Continuing its expansion of its anime library and, fresh off the news that it will be adapting a live-action Cowboy Bebop series, Netflix has now announced an animated reimagining of the 1960’s Japanese classic, Ultraman.
There have been quite a few adaptations of the Ultraman character, including miniseries and feature films (click HERE to see the full list). Though, by the looks of the trailer below, it would seem we have something along of the lines of a mashup between Iron Man, Ultron and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Hey, we’re not complaining. It looks awesome!
The original series centered around the Science Patrol, which was a Pacific Rim-type organization that served as an anti-monster defense agency. When it is overrun, Shin Hayata becomes a giant Ultraman and agrees to continue to protect the Earth.
The show will serve as a direct sequel to the original live-action series. Per Netflix, the premise for it reads, “Many years have passed since the events of the original Ultraman. Now perceived as a memory, the legendary ‘Giant of Light’ is believed to have left earth and returned to his home planet. Shinjiro Hayata discovers that his father was the Ultraman. Taking the mantle from his father, he becomes the new Ultraman of the Earth.”
Moral of the story: keep it in the family. Be sure to check back for more news as we get closer to the premiere, which will be sometime in April, 2019.
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