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Ultra Fight Orb is coming to Blu-Ray!

Premium Bandai announced a special Blu-ray set of Ultra Fight Orb, which comes with a Reibatos Limited Color vinyl figure. The set will include all eight-episodes of the spin-off which currently shows during Ultraman Zero THE CHRONICLE. 

Ultra Fight Orb centers around Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Zero defending the universe from Reibatos as he plans to continue in Ultraman Belial’s footsteps and revive 100 monsters to rule the galaxy.

The Blu-ray Disc will contain all eight episodes plus bonus content such as audio commentary from director Koichi Sakamoto and head writer Junichiro Ashiki.

“Ultra Mother” Peggy Hayama passes away at 83 years old

It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that Peggy Hayama, the voice of Ultra Mother has passed away at the age of 83 years old following a battle with pneumonia. Hayama actually passed on April 12th but reporting was held off.

Hayama began her career as a singer in 1952; in 1965 she married Jun Negami (MAT’s captain Ryu Ibuki in Return of Ultraman). Hayama later guest starred in Ultraman Taro as the voice of Ultra Mother and her human identity: The Lady in Green.

Hayama was honored by the Ministry of Education in 1993 for her contributions to fine arts in Japan.Two years later, she received the Medal with Purple Ribbon. In 2004, Hayama was awarded an Order of the Rising Sun, fourth class and she became the first chairwoman of the Japanese Singers Association in 2007, and served until 2010.

Ultraman Orb the Origin Saga Worldwide Release Announced

Tsuburaya uploaded a video to their Youtube channel of the Ultraman Orb the Origin Saga opening greeting event. During the event, the cast and director discussed the show and their hopes in front of a crowd at Sunshine City mall:

In the video description, Tsuburaya also announced a worldwide version of the show coming soon on Amazon. The show was previously announced to be released with German and English subtitles, which were absent from the original Japanese release.

Ultraman Orb the Origin Saga is a 12 episode Amazon Prime Video series that acts as a prequel to the original Ultraman Orb. The series tells the story of how Gai and Juggler, the hero and villain from Ultraman Orb, went from partners to deadly enemies.

Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga to hit Amazon Prime

Ultraman Orb is nearing the end of its run, but fans won’t have to wait until the movie to see Kurenai Gai and his nemesis Jugglus Juggler again. On December 26th 2016, Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga will premier exclusively on Amazon Prime, with a new episode coming out every Monday for the next twelve weeks. Tsuburaya is planning to have both English and German subtitles available.

The new show is a prequel that focuses on the origins of Gai and Juggler, so Hideo Ishiguro and Takaya Aoyagi are returning to their respective roles. Kazuya Konaka (Ultraman The NextUltraman NexusUltraman Ginga) is directing, and Yuji Kobayashi (Ultraman Max, Ultraman Mebius) is writing.

Konaka had this to say:

Ultraman was originally a program enjoyed by both adults and children. We were children back then and saw reruns of the first generation even after growing up. This lead us to discover deep themes and messages. With the Heisei Ultraman series I wanted to portray the unique charm of a series like this and I’m honored to help in distributing an Ultraman series not only for children but for adults as well. While incorporating plenty of miniature works, we will open a new horizon with the latest digital effects.

Prime Video and Content Business Head James Farrell commented: “I am delighted to to be able to collaborate with Tsuburaya on a traditional production like this Ultraman Orb spinoff. Special effects fans and Japanese Prime members will surely enjoy the series”

The Origin Saga is only one part of a larger deal between Tsuburaya and Amazon. Beginning November 24th, Japanese Prime Video subscribers have access to the following Ultra Series entries.

Shows:

Movies:

  • Ultraman Story
  • Zearth
  • Zearth 2
  • Tiga, Dyna: Giants of Light
  • Cosmos First Contact
  • Cosmos 2: Blue Planet
  • Zero the Movie
  • Saga
  • Both Ginga theater specials

Sources: Tokusatsu Network

Ultraman Orb: Lend Me the Power of Your Bonds is coming!

Ultraman Orb is getting a movie! Ultraman Orb: Lend Me the Power of Your Bonds will be released after the show’s finale airs on March 11th 2017.

The film was officially announced during the lighting ceremony at the Ario Hashimoto plaza in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Ultraman Orb star Hideo Ishiguro (Kurenai Gai) showed up along with Ultraman and Ultraman Tiga to unveil a new statue depicting the “Orb Origin” form. During the ceremony, Ishiguro surprised attendees by announcing the film and bringing out Orb Trinity.

One day, a mysterious device is sent to the Something Search People. That device is Ultraman X’s transformation item: the X Devizer. Because of an enemy trap, the rescinded Ultraman X, who has a Unite with Xio member Daichi Ozora, sets out in search of him alongside the SSP and Gai Kurenai, who has returned from a journey. However, that’s only just the beginning of the danger lurking.

The Dark Ring, that can amplify the monster’s abilities, surrounds the monster with the most purest of evil hearts. Murunau, the Space Witch Thief who loves beauty and turning beautiful things into gem stones, has her hands on the Ring. Murunau transforms Ginga and Victory into gem stones, and with Earth as a target, tries to turn the Earth itself into one of her treasures. On the other side, the schemer Jugglus Juggler has another hidden agenda. The one leading Murunau’s Evil Alien Army is X, who has been turned into a treasure of Murunau.

Can Ultraman Orb protect the new generation heroes and defeat Murunau? His fiery heart that believes in his friends brings forth a new “power of bonds.” The greatest battle for the future of Earth begins!

Ultraman Orb the Movie is directed by the series’ head director, Kiyotaka Taguchi from a script by Takao Nakano. Returning Ultra Series stars include Ultraman X star Kensuke Takahashi and Kohji Moritsugu, reprising his role as Ultra Seven for that show’s 50th anniversary.

Credit: Tokusatsu Network