While going through some old files related to my former job, I came across this very brief synopsis of an episode of Ultraman I proposed sometime in the mid-90s.
The episode was to be titled "Shiki Soku Ze Ku" or "Form is Emptiness." It was proposed for a series which was to have been titled Ultraman Neos. Eventually Ultraman Neos was shelved in favor of a show called Ultraman Tiga. My episode was never produced.
This version has been rewritten for a proposed Ultraman novel, which would have featured the characters from the original Ultraman TV series (the one that was shown on UHF stations over here in the US in the Seventies). The novel never happened either.
What I present here is from the synopsis of the novel that I planned to send to publishers to get them interested. This section would have been chapter five.
There was a lot more detail in the story proposal I submitted. But I have no idea where that is anymore.
ULTRAMAN CHAPTER 5 "Form is Emptiness"
A Zen Buddhist temple in the mountains is attacked by a monster. Ultraman appears and battles the monster. But before he can defeat it he finds himself transformed back into Hayata and held prisoner in an alien space ship. It turns out that the monster and the temple were all an illusion created by unearthly creatures to make Hayata reveal himself as the human form of Ultraman. While Hayata is imprisoned the aliens create the illusion that he is still among the members of the Science Patrol.
Meanwhile unknown flying saucers hover ominously over the world's capital cities.
In Tokyo as in the rest of the world the people become increasingly convinced that the aliens intend to attack. Hysteria builds and finally the attack comes. A gigantic creature descends from the ship and rampages through the city. Hayata, still held prisoner, watches in amazement as Ultraman appears and battles the creature.
Before the monster can be defeated, both the creature and Ultraman disappear. The city, destroyed in the battle, resumes its previous state. The face of a young girl appears in the sky. She says that the entire encounter was an illusion projected by the beings of the Galactic Federation, a group of peaceful planets throughout the galaxy. The purpose was to discover how humans would react to the presence of alien beings in their midst. Humanity failed the test and are refused entry into the Galactic Federation.