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Thirty million years ago when the universe was threatened by two horrifying monsters, the mysterious Ancient Ultra Warriors appeared and defeated the beasts. The Ultra Warriors then created the Pyramid of Light in the Land of Tiga and remained there waiting to be called upon again. At the beginning of the 21st century, two huge monsters reappear, demolishing everything in their path. Even the super weaponry of the Global Unlimited Task Squad (code name: G.U.T.S.) can’t stop them. During a battle near an ancient golden pyramid, something goes wrong. Daigo, the GUTS Team’s most daring young fighter, becomes joined with the last remaining statue of one of the Ancient Ultra Warriors. The mighty Ultraman Tiga is born! Now when danger strikes, Daigo holds aloft the Spark Lance and transforms into Ultraman Tiga! (Source: millcreekent.com) Edit Translation

  • English
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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 52
  • Aired: Sep 7, 1996 - Aug 30, 1997
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: MBS TBS
  • Duration: 30 min.
  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 275 users)
  • Ranked: #3161
  • Popularity: #9945
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

TAKE ME HIGHER!

It's taken me way too long to finish this series and I wanna apologise to my friend Garasharp for that. After small side steps into a few short-lived co-produced Ultra shows, Ultraman returned to his full Japanese roots with Ultraman Tiga marking the debut of a new full-fledged Ultra series and the first full Heisei series.

After a franchise hiatus of over 15 years, set in a universe different from all previous series and updated with a new look and feel. Ultraman Tiga is basically one of, if not, the defining Ultra show. You don't need prior knowledge of any of the previous shows to get Tiga, it acts as a fresh start for the series but remains faithful and familiar to the long-time fans.

Where Tiga shines brightest is in its cast of likeable lead characters, raw emotional impact and breathtaking production values. The storytelling is up to the usual Tsuburaya quality with seemingly every episode, for better or worse, developing the characters and their own motivations over the course of the 52-episode run. The slow-burn love story between Daigo and Rena is extremely worthwhile and rewarding for those invested in the series, and the rest of the supporting cast is equally fantastic although Horii can be extremely hit or miss with his comedic antics even then he gets a satisfying and conclusive character arc.

Wildly unpredictable at times with a multitude of excellent episodes under its belt (and yes even some rather dire ones), the series is never lazy. It continues to bring out new and imaginative monsters without feeling the need to recycle and even when an old monster shows up again, it's not without reason.

Unfortunately trying to watch this series in its original format is made nearly impossible due to a long-standing and extremely strict contract with lead actor Hiroshi Nagano's talent agency, Johnny & Associates. There's a great video on why this happened by Vintage Henshin which you should all watch. It's a real shame that due to this, Tiga has been plagued by a lack of reruns, botched home video releases and even suffering from extreme cuts or outright being skipped due to the use of Nagano's own likeness.

The show's production is essentially flawless, the top-notch suitmation work combined with tight direction, scripts and fantastic musical score by Tatsumi Yano. But it's the use of Take Me Higher for the series' opening and often used to accompany the final battles of the episodes where it really gets your heart pumping, unfortunately, it's another casualty of Johnny & Associates' rules due to the fact that Nagano is a member of the band, V6, who perform the song.

There are so many stand-out episodes from the show it's hard to narrow it down to a list of favourites or best episodes, although I will attempt it:
1. The Ultra Star
2. One Vanishing Moment
3. The One Who Inherits the Shadows
4. Zelda's Point Defences
5. Dear Mr Ultraman
6. Take Me Higher! / Master of Darkness / To the Shining Ones
7. The Released Target
8. Second Contact
9. Resurrected Friend
10. Hana

The series has range and it uses it superbly well, be it introducing the first fully evil Ultra of the franchise with Evil Tiga, a self-indulgent love letter to the founding father of Tsuburaya Productions telling a story of how he met the original Ultraman or a scientist trying to live with the grief of his creation that killed his own daughter. There's a multitude of different styles and genres present in this show, catering to everyone and anyone. Even the more kid-focused stories while being the weaker ones are more than worth a look for some rather decent kid acting and storylines.

Ultraman Tiga on the whole distils everything and anything you could want or need out of an Ultraman show. Pure glowing hope and love in the face of Lovecraftian cosmic evil. No matter how dire the situation, it never relents in its depiction of its titular character as a source of optimism. My love for Tokusatsu as a whole can more than be summed up with my love for this show.

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52 of 52 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 7.5

Coincidental Halloween

Lol, coincidentally it is October 29, 2020 in my country right now and I find it funny that a sci-fi series has a halloween episode. It isquite fun though, it was as dumb as the birthday episode of Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger but I love it c:

Looking forward for the next ones! really entertained, glad I started the Ultra series
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  • Drama: Ultraman Tiga
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 52
  • Aired: Sep 7, 1996 - Aug 30, 1997
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: MBS, TBS
  • Duration: 30 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 275 users)
  • Ranked: #3161
  • Popularity: #9945
  • Watchers: 698

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