Ultra Man

Ultra Man

matt chiavelli's picture

OK, this really dates me. This show was on five days a week, after school; I watched it as a kid in the sixties.

It was a Japanese live action show with half hour episodes. It was about a guy named Hiyata, a member of the Space Patrol. Somehow he got fused with this benevolent alien being, taller than a building, named Ultra Man, and could turn into him when the earth was threatened by monsters. Every episode's climax would be a wrestling match between Ultra Man and one of these monsters -- monsters of the guy-in-a-rubber-suit variety. It owed a lot to Godzilla movies.

Hiyata would turn into Ultra Man by holding up this device that looked like a flashlight, and the voiceover would say, "Using the Beta Capsule, Hiyata becomes ULTRA MAN!" Ultra Man was silver, had a pointy head, and big egg-shaped gold eyes that reminded you of an insect's. Besides his wrestling abilities he could fly and shoot destructive energy bolts from his hands. He had a light in the middle of his chest which would start blinking when his energy was low, and after about five minutes in earth's atmosphere it would start blinking. If he didn't hurry up and win the fight, and the energy ran out before he could turn back into Hiyata, both he and Hiyata wiould die. This was a point of suspense in every episode (if you were a naive little kid). Totally formulaic, but a lot of fun at the time.

I remember these shows very fondly and would love to see them again, silly as they were. A few years ago I found some episodes from an Australian remake of the show at Blockbuster, but it just wasn't the same.

Anyone else remember this show?

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Kruger's picture

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matt chiavelli's picture

Hmmmmm. I went and read some of your other posts. One of them ended with "go think it's scary in front of a train."

I'll be ignoring your posts from now on.

draffet's picture

hell ya 1st 2 seasons are on dvd now .i missed this and johny soco and his giant robot.aka giant robo.

BASSIST AXE's picture

yeah, i remember that show it rock when i was small.......

would be cool to see it again .....

matt chiavelli's picture

Thanks for the tip about the DVDs. I'll look for them.

draffet's picture

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Thanks for the tip about the DVDs. I'll look for them.

i saw them at walmart.

408steve's picture

dont really remember the series but i played the video game

mario94606's picture

quote:
Hmmmmm. I went and read some of your other posts. One of them ended with "go think it's scary in front of a train."

I'll be ignoring your posts from now on.

for some people the fear of getting smothered/crushed is scary. think along the lines of THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN.

creating tension and suspence on 30 minutes, especially translated from a different language is very difficult and I loved ultraman for doing just that. I would watch it with anticipation of how the guy would sort of bull a clark kent to go change into superman. like diving off a 20-story building to catch his transformation device that fell from his grasp onto the ledge below during a giant-alien .

I vaugely remember johnny sokko & the space giants

horrormom3's picture

I remember both Ultraman and Johnny Socko fondly. Didn't one of them have an episode where a bunch of elementary school kids drank some kind of poison and died at their desks, or I am remembering something else entirely?

matt chiavelli's picture

I don't remember that episode, but I never saw "Johnny Socko." Maybe it was on that show and not "Ultraman."

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