The eighteenth installment in the long-running Ultra Series, airing from July 7, 2005 - March 25, 2006 with a total of 39 episodes plus one special comprised mainly of stock footage. Preceded by Ultraman Nexus and succeeded by Ultraman Mebius.
In the not-too distant future, monsters appear around the world and attack mankind. To combat the threat, the United Defense Federation creates the special anti-monster task force DASH (Defense Action Squad Heroes). Aiding DASH in its struggle is the alien giant Ultraman Max, who is secretly Touma Kaito, a DASH pilot.
After the darker and less kid-friendly spin on Ultraman in Ultraman Nexus, Tsuburaya Productions returned to the franchise's roots, with a new monster every week and an overall light-hearted tone. Ultraman Max is notable for several callbacks to previous Ultra Series, from reintroducing several famous Ultra Monsters and casting players from the original Ultraman to paying homage to the plots of past episodes and even referencing the first Ultra Series, Ultra Q. In contrast to the low ratings of Nexus, Max was a huge success and set the tone for future Ultra Series like Mebius.
The Members of DASH are:
Captain Shigeru Hijikata: The team leader of DASH.
Kenjiro Koba: The marksman and sharpshooter of DASH.
Mizuki Koishikawa: The ace pilot and token female member. She is Kaito/Ultraman Max's love interest.
Sean White: The team inventor/scientist/joker. He was transported from DASH North America branch.
Elly: The robot operator (android) of DASH. She learns human behavior and once wished to become a human. She even cried in Episode 16 and in the final episode. During the series she shows a growing interest in Kenjiro Koba, even admitting at a certain point during the series that she likes him.