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    While episode #6 of "Ultraman Cosmos" did livestream yesterday, the video apparently went into Japan-only for a day for some reason (probably the Tsuburaya intern being overworked), but they fixed it now, and here it finally is:


    Also, this week's 55th Anniversary upload is interesting for those of us interested in the history and different facets of the franchise, but otherwise will probably be very underwhelming. It's an episode of the "Ultra Fight" series, which was pretty much just fights between Ultras and kaijus using old suits (often in need of repair) on location in nature, so no miniatures (and there are some plants in the background robbing any illusion of the actual scale). They were short clips, two or three minutes. This upload features UltraSeven fighting Eleking, features no English subtitles, but they're not really needed for this short:
     
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    And here's this week's second "Ultraman Cosmos" upload, episode #7, featuring the kaiju combo of Mienin/Gamoran, an hommage to Ultra Q's Garamon and Ultraman's Pigmon, who were notable for using the same suit:
     
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    Garamon was bizarre. The kaiju was supposed to be a terrifying, destructive weapon sent by an evil alien race, but it had a comical appearance and hopped around like a chicken, waving its flimsy hands ineffectually. It was a strange mismatch between the seriousnes of the premise and the goofiness of the suit. It's no wonder they recycled the suit for a small, friendly comical character in the next series, although it's still an ugly-as-hell design.
     
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    Speaking of "Gridman"; in this week's episode #31, a young woman finds Takeshi's floppy disc with Khan Digifer on it lying in the street, and she can't wait to put this strange unlabeled disc in her computer. And this isn't even the weirdest part:
     
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    Continuing the team-up theme from episode #21, this week's episode #22 of "Ultraman Chronicle Z: Heroes' Odyssey" focuses on multi-Ultra crossovers:
     
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    And here's the re-uploaded episode #18 of "Ultraman Z", the sequel to classic "Ultra Q" episode "Challenge from the Year 2020":
     
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    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tsuburaya's first non-Ultra superhero series "Mirrorman", today's upload is its first episode:

    With any luck, they're doing a weekly upload of this series, as well.
     
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    "Ultraman Cosmos" goes Inception in episode #8:
     
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    This week's 55th Anniversary upload is episode #1 of "Ultraman Gaia":
     
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    That's a surprising number of Ultras. In the few Showa and Heisei series I've seen, there have only been one or two. And the ones in the upper left corner look like villains.
     
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    The second "Ultraman Cosmos" upload this week is episode #9, which was part of the Spring Break Campaign a few weeks ago, so you might have recently seen it there:
     
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    Beware the vicious vacuum cleaner, in episode #32 of "Gridman":
     
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    Episode #23 of "Ultraman Chronicle Z: Heroes' Odyssey" follows the theme of taking flight, featuring Ultraman R/B and Ultraman Tiga:
     
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    Ultraman Ace guest-stars in episode #19 of "Ultraman Z":
     
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    I'm currently watching Ultraman Ace, I'm 23 episodes in and if I have to see one more episode where Hokuto (the Ultra host, along with Minami in the first part of the series) experiences something weird/dangerous by himself, tells his team and then they don't believe him and constantly shit on him until the last part of the episode where he's proven right, I'm going to lose my mind. It is absolutely ridiculous. They are constantly fighting weird monsters and experiencing bizarre situations, and Hokuto is always proven to be right. But so many episodes keep reusing the lazy "Hokuto is just wrong or lying, ignore him" story element that it honestly makes every character except Hokuto and Minami look like the stupidest assholes in the world.

    The other Showa era shows I've seen have done this type of plot, but very sparingly (maybe once or twice in ultraman and Ultraseven). Ultraman ace keeps repeating it again and again. It really makes TAC (the Earth Defense team for this season) look incompetent, and I'm not sure why this season decided to use this plot element so much, outside of pure laziness. The show is decent overall so far (although I've read that it really goes downhill once Minami leaves), but TAC is easily the worst showa era support team, and it really feels like the writers are phoning in their work at times.
     
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    Yay! "Mirrorman" indeed turns out to be a new regular on Tsuburaya's YouTube channel. Here is today's episode #2:
     
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    In today's episode #10 of "Ultraman Cosmos", an ancient artifact turns out to be really helpful, until it's not anymore: