Ultraman X The Movie

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Ultraman X The Movie
Ultraman X The Movie Cover.jpg
Blu-Ray DVD cover of the release, featuring Ultraman Exceed X in Beta Spark Armor.
Japanese劇場版 ウルトラマンX きたぞ! われらのウルトラマン
HepburnGekijōban Urutoraman Ekkusu Kita zo! Warera no Urutoraman
Directed byKiyotaka Taguchi
Written by
Based onUltraman X
by Koichi Sakamoto
Starring
Narrated byYasunori Matsumoto
Music byTakao Konishi
Production
company
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • March 12, 2016 (2016-03-12)
Running time
73 mins
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Ultraman X The Movie (劇場版 ウルトラマンX きたぞ! われらのウルトラマン, Gekijōban Urutoraman Ekkusu Kita zo! Warera no Urutoraman, also called "Ultraman X The Movie: Here He Comes! Our Ultraman") is a Japanese superhero and kaiju film, serving as the film adaptation of the 2015 Ultra Series television series Ultraman X. It was released on March 12, 2016, in celebration to the 50th anniversary of the Ultra Series, as well as 50th anniversary of Ultraman and 20th anniversary of Ultraman Tiga, both appearing in this movie as supporting characters.[1][2] The film was scheduled for release on January 8, 2017 in the United States along with Ultraman Ginga S The Movie as a double feature.[3] Actors of the English dub were announced on December 10, 2016 by SciFi Japan.[4]

The main catchphrase in this movie is "Zaigorg Strikes! Unleash the Beta Spark Armor!" (地獄 (ザイゴーグ)襲来! 解き放て究極の力 (ベータスパークアーマー)!!, Zaigōgu shūrai! Tokihanate Bēta Supāku Āmā!!).

Synopsis[edit]

After a series of past clips of the TV series and Gourman's failed attempt at summoning original Ultraman, Xio members picked up a strange signal while celebrating Daichi's return from Australia. They traced it towards the Baraji Ruins (芭羅慈 (バラジ)遺跡, Baraji Iseki)[a] located in Baraji Village, Akita Prefecture and crossed path with the Tamaki mother-son pair. As a result of the greedy treasure hunter Carlos Kurosaki, Zaigorg was lifted from its ancient seal and managed to defeat Ultraman X. X was restored by Daichi, but his Devizer damaged from the fight while Gourman analyze the Tiga statue and the Spark Lence brought by Yuto. In order to reseal Zaigorg, Tsukasa and Asuna attempt to coerce Carlos into returning the blue stone he stole earlier while Xio members initiate "Hell No. 3" (黄泉三号, Yomi San-gō) to slow down Zaigorg from advancing, but their use of Cyber Cards were countered by his Devil Clone Beasts, Antlar and Fire Golza.

With the three monsters approaching Carlos Communication, an evacuation is finally held. At Gourman's behest, Rui brought Yuto to his mother before joining the other Xio members. As Zaigorg attacked the tower, Tsukasa was trapped under a steel beam and ordered the others to evacuate but Yuto's strong will for his mother activated the Spark Lence to save her and finally becomes Ultraman Tiga, simultaneously restoring the X Devizer for Daichi to Unite with X. The blue stone in Carlos' possession summoned the original Ultraman and all three of them participated in a coordinated attack with Xio members. With Antlar and Fire Golza destroyed, X seemingly defeated their leader, but Zaigorg emerged unharmed and drain Tiga and Ultraman of their energies to summon five different Tsurugi Demaaga in various points across the globe. Gourman finished creating the Cyber Cards of Ultraman and Tiga and had Rui and Mamoru sent them to Daichi, who used it and equipped Ultraman Exceed X with the Beta Spark Armor. Using the Beta Spark Sword, he freed Tiga and Ultraman and fights against Zaigorg. The Cyber Cards of past Ultra Warriors resonated and summoned all of them to fight Tsurugi Demaaga in different portions of the world. Exceed X merged with Tiga and Ultraman, creating a huge cyber wing that charged the worldwide Ultra Warriors with the energy needed to finish off Tsurugi Demaaga. Returning to Earth, he quickly killed Zaigorg and ended his reign of terror.

The others celebrates the X's victory and the Ultra Warriors regroup for a moment before leaving. Tiga reverted to Yuuto and X separated with Daichi. Because of humanity's bonds, he finally regained the true body that was lost 15 years ago and Ultraman leaves the Earth. X thanked Xio for their cooperation since the first time they met and reassured to Daichi that they will always stay united and will return should the Earth is in danger once more before leaving. Yuto awakened, nearly having no recollection of his time as Tiga but was praised by his mother, something that he had yearned for. At the headquarters, Xio members celebrates their victory but X returned to them explains that the Earth will be under attack by Desastro, a monster from Centaurus Constellation. Xio's satellite picks up the monster's sighting and the team rolls out once more.

Production[edit]

The project was first announced by Tsuburaya Productions on July 23, 2015 and in Ultraman Festival 2015.[5] On November 28, 2015, the title and the movie poster was released in Tsuburaya Productions' blog.[6]

Among of its supporting casts were Takami Yoshimoto, previously known for Rena Yanase in Ultraman Tiga. Takami herself is the daughter of Susumu Kurobe (the actor of the original Ultraman's protagonist, Shin Hayata), who also the guest attendant of the movie's press conference as he latter expresses his congratulations. Michael Tomioka, Carlos Kurosaki's actor was a guest actor in episode 44 of Ultraman Dyna and stated that he felt honored for being a part of the movie, having watched the Ultra Series since his childhood.[2]

Ever since the movie's screening, several stage greetings were held. The final stage greeting was on May 11, 2016, which was held as a sign of departure for the casts of Ultraman X to the spectators, as Daichi Ozora (Kensuke) passes the baton to Ultraman Orb, the Ultra Warrior of his upcoming titular series.[7]

English Dub Production[edit]

In December 2016, Japanese studio Tsuburaya Productions Company Ltd., and their U.S. distributor William Winckler Productions, Inc. announced that select U.S. theaters across all major U.S. cities will debut the English dubbed, 50th Anniversary feature film of Ultraman, titled Ultraman X: The Movie. This was the first North American theatrical release of an Ultraman feature film in its entire 50-year history. It premiered in a Double Feature along with their new English dubbed film Ultraman Ginga S the Movie on January 8, 2017.[8]

Cast[edit]

Japanese casts[edit]

Actors
  • Daichi Ozora (大空 大地, Ōzora Daichi): Kensuke Takahashi (高橋 健介, Takahashi Kensuke)
  • Asuna Yamase (山瀬 アスナ, Yamase Asuna): Akane Sakanoue (坂ノ上 茜, Sakanoue Akane)
  • Wataru Kazama (風間 ワタル, Kazama Wataru): Yoshihiko Hosoda (細田 よしひこ, Hosoda Yoshihiko)
  • Hayato Kishima (貴島 ハヤト, Kishima Hayato): Ukyo Matsumoto (松本 享恭, Matsumoto Ukyō)
  • Mamoru Mikazuki (三日月 マモル, Mikazuki Mamoru): Hayato Harada (原田 隼人, Harada Hayato)
  • Rui Takada (高田 ルイ, Takada Rui): Haruka Momokawa (百川 晴香, Momokawa Haruka)
  • Takeru Yamagishi (山岸 タケル, Yamagishi Takeru): TAKERU
  • Chiaki Matsudo (松戸 チアキ, Matsudo Chiaki): Chiaki Seshimo (瀬下 千晶, Seshimo Chiaki)
  • Sayuri Tachibana (橘 さゆり, Tachibana Sayuri): Sarara Tsukifune (月船 さらら, Tsukifune Sarara)
  • Shotaro Kamiki (神木 正太郎, Kamiki Shōtarō): Yuu Kamio (神尾 佑, Kamio Yū)
  • Tsukasa Tamaki (玉城 ツカサ, Tamaki Tsukasa): Takami Yoshimoto (吉本 多香美, Yoshimoto Takami)
  • Yuto Tamaki (玉城 ユウト, Tamaki Yūto): Serai Takagi (高木 星来, Takagi Serai)
  • Saeko Kirihara (桐原 冴子, Kirihara Saeko): Yuka Nakayama (中山 由香, Nakayama Yuka)
  • Carlos Kurosaki (カルロス黒崎, Karurosu Kurosaki): Michael Tomioka (マイケル富岡, Maikeru Tomioka)
  • Host of "Carlos Kurosaki's World Mystery Q" (カルロス黒崎のワールド・ミステリーQ, Karurosu Kurosaki no Wārudo Misuterī Kyū): Madoka Nishijima (西島 まどか, Nishijima Madoka)
  • Assistant of the show: Hiroko Terada (寺田 浩子, Terada Hiroko)
  • Kurosaki's patrons: Akane Koga (古賀 あかね, Koga Akane), Reimi Kobayashi (小林 レイミ, Kobayashi Reimi), Akiko Shiba (芝 彰子, Shib Akiko), Nao Koide (小出 奈央, Koide Nao)
  • Director: Satoshi Tochihara (栃原 智, Tochihara Satoshi)
  • Videographer: Kenta Akayama (赤山 健太, Akayama Kenta)
  • Lighting technician: Taro Fujisawa (藤澤 太郎, Fujisawa Tarō)
  • Sound recordist: Koji Kunishige (國重 光司, Kunishige Kōji)
Voice actors
  • Ultraman X (ウルトラマンエックス, Urutoraman Ekkusu): Yuichi Nakamura (中村 悠一, Nakamura Yuichi)
  • Alien Fanton "Guruman" (ファントン星人 グルマン, Fanton Seijin Guruman): Yasunori Matsumoto (松本 保典, Matsumoto Yasunori)
  • Navigation Voice, Announcement: Hibiku Yamamura (山村 響, Yamamura Hibiku)
  • Ultraman Ginga (ウルトラマンギンガ, Urutoraman Ginga): Takuya Negishi (根岸 拓哉, Negishi Takuya)
  • Ultraman Zero (ウルトラマンゼロ, Urutoraman Zero): Mamoru Miyano (宮野 真守, Miyano Mamoru)

English dub actors[edit]

  • Daichi Ozora: Britain Simons
  • Asuna Yamase: Elise Napier
  • Wataru Kazama: John Katona
  • Hayato Kishima: Bradford Hill
  • Mamoru Mikazuki: Josh Madson
  • Rui Takada: Valerie Rose Lohman
  • Takeru Yamagishi: R.J. Word
  • Chiaki Matsudo: Beth Ann Sweezer
  • Sayuri Tachibana: Alison Lees-Taylor
  • Shotaro Kamiki: Roy Abramsohn
  • Tsukasa Tamaki: Pamela Hill
  • Yuto Tamaki: Anisa Vong
  • Saeko Kirihara: Lisle Wilkerson
  • Carlos Kurosaki: Justin Andrews
  • Assistant of Show: Parissa Koo
  • Director: Jay Dee Witney
  • Ultraman X: William Winckler
  • Alien Fanton "Guruman": G. Larry Butler
  • Ultraman Ginga: Nicholas Adam Clark
  • Ultraman Victory: Bryan Forrest
  • Ultraman Zero: Daniel Van Thomas
  • Ultraman Max: Frank Gerrish
  • Narrator: David Ruprecht

Theme song[edit]

  • "Unite ~Kimi to Tsunagaru Tame ni~" (Unite ~君とつながるために~, "Unite ~To Unite With You~")
    • Lyrics: TAKERU, Chiaki Seshimo
    • Composition & Arrangement: Takao Konishi
    • Artist: Voyager feat. Project DMM

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Baraji" is a homage to the city of Baradhi (バラージ, Barāji) from the seventh episode of Ultraman.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "「ウルトラマンX」客演ウルトラヒーローたち。そしてテレビ最終章から「劇場版」へ!". Tsuburaya Productions. 2015-12-12. Archived from the original on 2015-12-13. Retrieved 2015-12-18.
  2. ^ a b "3/12(土)公開『劇場版 ウルトラマンX』プレミア先行上映(東京)にウルトラヒーローやXioメンバーが集結!「見どころは神降臨シーン」と大地隊員!". Tsuburaya Productions. 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  3. ^ Harber, Stephen (December 7, 2016). "Ultraman Finally Makes it to US Theaters in 2017". Den of Geeks.
  4. ^ "Ultraman Movies: Behind the Scenes of the American Dubs". SciFi Japan. 2016-12-10. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  5. ^ "2016年春『ウルトラマンX』劇場版 公開決定!!". Tsuburaya Productions. 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  6. ^ "【発表!!】『劇場版 ウルトラマンX きたぞ!われらのウルトラマン』2016年3月12日(土)全国ロードショー!!". Tsuburaya Productions. 2015-11-28. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  7. ^ "『劇場版ウルトラマンX』グランドフィナーレ舞台挨拶つき上映にXio集結!大地隊員「さよならは言いたくありません。みなさん必ずまた会いましょう!」" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  8. ^ Chan, Ruka. "Ultraman Ginga S, Ultraman X Films Get U.S. Theatrical Screenings". Anime News Network. © 1998-2017 Anime News Network. All rights reserved. served by ruka-chan. Retrieved 22 April 2017.

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