"Never give up!!"
- ―Movie tagline
Ultraman Saga (ウルトラマンサーガ Urutoraman Sāga) is a Japanese tokusatsu film in the Ultra Series, created to celebrate the franchise's 45th anniversary. It serves as a sequel to Ultraman Zero The Movie: Super Deciding Fight! The Belial Galactic Empire. The film features Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Dyna and Ultraman Cosmos facing a new ultimate threat, Hyper Zetton (ハイパーゼットン Haipā Zetton) created by the evil Alien Bat (バット星人 Batto Seijin). This film also features a new Ultraman called Ultraman Saga (ウルトラマンサーガ Urutoraman Sāga). This movie is set in a new universe, known as the Future Earth World, but also features scenes from the World of the Land of Light and Neo Frontier Space World. It takes place 15 years after Ultraman Dyna and features much of its supporting cast returning. A selection of members from the idol group AKB48 portrayed the members of Team U, a special monster attack team part of the Earth Defense Force.
In its first week in theaters, Ultraman Saga opened at the #4 spot in the Japanese box offices, about 166,006 people in 369 screens with a budget of ¥143,747,300.
The movie begins with a powerful apocalyptic vision of Tokyo, buildings destroyed and the city seemingly devoid of life. We are soon introduced to the Earth Defense Force (EDF), Team U. They and a group of young children and the last survivors on Planet Earth after the world was invaded by the evil Alien Bat, the rest of the human population having been abducted.
In the alternate universe in which he defeated Ultraman Belial in the previous film, Ultraman Zero receives a distress call and proceeds into the multiverse and finds another universe. And from yet another universe, that from which Shin Asuka/Ultraman Dyna disappeared through black hole 15 years ago, a young defense team pilot named Taiga is trapped in the ship of an invading alien force, who quickly disappear to another dimension.
Taiga soon finds himself in another world, in the apocalyptic version of Tokyo, as Ultraman Zero battles a huge fleet of alien spaceships. As Taiga notices a crashing ship heading straight towards a young boy, he pilots his ship directly into its path in an act of self-sacrifice. Witnessing his brave actions, Ultraman Zero rescues Taiga and joins with him.
Taiga soon encounters Ultraman Cosmos and his human host Musashi, along with Team U and the children. He and Musashi learn that Ultraman Dyna and his human host Asuka had once stayed with the team and protected them, but that was lost in battle with the alien Zetton. It is now up to Taiga and Musashi to protect the survivors. However, Taiga is not so happy to be joined with Ultraman Zero, and has no intention of fighting...
The film begins with a city, which had all the people abducted from it, with some members of the Earth Defense Force (EDF) left, Team U who tries to take the advantage by doing some grocery shopping and put down a notice (written that they will return back to pay the groceries) at a noticeboard covered by other similar notices, while quickly leave the supermarket. However, an unknown kaiju rises in front of the supermarket and begins to chase four of the Team U members until their leader approaches with an exo-suit and hold the monster off while giving the other members a chance to escape. The captain herself bait the kaiju to a landmine though however it was proven useless until Ultraman Dyna comes and easily defeats the kaiju. Dyna gives them a thumb up and leaves as the Team U member amazed and acknowledge him as a hero.
Somewhere in space, a being communicates with Ultraman Zero telepathically and seeks his help to come to the Earth as Zero agrees and reverts to Ultimate form and went to Earth after defeating remnants of Legionoids. At the Land of Light, Ultraseven realized that his son had traveled through space time much to his and Leo's worries as three more Ultras, Ace, Ultraman and Jack appears thinking that it might have a relation with a mystery disk as some of the dead Kaiju from the Monster Graveyard had been taken away.
The scene later moves to Dyna's universe and later the TPC Base at the Mars where Gousuke Hibiki (now promoted to the General rank) delivering speeches to everyone with honoring 15th anniversary of Asuka's sacrifice. While Ryo was talking to Toshiyuki Kohda (now a TPC Dept. General), he was introduced to Nozomu Taiga, a new rookie of the Super GUTS. Taiga later underestimate's Asuka's sacrifice while playing a holographic game. The celebration was cut short as they witness a Sphire duplicates itself and on his way to the TPC Base and attacking it. Taiga quickly pilot the GUTS Eagle Alpha and fires some of the Sphire as Kariya, Ryo and Nakajima witnessing it and realized that his attacks and movements while piloting the jet is similar to Asuka's technique. But however, the same mystery disk traps all of the Sphires and unknowingly caught Taiga along.
The scene later moves to the same abandoned city on Earth, where Zero wondering what happened to the civilians while standing on the top of a building. Suddenly, the disk appears and summons its familiars to attack Zero. Taiga later gains consciousness and starts to watch Zero fighting the minions. As Zero quickly destroys all of them, one of his blast accidentally about to kill a boy. Taiga realized this and sacrifice himself by piloting the GUTS Eagle Alpha and receive the blast itself while Zero quickly spirited the boy away. Zero quickly rescue Taiga's life by merging with him as Taiga waking up without realize anything. Taiga later wonders how did he happened to gain the Ultra Zero Bracelet while the boy approaches Taiga and gives him a bottle of drink as a gift.
While Taiga drinks, Zero communicates with Taiga as orders Zero to get out from his body but Zero quickly explains that his fusion with Taiga had made him more of Taiga's life support system. But however their fight was interrupted with the dolphin/narwhal kaiju, Gubila. Zero later volunteers him to transform but he refuses and rather have himself being chased along with the boy. Ultraman Cosmos appears and rescue Taiga and the boy while taming the kaiju. Cosmos reverts to his human form and introduce himself as Musashi Haruno. Zero revealed to Taiga that he was the one who brought him here from the first place. Team U later approaches with their exo-suits and revealing the boy's name as Takeru.
They brought Musashi and Taiga to their base and explains that an unknown spaceship had caught the civilians which leaving the city vacant. However, some of the homeless kids had been founded and brought them to their base as a temporary refugee. While the kids shows Taiga their base, he was introduced to a member of the Team U who realized that Taiga's outlook which similar to her late teammate, Asuka. The Team U member explains to Musashi that the civilians have been kidnapped by a mysterious disc as they were the humans left on Earth. Two Kaijus, a Gubila and a Gomess later surfaced and begin to attack Team U's base.
Though Cosmos was powerless to stop them, Taiga realized that Zero's power was needed as he transforms. Though Zero was proud of him, but his proud was short lived as he only grows 5 feet tall and scolds Taiga for his improper transformation. The kids later laughs at him even goes so far by poking him with a mop. As Taiga/Zero joins the fight both of them are badly defeated due to their incompatibility, Cosmos use the Luna Shootless on the two Kaiju but, before they could rejoice Alien Bat in his spaceship killed the two kaiju.
Later, at night, when everyone were having dinner, Taiga witness a drawing of Ultraman Dyna and recall that he had once witness him as a child. Zero later ask him why did he hates Ultraman as Taiga replies that as a child, his parents died from a monster assault and that Dyna never came in time to rescue them. While at the kids' bedroom, Musashi starts to tell stories of a new planet which is suitable for the monsters to habituate as it was guarded by the Chaos Header as Musashi, Ayano and their son watching it from afar.
The next day, Alien Bat starts his assault by ordering Hyper Zetton to fire at Team U's base. Trying to rescue the kids, Taiga was traumatized as this makes him remind back of his parents' death. Tired of Alien Bat's terror, Musashi and Taiga decides to fight him. Before they go, the Team U leader wants them to avenge Asuka's death as he had once returned join Team U but he had died as Dyna when Zetton in cocoon form absorb his energy. As they transform into their respective Ultraman, they flight to Zetton. While proven powerless to stop it, Takeru arrives at the scene and picking up Dyna's transformation item which had ejected from him during his death. Takeru handed over it to the Team U leader which she rides on an exo-suit and flight it towards Dyna's corpse. Dyna revives and assist Zero to destroy Zetton while reviving Cosmos.
After Zetton's demise, Bat use his spaceship to fuse with the dead Zetton into Hyper Zetton. Hyper Zetton later uses his speed and energy manipulation ability to overpower the Ultramen. Takeru and the others escort the Team U leader out of the wrecked exosuit only to find out that she died. With the three Ultras proven powerless to stop him, they revert to their human form and transform again, only to fuse into a greater Ultraman. His energy later revives the leader which she names him as Ultraman Saga and explains that their desire of protecting the Earth had form him. Saga copies Hyper Zetton's ability to fight against him as everyone later watch their fight from afar. Saga throws him to the space and punches Hyper Zetton which also kills Bat. Saga emerge victorious as energies from the destroyed Hyper Zetton returns the civilians. Not long after, Takeru reunites with his mother and the Team U members commend the Ultramen for a good job.
In credit, Asuka informed his former Super GUTS teammate via telepathy that Taiga is alive and do not to worry about his condition because Taiga now has a new life and goals in the world his reside now and Ryo convinces Asuka that she and their other former Super GUTS will catchup Asuka no matter where he been while Asuka will waiting for them.
Ultraman Saga: Zero and Ultra Brothers Pop Out! Intense Battle!
Kaiju & Seijin
- Nozomu Taiga (タイガ・ノゾム Taiga Nozomu): Daigo Naito (内藤 大湖 Naito Daigo)
- Shin Asuka (アスカ・シン Asuka Shin)/Ultraman Dyna (ウルトラマンダイナ Urutoraman Daina Voice): Takeshi Tsuruno (つるの 剛士 Tsuruno Takeshi)
- Musashi Haruno (春野 ムサシ Haruno Musashi)/Ultraman Cosmos (ウルトラマンコスモス Urutoraman Kosumosu Voice): Taiyo Sugiura (杉浦 太陽 Sugiura Taiyō)
- Team U members: AKB48
- Anna (アンナSayaka Akimoto (秋元 才加 Akimoto Sayaka) ):
- Misato (ミサトAyaka Umeda (梅田 彩佳 Umeda Ayaka) ):
- Sawa (サワSae Miyazawa (宮澤 佐江 Miyazawa Sae) ):
- Nonko (ノンコYuka Masuda (増田 有華 Masuda Yuka) ):
- Lisa (リーサ Rīsa): Sumire Sato (佐藤 すみれ Satō Sumire)
- Maomi (マオミKana Kobayashi (小林 香菜 Kobayashi Kana) ):
- Hina (ヒナHaruka Shimada (島田 晴香 Shimada Haruka) ):
- Takeru (タケルRyoma Takamura (高村 竜馬 Takamura Ryōma) ):
- Saaya (サーヤ Sāya): Sayaka Ikeda (池田 沙弥花 Ikeda Sayaka)
- Ritsu (リツRitsu Ohashi (大橋 律 Ōhashi Ritsu) ):
- Miko (ミコSorami Watanabe (渡邉 空美 Watanabe Sorami) ):
- Ren (レンKaren Ueno (上野 楓恋 Ueno Karen) ):
- Ken (ケンKengo Ando (安藤 健悟 Andō Kengo) ):
- Hiro (ヒロHiromu Satomura (里村 洋 Satomura Hiromu) ):
- Kuu (クー Kū): Kurea Mori (森 くれあ Mori Kurea)
- Kanata (カナタKanau Tanaka (田中 奏生 Tanaka Kanau) ):
- Takeru's Mother (タケルの母 Takeru no Haha): Shion Nakamaru (中丸 シオン Nakamaru Shion)
- Young Nozomu Taiga (小学生のタイガ・ノゾム Shōgakusei no Taiga Nozomu): Mitsumasa Sato (佐藤 光将 Satō Mitsumasa)
- Toshiyuki Kouda (コウダ・トシユキ Kōda Toshiyuki): Toshikazu Fukawa (布川 敏和 Fukawa Toshikazu)
- Ryo Yumimura (ユミムラ・リョウ Yumimura Ryō): Risa Saito (斉藤 りさ Saitō Risa)
- Kouhei Kariya (カリヤ・コウヘイ Kariya Kōhei): Takao Kase (加瀬 尊朗 Kase Takao)
- Tsutomu Nakajima (ナカジマ・ツトム Nakajima Tsutomu): Joe Onodera (小野寺 丈 Onodera Jō)
- Gousuke Hibiki (ヒビキ・ゴウスケ Hibiki Gōsuke): Ryo Kinomoto (木之元 亮 Kinomoto Ryō)
- Ayano Haruno (春野 綾乃 Haruno Ayano): Mayuka Suzuki (鈴木 繭菓 Suzuki Mayuka)
- Sora Haruno (春野 ソラ Haruno Sora): Ryu Hashizume (橋爪 龍 Hashizume Ryū)
- Ultraman (ウルトラマン Urutoraman Voice)/Shin Hayata (ハヤタ・シン Hayata Shin): Susumu Kurobe (黒部 進 Kurobe Susumu)
- Ultraseven (ウルトラセブン Urutorasebun Voice)/Dan Moroboshi (モロボシ・ダン Moroboshi Dan): Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣 Moritsugu Kōji)
- Ultraman Jack (ウルトラマンジャック Urutoraman Jakku Voice)/Hideki Goh (郷 秀樹 Gō Hideki): Jiro Dan (団 時郎 Dan Jirō)
- Ultraman Ace (ウルトラマンエース Urutoraman Ēsu Voice)/Seiji Hokuto (北斗 星司 Hokuto Seiji): Keiji Takamine (高峰 圭二 Takamine Keiji)
- Ultraman Leo (ウルトラマンレオ Urutoraman Reō Voice)/Gen Ohtori (おおとり ゲン Ōtori Gen): Ryu Manatsu (真夏 竜 Manatsu Ryū)
- Ultraman Zero (ウルトラマンゼロ Urutoraman Zero Voice): Mamoru Miyano (宮野 真守 Miyano Mamoru)
- Alien Bat (バット星人 Batto Seijin): Hideo Higashikokubaru (東国原 英夫 Higashikokubaru Hideo)
The film topped at #4 in the box office, though received mixed reviews from fans, possibly some negative reviews are the acting of Daigo Naito as Taiga Nozomu and AKB48 as Team U. Jim M. Ballard from SciFi Japan says: "The greatest disappointment for me is that I know the staff are capable of producing something so much better – as they have time and again – and this film just feels like a wasted opportunity." The film currently holds 3 out of 5 stars in the Japanese Movie rating site goo.ne.jp.
The Blu-Ray disc was released on September 21, 2012.
- A scene of Ultraman Saga and the other 5 Ultra Brothers (Ultraman, Seven, Jack, Ace and Leo) fighting with the Monster Weapons (Antlar, King Pandon, Black King, Verokron and Tyrant) created by Alien Bat was not featured in the movie. But the fight scene was later aired in Ultraman Retsuden, and is included in the director's cut.
- In this directors cut, Pandon retains its original roar, possibly because it was trying to represent the original Pandon.
- Originally, Taro was supposed to fight Tyrant, but was replaced by Leo, possibly due to the Ultra being the master of Zero, who was the star Ultra at the time.
- In their original appearances, Antlar and Black King were shown easily pummeling their Ultra enemies, but in the movie, they were easily defeated, possibly due to Alien Bat's modifications.
- One of the initial plots for the film was to be set exclusively in the Neo Frontier Space Universe and be an epilogue to Dyna's series. This idea was turned down as Takeshi Tsuruno thought that Asuka's wandering days should not be concluded at that point.
- In this film, Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Cosmos never transformed into other forms.
- Another idea was that the film included Ultraman King, Ultraman Justice, Ultraman Mebius, the Ultimate Force Zero and Team EYES. The main antagonist of the film would have been Dark Lucifer, the scraped final villain of Ultraman Nexus. At the end of the film, Cosmos and Justice would have combined to become Ultraman Legend, Mebius would have combined with the Ultra Brothers to become Mebius Infinity and Zero and Dyna would have combined to become Saga. Them, along with Ultraman King and the Ultimate Force Zero, they would have entered the final battle.
- Mai was meant to return but this never made out due to her actress Mariya Yamada being pregnant at the time of the recording.
- This movie was later featured in New Ultraman Retsuden episodes 29-33 and Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle episode 18.