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Title: Ultraman Turns 40
Post by: Andrew on November 27, 2006, 11:57:20 AM
Article on Slashdot, with links to articles on the Japan Times website.  The Japan Times site requires registration to view the stories, but a helpful poster did what they often do on Slashdot - posted the entire story text for the one article.

It was amusing to see one poster on Slashdot who made the same observation I did lately:  the episodes (at least from Season 1), seem to follow the same formula over and over.

Click here to read the Slashdot story (http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/26/077254)




Title: Re: Ultraman Turns 40
Post by: MonsterX on November 27, 2006, 07:27:01 PM
I was more of a Specter Man fan when I was a kid.  When I got a dvd of all the episodes off ebay a year or so ago I was amazed at how terrible they were!  I need to pick up that Ultraman dvd that came out not to long ago still.


Title: Re: Ultraman Turns 40
Post by: Andrew on November 27, 2006, 07:45:46 PM
Spectreman!  I remember that show.  Have not seen it in over twenty years, so I wonder if it will suffer as badly (or worse) as Ultraman did. 

They have put out a second Ultraman DVD set, which I have not picked up yet. I am only about halfway through the first DVD set.  Of course, it often feels like I am watching the same episode over and over.  One that did trigger a big memory was the man-eating plant monster one.  Terrifying as a child, seeing somebody flopped upon by a plant monster that looked more like a huge latex glove.


Title: Re: Ultraman Turns 40
Post by: Ash on November 28, 2006, 08:58:33 AM
I thought he was called Inframan?


Title: Re: Ultraman Turns 40
Post by: MonsterX on November 28, 2006, 12:50:50 PM
Nope, hereís Spectreman.

http://www.arislan.net/henshin/spectreman/

Every week Spectreman would battle some pollution-based monster let loose upon the world by two alien monkeys that flew around in a flying saucer.  Itís good campy big rubber suited monster fun.  When I saw them again I had a hard time watching some of them though because itís like watching the same episode over and over again, like Andrew mentioned with Ultraman.

Whatís funny is that as a kid I thought Ultraman was a bad rip off of Spectreman when it was really the other way around!


Title: Re: Ultraman Turns 40
Post by: Ash on November 29, 2006, 06:40:28 AM
No....
I was referring to this guy:

(http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4852/inframan092iy2.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

This is definitely Inframan...but is there another character called Ultraman?
I used to play the Super NES game Ultraman but the character looked different.
I get 'em mixed up.


Title: Re: Ultraman Turns 40
Post by: Andrew on November 30, 2006, 01:45:25 PM
Yes, totally different guy in a suit fighting monsters.  And there have been about a dozen different versions of Ultraman (including females).

I found this site with pictures and lots of background.  Probably more background than is healthy.

http://home.cfl.rr.com/ultrafaq/Ultraman-FAQ.html