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"My boys, in order to make your dreams a reality, you mustn't fear change!! You mustn't run away from who you really are! The time has come for me to declare this!...I am, Ultraman!!"

―Cereza as Makoto before transforming to Ultraman Orb Dark

"Ultraman
A lover of peace, a fighter of evil
The only one who can protect this Earth
Hearing the people's prayers in despair
Searching for them
Standing up even after losing
A perfect, indispensable hero.
"

―Makoto/Cereza describing what an Ultraman is

Cereza (チェレーザ Cherēza) is one of the main antagonists of Ultraman R/B. He is an alien entity who possessed Makoto Aizen as a vessel during the series until episode 16.

Subtitles:

  • Spirit Parasite (精神寄生体 Seishin Kisei-tai)
  • Possessor Life Form (憑依生命体 Hyū i Seimei-tai)

Personality

Cunning and persistent, Cereza shows determination to obtain his lifelong goal to become an Ultraman, going as far as to wait for 15 years for his plan to come into fruition and would not let Mio's theft of their research as a liability. His public appearance as Makoto is portrayed as a man with huge charisma and faith in both the Aizen Tech and citizens of Ayaka City. He occasionally write proverbs on a piece of paper and hates being interrupted in the middle of his speech. Despite his calm demeanor, "Makoto" is prone to losing his temper during unexpected events, something which carried over to his transformation as Orb Dark.

He insists that people call Orb Dark by its full name and really doesn't like it when people mispronounce it or say the name is too long, suggesting narcissism, which is shown to a greater extent when transformed into Orb Dark.

His fanaticism of being an Ultraman extends towards his irritation against the Minato brothers who became Rosso and Blu, calling out on their inexperience, crude fighting skills and the tendency to bring up daily problems in their duel. Of course, the brothers were right to call out on his hypocrisy when he outright abused the power of Ultraman by arranging accidents he could interfere just to build up his own reputation, especially taking account as to how most of the monster attacks in the city were his deeds to begin with. Over the series' course, Cereza references Gai Kurenai and other past Ultras, including:

  • He has said "Lend me your power!" (君の力、お借りします! Kimi no chikara, okarishimasu!) and "Lend me the power of bonds!" (絆の力、お借りします! Kizuna no chikara, okarishimasu!), which are derived off of Gai's pre-transformation catchphrases.
  • He scouted for people who resemble Gai or have some of his traits to repair the Orb Origin R/B Crystal.
  • He bought a leather jacket, saying that it fits the style of a wanderer, much like Gai.
  • He knows how to whistle the Orbnica tune.
  • The transformation into Grigio Bone involves mimicking Gen Ohtori's pre-transformation pose.
  • While repairing the Orb Origin crystal, he chanted "Fight on until the very end! Hold on until the very end!" (ギリギリまで がんばって! ギリギリまで ふんばって! Girigiri made ganbatte! Girigiri made funbatte!), the first two lines of Ultraman Gaia!.
  • He is able to perfectly reenact Gai's transformation sequences and even calls out the names of his signature attacks and catchphrases.

History

Pre-Ultraman R/B

"Orb-san, you're cool! When I grow up, I want to be an Ultraman like you!"

―Young Cereza
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Cereza's view of Orb during his childhood.

Cereza was an alien from the far reaches of the universe, who was inspired by the heroics of Ultraman Orb after he saved the boy from a monster attack. Ever since that day, the boy swore to become an Ultraman to follow his footsteps.

His desire eventually guided him to the planet Earth, which was the landing spot of the Ayaka Star and sought to obtain its power. He wandered around and possessed a worker named Makoto Aizen for use as a vessel, allowing him to blend in with society. Cereza then spent time working at Aizen Tech to further his goal, using Mio Minato's research to study the Gyros, as he believed that they were the key to his ultimate goal. He planned to cross over to other worlds once he obtained the power of Orb, and built a Large Hadron Collider that can open a hole in space and time. Mio eventually came to know about Saki's plan to destroy the Earth along with Reugosite, and stole the Gyros before disappearing for many years. Distraught by her "betrayal", Makoto persisted with his dream and continues his deeds, eventually gaining his own Gyro and a set of R/B Crystals themed after Ultra Kaiju.

Ultraman R/B

Main article: Makoto Aizen
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Cereza revealing his presence.

As Makoto Aizen, Cereza orchestrated monster attacks and watching Ultraman Rosso and Blu battle against them through the Minato brothers. Although having an Orb Origin Crystal, he also planned to acquire more by targeting Tiga Crystal through Gue-Basser but failed when it became his own undoing.

By gathering various people with "specified" attributes, he used them to purify the Orb Origin Crystal and therefore acquiring Orb Ring NEO. This allows him to become Ultraman Orb Dark and made his presence known to the brothers, brutally defeating them while at the same time calling out on their inexperience of an actual combat. While abusing the power of Orb Dark to gain reputation by arranging accidents he could interfere, Cereza briefly lost possession of Orb Ring NEO to the brothers after they challenged him in a rematch, though he managed to reobtain it after the brothers lose to Horoboros, who Cereza defeats via Orb Dark. Summoning a Bezelb for him to destroy, to impress the public, Cereza used the power of Orb Dark once more but was intercepted by Rosso and Blu. Horoboros suddenly reappeared and easily defeated Orb Dark. Cereza/Makoto, in bandages, meets Saki Mitsurugi for the first time. To take revenge on the brothers, he borrows Saki's Gyro after his own malfunctions and uses it to transform into Grigio King.

"I'm feeling purer and purer! Is this really the end?! My AZ plan is all in vain!"

―Cereza's last words while possessing Makoto Aizen.
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Cereza being separated from Makoto

However, even after defeating the brothers the first time, he was defeated by Ultraman Ruebe. Returning back to Aizen Tech, Saki unleashed an energy wave to expel Cereza from Makoto's body and via D.R.L.N., commanded the building to use its ventilation system to trap Cereza within the premises, getting rid of him at least for the time being. With Aizen free from Cereza's control, the human resolved to go on a cycling trip around the world, and left Ayaka City to go on his journey.

Powers and Weapons

  • Possession: Because of his gaseous physiology, Cereza can possess his victim, maintaining his public image as Makoto for at least 15 years.
  • Endurance: In episode 3, Cereza/"Makoto" demonstrate inhuman durability, being able to rise up as if it was nothing after being hit by a petrified bird which fall from the sky.
  • Intelligence: Aside from scientific knowledge, Cereza is skilled in charming his audiences and at the same time able to construct a long-term plan to obtain an Ultraman's power.

Transformations

With Makoto Aizen as a medium, Cereza uses the Gyro and his set of R/B Crystals to transform.

Other Media

Ultra Heroes EXPO 2019

TBA

Trivia

  • Cereza possessing Makoto is quite similar to how Dark Zagi possessed Hajime Yamaoka. However, instead of making a new identity like Zagi did with Mitsuhiko Ishibori, he simply pretended to be Makoto.
  • His name may be based off a certain brand of wine.
  • Cereza's fanaticism over Ultras is similar to Euzeth Gozzo from the Super Robot Wars series.
  • Parallel to two previous occasions, Cereza, while transformed into Grigio Bone, very well knows that he could take the brothers' transformation items after defeating them but simply chooses not to because he thinks it's a lame tactic used by low-class aliens and prefers to take them head on when the time is right.
  • A frequent running gag on R/B is that whenever Cereza transforms, at least one moment featured him slapping his opponents.
  • Cereza's subtitle is shared with the name of Bizorm's lesser/incorporeal form, both English and Japanese in terms of Kanji.
Ultraman R/B Kaiju & Seijin
Ultraman R/B Grigio Bone | Cereza | Black King | Gargorgon | Red King | Gue-Basser | Mecha Gomora | Aribunta | Ultraman Orb Dark | Gomess (S) | Horoboros | Bezelb | Gubila | Grigio King | Neronga | Pigmon | Booska | Dada | Alien Zarab | Alien Mefilas | Alien Chibu | Alien Bado | Alien Pitt | Alien Nackle | King Joe | Grand King Megalos | Gomora | Kamisori Demaaga | Grigio Regina | Reugosite
Ultraman R/B The Movie: Select! The Crystal of Bond Bemstar | Gan Q | Alien Pegassa Pega | Mecha Gomora | Snake Darkness | Pigmon | Grigio Regina
Ultraman R/B Novel: The Blue-Eyed Girl Whose Name is Gray Bakubarba | Nero | Margodon | Grigio | Fearmonger | Alien Egon Ciel | Barrigator No.1 and 2| Reugosite
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