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Ultraman Taro (ウルトラマンT(タロウ), Urutoraman Tarō) is the 6th show in the Ultra Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, this series aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from April 7, 1973 to April 6, 1974, with a total of 53 episodes.

Ultraman Taro
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Genre
Created byTsuburaya Productions
Starring
Composer(s)
  • Masanobu Higurashi
  • Toru Fuyuki
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes53
Production
Running time24 minutes (per episode)
Release
Original networkTBS
Original releaseApril 7, 1973 – April 6, 1974
Chronology
Preceded byUltraman Ace
Followed byUltraman Leo

Taro is one of the most typical name of a boy in otogi-banashis, or, Japanese fairy tales. The producer said, 'Ultraman Taro is going to be the fairy tale in the Ultra Series.'

Contents

Plot

Koh-taroh Higashi wanted to be a championship boxer. However, fate had other plans as he fell thousands of feet from the Earth while chasing after Astromons, a new creature in the third age of monsters. The Five Ultra Brothers brought Koh-taroh's body to their home world of Nebula M-78 many years into the past. It was there that Mother of Ultra merged Koh-taroh with Ultraman Taro, who would now form the Six Ultra Brothers. Before merging with Koh-taroh, Taro spent many years to hone his skills similar to the original five Ultra Brothers by mimicking their attacks through battles from both the past and future. After the merge was complete, Koh-taroh was taken back to present day Earth being the human host of Taro and as Astromons was ravaging a city Koh-taroh turned into Taro. Not long after Astromons's defeat Koh-taroh joined ZAT and fought in a new era of monster. Many foes were found that would threaten the Earth, but Taro and ZAT defeated them time and again with occasional help from the other five Ultra Brothers from the weaklings to monsters only Taro could defeat. During Taro's era, Birdon killed him and Zoffy but Taro was revived and killed the bird monster. After Samekujira attacked and Alien Valkie fled Koh-taroh wanted to show Taro and the other Ultras he wanted to keep his humanity by the time has come. Thus, he is one of the few Ultra human hosts to cut his ties with an Ultra Warrior. His current location is unknown.

Characters

Ultraman Taro

Ultraman Taro is the biological son to Mother of Ultra and Father of Ultra, and Ace is his adopted half-brother.

Stats

  • Height: 53 meters
  • Weight: 55,000 tons
  • Flight Speed: Mach 20
  • Running Speed: Mach 1
  • Home Planet: The Land of Light, Nebula M78
  • Human Form: Koh-taroh Higashi
  • Transformation Item: Ultra Badge
  • Parents and brothers: Ultra Father, Ultra Mother, Ultraman, Ultraseven, Ultraman Jack and Ultraman Ace.

Weapons

  • Storium Ray
    A unique T-style weapon after some major arm-waving and the charging up of his entire body, Taro rests the fist of his vertical right arm to the open palm of his horizontal left arm.
  • Neo-Storium Ray
    A Plus-style variation of the Storium Ray. Used to destroy Alien Temperor's spaceship in episode 34.
  • Blue Laser
  • Scarlet Beam
  • Foot Ray
  • Shooting Beam
  • Cross Ray
  • Ultra Swing
  • Hand Knife
  • Wipe Laser
  • Arrow Ray
  • Beam Shuriken
  • Taro Cutter
  • Fire Dash
  • Set Ray
  • Push-Turn Ray
  • Taro Barrier
  • Swallow Kick
    From 600 meters up. Taro can not only easily leap to great heights, but he can jump multiple times in mid-air before delivering a powerful fly kick, usually used at the start of a battle.
  • Atomic Punch
  • Taro Hurricane
  • Twinkle Way
    Taro can create a tunnel to gain access to his homeland, the Land of Light. Used in episode 24.
  • Eye Beam
  • Ultra Freezer
  • Taro Fire
  • Ultra Shower
  • Ultra Willpower
    Taro can make his enemies think he has been beheaded, using an illusion ability. Used against Enmargo in episode 14.
  • Bracelet Lancer
    Converts into a lance. Fires blue rings of light (Set Beam).
  • King Bracelet
    An upgrade of the Taro Bracelet delivered by the Mother of Ultra. It can convert into a muzzle, a plastic blue bucket filled with water, and a "magic hand." It can also fire a Bracelet Beam, and allows Taro to divide into two and confuse enemies, can create a small energy barrier around his hand that can deflect energy attacks, and has a cutter beam that can slice through monsters easily.
  • Bracelet Beam
  • Blue Bucket
  • Magic Hand
  • Taro Lance
  • Ultra Slash
    Same as previous Ultra-Slash moves, except it comes in the form of small cutter beams from his hands. Cuts through monsters easy. Used against Gelan in episode 47.
  • Ultra Six-In-One
    Taro can merge with his five brothers to become extremely strong enough to enter the flames of the Ultra Tower to obtain the Ultra Bell and used against Mururoa in episode 25. Also known as Ultra Overlaping.
  • Spinning Jump Strike
    Taro can limit a super strike from his heroes by raising his body after defending it with his second box sisters. It destroys monsters in super fold.
  • Ultra-Smokescreen
    Taro can emit a six-colored smokescreen to blind his foes.
  • Ultra Dynamite
    Taro can cover his entire body in a blaze of hot flames. He then rushes his foe and grabs a hold of them. This will destroy the monster completely, as they are engulfed in the explosive fire. Used against Alien Katan in episode 35 and Imperiser in episode 30 of Ultraman Mebius but failed.
  • Guts Needle
    beam fired from his fists and an Ultra Funryū (a six-coloured smoke screen)
  • Cosmo Miracle Beam
    a powerful laser he shoots from his raised arm and the side of his body, including his armpit, after combining with his five other brothers. Used only in Ultraman Story movie against Grand King.
  • Appear Beam
    Taro can fire a beam from both of his hands, but instead of destroying things, this beam can make things appear, such as a gigantic Christmas Tree.
  • Relive Ray
    Taro can fire a beam from his hands that will revive dead beings and bring them back to life. This includes humans and monsters. Used in episode 42.

ZAT (Zariba of All Territory)

  • Captain Yuh-taroh Asahina (朝日奈 勇太郎, Asahina Yūtarō) (Played by Akira Nagoya)
  • Deputy Captain Shuhhei Aragaki (荒垣 修平, Aragaki Shūhei) (Played by Takahiko Tohno)
  • Deputy Captain Nitani Kazumi (二谷一美, Kazumi Niiya) (Played by Noboru Mitani)
  • Koh-taroh Higashi (東 光太郎, Higashi Kōtarō) (Played by Saburō Shinoda)
  • Tetsuya Kitajima (北島 哲也, Kitajima Tetsuya) (Played by Hidehiro Tsumura])
  • Tadao Nanbara (南原 忠男, Nanbara Tadao) (Played by Toyoyuki Kimura)
  • Jiroh Nishida (西田 次郎, Nishida Jirō) (Played by Kiyotaka Mitsugi)
  • Izumi Moriyama (森山 いずみ, Moriyama Izumi) (Played by Noriko Matsutani)
  • Takashi Ueno (上野孝, Takashi Ueno) (Played by Nishijima)
  • The Thai members of ZAT (Played by Various)

ZAT Mecha

ZAT Mecha design are outlandish and they support Ultraman Taro.

  • ZAT Headquarters
  • Sky Whale
  • Condor #1
  • Super Swallow
  • Dragon
  • Wolf 777
  • Rabbit Panda
  • ZAT Car
  • Pelucidar the 2nd
  • Iron Fish
  • Andromeda
  • Magellan
  • ZAT Gun

The Shiratori Family

  • Saori Shiratori (Played by Yumi Asakama from episodes 1 to 19 and later replace by Keiko Ono from episodes 20 to 53)
  • Ken-ichi Shiratori (Played by Shinya Saitoh)

Episodes

  • The Ultra Mother is Like the Sun
  • At That Moment the Ultra Mother Was
  • The Ultra Mother Always
  • Big Sea Turtle Monsters Attack Tokyo!
  • Parent Star, Child Star, First Star
  • Jewels are the Monster's Fodder!
  • Heaven and Hell Island Has Moved!
  • Dead Spirits of the Man-Eating Marsh
  • The Day That Tokyo Crumbles
  • The Fang Cross is a Monster's Grave!
  • The Blood-Sucking Flower is Young Girl's Spirit
  • Monster's Solo Journey
  • The Monster's Cavity Hurts!
  • Taro's Head Got Chopped Off!
  • Young Girl of the Blue Will-o-the-Wisp Miegon
  • The Monster's Flute Sounds Ocariyan
  • Two Big Monsters Close in on Taro! Kemujira
  • Zoffy Died! Taroh Died Too!
  • The Ultra Mother Miracle of Love!
  • Surprise! A Monster Came Raining Down
  • Tokyo Newtown Sinking
  • The Wrath of a Child-Carrying Monster!
  • Gentle Daddy Monster!
  • This is the Land of Ultra!
  • Burn on! The Six Ultra Brothers
  • I Can Conquer Monsters Too! Mukadendar
  • He's Out! It's Mephiras-seijin!
  • Monster Eleking Barks at the Full Moon!
  • Bemstar Resurrected! Taro Absolutely Expires!
  • Counterattack! The Monster Army
  • Danger! Lying Poison Mushroom
  • A Nipping Wind Monster! Matasaburoh of the Wind
  • Five Seconds Before the Great Explosion of the Land of Ultra!
  • The Last Day of the Six Ultra Brothers!
  • Certain Kill! Taro's One Blow of Rage!
  • Coward! The Bride Cried
  • Monster, Return to Your Homeland!
  • The Ultra Christmas Tree
  • Ultra Father and Son Big Mochi-Making Strategy
  • Go Beyond the Ultra Brothers!
  • Mother's Wish - A Mid-Winter Cherry-Blossom Blizzard
  • The Phantom Mother is a Monster User!
  • Pickle the Monster with Salt!
  • Oh! Taro is Being Eaten!
  • She Was Wearing Red Shoes...
  • The White Rabbit is a Bad Guy!
  • The Monster Master
  • Monster Girl's Festival
  • Sing! Monster Big Match
  • The Monster Sign is V
  • The Ultra Father and the Bride Have Come
  • Steal the Ultra Life!
  • Farewell Taro! The Ultra Mother!

Other Appearances

Notes
Due to the aforementioned separation of Taro from his human host, Ultraman Taro never appeared in human form in the Ultraman Mebius series. When Taro arrived on Earth it was in the form of an energy sphere.