"If Kamen Rider were available, which series would you want to see first?" This is the question posed to the Twitter audience last week, in a poll provided for fans of the live-action special effects genre by TV and streaming service TOKU. The Olympusat Inc. venture has been providing tokusatsu aficionados with an array of action-packed events, such as Tsuburaya Productions' popular giant hero franchise, Ultraman, as well as Gridman, and many other esoteric action, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror pieces from across Asia. This is the first time we've heard that TOKU could be putting out feelers for the Kamen Rider franchise. The long-running brand, about a transforming hero facing new monstrous enemies in weekly battles, has spawned dozens of annual series since its debut in 1971, reach...
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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...
Here's a trailer for the upcoming SSSS.Gridman, a new animated adaptation of the live-action original featuring a giant hero who protects his world from menacing kaiju. As previously mentioned, SSSS.Gridman is based upon the 1993 series Gridman: The Hyper Agent, in which the lead protagonist must face a variety of monsters in a digitized landscape to stop the computer world from dominating the physical one. Gridman was also the source material for the US-based series Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad. https://youtu.be/2Z1HU4aalLU SSSS.Gridman begins October 2018. You might also like: Pre-Order the POWER RANGERS Lord Drakkon Throne Today ULTRAMAN USA Flies to Home Video in September Get Hyped on GRIDMAN: THE HYPER AGENT’s Blu-ray Promo
Here's a television promo for Ultraman R/B, the newest addition to Tsuburaya Productions' long-running Ultraman franchise. This time, the story follows two brothers as they become heroes to fight off the giant monsters laying waste to their home. The form-changing siblings have a red and blue duality to their costumes, and are able to trade color schemes - along with corresponding powers - according to the needs of a given battle. https://youtu.be/iy1kx4lAG9Y Ultraman R/B premieres on Japanese television July 7, 2018. We anticipate an official western release shortly thereafter. You might also like: ULTRAMAN USA Flies to Home Video in September Order REDMAN: THE KAIJU HUNTER Volume 1 Now Be a True Fighter with ULTRAMAN ORB’s English Opening
Ultraman R/B is now only a month away. The new series follows the adventures of two brothers who discover the power to become giant heroes when an enormous monster attacks their home city. Katsumi and Isami transform into Ultraman Rosso and Ultraman Buru, the red and blue co-leads of this year's entry into Tsuburaya Productions' ongoing Ultraman franchise. https://youtu.be/IW3rwuGw604 As the 30th official series production in the brand, Ultraman R/B premieres July 7, 2018. You might also like: SUPER HERO SYNOPSES | Love and Loss Black Sun Returns in this KAMEN RIDER BLACK Fan Short ULTRAMAN USA Flies to Home Video in September
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The land is plentiful with rich fruit from the seeds that Tsuburaya Productions has planted this year, as they continue releasing more gems from their vast vault of voluminous vindicators. As we gear up for another entry in the enduring Ultraman live-action franchise with the upcoming Ultraman R/B, we have another piece of kaiju history in Ultraman USA. Some may know this title best as Ultraman: The Adventure Begins, the anime film that struck while the iron was hot, with American audiences jonesing for some of that anime goodness in the 1980s. Not the first Japanese animated Ultraman piece nor the last, The Adventure Begins serves as an interesting stepping stone along the extensive map this franchise has traveled through the decades. Between 1979's The☆Ultraman and the new Ultraman
Artist Matt Frank's Redman: The Kaiju Hunter will soon be available for english-speaking fans. The comic, based upon the original Tsuburaya Productions television series, showcases the transforming hero Redman as he faces many otherworldly beasts, some of which hailed from the beloved Ultraman franchise. Redman: The Kaiju Hunter is available for $18.99 from Night Shining Inc. You might also like: Trailer: ULTRAMAN R/B POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS Footage Screened: Licensing Expo 2018 Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Evol Driver, DX Rabbit & Dragon Evol Bottles, DX Bat Engine Full Bottle Set
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After declaring a winning verdict in their ongoing legal dispute over the international rights to their long-running Ultraman brand, Tsuburaya Productions swiftly bounces back with excellent timing, releasing the first major promotional piece for the upcoming Ultraman R/B. https://youtu.be/Mfu5q0qb2xE The new series about a pair of heroic monster-fighting brothers will debut mere months from now, perhaps ushering in a brand new era for Tsuburaya and the Ultra Series. As the 30th official series production in the brand, Ultraman R/B premieres July 7, 2018. You might also like: Watch: KAMEN RIDER AMAZONS Now Streaming Forever Geed: ULTRAMAN GEED in 70+ Pictures Long Live the Ultraman Dynasty!
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Don't test Tsuburaya Productions. The company that brought us the original giant hero Ultraman and some hundreds of hours of action with many entries in the ongoing Ultra Series that followed does not take kindly to people messing with their brand. And so, the long story of their battle over the international licensing rights to the Ultraman property gets another chapter, as Chinese company BlueArc is sued once more for what Tsuburaya calls an infringement of their copyright. Tales of Tsuburaya's cockroach-like legal troubles with entities like BlueArc and synonymous groups UM Corporation and Chaiyo Productions are well-documented, but the gist is that rights over the fan-favorite Ultra brand have been contested for decades, even since a claim was made that broad licensing powers were...
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The time of monsters is upon us once again, as the kaiju wranglers of the TOKU television station is prepping to deliver another massive bounty to our doorsteps this fine February. Starting and ending with the giant hero adventures of the long-running Ultraman franchise, with the standalone tokusatsu film Outer Man in-between. Three different incarnations of Tsuburaya Productions' famed Ultra Series are launching their official American TV schedules, and we've lost count of how many that makes now. The recent list of titles to premiere in the US, like the silvery protagonists of this ongoing franchise, just keeps growing. First up, we have Ultraman Gaia. This series originally aired in 1998 as the third in the 90s Heisei Era trilogy, though taking place in a new continuity separate fr...