ULTRAMAN Anime Gets Worldwide Release on Netflix in Spring 2019
Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head office: Shibuya, Tokyo / President: Takayuki Tsukagoshi) and Fields Corporation (Head office: Shibuya, Tokyo / Chairman, President and Group CEO: Hidetoshi Yamamoto) will release the new anime ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman) on Netflix from spring 2019.
The comic Ultraman, which has been made into a series on the HERO’S monthly magazine (Author: Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi), will be produced in full 3DCG animation. The anime ULTRAMAN was introduced as one of the featured animations in the Anime Expo 2018 NETFLIX❤ANIME panel, held in Los Angeles on July 5, 2018. Through this event, ULTRAMAN attracted attention from all over the world.
After half a century from the launch of the first live-action ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman: Kuso Tokusatsu Shirizu, 1966-67), the anime ULTRAMAN will finally step onto a new level. Make sure not to miss it!
Kenji Kamiyama, known for directing GHOST IN THE SHELL: S.A.C., 009 RE:CYBORG and NAPPING PRINCESS, will team up with Shinji Aramaki, the director of APPLESEED, HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE and STARSHIP TROOPERS: TRAITOR OF MARS, will be co-directing this series. Production I.G. and SOLA DIGITAL ARTS will work together as the production team.
The main Ultraman, with a physical appearance distinct from all previous series, will be made into a 3DCG animation series by the hands of a group of globally acting extraordinary staff.
Further information on the story, cast and other hot topics will be updated on the official website.
Title: ULTRAMAN (Tentative)
Directors: Kenji Kamiyama and Shigeru Aramaki
Production: Production I.G, Inc. and Sola Digital Arts, Inc.
Worldwide Release: Spring 2019
© TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS © Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi ©「ULTRAMAN」FILM PARTNERS
■ Comic Ultraman Vol. 12 Goes on Sale July 5th! Limited Edition with Ultraman Figure to be Released at the Same Time!
The Ultraman manga is an action drama centered around a man who wears a human-sized metallic ultra suit and fights against evil. Shinjiro Hayata, a high school student who inherited the gene of Ultraman from his father Shin Hayata, is the protagonist who becomes Ultraman. This comic became a big seller and its total circulation through Vol. 12 has reached more than 2.8 million copies.
Japanese Release: July 5, 2018
Price: ￥560 (Tax Excluded)
Limited Edition with Ultraman Figure: ￥2,800 (Tax Excluded)*
Publisher: Hero’s Inc.
*The item is limited in quantity
■ First ULTRAMAN Plastic Model Announced
A plastic model of the anime Ultraman will be released from Kotobukiya. The announcement on the production of the plastic model was made at the Kotobukiya booth in the Anime Expo 2018, held at Los Angeles.
The plastic model is approximately 16cm tall, and is under development to incorporate various fascinating gimmicks. It will be displayed in the Kotobukiya booth at the Wonder Festival 2018, held at Makuhari Messe on Sunday, July 29.
About Tsuburaya Productions
Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the superhero ULTRAMAN series was founded in 1963 by Eiji Tsuburaya, world-renowned special effects wizard also known for his special effects work on the Godzilla series. With more than fifty years’ experience, it is one of Japan’s oldest and most respected independent film and television production houses. Its popular Ultraman TV and film series which premiered in 1966 has been seen in over 100 territories worldwide and has spawned over 3,000 licensed products. In addition to production, the company also handles character licensing and program distribution and staging live stage shows both domestically and internationally.
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For more information on the ULTRAMAN (2019) anime, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: