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"Have you become so fond of humans, Ultraman?"

―Movie tagline

"Fantasy and romance. And, friendship."

―Movie tagline

Shin Ultraman (シン・ウルトラマン Shin Urutoraman) is an upcoming movie co-produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Toho Company and Khara inc. It is stated to be a movie adaptation of the original Ultraman series.[1][2][3]

Commemorating the franchise's 55th anniversary, the movie was first set to be released in early summer 2021, but was delayed due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.[4]

At the Tsuburaya Convention Special Program on 13 December 2021, the final release date was announced to be set on 13 May, 2022.[5]

This movie is one of the featured works of the Shin Japan Heroes Universe collaborative project along with Shin Godzilla, Shin Evangelion Theatrical Edition and Shin Kamen Rider.[6]

Production

The movie will be written and produced by Hideaki Anno, who is most well known for his work on the Evangelion franchise and more recently, Shin Godzilla. Anno will be fully attached to the project after completing his work on Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. Anno's long time partner and colleague Shinji Higuchi, who also directed Shin Godzilla, will be the movie's director.[7]

The first draft of the script was reportedly completed on Feburary 5th, 2019.[7]

Takumi Saito was cast as the film's main character who becomes Ultraman, and Masami Nagasawa has been cast as his partner.[8]

Additional cast members including Daiki Arioka, Akari Hayami, and Tetsuji Tanaka were later announced to have been added to the cast of the movie.[9][10]

On November 23, 2019, Director Shinji Higuchi announced at the 2nd Atami Kaiju Film Festival that filming for the movie has already been completed.[11]

Ultraman's new design and the movie's title card were revealed at Tsuburaya Convention 2019.[12] Being based on Tohl Narita's painting Incarnation of Truth, Justice, and Beauty, the design noticeably lacks the Color Timer, and is also missing the "dorsal fin" on the back which would normally be used to conceal the zipper the suit actor uses to enter the suit. The black dots on the eyes, which are the suit's eye holes, are also absent from the redesign.

On November 3, 2020, a 2-meter tall statue of Ultraman was unveiled at the opening ceremony of the Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archive center in Fukushima, which was Eiji Tsuburaya's hometown. Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi and Katsuro Onoue were present for the event. They also announced the release date to be in early summer, 2021.[1]

The first teaser trailer and two key visuals were revealed on January 29, 2021.[13][14]

The film was postponed in March 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic from its original Summer 2021 release.[4]

A new trailer and release date were revealed at the Tsuburaya Convention Special Program held on 13 December 2021, where director Shinji Higuchi and cast member Takumi Saito made guest appearances.[5] Higuchi also revealed that the production of the movie was also incomplete, which was another main contributor to its delaying from the initial premiere date.

A red carpet event was held on 9 May 2022, featuring the main cast and director Shinji Higuchi walking down the Shin Ultra Red Carpet (シン•ウルトラレッドカーペット Shin Urutora Reddo Kāpetto), a 60m long red carpet the height of Ultraman in the movie.[15]

On 12 May 2022, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and Japan Marine Self-Defense Force tweeted in conjunction with the promotion for the movie.[16][17]

Plot

The continued appearance of giant unidentified lifeforms known as "S-Class Species" has become commonplace in Japan.

Conventional weapons have no effect on them. Having exhausted all other options, the Japanese Government issued the S-Class Species Suppression Protocol and formed an enforcement unit, known as the SSSP.

The members chosen for the unit are: Leader Fumio Tamura, Executive Strategist Shinji Kaminaga, Unparticle Physicist Taki Akihisa, and Universal Biologist Yume Funaberi.

As the threat of S-Class Species worsens, a silver giant appears from beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

Analyst Hiroko Asami is newly appointed to the SSSP to deal with this giant and is partnered with Shinji Kaminaga.

In Hiroko's report, she writes...

"Ultraman (tentative name), identity unknown".[18][19]

Appearances

Protagonist

  • Shinji Kaminaga

SSSP

  • Hiroko Asami
  • Akihisa Taki
  • Yumi Funaberi
  • Fumio Tamura

Ultras

Kaiju

Cast

  • Shinji Kaminaga (神永新二 Kaminaga Shinji): Takumi Saito[20]
  • Hiroko Asami (浅見弘子 Asami Hiroko): Masami Nagasawa[20]
  • Akihisa Taki (滝明久 Taki Akihisa): Daiki Arioka[20]
  • Yumi Funaberi (船縁由美 Funaberi Yumi): Akari Hayami[20]
  • Fumio Tamura (田村君男 Tamura Fumio): Hidetoshi Nishijima[20]
  • Tetsuji Tanaka
  • Koji Yamamoto
  • Ryo Iwamatsu
  • Keishi Nagatsuka
  • Kyusaku Shimada
  • Toru Masuoka
  • Hajime Yamazaki
  • Soko Wada

Voice Actors

Theme Song

  • M87 (M八七) Emu Hachi-Nana)[18][19]
    • Artist: Kenshi Yonezu

Staff

  • Producer/Writer: Hideaki Anno
  • Director: Shinji Higuchi
  • Associate Director: Katsuro Onoue
  • Music: Shiro Sagisu

Shin Ultra Fight

Shin Ultra Fight (シン・ウルトラファイト Shin Urutora Faito), a three episode miniseries each lasting three minutes, will be available to Japanese moviegoers via TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION. The online codes required for viewing are distributed through movie tickets. The first two episodes will be available on May 14, 2022 while the third episode will be made available on the 30th.[22]

Videos

Gallery

Trivia

  • Shin Ultraman is not Anno's first project relating to the Ultraman Series; in fact, one of the first productions by what would eventually become Gainax (Anno's production studio), then called Daicon, was Return of Ultraman, a short fan-made film produced in 1983.
  • The movie's tagline is taken from a line of dialogue spoken by Zoffy to Ultraman in the final episode of the original series.
  • Models of FAB 1 and Thunderbird 2 from Thunderbirds appear in the background of a shot of Daiki Arioka's character. The show influenced Ultraseven and subsequent entries in the Ultraman Series.
  • Instead of using the word 怪獣 for Kaiju or even referring to them as such, the term used in the movie is, specifically, "S-Class Species" (超自然発生巨大不明生物 ジュウ Chō Shizen Hassei Kyodai Fumei Seibutsu - Kaijū lit. Supernatural-Occurring Giant Unknown Creatures - Disastrous Monsters). Likewise, the defense team uses the same acronym as its original counterpart, the words forming it are different, being 禍威獣特設対策室 (Kaijū Tokusetsu Taisaku-Shitsu) instead. It is also shortened to "SSSP" (トクタイ Katokutai), read exactly the same as its template.[18][19] Similarly, the term used to refer to aliens is "Extraterrestrial" (外星人 Gaiseijin) instead of "Alien" (異星人/宇宙人 Iseijin/Uchūjin).

External Links

References

Productions
Showa Series Ultra Q | Ultraman | Ultraseven | Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro | Ultraman Leo | Ultraman 80
Heisei Series Ultraman Tiga | Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos | Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy | Ultraman Nexus | Ultraman Max | Ultraman Mebius | Ultraseven X | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey | Neo Ultra Q | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman R/B
Reiwa Series Ultraman Taiga | Ultraman Z | Ultraman Trigger: New Generation Tiga | Ultraman Decker
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero | Ultraman (Netflix film)
Original Video and TV Special Ultra Fight | Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider | Ultra Super Fight | Ultraman Nice | Heisei Ultraseven | Ultraman Neos | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultra Zone
Showa Movies Ultraman: Monster Movie Feature | Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight | The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story
Heisei Movies Ultra Q The Movie | Revive! Ultraman | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2 | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2 | Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie | Ultraman Zero The Movie | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga Theater Special | Ultraman Ginga Theater Special: Battle Royale | Ultraman Ginga S The Movie | Ultraman X The Movie | Ultraman Orb The Movie | Ultraman Geed The Movie | Ultraman R/B The Movie
Reiwa Movies Ultraman Taiga The Movie | Ultraman Trigger: Episode Z | Shin Ultraman
Spin-Offs Andro Melos | Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant | Ultraman Dyna: The Return of Hanejiro | Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Again | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Hikari Saga | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Armored Darkness | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Ghost Rebirth | Ultra Galaxy Legend Gaiden: Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops Zero | Ultraman Zero Gaiden: Killer the Beatstar | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes | Ultra Galaxy Fight: The Absolute Conspiracy | Sevenger Fight | Ultra Galaxy Fight: The Destined Crossroad | Shin Ultra Fight
Rebroadcast Shows Ultraman Retsuden | New Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman New Generation Chronicle | Ultraman Chronicle: ZERO & GEED | Ultraman Chronicle Z: Heroes' Odyssey | Ultraman Chronicle D
Other Series Kaiju Booska | Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Fight! Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Chibira-kun | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Emergency Directive 10-4·10-10 | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur Great War Izenborg | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Gridman the Hyper Agent | Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad | Booska! Booska!! | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Mirror Fight 2012 | Ultraman The Prime | Ultra Science Fantasy Hour | Gridknight Fight
Anime The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Gridman the Hyper Agent: boys invent great hero | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | Kaiju Girls | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019) | Kaiju Step Wandabada | SSSS.DYNAZENON | KAIJU DECODE | GRIDMAN×DYNAZENON
Outlaw Content Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Ultraman The Animation | Ultraman: A Little Journey on Earth | Fun... English with Ultraman | Young Ultraman | Ultraman Big Transformation | Sinic Q | Red Jade | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman | Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman
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