Ultra Q 00Edit
Ultra Q is a tokusatsu SF/kaiju series made in the tradition of Toho's many tokusatsu sci-fi/horror films.
Produced in black and white by Tokyo Broadcasting System/Tsuburaya Productions, this is actually the first of the long-running Ultra Series, and was broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System from January 2 to July 3, 1966 (the final episode was preempted until December 14, 1967), with a total of 28 episodes. This series was followed a week later by the more popular Ultraman(Urutoraman, 1966-1967), the second Ultra Series.
Ultra Q can be described as a half-hour Toho kaiju film. Although series creator Eiji Tsuburaya intended this series to be more likeThe Twilight Zone and focus less on the monsters, TBS convinced Eiji to add more monsters onto the show, as Godzilla (Gojira) and Gamera were very popular at the time (the first "Kaiju Boom" was already born).This series predates The X-Files with continuing characters who investigate strange supernatural phenomena, including giant monsters, aliens, ghosts, and other assorted calamities. Perhaps the closest parallel in American TV is The Outer Limits, which in its original form generally featured a monster each week.
Regarding the monsters, some of them were modified versions of Toho movie monsters (since Eiji owned the costumes). They include Godzilla (as "Gomess " in Episode 1, "Defeat Gomess!"), King Kong (as "Goro" in Episode 2, "Goro and Goroh"), Manda (as "Kai Dragon" in Episode 6, "Grow Up! Little Turtle"), Baragon (as "Pagos" in Episode 18, "The Rainbow's Egg"), the Giant Octopus from King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) (as "Sudar" in Episode 23, "Fury of the South Sea"), and Maguma (as Todora in Episode 27, "The Disappearance of Flight 206").
The original planned title of this project was UNBALANCE, and was subsequently renamed Ultra Q (inspired by "Oba-Q", the nickname of the title character of the then-popular anime series Obake no Q-Taro, and "Ultra C", a popular term used for women's gymnastics during the 1964 Summer Olympics, where a Russian gymnast created an extremely difficult maneuver called the "Ultra C"). The series was produced beforehand all through 1965 (it went in production as far back as 1964) and was broadcast at the beginning of the next year. At the time, this was the most expensive TV series in Japan.
In 2012, the series was released in DVD & Blu-Ray in Color, to commemorate the series' 47th anniversary. On May 11, 2013 Shout! Factory have released the DVD set in the US on August 13, 2012 with English subtitles.
Jun Manjome is the aviator at Hoshikawa Air Service and he was looking see the giant monsters called Kaiju as Ultra Q.
Yuriko Edogawa is the reporter for the Daily News
Ippei Togawa is the the Jun's partner at Hoshikawa aviator Air Service
Professor Ichinotani is a world renowned scientist, and occasional assistance to Jun, Yuriko and Ippei in times of crisis.
Seki is Yuriko boss and editor at the Daily News.
- Gomess is Ancient Monster
- Litra is Giant Phoenix
- Goro is Giant Monkey
- Namegon is Slug
- Juran is Plant
- Peguila is Penguim
- Gameron is Large Turtle
- Kai Dragon is Ten Thousand Snake Monster
- Otohime is human-like
- Gorgos is Rock Monster
- Mongular is Mole Monster
- Tarantula is Giant Spider
- M1 is Artificial Lifeform
- Balloonga is Balloon Monster
- Larugerus is Ancient Mysterious Bird
- Garamon is Meteorite Monster
- Kanegon is Coin Monster
- Cicada Human is Space Phantom
- The 1/8 Humans is the 1/8 Project
- Pagos is Undergound Monster
- Kemur Man is Kidnapping Phantom
- Ragon is Undersea Humanoid
- Clapton is Oil Monster