ULTRAMAN R/B Update — New Characters Announced!
Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for new characters coming to the latest Ultraman series, ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [ウルトラマンＲ／Ｂ(ルーブ), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu), 2018].
■ Ultraman Orb Dark
The jet black villain, Ultraman Orb Dark, debuts in ULTRAMAN R/B Episode 8: THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR ME (世界中がオレを待っている Sekaijuu ga Ore o Matteiru), airing the morning of Saturday, August 25. The evil Ultraman transforms via the Orb Ring Neo and wields the Orb Dark Calibur, variations of the devices used by the original Ultraman Orb.
■ Saki Mitsurugi (Performer: Ayane Kinoshita)
A new main character, Saki Mitsurugi, will be introduced in ULTRAMAN R/B Episode 11, airing Saturday, September 15. A mysterious beautiful girl, Saki suddenly appears during a battle between Ultraman brothers Rosso and Blu and Ultraman Orb Dark. She has a Gyro very similar to the Ruebe Gyro transformation device used by the brothers Katsumi and Isami Minato, and — like Ultraman Orb Dark — can summon monsters by using the Ruebe Crystal.
Is Saki on the side of the Ultraman brothers? Or is she an ally of Ultraman Orb Dark?
How is she able to use the Gyro and Ruebe Crystal?
What is her purpose?
With Saki, everything is shrouded in a mystery.
Saki is played by actress Ayane Kinoshita, who was born in Kyoto on February 21, 2000. In September 2015, Kinoshita beat out 39,701 other applicants to win the Grand Prix at the 40th HoriPro Talent Scout Caravan. She is now represented by the talent agency.
Her acting credits include 2016 commercials for Yahoo! JAPAN’s Yahoo! News App and Nagatanien Morning Tea, the Fuji Television drama series SIGNAL (シグナル 長期未解決事件捜査班, Shigunaru Chooki Mikaiketsujiken Soosahan, 2018) and the movie KAZOKUWARI (かぞくわり), to be released in February 2019.
Broadcasting Station: TXN Network, TV Tokyo and others
Air Time: Every Saturday 9:00-9:30am
Number of Episodes: 25
Katsumi Minato: Yuya Hirata
Isami Minato: Ryosuke Koike
Asahi Minato: Arisa Sonohara
Makoto Aizen: Motoki Fukami
Ushio Minato: Ginnojo Yamazaki
Saki Mitsurugi: Ayane Kinoshita
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, 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.
For more information on ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE), please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- ULTRAMAN R/B — Press Notes and Photos For New TV Series From Tsuburaya Pro
- ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) Update From Tsuburaya Productions
- ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) Blu-ray Box I Japanese Release November 22