Ultraman Cosmos (ウルトラマンコスモス, Urutoraman Kosumosu) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show being the 16th show in the Ultra Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Ultraman Cosmos aired from July 6, 2001 to September 27, 2002, with a total of 65 episodes, which currently makes it the longest running Ultra show to date. Ultraman Cosmos was also released to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Ultraman series.

Ultraman Cosmos
GenreTokusatsu
Kaiju
Superhero
Adventure
Science fiction
Created byTsuburaya Productions
Developed byNaoyuki Edo
Directed byTsugumi Kitaura
StarringTaiyo Sugiura
Opening themeSpirit by Project DMM
Ending themeUltraman Cosmos~Kimi ni Dekiru Nani Ka by Project DMM
Kokoro no Kizuna by Project DMM
Composer(s)Tōru Fuyuki
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes65
Production
Running time24 minutes
Release
Original networkTBS
Original releaseJuly 6, 2001 –
September 27, 2002
Chronology
Preceded byUltraman Neos
Followed byUltra Q: Dark Fantasy

In June 2002, Cosmos was taken off of television for several weeks (following the broadcast of the 49th episode) when lead actor Taiyou Sugiura was questioned in an assault and extortion case. When the case against Sugiura was dropped for lack of evidence, Cosmos was put back on the air.[1] TBS and Tsuburaya ultimately pulled five episodes (50, 52, 54, 56, and 58) from broadcast to make up for time lost, and these episodes were later released on DVD.

In April 2017, the television channel TOKU announced that they would release the series in the United States in the near future.[2] A year later, the series was released by the channel on April 23, 2018.[3]

Story conceptsEdit

Observing the increasing trend of violence that occurred in the younger generation of Japan, Tsuburaya made an Ultraman character that has a gentler nature than its predecessors. With a dominantly blue look, Tsuburaya wanted to elevate Ultraman's image as a figure of love for the environment and peace. Thus, the concept of the story is the theme of pacifism, meaning an idea which considers war to be morally unjustifiable, and all disputes or disagreements must be resolved by the way of peace. So Ultraman Cosmos is a gentle ultraman, engaging in nonviolent fights.

PlotEdit

The series featured many firsts for the franchise, including the start of the story in a movie rather than the series proper. Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact was the prequel to the series and took place eight years before episode 1. In it, 11-year-old Musashi Haruno encounters the being of light, Ultraman Cosmos (ウルトラマンコスモス, Urutoraman Kosumosu), and befriends him as the two confront a threat to Earth.

Ten years later, Musashi, now 19 and a member of Team EYES, once again encounters the being of light from his childhood. The dark being Chaos Header has appeared and is corrupting the monsters of Earth, making them become ravenous and violent creatures that threaten humanity. Through Musashi's will to see the beasts and humans live in peace, Cosmos grants him a new power that will allow him to heal the corrupted creatures.

EpisodesEdit

  1. Reunion With Light (光との再会, Hikari to no Saikai)
  2. Shadow of the Chaos Header (カオスヘッダーの影, Kaosu Heddā no Kage)
  3. Fly! Musashi (飛べ! ムサシ, Tobe! Musashi)
  4. The Fallen Robot (落ちてきたロボット, Ochitekita Robotto)
  5. Revenge of the Fireflies (蛍の復讐, Hotaru no Fukushū)
  6. Monster Fishing (怪獣一本釣り, Kaijū Ipponzuri)
  7. Present from the Sky (空からのプレゼント, Sora kara no Purezento)
  8. Sleeping Maiden (乙女の眠り, Otome no Nemuri)
  9. Friends of the Forest (森の友だち, Mori no Tomodachi)
  10. The Bronze Devil (青銅の魔神, Seidō no Majin)
  11. Move! Monster (動け! 怪獣, Ugoke! Kaijū)
  12. The Organism of Light (生命の輝き, Seimei no Kagayaki)
  13. Daughter of Time: Part 1 (時の娘(前編), Toki no Musume (Zenpen))
  14. Daughter of Time: Part 2 (時の娘(後編), Toki no Musume (Kōhen))
  15. Deep Sea Fight (深海の死闘, Shinkai no Shitō)
  16. The Flying Whale (飛ぶクジラ, Tobu Kujira)
  17. The Different Dimensional Trap (異次元の罠, Ijigen no Wana)
  18. The Legend of Mt. Nibito (二人山伝説, Nibitoyama Densetsu)
  19. Star Lover (星の恋人, Hoshi no Koibito)
  20. Musashi's Sky (ムサシの空, Musashi no Sora)
  21. The Battle with the Tech Booster: Part 1 (テックブースター出動せよ(前編), Tekku Būsutā Shutsudō seyo (Zenpen))
  22. The Battle with the Tech Booster: Part 2 (テックブースター出動せよ(後編), Tekku Būsutā Shutsudō seyo (Kōhen))
  23. Luna v.s. Luna (ルナ対ルナ, Runa Tai Runa)
  24. Warm Memories (ぬくもりの記憶, Nukumori no Kioku)
  25. Alien Girl (異星の少女(ひと), Isei no Hito)
  26. The Power to Defeat the Chaos (カオスを倒す力, Kaosu o Taosu Chikara)
  27. A Space Monster is Born on Earth (地球生まれの宇宙怪獣, Chikyū Umare no Uchū Kaijū)
  28. Strength and Power (強さと力, Tsuyosa to Chikara)
  29. Dreaming Courage (夢みる勇気, Yumemiru Yūki)
  30. Eclipse (エクリプス, Ekuripusu)
  31. Rescue Gon (ゴンを救え, Gon o Sukue)
  32. The Nightmare Experiment (悪夢の実験, Akumu no Jikken)
  33. Monster Hunter (怪獣狙撃手(ハンター), Kaijū Hantā)
  34. Wrath of the Sea God (海神の怒り, Kaijin no Ikari)
  35. The Magic Stone (魔法の石, Mahō no Ishi)
  36. The Mountain of Yōkai (妖怪の山, Yōkai no Yama)
  37. Fubuki Retires?! (フブキ退任?!, Fubuki Tainin?!)
  38. Alien Old Man (オヤジ星人, Oyaji Seijin)
  39. Light of Evil (邪悪の光, Jaaku no Hikari)
  40. Giant of Evil (邪悪の巨人, Jaaku no Kyojin)
  41. The Green Fugitive (緑の逃亡者, Midori no Tōbōsha)
  42. Friend (ともだち, Tomodachi)
  43. Puppet Monster (操り怪獣, Ayatsuri Kaijū)
  44. Ghighi vs Gon (ギギVSゴン, Gigi Tai Gon)
  45. The Amusement Park Legend (遊園地伝説, Yūenchi Densetsu)
  46. The Miraculous Flower (奇跡の花, Kiseki no Hana)
  47. Sorceress of the Sky (空の魔女, Sora no Majo)
  48. Waroga Counterattack (ワロガ逆襲, Waroga Gyakushū)
  49. Snow of Space (宇宙の雪, Uchū no Yuki)
  50. Monster Smuggling!? (怪獣密輸!?, Kaijū Mitsuyu!?)
  51. Enemy of Chaos (カオスの敵, Kaosu no Teki)
  52. Transformation Impossible!? (変身不能!?, Henshin Funō!?)
  53. Future Monster (未来怪獣, Mirai Kaijū)
  54. Human Transporter (人間転送機, Ningen Tensōki)
  55. Final Test (最終テスト, Saishū Tesuto)
  56. Kappa Village (かっぱの里, Kappa no Sato)
  57. Door of Snow (雪の扉, Yuki no Tobira)
  58. The Sky of Revenge (復讐の空, Fukushū no Sora)
  59. Maximum Invasions (最大の侵略, Saidai no Shinryaku)
  60. Chaos War (カオス大戦, Kaosu Taisen)
  61. Forbidden Weapon (禁断の兵器, Kindan no Heiki)
  62. Cry of the Earth (地球の悲鳴, Chikyū no Himei)
  63. Chaos's Violent Attack (カオス激襲, Kaosu Gekishū)
  64. Deathmatch on the Moon (月面の決戦, Getsumen no Kessen)
  65. True Hero (真の勇者, Shin no Yūsha)

Summary episodesEdit

  1. Special Summary 1: Cosmos's Greatest Crisis (特別総集編1 コスモス最大の危機, Tokubetsu Sōshūhen Ichi: Kosumosu Saidai no Kiki)
  2. Special Summary 2: Cosmos's Last Fight (特別総集編2 コスモス最後の戦い, Tokubetsu Sōshūhen Ni: Kosumosu Saigo no Tatakai)

CastEdit

  • Musashi Haruno (春野 ムサシ, Haruno Musashi): Taiyo Sugiura (杉浦 太陽, Sugiura Taiyō),[4][5] Kounosuke Tokai (東海 孝之助, Tōkai Kōnosuke, Childhood)
  • Harumitsu Hiura (ヒウラ ハルミツ, Hiura Harumitsu): Daisuke Shima (嶋 大輔, Shima Daisuke)[5]
  • Shinobu Mizuki (ミズキ シノブ, Mizuki Shinobu): Kaori Sakagami (坂上 香織, Sakagami Kaori)[5]
  • Keisuke Fubuki (フブキ ケイスケ, Fubuki Keisuke): Hidekazu Ichinose (市瀬 秀和, Ichinose Hidekazu)[5][6]
  • Koji Doigaki (ドイガキ コウジ, Doigaki Kōji): Koichi Sudo (須藤 公一, Sudō Kōichi)[5]
  • Ayano Morimoto (モリモト アヤノ, Morimoto Ayano): Mayuka Suzuki (鈴木 繭菓, Suzuki Mayuka)[5]
  • Ultraman Cosmos (ウルトラマンコスモス, Urutoraman Kosumosu, Voice): Hiroyuki Sato (佐藤 浩之, Satō Hiroyuki)[4][7]
  • Chaos Header (カオスヘッダー, Kaosu Heddā)/Chaos Ultraman (カオスウルトラマン, Chaos Ultraman) (Voice): Koji Haramaki (服巻 浩司, Haramaki Koji)[8]
  • Commander Sahara (佐原司令官, Sahara shirei-kan): Masahiro Sudō (須藤 正裕, Sudō Masahiro)[9]
  • Vice Commander Shishikura (宍倉副司令官, Shishikura fuku shirei-kan): Eiji Ōki (大城 英司, Ōki Eiji)
  • Naval officer Saijō (西条武官, Saijō bukan): Atsushi Narasaka (奈良 坂篤, Narasaka Atsushi)
  • Director Ikeyama (イケヤマ管理官, Ikeyama kanri-kan): Hyōe Ichikawa (市川 兵衛, Ichikawa Hyōe)
  • Azusa Niimi (新見 あづさ, Niimi Azusa, 8, 13, 14, 20): Kayano Komaki (小牧 かやの, Kayano Komaki)
  • Mitsuya (ミツヤ, 21, 22, 63): Issei Takahashi (高橋 一生, Takahashi Issei)
  • Noboru Kawaya (カワヤ ノボル, Kawaya Noboru, 25, 31, 35, 41, 43, 47, 48, 50, 57, 65): Shigeki Kagemaru (影丸 茂樹, Kagemaru Shigeki)
  • Yukari Yoshii (吉井 ユカリ, Yoshii Yukari): Nana Horie (堀江 奈々, Horie Nana)
  • Science Director Hazumi (ハズミ科学主任, Hazumi kagaku shunin): Takumi Tsutsui (筒井 巧, Tsutsui Takumi)
  • Evacuees (1), Bengals captain Oka (ベンガルズ隊長・岡, Bengaruzu taichō Oka): Hideki Oka (岡 秀樹, Oka Hideki)
  • Igomass (イゴマス, Igomasu, Voice (4)), Ishii (石井, 14, 25, 48, 58): Hiroshi Ishii (石井 浩, Ishii Hiroshi)
  • Narrator, TV announcer (6): Hiroshi Isobe (磯部 弘, Isobe Hiroshi)

Guest castEdit

  • Sosuke Nagano's father (7): Yoichi Okamura (岡村 洋一, Okamura Yoichi)
  • Kosuke Iwata (岩田 康祐, Iwata Kōsuke, 9): Tamotsu Ishibashi (石橋 保, Ishibashi Tamotsu)
  • Reni Kurosaki (レニ・クロサキ, 13, 14): Hitomi Miwa (三輪 ひとみ, Miwa Hitomi)
  • Shinichi Takekoshi (竹越 真一, Takekoshi Shin'ichi, 18): Arthur Kuroda (黒田 アーサー, Kuroda Āsā)
  • Kensaku Kimoto (木本 研作, Kimoto Kensaku, 20): Shunji Fujimura (藤村 俊二, Fujimura Shunji)
  • Jun Takasugi (高杉純, Takasugi Jun, 24): Makoto Kamijo (上條 誠, Kamijō Makoto)
  • Alien Sreiyu "Lamia" (スレイユ星人ラミア, Sureiyu Seijin Ramia, 25): Becky (ベッキー, Bekkī)
  • Clevergon (クレバーゴン, Kurebāgon, 29-31, 44 (voice)): Hiroko Sakurai (桜井 浩子, Sakurai Hiroko)
  • Kusano Tadao (草野 忠雄, Tadao Kusano, 38): Shoichiro Akaboshi (赤星 昇一郎, Akaboshi Shōichirō)
  • Mugera (ムゲラ, 45): Junko Shimakata (嶋方 淳子, Shimakata Junko)
  • Yamano/Alien Curia (山野 / キュリア星人, Yamano/Kyuria Seijin, 46): Eisuke Tsunoda (角田 英介, Tsunoda Eisuke)
  • Alien Koishis "June" (コイシス星人ジュネ, Koishisu Seijin June, 52): Shiori Kanzaki (神崎 詩織, Kanzaki Shiori)
  • Keizō (敬造, 56): Ken Okabe (岡部 健, Okabe Ken)
  • Shōichi (正一, 56): Eiichi Kikuchi (きくち 英一, Kikuchi Eiichi)
  • Old Man Tomano (戸間乃老人, Tomano rōjin, 57): Hideyo Amamoto (天本 英世, Amamoto Hideyo)
  • Germina III crewmember (59): Keiko Gotō (五藤 圭子, Gotō Keiko)

SongsEdit

Opening theme
Ending themes
  • "Ultraman Cosmos ~ Kimi ni Dekiru Nanika" (ウルトラマンコスモス~君にできるなにか, Urutoraman Kosumosu ~ Kimi ni Dekiru Nanika, lit. "You Can Be Something")
  • "Kokoro no Kizuna" (心の絆, lit. "Bonds of the Heart")
    • Lyrics, Composition: KATSUMI
    • Arrangement: Kazuya Daimon
    • Artist: Project DMM

MediaEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Other appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ウルトラマンコスモス、復活あるか?!". 2002-07-03. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  2. ^ "TOKU on Facebook". 2017-04-28. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  3. ^ "TOKU to Air Ultraman Cosmos Series on April 23". Anime News Network. 2018-04-04. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  4. ^ a b "『ウルトラマンコスモス』の変身アイテム「コスモプラック」がウルトラレプリカシリーズに登場!!" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2019-05-23. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "TVシリーズ ウルトラマンコスモス vol.1" (in Japanese). Bandai Visual. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  6. ^ 3/18(土)~26(日)のウルトライベント情報! (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  7. ^ "佐藤 佑暉" (in Japanese). Aoni Production. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  8. ^ "服巻 浩司" (in Japanese). Aoni Production. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  9. ^ "オフィス佐々木プロフィール「須藤 正裕」" (in Japanese). office-sasaki.com. Retrieved 3 August 2019.