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  1. Kaiju "the spy"

    Kaiju "the spy" Admiral Admiral

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    Not available where I live. I should consider getting a VPN, but then I am on a budget and Tsuburaya's YT channel does provide me with free-to-watch episodes on a near-daily basis.

    Speaking of which, today's episode #39 of "Ultraman Cosmos", for those from areas where the YT video is available, has Chaos Header going straight after Musashi himself:
     
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    Trigger #10 premiered today, and there's a twist -- the tough-guy Giant of Darkness who's all about getting stronger turns out to have a crush on Yuna, and for some reason Ignis is encouraging him. He learns a lesson about how humans' strength comes from protecting others (a recurring theme in tokusatsu), so it seems he might be a redeemable villain.

    But the part that really impressed me was the miniature work in the monster fight. They really put extraordinary care into the meticulously detailed cityscapes. The highlight here was a portion where the battle between Trigger and the monster was seen through the windows of two miniature apartment interiors, both of which had working TVs in them (one of them showing the battle live), and one of which even had a Roomba going inside. I really envy the model-making team on this show. Making it must be so much fun. It's great to see FX artists who are still committed to practical miniatures in this CGI-heavy age.

    I recognized the monster this week -- it was a reuse of Zaragas, a monster from an episode of the very first Ultraman series, which apparently has been reused often in the more recent shows.
     
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    Here is Trigger's episode #10:


    And I have to agree with @Christopher , the miniature work on this episode was really superb, and the sequence with the apartment interiors were an absolute series highlight so far.

    I really like the tone of the past few episodes. They seem to have gotten their "groove" since the Ultraman Z crossover, maybe remembering what worked on that show.
    It does still feel odd to me that a member of the anti-monster team is still attending school.


    Tsuburaya has also uploaded the feature-length edit of the YT-exclusive "Ultraman Galaxy Fight: The Absolute Conspiracy" in both the Japanese original with optional English subtitles,

    as well as the English dub:

    For those unfamiliar, this was a serialized adventure in less-than-ten-minutes episodes featuring no human characters and not set on Earth. It was also shot largely before green screens to lower the budget, and the plot is quite heavy on the lore of the Ultra Series.
     
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    This week's episode #11 of "Ultraman" is all about a meteorite that fulfills wishes, to bad some asshole has to go and wish for a monster:
     
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    In episode #11 of "Mirrorman", the Invaders frame Kyotaro for murder in order to keep him from interfering with their next attack:
     
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    We used to have a separate thread for the Netflix anime, but it's not been used for so long, I thought, what the hell. Teaser poster for season 2:
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    Just guessing... left to right, I'd say Ultraseven, Zoffy, Ultraman, ??, ??, Ace.
     
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    Taro and Jack are the two you're missing.
     
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    Glad to hear I got the others right. I haven't gotten to Taro yet; I'm still in the early episodes of Ace. I wondered if the big one might be some version of Jack, just by the process of elimination, but there was no way to be sure.

    It's weird how much those metallic versions of Ultras look like Iron Man armors, with the Color Timers as arc reactors.

    I've been meaning to check out the Netflix Ultraman, but I feel like waiting until I get through all the Showa seasons that it references.
     
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    In terms of the anime, they ARE Iron Man armors. I struggled with the first season until Ace showed up, and I prefer Seven to Shinjiro, but I'm game for a second season. Taro and Jack look fantastic.

    If nothing else, the idea is quite fun in it's own way.
     
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    The creators of both the anime, and the manga it is based on, were clearly inspired by Iron Man, especially as he was presented in the films. That also shows with the HUD view of the face inside the helmet.


    Today's episode #40 of "Ultraman Cosmos" has the conclusion of Cosmos' battle with the evil doppelganger Chaos Ultraman:
     
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    I can't believe I only just now realized how appropriate it is that Cosmos's nemesis had Chaos in its name. In Ancient Greek cosmology, Chaos was the empty void that predated the creation of the cosmos. Kosmos literally means "order," so it's order vs. chaos, structure vs. formlessness.
     
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    This week, the 55th Anniversary Campaign presents episode #4 of "UltraSeven":
     
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    By the way, I just saw the Ultraman Ace 2-parter with Alien Metron Jr., which is of the same species as Marluru from Trigger, so that sent me to the Wiki to read up on the species. I learned that the emblem on the front of Marluru's jacket is a stylized representation of Ultraseven's head-crest blade weapon thingy, which was what killed (or, as later retconned, severely injured) the original Alien Metron. That's rather morbid.
     
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    In episode #41 of "Ultraman Cosmos", occultist college student Kasumi returns as she is infected with alien DNA:
     
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    Freshly uploaded, episode #11 of "Ultraman Trigger":
     
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    Huh -- the scenes set in the past were filmed at Mt. Iwafune, which is a really nice location but is really getting overused in tokusatsu these days. I halfway expected Kengo to run into the Zenkaigers, who seem to go there every single dang week.

    Hmm... I wonder if they have access to fewer locations these days due to COVID restrictions, and thus have to reuse the same ones more often. My first thought was that maybe Mt. Iwafune was fairly close to Tokyo, but it's actually a couple of hours' drive, significantly farther than a lot of other standard toku locations.

    Hm, so it looks like they're doing a time loop sort of thing where it turns out the reason Kengo was picked as Trigger's host in modern times is because he was the one who redeemed Trigger in the first place 30 million years ago. Okay, whatever, but I wish he had something more to offer than the same old repetitive "I want to make people smile!!" catchphrase he's been spouting since day one.

    I can't help finding it odd that the characters 30 million years ago are not only speaking Japanese, but are speaking it complete with English loan words like "Eternity Core" and "excellent." And yet Yuzare doesn't recognize the word "smile." Although the really weird part was Yuzare saying "R'lyeh means 'hope' in our language." Why wasn't she speaking her own language? I'd assumed it was some thing where they were telepathically hearing each other speak in their own languages or something, but then neither that line nor the "smile" thing would've made sense. Not that humans existing 30 million years ago makes sense either, so whatever.
     
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    There's a mummy on the loose in episode #12 of "Ultraman":
     
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    Episode #18 of Mirrorman:
     
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    Ultraman Taro is now on shout factory TV