ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE～The Symphony～ Announced For TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced that ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE～The Symphony～ will be held at Tokyo Dome City on Sunday, December 15, 2019. The two-part concert is among the programs taking place during TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019, the largest festival in the history of Tsuburaya Productions. ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE is a must-attend event for Ultraman fans, presenting the history of the Ultraman series through performances by the musical artists DEEP SQUAD, Ryota Fujimaki, Maana, May J. and Arashi Moritomo from T-BOLAN along with a full orchestral performance by the Tokyo Philharmonic.
The “Symphony Ultra Cosmo” (交響曲ウルトラコスモ, Kōkyōkyoku Urutora Kosumo) program composed by Toru Fuyuki (ULTRASEVEN, RETURN OF ULTRAMAN) will be performed in this symphony, with narration written by Shozo Uehara (RETURN OF ULTRAMAN, ULTRAMAN TARO). Koji Ishizaka, the narrator for ULTRA Q (ウルトラＱ, Urutora Q, 1966) and ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman Kūsō Tokusatsu Shirīzu, 1966-67), will also handle the narration of this live event by composers and screenwriters who have worked on numerous television shows and movies in the Ultraman series.
In addition, the TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019 Closing Ceremony will be held after the performance of the 5:30 Symphony program. Special guests Susumu Kurobe (Shin Hayata from ULTRAMAN), Hiroko Sakurai (Akiko Fuji from ULTRAMAN), Takeshi Tsuruno (Shin Asuka from ULTRAMAN DYNA), Mariya Yamada (Mai Midorikawa from ULTRAMAN DYNA), Yuki Inoue (Hiroyuki Kudo from ULTRAMAN TAIGA) and Ayuri Yoshinaga (Pirika Asahikawa from ULTRAMAN TAIGA) will appear on stage.
■ Performer Comments
● DEEP SQUAD
“This year, DEEP SQUAD was formed as a chorus group of six vocalists, and we want to deliver Ultraman music to you in a wonderful harmony.”
● Ryota Fujimaki
“For me, who grew up watching Ultraman, Ultraman was truly a symbol of heroism. I think that Ultraman teaches us the line between correctness and mistakes that tend to fluctuate when you grow up. I will be 40 years old next year, so I’d like to take on a variety of genre so that I can take a broad look at everything I do in my daily life and send a message to society as a whole. It’s a special opportunity to enjoy Ultraman’s classic songs with an orchestra!”
“In fact, I recently learned that my high school classmate, Yu Koyanagi, starred in the movie ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE OF BELIAL, and I feel a deep connection at being able to participate in this event. For me, ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE is the biggest challenge I’ve ever had, so I want to make powerful live music with a memorable stage and song. Please look forward to it! I will do my best!”
● Arashi Moritomo
“My hero was my father who taught me the true strength of a man. I think everyone can be someone’s hero, just like my dad was mine. I want to be a person who can convey the meaning of a hero through music. [My rock band] T-BOLAN has resumed its activities and is currently on tour. I will continue to send messages that will become “something for someone” toward 2020, and challenge to become a vocalist who can move people’s hearts. Please look forward to the world view that expresses Ultraman’s music with symphony and vocals!”
■ ULTRAMAN MUSIC LIVE～The Symphony～ Details
● Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
● Symphony Program 1 Times: Gate Opens 12:45pm, Start 1:30pm
● Symphony Program 2 Times: Gate Opens 4:45pm, Start 5:30pm (Includes Closing Ceremony)
● Venue: Tokyo Dome City Hall
● Ticket Price (Tax Included): S Seat ¥10,000 ($92.65 US), A Seat ¥8,500 ($78.75), B Seat ¥7,000 ($64.85)
● Performers: Kosuke Tsunoda (Conductor), Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and others
● Guest Artists: DEEP SQUAD, Ryota Fujimaki, Maana, May J., Arashi Moritomo (T-BOLAN)
● Narrator: Koji Ishizaka
● Closing Ceremony Guests: Susumu Kurobe, Hiroko Sakurai, Takeshi Tsuruno, Mariya Yamada, Yuki Inoue, Ayuri Yoshinaga
■ TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019 Overview
● Event Dates: Saturday, December 14 – Sunday, December 15, 2019
● Location: Tokyo Dome City (1 Chome-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo City, Tokyo)
● Ticket General Sales: Thursday, September 26 – Sunday, December 15, 2019)
● Organizer: Tsuburaya Productions
● Official website: tsubu-con.com
● Official Twitter: twitter.com/tsuburayaprod
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.
For more information on TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019: Tsuburaya Productions Announces Global Fan Event
- TSUBURAYA CONVENTION 2019: Date and Location Announced For Global Fan Event