Ultra Q was an early tokusatsu series in Japan, one of the first to bring daikaiju to the small screen. Special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya was a major part of the series. It was planned to introduce a giant hero to fight the monsters, similar to the Showa Godzilla films. The hero went through many stages, originally intended to be a bird-man named Bemlar, with a design which later became Rodan. Eventually, he evolved into the red-and-silver hero of renown. They introduced the titular hero Ultraman in the second season, which enjoyed immense success and kick-started the transforming hero genre.