I’ve really been keeping silent about the new Ultraman movie, haven’t I?
Truth be told, I was keeping away from this as I didn’t want to be spoiled by anything. Sadly, this was one of those things that I couldn’t escape from. However, that’s to be expected, considering that Mega-Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends is looking to be the big Tokusatsu event of 2009. Bigger than Decade, which doesn’t really take much effort to be. Even bigger than the Wecker Signa spinoff movie that everybody seemed to forget about. What’s larger than the hype and the scale of this movie though…is the tie-ins.
In Japan right now, there are all kinds of Ultra Galaxy Legends tie-in promotions and events. For instance, there’s the infamous Honda Stepwagon commercial….
And then the Windows 7 event featuring Ultraseven and Ultraman Zero….
And now Tsuburaya has announced a Ultraman Film Festival!
The film festival, held on November 11th, consists of three Ultraman compilation movies: Chohen Kaiju Eiga (Compilation Monster Film): Ultraman from 1967, made up episodes 1-8 of the original series; Ultraman: Kaijuu Daikessen (Great Monster Decisive Battle) from 1979 which combined new and old footage to form a new story (and not to mention was the first ever live-action appearance of Ultraman Jonias); and Jissouji Akio Kantoku Sakuhin (Director Akio Jissouji‘s Opus): Ultraman, another film from 1979 that compiles all of the director’s memorable episodes. The event also boasts a talk show featuring the man himself, Susumu Kurobe, and a performance by Tsuburaya-backed pop group, Voyager. If this has piqued your interest, go over to the official site for more information and tickets.
What trumps all of this is the fact that Ultraman recently teamed up with an equally mighty force: The Blue Man Group!
This past Tuesday, Ultraman was the special guest at a Blue Man Group concert in Japan! Videos have yet to surface on the interwebs but I can only imagine how epic it turned out to be. And even after this, there are still TONS tie-ins for Ultra Galaxy Legends emerging from the ether! Heck, Ultraman Belial even has his own Nico Nico Douga channel! After hearing that Newtype gave the film a nine-star review after seeing it, I can only foam at the mouth with anticipation for this cinematic rubber suit throwdown! Truly, this year is the best time ever to be an Ultra fan!