I grew up during the ’80s where finding ‘Ultraman‘ in the United States was a challenge but as a fan for years, I was thrilled to learn that Netflix was planning on bringing us a new series based on the character. However, while I love anime shows, I can’t say that I’m thrilled by the CG heavy route which Production I.G. is taking the new series. I’m not completely thrown by this trailer, but I’m not fully sold on it either. When the streaming giant releases the new series on April 1st, 2019, it will be interesting to see how fans of the previously live-action series take to this new format.
As to what we can expect from the show? Here is how Netflix is describing it:
Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary “Giant of Light” now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded the Earth. Shin Hayata’s son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father’s revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman.
The plot feels like a great way to continue from the original series and serve as a great way to give us a soft reboot that would appease older fans while bringing in a newer generation. It is just the visual choice that I think could work but I need to see more of it before I can decide.
You can check out the trailer for Netflix’s ‘Ultraman’ right here!
While I’m not yet bought into the look of the show, it is hard not to give it a chance. The new series has Kenji Kamiyama (‘Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’ and Shinji Aramaki (‘Alphaseed Alpha’) in the directors’ chairs which means there is a ton of positive creative talent and energy behind this one. Music is slated to be handled by Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi with original voicework including Ryohei Kimura, Takuya Eguchi, Megumi Han, and Hideyuki Tanaka.
The series is based off the manga by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shiguchi which served as a continuation to the series and is large enough to serve as a basis for quite a few seasons for the upcoming series.
Are you excited for the new ‘Ultraman’ coming to Netflix? What are your thoughts on the visual styles that they decided upon for the series? Share what you think about the trailer in the comments below!
The larger than life legend who defined a generation now returns to usher in a new one. All new Ultraman, streaming only on Netflix, starting April 1st, 2019!