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Urutora Q (Ultra Q)


"For the next 30 minutes, you'll experience a parting of mind from body and become swallowed into this mysterious time."


Urutora Q (Ultra Q) ran from January 2, 1966 through July 3, 1966 (28 episodes)
[episode 28 was not part of the original run but was aired 18 months later on December 14, 1967]




Opening Theme



Character Actor/Actress
Manjome, Jun Sahara, Kenji
Edogawa, Yuriko Sakurai, Hiroko
Togawa, Ippei Saijou, Yasuhiko
Professor Ichinotani Egawa, Ureo
News Desk Editor, Seki Yoshifumi, Tajima
Narrator Ishizaka, Koji

Urutora Q (Ultra Q), was a black and white science ficton series originally invisioned by Tsuburaya, Eij to be like the American series "The Twilight Zone" or "The Outer Limits" but after a survey found that Japense children who were the core audience really liked daikaiju ("giant strange beasts") it became a series about giant monsters. The "Q" stands for "question". The origianl title of the series was to be "Unbalanced" which is refrenced in the opening narration of some of the early episodes, which speaks of liviing in an unblanced world. That portion of the narration is later dropped.

Manjome, Jun  Edogawa, Yuriko Togawa, Ippei

When strange beasts or other odd occurances happen a small group of people with no official standing set out to investigate them: Manjome, Jun; helicopter and small airplane pilot for Hoshikawa Air Service and an amateur sciene fiction writer flies the team around Japan. Edogawa, Yuriko a reporter writes up their adventures for the Daily News. She is the only female in the group. Togawa, Ippei youngest member of the team works with Jun. at Hoshikawa Air Service.

Professor Ichinotan News Desk Editor, Seki

Professor Ichinotani a renowned scientist sometimes aids them (episodes 3, 4, 8, 12, 13, 22, 25, 27, 28). The Professor will eventually go on to be instrumental in forming the Japanese branch of the international Science Special Search-Party aka the Science Patrol, as seen in the sequel to Urutora Q (Ultra Q), Urutoraman (Ultraman). Edogawa, Yuriko boss at the newspaper News Desk Editor, Seki assigns her to the stories and hires her friends at Hoshikawa Air Service to fly her around.


Episodes In Broadcast Order           Strange Beast(s)
01 01/02/1966 Defeat Gomess!           Gomess & Litra
02 01/07/1966 Goro and Goro           Goro
03 01/16/1966 The Gift From Space           Namegon
04 01/23/1966 Mammoth Flower           Juran
05 01/30/1966 Peguila is Here!           Peguila
06 02/06/1966 Grow Up! Little Turtle           Gameron & Kai Dragon
07 02/13/1966 S.O.S. Mount Fuji           Gorgos
08 02/20/1966 Terror of the Sweet Honey           Mongular
09 02/27/1966 Baron Spider           Tarantula
10 03/05/1966 The Underground Super Express Goes West           M1
11 03/13/1966 Balloonga           Balloonga
12 03/20/1966 I Saw a Bird           Larugeus
13 03/27/1966 Garadama           Garamon
14 04/03/1966 Tokyo Ice Age           Peguila
15 04/10/1966 Kanegon's Cocoon           Kanegon
16 04/17/1966 Garamon Strikes Back           Garamon II, Garamon III & Cicada Man
17 04/24/1966 The 1/8 Project           The 1/8 Humans
18 05/01/1966 The Rainbow's Egg           Pagos
19 05/08/1966 Challenge from the Year 2020           Kemur
20 05/15/1966 The Primordial Amphibian Ragon           Ragon
21 05/22/1966 Space Directive M774           Alien Ruperts & Bostang
22 05/29/1966 Metamorphosis           Morpho Butterfly & Koji, The Giant
23 06/05/1966 Fury of the South Sea           Sudar
24 06/12/1966 The Statue of Goga           Goga
25 06/19/1966 The Devil Child           Lily
26 06/19/1966 Blazing Glory           Peter
27 07/03/1966 The Disappearance of Flight 206           Todora
28 12/14/1967 Open Up!           The Train In The Vary Dimension


Episodes In Production Order           Strange Beast(s)
01 Mammoth Flower           Juran
02 Metamorphosis           Morpho Butterfly & Koji, The Giant
03 The Devil Child           Lily
04 The Disappearance of Flight 206           Todora
05 The Gift From Space           Namegon
06 Open Up!           The Train In The Vary Dimension
07 I Saw a Bird           Larugeus
08 Grow Up! Little Turtle           Gameron & Kai Dragon
09 The 1/8 Project           The 1/8 Humans
10 Terror of the Sweet Honey           Mongular
11 Goro and Goro           Goro
12 Defeat Gomess!           Gomess & Litra
13 Baron Spider           Tarantula
14 Fury of the South Sea           Sudar
15 Peguila is Here!           Peguila
16 Tokyo Ice Age           Peguila
17 Balloonga           Balloonga
18 Space Directive M774           Alien Ruperts & Bostang
19 Blazing Glory           Peter
20 S.O.S. Mount Fuji           Gorgos
21 Kanegon's Cocoon           Kanegon
22 The Statue of Goga           Gogat
23 Challenge from the Year 2020           Kemur
24 The Rainbow's Egg           Pagos
25 The Underground Super Express Goes West           M1
26 The Primordial Amphibian Ragon           Ragon
27 Garadama           Garamon
28 Garamon Strikes Back           Garamon II, Garamon III & Cicada Man


Unlike other tokusatsu series each episode ends not with "TO BE CONTINUED" but with "THE END" as each is a stand alone story, with the five main characters being involved in each the only connection.



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In 1967 Tsuburaya and TBS licensed Ultra Q to CBS Films (producers of "The Twilight Zone") and hired Film House (now DeLuxe Toronto) in Canada to dub the entire series in English. CBS then backed out of the deal. United Artists Television (producers of "The Outer Limits") picked it up along with Ultraman. however no network or channel wanted Ultra Q because it was black and white and the merchants pressured them to only run color programs in order to sell color television sets, so unlike Ultranman which was in color, it was never aired in the US.



Ultra Q DVD Ultra Q Blu Ray

On August 13, 2013 Ultra Q was released on DVD, by Shout Factory TV, Japanese with English subtites.

On October 15, 2019 Ultra Q was released on Blu Ray, by Mill Creek Entertainment, in Japanese with English subtites

Urutora Q (Ultra Q) was followed by Urutoraman (Ultraman).



Urutora Q 1966 Tsuburaya Productions