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New Ultraman Anime!

He's Red and Silver, as tall as a building, and kicks the butts of Giant Monsters!! He's also Japan's most enduring and favorite Superhero!! From Ultra Seven to Ultraman Orb, discuss the many incarnations of Ultraman here!! Let's not forget Zone Fighter! Kamen Rider! Gridman! The infinity of Toei Sentai Teams! For such a small island, Japan is bursting with colorful superheroes! Discuss Japanese Heroes here as well!!

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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby O.Supreme » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:49 am

To me it looks about on the same level as the Godzilla films. Not sure why cell shading and cg are so popular. Traditional animation looks so much better. Still, I've been reading the manga. If they are faithful to the story it should be good.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby klen7 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:25 pm

^ its cheaper and faster
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby O.Supreme » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:37 pm

Just watched the first episode, and really enjoyed it. Pretty faithful to chapters 1&2 of the Manga. I look forward to following it along, seeing what omissions, additions, and changes take place, or if it stays faithful.

Also I believe this is the first really massive release of Ultraman in the United States since the original series went off syndication in the early/mid 80's. I mean I know Towards the Future had limited syndication in 91/92, the Ultraseven dub was on TNT in the mid 90's (If you happen to set your VCR like me since it aired anywhere from midnight on weekends, to 5am on some weekdays), and Tiga aired on Fox Kids in 2001/02. Additionally, the TOKU cable network has had a fairly robust representation of Ultraman, but to say all these examples are fairly niche wouldn't be an exaggeration. As a fan, I knew how/where/when to search these out. I know there are a ton of people in their 40's/50's who are going to see this as the first Ultraman since the original, and the first few minuets of the first episode are a nice setup.

Needless to say, if it takes a turn I don't like, I'm not blind to giving it criticism, but so far, I am enjoying it.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby Dr Kain » Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:07 pm

How is the CGI animation?
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby lhb412 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:17 pm

^ Rough in places, but overall solid for CGI anime. Where it excels is the fight sequences, which are very well done.

Really enjoyed the first two episodes. Despite lacking the giant kaiju element I love from every other version, it still has a distinctly tokusatsu feel to it.

Watching the English dub I was impressed with the main character's voice; a bit more naturalistic sounding then the usual anime voice acting. Looking at the end credits I see that it's Josh Hutcherson from The Hunger Games! He has some background in anime voice acting, voicing the kid in Howl's Moving Castle all those years ago.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby sentaison » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:55 pm

I meant to just start watching the series today, not binge watch it all the way through! But that's what I ended up doing. They stuck pretty faithfully to the manga storyline with just a couple of minor detours and the loss of one supporting character. The animation was mostly top grade but it did drop a bit in the later episodes (pretty much like in much of traditional anime when you think about it). The fights were spectacular and the dubbing was up there as well. In short I loved it and I'm hoping that there's enough interest to get another season before too long.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby O.Supreme » Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:48 am

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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:40 pm

Wait, I thought they said they were adapting the entire manga into a 26 episode season?
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby LoneWolfandCub » Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:14 pm

It's horrible. I rather watch THE ULTRAMAN that this dreck.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby Gentleman » Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:50 pm

I was only ever casually into anime, so between the Godzilla trilogy and the first two episodes of Ultraman, I can definitely say I prefer my anime animated. The CGI stuff just doesn't match up.

And I'm not sold on Ultraman. I'll check out a couple more episodes, but... so far, it's just not Ultraman. I'll see if it turns around some, but so far I'm not digging it.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby lhb412 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:14 pm

Purely anecdotal, but it seems the show's pretty well received from what I've read. Also, I dig the uptick in interest in the franchise as a whole. I hope the momentum increases and Tsuburaya takes advantage of it!
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby EricDent » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:47 pm

So I am slowly watching this as well, but not that familiar with the Ultraman stuff.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby UltraDada72 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:15 am

I've started watching it and have enjoyed it so far. I like the modern take on the Ultramen (though I've read some fans complain that it's basically Ironman). I also like the modern takes on the kaiju. Bulton, Dada and Metron in particular were fun. I've only watched up to episode 9 so far. I did notice that beginning with episode 8, the story seems to have kind of... lost traction? I think the introduction of both Ultraseven and now Ace (I think) is a bit too much, throwing too many characters into the mix, taking away the main focus on Shinjiro learning to become a better Ultraman. Other than I enjoy it. I'll watch the rest of the episodes this week.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:58 am

Also just FYI the blond buff guy acting as an informant is Jack, though you won't see him transform in this batch of episodes, happens later in the Manga. Taro and Zoffy Also come in way later, so eventually you have the original six
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby Kiryu » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:11 am

I enjoyed the anime. Binged it when I had a few days left of my Netflix subscription. The English dub is fantastic, but I was really irked by the mouth animation. The characters moved like 2000's video game characters too. The fight scenes were good though. I didn't have a problem with the animation there.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby kidnicky » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:47 pm

Did you guys feel like the animation was difficult to watch? It seemed excessively “choppy” to me,to the point that I shut it off like 5 minutes in. It might have been my connection though,if you guys say it’s good I’ll try again another time.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby lhb412 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:52 pm

^ Even though it's CGI it still has the frame rate of a traditional 2D anime.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby kidnicky » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:57 pm

I’m going to rewatch it. There might have been something wrong on my end.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby klen7 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:53 pm

i don't know if the Godzilla anime took it out of me, or that the manga was so packed with shonen tropes, but I still haven't taken the plunge and tried watching this. Seems like the overall reaction has been positive though
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby kidnicky » Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:27 pm

I much prefer 2D regular anime to CGI but it is what it is
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