October 11, 2008

Review: Ultraman Mebius and the Ultraman Brothers

Release date September 16, 2006
Tsuburaya Productions

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Ultraman franchise, Tsuburya Productions released its 10th Ultraman film last 2006.

The story begins with the Ultraman Brothers(Ultraman, UltraSeven, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace) fighting a giant monster controlled by their deadly foe, Yapool.
giving thier enemy a critical hit, they combined their energies to create a seal to lock Yapool deep into the ocean near Kobe, but in exchange, they sacrificed and gave up threir ability to transform into Ultraman. But to watch over the enemy, they decided to live in Kobe as ordinary citizens.

Now 20 years later, an officer from CrewGUYS and a rookie from Space Garisson, Mirai Hibino to investigte the unusual events happening around Kobe. A warning sign appears to him and the four brothers and together, they must save the world from the evil plans of the four aliens that try to awaken and free the evil Yapool from the seal.

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First of all. I was super happy to see Ultraman Mebius and how he transformed to another Ultraman by merging with his brothers. honestly, I haven't watched the Mebius series on TV, so I was glad to see him in action. There is one similarity between Mebius and Ulltraman Cosmos, and that is their fighting stance. Unlike the previous Ultraman films, CG effects were used in this film, especially on the flying scenes. This was the same effect used in Ultraman Nexus(remember th fight between Nexus and Dark Faust?) Even the Ultraman suits were improved. before, UltraSeven was like wearing a Large-sized shirt. But in the movie, it ws well-fit and nice. They just retained the original rough surface on Ultraman's face to resemble the rough first mask from the early episodes of the original series.

But the most memorable part of this move was the return of the original Ultraman brothers- Susumu Kurobe, Koji Moritsugu, Jiro Dan and Keiji Takamine, returning to their roles as Hayata, Dan Moroboshi, Hideki Goh and Seiji Hokuto respectively. Instead of taking different roles, they actually reprised their original characters in the previous Ultraman series.

And of course if there's the original Ultramen, the original foes also returned! The classic Ultraman foes Alien Guts, Alien Zarab, Alien Temprer and Alien Nackle plan the invasion of Earth bby freeing Yapool. Indeed old school rocks! At the end of the movie, the original female characters appeared but not in the movie but in at the 40th anniversry party. Hiroko Sakurai, Yuriko Hishimi, Shunsuke Ikeda and Mitsuko Hoshi were present in the event together with the male charactersand the Ultraman Family.

All in all, the movie experience was great. My favorite line? "The power of faith becomes courage."

For those who want to watch and experience Mebius, you can watch the whole movie HERE