ULTRAMAN R/B — Press Notes and Photos For New TV Series From Tsuburaya Pro
Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [ウルトラマンＲ／Ｂ(ルーブ), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu)], their upcoming series featuring a pair of Ultraman brothers.
Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head office: Shibuya, Tokyo. President and CEO: Takayuki Tsukagoshi) will be broadcasting its new TV series ULTRAMAN R/B from 9:00 a.m. July 7th on TV Tokyo.
The Ultraman Series has been bringing heroes to the world for more than 50 years, since the first ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman: Kuso Tokusatsu Shirizu, 1966-67) made its debut on July 1966. Ever since ULTRAMAN GINGA (ウルトラマンギンガ, Urutoraman Ginga), which came out on 2013, Tsuburaya Productions has been creating “New Generation Heroes” series on TV Tokyo every year, with the latest installment being last year’s ULTRAMAN GEED (ウルトラマンジード, Urutoraman Jiido, 2017).
ULTRAMAN R/B will be the 6th New Generation Heroes Series. Please stay tuned to the new TV program which will mark a new chapter in the history of the Ultraman Series.
Ultraman Brothers as the Main Characters
The two main characters, Katsumi and Isami Minato, are brothers who live with their younger sister and father who run a specialty store. One day, the brothers find the R/B Gyro and R/B Crystal, which transform Katsumi into “Ultraman Rosso” and Isami into “Ultraman Blu”. Rosso has the element of fire, while Blu has the element of water. The show is entertaining not only as a special effect action piece which depicts the brothers’ clash as they grow up and confront powerful enemies, but also as a TV drama series focusing on the brothers’ family bond.
Newly Structured Series With Yuya Hirata × Ryosuke Koike as the Hero Brothers!
The new series is filled with even more exciting elements than the past Ultraman Series, with an unexpected plot. The story is based on the concepts of “bond” and “love”, in which the brothers face their emotions with allies and enemies realizing important things that they tended to take for granted.
The hero brothers are performed by brand new members; the older brother, Katsumi is played by Yuya Hirata (24 years old/represented by Sun Music Production), and the younger brother, Isami is played by Ryosuke Koike (22 years old/Pacific Voice).
The New Ultraman Heroes and Their Transforming Items
■ Older brother: Ultraman Rosso (ウルトラマンロッソ)
■ Younger brother: Ultraman Blu (ウルトラマンブル)
■ Transformation Items
R/B Gyro (ルーブジャイロ)
R/B Crystal (ルーブクリスタル)
■ Yuya Hirata as Ultraman Rosso/The Older Brother, Katsumi Minato
Yuya Hirata was born on June 20, 1993. His acting credits including the movies HAUNTED CAMPUS (ホーンテッド・キャンパス, Hoonteddo Kyanpasu, 2016) and THE WEREWOLF GAME: LOVERS (人狼ゲーム ラヴァーズ, Jinro Geemu Ravuaazu, 2017), recurring appearances on the television series ZIP!, and several stage performances.
Comment: I’m Yuya Hitara, and I will be playing the role of Katsumi Minato, the main character of ULTRAMAN R/B. I’m both surprised and excited to have the opportunity to play the role of Ultraman in my life. ULTRAMAN R/B is a new aggressive piece. The new series are full of “non Ultraman-like features” in a good sense, while following the good aspects of the historical Ultraman Series.
I would like to try my hardest as both the Minatos’ eldest son and the main character. Moreover, I will confront countless difficulties with Isami, my younger brother.
With all the cast, staff, those watching, and everyone else involved in the TV show, I am excited to make ULTRAMAN R/B into “our color”. I would greatly appreciate your passionate support!
■ Ryosuke Koike as Ultraman Blu/Isami Minato
Ryosuke Koike was born on November 17, 1995. He made his television debut with MITO KOMON (水戸黄門, 2011), and has credits in the series THE LAST COP (ラストコップ, Rasuto Koppu, 2016) and the movie LES NEUF FENETRES (9つの窓, 9tsu no Mado, 2016).
Comment: I’m Ryosuke Koike and I will be playing Isami Minato. The Ultraman Series have long been my aspiration since I was little. Certainly I was extremely happy when I was given this role, but at the same time I felt the high expectations directed towards me. I believe that the emotions I felt in my childhood are very important, because they remain vivid even when you grow up. Ultraman teaches children all sorts of feelings and has a great influence on them. I would like to play Isami Minato with great enthusiasm and take the responsibility of acting such an influencing role. I would love for many people to enjoy ULTRAMAN R/B!
Premiere Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Broadcasting Station: TXN Network, TV Tokyo and others
Air Time: Every Saturday 9:00-9:30am
No. of Episodes: 25
Katsumi Minato: Yuya Hirata
Isami Minato: Ryosuke Koike
Director: Masayoshi Takesue
Story Editors: Takao Nakano, Jyunki Takegami, Satoshi Ito
Production: Tsuburaya Productions, TV Tokyo, Dentsu
© Tsuburaya Pro © Ultraman R/B Production Committee ・ TV Tokyo
About Tsuburaya Productions
Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has created dozens of heroes and other characters, including Ultraman, who have been loved from generation to generation. The base for the company was Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research, which was launched by the Japanese “Father of Special Effects” Eiji Tsuburaya. After showing his skill and making a name for himself working on many monster movies and special effects laden fantasy science films, in 1963 Tsuburaya incorporated Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research and established Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. in order to advance further research and development of special effects technologies and release visual works that could be enjoyed by a wider audience. The company has continued to maintain Eiji Tsuburaya’s policies even after his death.
2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding, and it continues its work to this day. Currently, the company carries out activities including production of works for television, original video works, and films for theatrical release; licensing of owned characters’ content; development of various products; event planning and live staged events that bring out the maximum appeal of its owned characters, and development of facilities that handle related items.