Captain Ultra

TitleCaptain Ultra

CategoryOther

Year1967

Type Full series Episode 24/24

Captain Ultra

Captain Ultra

Captain Ultra is the titular intergalactic hero of a pulp-style tokusatsu science fiction space adventure television series. Produced by Toei Company Ltd., the series aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) from April 16 to September 24, 1967, with a total of 24 episodes.

The show is titled Space Special Effects Series: Captain Ultra (宇宙特撮シリーズ キャプテンウルトラ, Uchū Tokusatsu Shirīzu: Kyaputen Urutora).

Captain Ultra

Captain Ultra

This series is based very loosely on Captain Future, the pulp science fiction saga created by the influential Edmond Hamilton. This was not the only time his work was adapted in Japan: Captain Future was officially adapted into an anime series by Toei Doga in 1978, and that same year, Tsuburaya Productions adapted his Starwolf novels into a tokusatsu sci-fi action series of the same title.

Captain Ultra

Captain Ultra 1967

Originally, this series was aired by Tokyo Broadcasting System right after the end of the original UltramanCaptain Ultra show to serve as a filler series to while Tsuburaya Productions geared up for the production of UltrasevenCaptain Ultra. So only 24 episodes of Captain Ultra were ordered by the network.

Captain Ultra

Captain Ultra

So, the week following the conclusion of Captain Ultra, Ultraseven premiered on TBS. Still, while short-lived, the series has been released in Japan on all of the major home video formats since the 1980s: VHS, Lasterdisc, and DVD, and in 2005, a tankōbon of the original serialized manga illustrated by Shunji Obata, was published by Manga Shop.

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Captain Ultra is among the more memorable tokusatsu series from the 1960s, and was one of the three cornerstones of Toei’s programs of 1967, including Kamen no Ninja Aka-Kage and Giant Robo (better known in the US as Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot.

Some Japanese fans also compare the looks of Captain Ultra to that of Captain Scarlet, the title hero of Sylvia and Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation series, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (which had been shown in Japan around the same time).

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