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The Fate of ULTRAMAN Rights: Tsuburaya Defeats UM Corp in Latest Court Battle

The Fate of ULTRAMAN Rights: Tsuburaya Defeats UM Corp in Latest Court Battle

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In news that prompted a collective sigh of relief across the worldwide fan community this week, Tsuburaya Productions scored a major victory in its ongoing legal conflict with Thai company Chaiyo Productions as a jury ruled against Chaiyo collaborator UM Corporation over licensing rights to the popular Ultraman superhero franchise. A ruling years in the making, this marks one of several instances in an escalating battle the Ultraman creators and sole original owners at Tsuburaya have been fighting for decades, dating as far back as 1996. As previously stated, Chaiyo Productions head Sompote Saengduenchai claimed a relative of Ultraman creator Eiji Tsuburaya had signed a legal document bestowing licensing rights for the Ultra brand beyond Japanese shores to him, though this was widely ...
REDMAN Strikes a Pose in New Comic Preview From Matt Frank

REDMAN Strikes a Pose in New Comic Preview From Matt Frank

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Classic hero Redman continues his march toward revival in the new comic series courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions and Godzilla comic superstar Matt Frank. And a new preview of the action within its pages has dropped, giving us a glimpse into what lies ahead for the yellow-eyed monster-fighter. As mentioned earlier this month, Redman was a live-action special effects series in which the SIA Officer Sokomizu merges with the spirit of an alien refugee to become the armor-clad warrior who defends Earth from all manner of otherworldly beast. He returns to us from the vault of lost heroes, opened once again by Ultraman creators Tsuburaya Productions. The new sequential art piece comes from Frank's Tumblr page, featuring one of the tokusatsu hero's famous catchphrases. Redman is seen ta...
Ultraman Geed & The Identity Crisis of Episodes 18 & 19

Ultraman Geed & The Identity Crisis of Episodes 18 & 19

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Fukuide Kei is back with a fiery vengeance in the latest episodes of Ultraman Geed. After recent adventures saw him stumbling through the streets as a penniless vagrant, things weren't looking so hot for the dark Ultraman Belial's dutiful underling. Despite the big red guy having treated him like utter crap, Kei's not taking his boss' apparent demise very well. Meanwhile, the growing sentience of Geed's supercomputer may become a problem in the days ahead for the young master Asakura Riku as he locks horns with Kei once again. A series of ridiculously convenient coincidences all line up back-to-back, as Laiha and Riku happen to be near a TV as the news services report on Kei's disappearance and suspected murder of his editor a while back (when people thought he was just some random ...
Ultraman Fusion Fight: Why Settle For 10 Form Changes When You Can Have 10,000?

Ultraman Fusion Fight: Why Settle For 10 Form Changes When You Can Have 10,000?

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In Ultraman Fusion Fight, the towering monsters of the Ultra Series multiverse and the giant heroes who defend against them are swept up in a battle for supremacy. As modern Ultraman features characters whose strange and varied forms are combined and manipulated into new "fusions", this arcade-style Carddass game capitalizes on that feature to the Nth degree, constantly updating with newer and more bizarre meldings of popular figures from their decades-spanning franchise. Including those of 2017's Ultraman Geed and 2016's Ultraman Orb. If the name Carddass makes you think of aliens from Star Trek rather than the mechanics of the game, fret not. As far back as 1988, toy behemoth Bandai has consistently released new DataCarddass collectible trading cards, based upon many well-known prop...
Here’s Where ‘Ultraman Leo’ is Airing This Month

Here’s Where ‘Ultraman Leo’ is Airing This Month

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Classic tokusatsu hero Ultraman Leo is coming back to television, thanks to Olympusat Inc. Airing on their television station TOKU, which focuses on anime, live-action special effects dramas, and other cult offerings, the 1974 series will be presented in its original Japanese language with English subtitles. The seventh entry in the ongoing monster-fighting Ultra Series, Leo battled all manner of beast both alien and terrestrial, making a name for himself in Tsuburaya Productions' giant superhero franchise. After his series ended in 1975, his guest appearances in future titles were numerous, including the nostalgic Ultraman Mebius series and the Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy Legends movie, in which he was revealed to have trained the modern fan-favorite Ultraman Zero, who currently...
Classic Hero Redman Rises Again in New Series from Godzilla Comic Legend

Classic Hero Redman Rises Again in New Series from Godzilla Comic Legend

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Tsuburaya Productions is cooking up something old, something new, something borrowed, and something red this year, as first word of a brand new Redman comic project has just dropped. Originally broadcast in 1973 and produced by Tsuburaya of the wildly popular, ongoing Ultraman television and film franchise, Redman was an alien refugee from a doomed world whose spirit merged with human SIA Officer Sokomizu to continue the fight against those who destroyed his home. Now, the battle rages once more in this new title, presented to us through the prestigious lens of Godzilla comic artist Matt Frank. Having worked for years in the world of comics, Matt Frank has touched many beloved brands, including Transformers and Wrath of the Titans, adding his gloriously epic touch to many fantasy worl...
Ultraman Geed Wins Again, With a Trio of Episodes Fit for a King

Ultraman Geed Wins Again, With a Trio of Episodes Fit for a King

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Ultraman Geed has multi-parters growing out of every orifice these days, doesn't it? With few exceptions, this series has kicked into high gear since we struck the halfway point, and I can't tell you how happy I am to be in this sweet spot. This is where things get interesting. Where we're done setting up the status quo and having random yarns about cute pet monsters or smelly saunas and are ready to pay off everything that's been building up these past dozen or so episodes. In our last review, young hero Asakura Riku grappled with the startling revelation that he was the son of the twisted Ultraman Belial, created as a means for the supervillain to acquire more power in his latest worlds-conquering scheme. We also found ourselves smack dab in the middle of one of those multi-parters ...
Long Live the Ultraman Dynasty!

Long Live the Ultraman Dynasty!

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Heroes of the Ultraman franchise get a feudal Japanese makeover in these spectacular art pieces from J Studio. In these high-quality images, Ultra Heroes are reimagined as warriors of the Sengoku Era, complete with lavish costumes and weapons, in dramatic scenery. Among them are Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Cosmos, Ultraman Nexus, Ultraman Mebius, and Ultraman Zero.  
Note to China’s ‘Fake Ultraman’ Creators – Don’t Piss Off the Originals

Note to China’s ‘Fake Ultraman’ Creators – Don’t Piss Off the Originals

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A loud thunderclap rang out in the Ultraman fandom when it was announced that Dragon Force: So Long, Ultraman, the sequel to China's animated Dragon Force movie, would feature their own interpretation of the classic red-and-silver giant hero Ultraman, owned by Japan's Tsuburaya Productions. Not only that, but this character, whose use of the Ultraman name is highly discouraged by its Japanese owners, was portrayed as a villain in the film's promotional material. Embroiled in legal battles for years over the rights to their original intellectual property, Tsuburaya has had its hands full. But they're not the only ones upset over this development. It seems even the Ultraman actors themselves have begun adding their voices to the chorus speaking out against this project. Actor and musici...
S.H. Figuarts Ultraman Geed – When Super Mega’s Just Not Enough

S.H. Figuarts Ultraman Geed – When Super Mega’s Just Not Enough

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Forgive the Ultraman Tiga US dub reference, I just couldn't help myself. Ultraman Geed is getting his own splendid S.H. Figuarts from the fine folks at Bandai Tamashii Nations. This model represents the title hero's classic form, known as Ultraman Geed Primitive. The evil Ultra, Belial's heroic offspring will stand proudly and take no guff in this highly poseable item.   One couldn't be blamed for thinking at first glance that the image of Geed rising into his giant form was a still image from the series rather than a photograph of the actual figure, with added effects. Release date for this item is set for February 2018 and is priced at 5,940 yen. Check the Bandai Tamashii Nations website for further details. "You've been enlisted into a top-secret agency called ...