New Ultraman Anime!

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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby kidnicky » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:52 am

Whatever problem I had is fine now,and I’ve watched episodes 1 & 2. It’s cool enough for me to keep watching,the fight between Bemular and ultraman jr sold me on it,it was like a grown up power rangers.

That being said,I don’t get it. What I like,and what I gather most fans like,about tokusatsu and Kaiju movies and shows up s the actual,you know,tokusatsu. I understand there’s inherent issues with suits that aren’t an issue if you switch to animation,but then instead of regular animation they used PS2 cut scenes that have just as many drawbacks as suits do,just in different ways. You go from the Kaiju looking fake to the humans looking fake. Arguably worse,since the human scenes are where you’re supposed to identify with and empathize with the characters.

It’s the same issue as Netflix Godzilla,where it’s an anime reimagining of a Kaiju classic,but the people in charge don’t really know why people like Kaiju OR why they like anime.

That said,the Netflix Godzilla makes me doze off,and Netflix Ultraman is at least entertainment. It actually seems pretty cool from what I’ve seen in the first 2 episodes. Also I know some people didn’t like how it differed from the classic show,but I’ve read one or two volumes of the manga this was based on,so I expected it to be how it is.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby Dr Kain » Thu May 02, 2019 11:19 pm

I finally started the anime today. Got through the first 4 episodes and they were all right. There are some cool ideas and concepts, but some stuff is moving way too slowly for my taste. I also don't like how Ide is now super serious when he was supposed to be the comedic character. The other issue is good god is the animation horrible. Sometimes it looks like they are moving in slow motion and the CGI on the faces is horrendous. Not to mention there same 3 animation models keep appearing as background characters, especially the girl in the red hoodie.

That aside, I am curious to see where this story is headed. I do hope an opening theme starts up soon because right now it's kind of wrong not having one of those. It doesn't help that there is no ending theme either, so everything comes across feeling so generic in that regard.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby O.Supreme » Fri May 03, 2019 1:02 pm

OK, that is weird. I watched this show when it was first released, and there WAS an opening theme (the only episodes that didn't have one were the first and last, which sometimes occurs with Anime if they have longer episodes). I thought your *skip intro* might have been set to automatic or something, but nope, as of today its just not there (I see a *skip recap* option, which I've never seen before for any other show). The ending credits are all still there though. What's even stranger though, is that I cant even find it online. There is a fan made one on Youtube that looks pretty professional, but why Netflix would have removed it completely is very strange.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby Dr Kain » Thu May 09, 2019 11:38 pm

Finished it, not bad in the last four episodes, pretty cool actually. I was expecting the Zettonian dude to be revealed as a spy/traitor at the end of the season, but I guess that will end up being next season or something. Either way, that dude is totally behind the assassinations as he even set Ace up.

Oh yeah, I'm a little confused on the character's ages. Rena was born during Ultraman's tenure on Earth, Shinjiro was a year or two after. How is Rena in high school still since she would have to be 20?
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby Gentleman » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:55 pm

Finally finished the show. I'm quite "meh" about it. The original show was a staple of my childhood, so the nostalgia is strong, but I've never really kept up on the rest of the mythology apart from watching bits and pieces on Youtube. This means I'm probably not the target audience for a show like this, but anyway...

It never really felt like Ultraman to me. To me, Ultraman was about the giant superhero fighting giant monsters, and there was nothing giant about the anime. It felt like an Iron Man clone more than anything, but with a young adult becoming the hero. You know, like Spider-Man, Shazam, and so on. It was well made, and I didn't even mind the CG animation all that much, but my first impression held true. For me, it just wasn't Ultraman.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby lhb412 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:24 am

https://mobile.twitter.com/heros_ultram ... 5476173824

I'm going to guess that this is alluding to a season 2 announcement?
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby Dr Kain » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:40 am

Gentleman wrote:Finally finished the show. I'm quite "meh" about it. The original show was a staple of my childhood, so the nostalgia is strong, but I've never really kept up on the rest of the mythology apart from watching bits and pieces on Youtube. This means I'm probably not the target audience for a show like this, but anyway...

It never really felt like Ultraman to me. To me, Ultraman was about the giant superhero fighting giant monsters, and there was nothing giant about the anime. It felt like an Iron Man clone more than anything, but with a young adult becoming the hero. You know, like Spider-Man, Shazam, and so on. It was well made, and I didn't even mind the CG animation all that much, but my first impression held true. For me, it just wasn't Ultraman.


That's because it's NOT supposed to be about giants. It's supposed to be about what humanity had to do after Ultraman left them.

We've got 20+ other shows that repeat the same formula of the original Ultraman, so it's nice that they tried to do something different.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby klen7 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:09 pm

I'd buy that if it wasn't drenched in the usual shonen tropes
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby Gentleman » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:10 pm

Different is fine, but this was so different it felt with some design tweaks it could have been an unconnected property. Alter the armor's aesthetics somewhat, remove the Specium Ray and other Ultraman-associated weaponry, and it's just another guy in a powered suit.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:20 am

Gentleman wrote:Different is fine, but this was so different it felt with some design tweaks it could have been an unconnected property. Alter the armor's aesthetics somewhat, remove the Specium Ray and other Ultraman-associated weaponry, and it's just another guy in a powered suit.


Well seeing as how this manga series has like 12 volumes right now and the first season covered like the first 5 volumes, it is possible that does happen.

For me it's the mystery element that really sells the show, especially the Zettonian dude.

klen7 wrote:I'd buy that if it wasn't drenched in the usual shonen tropes


As opposed to what? Let's be honest, Ultraman is a giant trope at this point. If you've seen one UM series, you've seen them all.

It's the most repetitious of the big Toku franchises.
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Re: New Ultraman Anime!

Postby sentaison » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:34 am

Dr Kain wrote:As opposed to what? Let's be honest, Ultraman is a giant trope at this point. If you've seen one UM series, you've seen them all.

It's the most repetitious of the big Toku franchises.


Interesting. I've felt that way about Super Sentai.
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