasa reverts to human form, exhausted and the Sparklence is almost trampled by Dogouf but Amui saves it and he turns out to be the one who fulfills the prophecy. He uses it to transform into Tiga to stop Dougouf using Tiga's Power Type finishing move after a tough battle. Tsubasa then fixes his jet and returns to the future with Tiga watching over the village ever since. Towards the end, the narrator then says: "Thus, this village also became known as the Village of Tiga, and Tiga protected it in the years to come, but the memory of this village also became forgotten with the passing of time..."





  • Tsubasa Madoka (マドカ・ツバサ, Madoka Tsubasa): Shogo Yamaguchi (山口 翔悟, Yamaguchi Shōgo)
  • Mahoroba (マホロバ)/Hikari Madoka (ヒカリ・マドカ, Madoka Hikari): Yuri Yamazaki (山崎 ゆり, Yamazaki Yuri)
  • Amui (アムイ): Makoto Kamijo (上條 誠, Kamijō Makoto)
  • Ororon (オロロン): Akitoshi Otaki (大滝 明利, Ōtaki Akitoshi)
  • Tsubakuro (ツバクロ): Toshikazu Fukawa (石橋けい)
  • Toya (トウヤ, Tōya): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けい, Ishibashi Kei)
  • Tobitaka (トビタカ): Nobuyuki Kase (加瀬 信行, Kase Nobuyuki)
  • Kazahaya (カザハヤ): Joe Onodera (小野寺 丈, Onodera Jō)
  • Morihito (モリヒト): Kei Kagaya (加賀谷 圭, Kagaya Kei)
  • Naniwa (ナニワ): Yukio Masuda (増田 由紀夫, Masuda Yukio)
  • Deku (デク): Yusuke Sawaki (沢木 祐介, Sawaki Yūsuke)
  • Doguramaguma (ドグラマグマ): Toshio Tomogane (友金 敏雄, Tomogane Toshio)
  • Daidara (ダイダラ): Takashi Kora (高良 隆志, Kōra Takashi)
  • Oro-chi (オロッチ, Orocchi): Koji Nakamura (中村 浩二, Nakamura Kōji)
  • Narrator (ナレーター, Narētā): Yuji Machi (真地 勇志, Machi Yūji)
  • Osa (オサ): Tamio Kawachi (川地 民夫, Kawachi Tamio)
  • Shrine Maiden of Izare (イザレの巫女, Izare no Miko): Mio Takaki (高樹 澪, Takaki Mio)

Suit Actors[]

  • Shunsuke Gondo (権藤 俊輔, Gondō Shunsuke)
  • Koji Nakamura (中村 浩二, Nakamura Kōji)
  • Eiji Mori (森 英二, Mori Eiji)
  • Tomohiro Nagata (永田 朋裕, Nagata Tomohiro)


Home Media[]


  • The VHS (for purchase or rental) was released on January 25, 2001, the 31st anniversary of Eiji Tsuburaya's death.
  • The DVD was released on May 25, 2001.
  • The extended/complete edition of the movie was first released on DVD on November 26, 2004.
  • The extended version was in subsequent releases such as the "Tiga / Dyna / Gaia Memorial Box The Final" DVD set on November 26, 2007, and the "Ultraman Tiga Complete Blu-Ray Box" on September 24, 2014.


  • In Malaysia, the original 2001 DVD version was released by Speedy Video. The DVD also features an additional Malaysian-English and Malay dubbing tracks.
  • Mill Creek included it in their Ultraman Tiga box set, which released on October 19, 2021.



  • Nearly the entire cast is comprised of returning actors from Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna and Ultraman Gaia.
  • Daigo was meant to return, but his actor, Hiroshi Nagano, had scheduling conflicts. Because of this, his son Tsubasa was created to replace him. Yuji Machi's grunts were reused for Ultraman Tiga for the same reason.
  • Although Tsubasa is Daigo's son and may have the DNA required to transform into Tiga, he is not able to do so to its fullest potential. Therefore his transformation barely lasted a few minutes the first time, even less the next and was unable to grow in similar size with bigger Ultra Kaiju like Dogouf. In addition, he didn't seem able to change types like Amui or his father.
  • Amui is strongly implied to be an ancestor of Daigo, as he was able to transform into Tiga successfully, and as Mahoroba's appearance is identical to Hikari Madoka, they have children together after the events of the film.
  • The time period that Tsubasa and Jomonoid are sucked into seems to be the Jōmon period of Prehistoric Japan around the year 3000 or 2962 B.C.E..
    • This is hinted by Degouf and Dogouf's designs being based off Dogū clay figures and the huts in the village being similar to the ones at the Sannai-Maruyama site.
  • The villains control the Kaiju using Ninja hand signs, although those were introduced to Japan thousands of years after the Jomon era, due to Chinese influences.
  • The shape and carvings of the stone in the village resemble the Bronze Sparklence.
  • This special was later featured in New Utraman Retsuden episodes 80-81.
  • The spin-off was added to TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION's streaming lineup on October 1, 2022,[1] following the release of the series on the service.


  • Doguramaguma seems to be named after Dogura Magura (ドグラ・マグラ), a 1935 Japanese novel written by Kyusaku Yumeno.
  • Daidara may be named after Daidarabotchi (大座法師), a giant in Japanese mythology who measured Mount Fuji and Mount Tzukuba to see which was heavier. It also sounds like Daedalus.
  • Naniwa may be named after a location within ancient Japan of the same name.
  • Izare has no known meaning and seems to be based on Yuzare's name. She is a Miko (巫女), who are Shinto priestesses who perform rituals, especially dancing.


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