infomation - Ultraman Taro
Description - Ultraman Taro
Ultraman Taro is the sixth show in the Ultra Series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, the series aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from April 7, 1973, to April 6, 1974, with a total of 53 episodes.
Taro is one of the most typical masculine names in otogi-banashi (Japanese fairy tales.) The producer said, ‘Ultraman Taro is going to be the fairy tale in the Ultra Series.’ This show along with Jumborg Ace and Fireman were all made to celebrate Tsuburaya Productions’ 10th anniversary.
Kotaro Higashi is a wanderer who joined ZAT during his return to Japan, but his aircraft crashed and died from severe burns while fighting Astromons. The Five Ultra Brothers brought Kotaro’s body to their home world of Nebula M-78 as Mother of Ultra warped him with the Brothers’ own light, turning Kōtarō into Ultraman Taro, who would now form the Six Ultra Brothers. Kotaro was taken back to Earth and defeated the aforementioned monster as his first opponent. Many foes were found that would threaten the Earth, but Taro and ZAT defeated them time and time again with occasional help from the other five Ultra Brothers and from the weaklings of monsters only Taro could defeat. During Taro’s era, Birdon killed him and Zoffy but Taro was revived and killed the bird monster. After Samekujira’s death, Kotaro declared his intention to continue as a human and returned the Ultra Badge back to the Mother of Ultra. Valky would return to hunt the now-human Kotaro but the latter used his own skills and quick thinking to kill the alien by luring him to an oil refinery. The series ended with ZAT bidding farewell to Kotaro as he left for parts unknown.
In the original series, Ultraman Taro was meant to be Kotaro’s transformed form (while the Ultra Brothers and Mother and Father of Ultra were regarded as his non-blood family members), which explained his absence in Ultraman Leo. The Ultraman Story movie in 1984 would retcon this into providing a story of Taro being raised on the Land of Light, with Mother and Father of Ultra being his biological parents and his training was shown before he left for Earth.