On March 22nd, 2023, Jiro Dan passed away at the age of 74. Dan was known among Ultraman fans for his role as Hideki Go, the human host of Ultraman Jack, in Return of Ultraman.
Dan reprised this role several times in the 52 years since Return, bringing a sincerity and inner strength to the character for decades. He will be remembered with warmth, and Ultraman Connection mourns his loss.
Tsuburaya Productions announced Dan’s passing through their Ultraman Global account on Twitter, stating, “We remember him fondly and offer our sincere condolences. In honor of Jiro Dan, who has jourmneyed to the Star of Ultra, the final episode ‘The Five Oaths of Ultra’ will be free on YouTube soon.”
Indeed, the heartfelt conclusion of the classic Return of Ultraman series will be available on the Ultraman Official Channel shortly. Let us all celebrate the life and career of Jiro Dan together.