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Ultraman X (ウルトラマンエックス, Urutoraman Ekkusu) is the 25th entry in the Ultraman Series. It aired in mid-July as part of New Ultraman Retsuden. This was the final show to be featured on the New Ultraman Retsuden block before it came to an end on July 2016.[1][2]

The series can be viewed on Shout TV, Tubi, Pluto, Roku, and Prime Video.

Production

ULTRAMAN-X

The Ultraman X featured in this series has been promoted as "a completely new Ultraman full of a cyber feel."

This series is one of the series in New Ultraman Retsuden, continuing the Spark Dolls setting from the Ultraman Ginga series, but with different settings. The main director is Kiyotaka Taguchi, with directors Takanori Tsujimoto and Yuichi Abe, screenwriter Sachio Yanai, and Yuiko Miura also participating in the production. In terms of actors, many young actors making their debut were selected.

In the Ultraman series, when humans and heroes become one as fusion heroes, the state of Ultraman's consciousness during activities is usually not deliberately depicted. Even if other Ultramen mimic human forms directly, for fusion-type heroes, expressing their state of consciousness has always been a relatively untouchable issue. While this ambiguity does not diminish Ultraman's appeal, maintaining a sense of mystery may be the correct choice. Some things may be more attractive when kept vague.[3]

Against this backdrop, Ultraman X provides an answer to the question of Ultraman's consciousness. Ultraman X is set to reside in the X Devizer instead of the protagonist's body. In battle, they transform through a device, creating an atmosphere where humans and Ultraman are almost on equal footing. The main character, Daichi Oozora, and Ultraman X are depicted as partners who need to cooperate and help each other. Ultraman X primarily handles combat abilities, while Daichi takes on thinking and intellectual tasks. This setting makes Ultraman X closer to the traditional Ultraman series concept, while also exploring new Ultraman images and continuously developing.[3]

In the initial planning phase, the concept of "Cyberization" was present from the beginning, primarily on a visual level rather than integrating cyber elements into the essence of the characters. When Kiyotaka Taguchi was confirmed as the main director of this series, Tsuburaya Productions had already outlined the story structure with concepts of "Cyber" and "Cyber Armor." Taguchi reshaped the elements of Spark Dolls to steer the series towards a more hard science fiction direction, with special attention in the production to depict the scale of Xio.[4][5]Taguchi aimed to portray a professional defense team image; thus, in the story development, Xio's focus shifted from simply responding to monster appearances to strategizing and setting clear goals to defeat monsters. Additionally, the daily lives of team members were emphasized with detailed backgrounds provided regardless of their on-screen depiction, enhancing their character presence. Before filming began, the production team also invited former JSDF members to instruct actors on firearms handling, salutes, and other military protocols.[6]

Considering that in previous series monsters often appeared in groups, which Taguchi believed diluted the impact of each monster, this series aimed to highlight the charm of each main monster in every episode. Taguchi and scriptwriter Hirotoshi Kobayashi focused on portraying monsters as "organisms," advocating the theme of "coexistence with monsters." Unlike Ultraman Gaia and Ultraman Cosmos, which explored the same theme, this series leans towards real-world nature reserves and wildlife management strategies, respecting monsters' natural habitats but advocating culling if they pose a threat to humans.[6][7][8]

Before the establishment of this series, there were other proposals gathered by the writers. Yuji Kobayashi proposed the concept of Ultraman Gold (ウルトラマンゴールド, Urutoraman Gōrudo) in the early stages of planning, which eventually appeared as a guest character named "Alien Gold" in episodes 6 to 7[9]. One of the highlights of this series is also the cameo appearances of past Ultramen. Initially confirmed cameos include Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman Victory from the previous series Ultraman Ginga S[10], Ultraman Zero, and Ultraman Max[11] and Ultraman Nexus[12], who have had fewer guest appearances in other series.[4]

During filming, Tsuburaya Productions utilized the RED EPIC digital cinema camera as a new filming equipment. This system processes video as continuous Raw still image files, achieving a quality close to traditional film cameras and suitable for digital compositing. This technology enabled CG images related to the series, even without creating miniature models, to resemble traditional miniature special effects. Continuing the collaboration seen in Ultraman Ginga S with Nissan, the series introduced modified vehicles for Xio, Additionally, the production used GoPro cameras, traditionally used for behind-the-scenes footage, as one of the main cameras to enhance the sense of scale in special effects scenes.[4][13][6][14]

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The main actors of Ultraman X participated in the production press conference.[15][16][17]

Underpinning the series with its main settings, Ultraman X is divided into several distinctive chapters. Taguchi initially aimed to create a story akin to Ultraman Nexus with a vertical axis but diversified the thematic content akin to Ultraman Max.[18] Therefore, before episode 7, there was a recap of basic settings and physical enhancements of Ultraman X. Episodes 8 to 14 constitute the diversified chapters, while after episode 15, the focus shifts to character development of Daichi and the Xio members. This structure showcases the richness of the series content. Despite Ultraman X having a relatively short episode count of 22 episodes, unlike the serialized airing of Ultraman Ginga series, it aired continuously without breaks.[4]

The production press conference took place on June 18, 2015, at Tokyo Big Sight, featuring director Kiyotaka Taguchi, the cast, and the lyricist of the theme song, Masatooshi Ono.[19][20] Filming for the entire series concluded in August 2015, coinciding with the production of the theatrical film scheduled for release in March 2016, following the final episode of the TV series.

Synopsis

As Ultra Flares from the sun blanket the Earth, Spark Dolls that had been hidden underground and in the sea are turned into monsters. In order to deal with the sudden outbreak of invading aliens, humanity arms itself with machines of super science and forms the defensive team Xio.

Fifteen years later... A member of Xio, Daichi Oozora, hears a mysterious voice while in combat against a monster. "Unite..." Just as Daichi is on the verge of being obliterated by the creature, he finds himself bathed in a radiant light.

Daichi's Kaiju Lab

Daichi's Kaiju Lab (大地の怪獣ラボ, Daichi no Kaiju Rabo) is a segment at the end of the show where Daichi and X will feature the Spark Dolls and Cyber Cards of the week.

Characters

Protagonist

UNVER

  • Daisuke Minamikawa

Xio

Others

Returning Characters

Ultras

Kaiju

Cast

  • Daichi Oozora (大空 大地, Ōzora Daichi): Kensuke Takahashi (高橋 健介, Takahashi Kensuke)
  • Asuna Yamase (山瀬 アスナ, Yamase Asuna): Akane Sakanoue (坂ノ上 茜, Sakanōe Akane)
  • Wataru Kazama (風間 ワタル, Kazama Wataru): Yoshihiko Hosoda (細田 善彦, Hosoda Yoshihiko)
  • Hayato Kijima (貴島 ハヤト, Kijima Hayato): Ukyo Matsumoto (松本 享恭, Matsumoto Ukyō)
  • Mamoru Mikazuki (三日月 マモル, Mikazuki Mamoru): Hayato Harada (原田 隼人, Harada Hayato)
  • Rui Takada (高田 ルイ, Takada Rui): Haruka Momokawa (百川 晴香, Momokawa Haruka)
  • Takeru Yamagishi (山岸 タケル, Yamagishi Takeru): TAKERU
  • Chiaki Matsudo (松戸 チアキ, Matsudo Chiaki): Chiaki Seshimo (瀬下 千晶, Seshimo Chiaki)
  • Sayuri Tachibana (橘 さゆり, Tachibana Sayuri): Sarara Tsukifune (月船 さらら, Tsukifune Sarara)
  • Shotaro Kamiki (神木 正太郎, Kamiki Shōtarō): Yuu Kamio (神尾 佑, Kamio Yū)

Voice Actors

  • Ultraman X (ウルトラマンエックス, Urutoraman Ekkusu): Yuichi Nakamura (中村 悠一, Nakamura Yūichi)
  • Narrator, Alien Fanton Gourman (ファントン星人グルマン, Fanton Seijin Gourman): Yasunori Matsumoto (松本 保典, Matsumoto Yasunori)

Staff

Music

Opening Theme
Ending Theme

Home Media

In Japan, the series was released on 6 DVDs and two Blu-rays. Mill Creek also released a Blu-ray of the series and movie in the United States with English subtitles on April 20, 2021.[21]

Gallery

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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