Urutoraman Taro

Urutoraman Taro (Ultraman Taro) ran April 6, 1973 through April 5, 1974, 53 episodes

Ultraman Taro

Character Actor/Actress
Higashi, Kôtarô Sinoda, Saburo
Ultraman Taro Nagasawa, Hiroshi
Deputy Captain Aragaki, Shuhhei (episodes 1-51) Higashino , Takahiko
Shiratori, Kenichi Saito, Sinya
Shiratori, Saori (episodes 1-16) Mayumi Asuka
Shiratori, Saori (episodes 20-53) Ono, Keiko
Kitajima, Tetsuya Tsumura, Shusuke
Nanbara, Tadao Kimura, Toyoyuki
Nisida, Jiro (episodes 1-8, 13) Mitsugi, Kiyotaka
Moriyama, Izumi Matutani, Kiyoko
Deputy Captain Kazumii, Nitani (episodes 51-53) Noboru, Mitani
Narrator Sagawa, Tetsuro

Opening Theme

Higashi, KôtarôMother of Ultra and Higashi, Kôtarô

Earth is one again threatened by hostile alien monsters and once again the Ultras of Nebula M-78 decide to come to Earth's aid. Disguised as a human female the Mother of Ultra visits Earth and gives a"good luck charm" (the Ultra Badge) to boxer Higashi, Kôtarô. Soon after joining the Earth defense group ZAT, Higashi, Kôtarô is killed by the giant monster Astromons. Kôtarô is transported to Land of Light in Nebula M-78 where he is revived and merged with the newly born Ultraman Taro, (son of Father of Ultra and Mother of Ultra). Back on Earth, Higashi, Kôtarô wears the Ultra Badge on his shoulder. Strangely, no one seems to notice the unathorized addition to his ZAT uniform. In the Early episodes the Ultra Badge signals Higashi, Kôtarô when he should use it. In later episode it doesn't have to.

Shiratori, Saori 1

Besides the members of ZAT the other support characters are Ueno, Takashi's land lady/house keeper college student Shiratori, Saori (age 19) and her brother (the required child character) Shiratori, Kenichi (age 11). Saroi is actually played by two different actress but its supposed to be the same character. Saori and Kenichi are the children of the captain Kôtarô served under when he served as memeber of a ship's crew.


Taro and MotherZoffy

Ultraman Taro features guest appearances by seven other Ultras: Mother of Ultra (1, 2, 3, 24, 40, 53), Zoffy (1, 18, 19, 25. 33, 34, 40), Ultraman (1, 25, 33, 34, 40), Ultra Seven (1, 5, 25, 33-34, 40), Ultraman Jack (1, 25, 33-34, 40, 52), Ultraman Ace (1, 25, 33-34, 40) and Father of Ultra (39, 51).

Rabbidog Rabbidog

At home on Land of Light in Nebula M-78. Ultraman Taro have a noncombatent pet, Rappidog (episodes 24 & 25). Taro is the first Ultraman to be shown to have pet, the second being Ultraman Leo. Ultraman Taro doesn't have much time to spend with his pet as he's home to have an emergency meeting with the Ultra Brothers to discuse how to save Earth from an unnatural darkness that threatens to end life of Earth.

Ultra Brothers human Ultra Brothers possesing humans

In episodes 33 & 34: Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack and Ultraman Ace arrive on Earth to visit Ultraman Taro. They take on their human forms: Hayata, Shin; Moroboshi, Dan; Go, Hideki and Hokuto, Seiji. .The shirts they are wearing have "Ultra Symbols" which spell out their names in the language of their people. Their family reuniion is interupted by an alien invasion of course. Zoffy will eventually join them. And to hide their presence from the hostile alien they will temporarily possess on humans. Zoffy a scientist. The others ZAT officers: Ultraman borrows the body of Deputy Captain Aragaki, Shuuhei. Ultra Seven borrows the body of Kitajima, Tetsuya, Ultraman Jack borrows the body of Nanbara, Tadao. Ultraman Ace borrows the body of Ueno, Takashi. In episode 40 each tries to stop the monster Tyrant from reaching Earth and fails. Ace is able to send Taro a warning and Taro defeats the monster alone. Was it worn out from fighting the other Ultra Brothers or is Taro just stronger than his elders? After the Tyrant is dead Mother of Ultra makes a cameo appearance, making sure her son is allright. In the finale episode the Mother of Ultra only appears in her human disguise (which apparently resesmbles Kôtarô's human mother) though of course Kôtarô now knows who she really is,.

Father of Ultra

Father of Ultra's first appearance on Earth is to just talk, and then to carry a giant monster back into space. HIs second appearance its to defeat a monster his son, Taro cannot. He also brings a dead human woman back to life.


Ultraman Taro

The Episodes


In episode 53 after Ultraman Taro has defeated one more monster, Higashi, Kôtarô wanting to be human again chooses to be seperated from Ultraman Taro and gives the Ultra Badge back to the same woman he met in episode one whom he now knows is the Mother of Ultra in disguise. Higashi, Kôtarô's timing was off however, the alien that sent the monster Ultraman Taro killed wants revenge and doesn't know Ultraman Taro is no longer on Earth and Higashi, Kôtarô has to figure out how to defeat it as a human. After which he resigns from ZAT to try to live out his dream of becoming a champion boxer.. In future appearances Ultraman Taro will not have a human form, unlike the other Ultras who continue to use copies of their human forms even. I guess Ultraman Taro hasen't forgiven Higashi, Kôtarô for seperating from him and refuses to look like him ever again. The current whereabouts of Higashi, Kôtarô are unknown. (Apparently Sinoda, Saburo has no interest in replaying the part).Ultraman Taro is followed by Ultraman Leo (which Ultraman Taro does not appear in although the other Ultra Brothers do).


Urutoraman Taro © 1973 Tsuburaya Productions

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