In the not-too-distant future, the Earth finds itself constantly under attack from extraterrestrial threats. To combat them, the Terrestrial Defense Force establishes the Ultra Guard, a team of six elite members who utilize high-tech vehicles and weaponry. Joining their fight is the mysterious Dan Moroboshi who is secretly an alien from the Land of Light in Nebula M-78, Ultraseven.Edit Translation
Good god this show is bad, and not "Due to the time it was made it feels a little rough" but "These people clearly don't know how to tell a story" bad. Other then some sort of MMPR style nostalgia on the part of fans in japan, I have no idea why it is remembered as fondly as it is. The first three episodes were just some of the most broken, disjointed TV I've seen in a while. The way the show presents itsself, I have no idea how anything in the world works or why I should care about any of the characters. Like it just goes "Here's the ultra guard, they fight aliens, they're like the science patrol but with a higher budget. ....Uh, oh shit, there's a thing! And here's a guy! He's Ultra seven? Yeah, that works. Ok, that's your show, enjoy!" And they introduce all these other characters who work at the base and are part of the Ultra Guard, but other then one sentence descriptions that feel like they're from Kenner action figure packaging we get nothing from them. I understood why they were all on the team, but none of them were compelling characters. They're all just there and don't really do much except spout generic military sounding dialogue. And Dan AKA Ultra Seven isn't much better himself, he just shows up part way through the first episode and knows a bunch of shit about aliens (and never gives the ultra guard a reason for knowing any of it even though they don't know he's an alien and therefore it should make no sense to them that he knows these things) so they make him a member of the team. We never get any explanation of what he's doing on earth, why he's decided to help the Ultra Guard, where his powers come from, or even where the flying flip he comes from. It comes off like they just went "well people know what Ultraman was and why he was doing what he was doing, so let's just skip that and let them assume it's the same here. Also, give him Godzilla looking pokemon, that's a cool idea. ...Nah, we don't need to explain it ether." And then there's just so many bizarre moments in episodes 2 and 3 where I had almost no idea what was going on and it felt like there was a scene missing. Just like, a thing happens, and then another thing happens, but there's no connective tissue between those two things. The only redeeming thing about it was the miniature work, which was freaking great and astoundingly good looking for it's time. Wonderful stuff. But for me, great effects alone cannot save a show where I am constantly shouting stuff like "What the hell is happening? Who is this person? Why are they doing that? What does this have to do with what I just saw?" So I dropped the series after 3 episodes and am giving it a 3/10, would not recommend unless you're just super into classic effects work.