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Ultraman – Japanese TV Series (1966-1967)

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Ultraman Series 1966The kaiju movies on the big screen at this point in time are in full stride the Godzilla franchise firmly in place and the Gamera franchise just starting up – but on the small screen there were hidden gems like “Ultraman”.

OVERVIEW

Ultraman is alien from outer-space that gives his unique powers to a human being who is apart of a special team called the Science Special Search Party who are in effect defenders of the earth – this is series is set in the future (I believe in the 1990s).

ULTRAMAN 

Ultraman the character comes to life when the kaiju have the ability to grow large – the added aspect of tension is the fact that when Shin Hayata uses the “beta capsule” to become “Ultraman” he has only a set amount of time before his energy runs out this is narrated during the fight scenes as a reminder adding a sense of urgency to the battle and added layer of intensity.

The series itself has many parallels to other shows such as Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds and the Super Sentai Series the plot revolved around the team in each episode and other characters within the story – the overall genre is sciences fiction but it delves into fantasy, crime, mild horror and action some of the episodes are noticeably dark in tone while others are lighter. The are constant elements of humour also throughout the series.

It is balanced mix of the all the things stated above which interesting plots, well crafted kaiju and special effects it certainly keeps you watching.

Ultraman JirassSPECIAL EFFECTS 

For 1966 special effects for at TV series are well crafted, ambitious and certainly creative for the small budget that was applied  – I viewed the series in HD (standard def) Upscaled to full HD the colours are bright and the grainy imperfect quality to the picture actually goes in the series favour adding a layer of atmospheric grittiness.

CONCLUSION

Ultraman is a diverse imaginatively constructed and realised kaiju TV series with an interesting plot and likable character to ambitious special effects I highly recommend this.

Paul Isaacs 2015

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Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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