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Marvel X Tsuburaya: The Rise of Ultraman Comics

Marvel X Tsuburaya: The Rise of Ultraman Comics

Blog, Comics, Ultraman
Back in November 2019, Marvel Entertainment announced at the Tokyo Comic Con, that they would be collaborating with Tsuburaya Productions. The panel featured both, Marvel's editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski and Tsuburaya Production's CEO Takayuki Tsukagoshi, as they announced the collaboration would be adapting the Ultra Series to comics. The comics intended would not necessarily adapt the various series/ films, but work to expand the productions and overarching lore.   Now, fast forward to yesterday at C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo). There at their panel, Marvel Entertainment announced the creative team behind their first "Ultra" title. Titled, "The Rise of Ultraman," the comic will revisit the original Ultraman from 1967. In the series, it will re-introduce the worl...
PlatinumGames’ Project G.G., a Tokusatsu-Inspired Game!

PlatinumGames’ Project G.G., a Tokusatsu-Inspired Game!

Featured, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Video Games
Yesterday, PlatinumGames shocked the world with the announcement of their new upcoming game, "Project G.G. A Go-Go!" Now, the title is a work progress, but the game itself is heavily influenced by the tokusatsu genre. From the trailer which fans can view below, the game will feature a hero that transforms into an Ultra-like being to fight kaiju. However, while our hero will be reference to Ultraman, their transformation is an obvious homage to Kamen Rider. This leaves us with the question of what other references are in the game? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6inZzkZmiI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1ANmXnWLhpTgU2FFfYL_inx3bV8NuNCDWt9IAu7upHx8oOGtjmZ19fv2w Now, the game is being directed by PlatinumGames' own, Hideki Kamiya; the mastermind behind Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe...
North America’s Official Ultraman Website, “Ultraman Galaxy”

North America’s Official Ultraman Website, “Ultraman Galaxy”

Featured, Kaiju, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Last weekend, Tsuburaya Productions launched their official North American website for the Ultra Series. Titled, Ultraman Galaxy, this website feature various updates on the franchise and products. In addition, the site will eventually expand into being a database for the various heroes, aliens, and kaiju in the franchise. Furthermore, there is an entire section dedicated to how companies can contact Tsuburaya to license Ultraman for projects, as well as their current partners. Now, Tsuburaya Productions' licensing agency in North America is The Licensing Group; the company works to assist Tsuburaya Productions in its various business ventures. However, the site itself is produced by Starlight Runner Entertainment. For those unaware, Starlight Runner is a production company that spe...
Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Seth Kim – Pt. 2

Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Seth Kim – Pt. 2

Anime, Articles, Blog, Comics, Culture, Interviews, Kaiju, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Toku, toku, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome to the second installment of Scholars Talking Toku's interview with Seth Kim; Assistant Professor in the Program of Cinema and Media Arts and Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University. Kim is the author of several essays on Japanese superheroes and tokusatsu including “Kamen Rider vs. Spider-Man and Bat-Man” which appeared 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. My own essay, “Notes from the Land of Light: Observations on Religious Elements Seen in Ultraman”, was also published in this same collection so we both recommend you pick it up! In the first half of our interview, we discussed Kim's essay “Kamen Rider vs. Spider-Man and Bat-Man” as well as his thoughts
Super Hero Synopses | Memory Error

Super Hero Synopses | Memory Error

Blog, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome back to Super Hero Synopses, where sometimes heroes don't follow the script correctly. This week introduces the mysterious woman (no really, that's what she's called in the opening credits) who possesses her own R/B Gyro and seemingly also possesses a very long lifespan based on her comment about knowing a historical figure who died in 1900! She exhibits a particular interest in the brothers' younger sister Asahi, who seems to have secrets of her own. Outside of the main story, Orb fans should once again enjoy the numerous references to his show (note the familiar hat and coat hung up in Aizen's office - I wonder if he cosplayed before he got his own Gyro?) and Horoboros continues to make the kind of impression that will no doubt have him menacing many more Ultramen in the yea...
Super Hero Synopses | The Next Test

Super Hero Synopses | The Next Test

Blog, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome back to Super Hero Synopses, where matching t-shirts are a necessity for a family picnic! Yes, it seems as though their villain has not been discouraged by his defeat and has kept the pressure up on our dual heroes. What better cure than a family outing, complete with colour-coded water guns! Meanwhile the aforementioned villain comes up with his most despicable way yet to rid himself of the heroes - he's going to offer them lucrative jobs in his company! What will finally make Makoto Aizen see the error of his ways? Will Asahi and Ushio figure out the secret identities of the Ultramen? Will the brothers pass the exam they are unwillingly tested by? As always, we'd love for you to stop by our Facebook page or our forum and let us know what you think of the show! Ultraman R/...
Trailer: SSSS.GRIDMAN Goes to Battle Next Month

Trailer: SSSS.GRIDMAN Goes to Battle Next Month

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Kaiju, Movies & TV, News, Sci-Fi, Ultraman, Uncategorized, Video Update, Videos
Watashi wa Hyper Agent Gridman. After a long wait, Tsuburaya Productions is finally ready to unveil the new SSSS.Gridman. This animated effort inspired by the live-action original bears many similarities to its tokusatsu predecessor, but also a few differences. For one, the impending monster mayhem doesn't seem to be confined to a digitized world within computers, as seen in the 1993 series Gridman the Hyper-Agent. Those look like physical buildings getting smashed to pieces as enormous kaiju tangle with the hero of the hour, in a populated area. Among them is a cast of angsty youngsters whose paths may be inextricably linked to the red and white savior known as Gridman. https://youtu.be/kZdZmbvln4g SSSS.Gridman begins October 6, 2018.   You might also like: Watch: Th...
SUPER HERO SYNOPSES |  The True Measure of a Hero

SUPER HERO SYNOPSES | The True Measure of a Hero

Blog, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome back to Super Hero Synopses, where a true hero doesn't fight to achieve recognition. This week in Ultraman R/B it's time for the brothers to knuckle down and fight back against Makoto Aizen, and prove that while they may not have the superficial qualities of the old-school Ultramen they are the kind of heroes that their rival could never be. Makoto Aizen, for his part, continues to drop references for fans of the franchise to appreciate before being forced to give up his shiny toy to the brothers. What comes next for Orb Dark? Did the brothers prove themselves in your eyes or have they still to earn their stripes as Ultramen? Will Asahi ever figure out that she's a fan of her own brothers? Let us know what you think in our forum, over onour Facebook page, or in the comments ...
SUPER HERO SYNOPSES |  Double Feature

SUPER HERO SYNOPSES | Double Feature

Blog, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome back to Super Hero Synopses, where your own fears and others' expectations can both be challenges to overcome. This week we're covering both episode seven and eight of Ultraman R/B, where we continue to deal with the fallout from episode six and build to the first confrontation between the brothers and Makato Aizen. Ultraman R/B, Episode 07 "Hero Disqualification" Isami (Blu) wakes from a nightmare in which the previous episode played out differently and Koma was killed. He was roused by Grigio, the monster they defeated in the first episode. The rest of the family are being interviewed on TV to promote their store. Isami tries to call Katsumi (Rosso), who asks him to go on ahead until he can sneak away. Isami agrees only to discover that he is unable to transform. The TV ...
SUPER HERO SYNOPSES | Made You Look!

SUPER HERO SYNOPSES | Made You Look!

Articles, Blog, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome back to Super Hero Synopses, where sometimes the most difficult battles are between old friends! Yes, despite the title this episode does not feature an previously unmentioned additional member of the Minato family, but rather an old family friend playing something of a self-appointed surrogate mother role. Which of course means engaging them in that most deadly of games - paper/rock/scissors! Ultraman R/B, Episode 06 "An Old Enemy! Big Sister's Finishing Move!" The brothers are battling a Mecha Gomora summoned by Makoto Aizen. They fail to damage their foe or amuse Aizen, prompting him to recall the monster rather than continue the battle. The brothers rush home only to find Asahi and their father consulting with a fortune teller to determine how to make business pick u...