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Ultraman Zearth 2: Superhuman Big Battle - Light and Shadow (ウルトラマンゼアス2 超人大戦・光と影, Urutoraman Zeasu Tsū Chōjin Taisen・Hikari to Kage) is the second movie starring Ultraman Zearth, released in 1997. It was screened alongside Ultra Nyan.

The movie can be watched on Plex.

Production[]

In 1996, following the success of Ultraman Zearth in theaters, and with Idemitsu Kosan continuing its television advertisements, Tsuburaya Productions' planning team confirmed the continuation of the Zearth brand. Therefore, its sequel, Ultraman Zearth 2: Superhuman Big Battle - Light and Shadow, was scheduled for release on April 12, 1997. The film introduced the theme of the mixed martial arts team K-1. The decision not to adopt the whimsical world packaging from the first installment stemmed from the realization after the completion of the initial film that multiple film releases need not be specifically considered, as even feature-length films could attract audiences. Thus, Zearth 2 ran for 66 minutes and was shown only alongside the short anime film Ultra Nyan. However, during nighttime screenings aimed at adult audiences, Ultra Nyan was omitted in favor of screening the Dentsu-produced K-1 documentary The Road to the Strongest ~ WELCOME TO THE K zone.[1]

The focus on K-1 in the second film was due to the deep understanding of combat sports by Dentsu's project leader for this project, Takahito Iida. The K-1 boom at the time also became a significant factor in attracting audiences. Such judgments may also have been made with this in mind. With the addition of K-1 elements to the story, the plot naturally became more serious. At the time when the TV series Ultraman Tiga was already in its third season, the first part of Zearth had established its characters, so there was no need to worry too much about differences with Ultraman Tiga. The director for this sequel was Kazuya Konaka. By the time Konaka joined the project, Kazunori Saito had already completed the first draft of the script, and the basic framework had been confirmed. Konaka's impression of the first part unexpectedly matched the style of Ultraman, so continuing in that vein became his primary task.[1]

Saito intentionally crafted the script to resemble a "Ultraman" version of the Hong Kong action comedy film Aces Go Places, while Konaka adjusted the comedic flavor to align more closely with traditional Ultraman, specifically in the style of Toshihiro Iijima. The principle that the hero in the story must embody the martial arts spirit of the righteous dojo was always on Konaka's mind. Therefore, the protagonist, Katsuto Asahi, overcame fear as the main theme, focusing on overcoming oneself and learning spirit rather than technique, a conclusion established during discussions with Chief Kazuyoshi Ishii and the others.[1][2]

Due to scheduling constraints, the "Tunnels" could not be placed at the center of the story. In Zearth 2, the new team captain was portrayed by Kohji Moritsugu, and elements such as capsule monsters and Ultraman robots were introduced. In terms of plot development, the film adopted the style of the "Second Showa Series." Compared to the scattered actions of Mydo members in the first part, this time the main characters demonstrated greater initiative and had clear goals to combat evil actions. At the same time, the protagonist's subjectivity in facing his own weaknesses for victory also became one of the highlights. Additionally, more significant handling was done in the scene where Mydo's Sky Fish and Sky Shark took off, reflecting the film's careful production. The street scenes where the protagonists were placed deliberately depicted a downtown style, highlighting everyday Japanese scenes.[1]

Synopsis[]

After suffering a defeat in battle against Ultraman Shadow, Ultraman Zearth, who is also known as Katsuto Asahi, a member of the Mydo, decides to resign. He submits his resignation to the new captain, Satsuma. In an attempt to regain his courage and confidence, Katsuto starts training at the Seidokan dojo. As part of his training, he is assigned the task of kicking a ball suspended high on a tree branch.

Meanwhile, Lady-Benzene, the Alien Benzene who commands Shadow, seizes the opportunity presented by Zearth' absence to further her agenda of Earth domination. She utilizes mind control over people to solidify her influence. As it becomes evident that neither the capsule monster Miraclon nor the Zetton Ray, developed by Mydo, can combat Shadow effectively, Earth plunges into a state of dire crisis.

Characters[]

Protagonist[]

Mydo[]

Ultras[]

Kaiju[]

Cast[]

  • Katsuto Asahi (朝日 勝人, Asahi Katsuto): Masaharu Sekiguchi (関口 正晴, Sekiguchi Masaharu)
  • Ban Satsuma (薩摩 萬, Satsuma Ban): Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣, Moritsugu Kōji)
  • Manabu Kazu (数 学, Kazu Manabu): Ichirota Miyagawa (宮川 一朗太, Miyagawa Ichirota)
  • Tohru Hoshimi (星見 透, Hoshimi Tōru): Yuka Takaoka (高岡 由香, Takaoka Yuka)
  • Ganta Takemura (武村 岩太, Takemura Ganta): Hiromoto Okubo (大久保 博元, Ōkubo Hiromoto)
  • Kagemi (影美): Uno Kanda (神田 うの, Kanda Uno)
  • Master of Seidokaikan (正道会館館長, Seidōkaikan Kanchō): Kazuyoshi Ishii (石井 和義, Ishii Kazuyoshi)
  • Instructor of Seidokaikan (正道会館師範, Seidōkaikan Shihan): Nobuaki Kakuda (角田 信朗, Kakuda Nobuaki)
  • Assistant Instructor (師範代, Shihandai): Andy Hug (アンディ・フグ, Andi Fugu)
  • Yuki Hoshimi (星見 勇気, Hoshimi Yuki): Hiromi Sakimoto (崎本 大海, Sakimoto Hiromi)
  • Ichiro (一郎, Ichirō): Yutaro Akashi (明石 勇太郎, Akashi Yūtarō)
  • Jiro (二郎, Jirō): Yuichi Koda (甲田 雄一, Kōda Yūichi)
  • Saburo (三郎, Saburō): Kenji Terada (寺田 賢二, Terada Kenji)
  • Yuji Tokairin (東海林 雄司, Tokairin Yūji): Susumu Kurobe (黒部 進, Kurobe Susumu)
  • Fujiko (フジ子, Fujiko): Hiroko Sakurai (桜井 浩子, Sakurai Hiroko)
  • Ryuzaburo Arashi (嵐 龍三郎, Arashi Ryūzaburō): Sandayu Dokumamushi (毒蝮 三太夫, Dokufu Santayū)
  • Photographer (写真家, Shashinka): Masanari Nihei (二瓶 正也, Nihei Masanari)
  • Male Spectator (見物人・男性, Kenbutsujin Dansei): Yasuhiko Saijo (西條 康彦, Saijō Yasuhiko)
  • Female Spectator (見物人・女性, Kenbutsujin Josei): Yuriko Hishimi (ひし美 ゆり子, Hishimi Yuriko)
  • News Caster (ニュースキャスター, Nyūsu Kyasutā): Jiro Dan (団 時朗, Dan Jirō)
  • Shinpei Ohkohchi (大河内 神平, Ōkōchi Shinpei): Takaaki Ishibashi (石橋 貴明, Ishibashi Takaaki)
  • Futsukichi Konakai (小中井 仏吉, Konakai Futsukichi): Noritake Kinashi (木梨 憲武, Kinashi Noritake)

Voice Actors[]

  • Midori: Kanako Ito (いとう かなこ, Itō Kanako)
  • Digital Kanegon (デジタルカネゴン, Dejitaru Kanegon): Chika Sakamoto (坂本 千夏, Sakamoto Chika)
  • Alien Benzene (ベンゼン星人, Benzen Seijin): Takeshi Kaga (鹿賀 丈史, Kaga Takeshi)

Suit Actors[]

  • Ultraman Zearth: Keiji Hasegawa (長谷川 恵司, Hasegawa Keiji)
  • Ultraman Shadow: Yu Kanazuka (金塚 裕, Kanetsuka Yū)
  • Lady-Benzene: YMisato Suzuki (鈴木 みさと, Suzuki Misato)
  • Alien Benzene, Darklar: Hiroyuki Okano (岡野 弘之, Okano Hiroyuki)
  • Miraclon, Digital Kanegon: Rikako Suzuki (鈴木 理香子, Suzuki Rikako)

Home Media[]

In Japan, the movie was released in a 2-disc set along with the first Zearth film on Blu-Ray on December 22, 2016.[3] Mill Creek released a DVD containing both films with English subtitles on October 11, 2022.[4]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • As Akiji Kobayashi passed away before the filming of this movie, a photograph of his character in Ultraman Zearth, a fisherman, was shown in the film.
  • An Ultra Hero Series Ultraman Zearth figure is shown being wielded by Lady-Benzene, only to be stomped by her foot.
  • A third Ultraman Zearth movie was to be produced, but was turned down in favor of Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light.
  • Hiromi Sakimoto is credited by her previous stage name, 崎元 大海, which is pronounced the same.

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 | 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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