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I recently started watching Ultraman X and I loved it, but this is my first exposure to ultraman so I'm missing like 40 years (I think) of continuity, and it shows. I like the show and I wish I could understand it better, can anyone bring me up to date?
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Wow, you don't ask for anything easy do you! Just kidding. But yeah, the whole thing started with Ultra Q and then the original Ultraman back in 1966. So next year will be the 50th Anniversary. After Ultraman was Ultraseven, then Return of Ultraman, Ultraman Ace, Ultraman Taro, Ultraman Leo, Ultraman 80.

There was a couple animated Ultraman shows during the 80's then an Australian version called Ultraman: Towards the Future (aka Ultraman Great) and a terrible US version called Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero.

Live action returned with the start of tv movies featuring Ultraseven in in 1994 and two Ultraman Zearth movies followed starting in 1996. Then regular tv series started again with Ultramans Tiga, Dyna, Gaia, Cosmos, Nexus, Max, and Mebius. There was a direct to video series with Ultraman Neos, and web series featuring Ultraseven X and a whole bunch of monsters in Ultra Galaxy:Mega Monster Battle and Ultra Galaxy:Mega Monster Battle NEO. Then came the movies with Ultraman Zero, as well as web based specials. Then Ultraman Ginga and Ginga S. And now Ultraman X! I'm sure I've missed a step or two there but I've given you plenty of information to look things up with.

Leo, 80, Max, and Mebius are here on Crunchyroll. The original Ultraman and Ultraseven are out there on legal US dvd releases. Tiga was released here on DVD 15 years ago, copies are out there, but can be expensive and hard to find. You can find other series on foreign releases elsewhere if you look.

I hope I helped you out some. There is a lot there to look at, but if you love the Japanese style giant monster genre, Ultraman is certainly worth getting into! Good Luck!
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Posted 7/21/15 , edited 7/21/15
i would start with ultramman max or ultraman Mebius they are on crunchyroll. Mebius is really good.
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Guy in silver mask beats up a bunch of rubber-suited monsters.

Sit back and enjoy!

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Wow, you don't ask for anything easy do you! Just kidding. But yeah, the whole thing started with Ultra Q and then the original Ultraman back in 1966. So next year will be the 50th Anniversary. After Ultraman was Ultraseven, then Return of Ultraman, Ultraman Ace, Ultraman Taro, Ultraman Leo, Ultraman 80.

There was a couple animated Ultraman shows during the 80's then an Australian version called Ultraman: Towards the Future (aka Ultraman Great) and a terrible US version called Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero.

Live action returned with the start of tv movies featuring Ultraseven in in 1994 and two Ultraman Zearth movies followed starting in 1996. Then regular tv series started again with Ultramans Tiga, Dyna, Gaia, Cosmos, Nexus, Max, and Mebius. There was a direct to video series with Ultraman Neos, and web series featuring Ultraseven X and a whole bunch of monsters in Ultra Galaxy:Mega Monster Battle and Ultra Galaxy:Mega Monster Battle NEO. Then came the movies with Ultraman Zero, as well as web based specials. Then Ultraman Ginga and Ginga S. And now Ultraman X! I'm sure I've missed a step or two there but I've given you plenty of information to look things up with.

Leo, 80, Max, and Mebius are here on Crunchyroll. The original Ultraman and Ultraseven are out there on legal US dvd releases. Tiga was released here on DVD 15 years ago, copies are out there, but can be expensive and hard to find. You can find other series on foreign releases elsewhere if you look.

I hope I helped you out some. There is a lot there to look at, but if you love the Japanese style giant monster genre, Ultraman is certainly worth getting into! Good Luck!


Thanks so much (also I love your icon) is there any necessary continuity I might be missing that you could catch me up on?
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Thanks so much (also I love your icon) is there any necessary continuity I might be missing that you could catch me up on?


Ultraman through Ultraman 80, Ultraman Mebius, Ultra Galaxy, and Ultraman Zero are all set in the original universe and are connected in continuity (although sometimes loosely). Ultraman Tiga and Dyna are set in the same universe, all of the others are set in their own individual universes. But there have been crossovers between the universes in recent years.

There is an Ultraman Wiki that has a lot of info on individual Ultras and other Tsuburaya creations.

http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Ultraman_Wiki

Always happy to create another Ultrafan!


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Thanks so much (also I love your icon) is there any necessary continuity I might be missing that you could catch me up on?


Ultraman through Ultraman 80, Ultraman Mebius, Ultra Galaxy, and Ultraman Zero are all set in the original universe and are connected in continuity (although sometimes loosely). Ultraman Tiga and Dyna are set in the same universe, all of the others are set in their own individual universes. But there have been crossovers between the universes in recent years.

There is an Ultraman Wiki that has a lot of info on individual Ultras and other Tsuburaya creations.

http://ultra.wikia.com/wiki/Ultraman_Wiki

Always happy to create another Ultrafan!




Thanks very much, but are you quite certain Ultraman X takes place in it's own universe? I'm just asking because there seems to be a lot of backstory I'm missing.
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Thanks very much, but are you quite certain Ultraman X takes place in it's own universe? I'm just asking because there seems to be a lot of backstory I'm missing.

They are using Spark Dolls which first showed up in Ultraman Ginga, but from the reactions of the XIO crew they had never seen an Ultra before. So I am assuming it is taking place in it's own unique universe.
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Thanks very much, but are you quite certain Ultraman X takes place in it's own universe? I'm just asking because there seems to be a lot of backstory I'm missing.


They are using Spark Dolls which first showed up in Ultraman Ginga, but from the reactions of the XIO crew they had never seen an Ultra before. So I am assuming it is taking place in it's own unique universe.


Okay, well thanks again. And also how many episodes are in ginga? I might watch it if it's less than 30
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Okay, well thanks again. And also how many episodes are in ginga? I might watch it if it's less than 30



11 episode for the first season.
16 episode and a movie for the second season, Ultraman Ginga S.
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octorockandroll wrote:

Okay, well thanks again. And also how many episodes are in ginga? I might watch it if it's less than 30



11 episode for the first season.
16 episode and a movie for the second season, Ultraman Ginga S.


Thanks ^_^
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Its been so long since I've watched this show. Nice to know that CR has some of the shows but why don't they have the originals? Legal problems I assume?
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Its been so long since I've watched this show. Nice to know that CR has some of the shows but why don't they have the originals? Legal problems I assume?


Yeah, there is a Thai company called Chaiyo that has the international rights to the first five Ultraman series and another Tsuburaya series called Jumborg Ace. There has been an ongoing legal battle over this but right now Tsuburaya doesn't have the broadcast or video rights to these series outside of Japan.
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Leo, 80, Max, and Mebius are here on Crunchyroll. The original Ultraman and Ultraseven are out there on legal US dvd releases. Tiga was released here on DVD 15 years ago, copies are out there, but can be expensive and hard to find. You can find other series on foreign releases elsewhere if you look.


To further elaborate, you can also find Ultra Q on DVD and streaming online on Shout Factory TV's website. Ultraman and Ultra Seven can also be found streaming online, the former on Hulu and the latter, again, on Shout Factory TV's website.

As far as I can tell, while Spark Dolls were introduced in Ultraman Ginga, the toyline was so popular that they brought it back for this series. Aside from that, there are no connections. However, it should be noted that Gomora is a famous monster from the original Ultraman series that Tsuburaya has used time and again due to his popularity. In fact, many of the monsters from this series are reused from the original Ultraman timeline, but it won't be necessary to understand where they came from. They're just easter eggs for long time fans.
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Posted 7/25/15 , edited 7/25/15
ultraman x follows on from ultraman Ginga and Ginga s. Ginga is basic how every got turned into the dolls and humans can use the spark dolls to become big.
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