‘Ultraman’ started off as a Japanese tokusatsu (Japanese for live action) science fiction television series that aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) from July 17, 1966, to April 9, 1967. It was created by Eiji Tsuburaya as a follow-up to the series ‘Ultra Q’. It did not take long for the show to become an absolute fan favorite in Japan and soon the character became a pop culture icon too.
Netflix decided to tap in on this popularity and revive the series with their very own take on ‘Ultraman’ that is set years after the event of the original show. Netflix’s adaptation is actually based on the ‘Ultraman’ manga by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, that the classic series inspired.
In the original series, Hayata, a member of the Science Patrol, becomes Ultraman. Initially, a part of this group, Hayata was also tasked with protecting the earth from aliens and monsters. However, in seeing the inability to prevent this menacing threat, Hayata himself turned into the giant alien to defend the earth, while keeping his identity secret from everyone else. Netflix’s adaptation of ‘Ultraman’ is set years after this event, when Shinjiro Hayata discovers that his father was Ultraman, and takes up the mantle of the earth’s protector.
Before we delve into the details of the show, one cannot help but notice that ‘Ultraman’ is another valuable addition to Netflix’s impressive animation library which includes shows like ‘Castlevania‘.
Ultraman Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Ultraman’ is led by Ryhouhei Kimura who plays the protagonist Shinjiro Hayata or Ultraman. Kimura is known for ‘Tokyo Ghoul’. Other members are Takuya Eguchi of ‘Baki’ fame, who plays the role of Dan Moroboshi. Megumi Han of ‘Devilman: Crybaby’ appears as Seiji Hokuto. Lastly, Hideyuki Tanaka of ‘One Piece’ fame, appears as Susumu Hayata, the original Ultraman. Notably, the name Susume has been given to the original Ultraman and Shinjiro’s father as a sign of respect to Susumu Kurobe, the actor who played the hero in the original series.
The upcoming season is likely to see all these characters return while new characters are thrown into the mix along with new villains to challenge Ultraman in his personal and professional life.