In 1975, Ultraman Leo came to an end with abysmal ratings. At the same time, Japan was facing an oil crisis, which rose production costs astronomically. Both of these factors helped tell Tsuburaya it was time to put the Ultra series to rest for a little while and try again later once the crisis lessened. They then teamed up with Sunrise in 1979 to create an anime centered around the Ultra franchise, which was a success, garnering Tsuburaya to think it was time to bring the Ultra series back in live action form with new series deemed Ultraman 80. Is Ultraman 80 far more original than its name implies? Or is it nothing more than a cheap rehash of what has already come before? Watch to find out.
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