Ultraman Franchise's New Ultraman R/B Show Is 1st With Brothers as Leads
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Tsuburaya Productions opened a website on Wednesday to reveal Ultraman R/B, the new Ultraman series debuting on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on July 7. The series will air on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m, and will have 25 episodes.
For the first time in the Ultraman franchise's history, the new show will center on two protagonists who are brothers. Yūya Hirata plays older brother Katsumi Minato, who can transform into Ultraman Rosso (left in image below). Ryōsuke Koike plays younger brother Isami Minato, who can transform into Ultraman Blu (right).
Both brothers live with their family, which includes a younger sister who attends an all-girls school, and their father who runs a boutique shop. One day, the two brothers find the R/B Gyro and R/B Crystal. The R/B Gyro transforms Katsumi into Ultraman Rosso, which gives him control over the fire element, while R/B Crystal transforms Isami into Ultraman Blu, which gives him control over the water element. Though both brothers sometimes butt heads, they fight monsters together.
Tsuburaya Productions revealed the show's transformation items, the R/B Gyro and R/B Crystal.
The most recent Ultraman series, Ultraman Geed, premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliates last July, and it aired its 25th and final episodes in December. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it airs in Japan.
The Gekijōban Ultraman Geed - Tsunagu ze! Negai!! (Ultraman Geed the Movie - Connect the Wishes!!) film opened in theaters in Japan on March 10.
Source: The Mainchi Shimbun's Mantan Web