First aired: 1971
Ultraman was, and still is, a highly successful franchise in Japan. This series – also known as Ultraman Jack – was a 51 episode series that ran through 1971 and 1972. To me, the fact that it had a vampire episode shows that the vampire genre, imported into Japan from the West, had taken a cultural hold (indeed it was created during the period when the Toho film company was creating its three “bloodthirsty” vampire films).
The basic premise is that Earth is in the age of monsters – these being Kaiju, the Japanese giant monsters typified by Godzilla and Gamera – and this means that each episode features a kaiju either of earthly or alien origin.
|Ultraman revives Goh|
|Rumi Sakakibara as Aki|
|shooting at Draculas|
|MAT team members|
The episode's imdb page is here.