Ultraman Cosmos (ウルトラマンコスモスUrutoraman Kosumosu?) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show being the 17th show in the Ultra Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Ultraman Cosmos was aired between July 7, 2001 to September 28, 2002, with a total of 65 episodes, which currently makes it the longest running Ultra Show to date.
Ultraman Cosmos was created as a dual anniversary series, it was intended to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Ultra Series as well as the 100th birthday of Eiji Tsuburaya and was the first Ultraman program created in the 21st century. The show was initially scheduled to begin its broadcast in October 2001, but was aired three months earlier in July so as to coincide with the birthday of Eiji Tsuburaya.
Cosmos is declared to be the first Ultraman to come from space since the airing of Ultraman 80. Cosmos was also the first Ultraman to feature blue as the primary color, this was done to accentuate the healing aspect of the show.
The series aimed to portray a message of peace through the co-existence of human and monster, as Tsuburaya stated that this was Cosmos "bravely confronting a new image for Ultraman". While most monsters were ravenous beasts in previous shows, Cosmos took a new stance and portrayed them as generally gentle beings corrupted by a being known as the Chaos Header. Corrupted monsters were often identified with a "chaos" prefix to their name and could be healed through one of Cosmos' healing rays. Team EYES would then transport the healed monsters to a conservation area. Tsuburaya hoped that the series would also portray an image of wildlife protection in addition to peace.
This new stance to fighting monsters brought criticism from long-standing fans of the franchise, but was lauded by parents and teachers at the time.
Ultraman Cosmos aired through a total of five cours in Japan equaling out to 65 episodes, making it the longest running Ultraman series to date. Tsuburaya also attempted a tighter budget after having gone over budget on the three previous shows, leading to the reuse of various locations and shots.
A new Ultraman series was in the design stages at the time of Cosmos' final episode and was intended to air in this slot. Due the time slot occupied by Cosmos and the three previous Ultraman series having become a coveted prime time slot in Japan, it was followed by Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, which lead to a partnership between Sony Music of Japan and MBS. The next series, Ultraman Nexus was thus aired at a different time, leaving the Ultra Series without a stable airtime as a result
The series featured many firsts for the franchise, including the start of the story in a movie rather than the series proper. Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact was the prequel to the series and took place ten years before episode 1. In it, 9-year-old Musashi Haruno encoutners the being of light, Ultraman Cosmos and befriends him as the two confront a threat to Earth.
Ten years later, Musashi, now 19 and a member of Team EYES, once again encounters the being of light from his childhood. The dark being Chaos Header has appeared and is corrupting the monsters of Earth, making them become ravenous and violent creatures that threaten humanity. Through Musashi's will to see the beasts and humans live in peace, Cosmos grants him a new power that will allow him to heal the corrupted creatures.
Team Elite Young ExpertS, also known as Team EYES, is the science investigation team of the series. The aim of the operation is not to destroy monsters, but rather to find a place where they can live peacefully on earth. Once a monster is healed by Cosmos, members will transport it to a conservation area where they may live peacefully without the threat of humans or the Chaos Header.
A 19-year-old pilot candidate part of the SRC Space Development Center. Musashi first encountered Ultraman Cosmos as a child and formed a bond with him that would return to aid him as an adult. He confronts a monster corrupted by the Chaos Header's Virus of Light (光のウィルスHikari no Uirusu?) and is allowed to join Team EYES as a result of his brave actions. Musashi faces a dilemma later on in the series when he realizes that the Chaos Header is not simply a virus, but a living creature that he must destroy.
Hiura is the 33-year-old captain of Team EYES and one of the founding members of the SRC research project. He is affectionately called "cap" by his teammates and was the reason Musashi was allowed to team EYES. Though essentially a gentleman, Hiura has a wild side that comes out when he finds himself in battle.
The vice-captain of Team EYES, 28-years-old. Mizuki is one of the original defense instructors and joined Team EYES after sympathizing with their policies and ideals. While she is generally reserved, she often takes the lead in battle and guides her team through dangerous situations with great care and experience.
A 23-year-old former police officer and the rookie member of EYES before Musashi. He has a cool, yet slightly aggressive personality that SRC initially did not want on their Team EYES project. He often comes into conflict with other members on how to deal with the corrupted monsters, especially butting heads with Musashi many times. The two form a deep friendship throughout the series as Fubuki comes to understand Musashi and his feelings towards life. Though Fubuki is strong, he was a sick child who was unable to defend those closest to him, this lead to him wanting to become strong to protect others, an ideal which was eventually washed away by a need to simply be strong.
In Ultraman Cosmos VS Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle. the final entry into the series taking place three years after the final episode, Fubuki has become the captain of a new batch of Team EYES members and fights with the ideals of Musashi in mind.
Koji is the 25-year-old mechanic of Team EYES and seen as the most naive member of the team. He hails from Kochi prefecture, his teammates often think of him as a country boy because of this. He was called a genius scientist at a young age and was watched closely by the SRC project. Koji joined the team so he could escape his father, a man who he shares an uneasy relationship with.
A 19-year-old member of the team and the youngest member, younger than Musashi by 10 months. Ayano is very spirited and often times spoiled due to her upbringing. She has a habit of falling in love with handsome men and doesn't concern herself with femininity. She was initially very cold towards Musashi, unable to accept that her junior on the team was actually older than she was and often referred to him as "Member Musashi" throughout most of the series. The two seem to form a close bond as the series plays out, Ayano eventually on a first-name basis with Muashi by the end of the show.
The being of light that comes from space in the series and hopes to establish peace in the universe. He sparks a friendship with the young Musashi that will be a lifelong bond between the two. After defeating the threat in First Contact, Cosmos returns to space and is not seen again for ten years, in which time much has changed on earth.
Musashi becomes Cosmos by using the Cosmos Plaque (コスモプラックKosumosu Purakku?) and shouting "Cosmos!". Cosmos' default form is the blue Luna Mode (ルナモードruna moodo?) used to heal monsters under the influence of Chaos Header's virus. The red Corona Mode (コロナモードKorona Moodo?) is the mode that Cosmos uses when he must kill a monster. In addition to these Cosmos also has Eclipse Mode (エクリプスモードEkuripusu Moodo?), a special mode that can only be sustained for one minute at a time and the golden Miracluna Mode (ミラクルナモードMirakuruna Moodo?) which appears in the final episode and serves as an upgrade to Luna Mode.
- Reunion With Light (光との再会Hikari to no Saikai?)
- Shadow of the Chaos Header (カオスヘッダーの影Kaosu Heddā no Kage?)
- Fly! Musashi (飛べ! ムサシTobe! Musashi?)
- Chaos Robot (落ちてきたロボットOchitekita Robotto?)
- Revenge of the Fireflies (蛍の復讐Hotaru no Fukushū?)
- Monster Fishing (怪獣一本釣りKaijū Ipponzuri?)
- Present from the Sky (空からのプレゼントSora kara no Purezento?)
- Sleeping Maiden (乙女の眠りOtome no Nemuri?)
- Friends of the Forest (森の友だちMori no Tomodachi?)
- The Bronze Devil (青銅の魔神Seidō no Majin?)
- Move! Monster (動け! 怪獣Ugoke! Kaijū?)
- The Girl and Waroga (生命の輝きSeimei no Kagayaki?)
- Daughter of Time: Part 1 (時の娘（前編）Toki no Musume (Zenpen)?)
- Daughter of Time: Part 2 (時の娘（後編）Toki no Musume (Kōhen)?)
- Fubuki's Unawaken (深海の死闘Shinkai no Shitō?)
- The Chaos Whale (飛ぶクジラTobu Kujira?)
- The Different Dimensional Trap (異次元の罠 Ijigen no Wana?)
- The Legend of Mt. Nibito (二人山伝説Nibitoyama Densetsu?)
- Star Lover (星の恋人Hoshi no Koibito?)
- Musashi's Sky (ムサシの空Musashi no Sora?)
- The battle with Juran: Part 1 (テックブースター出動せよ（前編）Tekku Būsutā Shutsudō seyo (Zenpen)?)
- The battle with Juran: Part 2 (テックブースター出動せよ（後編）Tekku Būsutā Shutsudō seyo (Kōhen)?)
- Luna v.s. Luna (ルナ対ルナRuna Tai Runa?)
- Warm Memories (ぬくもりの記憶Nukumori no Kioku?)
- Alien Girl (異星の少女（ひと）Isei no Hito?)
- The Power to Defeat the Chaos (カオスを倒す力Kaosu o Taosu Chikara?)
- A Space Monster is Born on Earth (地球生まれの宇宙怪獣Chikyū Umare no Uchū Kaijū?)
- Strength and Power (強さと力Tsuyosa to Chikara?)
- Dreaming Courage (夢みる勇気Yumemiru Yūki?)
- Eclipse (エクリプスEkuripusu?)
- Rescue Gon (ゴンを救えGon o Sukue?)
- The Nightmare Experiment (悪夢の実験Akumu no Jikken?)
- Monster Hunter (怪獣狙撃手（ハンター）Kaijū Hantā?)
- Wrath of the Sea God (海神の怒りKaijin no Ikari?)
- The Magic Stone (魔法の石Mahō no Ishi?)
- The Mountain of Yōkai (妖怪の山Yōkai no Yama?)
- Fubuki Retires?! (フブキ退任?! Fubuki Tainin?!?)
- Alien Old Man (オヤジ星人Oyaji Seijin?)
- Corona VS Corona (邪悪の光Jaaku no Hikari?)
- Fight!Chaos Ultraman VS Ultraman Cosmos (邪悪の巨人Jaaku no Kyojin?)
- The Green Fugitive (緑の逃亡者Midori no Tōbōsha?)
- Friend (ともだちTomodachi?)
- Puppet Monster (操り怪獣Ayatsuri Kaijū?)
- Ghighi vs Gon (ギギVSゴンGigi Tai Gon?)
- The Legend of the Amusement Park Legend (遊園地伝説Yūenchi Densetsu?)
- The Miraculous Flower (奇跡の花Kiseki no Hana?)
- Sorceress of the Sky (空の魔女Sora no Majo?)
- Chaos Waroga's Reborn (ワロガ逆襲Waroga Gyakushū?)
- Snow of Space (宇宙の雪Uchū no Yuki?)
- Monster Smuggling!? (怪獣密輸!? Kaijū Mitsuyu!??)
- Enemy of Chaos (カオスの敵Kaosu no Teki?)
- Transformation Impossible!? (変身不能!? Henshin Funō!??)
- Future Monster (未来怪獣Mirai Kaijū?)
- Human Transporter (人間転送機Ningen Tensōki?)
- Final Test (最終テストSaishū Tesuto?)
- Kappa Village (かっぱの里Kappa no Sato?)
- Door of Snow (雪の扉Yuki no Tobira?)
- The Sky of Revenge (復讐の空Fukushū no Sora?)
- The Resurrection of Chaos Ultraman (最大の侵略Saidai no Shinryaku?)
- Chaos War (カオス大戦Kaosu Taisen?)
- Forbidden Weapon (禁断の兵器Kindan no Heiki?)
- Cry of the Earth (地球の悲鳴Chikyū no Himei?)
- Chaos's Violent Attack (カオス激襲Kaosu Gekishū?)
- Deathmatch Against Chaos header on the moon (月面の決戦Getsumen no Kessen?)
- True Hero (真の勇者Shin no Yūsha?)
- Special Summary 1: Cosmos's Greatest Crisis (特別総集編1 コスモス最大の危機Tokubetsu Sōshūhen Ichi: Kosumosu Saidai no Kiki?)
- Special Summary 2: Cosmos's Last Fight (特別総集編2 コスモス最後の戦いTokubetsu Sōshūhen Ni: Kosumosu Saigo no Tatakai?)
Lead actor Taiyou Sugiura was arrested in connection to an assault and extortion case in June 2002 after the airing of the 49th episode, the series was immediately pulled off the air as a result. The claims against Sugiura were eventually dismissed due to a lack of evidence and the series returned to the airwaves.
While the show was off the air, Tsuburaya aired filler material because the following program had not yet created the necessary amount of episodes to go to air. These programs aired in the six week span that Cosmos was off the air. Ultraman M78 Theater: Love and Peace ( ウルトラマンM78劇場 Love & Peace Urutoraman M78 Gekijou Love and Peace?) aired over two weeks, this was then followed by two digest episodes of Cosmos, the second which featured scenes from episodes that had yet to air, and finally the first two episodes of Ultraman Neos aired before Cosmos returned.
The show was announced to run for 65 episodes at its initial press conference announcement, this would have been six seasons of 13 weeks. Because the show was suspended in the final weeks of the fifth season, Tsuburaya was forced to pull five episodes from the rotation to finish the series by the sixth 13 episode block. As such, Ultraman Cosmos aired 60 of its 65 episodes, episodes 50, 52, 54, 56, and 58 were seen as not being absolutely necessary to the story and not aired, these episodes were later released in order during the show's DVD release.
Taiyou Sugiura appeared before the return of the show with the 51st episode, saying "Thank you for cheering on Cosmos and Musashi during this difficult time. I am happy to be on screen in front of everyone once again and hope everyone continues to cheer for us in the final fight against Chaos Header."
- Musashi Haruno: Taiyou Sugiura
- Musashi (Child): Kounosuke Tokai
- Captain Harumitsu Hiura: Daisuke Shima
- Deputy Captain Shinobu Mizuki: Kaori Sakagami
- Keisuke Fubuki: Hidekazu Ichinose
- Koji Doigaki: Koichi Sudo
- Ayano Morimoto: Mayuka Suzuki
- Ultraman Cosmos (Voice): Hiroyuki Sato
- Chaos Header, Chaos Ultraman (Voice): ???
- Julie (film only): Kazue Fukiishi
- Opening theme
- Ending themes
- "Ultraman Cosmos ~ You Can Be Something" (ウルトラマンコスモス～君にできるなにかUrutoraman Kosumosu ~ Kimi ni Dekiru Nanika?)
- "The Heart's Bond" (心の絆Kokoro no Kizuna?)