Ultraman Anime Unveils Cast, Composers, Trailer, April 1 Premiere
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Netflix unveiled the cast, musical composers, a teaser trailer, the second teaser art, and the April 1 global premiere date for the anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi's Ultraman manga during its Anime Lineup Presentation event on Tuesday.
Ryohei Kimura stars as Shinjiro Hayata, and the other cast members include Takuya Eguchi as Dan Moroboshi, Megumi Han as Seiji Hokuto, and Hideyuki Tanaka as Shin Hayata. Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi are composing the music.
Netflix also described the anime's story:
Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, with the legendary "Giant of Light" (光の巨人 Hikari no Kyojin) now a memory, as it is believed he returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded the Earth. Shin Hayata's son Shinjiro seems to possess a strange ability, and it is this ability, along with his father's revelation that he was Ultraman, that leads Shinjiro to battle the new aliens invading the Earth as the new Ultraman.
Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East, Napping Princess) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed, Harlock: Space Pirate, Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars) are directing the anime. Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East, Napping Princess) and Sola Digital Arts (Appleseed Alpha, Starship Troopers: Invasion, Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars) are producing the anime in 3D CG.
Viz Media publishes the Ultraman manga in North America, and it describes the story:
Decades ago, a being known as the Giant of Light joined Shin Hayata of the Scientific Special Search Party to save Earth from an invasion of terrifying monsters known as Kaiju. Now, many years later, those dark days are fading into memory, and the world is at peace. But in the shadows a new threat is growing, a danger that can only be faced by a new kind of hero - a new kind of Ultraman...
Shinjiro is an ordinary teenager, but his father is the legendary Shin Hayata. When he learns that his father passed on the "Ultraman Factor" to him, and that he possesses incredible powers, nothing will ever be the same again.
The Linebarrels of Iron team launched their series based on Tsuburaya Production's most famous live-action special-effects hero in Monthly Hero's magazine in 2011.
Kamiyama directed the film The Napping Princess, which was released in 2017, and Aramaki directed Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, which was also released in 2017.
Source: Press release