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Ultraman Gaia (ウルトラマンガイア, Urutoraman Gaia) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show and is the 14th show in the Ultra Series. Featuring Chiaki J. Konaka as series composer and produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS TV), Ultraman Gaia was aired on JNN TV stations (TBS, CBC, MBS, etc.) from September 5, 1998 until August 28, 1999, with a total of 51 episodes.

Ultraman Gaia
Ultraman Gaia title screen.jpg
Genre Superhero
Science fiction
Tokusatsu
Sci-Fi
Created by Chiaki J. Konaka
Starring Takeshi Yoshioka
Hassei Takano
Opening theme Ultraman Gaia! by Masayuki Tanaka & Kazuya Daimon
Ending theme Lovin' You Lovin' Me by B.B.WAVES
Beat on Dream on by Tomohiko Kikuda
Composer(s) Toshihiko Sahashi
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 51
Production
Running time 24 minutes (per episode)
Release
Original network TBS
MBS
ABS-CBN
Original release September 5, 1998 – August 28, 1999
Chronology
Preceded by Ultraman Dyna
Followed by Ultraman Nice

Contents

OverviewEdit

Ultraman Gaia takes place in yet another universe, one that is totally different from the world of the Shōwa era Ultramen (Ultraman to Ultraman 80), as well as the world of Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Dyna. In a departure from most of the other series, there are two Ultramen as the main characters. They have conflicting philosophies in regards to defending the Earth from a mysterious, malevolent and extremely intelligent cosmic entity.

The first half of the series explores the growing tension between them, and their eventual clash. The second half has them reconcile their differences so they can defeat their common enemy.

The show is also different from past Ultra Series in that the support team, XIG, has more personnel than the defence teams in previous series.

In this series, Ultraman Gaia (ウルトラマンガイア, Urutoraman Gaia) is the lead, but Ultraman Agul (ウルトラマンアグル, Urutoraman Aguru) is prominently focused on as well. They are often at odds with each other in the beginning of the series. Their philosophies are as different as their skin colors. Unlike Gaia, Agul is completely blue. Gamu Takayama, the human host of Ultraman Gaia, believes that Gaia is here to save Earth and humanity. On the other hand, Fujimiya Hiroya, the human host of Ultraman Agul, believes Agul to be Earth's natural defence mechanism. He is at first more interested in protecting just the planet itself, even at the expense of humanity (hence the occasional clashes with Gaia). But this was discontinued after Gaia and Agul would work together as one to face more powerful monsters.

StoryEdit

The story takes place in the year 2000. CRISIS, a supercomputer developed the Alchemy Stars (a global network of young geniuses born during the 1980s), predicts around 1996–1997 that Earth and humanity would be annihilated by something known as the "Entity that Brings Radical Destruction". Technology developed by the Alchemy Stars is used to form an international defence organization known as Geocentric Universal Alliance against the Radical Destruction (G.U.A.R.D.). This is done secretly, so as to avoid worldwide panic. The eXpanded Interceptive Guards (X.I.G.) is the combat wing of G.U.A.R.D, operating in a floating sky fortress known as the Aerial Base.

20-year-old Gamu Takayama, a scientist and member of the Alchemy Stars briefly encounters Gaia during some virtual reality experiments he performs with the secret purpose of discovering the will of the Earth, later merging with him in order to fight various monsters that threaten the safety of the Earth. During his battles, he encounters Ultraman Agul, whose human host is Hiroya Fujimya, a former Alchemy Stars member. Both clash because of their ideals regarding the protection of the Earth but eventually resolve their differences to battle their common enemy.

EpisodesEdit

  1. Seize the Light! (光をつかめ!, Hikari o Tsukame!)
  2. A Hero Appears (勇者立つ, Yūsha Tatsu)
  3. His Name is Gaia (その名はガイア, Sono Na wa Gaia)
  4. Gamu of the Sky (天空の我夢, Tenkū no Gamu)
  5. Another Giant (もう1人の巨人, Mō Hitori no Kyojin)
  6. The Ridiculing Eye (あざ笑う眼, Azawarau Me)
  7. The Cleansing of the Earth (地球の洗濯, Chikyū no Sentaku)
  8. The 4,600 Million Years-Old Ghost (46億年の亡霊, Yonjūrokuokunen no Bōrei)
  9. Seagull Takes Off (シーガル飛びたつ, Shīgaru Tobitatsu)
  10. Rock Fight (ロック・ファイト, Rokku Faito)
  11. The Dragon's Capital (龍の都, Ryū no Miyako)
  12. Monster Encircling Net (野獣包囲網, Yajū Hōimō)
  13. The Night of the Marionettes (マリオネットの夜, Marionetto no Yoru)
  14. The Challenge from the Anti-Space (反宇宙からの挑戦, Han Uchū kara no Chōsen)
  15. When the Rain Stops (雨がやんだら, Ame ga Yandara)
  16. The Birth of Agul (アグル誕生, Aguru Tanjō)
  17. Shadow of Space, Light of Earth (天の影 地の光, Ten no Kage Chi no Hikari)
  18. Agul vs. Gaia (アグル対ガイア, Aguru Tai Gaia)
  19. Lilia's Maze (迷宮のリリア, Meikyū no Riria)
  20. The Fossil of Ruin (滅亡の化石, Metsubō no Kaseki)
  21. The Sea of a Mysterious Light (妖光の海, Yōkō no Umi)
  22. The Wings of a Stone (石の翼, Ishi no Tsubasa)
  23. Gamu Expelled! (我夢追放!, Gamu Tsuihō)
  24. The Determination of Agul (アグルの決意, Aguru no Ketsui)
  25. The Showdown for Tomorrow (明日なき対決, Asu Naki Taiketsu)
  26. The Final Resolution (決着の日, Ketchaku no Hi)
  27. A New Battle ~Version-up Fight!~ (新たなる戦い~ヴァージョンアップ・ファイト!~, Aratanaru Tatakai ~Vājon'appu Faito!~)
  28. The Advent of the Heatwave (熱波襲来, Neppa Shūrai)
  29. The Distant City: Uqbar (遠い町・ウクバール, Tōi Machi Ukubāru)
  30. The Demon's Cocoon (悪魔のマユ, Akuma no Mayu)
  31. The Accursed Eye (呪いの眼, Noroi no Me)
  32. The Future Seen Before (いつか見た未来, Itsuka Mita Mirai)
  33. Battling the Legend (伝説との闘い, Densetsu to no Tatakai)
  34. Crash of Souls! (魂の衝突!, Tamashii no Shōtotsu!)
  35. Ransom for a Monster (怪物の身代金, Kaibutsu no Minoshirokin)
  36. The Sky of Reunion (再会の空, Saikai no Sora)
  37. The Fourth Symphony of a Nightmare (悪夢の第四楽章, Akumu no Daiyon Gakushō)
  38. Ground-Breaking Tusks (大地裂く牙, Daichi Saku Kiba)
  39. The Lake of Sadness (悲しみの沼, Kanashimi no Numa)
  40. I Want to See Gaia! (ガイアに会いたい!, Gaia ni Aitai!)
  41. The Resurrection of Agul (アグル復活, Aguru Fukkatsu)
  42. Gamu vs. Gamu (我夢対我夢, Gamu Tai Gamu)
  43. The Silver Eyes of Izak (銀色の眼のイザク, Gin'iro no Me no Izaku)
  44. The Attack of the Space Monsters (宇宙怪獣大進撃, Uchū Kaijū Daishingeki)
  45. The Living Planet (命すむ星, Inochi Sumu Hoshi)
  46. The Attack of the Forest (襲撃の森, Shūgeki no Mori)
  47. X.I.G. Destroyed!? (XIG壊滅!?, Shigu Kaimetsu!?)
  48. The Revenge of the Death God (死神の逆襲, Shinigami no Gyakushū)
  49. An Angel Descends (天使降臨, Tenshi Kōrin)
  50. The Cry of the Earth (地球の叫び, Chikyū no Sakebi)
  51. Earth is Ultraman's Star (地球はウルトラマンの星, Chikyū wa Urutoraman no Hoshi)

International BroadcastEdit

Toku premiered the series in United States in February 9, 2018.

Other mediaEdit

Films and team upsEdit

  • Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Gaia: Battle in Hyperspace (1999), Gaia is one of the main Ultramen to appear in this movie, alongside Tiga and Dyna.
  • Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Again (2001), A 45-minute Original Video Tokusatsu release (or OVT) set several years after the end of the series. Ultraman Gaia and Ultraman Agul return to fight a new enemy, along with help from mysterious undersea creatures.
  • Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers (2008), Gaia teams up with Tiga, Dyna and Mebius in this movie, alongside Showa-era Ultra Heroes.
  • Ultraman Ginga S: Showdown! Ultra 10 Warriors!! (2015), Ultraman Gaia is one of the Heisei-era Ultra hero to fight along with other 9 Heisei-era Ultra Heroes.
  • Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga (2016-2017), Ultraman Gaia and Ultraman Agul return to fight the Bezelbs where it approaches the Earth, along with help from Ultraman Orb, Dyna and Cosmos starting on the eighth episode. The show also serve as a continuation to the original series, taking place in the same universe.

Video gamesEdit

Although not technically an Ultraman game, Ultraman Gaia serves as both the main character and main plot in Banpresto's Super Hero Operations: Diedal's Ambition for the PlayStation.

CastEdit

  • Gamu Takayama (高山 我夢, Takayama Gamu): Takeshi Yoshioka (吉岡 毅志, Yoshioka Takeshi)
  • Hiroya Fujimiya (藤宮 博也, Fujimiya Hiroya): Hassei Takano (高野 八誠, Takano Hassei)
  • Akio Ishimuro (石室 章雄, Ishimuro Akio): Hiroyuki Watanabe (渡辺 裕之, Watanabe Hiroyuki)
  • Tatsumi Chiba (千葉 辰巳, Chiba Tatsumi): Sei Hiraizumi (平泉 成, Hiraizumi Sei)
  • Seiichiro Tsutsumi (堤 誠一郎, Tsutsumi Seiichirō): Takashi Ukaji (宇梶 剛士, Ukaji Takashi)
  • Atsuko Sasaki (佐々木 敦子, Sasaki Atsuko): Ai Hashimoto (橋本 愛, Hashimoto Ai)
  • Georgie Leland (ジョジー・リーランド, Jojī Rīrando): Maria Theresa Gow (マリア・テレサ・ガウ, Maria Teresa Gau)
  • Ayaka Ukai (鵜飼 彩香, Ukai Ayaka): Ayaka Tanaka (田中 彩佳, Tanaka Ayaka)
  • Katsumi Kajio (梶尾 克美, Kajio Katsumi): Masami Nakagami (中上 雅巳, Nakagami Masami)
  • Yasushi Kitada (北田 靖, Kitada Yasushi): Katsuhiko Hasegawa (長谷川 勝彦, Hasegawa Katsuhiko)
  • Satoshi Ogawara (大河原 聡志, Ōgawara Satoshi): Yusuke Sawaki (沢木 祐介, Sawaki Yūsuke)
  • Tatsuhiko Yoneda (米田 達彦, Yoneda Tatsuhiko): Kuronosuke Kagawa (賀川 黒之助, Kagawa Kuronosuke)
  • Koichi Hayashi (林 幸市, Hayashi Kōichi): Shogo Shiotani (塩谷 庄吾, Shiotani Shōgo)
  • Toru Tsukamoto (塚守 亨, Tsukamoto Tōru): Shin Ishikawa (石川 真, Ishikawa Shin)
  • Miho Inagi (稲城 美穂, Inagi Miho): Tomoko Kawashima (川嶋 朋子, Kawashima Tomoko)
  • Julie Mishima (三島 樹莉, Mishima Juri): Izumi Matsuda (松田 いずみ, Matsuda Izumi) (Played by Izumiko Matsuda (松田 泉子, Matsuda Izumiko))
  • Kei Tadano (多田野 彗, Tadano Kei): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けい, Ishibashi Kei)
  • Satoru Yoshida (吉田 悟, Yoshida Satoru): Masaru Matsuda (松田 優, Matsuda Masaru)
  • Mitsugu Shima (志摩 貢, Shima Mitsugu): Kei Kagaya (加賀谷 圭, Kagaya Kei)
  • Takanobu Kuwabara (桑原 孝信, Kuwabara Takanobu): Koji Nakamura (中村 浩二, Nakamura Kōji)
  • Atsushi Koyama (神山 篤志, Kōyama Atsushi): Shunsuke Gondo (権藤 俊輔, Gondō Shunsuke)
  • Renji Matsuo (松尾 蓮二, Matsuo Renji): Tomu Saeba (冴場 都夢, Saeba Tomu)
  • Michael Simmons (マイクル・シモンズ, Maikuru Shimonzu): Samuel Pop Aning (サムエル・ポップ・エニング, Samueru Poppu Eningu)
  • Ryuichi Senuma (瀬沼 龍一, Senuma Ryūichi): Hiroshi Ishii (石井 浩, Ishii Hiroshi)
  • Higuchi (樋口): Ryōsuke Kaizu (海津 亮介, Kaizu Ryōsuke)
  • Kōsuke Ranbashi (乱橋 巧介, Ranbashi Kōsuke): Mitsuo Hamada (浜田 光夫, Hamada Mitsuo)
  • Catherine Ryan (キャサリン・ライアン, Kyasarin Raian): Debbie Regier (デビー・リギアー, Debī Rigiā)
  • Daniel McPhee (ダニエル・マクフィー, Danieru Makufī): John O'Connor (ジョン・オコーナー, Jon O Kōnā)
  • Kyoko Inamori (稲森 京子, Inamori Kyōko): Makiko Kuno (クノ 真季子, Kuno Makiko) (Played by 久野 真紀子)
  • Ritsuko Sasaki (佐々木 律子, Sasaki Ritsuko): Azusa Sawamura (沢村 亜津佐, Sawamura Azusa)
  • Megumi Kuroda (黒田 恵, Kuroda Megumi): Tomoko Ōtakara (大寶 智子, Ōtakara Tomoko)
  • Yuki (ユキ): Ai Hasunuma (蓮沼 藍, Hasunuma Ai)
  • Shimizu (清水): Kazuya Shimizu (清水 一哉, Shimizu Kazuya) (Played by Kazuhiko Shimizu (清水 一彦, Shimizu Kazuhiko))
  • Kenji Tabata (田端 健二, Tabata Kenji): Hiroshi Tsuburaya (円谷 浩, Tsuburaya Hiroshi)
  • Reiko Yoshii (吉井 玲子, Yoshii Reiko): Yukari Ishida (石田 裕加里, Ishida Yukari)
  • Michifumi Inoue (井上 倫文, Inoue Michifumi): Eisuke Tsunoda (角田 英介, Tsunoda Eisuke)
  • Sato (サトウ, Satō): Togo Okumoto (奥本 東五, Okumoto Tōgo)
  • Makoto (マコト): Hiroaki Nishijima (西嶋 大明, Nishijima Hiroaki)
  • Nakaji (ナカジ): Masashi Kagami (加々美 正史, Kagami Masashi)
  • Shigemi Takayama (高山 重美, Takayama Shigemi): Aki Mizusawa (水沢 アキ, Mizusawa Aki)
  • Yuiichi Takayama (高山 唯一, Takayama Yuiichi): Sen Yamamoto (山本 亘, Yamamoto Sen)
  • Narration: Hiroshi Isobe (磯部 弘, Isobe Hiroshi)

MusicEdit

Opening theme
"Ultraman Gaia!" by Masayuki Tanaka (田中 昌之, Tanaka Masayuki) & Kazuya Daimon (大門 一也, Daimon Kazuya)
Ending themes
  1. "Lovin' You Lovin' Me" by B.B.WAVES
  2. "Beat on Dream on" by Tomohiko Kikuta (菊田 知彦, Kikuta Tomohiko)

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit