Tsuburaya Productions has announced that they are teaming up with Netflix once again. And this time, they’re doing yet another Ultraman anime movie! Coraline animator Shannon Tindle will be making his directorial debut for the project, with John Aoyama serving as co-director. Meanwhile, Tsuburaya Productions and Industrial Light and Magic will be co-producing the movie.
Tsuburaya also announced that the cast will feature “a mix of Japanese and western stars, coupled with a large number of below-the-line talent from Japan.”
Here is how they describe the movie’s story:
Baseball superstar Ken Sato returns to his home country of Japan to pick up the mantle of Earth-defending superhero Ultraman, but quickly finds more than he bargained for when he’s forced to raise the offspring of his greatest foe, a newborn Kaiju. Struggling to balance the roles of teammate and new father, Ken must confront his own ego, his estranged father, and the conniving Kaiju Defense Force to rise up and discover what it truly means to be Ultraman.
This will be Netflix’s second Ultraman anime, following the 3DCG adaptation of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s Ultraman manga by Production I.G. That anime will be getting a second season. Meanwhile, Hideaki Anno’s Studio Khara is also developing a new Shin Ultraman movie. Unfortunately, they had to delay it due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expect Netflix and Tsuburaya to reveal more details in the days to come.
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