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Ultraman 80 (ウルトラマン80, Urutoraman Eiti) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show produced by Tsuburaya Productions which aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System channel from April 2, 1980, to March 25, 1981, lasting a total of 50 episodes. It was the ninth TV show in the Ultra Series and began a week after the conclusion of the anime series The Ultraman, bringing the franchise back to its live-action roots. It would be the last Ultraman TV series for Japanese audiences during the following sixteen years until the production of Ultraman Tiga.

Ultraman 80
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Genre
Created byTsuburaya Productions
Starring
Composer(s)Tōru Fuyuki
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes50
Production
Running time24 minutes (per episode)
Release
Original networkTBS (Japan)TOKU (U.S.)
Original releaseApril 2, 1980 –
March 25, 1981
Chronology
Preceded byThe Ultraman
Followed byUltraman: The Adventure Begins (US)

PlotEdit

Ultraman 80 comes to Earth as one of the newest members of the Ultra Space Garrison (it is revealed in Ultraman Mebius that he is the ninth Ultra Brother), in the form of science teacher Takeshi Yamato. After a five-year hiatus since the departure of Ultraman Leo (1974), monsters started reappearing again.

Yamato's theory is that monsters are born of the energy created by negative human emotions, also known as Minus Energy. He decides to become a teacher at Sakura-ga-Oka Middle School in Tokyo, and serves as a science teacher, as well as the home room teacher responsible for 1st Year, E Division. He is absolutely dedicated to his students, for he is there to teach them not just about science, but also about life. Unfortunately, he has a habit for being late, so he does things like promising his students to walk to class on his hands if he is late next time, or even promising to resign as a teacher. He even starts up a band with his students and jams on an electric guitar. His over-enthusiasm quickly wins the loyalty of his students, but often makes him an easy target for the prim Deputy Schoolmaster Kumi Nozawa. Yamato loves rice, ramen (Japanese noodle soup) and orange juice. He also loves Kyohko Aihara, the gym teacher, but loses all confidence in himself and sense of composure in her presence.

Yamato dons an orange and silver suit to moonlight at UGM (Utility Government Members), the regular Earth defence team, after school and on Sundays. He gets the job from Captain Ōhyama because they are both present at a park in the first episode, looking for signs of new monster activity. Ohyama is happy to meet someone who believes in the re-emergence of monsters. Even his own team members had their doubts, since none of them have any combat experience like their veteran captain. At school, only Principal Ken-no-suke Hayashi knows of Yamato's extracurricular activities.

80 has one of the more difficult human situations of any Ultraman. Ultraman 80 cannot be revealed to be known by humans, since his revelation will lead 80 to leave Earth. Yet, Yamato must still balance UGM and school, all the while hiding his true identity, while nursing a crush on Aihara. Though determined to teach his students about responsibility and integrity, he has to lie and break promises constantly to maintain this secret multiple personality and eventually stops working as a teacher to be a full-time UGM member.

Ultraman 80 and Hoshi return home after the events of the final episode against monster Margodon. In the final episode, UGM destroy Margodon all by themselves. It is revealed that Captain Ohyama knows the real identities of Yamato and Hoshi, and a small celebration is held to appreciate Ultraman 80's and Hoshi's assistance while on Earth.

US television premiere and DVD/streaming releasesEdit

The Ultraman 80 30th Anniversery Memorial two DVD's box set has been released by Tsuburaya. Box I features episodes 1-28 & Box II features episodes 29-50.

On December 9, 2014, Crunchyroll announced that the series would be available on their streaming service starting that day in the US, Canada, Latin America, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.[1]

The television channel TOKU premiered the series in the United States with English subtitles beginning March 27, 2017, making it the sixth Ultra Series to air in the United States after Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman: Towards the Future, Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Max.[2]

CastEdit

  • Hatsunori Hasegawa as Takeshi Yamato/Ultraman 80 (voice)
  • Jin Nakayama as Captain Kazuki Ohyama
  • Daimon Masaaki as Chief Junichi Ito
  • Daisuke Musoh as Tokihiko Harada
  • Shuhhei Niida as Hiroshi Tajima
  • Eri Ishida as Emi Johno (Episodes 1–43), Maihime (Episode 26) and Android Emi (Episode 50)
  • Masashi Furuta as Shinhachiro Fujimori
  • Tatsuya Okamoto as Noboru Ikeda
  • Sayoko Hagiwara as Ryoko Hoshi/Yulian (voice)
  • Sugisaki Akihiko as Teruo Sera
  • Noriko Shirasaka as Non-chan (Episodes 1–10 and 12) and Yuriko Ozaka (Episodes 21, 32, 35, 42 and 45)
  • Saburo Boya (Episodes 1-7, 9, 10 and 12) as Kenosuke Hayashi
  • Ikuko Wada (Episodes 1, 7, 9, 10 and 12) as Kumi Nozawa
  • Yara Yusaku (Episodes 1–13) and Shiro Suzuki as Narrator

SongsEdit

Opening song
  • "Ultraman 80"
    • Lyrics: Michio Yamagami
    • Composition & Arrangement: Noboru Kimura
    • Artist: TALIZMAN
  • "Hang In There Ultraman 80"
    • Lyrics: Michio Yamagami
    • Composition & Arrangement: Noboru Kimura
    • Artist: TALIZMAN and Columbia Yurikago Kai
Ending song
  • "Let's Go UGM"
    • Lyrics: Michio Yamagami
    • Composition & Arrangement: Noboru Kimura
    • Artist: TALIZMAN
  • "You are Earthlings"
    • Lyrics: Michio Yamagami
    • Composition & Arrangement: Noboru Kimura
    • Artist: TALIZMAN and Columbia Yurikago Kai
Insert song
  • "Heart Burning Heart"
    • Lyrics: Kazuho Mitsuda
    • Compositon & Arrangement: Fuyuki Toru and Takeichi Masahisa
    • Artist: Numata Kouji

EpisodesEdit

  • Teacher Ultraman
  • The Teacher's Secret
  • Cry Not, First-Love Monster
  • From the Great Sky with Love
  • The Phantom Town
  • Boy from the Stars
  • Tokyo Silent Operation
  • The Resurrected Legend
  • Airport Crucial Moment!
  • Visitor from Space
  • Gas Panic of Terror Medan
  • The Beautiful Transfer Student
  • Certain Death! Formation Yamato
  • Teleportation! The Man from Paris
  • The Evil Professor's Laboratory
  • Mysterious Space Substance SnowArt
  • Fly to the Evil Monster Island!! (Part 1)
  • Fly to the Evil Monster Island!! (Part 2)
  • Stray Star Explosion Directive
  • Invasion!! Vampire Ball Army
  • Shine on Forever!! Space G-man 85
  • When the Planets Align, Something Will Occur
  • SOS!! The Big Invasion of the Space Amoeba
  • Star of the Back-Stabbing Android
  • The Beautiful Challenger
  • The Time Tunnel Kagemushas
  • Terror of the White Devil
  • Lullaby of the Migratory Bird Monster
  • Wrath of the Monster Emperor
  • The Friend Who Disappeared in the Desert
  • The Monster Seed Has Flown
  • The Monster Ship from the Dark Sea
  • A Monster Made by a Boy
  • I Caught a Goofy Fish!
  • The 99-Year Dragon-God Festival Fire
  • Hang in There! Stag Beetle Winter Passage Team
  • The Dreaded Baltan-seijin's Zoo Strategy
  • Reverberate Across the Great Sky - The Ultra Father's Voice
  • I'm a Monster
  • A Sumo Brat Has Come From the Mountain
  • Do You Want to See a Zero-Fighter Monster Bird?
  • Indeed! The Goddess of Mercy Was Strong!
  • The Female Warrior Who Flew Here from the Ultra Star
  • Fierce Fight! 80 vs. Ultraseven
  • Baltan-seijin's Endless Challenger Spirit
  • The Dreaded Declaration of Red King's Resurrection
  • Beware of the Dropped Evil Glove!!
  • The Speed Runner of Death-God Moutain
  • 80's Ultimate Pinch! Transform! Female Ultraman
  • Oh! The Giraffes and the Elephants Have Also Turned into Ice!

Other appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New Fall Catalog: Ultraman 80, Last Cinderella, Always the Two of Us, Locodol OVA". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
  2. ^ "TOKU to Air Ultraman 80 With English Subtitles". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2017-03-21.