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Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher

This game will surely please Ultraman fans with plenty of kaiju to discover. If only it was easier to pull our favorite monsters.

Anime News Network - Views

Shin Ultraman (2022) [Film Review]

Shin Ultraman; or, In the Tokuverse of Madness      Some things are only clear when you are in between. I believe this is why I exist. Shinj...

Watching Asia Film Reviews

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Love After World Domination: Super Sentai After School Club

Super Sentai Feelings I have gotten into some more tokusatsu recently. I’ve been mainly focusing on Ultraman because that is the show that gets new episodes of things…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

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I Kinda Want One! S.H.Figuarts SC-2 Windom

Despite looking really goofy, the Special Airborne Armors from Ultraman Z have their charms. So much so that I immediately pulled the trigger when Tamashii Nations decided to…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Ultraman 80: Now That’s What I Call Ultraman Vol. 80

I know my post of Ultraman Taro was not that long ago. I will admit me having this Ultraman speed run is very much because of these official…

KamenSentai

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Shin Ultraman シン・ウルトラマン (2022) Director: Shinji Higuchi [New York Asian Film Festival 2022]

Shin Ultraman is a fun special effects feature that reboots the classic tokusatsu/kaiju series in a Shin Gojira style. Shin Ultraman シン・ウルトラマン (2022) Director: Shinji Higuchi [New York Asian…

Genkinahito

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 55: Tomoko Ai Interview (live at G-Fest)

Jessica Tseang was due to interview the great Godzilla and Ultraman franchise actress Tomoko Ai at G-Fest this year, but wasn’t able to attend the convention due to…

Maser Patrol

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Shin-Ultraman (2022) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

Higuchi and Anno deliver an impressive love letter to their childhood, yet their devoted love, which is sensible in every aspect of the narrative, might not be able…

psycho-cinematography

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Shin Ultraman (シン・ウルトラマン, Shinji Higuchi, 2022)

Ultraman returns to rescue kaiju-plagued Japan from geopolitical tensions and internal bureaucracy in Shinji Higuchi’s take on the classic tokusatsu franchise.

Windows on Worlds

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First reaction to Shin Ultraman (from NYAFF premiere)

*mild spoilers if you haven’t watched trailers or seen the latest Bandai figures* Shin Ultraman is, after the Rebuild of Evangelion and Shin Godzilla, the third entry in…

Maser Patrol

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Ultraman Taro: The Biggest Step Into The Ultra Fantasy

Ultraman has been a franchise known heavily for its science fiction elements. The franchise started with Ultra Q and were mini-Kaiju stories or even horror inspired tales. When…

KamenSentai

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Shin Ultraman (2022)

Director: Shinji Higuchi Starring: Takumi Saitoh, Masami Nagasawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Daiki Arioka, Akari Hayami, Koji Yamamoto When giant creatures begin attacking Japan mysteriously, the nation…

Film Smash

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A Preview of the Japanese Titles at the New York Asian Film Festival 2022 (July 15th – 31st)

A Preview of the Japanese Titles on the New York Asian Film Festival 2022 Programme

Genkinahito

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Review: Shin Ultraman is no Shin Godzilla – But That’s Not a Bad Thing

Shin Ultraman, Anno Hideaki and Higuchi Shinji's second modern tokusatsu adaptation, isn't exactly deep - but it's a tremendous amount of campy fun.

Unseen Japan

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Shin Ultraman Takes the Franchise Back to Its Roots, Just With An Anno Coat of Nerdiness

Hideaki Anno, of Evangelion fame, had his latest film hit theaters this month– Shin Ultraman. Read our review straight from Japan!

Yatta-Tachi

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Guess the wait was worth it? S.H.Figuarts Space Sevenger

More than a year since its broadcast ended, many (myself included) still find Ultraman Z to be one of the best of the modern Ultraman series, and easily…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Shin Ultraman Film Review

My review of Shin Ultraman is now up over on Anime News Network.

Biggest In Japan

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Shin Ultraman

Shin Ultraman is a perfectly watchable film—though far from a great one. It's clear that the exceptional amount of creative freedom was given to the creators which brings…

Anime News Network - Views

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Ultraman Season 2

The new season on Netflix clearly has reverence to the tokusatsu series' origins, but also isn't afraid to cut what doesn't service the plot.

Anime News Network - Views

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No More Heroes 3: A Violent Look Into No More Heroes Part 1 (SPOILER ALERT!!!)

Well, here we are again, back to more of No More Heroes 3 and the beginning of looking into the big picture of it all. Previously in the…

KamenSentai

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You Get a Suit, He Gets a Suit, Everyone Gets a Suit! “ULTRAMAN” Season 2 Review

The following may contain spoilers for ULTRAMAN. Director / Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji AramakiOriginal Work / Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro ShimoguchiProduction / Tsuburaya Production, Production I.G., Sola…

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Netflix Series “ULTRAMAN” To End with 3rd Season in 2023

The sophomore season of the Netflix series ULTRAMAN dropped last week, three years after the first. But it looks like we won’t have to wait for another three…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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I Still Choose the Model Kits: S.H.Figuarts Ultraman Suit Taro -the Animation-

Season 2 of ULTRAMAN recently dropped and introduced us to Kotaro Higashi, the newest member of the hero ensemble to don an Ultraman Suit. Bandai Spirits’ hobby division…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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#5005 / ULTRA-ACT ✕ S.H.Figuarts / Ultraman Suit Ver.7.2

I really didn’t plan this, but apparently, the last time I posted a CATALOGUE Entry from the ULTRAMAN manga-slash-Netflix original was around the time the first season came…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Yep, Still Not Gunpla Level. Build Complete: Figure-rise Standard Ultraman Suit Zoffy/Ver. Z

As I mentioned in yesterday’s work-in-progress post, I was targeting to finish this kit by the weekend, which I fortunately did. I definitely have some thoughts as this…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Arms and Legs Please? Work-in-Progress #2: Figure-rise Standard Ultraman Suit Zoffy/Ver. Z

Season 2 of ULTRAMAN is set to drop later this week as of this post, so I really wanted to finish this kit right around the same time…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Slowly Gaining a Relationship with Tokusatsu

With my post on The Ultraman anime and the last two manga related posts, I am slowly dipping into the larger Tokusatsu franchises. I even am watching one…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

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Less Shiny and More Functional: Work-in-Progress #1: Figure-rise Standard Ultraman Suit Zoffy/Ver.Z

Upon receiving the package containing this kit last week, I immediately started thinking of how I’d handle the silver parts. And so, I spent a good chunk of…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Overtaking the Backlog! Work-in-Progress #0: Figure-rise Standard Ultraman Suit ZOffy

This kit is one of the more special ones compared to the rest of the backlog as it’s a gift from an amazing person. It’s not often you…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Tokusatsu For the Suda 51 Fan Part 3: Ultraman Tiga (Spoiler Alert For Grasshopper Games)

Alright this is the actual first show recommendation I wanted to get done originally. At the time though I just couldn’t get done watching Tiga because I did…

KamenSentai

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The History of Tatsunoko – Conclusion: Tatsunoko diasporas

suo Yoshida’s death from liver cancer on September 5, 1977, is generally understood as a turning point in the history of studio Tatsunoko. Although his sickness was known…

Animétudes

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Good Thing I Waited! Hobby Next Phase 2022 Spring: Figure-rise Standard Ultraman Suit Tiga -Action-

It’s day two of Hobby Next Phase 2022 Spring and the reveals weren’t as exciting as yesterday. So, I’ll just continue with the one remaining kit I intend…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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#MechaMarch2022: The Ultraman

From talking robots, the change of mecha now takes the form of not having any at all. Welcome to the realm of Tokusatsu; a realm in which I…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

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Eiichi Shimizu Does it Again: RIOBOT Raideen

Eiichi Shimizu is quickly becoming the hottest mecha designer nowadays. From doing Linebarrels of Iron, to the ULTRAMAN manga, and even western properties like Tech-On Avengers most recently.…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Maser Patrol podcast episode 52: Ultraman Trigger

On this episode, Kevin is joined by Alex (Control All Monsters, 13AM Games, Seismic Toys), Connor (Easter’s Kaiju Kompendium), and Mike (Vintage Henshin) to discuss the latest entry…

Maser Patrol

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This Week in Anime - Does The Ultraman Hold Up In Anime Form?

Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. With the 1979 The Ultraman anime installment finally streaming in the U.S., it's time to tackle the kaiju…

Anime News Network - Views

“ULTRAMAN” Season 2 Premiere Date & Trailer Dropped

We’re finally into 2022 and one of the things I’m looking forward to this year is the second season of ULTRAMAN, which would be three years after the…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Is Sailor Moon No Longer Meant for Kids?

Walk into any toy store or shopping center in Japan and you’ll find yourself faced with many of the “evergreen” titans of the anime industry: Ultraman, Dragon Ball,…

Tuxedo Unmasked

Hobby Next Phase 2021 Autumn: Figure-rise Standard Ultraman Suit Taro -Action-

Bandai Spitits’ Hobby Next Phase 2021 Autumn has started and they’re set to reveal new and upcoming kits in their various lines and licensed properties. Kicking things off…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

They Look So Good Together! “ULTRAMAN” Season 2 Key Visual Revealed

I’ll just leave this here. Well not really, but they do look so good together! Last weekend, Netflix held multiple “Tudum” events which featured up and coming shows…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Whatever Happened to Windom? S.H.Figuarts King Joe STORAGE Custom

2020’s Ultraman Z has been one of the more popular entries in the Ultraman franchise. It’s combination of an overall optimistic outlook, very quirky characters, and charming machinery…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Blue Sonnet

Akai Kiba Blue Sonnet ( Crimson Fang Blue Sonnet ), usually known as just Blue Sonnet , is a five-episode OVA series from 1989. It is based...

Collectr's Blog

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Anime Lockdown: Ultraman in Animation

I was recently able to present at the Anime Lockdown online convention and salvage the doomed “Ultraman in Animation” topic from a few years ago. Thanks to John-Paul…

Maser Patrol

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Bad Things Will Happen To People Who Mostly Deserve It In “Argento Soma”

Something I like a lot about Ultraman, among many other sci-fi serials, is it’s frequently willing to just have a very angry episode about scientific hubris and exploitation.…

Ideas Without End

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Local vs. Global: Inside Taiwan’s Anime Licensing Industry

Header Image: Ultraman © 2021 Creative Expo Taiwan There is a commonly held misconception that Jiufen, an old gold mining town in the north of Taiwan, was

Anime Herald

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Box Art Extravaganza: June 2021 (and then some)

Bandai Spirits finally released the box arts for the rest of the kits released in June, following the HG Cybaster yesterday. That said, I would just like to…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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The Sailor Suit Rebel Alliance

There's an entire genre's worth of these shows where schoolgirls with long skirts & bad attitudes fight people. No anime this time, instead it's a series review…

kenny lauderdale

It’s Back! Shizuoka Hobby Show 2021: Bandai Spirits

Of course, I’m not forgetting Bandai Spirits for this very biased Shizuoka Hobby Show 2021 coverage. Technically, they are branding this as “Hobby Next Phase 2021 Spring”, but…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu Ω - Episode 5 - Shera Catches Lumachina

Isekai Maou Ω - Episode 5. Shera helped Lumachina experience intense new feelings as the Death Knell Disease curse fled her body.

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

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The (Almost) Definitive Fall 2020-Spring 2021 English Shogakukan Manga Guide!

  Hello readers! Marion here, reporting back in after an extremely busy seven months. It's still busy where I am, since I work at a local mo...

Weekly Shounen Sunday Edition