One of the greatest tokusatsu heroes of all time will be making his way to Netflix in early 2019, and this time, he’s coming in animated form – Ultraman. The Ultraman anime will be seeing a worldwide simultaneous release on the streaming service in spring 2019, and will adapt the current manga series that’s been handled by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi.
Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) will be directing, and the production is set to be worked on by Production I.G. and Sola Digital Arts. This series will be in a computer-generated animation style that is supposed to give the characters a more three-dimensional appearance.
The Ultraman manga is published in English by Viz Media, and the official description of the series tells roughly what to expect in the anime: “Decades ago, a being known as the Giant of Light joined Shin Hayata of the Scientific Special Search Party to save Earth from an invasion of terrifying monsters known as Kaiju. Now, many years later, those dark days are fading into memory, and the world is at peace. But in the shadows a new threat is growing, a danger that can only be faced by a new kind of hero ‒ a new kind of Ultraman...”
Netflix has seen recent hits when it comes to anime series exclusive to the service, particularly with the likes of Devilman Crybaby and Aggretsuko.