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Ultraseven X (ULTRASEVENXウルトラセブンエックス, Urutorasebun Ekkusu) is the 20th entry in the Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman Series. It is a revival of the 1967 series Ultraseven, and is the first Ultraman series to be exclusively for an adult audience and in wide screen high-definition format. The show first aired on October 5, 2007 at 2:15am on CBC and 2:25am on TBS.

On May 11, 2017, TOKU announced that the series will air in the United States on its channel with English subtitles beginning June 5 until June 12, 2017.[1]

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

Production[]

Ultraseven X 2007 30

The scripts for the first and second episodes of Ultraseven X are currently held in Yagi's collection.[2]

Since its debut in 1967, the character Ultraseven has consistently been one of the most popular heroes in the Ultraman series. This popularity stems not only from the character itself but also from the series' ability to deliver high-quality content, weaving intricate and essential stories. This was especially evident in the Heisei Ultraseven series that ran from 1994 to 2002. Subsequent series have shown the influence of Ultraseven in various characters, settings, and designs.[3]

The series has demonstrated its strong influence through multiple reruns and impressive merchandise sales, proving to TBS that the Ultraman series still holds significant market appeal.

The idea of using Ultraseven as a springboard for change is similar to the subversive character settings seen in the 2004 TV series Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy, produced in collaboration with Tsuburaya Eizo. In the summer of 2006, a new project titled Ultra Minds (ウルトラマインズ, Urutoramainzu) was proposed by Yukiko Omote, the producer of Ultra Q Dark Fantasy. This project aimed to pitch to Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting, which was then airing Ultraman Mebius.[3]

To drive the project forward, Yukiko Omote reached out to Takeshi Yagi, as his schedule would open up after filming some episodes of Ultraman Mebius. Simultaneously, she also requested the assistance of producer Hiroyasu Shibuya in planning. Yukiko Omote had met Yagi during the production of Ultra Q Dark Fantasy and invited Yuji Kobayashi to participate in the project's careful planning. In early 2007, the project underwent a realignment, planning to capitalize on Ultraseven's 40th anniversary by developing a new late-night program. In this new plan, Takeshi Yagi not only served as the director but also took charge of the series composition.[4]

ULTRAMAN ZAX

The project proposal for ULTRAMAN ZAX was created in 2002.[5]

Yagi drew inspiration from two visual impressions: a man sinking into water and a woman turning back while standing by a window. Together with Kobayashi, they explored various elements and seamlessly integrated these striking visual impressions into the series. One of the reference materials was a proposal called ULTRAMAN ZAX, which Yagi pitched after the conclusion of Ultraman Cosmos in 2002 as part of Tsuburaya Productions' new series. This proposal envisioned a world where various aliens secretly lurk on Earth, aiming to unfold the story with stylized performances. However, since the TV series ultimately chose Ultraman Nexus at the time, the proposal was never realized.[4]

As a result, while inheriting the stylized elements of ULTRAMAN ZAX, Yagi and Kobayashi finalized the plan for Ultraseven X in approximately three months. It has become a consensus that this series is different from the past Ultraseven.[4]

Taking cues from past Heisei Ultraman series and elements from overseas dramas like 24 and Battlestar Galactica, despite differences in production budgets, there was a strong emphasis on the storyline as the key to attracting audiences.[6] This attitude also influenced the participating writers, resulting in stories that unfold in a strong dystopia tone with ironic imagery of modern society. These narratives encapsulate a sense of pervasive unease with no escape. However, the conclusion of the series depicts liberation from malevolence, bringing about a satisfying resolution. Despite the commitment to a serious science fiction direction, the eventual unfolding reflects the television series' dignity, positioning hope as the endpoint, which is deemed the mission of the Ultraman series.[4][7]

As this series is a late-night drama with relatively minimal emphasis on merchandising beyond visual software, it couldn't raise substantial production costs. To address this, visual expressions departed from the traditional approach of miniature models. During filming, all the scenes of giant battles were shot against blue or green screens and processed digitally with real-life settings.[4]

Synopsis[]

The series took place in a world where all forms of war and terrorism had long ended, bringing forth to a dystopian future. An amnesiac man named Jin awakened and was entrusted with missions given by DEUS to fight against aliens that had slipped into the human society, joining forces with agents K and S. During that moment, he was given a pair of glasses by Elea Saeki to transform into the red giant. While fighting to preserve the safety of the city, Jin becomes closer to discover his memories.

Characters[]

DEUS[]

Others[]

Ultras[]

Kaiju[]

Cast[]

  • Jin (ジン, Jin): Eriku Yoza (与座 重理久, Yoza Eriku)
  • Elea (エレア, Erea): Saki Kagami (加賀美 早紀, Kagami Saki)
  • K (ケイ, Kei): Tomohito Wakizaki (脇崎 智史, Wakizaki Tomohito)
  • S (エス, Esu): Anri Ban (伴 杏里, Ban Anri)
  • Government Broadcast Newscasters (政府放送のキャスター, Seifu Hōsō no Kyasutā):
    • Kenichi Miyamoto (宮本 賢一, Miyamoto Ken'ichi)
    • Yoko Azami (莇 陽子, Azami Yōko)

Guest Actors[]

  • Leader of Alien Group (エイリアン集団の首領, Eirian Shūdan no Shuryō): Akira Ohtani (大谷 朗, Ōtani Akira)
  • Lady Executive of Alien Group (エイリアン集団の女性幹部, Eirian Shūdan no Josei Kanbu): MiWa
  • Rulers (支配者, Shihaisha):
    • Masahiro Noguchi (野口 雅弘, Noguchi Masahiro)
    • Seiki Chiba (千葉 誠樹, Chiba Seiki)
    • Michiko Nakayama (ナカヤマ ミチコ, Nakayama Michiko)
  • Eriko (エリコ, Eriko): Tomomi Miyashita (宮下 ともみ, Tomomi Miyashita)
  • R (アール, Āru): Toshiyuki Watarai (渡来 敏之, Watarai Toshiyuki)
  • Tamaru/Alien Markind (タマル/マーキンド星人, Tamaru/Mākindo Seijin): Takayasu Komiya (小宮 孝泰, Komiya Takayasu)
  • Tazaki (田崎): Edo Yamaguchi (エド 山口)
  • Yamane (山根): Tsutomu Okabe (岡部 務, Okabe Tsutomu)
  • Slender Man/Alien Chamuda (細身の男/チャムダ星人, Hosomi no Otoko/Chamuda Seijin): Kenji Yabe (やべ けんじ, Yabe Kenji)
  • Takao (タカオ): Mitsuru Karahashi (唐橋 充, Karahashi Mitsuru)
  • Alisa (アリサ): Nao Oikawa (及川 奈央, Oikawa Nao)
  • Natarle (ナタル, Nataru): Saaya Ishikawa (石川 紗彩, Ishikawa Saaya)
  • D (ディー, ): Ryohei Odai (小田井 涼平, Odai Ryōhei)
  • Street Singer (ストリートシンガー, Sutorīto Shingā): Hiroko Ebioka (海老岡 宏子, Ebioka Hiroko)
  • Kyosuke Agata/Hupnath (アガタ・キョウスケ/ヒュプナス, Agata Kyōsuke/Hyupunasu): Yuuki Kuroda (黒田 勇樹, Kuroda Yūki)
  • Asami Agata (アガタ・アサミ, Agata Asami): Yukie Kawamura (川村 ゆきえ, Kawamura Yukie)
  • Sameo (サメオ, Sameo): Yuki Ito (伊藤 友樹, Itō Yūki)
  • Ogata/Saku (尾形/朔, Ogata/Saku): Hassei Takano (高野 八誠, Takano Hassei)
  • Mahiru (まひる, Mahiru): Kaori Nakamura (中村 果生莉, Nakamura Kaori)
  • Nozomu/Jyuujin (望/獣人, Nozomu/Jūjin): Hiro Ogasawara (小笠原 宙, Ogasawara Hiro)
  • Professor Shikishima (敷島教授, Shikishima Kyōju): Masami Horiuchi (堀内 正美, Horiuchi Masami)
  • Saki (サキ, Saki): Shion Nakamaru (中丸 シオン, Nakamaru Shion)
  • Haibara (ハイバラ, Haibara): Ryuki Kitaoka (北岡 龍貴, Kitaoka Ryūki)
  • Anne Yuri (友里 アンヌ, Yuri Annu): Yuriko Hishimi (ひし美 ゆり子, Hishimi Yuriko)
  • Dan Moroboshi (モロボシ・ダン, Moroboshi Dan): Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣, Moritsugu Kōji)

Voice Actors[]

  • DEUS Commander (DEUSデウス司令, Deusu Shirei): Yosuke Natsuki (夏木 陽介, Natsuki Yōsuke)
  • The Soul of Light (光の魂, Hikari no Tamashii): Asami Imai (今井 麻美, Imai Asami)

Suit Actors[]

  • Ultraseven X: Hiromi Shinjo (新上 博巳, Shinjō Hiromi)
  • Alien Vo-Da: Hideyoshi Iwata (岩田 栄慶, Iwata Hideyoshi)
  • Monsters & Aliens:
    • Junya Soma (相馬 絢也, Sōma Junya)
    • Rou Nishimura (西村 郎, Nishimura Rō),
    • Daisuke Fukuda (福田 大助, Fukuda Daisuke)

Staff[]

Music[]

Ending Theme

Home Media[]

The series was released on DVD as 6 volumes, published by VAP. There are standard and premium editions of the DVDs, with each premium edition coming with an accessory (an Ultra Eye toy, an Eye Slugger toy, a polystone relief, an Ultra Gun toy, a Video-Ceiver toy, and an Ultraseven X figure).

A Blu-ray of the series in 1080i with English subtitles was released on April 5, 2022 by Mill Creek.[8]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • This is currently the last Ultraman Series entry to be aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS).

External Links[]

References[]

  1. TOKU to Air Ultraseven X Live-Action Series, Queen's Blade: Wandering Warrior Anime
  2. https://www.monomagazine.com/57187
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ultra Tokusatsu PERFECT MOOK vol. 39: Ultraseven 1994/1998/1999/2002 (Heisei Ultraseven) / Ultraseven X, pg 24
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Ultra Tokusatsu PERFECT MOOK vol. 39: Ultraseven 1994/1998/1999/2002 (Heisei Ultraseven) / Ultraseven X, pg 25
  5. https://k.mandarake.co.jp/auction/item/itemInfoJa.html?index=500543
  6. https://www.monomagazine.com/56729
  7. https://www.monomagazine.com/65598
  8. https://twitter.com/MillCreekEnt/status/1508552260862849026

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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