TOKU Announces U.S. Premieres of Three New Ultra Series Titles
Highly-anticipated NEO ULTRA Q, ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER and ULTRAMAN ZERO to Launch Next Month
Source: TOKU press release
Introduction: Keith Aiken
Special Thanks to Jesús Piñango
After a decades-long drought, fans of Tsuburaya Productions’ Ultraman franchise are finally seeing a veritable monsoon of Ultra Series releases in North America. Over the past few years, the streaming service Crunchyroll has licensed 11 different Ultra shows, including simulcasts of the newer series like ULTRAMAN GEED (ウルトラマンジード, Urutoraman Jiido, 2017). Tsuburaya has also partnered with William Winckler Productions to create all-new English language dubbed and subtitled versions of the most recent Ultraman feature films; the English language ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (劇場版 ウルトラマンギンガＳ 決戦! ウルトラ10勇士!!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!, 2015) and ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (劇場版 ウルトラマンＸ きたぞ！われらのウルトラマン, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman X Kita Zo! Ware-ra no Urutoraman, 2016) both played in theaters in 2017, and dubs of three more films are currently in the works.
Last, but not least, the TOKU television network has broadcast several Ultra shows for the first time in America. Today they announced three new premieres for August: NEO ULTRA Q (ネオ・ウルトラQ, Neo Urutora Kyuu, 2013) is a modern version of the 1966 show that launched the Ultra Series. ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE (ウルトラギャラクシー大怪獣バトル, Urutora Gyarakushii Daikaijuu Batoru, 2007-2008) and its sequel series ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE- NEVER ENDING ODYSSEY (ウルトラギャラクシー大怪獣バトル NEVER ENDING ODYSSEY, Urutora Gyarakushii Daikaijuu Batoru Nebaa Endingu Odessei, 2008-2009) will air on TOKU as ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER. The shows focus on battles between classic monsters from the franchise, and lead into MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY: THE MOVIE (大怪獣バトル ウルトラ銀河伝説 THE MOVIE, Daikaiju Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu THE MOVIE, 2009), one of the films now being dubbed by Winckler Productions. TOKU will bring ULTRAMAN ZERO THE CHRONICLE (ウルトラマンゼロ THE CHRONICLE, Urutoraman Zero THE CHRONICLE, 2017) to America with the slightly modified title ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE CHRONICLES. The series uses a mix of new and older material to show the adventures of the son of Ultra Seven.
The TOKU network is carried by several satellite and cable television providers in the U.S. It is also available for Amazon Prime members on Amazon Channels.
TOKU’s press release is as follows…
TOKU Announces the Most Highly-anticipated Titles in the Ultra series U.S. Premieres
TOKU, the only 24/7 live and on demand television network dedicated to eye-catching anime, popular live-action titles and cult classics from Asia dubbed into English, announced today the U.S. premiere of two adrenaline-packed Thai films, and four gripping television series, including three of the most highly-anticipated tokusatsu titles in the Ultra series — NEO ULTRA Q, ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER and ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE CHRONICLES.
“TOKU continues to strengthen its programming lineup by offering exciting content from the Asian-Pacific region. This month, we have put together an unrivaled collection of live-action movies and series never before seen in the U.S.,” stated Jesús Piñango, Director of TV Content Strategy at Olympusat. “TOKU is well-known for the quality and variety of its content; I’m confident that these titles are going enjoy great popularity among our audience.”
Throughout the month, TOKU will feature for the first time in the U.S., six exciting titles that promise to capture the viewer’s attention from beginning to end.
The contemporary Thai films that will premiere this month are:
August 12, 2017 at 10 p.m. EST
Director: Thanit Jitnukul
Cast: Joey Boy and Pimradapa Wright
Set in modern-day Bangkok, GHOST DAY tells the story of a television series production crew, who decided to film in an alleged haunted location, provoking many terrifying paranormal events.
PAHUYUT FIGHTING BEAST
August 26, 2017 at 10 p.m. EST
Director: Piti Jaturaphat
Cast: Than Thanakorn and Sura Theerakorn
PAHUYUT FIGHTING BEAST follows the story of a group of young Muay Thai experts who are forced to use their fighting skills to protect themselves and their mentor’s daughter from a mortal threat.
The fan-favorite series that will premiere this month on TOKU are:
Starting August 23, 2017, every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST
Director: Sarawut Wichiensarn
Cast: Rushanun Ruanpetch and Nattarika Faodan
PROJECT X is a 12-episode Thai series about eight teenagers who were recruited by a mysterious man to find the truth about some of the most puzzling and peculiar unsolved cases.
NEO ULTRA Q
Starting August 15, 2017, Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. EST
Directors: Gakuryū Ishii, Yasutomo Nakai, Yu Irie and Kiyotaka Taguchi
Cast: Seiichi Tanabe and Rin Takanashi
Based on the fan-favorite classic ULTRA Q, this 12-episode series tells the story of three brave friends who risk their lives investigating bizarre monster appearances, strange ecological catastrophes and paranormal events.
ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER
Starting August 31, 2017, Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. EST
Directors: Yūichi Kikuchi, Tsugumi Kitaura and Hirochika Muraishi
Cast: Shota Minami and Saki Kamiryo
ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER is an adaptation of the popular video game MEGA MONSTER BATTLE. This 26-episode Japanese series follows the story of a fearless space crew who fights against powerful monsters in a distant planet across the universe.
ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE CHRONICLES
Starting August 31, 2017, Monday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST
Director: Koichi Sakamoto
Cast: Mamoru Miyano
One of the latest installments of the popular Ultra series. ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE CHRONICLES is a 25-episode tokusatsu television series that follows the adventures of Ultraman Zero, the son of the legendary Ultra Seven, as he fights against some of the most powerful kaiju humanity has ever seen.
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