A massive figure dressed in gleaming silver and red spandex stands before us. Ultraman, a Japanese superhero with bug-yellow eyes and a luminous blue ball projecting from his chest, would become the archetype for many in the Kyodai Hero genre of tokusatsu film, and would inspire decades of variations and expansions to the Ultraman Universe.
Tokusatsu is a term used in Japan to describe live-action science fiction, fantasy, or horror films or television dramas that heavily rely on visual effects One of the first Kyodai Heroes is Ultraman. To confront aliens, monsters, and the like, these heroes morph into monster-sized beings. The fight scenes in Ultraman are similar to the Zord fight scenes in Power Rangers, in which the Rangers battle huge monsters in building-sized mechs. Despite its popularity, few people outside of Japan are familiar with the show or its genre.
The Ultraman Multiverse, in which the Ultra Series takes place, encompasses decades of stories, monsters, and Ultramen from the main tokusatsu television series. Netflix’s Ultraman, one of the most modern renditions of the character, differs from the original and many others in the Ultraman bloodline. It prefers CGI animation to live-action. It also skips the Ultraman supersizing, allowing the action sequences to have a more frenzied, flowing intensity. A new series necessitates a new outfit, and this edition of Ultraman’s trademark suit ditches the spandex in favour of sleek metal armour that would make Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., envious. This modern reimagining of the series may appeal to fans of the action genre in anime rather than the live-action tokusatsu inspiration. Still, there are plenty of recognisable faces, villains, and callbacks to the series’ first and subsequent episodes, giving fans enough to cheer about.
When Does Ultraman Season 2 Come Out?
On April 14, 2022, Ultraman Season 2 will be published. Netflix will be the only place where you can see it. Giving foreign audiences another chance to dig into the property.
The Ultraman Season 2 Trailer is now available to view.
The Ultraman Season 2 premiere was recently released in anticipation of the series’ premiere. In this scorching sequence, old meets new: not only does it contain the reappearance of Ultraman, but it also has a gathering of six Ultramen in a nod to the “Ultra 6 Brothers” crossover event. Our new Ultraman, along with Ultraman Seven, Ultraman Taro, Ultraman Zofy, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace, join the fray in this instalment of the saga. The six heroes will join forces and combine their abilities. With what they’re up against, they’ll have to band together to battle the alien entity known as Dark Star, which is generating hysteria, as well as a new nasty alien known as Pedanto, who will be entering the series. They will undoubtedly be overworked.
The official trailer, which was published in January, teased some narrative details for the second season. The globe is dealing with the aftermath of a “Disappearing Incident,” in which a large portion of the planet’s population vanished. “Surrender half of the Earth to us,” an extraterrestrial voice commands. If not, it threatens to wipe out half of the world’s population. The final scene features all six Ultramen and teases a cataclysmic clash between our heroes and the alien forces posing a threat to Earth’s population.
What Is Ultraman Season 2’s Plot?
Although the premise of the second season of Ultraman is unknown, the trailer and the release of the first episode indicate a few plot details. We know that the Earth is facing an alien menace and that a “Disappearance Incident” (which sounds a lot like Marvel’s Snap) has occurred in which a large portion of the world’s population has mysteriously gone. The new Ultraman Shinjiro, Ultraman Seven, Ultraman Taro, Ultraman Zofy, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace will have to work together to destroy the threat that stands in their way.
Shinjiro’s voice actor Ryohei Kimura expounded on the upcoming adventures during the pre-show of Netflix’s TUDUM virtual fan event on September 25, saying:
“After Ultraman leaves Earth, Shinjiro fights to become a hero for a new generation. A typical teenage hero in a metallic powered suit. Featuring his comrades like Seven and Ace, you can enjoy action scenes against enemies such as Ace Killer or Adad. In Season 2, Zoffy, Jack, and Taro join Ultraman, Seven, and Ace. The Ultra 6 Brothers finally reunite. The action and story are powered up in Season 2. Don’t miss it!”
Who Is in Ultraman Season 2’s Cast?
The Japanese voice performers are led by Ryohei Kimura. Takuya Eguchi (Haikyuu!, Kuroko no Basket) joins Kimura (The Ambition of Oda Nobuna). Megumi Han, who played Gon in Hunter x Hunter, and Hiroaki Hirata, who played Sanji in One Piece and Klein in Sword Art Online, are among the cast members.
The series is renowned for bringing in a few prominent English voice actors, so fans of the English dub will rejoice. One example is the casting of Josh Hutcherson as the new Ultraman Shinjiro Hayata, who is most known for his appearances in Bridge to Terabithia and The Hunger Games. Markl in Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film Howl’s Moving Castle and Nod in Chris Wedge’s Epic are two of Hutcherson’s voice acting credits. Shinjiro’s father, original Ultraman Shin Hayata, is played by American voice actor Fred Tatasciore. Yosemite Sam, Taz, Gossamer, and the Hulk are among the characters Tatasciore has voiced. Dan Moroboshi is played by Liam O’Brien, a well-known anime voice actor. Gaara in Naruto, Captain Jushiro Ukitake in Bleach, and Lloyd in Code Geass are among O’Brien’s notable anime roles.
Other actors who have contributed their voices to the new season include Gunnar Sizemore (English), Hideyuki Tanaka (Japanese), Tara Jayne Sands (English), Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese), Brian Palermo (English), Ken Uo (Japanese), DC Douglas (English), Shigeru Ushiyama (Japanese), Robbie Daymond (English), Ryota Takeuchi (Japanese), Chris Edgerly (Japanese).
What Is Ultraman Season 2’s Backstory?
The anime’s first season consisted of 13 episodes and released on Netflix worldwide in April 2019 before airing in Japan in April 2020. For the first season, directors Kenji Kamiya (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Shinji Aramaki (Harlock: Space Pirate) collaborated and will do so again for the second. Production I.G. and Sola Digital Arts were in charge of the 3D CG. The soundtrack was composed by Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi.
Many of the Ultraman Universe’s articles take different approaches to the timeframe and what constitutes canon. Except for the original 1966 Ultraman series, the directors decided to start again for Netflix’s adaptation. In this version, there has only ever been one Ultraman, an alien from the World of Light, based on an adaptation of the 2011 manga by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi. In order to resist an assault of huge monsters threatening Tokyo, he fused with pilot and Science and Special Search Party member Shin Hayata in 1966. Hayata would turn into the building-sized Ultraman with his new abilities. With limited time to complete the metamorphosis, he would fight the aliens threatening Earth and defeat them before reverting to his human form. After Ultraman’s death, this series continues up years later, focusing on Hayata’s son’s rise to the next generation of heroes.