Ultraman Tiga (ウルトラマンティガ Urutoraman Tiga) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV series and is the 12th show in the Ultra Series. The first series after a franchise hiatus of over 15 years, the series is set in a universe different from all previous series and updated with a new look and feel.
An English dub of the series was produced by 4Kids Entertainment and recorded by their in-house dubbing studio, 4Kids Productions. The dub aired on the Fox Box, which was formerly the Fox Kids Children's block on Fox in the United States. The first episode premiered on September 14, 2002.
4Kids made some significant changes, such as producing a new theme song and soundtrack that replaced the originals. Storylines were altered to comply with Fox's Standards and Practices division and accommodate commercial breaks and broadcasting scheduling. Each episode was one or two minutes shorter than its Japanese counterpart. The dub included tongue-in-cheek dialogue, which changed the personalities for some characters such as Captain Iruma, who was changed from a smart, level-headed individual to an airhead. Additionally, Captain Iruma was referred to as a "sir" instead of a "ma'am".
Some monsters were given new sound effects, and the transformation sequence was altered altogether, showcasing all of Tiga's forms and emphasizing the change from Daigo to Tiga. Tiga's "Multi, Power, and Sky Types" are changed into "Omni, Power, and Speed Modes," respectively. The Spark Lens was renamed the "Torch of Tiga". His light techniques were called "Luminizers", and the Color Timer is referred to as the "Biotic Sensor."
Ultraman Tiga was removed from the FoxBox lineup on March 15, 2003, due to low ratings, with only 23 episodes of the 52-episode series having aired. 4Kids initially planned to relaunch the show in September, but decided to release the Japanese episodes on DVD instead. As a result, their dub is only viewable through recordings of the original broadcasts. Erica Schroeder (who voiced Rena) claimed that part of the reason for Ultraman Tiga's limited success in the U.S. was due to 4Kids' indecision whether to satirize the show or make it serious.
|Character||Original Actor||Dub Actor|
|Daigo Madoka / Ultraman||Hiroshi Nagano||Wayne Grayson|
|Captain Megumi Iruma||Mio Takagi||Megan Hollingshead|
|Masami Horii||Yukio Masuda||James Carter Cathcart|
|Tetsuo Shinjoh||Shigeki Kagemaru||Christopher Collet|
|Rena Yanase||Takami Yosimoto||Erica Schroeder|
- Ultraman Tiga on the Internet Movie Database