Ultraman

A Monstrous Amount of ULTRAMAN is Coming to TV

A Monstrous Amount of ULTRAMAN is Coming to TV

Articles, Blog, Kaiju, Movies & TV, News, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Uncategorized
The rubber red carpet has been rolled out for Ultraman these past few months. The giant monster-fighting superhero franchise has seen action on TV screens, streaming platforms, and home media everywhere, both in live-action and animated forms, with even more on the way. This includes the upcoming television premieres of Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Ginga, and Ultraman Ginga S. This, of course, comes to us courtesy of TOKU, the Olympusat Inc. TV station branded by its affinity for action, special effects, and anime gems the likes of which we at Henshin Justice Unlimited just don't know how to quit. In the past, they've already aired classic tokusatsu series like Ultraman Leo and Gridman: The Hyper Agent as well as animated title The☆Ultraman, the first of its kind but not the last. Suf...
SAMURAI SENTAI SHINKENGER’s Rin Takanashi Announces Marriage Plans – For Realz This Time!

SAMURAI SENTAI SHINKENGER’s Rin Takanashi Announces Marriage Plans – For Realz This Time!

Blog, News, Super Sentai, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Another tokusatsu actress is discovered to be deeply in love, as actress Rin Takanashi is soon to be married. And this time, it's not on the set of her 2009 show Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, where her superpowered character ShinkenPink took part in a fake wedding to lure a nasty demoness intent on ruining the happy nuptials of innocent couples just starting their lives together. We assume no monsters are invited to the upcoming event. The announcement came early Saturday, when Sponichi Annex (Sports Nippon) reported the story. Takanashi's fiance Tomoaki Makino, who plays for the soccer team the Urawa Red Diamonds, revealed to Sponichi that the two will be married next month. However, they haven't decided on what kind of wedding ceremony or reception they will have. Tomoaki Makino an...
An ULTRAMAN GEED Star Is Dating A Wrestler!

An ULTRAMAN GEED Star Is Dating A Wrestler!

Blog, Featured, News, Ultraman
There is a new power couple in Japan, as Ultraman Geed voice actress Suzuko Mimori was discovered to be dating professional wrestler Kazuchika Okada. Mimori serves as the voice of Geed's supercomputer REM, as well as the on-screen manifestation of the character which appears late in the series. Her affiliation with Okada proved a surprise to many of her adoring devotees. Reports began to appear early in the weekend via Twitter, when Bunshun Online spotted them together on two occasions. The first on the evening of January 9th, where both spent time at each others' homes. They were then spotted again the following day. Okada quickly confirmed the relationship in Bunshin Online's report. Over Twitter, Okada mentions how they have been in a serious relationship for nearly 5 months....
Be a True Fighter with ULTRAMAN ORB’s English Opening

Be a True Fighter with ULTRAMAN ORB’s English Opening

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Uncategorized, Video Update, Videos
If you've been following us closely over the past few months, you know we're pretty big fans of Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga in these parts. The space fantasy prequel to the giant hero series Ultraman Orb first streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime Japan before making its way to terrestrial television and home video. It constitutes for this fan one of the biggest, most exciting offerings from the long-running Ultraman franchise in years and any Ultra nerd who has yet to witness its greatness should rectify this mistake as soon as possible. In the meantime, here's the show's second opening theme song in the original Japanese, followed by the same song in English. Because why the hell not? Those who already know the holy experience that is Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga may or may not ha...
MOB PSYCHO 100 Teaser – Do You Even Lift?

MOB PSYCHO 100 Teaser – Do You Even Lift?

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Books, Comics, Movies & TV, News, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Video Update, Videos
Actor Tatsuomi Hamada is leaping from one beloved super-powered franchise to another, as he bids farewell to his starring role as giant monster-fighter Ultraman Geed and slips into the maddening role of high school psychic Mob in the live-action Mob Psycho 100. Based on the monstrously successful manga and anime of the same name, Hamada's Mob will face challenges big and small, encountering others of his peculiar kind as the series rolls out to an international audience on Netflix. The first promotional video follows. This fleeting glimpse into the series, directed by Ultraman Geed chief Sakamoto Koichi, comes via BS Japan, who starts airing the series in its home country along with neighboring station TV Tokyo shortly after its Netflix debut. The video features Mob demonstrating some...
Here’s Where THE☆ULTRAMAN Airs This January

Here’s Where THE☆ULTRAMAN Airs This January

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, News, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Uncategorized
In 1979, four years after the last live-action Ultraman series had left the airwaves, Tsuburaya Productions decided to take their giant hero franchise into a new arena with The☆Ultraman, the first animated entry into the beloved Ultra Series. Now, for the first time, US audiences will be able to catch the show on television, thanks to the fine folks at TOKU. Continuing to kick giant monster ass, after airing such titles as Ultraman Leo and Gridman: The Hyper Agent in recent months, the TOKU channel has made itself a destination for fun, nostalgic film and television offerings in the imaginative tokusatsu subgenre. The☆Ultraman represents the next step on their apparent quest to get everything the kaiju kings at Tsuburaya have ever produced on American TV. This news comes to us ...
Forever Geed: ULTRAMAN GEED in 70+ Pictures

Forever Geed: ULTRAMAN GEED in 70+ Pictures

Articles, Blog, Gallery, Kaiju, Movies & TV, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Uncategorized
Ultraman Geed, the 29th incarnation of the long-running Ultra Series, has ended. And as we await Tsuburaya Productions' next entry into the ongoing kaiju-fighting super-franchise, we thought it might be fun to take a look back on the 2017 story with a handy collection. We've amassed quite a lot of pictures from the giant hero series, after spending the last several months posting reviews, slowly recapping much of Team Geed's adventures as they fought to protect their world from otherworldly threats. Here's a sampling of the images we've been holding onto, most of which were never included in our many previous Ultraman Geed posts. In the gulf between the start of this new year and the eventual announcement of the new series which will ultimately succeed Geed, we have the upcoming G...
ULTRAMAN GEED Ends as it Began: Confusingly

ULTRAMAN GEED Ends as it Began: Confusingly

Articles, Blog, Gallery, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Uncategorized
So, here we are at the finale of the Ultraman Geed television series. And while there's so much to have loved about this story of the son of a corrupt titan taking his place among vaunted heroes, I can say that my feelings about the show's end, in many ways, mirror the same complicated thoughts evoked by its first few episodes. In recent weeks, the villainous Ultraman Belial returned with a vengeance, revealing himself to have been secretly watching his follower, Fukuide Kei, long since his supposed demise at the hands of Ultraman Geed. Kei took the news pretty well, considering the absolute torture his master put him through, giving him no sympathy and pretty much telling him straight to his face how little he means to him. Kei is a villain of a special breed. It's rare to have such ...
Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 2

Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 2

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Books, Comics, Culture, Dairanger, Interviews, Movies & TV, Power Rangers, Space Sheriff, Super Sentai, Toku, toku, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome to the second installment of a brand new series here on HJU, Scholars Talking Toku. My name is Justin Mullis. I’m a scholar working in the academic field of religious studies with a life long love of Japanese pop-culture. Earlier this year an essay I wrote, “Notes from the Land of Light: Observations on Religious Elements Seen in Ultraman” was published in the book Giant Creatures in Our World: Essays on Kaiju and American Popular Culture (2017, McFarland Press) edited by Camille D.G. Mustachio and Jason Barr. I recommend you pick it up! As a result of my work on this essay I came to realize that there were a number of scholars, like me, who were interested in the topic of Japanese superheroes, through separated both geographically and by areas of expertise. The goal of ...
Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 1

Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Tom Gill – Pt. 1

Anime, Articles, Blog, Books, Culture, Interviews, Kaiju, Kamen Rider, monster, Movies & TV, Super Sentai, Toku, toku, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome to the start of a brand new series here on HJU, Scholars Talking Toku. My name is Justin Mullis. I'm a scholar working in the academic field of religious studies with a life long love of Japanese pop-culture. Earlier this year an essay I wrote, "Notes from the Land of Light: Observations on Religious Elements Seen in Ultraman" was published in the book Giant Creatures in Our World: Essays on Kaiju and American Popular Culture (2017, McFarland Press) edited by Camille D.G. Mustachio and Jason Barr. I recommend you pick it up! When I started working on this essay I believed that I was breaking new ground, that work by academics on Japanese superheroes was probably minuscule to nonexistent. What I soon realized however was that a number of scholars were in fact interested in this...