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An alien superhero from M-78 protects Earth from extraterrestrial threats in this popular classic follow-up to the original "Ultraman" TV series.
Considered by Japanese fans to be not only the most popular entry of the Ultra Series, but also one of Japan's greatest sci-fi/superhero TV shows. Due to his huge popularity, the character of Ultra Seven (as well as his alter-ego, Dan Moroboshi, played by Kôji Moritsugu) has appeared in more sequels and spin-offs than any other character in the Ultra Series.
The main title credits begins with a backwards "crumbling sand" effect of the Japanese "Ultra Seven" title, in white with a colorful psychadelic background. In later episodes, a "paint-swirl" title almost identical to that of Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Series (1966) was used. In either case, the subsequent opening credits (which usually start with the name of the weekly episode) are accompanied with black silhouettes of the Ultra Garrison mecha against a colorful looped liquid background. The last silhouette is of Dan Moroboshi (the show's hero, decked out in Ultra Garrison uniform and helmet), which transforms into a silhouette of Ultra Seven.
In current Japanese verisons, Episode 12 "Yûsei Yori Ai wo Komete" ("From Another Planet with Love") has been banned since 1970, because the episode offended irradiated survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The episode featured the Spehl Aliens, whose planet was destroyed by radiation, so they come to Earth to extract fresh blood from humans to restore their bodies. The episode was directed by Akio Jissoji, written by Mamoru Sasaki and guest starred Hiroko Sakurai (who played Yuriko Edogawa in "Ultra Q" and Akiko Fuji in "Ultraman"). However, the Hawaiian English version included the episode, as did TPS/Cinar's Canadian English dub, under the title "Crystalized Corpuscles."
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