Ultraman Gaia (ウルトラマンガイアUrutoraman Gaia?) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV show and is the 13th show in the Ultra Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS TV), Ultraman Gaia was aired on JNN TV stations (TBS, CBC, MBS, etc.) from September 5, 1998 until August 28, 1999, with a total of 51 episodes.
Ultraman Gaia is the third and final Ultraman show to have aired in the 90s following Tiga and Dyna, it was also the first of the three to be set in a different continuity. The decision was made so as to allow series writer Chiaki J. Konaka freedom in creating his vision of a perfect Ultraman story. Gaia was also the only series of the 90s trilogy not to contain multiple form changes, rather Gaia's primary form was upgraded in episode 27, leading to Gaia being known as the “Upgraded Fighter” within the franchise.
Gaia was noted as containing a higher level of realism to its drama than previous productions. Much of the show's dramatics came from interpersonal relationships involving the human characters and their ideologies rather than from the monster aspect of the series. Gaia was also the first Ultraman not to come from space, he and Agul are both beings created from the spirit of earth to protect it from monster attacks. As their of them are from space, the three minute battle limit imposed on previous Ultraman characters was not found in this series.
Of the three shows produced between 1996 and 1999 Ultraman Gaia was the most expensive. While the series was also the most successful of the three, its high production costs were not returned in the form of revenue from merchandise. This caused Tsuburaya and Bandai to take a different approach and marks the final series in the franchise not to have a predetermined budget. This is also cited by Tsuburaya as the reason a fourth show was not produced following Gaia.
Ultraman Gaia takes place in yet another universe, one that is totally different from the world of the original Ultramen, as well as world of Ultraman Tigaand Ultraman Dyna. In a departure from most of the other series, there are two Ultramen as the main characters. They have conflicting philosophies in regards to defending the Earth from a mysterious, malevolent and extremely intelligent cosmic entity.
The first half of the series explores the growing tension between them, and their eventual clash. The second half has them reconcile their differences so they can defeat their common enemy.
The show is also different from past Ultra-shows in that the support team, XIG, has more personnel than previous variations of the Science Patrol.
The Gaia series has several categories of monsters. In addition to those invading from space, there are also monsters that originate on Earth, monsters that resemble Ultramen, as well as a few mysterious weather-controlling monster robots based on prophecies. Unlike other Ultra series the aliens in this series are forced to Earth against their will by cosmic entity known as the Root of Destruction, later known as Zogu. Zogu eventually arrives on Earth along with a massive swarm of insect-like creatures called Dobishi, which block out the sun by surrounding the Earth. Though Zogu (appearing as an angelic creature) defeats Gaia and Agul, the Earth's monsters and military join forces against her army. Eventually, Gaia and Agul are revived and destroy the Dobishi swarm before confronting the mighty Zogu. They force her to shed her disguise, revealing her true massive, demonic form. After a fierce battle, the two combine their finishing beams, killing Zogu in a huge explosion.
In this series, Gaia is the lead, but Ultraman Agul (ウルトラマンアグルUrutoraman Aguru?), makes many appearances. They are often at odds with each other in the beginning of the series. Their philosophies are as different as their skin colors. Unlike Gaia, Agul is completely blue. Takayama Gamu, the human host of Ultraman Gaia, believes that Gaia is here to save Earth and humanity. On the other hand, Fujimiya Hiroya, the human host of Ultraman Agul, believes Agul to be Earth's natural defence mechanism. He is at first more interested in protecting just the planet itself, even at the expense of humanity (hence the occasional clashes with Gaia).
The eXpanded Interceptive Guardians (a branch of G.U.A.R.D.) is formed by:
- Gamu Takayama (高山 我夢Takayama Gamu?): He is transformed into Ultraman Gaia. He joined the XIG as an analyzer.
- Akio Ishimuro (石室 章雄Ishimuro Akio?): The commander of XIG. He has noticed early that Gamu is Ultraman Gaia.
- Seiichiro Tsutsumi (堤 誠一郎Tsutsumi Seiichirō?): The chief of XIG.
- Atsuko Sasaki (佐々木 敦子Sasaki Atsuko?): The operator of XIG.
- Georgie Leland (ジョジー・リーランドJōjī Rīrando?): The American operator of XIG.
- Ayaka Ukai (鵜飼 彩香Ukai Ayaka?): The part-time operator of XIG. The filling-vacant-positions staff of Atsuko or Georgie.
The elite flight team. Staff Officer Chiba said that this team was "Defense Forces' Top Gun".
- Katsumi Kajio (梶尾 克美Kajio Katsumi?): The leader of Team Lightning.
- Yasushi Kitada (北田 靖Kitada Yasushi?)
- Satoshi Ogawara (大河原 聡志Ōgawara Satoshi?)
The veteran flight team. The teamwork as a veteran excels the Team Lightning.
- Tatsuhiko Yoneda (米田 達彦Yoneda Tatsuhiko?): The leader of Team Falcon.
- Koichi Hayashi (林 幸市Hayashi Kōichi?)
- Toru Tsukamori (塚守 亨Tsukamori Tōru?)
The female flight team. They like rock music.
- Miho Inagi (稲城 美穂Inagi Miho?): The leader of Team Crow.
- Juri Mishima (三島 樹莉Mishima Juri?)
- Kei Tadano (多田野 慧Tadano Kei?)
A beefy ground-based team. They are training the body during standby in the gym.
- Satoru Yoshida (吉田 悟Yoshida Satoru?): The leader of Team Hercules.
- Takanobu Kuwabara (桑原 孝信Kuwabara Takanobu?)
- Mitsugu Shima (志摩 貢Shima Mitsugu?)
- Atsushi Koyama (神山 篤志Kōyama Atsushi?): The leader of Team Seagull.
- Renji Matsuo (松尾 蓮二Matsuo Renji?)
- Michael Simmons (マイクル・シモンズMaikuru Shimonzu?)
- Katsutoshi Yokotani (横谷 勝歳Yokotani Katsutoshi?): The leader of Team Marlin.
- Gentaro Imai (今井 源太郎Imai Gentarō?)
- Kingo Iwao (巌 均悟Iwao Kingo?)
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- Tatsumi Chiba (千葉 辰巳Chiba Tatsumi?): The standing staff officer of XIG.
- Hiroyuki Hiiragi (柊 博之Hiiragi Hiroyuki?): The Pacific rim unit's commodore.
- Kosuke Ranbashi (乱橋 巧介Ranbashi Kōsuke?): The development officer of XIG Fighters.
- Ryuichi Senuma (瀬沼 龍一Senuma Ryūichi?): The captain of a special investigation team, the Lizard, who belongs to Geo Base.
- Chief Higuchi (樋口チーフHiguchi Chīfu?): The chief of the chemical department of Geo Base.
- Doctor Hoshiyama (星山博士Hoshiyama Hakase?): The doctor of the quantum mechanics department of the scientific inquiry section of Geo Base.
- Alf Mckay (アルフ・マッケイArufu Makkei?): The command team captain of G.U.A.R.D. U.S.
- Jeremy Spinoza (ジェレミー・スピノザJeremī Supinoza?): The executive of G.U.A.R.D. U.S.
A network of scientists formed by child prodigies born in the 1980s. Gamu and Fujimiya are members.
- Hiroya Fujimiya (藤宮 博也Fujimiya Hiroya?): He transforms into Ultraman Agul. Ex-Alchemy Stars.
- Daniel Macffy (ダニエル・マクフィーDanieru Makufī?): The chairman of Alchemy Stars.
- Miku Asano (浅野 未来Asano Miku?): A specialist whose work involves ancient monsters. Gamu is his acquaintance.
- Catherine Ryan (キャサリン・ライアンKyasarin Raian?): The development officer of a natural environment protection system.
- Klaus Eckart (クラウス・エッカルトKurausu Ekkaruto?): A founding member who is one of the designers of the CRISIS integrated-circuit.
- Alan (アランAran?): One of members with a supercomputer.
- Al (アルAru?): One of members with a supercomputer.
- Natalie (ナタリーNatarī?): One of members with a supercomputer.
- Michel (ミッシェルMissheru?): A French member
- Melinda (メリンダMerinda?): The girl who cooperated in the Mission Gaia.
- Azif (アジフAjifu?): The Pakistan member who cooperated in the Mission Gaia.
The KANTOH COMMUNITY BROADCASTING STATION,LTD (関東コミュニケーションテレビKantō Komyunikēshon Terebi?). The central broadcasting station of media.
- Kenji Tabata (田端 健二Tabata Kenji?): A director. He has a skeptical viewpoint regarding G.U.A.R.D..
- Reiko Yoshii (吉井 玲子Yoshii Reiko?): A popular announcer. She became a supporter of Fujimiya.
- Michifumi Inoue (井上 倫文Inoue Michifumi?): A cameraman.
- Umezawa (梅沢Umezawa?): He is a director of a branch office and he is Tabata's senior.
- Sato (サトウSatō?): One of Gamu's friends at Jonan University. Something of a playboy.
- Makoto (マコトMakoto?): One of Gamu's friends at Jonan University. An excellent student who becomes Gamu's right-hand man at the laboratory in Jonan University.
- Nakaji (ナカジNakaji?): One of Gamu's friends at Jonan University. A realist.
- Shigemi Takayama (高山 重美Takayama Shigemi?): Gamu's mother. She is principle of laissez-faire to Gamu.
- Yuiichi Takayama (高山 唯一Takayama Yuiichi?): Gamu's father. He is working as a caseworker in the city office.
- Kyoko Inamori (稲森 京子Inamori Kyōko?): A scientist who helped develop CRISIS with Fujimiya; also a romantic interest of his who dies later in the series.
- Ritsuko Sasaki (佐々木 律子Sasaki Ritsuko?): Atsuko's elder sister. Her husband was a pilot who died fighting the C.O.V.
- Megumi Kuroda (黒田 恵Kuroda Megumi?): The feng shui master who can sense Mizunoe-Dragon's intentions. Tabata's friend.
- Yuki (ユキYuki?): A girl who Fujimiya rescues during a monster attack; she runs into him frequently after the rescue.
Main article: List of Ultraman Gaia monsters==Episodes==
- Seize the Light! (光をつかめ! Hikari o Tsukame!?)
- A Hero Appears (勇者立つYūsha Tatsu?)
- His Name is Gaia (その名はガイアSono Na wa Gaia?)
- Gamu of the Sky (天空の我夢Tenkū no Gamu?)
- Another Giant (もう1人の巨人Mō Hitori no Kyojin?)
- The Ridiculing Eye (あざ笑う眼Azawarau Me?)
- The Cleansing of the Earth (地球の洗濯Chikyū no Sentaku?)
- The 4,600 Million Years-Old Ghost (46億年の亡霊Yonjūrokuokunen no Bōrei?)
- Seagull Takes Off (シーガル飛びたつShīgaru Tobitatsu?)
- Rock Fight (ロック･ファイトRokku Faito?)
- Dragon Capital (龍の都Ryū no Miyako?)
- Monster Encircling Net (野獣包囲網Yajū Hōimō?)
- Night of the Marionettes (マリオネットの夜Marionetto no Yoru?)
- The Challenge from the Anti-Space (反宇宙からの挑戦Han Uchū kara no Chōsen?)
- When the Rain Stops (雨がやんだらAme ga Yandara?)
- Birth of Agul (アグル誕生Aguru Tanjō?)
- Shadow of Space, Light of Earth (天の影 地の光Ten no Kage Chi no Hikari?)
- Agul vs. Gaia (アグル対ガイアAguru Tai Gaia?)
- Lilia's Maze (迷宮のリリアMeikyū no Riria?)
- The Fossil of Ruin (滅亡の化石Metsubō no Kaseki?)
- The Sea of a Mysterious Light (妖光の海Yōkō no Umi?)
- Wings of a Stone (石の翼Ishi no Tsubasa?)
- Gamu Expelled! (我夢追放! Gamu Tsuihō?)
- The Determination of Agul (アグルの決意Aguru no Ketsui?)
- Showdown for Tomorrow (明日なき対決Asu Naki Taiketsu?)
- Final Resolution (決着の日Kecchaku no Hi?)
- A New Battle ~Version-up Fight!~ (新たなる戦い～ヴァージョンアップ・ファイト!～Aratanaru Tatakai ~Vājon'appu Faito!~?)
- The Advent of the Heatwave (熱波襲来Neppa Shūrai?)
- The Distant City: Uqbar (遠い町･ウクバールTōi Machi Ukubāru?)
- The Demon's Cocoon (悪魔のマユAkuma no Mayu?)
- The Accursed Eye (呪いの眼Noroi no Me?)
- The Future Seen Before (いつか見た未来Itsuka Mita Mirai?)
- Battling the Legend (伝説との闘いDensetsu to no Tatakai?)
- Crash of Souls! (魂の衝突! Tamashii no Shōtotsu!?)
- Ransom for a Monster (怪物の身代金Kaibutsu no Minoshirokin?)
- The Sky of Reunion (再会の空Saikai no Sora?)
- The Fourth Symphony of a Nightmare (悪夢の第四楽章 Akumu no Daiyon Gakushō?)
- Ground-Breaking Tusks (大地裂く牙Daichi Saku Kiba?)
- Lake of Sadness (悲しみの沼Kanashimi no Numa?)
- I Want to See Gaia! (ガイアに会いたい! Gaia ni Aitai!?)
- Resurrection of Agul (アグル復活Aguru Fukkatsu?)
- Gamu vs. Gamu (我夢対我夢Gamu Tai Gamu?)
- The Silver Eyes of Izak (銀色の眼のイザクGin'iro no Me no Izaku?)
- Attack of the Space Monsters (宇宙怪獣大進撃Uchū Kaijū Daishingeki?)
- The Living Planet (命すむ星Inochi Sumu Hoshi?)
- The Attack of the Forest (襲撃の森Shūgeki no Mori?)
- X.I.G. Destroyed!? (XIG壊滅!? Shigu Kaimetsu!??)
- Revenge of the Death God (死神の逆襲Shinigami no Gyakushū?)
- An Angel Descends (天使降臨Tenshi Kōrin?)
- The Cry of the Earth (地球の叫びChikyū no Sakebi?)
- Earth is Ultraman's Home (地球はウルトラマンの星Chikyū wa Urutoraman no Hoshi?)
Films and crossoversEdit
- Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Gaia: Battle in Hyperspace (1999), Gaia is one of the main Ultramen to appear in this movie, alongside with Tiga and Dyna.
- Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Again (2001), A 45-minute OVA set several years after the end of the series. Ultraman Gaia and Ultraman Agul return to fight a new enemy, along with help from mysterious undersea creatures.
- Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers (2008), Gaia joined with Tiga, Dyna and Mebius in this movie, alongside Showa-era Ultra Heroes.
- Gamu Takayama (高山 我夢Takayama Gamu?): Takeshi Yoshioka (吉岡 毅志Yoshioka Takeshi?)
- Hiroya Fujimiya (藤宮 博也Fujimiya Hiroya?): Hassei Takano (高野 八誠 Takano Hassei?)
- Akio Ishimuro (石室 章雄Ishimuro Akio?): Hiroyuki Watanabe (渡辺 裕之Watanabe Hiroyuki?)
- Tatsumi Chiba (千葉 辰巳Chiba Tatsumi?): Sei Hiraizumi (平泉 成Hiraizumi Sei?)
- Seiichiro Tsutsumi (堤 誠一郎Tsutsumi Seiichirō?): Takashi Ukaji (宇梶 剛士Ukaji Takashi?)
- Atsuko Sasaki (佐々木 敦子Sasaki Atsuko?): Ai Hashimoto (橋本 愛Hashimoto Ai?)
- Georgie Leland (ジョジー・リーランドJojī Rīrando?): Maria Theresa Gow (マリア・テレサ・ガウMaria Teresa Gau?)
- Ayaka Ukai (鵜飼 彩香Ukai Ayaka?): Ayaka Tanaka (田中 彩佳Tanaka Ayaka?)
- Katsumi Kajio (梶尾 克美Kajio Katsumi?): Masami Nakagami (中上 雅巳Nakagami Masami?)
- Yasushi Kitada (北田 靖Kitada Yasushi?): Katsuhiko Hasegawa (長谷川 勝彦Hasegawa Katsuhiko?)
- Satoshi Ogawara (大河原 聡志Ōgawara Satoshi?): Yusuke Sawaki (沢木 祐介Sawaki Yūsuke?)
- Tatsuhiko Yoneda (米田 達彦Yoneda Tatsuhiko?): Kuronosuke Kagawa (賀川 黒之助Kagawa Kuronosuke?)
- Koichi Hayashi (林 幸市Hayashi Kōichi?): Shogo Shiotani (塩谷 庄吾Shiotani Shōgo?)
- Toru Tsukamoto (塚守 亨Tsukamoto Tōru?): Shin Ishikawa (石川 真Ishikawa Shin?)
- Miho Inagi (稲城 美穂Inagi Miho?): Tomoko Kawashima (川嶋 朋子Kawashima Tomoko?)
- Juri Mishima (三島 樹莉Mishima Juri?): Izumi Matsuda (松田 いずみMatsuda Izumi?) (Played by Izumiko Matsuda (松田 泉子Matsuda Izumiko?))
- Kei Tadano (多田野 彗Tadano Kei?): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けいIshibashi Kei?)
- Satoru Yoshida (吉田 悟Yoshida Satoru?): Masaru Matsuda (松田 優Matsuda Masaru?)
- Mitsugu Shima (志摩 貢Shima Mitsugu?): Kei Kagaya (加賀谷 圭Kagaya Kei?)
- Takanobu Kuwabara (桑原 孝信Kuwabara Takanobu?): Koji Nakamura (中村 浩二Nakamura Kōji?)
- Atsushi Koyama (神山 篤志Kōyama Atsushi?): Shunsuke Gondo (権藤 俊輔Gondō Shunsuke?)
- Renji Matsuo (松尾 蓮二Matsuo Renji?): Tomu Saeba (冴場 都夢Saeba Tomu?)
- Michael Simmons (マイクル・シモンズMaikeru Shimonzu?): Samuel Pop Aning (サムエル・ポップ・エニングSamueru Poppu Eningu?)
- Katsutoshi Yokotani (横谷 勝歳Yokotani Katsutoshi?): Tsukiya Kageura (陰浦 月弥Tsukiya Kageura?) (Played by Tetsuro Shoji (庄司 哲郎Shōji Tetsurō?))
- Gentaro Imai (今井 源太郎Imai Gentarō?): Hiroaki Irisawa (入沢 宏彰Irisawa Hiroaki?)
- Kingo Iwao (厳 均悟Iwao Kingo?): Naoyuki Yokoyama (横山 尚之Yokoyama Naoyuki?)
- Ryuichi Senuma (瀬沼 龍一Senuma Ryūichi?): Hiroshi Ishii (石井 浩Ishii Hiroshi?)
- Catherine Ryan (キャサリン・ライアンKyasarin Raian?): Debbie Regier (デビー・リギアーDebī Rigiā?)
- Reiko Yoshii (吉井 玲子Yoshii Reiko?): Yukari Ishida (石田 裕加里Ishida Yukari?)
- Michifumi Inoue (井上 倫文Inoue Michifumi?): Eisuke Tsunoda (角田 英介Tsunoda Eisuke?)
- Kenji Tabata (田端 健二Tabata Kenji?): Hiroshi Tsuburaya (円谷 浩Tsuburaya Hiroshi?)
- Sato (サトウSatō?): Togo Okumoto (奥本 東五Okumoto Tōgo?)
- Makoto (マコトMakoto?): Hiroaki Nishijima (西嶋 大明Nishijima Hiroaki?)
- Nakaji (ナカジNakaji?): Masashi Kagami (加々美 正史Kagami Masashi?)
- Narration (ナレーションNarēshon?): Hiroshi Isobe (磯部 弘Isobe Hiroshi?)
- Ultraman Gaia: Shunsuke Gondo, Koji Nakamura
- Ultraman Agul: Kazuya Shimizu (清水 一哉Shimizu Kazuya?) (Played by Kazuhiko Shimizu (清水 一彦Shimizu Kazuhiko?))
- Opening theme
- "Ultraman Gaia!" by Masayuki Tanaka (田中 昌之Tanaka Masayuki?) & Kazuya Daimon (大門 一也Daimon Kazuya?)
- Ending themes