Mill Creek Entertainment is hyping up their Blu-Ray releases for both Ultra Q & Ultraman with some new preview pics! Posted up over on their twitter, are our first in hand looks at the Steelbook packaging for each series. Each series set in the Mill Creek collection will be numbered in order, making each new series a gorgeous addition to any toku collectors’ library of titles, and in my personal collection a nice uniform set of spines on a shelf! With the promise of many more series to come, like the recently announced Orb & Geed, these first two sets are bound to be big sellers with fans.
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Our friends at MillCreekEnt just announced more Ultraman series Blu-Rays will be coming stateside following the release of Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Ultra Seven in the coming months.
Joining alongside the aforementioned Ultra series we have Blu-Ray sets for Ultraman Geed and Ultraman Orb! Both will be released sometime November 2019 and will contain movies for both series.
In addition, more upcoming releases for 2020 were announced. That roadmap is as follows:
- Return of Ultraman
- Ultraman R/B Series+Movies
- Ultra Fight Orb
- Ultraman Ace
- Ultraman Taro
- Ultraman Leo
- Ultraman X Series+Movies
- Ultraman Zero Series+Movies
No further release info was given at the time of this writing, and it is unclear which of the aforementioned series will be receiving Steelbooks if any but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as more info becomes available.
Hot on the heels of the release of the Ultraman Suit, Tamashii Nations has just revealed (via the Ultraman Manga/Anime Twitter) their next entry in the Ultraman anime line of S.H. Figuarts. Once again, it’s a bit of a do-over, but one that should please collectors.
Bemular (The Animation) takes the original Manga Bemular S.H. Figuarts X Ultra-Act release, and re-works it into a newly improved design more in line with the Netflix anime’s design style. A side by side comparison of the two figures attached here shows just how different the new animation release really is.
Tamashii has confirmed that Bemular will be released as a Tamashii Web Exclusive, though at this time release date and price have yet to be announced. We’ll update this story when that information becomes available.
Happy Ultraman Day indeed! As revealed exclusively by SciFi Japan, Mill Creek Entertainment (in conjunction with Indigo Entertainment) has just struck a tremendous deal with Tsuburaya Productions. Mill Creek has just acquired the *entire* Ultraman library of series and films ranging from 1966’s Ultra Q all the way through to today for both physical home media & digital releases!
This announcement means that nearly every single production released as a part of the Ultra Series in the last 50+ years (over 1100 episodes and 20 movies) has the potential for both physical Blu-Ray releases as well as digital streaming options. To kick off this acquisition, Mill Creek has also officially revealed it’s first two home media releases, Ultra Q and Ultraman!
Both Ultra Q & Ultraman will be released in Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-Ray series sets on October 15th for $49.98 each. Standard Packaging releases of each series will be made available on the same day for $39.98 as well. Each set will also include Digital redemption codes through Mill Creek’s Moviespree streaming service! Both series have been remastered in high definition with DTS-HD Masters of the original Japanese audio, with a fresh set of English subtitles. You can pre-order each set at the following links.:
Ultra Q Complete Series Limited Steelbook Blu-Ray – $49.98
Ultra Q Complete Series Standard Blu-Ray – $39.98
Ultraman Complete Series Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-Ray $49.98
Ultraman Complete Series Standard Blu-Ray $39.98
This is a pretty huge announcement on a day that was already a true celebration of the franchise itself. The door is now wide open for the heroes that came after the original Ultraman to finally be available to English speaking audiences on Blu-Ray & digital streaming widely. We eagerly await Mill Creek’s next announcement!
The next of Bandai Spirit’s Figure-Rise Standard Ultraman model kits was just recently revealed via an update from their official Twitter Account. Following The Ver.75 suit, we have our first look at the Figure-Rise Standard Ultraman Ver.A!
There’s currently no word on pricing, though we do know that the kit will come out sometime in April. Other accessories are also not known at the time of this recording, although it does seem to include an LED-Light Unit that you’ll likely need to install yourself.
Stay tuned, and we’ll provide more updates on this kit as it’s made available.
In an exclusive being reported by THR, Tsuburaya has just tapped Jeff Gomez and his Starlight Runner Entertainment along with LA based The Licensing Group to rebrand and reboot the Ultraman franchise across multiple platforms for markets outside Japan. This is massive news for a number of reasons, but THR has a great exclusive breakdown of what this all means as well.
U.S. transmedia producer Starlight Runner Entertainment has been tapped by Tokyo-based Tsuburaya Productions to build out the Ultraman mythology for the digital age outside of Japan, to include a possible live action streaming TV series. The original live action Ultra Q and Ultramanseries that launched in 1966 featured a high-tech police force and their silver superhero Ultraman battling to save the Earth from invading aliens and giant monsters.
Dozens of sequel TV series, movies, video games and other spinoff content followed, including recent movies like Ultraman X the Movie in 2016, Ultraman Orb the Movie last year and Ultraman Geed the Movie in 2018, the 29th installment of the franchise.
As Tsuburaya looks to restore Ultraman’s profile outside Japan, Starlight Runner will team with The Licensing Group to reboot the superhero property across multiple platforms, with story-driven licensing and merchandising programs for the U.S. and international markets.
The Ultraman licensing program will be supported by new content distributed on cable, streaming and SVOD platforms. “Ultraman is one of my greatest childhood heroes. We’re honored to be embarking on this mission to bring this family of characters back to the world stage,” Starlight Runner CEO Jeff Gomez said in a statement.
So, how exciting is this? Seeing one of the oldest and most beloved Tokusatsu franchises in the world, stepping into the modern day in an entirely new fashion. SHare your thoughts on the subject by visiting our discussion thread on the topic, just click “Discuss on the TokuNation Forums” at the bottom of this post.
Netflix is currently expanding it’s library of anime, and among those titles announced was an anime adaptation based on the currently on-going Ultraman Manga written by Eiichi Shimizu, and our first trailer for this 3DCGI production was released just today
In the initial announcement, the Netflix Ultraman Anime was announced for a worldwide simultaneous release scheduled for April 1st 2019, though whether or not this will include subtitles for internationals remains to be seen.
The Ultraman Manga acts as a sequel to the original Ultraman taking place several years after the fact. In it, Shin Hayate’s son Shinjiro battles monsters as the new Ultraman.
In the meantime, you can watch the trailer in the box below and be sure to hit the jump and let us know what you think about this exciting new outing for Ultraman!
In 1972, Tsuburaya Productions commissioned a new spin-off from their popular Ultra Series. Curious, quirky, and quite violent, Redman joined the Nippon TV Ohayo! Kodomo variety show. Serialized in 138 5-minute episodes, Redman faced off against countless Kaiju from across the various Ultra series which had aired by this time. Mercilessly, Redman would dispatch these Kaiju with little to no context outside of what magazine text stories and interviews could provide.
Flash forward to 2018, the superstar creative team of Matt Frank & Goncalo Lopes have resurrected this red warrior for a brand new series of Graphic Novels. The first of which, Redman: The Kaiju Hunter Volume 1, was recently released in July. Taking this obscure but classic character and helping to re-imagine his backstory as so much more than it was previously, Frank & Lopes have crafted a modern classic.
Here at TokuNation we were fortunate enough to be provided a promotional copy of Volume 1 for review. Click “Discuss on the TokuNation Forums” at the bottom of this post and you can read our full review of Redman: The Kaiju Hunter! Let us know what you think of the series if you’ve had a chance to read it as well!
In case you were let down by the S.H.Figuarts version of the Manga Ultraman character, Bandai may have an alternative for you with the recently revealed Figure-Rise Standard Ultraman B-Type model kit.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Figure-Rise Standard series: it’s a line of model kits that you build and sticker yourself ala Gundam or Minipla. The Figure-Rise Standard kits covers characters that are outside of the Gundam franchise, in the past we’ve seen a handful of Kamen Riders and Dragon Ball characters done up in this line. Figure Rise Standard Ultraman B Type is 1/12 scale so it shouldn’t look too badly when standing next to your S.H.Figuarts collection.
Accessories with this kit will include optional hand parts, effect parts, a big cannon, and an LED light that can switch from blue to red. All of this can be yours for 4500 yen and will see a release in November 2018.
Rejoice Ultra fans!
Today is a landmark day in tokusatsu history as Tsuburaya Productions Co. Ltd announced their victory in US courts against UM Corporation (aka Chaiyo) for the international rights to the first six instalments in the Ultra Series. That’s right everyone, it’s been a long battle but Ultra Q, Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Return of Ultraman, Ultraman Ace and Ultraman Taro are finally home.
For those unaware the international rights for these six series have been in question for several years, after Chaiyo Productions founder Sompote Saengduenchai claimed that in 1976 Eiji Tsuburaya‘s son Noboru (who died in 1995) had provided him with a contract giving him rights to everything related to Ultraman outside Japanese territories, in exchange for a monetary loan. The legitimacy of the document was extremely questionable, however Japanese and Thai courts accepted this contract as real and binding due to supposed appearance of Noboru Tsuburaya’s hanko (signature stamp) in the document.
Headway was finally made November last year when a Californian jury deemed the document to be a fake and ruled in favour of Tsuburaya, but it isn’t until today that we have confirmation that the company’s long ordeal is finally over.
So what does this mean for the series in question? Will they be joining the rest of the Ultraman backcatalogue on Crunchyroll? New home releases with better quality masters? Who knows, but with Tsuburaya continuously looking to promote Ultraman on a worldwide scale we’ll find out soon enough.