Ultraman Taiga Series Gets Worldwide Release

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Also: Ultraman R/B to air in Malaysia

Tsuburaya Productions announced at a press conference in Malaysia on Thursday that Ultraman Taiga, the new series in the Ultraman franchise, will get a worldwide release in 2020. The company also announced that Ultraman R/B, the previous Ultraman series, will debut on Malaysia's Astro TV starting on August 30.

In April 2018, the district court in the central district of California entered final judgement in favor of Tsuburaya Productions in the company's legal battle against UM Corporation (UMC) for the international licensing rights for the Ultraman property. Following this ruling, the company announced on Thursday that it will be be focusing its attention on the major global expansion of Ultraman works.

In addition, Tsuburaya Productions will launch Ultra Galaxy Fight, an online series featuring Ultraman's "New Generation Heroes" against the League of Darkness. The series will begin streaming on the company's official YouTube channel on September 29.

Ultraman Taiga premiered on TV Tokyo on July 6. The new show is the seventh consecutive "New Generation Heroes" series in the Ultraman franchise.

Tsuburaya Productions describes the new series:

Aliens have been emigrating to Earth secretly, but only a handful knows about this truth. Living in such a society, the main character Hiroyuki Kudo begins working at a private security organization E.G.I.S. (Enterprise of Guard and Investigation Services). The organization takes care of cases related with aliens, and Hiroyuki works day and night to protect peace.
However, there lies a huge secret in him, which he himself is not aware of. He carries Ultraman Taiga's “particle of light”.
The new story begins as Taiga's powers revive from Hiroyuki's body!

For the first time in the franchise, the main character Hiroyuki Kudo (played by Yūki Inoue) transforms into three different heroes: Ultraman Taiga (center above), Ultraman Titas (left), and Ultraman Fuma (right). The main character is also the son of Ultraman Taro, who appeared in the Ultraman Taro series that premiered in 1973.

Ultraman R/B premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliates in July 2018, and had 25 episodes. Gekijōban Ultraman R/B Select! Kizuna no Crystal opened in Japan on March 8. The Ultraman New Generation Chronicle compilation series premiered on January 5. The series shows famous episodes and parts from series and films in the franchise from the 2013 Ultraman Ginga series to the Ultraman R/B series.

Tsuburaya Productions is developing a new series of anime shorts titled Kaiju Step Wandabada. The anime will premiere on September 27 and air on NHK E-TV. Each episode will be five minutes in length.

The first anime season for the Ultraman 3D CG anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi's Ultraman manga premiered globally on Netflix on April 1. The series will get a second season, and Tsuburaya Productions confirmed on Thursday that production is underway.

Studio Khara is producing a Shin Ultraman (New Ultraman) film for release in 2021. Shin Godzilla director Shinji Higuchi and his Higuchi-Gumi team are helming the project, and Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno is in charge of planning and scripts.

Source: Press release

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