Special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya co-created Godzilla, his second creation was Ultraman. So begins the slow invasion of anime/manga unto an unsuspecting youth in 1967.
"Ultraman debuted on July 17, 1966 to starstruck families across Japan. It introduced us to Hayata Shin, a member of the Scientific Special Search Party (SSSP), who was sent to investigate a mysterious blue sphere that landed at Lake Ryomagori. But when an equally mysterious red sphere flies onto the scene and strikes his aircraft, Hayata is left close to death in the accident. Ultraman, who emerges from the red sphere, feels such a great deal of remorse about this accident that he bonds their lives together to in order to save Hayata, sensing his pure heart. Thus the original Ultraman is born."