Ultraman, the Japanese tokusatsu (special effects) series aired in Japan in 1966. The series came to America in syndication in the mid-80s (one of its sequels, Ultra Seven aired in Hawai‘i earlier), and like the hero of light has grown and shrunk in popularity in the years since. It seems like an attempt to increase the popularity of the different Ultra series has started, as some of the different series have been streaming on various services, a new animated ULTRAMAN series is airing on Netflix (a second season has been greenlit), and Mill Creek has licensed the Ultraman library for a USA release.
Well, add one more to the list. Ultraman production company Tsuburaya Productions has announced that a new Ultraman series titled Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes will see a global release in Japanese and English. It’s the first Ultraman series to release exclusively on YouTube. The story will take place between the last Ultraman series (Ultraman R/B) and the current series (Ultraman Taiga) which started earlier this month. Here’s how Tsuburaya describes it:
The story of the series takes place between the events of ULTRAMAN R/B The Movie: Select! The Crystal of Bond and ULTRAMAN TAIGA. In addition to atrocious enemies of the past such as Dark Lugiel and Etalgar, new mysterious black Ultraman – Ultraman X Darkness and Ultraman Geed Darkness – will also join forces to the League of Darkness!
The series will be directed by Koichi Sakamoto, who directed action packed episodes of Kamen Rider Fourze, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Power Rangers, and several Ultraman projects. Each of the 13 episodes will be a short, but action-packed 5 minutes. Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes will stream weekly starting September 29, 2019 on the Ultraman Official YouTube channel.
Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes trailer:
A message from director Koichi Sakamoto: