Ultraman R/B

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Ultraman R/B
UltramanRBTitle.jpg
Title card
GenreSuperhero
Tokusatsu
Kaiju
Science fiction
Drama
Created byTsuburaya Productions
Written by
  • Takao Nakano
  • Junki Takegami
  • Satoshi Ito
  • Sachio Yanai
  • Hirotaka Adachi
  • Toshizo Nemoto
  • Yuji Kobayashi
  • Hirotoshi Kobayashi
  • Kyoko Katsuya
  • Junichiro Ashiki
  • Misaki Morie
  • Aya Satsuki
[1][2][3]
Directed by
  • Masayoshi Takesue
  • Kiyotaka Taguchi
  • Ryuichi Ichino
  • Takanori Tsujimoto
  • Ryoichi Ito
  • Makoto Kamiya
[1][2][3]
Starring[1][2]
Opening theme"Hands" by Masayoshi Ōishi
Ending theme"Yume Hikō" by Suzuko Mimori
Composer(s)Yasuharu Takanashi[3]
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes25
Production
Running time30 min. (per episode)
Release
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original releaseJuly 7[1][2] –
December 22, 2018
Chronology
Preceded byUltraman Orb: The Chronicle
Followed byUltraman New Generation Chronicle
External links
Website

Ultraman R/B (ウルトラマンR/B (ルーブ), Ultraman Rūbu)[a] is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions. It is the 30th entry to the Ultra Series overall and the last entry to the series released in the Heisei era. It aired on TV Tokyo on July 7, 2018.[1][2]

The series's main catchphrases are "This is the story of us, brothers. Starting out as Ultraman." (これは俺たち兄弟の物語。ウルトラマン、はじめます。, Kore wa oretachi kyōdai no monogatari. Urutoraman, hajimemasu.) and "Color me with your powers! R/B!!" (オレ色に染めあげろ!ルーブ!!, Ore-iro ni someagero! Rūbu!!).

Synopsis[edit]

The series takes place in Ayaka City, a jōkamachi-themed city that is funded by the mega corporation Aizentech. During the 15 year-anniversary of their mother's disappearance, Minato siblings Katsumi and Isami were rescued by the R/B Gyros from Grigio Bone's attack, transforming them into Ultramen Rosso and Blu. True to the show's theme of “bonds” and “love”, the brothers face their emotions with allies and against enemies, realizing important things they tend to take for granted.[1][2] Although both siblings collide against each other, they willingly cooperate when fighting against opponents.[4]

In the middle of the series, the perpetrator behind the monster attack was revealed to be Chereza, an alien who inhabited the body of Makoto Aizen to obtain the means to become an Ultraman, thus transforming into Ultraman Orb Dark. Unfortunately this doesn't last long as Saki Mitsurugi orchestrated his downfall and deposed Makoto to become the new president of Aizentech. With the Minato brothers obtaining the means to fuse into Ultraman R/B, Saki reveals herself as the youngest sister of a trio of siblings who died protecting the Earth, and her objective is to defeat Reugosite in hopes of avenging her fallen brothers, the former hosts of Rosso and Blu.

In the middle of Saki's conflict with Minato brothers, Mio Minato returns from her disappearance and helped turn Reugosite into a R/B Crystal and at the same time tried to stop the Minato brothers from becoming Ultramen in order to prevent their incoming deaths. Unfortunately Saki's determination to destroy the monster with the planet as a giant bomb foil Mio's plans and thus releasing Reugosite in its corporeal state. With Earth nearing its explosion, Mio plans to banish Reugosite and herself into an alternate dimension until the Minato siblings interfere, with Saki sacrificing her life to defend them. Having learned her extraterrestrial origin, Asahi becomes the Makoto Crystal and sacrificed herself to destroy Reugosite by empowering Ultraman R/B. In aftermath of the battle, Asahi was revived as the Minato family went back to their normal lives.

Production[edit]

As mentioned by Tsuburaya Productions, this series is part of the "New Generation Hero" (ニュージェネレーションヒーロー, Nyū Jenerēshon Hīrō) batch, which aired on TV Tokyo since the start of Ultraman Ginga. The new series is said to be filled with even more exciting elements than the past Ultra Series, with an unexpected story plot. Aside from the titular brothers fighting against their opponents, it also serves as a TV drama series focusing on the brothers’ family bond.[1][2] In an interview conducted by Sports Hochi, filming of the series was revealed to have started on March 10, 2018.[4] Takao Nakao returns from Ultraman Orb to serve as head of writing and series composition.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title[5] Writer Original air date
1"Starting Out as Ultraman"
Transcription: "Urutoraman Hajimemashita" (Japanese: ウルトラマンはじめました)
Takao NakanoJuly 7, 2018 (2018-07-07)
2"The Bond of Brothers"
Transcription: "Kyōdai no Kizuna" (Japanese: 兄弟の絆)
Junki TakegamiJuly 14, 2018 (2018-07-14)
3"Welcome to Aizentech"
Transcription: "Aizentekku e Yōkoso" (Japanese: アイゼンテックへようこそ)
Satoshi ItoJuly 21, 2018 (2018-07-21)
4"The Winning Ball of Light"
Transcription: "Hikari no Uiningu Bōru" (Japanese: 光のウイニングボール)
Sachio YanaiJuly 28, 2018 (2018-07-28)
5"Goodbye, Icarus"
Transcription: "Sayonara Ikarosu" (Japanese: さよならイカロス)
Hirotaka AdachiAugust 4, 2018 (2018-08-04)
6"An Old Enemy! The Big Sister's Finisher Fist"
Transcription: "Shukuteki! Anego Hissatsu-ken" (Japanese: 宿敵!あねご必殺拳)
Toshizo NemotoAugust 11, 2018 (2018-08-11)
7"Hero Disqualification"
Transcription: "Hīrō Shikkaku" (Japanese: ヒーロー失格)
Yuji KobayashiAugust 18, 2018 (2018-08-18)
8"The World Is Waiting for Me"
Transcription: "Sekai-jū ga Ore o Matteiru" (Japanese: 世界中がオレを待っている)
Takao NakanoAugust 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)
9"In the Name of Ultraman"
Transcription: "Urutoraman no Na no Moto ni" (Japanese: ウルトラマンの名のもとに)
Hirotoshi KobayashiSeptember 1, 2018 (2018-09-01)
10"The Minato Family's Day Off"
Transcription: "Minato-ke no Kyūjitsu" (Japanese: 湊家の休日)
Kyoko KatsuyaSeptember 8, 2018 (2018-09-08)
11"Aizen Frenzy"
Transcription: "Aizen Kyōsōkyoku" (Japanese: アイゼン狂騒曲)
Satoshi ItoSeptember 15, 2018 (2018-09-15)
12"What We Should Protect"
Transcription: "Oretachi ga Mamoru beki Mono" (Japanese: 俺たちの守るべきもの)
Junki TakegamiSeptember 22, 2018 (2018-09-22)
13"I Don't Want Secrets!"
Transcription: "Himitsu wa Iya desu!" (Japanese: 秘密はイヤです!)
Junichiro AshikiSeptember 29, 2018 (2018-09-29)
14"Who Are You?"
Transcription: "Omae wa Dare da" (Japanese: お前は誰だ)
Misaki MorieOctober 6, 2018 (2018-10-06)
15"Clad in Extremity"
Transcription: "Matō wa Kiwami" (Japanese: まとうは極)
Takao NakanoOctober 13, 2018 (2018-10-13)
16"This Moment Is a Bond"
Transcription: "Kono Shunkan ga Kizuna" (Japanese: この瞬間が絆)
Sachio YanaiOctober 20, 2018 (2018-10-20)
17"Everyone Is Friends"
Transcription: "Min'na ga Tomodachi" (Japanese: みんなが友だち)
Aya SatsukiOctober 27, 2018 (2018-10-27)
18"A World Without Tomorrow"
Transcription: "Asu Naki Sekai" (Japanese: 明日なき世界)
Kyoko KatsuyaNovember 3, 2018 (2018-11-03)
19"The Good and the Bad"
Transcription: "Zen'nin to Aku'nin" (Japanese: 善人と悪人)
Junki TakegamiNovember 10, 2018 (2018-11-10)
20"Memory of Stardust"
Transcription: "Hoshikuzu no Kioku" (Japanese: 星屑の記憶)
Yuji KobayashiNovember 17, 2018 (2018-11-17)
21"Candies and Manjū"
Transcription: "Amedama to Omanjū" (Japanese: あめ玉とおまんじゅう)
Toshizō NemotoNovember 24, 2018 (2018-11-24)
22"The Extradimensional Mother"
Transcription: "Ijigen Kāsan" (Japanese: 異次元かあさん)
Misaki MorieDecember 1, 2018 (2018-12-01)
23"The Crystal of Destruction"
Transcription: "Horobi no Kurisutaru" (Japanese: 滅びのクリスタル)
Satoshi ItoDecember 8, 2018 (2018-12-08)
24"I Am Happy"
Transcription: "Watashi wa Happī" (Japanese: 私はハッピー)
Junki TakegamiDecember 15, 2018 (2018-12-15)
25"Sunrise Hits Home"
Transcription: "Asahi no Ataru Ie" (Japanese: 朝日のあたる家)
Junki TakegamiDecember 22, 2018 (2018-12-22)


Ultraman R/B the Movie[edit]

Ultraman R/B the Movie: Select! The Crystal of Bonds (劇場版 ウルトラマンR/B (ルーブ) セレクト! 絆のクリスタル, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman Rūbu Serekuto! Kizuna no Kurisutaru) was released in March 8, 2019.

Related media[edit]

  • In the final episode of Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle, Katsumi and Isami made their appearance as they walk past Gai Kurenai during the evening.
  • Ultraman Tregear appears in the sequel, Ultraman Taiga as the main antagonist.

Cast[edit]

  • Katsumi Minato (湊 カツミ, Minato Katsumi): Yuya Hirata (平田 雄也, Hirata Yūya)[1][2][6]
  • Isami Minato (湊 イサミ, Minato Isami): Ryosuke Koike (小池 亮介, Koike Ryōsuke)[1][2][6]
  • Asahi Minato (湊 アサヒ, Minato Asahi): Arisa Sonohara (其原 有沙, Sonohara Arisa)[6]
  • Saki Mitsurugi (美剣 サキ, Mitsurugi Saki): Ayane Kinoshita (木下 彩音, Kinoshita Ayane)[7]
  • Makoto Aizen (愛染 マコト, Aizen Makoto): Motoki Fukami (深水 元基, Fukami Motoki)[6]
  • Mio Minato (湊 ミオ, Minato Mio): Kaori Manabe (眞鍋 かをり, Manabe Kaori)[8]
  • Ushio Minato (湊 ウシオ, Minato Ushio): Ginnojo Yamazaki (山崎 銀之丞, Yamazaki Gin'nojō)[6]
  • D.R.L.N. (ダーリン, Dārin, Voice): Kaede Yuasa (湯浅 かえで, Yuasa Kaede)[9]

Guest cast[edit]

  • Matsuo Kumashiro (熊城 松雄, Kumashiro Matsuo, 4): Sei Hiraizumi (平泉 成, Hiraizumi Sei)
  • Booska (ブースカ, Būsuka, Voice; 17): Miina Tominaga (冨永 みーな, Tominaga Mīna)[10]

Songs[edit]

Opening theme
  • "Hands"[11]
    • Lyrics: Kentaro Sonoda (園田 健太郎, Sonoda Kentarō)
    • Composition & Arrangement: Kentaro Sonoda, Tsubasa Ito (伊藤 翼, Itō Tsubasa)
    • Artist: Masayoshi Ōishi (オーイシ マサヨシ, Ōishi Masayoshi)
    • Episodes: 1-15 (Verse 1), 16, 18-24 (Verse 2)
    A re-arranged version of this song is used in Episode 17.
Ending theme
  • "Yume Hikō" (夢飛行, lit. "Dream Flight")[11]
    • Lyrics: Shihori (しほり)[12]
    • Composition: Hajime Mitsumasu (光増 ハジメ, Mitsumasu Hajime)[12]
    • Arrangement: EFFY[12]
    • Artist: Suzuko Mimori (三森 すずこ, Mimori Suzuko)
    • Episodes: 1-15 (Verse 1), 16-24 (Verse 2), 25

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "R/B" is pronounced as "Ruebe".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "シリーズ初!兄弟ウルトラマンが主人公新TVシリーズ『ウルトラマンR/B(ルーブ)』テレビ東京系 2018年7月7日(土)あさ9時放送スタート!" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "New TV series "Ultraman R/B(Ruebe)" -First Series Starring Ultraman Brothers-". Tsuburaya Productions. 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  3. ^ a b c "「オレ色に染めあげろ!ルーブ!!」最新作『ウルトラマンR/B』製作発表会にメインキャスト登壇!ロッソ、ブル登場!主題歌・エンディングテーマ発表!" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  4. ^ a b "ウルトラマン新シリーズは史上初の兄弟同時変身 テレ東「ウルトラマンR/B」7・7スタート" (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  5. ^ "ストーリーウルトラマンル-ブ" (in Japanese). www.m78-online.net. 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  6. ^ a b c d e "新番組『ウルトラマンR/B(ルーブ)』 メインキャスト、ロッソ・ブルのタイプチェンジや新武器「ルーブスラッガー」発表!" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  7. ^ "「ウルトラマンR/B」にウルトラマンオーブダーク&謎の新キャラ・美剣サキ登場" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  8. ^ "眞鍋かをりさんが『ウルトラマンR/B』主人公一家の母「湊 ミオ」役としての出演決定!~15年間の失踪から帰還した母の登場により、物語が一気に加速~" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  9. ^ "声優・湯浅かえでさんが『ウルトラマンR/B』愛染マコト 秘書AI「ダーリン」の声を担当決定!製作発表会のダイジェストレポート動画も公開!" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  10. ^ "10月のテレビ東京系『ウルトラマンR/B』にあの快獣ブースカが登場!そしてなんと冨永みーなさんが声を担当!!" (in Japanese). Tsuburaya Productions. 2018-09-29. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  11. ^ a b "『ウルトラマンR/B(ルーブ)』主題歌はオーイシマサヨシ「Hands」、エンディングテーマは三森すずこ「夢飛行」に決定!" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  12. ^ a b c "4thアルバム tone.【通常盤】" (in Japanese). mimorin.com. Retrieved 2018-06-08.

See also[edit]

  • Ultra Series - Complete list of official Ultraman-related shows.

External links[edit]