Netflix has released the official trailer for Ultraman. The anime series will premiere April 1, 2019 on the streaming service.
Netflix officially describes Ultraman as follows, “Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary “Giant of Light” now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded the Earth. Shin Hayata’s son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father’s revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman.”
Ultraman is a fictional superhero and is the first tokusatsu hero launched by the Ultra Series and by extent, Tsuburaya Productions. His appearance in the entertainment world helped spawn the Kyodai Hero genre with countless shows such as Godman and Iron King.
Ultraman first appeared as the eponymous titular character alongside his human host Shin Hayata in the 1966-1967 Japanese television series, Ultraman which ran for 39 episodes. Following Ultraman’s success, Tsuburaya created another Kyodai hero series still as part of their Ultra Series project, Ultra Seven. While both series shared the same genre with very similar heroes, there was originally no relations between the two. It wasn’t until The Return of Ultraman was created four years later that both Ultraman and Ultraseven came together into the same story. This event cemented Tsuburaya Prods’ decision to have the Ultra Series continue to follow the trend of focusing on an Ultraman with each new entry. The original red giant hero himself enjoyed a long series of popularity and has continued to appear in various works in the Ultra Series. Apart from that, he also has a lot of popularity trademarks which make him memorable to this day: his Color Timer, the Spacium Ray stance and his infamous cry “Shuwatch” (シュワッチ Shuwacchi).
In the series, Ultraman’s grunts and his iconic shout “Shuwatch” were provided by Masao Nakasone (中曽根雅夫 Nakasone Masao), who would later voice him as an actual character in episode 33 during his fight with Alien Mefilas. His dialogue in episodes 1 and 39 were provided by Hisashi Kondō (近藤久 Kondō Hisashi) while in episode 15, he was voiced by Koji Ishizaka (石坂 浩二 Ishizaka Kōji), the narrator of episodes 1 to 19. In subsequent appearances, Ultraman reuses Masao’s grunt while his voice being provided by Susumu Kurobe (Shin Hayata’s actor) or just simply being speechless during the screen time. Ultraman’s suit actor was Bin Furuya (古谷敏 Furuya Bin) during the original season. He would later went on to portray Ultra Guard member Amagi, one of the characters in the later series, Ultra Seven. Ultraman appeared in later works of the Ultra Series played by various voice and suit actors. Although Susumu Kurobe did reprise his role as Hayata or provided the voice of Ultraman himself at times (though his grunts were still reused from the late Masao Nakasone) but there are other occasions where he was voiced by other voice actors.