7 AKB48 Members Join Ultraman Saga's Earth Defence Force

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Sayaka Akimoto, Sae Miyazawa, others form "Team U" in March film with Daigo

Sayaka Akimoto, Sae Miyazawa, and five other members of the all-female idol group AKB48 will appear in next March's Ultraman Saga film as part of the Ultraman franchise's familiar Earth Defense Force. It will be the first time in the franchise that all of the onscreen members of the Earth Defense Force are female. Together, the seven form "Team U."

The AKB48 members in the film are Haruka Shimada, Yuka Masuda, Miyazawa, Akimoto, Ayaka Umeda, Kana Kobayashi, and Sumire Satō (pictured above from left to right).

Daigo, musician for the band BREAKERZ, will play the new Ultraman Zero in the film alongside Takeshi Tsuruno as Ultraman Dyna and Taiyō Sugiura as Ultraman Cosmos. Ultraman Saga's story takes place when a mysterious alien invades the Earth. Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Dyna, and Ultraman Cosmos come from outer space and join forces with humankind to restore the peace.

Commemorating the 45th anniversary of the live-action Ultraman franchise, Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman Saga will open in theaters across Japan on March 24 of next year. The film is a sequel to the 2010 film Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial and will screen in both 2D and stereoscopic 3D formats.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

Images © 2011 Ultraman Saga Production Committee

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