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Ultraseven (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun) is the third entry of the Ultraman Series, created by Tsuburaya Productions. Contrasting Ultraman before it with its various monsters, Ultraseven expands much more on the concepts of alien invasions and militarism. Ultraseven was originally conceived to be a separate entry to Ultraman until Return of Ultraman later retconned the two continuities into one.

The series can be watched on Shout TV, Pluto TV, Tubi, and Prime Video.


Ultra Eye Redman

The early scripts of Ultra Eye and the project proposal for Redman.[1]

In October 1966, TBS approached Tsuburaya Productions with a request to produce a series that would expand the setting into space, including the direction for the fourth quarter of Ultraman. Tsuburaya's literary department, led by playwright Tetsuo Kinjo, had already planned to extend the story's background into space during the preparation stages of the new program. They aimed to transition from the "monster boom" to a "space boom," initiating discussions on this project since autumn 1966. The initial concept unified the enemies as extraterrestrial invaders. The first proposal was Space Base No.7 (宇宙基地No.7, Uchū Kichi No.7), followed by the Ultra Guard (ウルトラ警備隊, Urutora Keibitai) project proposed around October 1966, which did not involve the appearance of a giant hero but rather depicted a sci-fi battle between the Ultra Guard and extraterrestrial invaders.[2][3]

Considering the high ratings and production progress of Ultraman, Tsuburaya Productions prioritized its filming, causing delays in the production schedule for Ultra Guard. By early 1967, due to scheduling issues, TBS decided to conclude the production of "Ultraman." Concurrently, TBS presented Tsuburaya Productions with plans for a new series. As part of the schedule change, Toei Tokyo Productions' Captain Ultra was set to air in two quarters starting from the third week of April 1967, while Tsuburaya Productions worked on their new series during this period, planning for an October premiere. TBS continued to emphasize the "space theme," aiming to appeal to a broader age group than Ultraman.[2]

In spring 1967, under the leadership of Tetsuo Kinjo, the literary department of Tsuburaya Productions ultimately planned Ultra Eye (ウルトラアイ, Urutora Ai), a revised version of the Ultra Guard project. In his proposal at the time, Kinjo wrote:

"In previous series, we were at the forefront of the monster craze, but we cannot be satisfied with the status quo. I want to take even a step forward into the next phase. Space."

―Tetsuo Kinjo[4]

This series tells the story of Dan Moroboshi, a hybrid boy of Earth and the planet R, who secretly operates as Redman while serving as the driver of the TDF's Ultra Guard supercar. Redman's character embodies the description of a "Ultraman Junior." In this project, Dan is a super-powered individual who comes to Earth in search of his mother. It also portrays his subtle romantic feelings towards an Earth girl, aiming to attract older audiences through a romantic storyline of youthful heroism. In this setting, Dan carries capsules containing miniaturized monsters that appeared in Ultra Q and Ultraman.[2][3]

Subsequently, Ultra Eye was reimagined and developed into the provisional title Redman (レッドマン, Reddoman). This project centered around the theme of "alien invasion," featuring a variety of extraterrestrial beings in each episode. During this phase, detailed descriptions were provided for the TDF and UG, and the character Dan transitioned from a youthful image to that of a young adult. He was designated as Committee No.3117 of the Space Orbital Map from the Nebula M78, transforming using special glasses.[2][5]

Tohl Narita Ultraseven

Tohl Narita's early character concept designs for Ultraseven.[6][7]

Upon completion of the fourth episode and subsequent trademark registration, the series was officially titled Ultraseven[1]. The origin of this title dates back to Tetsuo Kinjo's original plan for a successor to Kaiju Booska, borrowing the title from an unproduced comedic work involving "seven ape-men in the primitive era."[8] The title was chosen for its catchy and phonetically advantageous qualities, solidifying its status as the official title. Tohl Narita continued to oversee the series' design, expanding the aesthetic from a mechanical feel to a more armored appearance during the design process, ultimately settling on the finalized version seen today.[5]

During the planning stages, this production was heavily influenced by the British series Thunderbirds. In terms of commercial promotion, it introduced more mechanical merchandise than Ultra Q and Ultraman. Reflecting on the production delays experienced with Ultraman, unavoidable time-consuming issues in art and special effects production were taken into consideration during this period. Tsuburaya Productions began rigorously controlling budgets and reinforcing production systems. This included rationalizing filming locations, documenting special effects scenes, and experimenting with creating props from everyday items. Simultaneously, significant effort was invested in scriptwriting, such as developing storylines devoid of monsters and featuring non-humanoid alien types.

Ultraseven art

By depicting battles and conflicts, as well as thought-provoking and deep storylines, this series showcases the multifaceted thinking conveyed to the audience.[9]

In its narrative approach, Ultraseven elevated beyond conventional children's entertainment by integrating profound critical and philosophical themes. This departure from its predecessor, Ultraman, which typically delineated clear distinctions between good and evil, showcased mature character portrayals. Ultraseven depicted a warrior dedicated to defending Earth's people while also exploring the poignant struggles faced by aliens navigating the complexities between Earth and the vast expanses of the universe. This innovative approach provided a serious perspective seldom explored in earlier hero series.[10]

According to the project description, Ultraseven establishes a fundamental worldview where Earth becomes embroiled in intense interstellar conflicts, with various aliens beings adopting a coercive "invasion" policy towards Earth in a semi-competitive manner. This premise, established by Tetsuo Kinjo, imbues the series with a significant degree of science fiction thinking. In contrast to the previous series Ultraman, which focused on eliminating entities disrupting "order," Ultraseven's mission is to defend Earth amidst this chaos. The narrative significance of the series lies in how to resist and respond to unequivocal attacks without room for negotiation, and the struggles of those involved in this process.[11]

Simultaneously, the series balanced its entertainment value for child audiences through varied styles of battle scenes ranging from hardcore to humorous, alongside impressive performances by the UG members. This ensured Ultraseven maintained its status as a top-tier show in the family-oriented tokusatsu hero genre.[5][12]

Originally planned for 39 episodes like Ultraman, this series decided in December 1967 to extend by 10 episodes. Concurrently, Captain Ultra experienced a decline in ratings from mid-season, dropping to 20%-25% (averaging 25.6%). However, Ultraseven premiered and quickly rebounded to a high viewership of 30%, earning positive evaluations from both television stations and sponsors.

After the third season, due to budget constraints, the storyline featured only humanoid-like invaders. This development caused a disconnect with child audiences. However, the production team did not attempt to change to cater to the audience but persisted with the same production style, continuing to emphasize themes of justice, courage, and hope. During this period, average ratings fluctuated between 17% and 23%. Additionally, Japanese media began emphasizing supernatural and sports-themed inspirational genres, reflecting a trend towards the belief that monster series had become outdated. Planning meetings for Tsuburaya Productions' follow-up series Operation: Mystery officially commenced on January 12, 1968.[13]

On September 28, 1968, after the final episode of 'Ultraseven aired, its viewership rate surged back to nearly 28.5%[14], close to its premiere rate. Despite this, the series marked a hiatus for the "Special-Effects Fantasy Series". Nevertheless, consistently steering the storyline towards an expansive narrative without major changes, it gradually earned high acclaim in the years that followed. Subsequently, it has been rerun numerous times on Japanese television.

Ultraseven 55th Anniversary

Promotional poster for Ultraseven 55th Anniversary.

To this day, the series maintains tremendous popularity within the entire Ultraman series, with actors and production staff alike considering it the pinnacle of the series.[15][16] Even fifty years after its original broadcast ended, satellite and terrestrial channels continue to frequently air it. In 2020, NHK even broadcast a digitally remastered 4K high-definition version[17]. Additionally, the series has spawned two sequel series that continue its storyline, and a large-scale commemorative event was held in 2023 to celebrate its 55th anniversary.[18]


In the not-too-distant future, the Earth finds itself constantly under attack from extraterrestrial threats. To combat them, the Terrestrial Defense Force establishes the Ultra Guard, a team of six elite members who utilize high-tech vehicles and weaponry. Joining their fight is the mysterious Dan Moroboshi who is secretly an alien from the Land of Light in Nebula M78, Ultraseven.








  • Dan Moroboshi (モロボシ・ダン, Moroboshi Dan): Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣, Moritsugu Kōji)
  • Anne Yuri (友里 アンヌ, Yuri Annu): Yuriko Hishimi (ひし美 ゆり子, Hishimi Yuriko)
  • Kaoru Kiriyama (キリヤマ・カオル, Kiriyama Kaoru)Shoji Nakayama (中山 昭二, Nakayama Shōji)
  • Shigeru Furuhashi (フルハシ・シゲル, Furuhashi Shigeru): Sandayu Dokumamushi (毒蝮 三太夫, Dokumamushi Sandayū)
  • Soga (ソガ, Soga): Shinsuke Achiha (阿知波 信介, Achiha Shinsuke)
  • Amagi (アマギ, Amagi): Bin Furuya (古谷 敏, Furuya Bin)
  • Yamonaka (ヤマオカ): Susumu Fujita (藤田 進, Fujita Susumu)
  • Takenaka (タケナカ): Kenji Sahara (佐原 健二, Sahara Kenji)
  • Manabe (マナベ): Yoichi Miyagawa (宮川 洋一, Miyagawa Yōichi)
  • Ueno (ウエノ): Yoshio Katsube (勝部 義夫, Katsube Yoshio)
  • Narrator (ナレーター, Narētā): Hikaru Urano (浦野 光, Urano Hikaru)

English Dub

  • Vlasta Vrana as Narrator
  • Roby Roy as Dan Moroboshe
  • Dean Hagopian as Furuhashi
  • Marc Denis as Soga
  • Tim Webber as Takenaka
  • Jane Woods as Donna
  • Jean Fontaine as Kiriyama
  • Arthur Grosser as Manabe

Suit Actors

  • Ultraseven (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun): Koji Uenishi (上西 弘次, Uenishi Kōji)


Opening Theme

TNT Episodes

Ultra 7 American English

In 1985, Turner Program Services commissioned Cinar to dub all 49 episodes for run in syndication.[19]The Cinar-produced episodes featured new opening and closing credits, new eyecatches, and even new episode names. After failing to sell the series to national and local stations, Turner put the tapes back into their vaults until 1994, when Ultraseven was selected for broadcast on the Toons 'Till Noon and MonsterVision blocks on TNT. The Toons 'Till Noon broadcasts received substantially heavy editing to make them suitable for the time slot, while the MonsterVision broadcasts were left completely uncut. Episodes 5-7 were missing but, instead of paying Cinar for the missing episodes, they aired all the tapes they had already. When the contract expired between Tsuburaya, Cinar, and Turner, all materials (film, tapes, audio masters, etc.) reverted back to, and were collected by, Tsuburaya.

Cinar Titles

  1. Enter Dan Moroboshi
  2. Shrubs from Space
  3. Currently unknown
  4. Double Trouble at Sea
  5. Currently unknown
  6. Currently unknown
  7. Currently unknown
  8. Smokers on the Rampage
  9. Toys in Crisis
  10. The Man Next Door
  11. Captured in Living Color
  12. Crystallized Corpuscles
  13. Space Ace Reunion
  14. Planets in Conflict (Part 1)
  15. Planets in Conflict (Part 2)
  16. The Eyes Have Had It
  17. Cave-In
  18. The Bells Are Ringing
  19. Wayne, Lord of the Universe
  20. The Quakemaker
  21. The Nissans Return Engagement
  22. The Chromosome Eaters
  23. The Fugitive Fortune Teller
  24. Mother Knows Best
  25. Ultra-7 Exposed
  26. The 8,000 Megaton Mistake
  27. Temporary Traitor
  28. Death on Wheels
  29. The Apprentice Alien
  30. Trial by War
  31. Blood-Thirst
  32. Island in the Sky
  33. The Dead Invaders
  34. Urban Removal
  35. Moon-Stuck
  36. Sharpshooter Showdown
  37. The Devil's Angel
  38. The Brave One
  39. Ultra-7 Tastes Defeat
  40. Ultra-7 Execution at Dawn
  41. Killer Lake
  42. The Boy on the Beach
  43. Tyranny by Design
  44. The Stargazer
  45. Simian Says Surrender
  46. Dan and the Ultra-7 Challenge
  47. Home, Sweet... Homes???
  48. Exit Ultra-7 Part 1
  49. Exit Ultra-7 Part 2

Direct Sequels and Related Media


A movie adaptation of episode 18 was published July 21, 1968, in the Toei Manga parade.

Heisei Ultraseven

Main article: Heisei Ultraseven

Twenty-seven years after the end of the original Ultraseven series, Tsuburaya made two TV specials that continued after the original story left off, having Seven come back to Earth, then two years later, a slue of direct-to-video sequels. Each of the new episodes took place in a continuity where Ultraseven was the only Ultra Warrior that ever came to Earth.

Ultraseven X

Main article: Ultraseven X

Ultraseven travels to another world to fight off invaders who plan to cross over using a portal and silently take over the world. Ultraseven bonds with a man named Jin, an amnesiac who has a past linked to the events that are secretly conspiring.

Ultraseven IF Story “The Future 55 Years Ago”

Main article: Ultraseven IF Story “The Future 55 Years Ago”

This work is a short film specially produced to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the original Ultraseven series. It is based on a scenario from the 1967 television series that "may have existed," presenting an "IF Story" and depicting the development of events.

Home Media

In 2012, Shout! Factory obtained a license to subtitle Ultraseven in English, and released it for sale on their website as a physical boxed CD set, which is only available for shipping within the U.S. and Canada. Episode 12, however, was not included, so the total number of episodes in this release was 48. On December 11, 2012, Shout! Factory made the set available through regular retailers. This time, the case was a standard DVD keep case.

Ultraseven Blu-ray Box I features episodes 1-25 (except for episode 12), and Blu-ray Box II features episodes 26-49.

Mill Creek is also set to release the complete Ultraseven series on December 10, 2019, as both SteelBook and standard Blu-ray releases.

On July 7, 2023, to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the series, a 4K/HDR remastered edition titled "ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES Ultraseven 4K UHD & MovieNEX" was released. This remastered edition utilized the original 16mm negatives for digital restoration and enhanced the original footage's brightness, color, and depth using the MGVC format.[20][21]



  • Ultraseven has two banned episodes: "From Another Planet with Love" (banned because Alien Spell resembled survivors of the atomic bombings of Japan in World War II), and "Super Weapon R-1" (banned in 2011 because of the episode relating to the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster).
    • Due in part to its ban, the episode 12 is not on the Region 1 DVD release by Shout! Factory. However, the recently banned 26th episode was released and can be seen on this set.
  • Ultraseven was originally intended to be the last entry into the Ultraman Series. Its immense popularity proved otherwise.
    • Sequels for both Ultraman, titled Ultraman Continues, and Ultraseven, titled Fight! Ultraseven, were proposed, but Tsuburaya Productions would not produce another Ultraman Series TV show until 1971 with Return of Ultraman.
  • A few soundtracks from this TV series would be used again later in Ultraman Ace, Ultraman Leo, and Ultraman 80.
  • Clips of Ultraseven were shown on an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, with the host trying to get guest Joel Hodgson to help "MST" them.
  • The Ultraseven on the cover sleeve of Shout! Factory's DVD box set Ultraseven: The Complete Series is the Ultraseven suit made by Chaiyo.
  • The titular hero of the TV series is sometimes incorrectly named "Ultraman Seven" by many sources outside Japan (or, in the case of KHON/Honolulu, Hawaii, Ultra-7, as listed in TV Guide when it ran in 1975). Both the TV series and its hero can also be named Ultra Seven (with a space).


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 | Return of Ultraman | 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