04.30.2019: The Ultraman Episode

Kyle, Charles, Rachel and Dave entertain Hachi with Ultraman (1966) coverage!

You wanted it, you got it! Or, maybe I should say that I wanted it, so I made it. That’s right, Ultra fiends, we are talking about the 1966  television show, created by the same special effects director that brought Godzilla to life, Eiji Tsuburaya. We are covering Ultraman (1966) and it’s about freakin’ time, right? Originally, I was planning on putting this together for Ultraman’s 50th anniversary, but the Godzilla has his own plan for it. Here it is, almost three years late – but hopefully you’ll agree it’s worth the wait.

In this episode, we welcome back the author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, August Ragone to tell us about the genesis of the Ultraman. Make sure to check out his book (as mentioned above) and some of the links below.  Additionally, I asked several co-hosts to take part in this episode’s discussion segment.

This discussion features Rachel, who we all know loves Pigmon, and Dave who lucky enough to watch Ultraman as a kid, but when Charles who’d never seen Ultraman, voiced interest in joining the episode, I welcomed the opportunity to have the newbie reaction.

Similar to our Ultra Q episode, we cannot cover all 39 episodes of Ultraman in one episode of the Kaijucast. We’ve each chosen two episodes to highlight  – thankfully two of the episodes overlapped! The episodes covered in this episode are as follows:

Episode 2: DEFEAT THE INVADERS/SHOOT THE INVADERS featuring Alien Baltan
Episode 8: LAWLESS MONSTER ZONE featuring Red King, Chandlar, Magular & Pigmon
Episode 11: RUFFIAN FROM OUTER SPACE featuring Gyango
Episode 13: OIL SOS featuring Pestar
Episode: 28 HUMAN SPECIMENS 5 & 6 featuring Alien Dada
Episode: 35 MONSTER GRAVEYARD featuring Seabozu
Episode 37: THE LITTLE HERO featuring Geronimon, Pigmon, Dorako & Telesdon

1. Ultraman Theme Song performed by Animetal from Animetal Marathon 3: Tsuburaya Edition (1998)
2. Theme of the Science Patrol (Vocal Version)by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966
3. Ultraman’s Color Time audio clip from the English dub of Ultraman (1966)
4. Go Go Go Ultraman by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
5. Kaiju Booska Theme by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Kaiju Booska (1966)
– Plus the episode wouldn’t be the same with out the following (used as background music)
6. Shoot the Invader by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
7. Lawless Zone of Monsters by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
8. Rogue and Magic Stone from Spaceby Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
9. Theme of the Science Patrolby Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
10. Little Heroby Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
11. Human Specimen 5 and 6by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
12. The Monster Graveyardby Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
13. A Little Hero by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)

Tsuburaya wins victory in court to sell Ultraman overseas
Our Ultra Q Coverage with August Ragone (in episode 16)
Our Ultra Q Coverage with August Ragone (in episode 258)
Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters (August’s book)
The Good, The Bad and Godzilla (August’s Blog)
August Ragone on Twitter

Pestar takes a drink! (1966)

T-shirt Of The Month Club for May: Tom Whalen’s design
Kaijucast 10th Anniversary Poster by MONDO artist Tom Whalen