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"The one who inherits the shadow, the one who connects the light."

―Movie tagline

Ultraman Trigger: Episode Z (ウルトラマントリガー エピソードゼット Urutoraman Torigā Episōdo Zetto) is a movie that follows Ultraman Trigger: New Generation Tiga, set 2 years after the series finale. In Japan, it was distributed in both theaters and on TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION simultaneously on March 18, 2022.[1][2] On the same date, the film was also available to rent on the Ultraman Connection website with English subtitles for international viewers.

Synopsis

Two years have passed since the final battle and peace has been restored around the globe. However, things don't stay quiet for long when monsters once again begin to appear on Earth. At the same time, a series of mysterious break-ins take place at super ancient ruins around the world. Expert team GUTS-Select, led by a new captain, prepares the squad to launch an investigation. Little do they know, it is the beginning of a fierce battle with the fate of the universe in the balance.

GUTS-Select and Ultraman Z rush into battle with our hero, Kengo Manaka, in the lead. A sinister figure emerges from the shadows: Evil Trigger, a sinister giant that inherits the shadow.

To make everyone smile again, Ultraman Trigger and Haruki, human host of Ultraman Z, join forces with the new members of GUTS-Select as well as Ignis, human host of Trigger Dark, will take part in the ultimate battle between light and shadow![1][2]

Plot

Two years after Kengo/Trigger sacrificing himself to stabilize the Eternity Core, GUTS-Select fights against a new wave of monster attacks led by Ryuichi Tokioka, who is Akito's teacher and Mitsukuni’s right hand man. After a fight against Pagos, GUTS-Select was called by Mitsukuni to tackle the threats of Leyrah, a cult that worships the Ultra Ancient Civilizations who wishes to reshape the world to their favour. The cult’s leader, Leyrah Ibra, is captured and presented to Yuna to relay his message of the Eternity Core and Kengo's impending doom, and that to save them both require the help of Yuzare and the Ancient Sparklence.

GUTS-Select agrees with the temporary alliance to enact the ritual, using the sunlight to separate Kengo from the Eternity Core. The recuperated Kengo is then celebrated by his teammates and has a small discussion with Tokioka regarding his deeds as Trigger, even asking him of what will he do if he were to remain as a human being. Ibra escapes captivity and summons Pagos to target the TPU headquarters as a diversion. The monster is quickly defeated by Ultraman Z, as both him and Haruki are actually trying to pursue Celebro after it escapes from STORAGE’s captivity. In the midst of their intergalactic search, the two and Beliarok were lured to Kengo’s Earth when Ibra uses his monster controller device. Relaying their story to GUTS-Select, both parties concluded that Celebro is hiding amongst the Leyrah cultists, and thus decided to regain Trigger's scattered Hyper Keys first.


During their hunt for the keys, Celebro in Ibra summons a Gazort as a diversion for GUTS-Select. Haruki manages to reclaim the Multi Type key for Kengo to transform while he chases the parasite and gets knocked out after a wild goose chase. Trigger then regains the Sky Type key from Gazort and the Power Type key through Akito and Yuna's hunt in a haunted house. Haruki then joins in the battle as Z and teams up with Trigger to take down Deathdrago and Genegarg for a wrestling match. When the fight is over however, Celebro is revealed to have possessed Haruki, bidding its time when neither parties are suspicious of his presence and proceed to possess Z as well into defeating Trigger, seemingly killing Tokioka while claiming all of Trigger's Hyper Keys. Ignis arrived just in time to bail his friends from GUTS-Select away from the cult.

Tracking Leyrah to the same alter where the gateway to Eternity Core is located, Leyrah's true leader is revealed to be Tokioka, whose true identity is Zabil, Yuzare’s old friend from 30 million years prior as a fellow member of the Terran Protection Team. When Yuzare sacrificed herself to assist the recently defected Trigger in driving out the Giants of Darkness away from Earth, Zabil becomes heartbroken by her loss, feeling that all the sacrifices made by his fellow team members were all for naught, as well as regarding the defected Trigger as unfit to be a savior. Realizing that humans needed to become light on their own, Zabil orchestrated all the events in Ultraman Trigger to anticipate the fight against the returned Giants of Darkness, while at the same time taking advantage of Mitsukuni Shizuma's arrival in their world to further his plans by slipping into TPU. Additionally, they reached an alliance with Celebro, who agrees to help them in exchange for restarting his Civilization Self-Destruction Game. With Trigger's Hyper Keys as conduits, Leyrah's cultists transform themselves into light and Zabil uses the Ancient Sparklence to transform into his own Ultraman form, christened as Evil Trigger, who proceeds to fight against Trigger Dark and GUTS-Select's mechas with the help of Celebro-possessed Ultraman Z.

After reclaiming his devices with Akito's help, Kengo transforms into Trigger again while Tatsumi returns to resume command in GUTS-Select, the team now reduced to fight their enemies on foot. Through Kengo's support, Haruki is able to expel the parasite and transforms into Alpha Edge, forcing Celebro to inhabit Ibra and summoning Destrudos. Just as Zabil/Evil Trigger mocks Kengo for not being a human, the members of GUTS-Select defends him while affirming them as his friends. As all these events taking place, Yuna sacrifices both Yuzare's ring and the gateway's entrance to the Eternity Core to restore Glitter Trigger Eternity. Destrudos is defeated by all three Ultras, reducing it to Celebro and Ibra. Evil Trigger harnesses the power of his own inner darkness to become gigantic, but is later destroyed by the three Ultras' combined attack. Zabil survives the destruction, long enough to see his happier past with Yuzare in the GUTS-Select's regroup before disappearing into nothingness. Himari later recaptures Celebro, allowing Haruki to return to his Earth while Ignis resumes his journey. The entire GUTS-Select later celebrates their victory, while Kengo decides to continue living as both human and Ultraman.

The movie then ends with a post-credit scene that flashes in to Ultraman Tiga passing his baton to Dyna from 25 years prior, with Trigger following in suit to the new Ultraman; Decker.

Appearances

Ultras

Kaiju

Cast

Voice Actors

  • Alien Metron Marluru (メトロン星人マルゥル Metoron Seijin Maruru): Mao Ichimichi (市道 真央 Ichimichi Mao)
  • Ultraman Z (ウルトラマンゼット Urutoraman Zetto): Tasuku Hatanaka (畠中 祐 Hatanaka Tasuku)
  • Beliarok (ベリアロク Beriaroku): Yuki Ono (小野 友樹 Ono Yūki)

Theme Song

Trailers

Gallery

Trivia

  • The letter "Z" in this movie's title is not only referring to Ultraman Z's guest appearance. Given that the letter "Z" is the 26th and final alphabet in Latin script, it also presents the movie as an "unofficial" 26th episode of Ultraman Trigger: New Generation Tiga.

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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