Ultraman announced that their final and third season will release on Netflix in Spring 2023! A teaser visual was also released. It was drawn by the authors and illustrators of the Ultraman manga, Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi.
This was shared during the New York Comic Con 2022, which started today (October 6).
The illustration revealed depicts the main protagonist, Shinjirou Hayata in his Ultraman suit, with a dark silhouette. His eyes and chest are glowing, together with the background. It is meant to indicate the darker tone the final season will take, as it reaches the climax.
Check the teaser visual below:
The journey of Shinjirou Hayata as Ultraman continues. What is going to come his way in the final season?
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Ultraman is about a teenaged boy named Shinjirou Hayata who discovered he has a supernatural body – powerful and durable. This was because his father, Shin Hayata, was the legendary Ultraman or the Giant of the Light. Shin as the Ultraman protected the Earth from monsters and alien invasions in the past, before he vanished. Shinjirou found out his father’s identity from the SSSP, an organization that aided Ultraman.
One day, Shinjirou got attacked by an alien named Bemular and he was rescued by his father. His father got severely injured, so it is up to Shinjirou to pick up the Ultraman suit and save more people. However, he feels conflicted with himself as he wonders if he is willing to take the same path as his father.
Ultraman Anime Background
The Ultraman anime series is produced jointly by Production I.G. and Sola Digital Arts. Unlike the traditional anime style, Ultraman is 3D-animated.
The first season aired in April 2019 with 13 episodes on Netflix. The second season followed suit in April 2022 with 6 episodes. Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki are the directors. Kamiyama is known for directing some Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex videos.
Aside from Netflix, the anime is also available to watch on Amazon Prime Video and other streaming sites.
Ultraman Manga Background
The manga follows up on the original 1966 Japanese live action television show, Ultraman. The original has Shin Hayata as the protagonist, while the manga centers more on his son, Shinjirou.
It started serialization on the first issue of Monthly Heroes magazine in 2011. The 1st volume was published as a paperback and e-book in 2012. As of April 2022, there are 18 volumes available.
VIZ Media is publishing the manga into English since 2015, and has released 17 volumes so far in August 2022.