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Ultraman Mebius (ウルトラマンメビウス, Urutoraman Mebiusu) is the 19th entry of the Ultraman Series, created by Tsuburaya Productions and Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting. It premiered on the Tokyo Broadcasting System on April 8, 2006 and ended on March 31, 2007. Unlike the two prior entries, Ultraman Nexus (2004) and Ultraman Max (2005), this series was moved from Saturday mornings to Saturday evenings at 05:30.

The series can be watched on Shout TV, Tubi, Roku, and Vudu.

Production

Between 1996 and 2005, after producing six Heisei Ultraman TV series, Tsuburaya Productions planned to launch a symbolic work in 2006 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Ultraman series. Following the broadcast of Ultraman Max, preparations for this new series began in July 2005, with Hiroyasu Shibuya as the project planner. Shibuya decided to focus on "friendship," which could resonate more broadly, building on the main theme of "bonds" from Ultraman Nexus. The commemorative significance of the "40th anniversary" inevitably guided the depiction towards Nebula M78 and the Ultra Brothers.[1]

Compared to the previous six Heisei Ultraman series, this new series placed a greater emphasis on "change." It was not only a product of the Heisei era but also made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ultraman series. To clearly present the worldview of the Ultra Brothers, the setting aligned with the timeline from Ultraman to Ultraman 80, taking place approximately 25 years after the departure of Ultraman 80 and in a world where monsters no longer appeared. Additionally, most of the old monsters featured in this series were popular ones from Return of Ultraman to Ultraman 80. The target audience was also slightly younger than that of the previous six series.[1][2]

Despite taking place 25 years after the events of Ultraman 80, series producer Hiroyasu Shibuya has admitted that there are "ambiguous" parts in the series that contradict this timeline. It is important to note that the new series does not adopt the Showa worldview as a "direct sequel." Instead, it operates on the premise that the seven TV series from Ultra Q to Ultraman 80 belong to the same universe, with the main storyline based on the timeline of their broadcast years. According to Hiroyasu Shibuya's concept, the worldview of this series strictly belongs to a "What If" world line. Ultraman Mebius, as a work that integrates the IF universe, not only resolves the inconsistencies in the timeline continuity of previous works but also creates a unique worldview by incorporating many elements from its predecessors. This is a key reason why this series significantly differs from previous series.[3]

While respecting the Showa Ultraman series, this new series boldly inherits the established settings of the Inter Galactic Defense Force and Ultra Brothers. Unlike previous series, the protagonist is not a host type but Ultraman himself, appearing directly in human form. By setting the protagonist as a novice, the series centers around his growth story, allowing the theme of "friendship" to be fully explored. Ultraman Mebius not only depicts the camaraderie between Ultraman but also emphasizes the friendship between Mebius and humans, making the show a growth story for the rookie team CREW GUYS, who face monsters for the first time. The series composition and script were handled by Masanao Akahoshi.[4]

A notable difference between this series and previous ones is that in the episode 30, the protagonist's true identity is revealed to his teammates early on, and they fight together. This setting contrasts sharply with past works where the hero's identity remained secret until the end or had to be kept hidden, bringing a more unique development path to this series.[4]

Ultraman Mebius production press conference

Shunji Igarashi and Ultraman Mebius attended the production press conference of the series on March 28, 2006.[5][6]

In November 2005, filming for Ultraman Mebius began. At the same time, the film Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers had already started production during the early stages of the TV series and was scheduled for release in mid-September 2006. To avoid diminishing the movie's impact, the TV series did not directly involve the Ultra Brothers' storyline before the film's release, but it did introduce characters like Yapool ahead of time. As a result, the first half of the TV series primarily continued with the existing settings and focused on the story of another warrior, Ultraman Hikari.[4]

Starting from the latter half of the third quarter, the storyline of Ultraman Mebius gradually increased the appearance of the Ultra Brothers as guest stars, including some of the main actors from the Showa series making cameo appearances. In previous series where members of the Ultra Brothers appeared as guests, even when guest Ultras were present, they typically underwent significant character adjustments to strongly integrate into the distinctive features of that series. However, in Ultraman Mebius, the guest Ultras largely retained their original characteristics in terms of stance and principles of action. This was intentionally one of the traits crafted for the series as it continued in the tradition of past series while preserving its own unique identity.[7][4]

Currently, this series remains the last Ultraman TV series to have aired for a full year.

Synopsis

For a long time, the earth had been free of monster calamities, but now was the dawning of another age of monster comebacks and alien attacks. The “CREW GUYS” sustained heavy damage from the space monsters that suddenly appeared.

Member Ryu Aihara, the only survivor, meets the first new crew member Mirai Hibino, and then gets together with the rest of the youth who would never give in to any adversity, and the curtain rises on a new battle.

The comrades form a strong bond of friendship with Mirai/Ultraman Mebius, and join forces to meet their enemies’ challenge. As they overcome many ordeals and deepen their friendship, Ultraman Mebius matures into a “True Ultraman” that possesses both strength and kindness.

Characters

GUYS

GUYS JAPAN Staff

GUYS OCEAN

GUYS General Headquarters

Others

Returning Characters

Ultras

Kaiju

Cast

  • Mirai Hibino (ヒビノ・ミライ, Hibino Mirai)/Hiroto Ban (バン・ヒロト, Ban Hiroto): Shunji Igarashi (五十嵐 隼士, Igarashi Shunji)
  • Ryu Aihara (アイハラ・リュウ, Aihara Ryū): Masaki Nishina (仁科 克基, Nishina Masaki)
  • Marina Kazama (カザマ・マリナ, Kazama Marina): Ai Saikawa (斉川 あい, Saikawa Ai)
  • George Ikaruga (イカルガ・ジョージ, Ikaruga Jōji): Daisuke Watanabe (渡辺 大輔, Watanabe Daisuke)
  • Konomi Amagai (アマガイ・コノミ, Amagai Konomi): Misato Hirata (平田 弥里, Hirata Misato)
  • Teppei Kuze (クゼ・テッペイ, Kuze Teppei): Kenta Uchino (内野 謙太, Uchino Kenta)
  • Shingo Sakomizu (サコミズ・シンゴ, Sakomizu Shingo): Minoru Tanaka (田中 実, Tanaka Minoru)
  • Aide Toriyama (トリヤマ補佐官, Toriyama Hosakan): Kenichi Ishii (石井 愃一, Ishii Ken'ichi)
  • Secretary Aide Maru (マル補佐官秘書, Maru Hosakan Hisho): Yutaka Maido (まいど 豊, Maido Yutaka)
  • Yuki Misaki (ミサキ・ユキ, Misaki Yuki): Saaya Ishikawa (石川 紗彩, Ishikawa Saaya)
  • Kazuya Serizawa (セリザワ・カズヤ, Serizawa Kazuya): Shin Ishikawa (石川 真, Ishikawa Shin)

Guest Cast

  • Mystery Woman (Bogarl Human) (謎の女, Nazo no On'na): Moeko Koyama (小山 萌子, Koyama Moeko)
  • Kadokura (カドクラ, Kadokura): Shigeki Kagemaru (影丸 茂樹, Kagemaru Shigeki)
  • Keiko Kuze (クゼ・ケイコ, Kuze Keiko): Hiroko Hayashi (林 寛子, Hayashi Hiroko)
  • Tetsuharu Kuze (クゼ・テツハル, Kuze Tetsuharu): Ryo Kamon (加門 良, Kamon Ryō)
  • Chief Maintenance Araiso (アライソ整備長, Araiso Seibichō): Katsuhiko Watabiki (綿引 勝彦, Watabiki Katsuhiko)
  • Tetsuro Ban (バン・テツロウ, Ban Tetsurō): Sei Hiraizumi (平泉 成, Hiraizumi Sei)
  • Professor Asami Fujisawa (フジサワ・アサミ博士, Fujisawa Asami Hakase): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けい, Ishibashi Kei)
  • Mitsuhiko Hirukawa (蛭川 光彦, Hirukawa Mitsuhiko): Kosei Kato (加藤 厚成, Katō Kōsei)
  • Gen Otori (おおとり ゲン, Ōtori Gen): Ryu Manatsu (真夏 竜, Manatsu Ryū)
  • Hiroshi Isana (勇魚 洋, Isana Hiroshi): Kohei Murakami (村上幸平, Murakami Kōhei)
  • Takeshi Yamato (矢的 猛, Yamato Takeshi): Hatsunori Hasegawa (長谷川 初範, Hasegawa Hatsunori)
  • Supreme General Chancellor Takenaka (タケナカ最高総議長, Takenaka Saikō Sōgichō): Kenji Sahara (佐原 健二, Sahara Kenji)
  • Man in Black (黒ずくめの男, Kurozukume no Otoko): Koji Shimizu (清水 綋治, Shimizu Kōji)
  • Aya Jinguji (ジングウジ・アヤ, Jingūji Aya): Aiko Ito (いとう あいこ, Itō Aiko)
  • Seiji Hokuto (北斗 星司, Hokuto Seiji): Keiji Takamine (高峰 圭二, Takamine Keiji)
  • Yuko Minami (南 夕子, Minami Yūko): Mitsuko Hoshi (星 光子, Hoshi Mitsuko)
  • Hideki Go (郷 秀樹, Gō Hideki): Jiro Dan (団 時朗, Dan Jirō)
  • Dan Moroboshi (モロボシ・ダン, Moroboshi Dan): Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣, Moritsugu Kōji)
  • Shin Hayata (ハヤタ・シン, Hayata Shin): Susumu Kurobe (黒部 進, Kurobe Susumu)
  • Inspector Shiki (シキ査察官, Shiki Sasatsukan): Yousuke Saito (斎藤 洋介, Saitō Yōsuke)

Voice Actors

Music

Opening Theme
  • Ultraman Mebius
    • Lyrics: Goro Matsui
    • Composition: Kisaburo Suzuki
    • Arrangement: Seiichi Kyoda
    • Artist: Project DMM (Verse 1, episodes 1–26; Verse 2, episodes 27–50)
Insert Themes
  • Run through! ~ Wandaba 'CREW GUYS'
    • Lyrics: Kazuho Mitsuda
    • Composition and Arrangement: Toru Fuyuki
    • Artist: Project DMM with TMC
  • Chikai o Kimi ni (episode 35)
    • Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement: Kazuya Daimon
    • Artist: Project DMM
  • Ultra no Kiseki (episodes 37 and 50)
    • Lyrics, Composition, Arrangement: Kazuya Daimon
    • Artist: Project DMM

Soundtracks

  • Ultraman Mebius (Opening & Ending)
  • Miracle of Ultraman (Victory Theme)
  • Ultraman Leo (Remix) (in episode 34)
  • Ultraman 80 (Remix) (in episode 41)
  • GUYS Theme (when GUYS summon the Capsule Kaiju)

Home Media

The series was released on DVD by Bandai Visual from July 28, 2006, to July 27, 2007, across 13 volumes. On December 21, 2007, Climax Stories: Ultraman Mebius released, featuring the series compiled into a hour-long film with narration by Shunji Igarashi. A complete DVD box set was released on December 21, 2012, also including the three Gaidens, Hikari Saga, Armored Darkness and Ghost Rebirth.[8] Box sets of Ultraman Nexus and Ultraman Max released around the same time, with all three having covers illustrated by Masayuki Gotoh.[9]

On May 24, 2022, Mill Creek released a DVD box set with the series, its three Gaidens and the film with English subtitles in the United States.[10][11]

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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 | Ultraman Blazar | Ultraman Arc
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero | Ultraman: Rising
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 | Return of Ultraman: MAT Arrow 1 Takeoff Order | 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 | New Century Ultraman Legend | Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice | New Century 2003 Ultraman Legend | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy: The Movie | Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial | 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 | Ultraman Decker Finale | Ultraman Blazar The Movie
Spin-Offs Andro Melos | Ultraman Zearth: Parody Chapter | Revival of the Ancient Giant | The Return of Hanejiro | Gaia Again | Ultra Q Kaiju Legend | Ultraman Kaiju Legend | Hikari Saga | Armored Darkness | Ghost Rebirth | Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops Zero | Q - Door to Another Dimension | Killer the Beatstar | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | New Generation Heroes | The Absolute Conspiracy | Sevenger Fight | The Struggle of Special Section 3 | The Destined Crossroad | Continued Ultra Fight | Shin Ultra Fight | Return of Special Section 3 | Ultraman Regulos | Ultraman Regulos: First Mission | Ultraseven IF Story | SKaRD Break Room
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 | Ultraman New Generation Stars
Informational Ultraman The Prime | ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES | Ultra Science Fantasy Hour | Ultra Fight Club | UlSummer Information Station | Ultra Information Center | Professor Teruaki's "Blazar Kaiju Academy" | Super Power! Ultra Encyclopedia! | Ultra Construction Tour | THE ORIGIN OF ULTRAMAN | Ultraman 4K Discovery
Docudramas Fly in the Sea Breeze! Ultraman | The Men Who Made Ultraman | My Beloved Ultraseven | The Man Who Wanted to be Ultraman | The Kaiju Club | The Two Ultramen
Other Series and Movies 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 | Horror Theater Unbalance | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Jumborg Ace & Giant | Mars Men | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | The Last Dinosaur | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur Great War Izenborg | Star Wolf | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Anime-chan | Gridman the Hyper Agent | Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad | Moon Spiral | Cyber Beauties Telomere | Booska! Booska!! | Otasuke Girl | Mysterious Incident Special Investigation Team SRI | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Operation: Mystery - Second File | Mirror Fight 2012 | Operation: Mystery - Mystery File | Gridknight Fight
Anime The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Ultra Nyan 2: The Great Happy Operation | Ultraman M78 Theater Love & Peace | 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 UNIVERSE
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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