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Recap / Ultraman Ep 39 Farewell, Ultraman!


One last monster, one last battle

(First Aired: April 9, 1967)

Screenplay by: Tetsuo Kinjo

Directed by: Hajime Tsuburaya

A vast fleet of flying saucers surrounding a mothership makes its way to Earth with planetary domination in mind. Fortunately, satellites across the globe detect them and report it. Science Patrol receives the information and the world enters a state of both fear and military preparation. At HQ, Fuji informs that Paris HQ’s analysis indicates the invasion armada will arrive at 12:24 AM Japan Time, though its exact destination is unclear. Realizing they only have 40 minutes until arrival, Muramatsu instructs the team to alert the JSDF. Soon, the JSDF’s pilots are patrolling the Japanese skies, while Science Patrol anxiously awaits alongside Dr. Iwamoto. The saucers enter Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean minutes later and move towards the Asian side of the Pacific. They are making a beeline for Japan, where they encounter the JSDF. The saucer fleet easily eradicates the opposing forces, despite the JSDF’s best efforts. Science Patrol soon receives the news, as well as a command from Paris HQ to attack. The world’s fate is in the hands of the team.

Muramatsu, Hayata, Arashi, and Ide head out on their Jet V-TOLs while Fuji and Dr. Iwamoto remain at HQ. However, Dr. Iwamoto remembers that he has an important weapon for Science Patrol to utilize on the alien invaders, which the team has not been given yet. As he heads downstairs, a pair of cold green hands grab him. They throttle the scientist into unconsciousness before dragging his body behind a door and leaving it there. Dr. Iwamoto soon returns with no mystery weapon. He knocks Fuji unconscious and then sabotages the HQ. Meanwhile, Science Patrol and their Jet V-TOLs are having a smoother time destroying the saucer army than the JSDF did. Hayata and Muramatsu then spot the mothership slipping away from the dogfight, so they pursue it in their Jet V-TOL. They chase the mothership through mountain passes and chasms, but lose it. Fortunately by this point, Ide and Arashi have eliminated all the invading ships. Muramatsu tells them to go back to HQ while he and Hayata continue to search for the mothership, unaware that the ship has hidden in a cavern and is beginning to burrow through the earth.

As Ide and Arashi fly home, Ide notices that HQ isn’t responding to his calls. Concerned, the two call Muramatsu and Hayata, who give up their mothership hunt and accompany Ide and Arashi. At HQ, they find the building’s systems have all been destroyed by someone and Fuji is still passed out on the ground. They wake her up, and she tells them that Dr. Iwamoto was responsible. Ide takes Fuji outside while Arashi, Muramatsu, and Hayata hunt Dr. Iwamoto through the HQ. They soon find the scientist and chase him outside. Arashi catches up to Dr. Iwamoto and punches the man in the face, sending him to the ground. When Muramatsu rushes up to check on Dr. Iwamoto, he finds a one-eyed humanoid with blackish-green skin and a single antenna on its head. Dr. Iwamoto had been replaced with an extraterrestrial agent sent as a scout by the invasion fleet. The alien stands up and looks at the shocked men before Hayata shoots it with his ray gun. In its dying breath, it utters one cryptic word: "Zetton".

While Arashi pieces together what happened, Hayata wonders out loud what Zetton is. Suddenly, the mothership bursts out the grounds near HQ. It flies towards the base and lands safely. Then, its hatch opens and a giant blue orb begins to rapidly expand from it. Eventually, the orb explodes, destroying the mothership and unleashing the answer to Hayata’s question. Where once stood the mothership is now Zetton, a bizarre monster resembling a humanoid beetle with a flashing yellow patch instead of a face and two more on its chest. Zetton walks towards Science Patrol HQ in an almost robotic fashion, ignoring the team’s futile attempts to stop it. Inside HQ, Dr. Iwamoto regains consciousness from his impostor's assault. Luckily, he has been given a communication badge by Muramatsu, so he contacts the team and requests a rescue. Muramatsu instructs Hayata and Arashi to take Dr. Iwamoto out to safety while he continues to fire upon Zetton. Zetton has already started attacking HQ though, so Hayata leaves Arashi to find Dr. Iwamoto. Instead, he pulls out the Beta Capsule and becomes Ultraman!

Ultraman begins the battle by binding Zetton in rings of energy to keep the alien monster in place. Zetton turns its attention to Ultraman and shows off its incredible strength by simply breaking out of the energy rings like they were made of paper. Zetton continues to display its formidable power through teleportation, hails of fireballs from its yellow facial patch, and a projected force field that shatters the Ultra Slash like glass. Even Zetton’s kicks and punches prove overwhelming for Ultraman. Eventually, Ultraman decides to finish the fight with a Specium Ray, but the most shocking event happens. Zetton catches the Specium Ray with its bare hands, absorbing the beam into its body. Then, it converts the Specium Ray into its own energy, which its fires back from its hands, striking Ultraman straight into his flashing Color Timer with unbelievable strength! Ultraman’s eyes begin to darken as his Color Timer breaks and fades. The hero falls over with a thundering crash. Ultraman is dead.

Science Patrol and Dr. Iwamoto have now gathered back together, just in time to be horrified by the sight of their fallen hero. Zetton turns its attention back towards HQ, intent on smashing it to pieces while Science Patrol can only watch and despair. Thankfully, Dr. Iwamoto has finally gotten the mystery weapon he had made for Science Patrol. It’s a small missile-like bullet of immense power, but it is the only one of its kind. He gives it to Arashi, who rushes towards Zetton. He shoots Zetton, hitting the monster and levitating it into the air, where it is blown to pieces by the projectile. Although everyone is now relieved at the defeat of Zetton and the alien fleet, this is not the time to celebrate. The HQ is still in shambles from the alien saboteur and Zetton's rampage, while Ultraman’s body lies in the fields outside the building, cold and stiff. Fortunately, Science Patrol puts out the fires and fixes their HQ with ease. As with Ultraman, things would never be the same.

Dr. Iwamoto spots something flying to Earth. It is another Ultraman! This Ultraman creates a red orb of energy, just like the one Hayata first met the first Ultraman in. The sphere floats Ultraman’s body inside and its occupant speaks to Ultraman’s spirit. The second Ultraman looks just like the one we know and love but with many studs on his chest. The second Ultraman introduces himself as Zoffy, a high ranking space patrol officer, and instructs Ultraman to return to the Land of Light in Nebula M78note In the English dub, Zoffy scolds Ultraman for his failure to defeat Zetton. Ultraman explains that Hayata will die if he separates and heads home, so he will stay on Earth. Ultraman then tells Zoffy that he would like to give his life to Hayata and die in the human's place for it would be unjust to let a comparatively short-lived being die as a victim of Ultraman’s battles. Understanding Ultraman’s compassion, Zoffy decides to give some of his life to Hayata and Ultraman for revival before separating the two. Zoffy then takes the Beta Capsule and reverses it, splitting Hayata and Ultraman back into two separate beings.

Science Patrol watches as the red orb with Zoffy and Ultraman floats away, while Hayata reappears on the ground some distance away. The team realizes that Ultraman is leaving, meaning that protection of the Earth is now in humanity’s hands. Zoffy then splits from the red orb and takes the weakened Ultraman resting inside to space. Hayata rejoins his teammates while they all say goodbye to Ultraman. When they ask him where he was the whole time, Hayata simply tells them that the red sphere was the one he saw and collided into at Lake Ryugamori, before realizing he doesn’t remember anything that happened afterwardsnote Hayata retains his memories of his time as Ultraman in the English dub. Still, he and the team watch Zoffy and Ultraman disappear into the sky. In space, Ultraman exits the orb with renewed strength and begins to fly alongside Zoffy. The final scene is Ultraman and Zoffy soaring through space with the Land of Light in M78 in their sight.

Sours: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/UltramanEp39FarewellUltraman

Farewell, Ultraman

Directed by

Hajime Tsuburaya

Farewell, Ultraman(さらばウルトラマンSaraba Urutoraman) is the thirty-ninth and final episode of Ultraman. It also features the first appearance of another Ultra, Zoffy.


On what seems to be a normal day for the Earth, a massive invasion fleet of alien ships mass near the moon. The SSSP's Paris base radios in at the SSSP base in Japan that the coming fleet may very well be the largest invasion fleet ever deployed against the Earth.

Taking matters into their own hands, the SSSP, sans Fuji and the visiting Dr. Iwamoto, take to the skies in their VTOLs and easily wipe out many of them. Unfortunately, back at the base, Iwamoto attacks Fuji and proceeds to destroy the base's supercomputer. Soon, Hayata, Captain Muramatsu, Ide, and Arashi return to find the base in chaos. Ide assists Fuji while his comrades chase down Iwamoto. Arashi catches up with the latter, and punches him, revealing the face of an Alien Zetton, who'd incapacitated the real Iwamoto beforehand. Hayata quickly shoots the alien, who simply says 'Zetton' before evaporating. Suddenly, a final alien ship, much bigger than the ones that had been destroyed earlier appears and unleashes a monster called Zetton.

While Arashi runs back to the base to rescue Fuji and the real Iwamoto, Hayata transforms into Ultraman and soon, the silver giant and Zetton clash. In the ensuing battle, Zetton damages Ultraman's Color Timer, leaving him unable to fight. But Ide and Arashi then shoot Zetton with Dr. Iwamoto's creation, a special anti-gravity missile that kills the monster.

Soon after, Zoffy, an Ultra Warrior of higher rank than Ultraman, arrives in a Travel Sphere to revive his comrade. The two engage in conversation. (In the Japanese original, Zoffy debates with Ultraman about Hayata. In the English version, Zoffy, who is not mentioned by name in this version, inquires about why his subordinate has lost to Zetton, and is told about Zetton's use of the unexpected weapon that damages Ultraman's warning light.) Ultraman requests that Zoffy split his and Hayata's life forces that Hayata may live a normal life, and also that he may regain his own powers and return to Earth. Zoffy complies with both requests, and Hayata ends up where Ultraman had fallen. The SSSP wave Ultraman goodbye, and a clearly amnesiac Hayata is left with the Beta Capsule. (In the English version, Hayata keeps his memory and joins his friends in seeing Ultraman and Zoffy off.)

As the narrator promises that Ultraman will return to the Earth someday, the last shot of the series is Zoffy and Ultraman flying home together back to Nebula M78.






"Ultraman, open your eyes. I am Space Patrolman Zoffy, from Nebula M78. Now, come back to the Land of Light with me, Ultraman."

"Zoffy, my body does not only belong to me. If I go home an Earthling will die."

"Ultraman... you've done enough for Earth. The Earthlings will forgive you."

"Hayata is truly a great person. I will stay on Earth so he does not have to die."

"It's best to let humans take peace into their own hands. Ultraman, you can not stay on Earth forever."

"Zoffy, I would like to leave Earth by giving my life, to Hayata then."

"You don't care if you die?"

"No, I don't. I have already lived for 20,000 years. Earthling's lives are very short. And Hayata is still very young. I do not want him to be a victim."

"Ultraman, do you love Earthlings that much? Alright, I have brought two lives with me. I'll give one to Hayata."

"Thank you, Zoffy."

―Zoffy and Ultraman in Zoffy's Travel Sphere

Home Media

  • Ultraman Volume 10 features episodes 37-39.
  • Ultraman The Complete Series features all Episodes.

1999 Version


2009 Version


Ultraman The Complete Series (Chaiyo US DVD release)


  • In the original Japanese airing of this episode, Ultraman asks Zoffy to identify himself "Who are you?" But for unknown reasons, this line of dialogue was cut, making Zoffy introduce himself without being asked first.
    • However, in the first Mill Creek release, this is retained.
  • While Ultraman was dead, flashbacks of when Ultraman fought Gabora from episode 9 and Jirass from episode 10.
  • The English version explained that Ultraman's defeat was due to Zetton having employed a weapon that Ultraman had not expected; it had damaged his Color Timer, and he had lost his ability to gauge his remaining strength.
  • In the American release, Ultraman's conversation with Zoffy is changed from discussing Ultraman's willingness to sacrifice himself so that Hayata can live to Zoffy asking Ultraman why Ultraman had lost to Zetton, who he claims was less powerful. (This was despite Zetton easily withstanding all of Ultraman's attacks.)
  • This episode was later featured in New Ultraman Retsuden episode 142 "Zetton Invasion! Farewell, Ultraman."
  • The Ultraman Orb episode, "The Holy Sword, Restored," is a tribute to this episode.
Sours: https://ultra.fandom.com/wiki/Farewell,_Ultraman
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Farewell, Ultraman Z

As Ultraman Z comes to its end, Christopher Stewardson looks back on the series.

From June to December 2020, Ultraman Z has aired weekly via Tsuburaya Productions’ official Ultraman YouTube channel. Fans all over the world have tuned in for the latest adventures of Earth’s defence force (S.T.O.R.A.G.E.) and its members: Haruki (Kohshu Hirano), Yoko (Rima Matsuda), Yuka (Hikari Kuroki), and Captain Hebikura (Takaya Aoyagi).

At the series’ start, Devil Splinters (cells from the evil Ultraman, Belial) spread throughout the galaxy. Ultraman Zero’s apprentice, Ultraman Z, heads to Earth to track them down before they trigger monster attacks. There he fuses with Haruki, a member of Earth’s defence force, to protect the planet.

And now, the series is coming to its end. Although the recent run of Ultraman shows has produced a new series every year since 2013, something about Ultraman Z has felt a bit more special. 

Without repeating 2020’s many tragedies, from the Covid-19 pandemic to the failures of capitalist politics, Ultraman Z has provided a much-needed lifeline throughout the second half of the year. The show has dazzled us with its charismatic ensemble cast, its beautiful special effects, and its optimistic outlook. Perhaps this is why it’s especially sad to see the series come to an end.

To celebrate the series, allow me to wax lyrical about what I thought made it so good. 

The Ultraman franchise is a long one, with dozens of series, heroes, and tie-in films stretching back to 1966. Without giving an exhaustive history of the franchise and its origins, Ultraman Z has offered many nods and references to several of the first few series. Whether it be Ultraman Ace’s guest appearance (titular hero of 1972’s Ultraman Ace) or sequences that use the visual style of earlier shows, Ultraman Z wears its affection for the franchise on its sleeve. 

In fact, Ultraman Z has coincided perfectly with the recent Ultraman blu-ray sets from Mill Creek. While a handful of Ultra shows made their way to DVD in the early 2000s, never before has the franchise been this accessible to fans outside Japan. Consequently, nods to classic stories and characters haven’t been lost on Westerners or newcomers.

Indeed, accessibility has been one of the show’s greatest strengths. The decision to broadcast the programme on YouTube (with subtitles) was a welcome one. It’s been easier than ever to watch and enjoy, without the scramble to find a decent stream. Every weekend since June, there’s been a flurry of excited reactions from fans around the world, and being a part of that shared experience was wonderful. For a brief moment each week, the world felt a little more connected.

Ultraman Z truly earned our excitement, largely because of its wonderful cast. Kohshu Hirano is endearing as Haruki, the S.T.O.R.A.G.E. team member whose life fuses with Ultraman Z. Haruki is goofy and playful, far from the most headstrong of the group (which is certainly Yoko or Captain Hebikura). However, those character traits juxtapose nicely with the enormous responsibility on his shoulders. As Ultraman Z is also a young character (the student of Ultraman Zero), Z and Haruki have a similar experience. Indeed, Ultraman Z is notably different from the Ultra heroes of the past, who invariably have relative omniscience over their human hosts. 

The S.T.O.R.A.G.E. team are brilliantly cohesive, relying on one another for help in battles. Seeing Haruki transform into Ultraman Z, while Yoko pilots one of the team’s giant robots, has been fabulous. Teamwork always overcomes crisis. Maybe that’s a simple message, but it’s one that’s been worth hanging on to this year.

The show’s monster roster has been a lot of fun, too. From returning creatures like Red King, to new foes like space pirate Barossa, the series has revelled in its monster spectacle. The special effects behind these beasts have been astonishing. As with all their recent Ultraman programmes, Tsuburaya Productions continues to prove the legitimacy and beauty of practical special effects. “Beautiful” is indeed how I’d describe them. When one stops to consider just how difficult it is to produce these effects, their quality is a credit to directors like Kiyotaka Taguchi – who directed much of Ultraman Z. 

Through these brilliant effects, the programme realises one of the Ultra franchise’s greatest elements: its framing of monsters as worthy of sympathy. As the series progresses, an arc emerges in which Haruki struggles to reconcile saving the day with killing the monsters. This arc is also tied to the death of Haruki’s father, lending a personal dimension to the dilemma. Haruki wants to do well – making him an earnest and likeable person – but he can’t do so without guilt over the fallen monsters. Like Haruki, the audience is forced to see monsters like Red King as thinking, feeling, and emotional creatures. Like all the best monster stories, we see the beauty in the Other. 

That the opening theme song contains the line, “kindness is power”, realises this framing wonderfully. Kindness is indeed power, and Ultraman Z is optimistic that we can all harness it. 

This year has seen so much grief and tragedy. To have a series like Ultraman Z, that refuses to be cynical, that celebrates connection, and which has been a constant for half the year, has been a reprieve. I don’t mean to suggest that we simply shrink away from the real world into television programmes, but Ultraman Z has been a necessary escape. Its positivity has persisted unabated, and while I am sad to see the end of the series, I am thankful that it exists. We need not let the show’s optimism end with its broadcast; we can realise it in our lives. 

Kindness is power.

Sours: https://ourculturemag.com/2020/12/16/farewell-ultraman-z/
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