The Monsters of the Ultra Reunion

Daikessen! Cho Urutora Hachi Urutora Kyodai [lit. Decisive Battle! The Eight Super Ultra Brothers] (2008; dir. Takeshi Yagi)

When eight Ultramen — Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Mebius, Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace — get together you just known there’s going to be monster trouble. In the new Ultraman movie — a box-office hit even though it doesn’t open in Japan for several months — a slew of daikaiju weirdos turn up to cause trouble and to trash buildings.

On hand are:

King Gesura (from the original 1966 “Ultraman” series)

Gesura in Eight Ultra Brothers

King Pandon from the “Ultra Seven” series (1967):

King Pandon from the “Ultra Seven” series (1967)

Super Alien Hipporito from “Ultraman Ace” (1972):

Super Alien Hipporito from “Ultraman Ace” (1972)

King Silvergon (from the 1997 film Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Dyna) and King Goldoras (from the “Ultraman Tiga” series) join Super Alien Hipporito for some nasty business:

King Silvergon, Super Alien Hipporito and King Goldoras

I love the monsters of Ultraman — they are so outlandishly ridiculous. Here realism doesn’t matter a damn and absurdity is raised to the level of ritual.

And the Ultra heroes are always there, ritualistically, to stand against them:

Mebius fights Gesura

Read James Ballard’s excellent article on SciFi Japan for more details regarding the plot and the Decisive Battle! The Eight Super Ultra Brothers production.

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4 Responses to The Monsters of the Ultra Reunion

  1. Cat Sparks says:

    Honestly, I can’t decide which one is the cutest!

  2. Backbrain says:

    Personally I like the two-headed King Pandon. His mouths look like chicks squawking for food!

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