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Ultraman Neos (ウルトラマンネオス, Urutoraman Neosu) is a Japanese tokusatsu show, being the 15th show in the Ultraman Series produced by Tsuburaya Productions. Neos was initially intended as a TV series, having a pilot episode, stage shows, and merchandise, but the project was shelved. Years later, Tsuburaya turned the concept into a 12-episode direct-to-video series. In spite of the appearance of similar designs and cameos by Zoffy, the series is set in an alternate universe.

TOKU premiered the series in the United States on May, 1, 2017.[1] The series can be watched on Tubi, Roku, and Vudu.

Production[]

Ultraman Neos and Ultraseven 21 1995

Promotional images of Ultraman Neos and Ultraseven 21 from 1995.

In the early 1990s, with the overseas productions of Ultraman: Towards the Future and Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero receiving positive reception in Japan, Tsuburaya Productions began contemplating the idea of a completely new television series project.[2]

In 1994, the project for Ultraman Neos was formally initiated, and in January 1995, a large-scale still photography session was held at the Toho Studios. The initial goal was to realize a new television series for the Heisei era, with characters like Ultraman Neos and Ultraseven 21 embodying the concept of the revival of "Ultraman" and "Ultraseven" in the Heisei era. These two Ultras made their debut in March of the same year at performance events in Kumamoto Prefecture's Greenland and in a special feature article in Telemaga magazine. Tsuburaya Productions aimed to familiarize children with these characters through event promotions and publications, as part of their plan for preliminary promotion for a new TBS program scheduled for April 1996.[3][4]

In order to showcase the main concepts of the series to TBS, Tsuburaya Productions produced a pilot episode in early June 1995. Directed by Koichi Takano, the pilot utilized digital technology that was still in development at the time for special effects and character expressions. However, despite these efforts, the pilot failed to secure a time slot on TBS, and the alternative plan also fell through. Eventually, the TV series proposal was offered to the subsidiary network station, Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS), which eventually evolved into Ultraman Tiga.[3][5]

In 1996, Tsuburaya Productions established a connection with VAP through the production of Moon Spiral. This connection led to the proposal of continuing the Heisei Ultraseven series through video releases. Given the success of this series, producer Masahiro Tsuburaya proposed to VAP the idea of producing Ultraman Neos as a video series. This decision was made considering the production gap for television series at Tsuburaya Productions in the first half of 2000, as well as the desire to provide a complete story arc for Ultraman Neos and Ultraseven 21.[6]

After the production of Ultraseven 1999: The Final Chapters Hexalogy in the winter of 1999, there were several exchanges of opinions between Masahiro Tsuburaya and VAP. Between March and April 2000, they reached a general consensus on aspects such as production budget, distribution format, and content direction. The plan for Ultraman Neos as a video series was officially initiated, differing from the Heisei Ultraseven series, which primarily targeted adult audiences and adopted an hour-long episode format. Ultraman Neos, on the other hand, followed a structure similar to TV series programs, with episodes lasting 30 minutes each, totaling 12 episodes. It was allocated equivalent production resources and investment as the Heisei Ultraseven series, with a production budget comparable to that of regular television dramas, amounting to 25 million yen for every two episodes, showcasing a significant production scale.[6]

HEART 0031

The production announcement for the Ultraman Neos series was held on July 16, 2000, at Toho Guild.[7]

The main production team for this series main director Shinichi Kamisawa, who also served as producer, lead writer Junki Takegami, and art director Akihiko Iguchi, responsible for early preparatory work. Takegami accepted Tsuburaya Productions' invitation with the condition to maintain the traditional Ultraman audience base, ensuring each episode stood alone while maintaining coherence throughout the season of 12 episodes. The scriptwriting process began with Takegami proposing several core stories, followed by soliciting script proposals based on these conceptual narratives.[6][8]

Based on Masahiro Tsuburaya's feedback, there were slight adjustments made to the appearance designs of Neos and Seven 21. While the basic designs remained unchanged, the details of the mask shapes, body contours, and armor were all reworked when creating new costume models, with Hiroshi Maruyama responsible for their adjustments and handling.

After preparations across various departments, filming for "Ultraman Neos" commenced in June 2000, with tokusatsu shooting starting on July 9th. Subsequently, in mid-August, episodes 5 to 6, both in terms of storyline and special effects, were filmed. In mid-September, filming for episodes 7 to 9 took place in Kyushu, followed by shooting for episodes 10 to 12 in October. The entire series was ultimately completed in February 2001, taking approximately 10 months to produce.[6]

The first volume of VHS tapes and DVDs went on sale from November 22, 2000, continuing until May 2001. On July 6th and 13th, 2002, the series aired on TBS as a replacement program for Ultraman Cosmos.

From February 26th to May 13th, 2012, the complete Ultraman Neos was broadcast for the first time on Tokyo MX's "Tsuburaya Theatre" in a television format.[9]

Synopsis[]

In the first decade of the 21st Century on Earth, the rising of the population results in low quality of life, as well the increasing number of ESP incidents and alien invasions.

At Nebula M78, the information service of the Inter Galactic Defense Force watches these phenomena and throughout the Galactic Security Agency, a ramification of the group sent a warrior to Earth named Ultraman Neos and his commander Ultraseven 21.

Upon arriving on Earth, Ultraman Neos secretly merges with Genki Kagura to help HEART fight monsters both of terrestrial and extraterrestrial origin.

Characters[]

Protagonist[]

HEART[]

Cabinet Information Bureau[]

Others[]

  • Unnamed girl
  • Hazeyama
  • Shinya Kenmochi
  • Erika Shibata
  • Sean Uncle
  • Natsumi Ootomo
  • Joe Naruse
  • Masato Usami
  • Misaki Usami
  • Shota

Ultras[]

Kaiju[]

Cast[]

  • Genki Kagura (カグラ・ゲンキ, Kagura Genki): Jun Takatsuki (高槻 純, Takatsuki Jun)
  • Gonpachi Minato (ミナト・ゴンパチ, Minato Gonpachi): Kyusaku Shimada (嶋田 久作, Shimada Kyūsaku)
  • Hironobu Uematsu (ウエマツ・ヒロノブ, Uematsu Hironobu): Shigeki Kagemaru (影丸 茂樹, Kagemaru Shigeki)
  • Takayoshi Hino (ヒノ・タカヨシ, Hino Takayoshi): Taketora Morita (森田 猛虎, Morita Taketora)
  • Nana Hayami (ハヤミ・ナナ, Hayami Nana): Atsuko Rukawa (瑠川 あつこ, Rukawa Atsuko)
  • Ayumi Kitabayashi (キタバヤシ・アユミ, Kitabayashi Ayumi): Mika Sakamoto (坂本 三佳, Sakamoto Mika)
  • Yoko Fujiwara (フジワラ・ヨウコ, Fujiwara Yōko): Satomi Murakami (村上 聡美, Murakami Satomi)

Guest Cast[]

  • Unnamed girl: Mariya Izawa (伊澤 麻璃也, Izawa Mariya)
  • Hazeyama (ハゼヤマ): Kansai Eto (江藤 漢斉, Eto Kansai)
  • Erika Shibata (柴田 エリカ, Shibata Erika): Kaoru Ukawa (鵜川 薫, Ukawa Kaoru)
  • Shinya Kenmochi (剣持 慎也, Kenmochi Shinya): Kunio Masaoka (正岡 邦夫, Masaoka Kunio)
  • Sean Uncle (ショーン・アンクル, Shōn Ankuru): Earl Scott (アール・スコット, Āru Sukotto)
  • Natsumi Ootomo (オオトモ・ナツミ, Ōtomo Natsumi): Yasuyo Shirashima (白島 靖代, Shirashima Yasuyo)
  • Joe Naruse (成瀬 丈, Naruse Jō): Hiroshi Miyasaka (宮坂 ひろし, Miyasaka Hiroshi)
  • Masato Usami (宇佐美 将人, Usami Masato): Take Uketa (タケ・ウケタ)
  • Misaki Usami (宇佐美 ミサキ, Usami Misaki): Yukari Fukui (福井 裕佳梨, Fukui Yukari)
  • Shota (ショウタ, Shōta): Daigo Takami (高見 大悟, Takami Daigo)
  • Female Announcer (女子アナ, Joshi-ana): Rieko Adachi (あだち 理絵子, Adachi Rieko)
  • Katagiri (カタギリ): Wataru Shihoudo (四方堂 亘, Shihōdō Wataru)
  • Esura (エスラー, Esurā): Ippei Ando (安藤 一平, Andō Ippei)
  • Mensch Heit (メンシュハイト, Menshu Haito): Mister Chin (ミスターちん, Misutā Chin)
  • Kisaragi (キサラギ): Sakae Kimura (木村 栄, Kimura Sakae)

Voice Actors[]

  • Ultraseven 21 (ウルトラセブン21, Urutorasebun 21): Isshin Chiba (千葉 一伸, Chiba Isshin)
  • Zoffy (ゾフィー, Zofī): Akitoshi Otaki (大滝 明利, Ōtaki Akitoshi)
  • Alien Zamu (ザム星人, Zamu Seijin): Takashi Nagasako (長嶝 高士, Nagasako Takashi)
  • King Bamos (キングバモス, Kingu Bamosu): Madoka Fukuoka (福岡 まどか, Fukuoka Madoka)
  • Narration (ナレーション, Narēshon): Ikuya Sawaki (沢木 郁也, Sawaki Ikuya)

Suit Actors[]

  • Ultraman Neos: Hiroyuki Okano (岡野 弘之, Okano Hiroyuki)
  • Ultraseven 21: Daisuke Terai (寺井 大介, Terai Daisuke)
  • Zoffy: Hiroshi Komiya (小宮 啓志, Komiya Hiroshi), Akitoshi Otaki (大滝 明利, Ōtaki Akitoshi)
  • Arnagaruge, Nozera, Shildoban, Alien Zamu, Rock Eater, Lafreshion, King Dainas, Grall: Kazunori Yokoo (横尾 和則, Yokō Kazunori)
  • Alien Zamu, Seagorian, Sazora, Backacoon, Zamu Revenger, King Bamos, Giga Dread, Mensch Heit: Toshio Miyake (三宅 敏夫, Miyake Toshio)
  • Alien Zamu: Satoshi Yamamoto (山本 諭, Yamamoto Satoshi), Tomohiro Nagata (永田 朋裕, Nagata Tomohiro), Shinya Iwasaki (岩崎 晋弥, Iwasaki Shin'ya)

Staff[]

Music[]

Opening Theme
Ending Theme

Home Media[]

The series originally released with one episode per DVD from 2000 to 2001. As announced on November 17, 2017, Ultraman Neos was released on Blu-ray on March 7, 2018 by Toei Video.[10] This release also includes Ultra Warriors Special Video and the pilot episode. On October 11, 2022, Mill Creek released the series on DVD with English subtitles.[11]

Gallery[]

Images[]

Videos[]

Trivia[]

  • Ultraman Neos is the first series who has toys of the series produced before its actual run.

External Links[]

References[]

  1. http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/04/20/toku-channel-to-bring-ultraman-neos-to-us
  2. Ultraman Tiga (TV Magazine Special Edition) pg 76
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ultra Tokusatsu PERFECT MOOK vol. 36: Ultraman Neos / Andro Melos, pg 4
  4. https://katoku99.hatenablog.com/entry/20210530/p1
  5. The Earth Is Ultraman's Planet: Ultraman Tiga Dyna Gaia pg 349–369
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Ultra Tokusatsu PERFECT MOOK vol. 36: Ultraman Neos / Andro Melos, pg 4
  7. https://nlab.itmedia.co.jp/games/gsnews/0007/17/news04.html
  8. Heisei Ultra Video Collection (TV Magazine Special Edition) pg 88-89
  9. http://gpochomkin.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-254.html
  10. https://m-78.jp/ultraman-bd/ultramanneos/
  11. https://x.com/MillCreekEnt/status/1575507456867942400

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 | Return of Ultraman | 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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