SciFi JAPAN TV #14: Heisei Ultraman Revival / 第14話「平成ウルトラマンのリバイバル」
Source: ACTV Japan
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
SciFi JAPAN TV returns with a look at the revival of the Ultraman franchise in the mid-1990s. In this episode, TV producer Yoshihiko Marutani and director Takeshi Yagi take us on a brief tour of “Ultra-Town” in Tsuburaya Productions’ old hometown of Shoshigaya-Okura, then sit down at the Ultraman goods shop Shot M78 to reflect on the productions of the Heisei series ULTRAMAN TIGA (ウルトラマンティガ, Urutoraman Tiga, 1996-1997), ULTRAMAN DYNA (ウルトラマンダイナ, Urutoraman Daina, 1997-1998), ULTRAMAN GAIA (ウルトラマンガイア, Urutoraman Gaia, 1998-1999), and ULTRAMAN COSMOS (ウルトラマンコスモス, Urutoraman Kosumosu, 2001-2002)!
Notes on the episode…
• Takeshi Yagi refers to a book by Akio Jissoji. A highly regarded art film director, Jissoji (1937-2006) was behind some of the most unique and popular episodes of ULTRAMAN and ULTRA SEVEN. His book about the production of the original ULTRAMAN, The Lunar Vessel of the Star Forests: The Men Who Dreamt of Monsters (星の林に月の舟―怪獣に夢見た男たち, Hoshi no Hayashi ni Tsuki no Fune ― Kaijuu ni Yumemita Otoko-Tachi) was published in 1987. For more on Akio Jissoji please see the tribute on SciFi Japan.
• Yoshihiko Marutani mentions Koichi Takano (1935-2008), was one of top creative personnel at Tsuburaya Productions. Takano joined the company in 1963 and worked in several different capacities — including producer, managing director and FX director — on TPC’s shows and movies through 2002. For more on Koichi Takano please see the tribute on SciFi Japan.
• Yoshihiko Marutani also discussed the ratings for ULTRAMAN TIGA. According to the Japanese statistics company Video Research, TIGA had an average rating of 7.3%, with a high of 9.9 for Episode 14 and a low of 4.4 for Episode 50.
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