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
, MBS, etc.) from September 5, 1998 until August 28, 1999, with a total of 51 episodes.
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 Tiga
and 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... Read More