Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Kaiju "the spy", May 1, 2020.
In episode #42 of "Ultraman Cosmos", a teenaged boy receives messages from a friendly alien:
This week's entry into the 55th Anniversary Campaign, episode #15 of "Ultraman R/B":
In episode #43 of "Ultraman Cosmos", an alien threat which has been behind some of the attacks that Chaos Header had no hand in finally reveals itself:
And starting today, Tsuburaya adds another weekly series to its YT channel, one which very dear to my heart as it is the one that started my journey into the Ultra Series. Here is episode #1 of "Ultraman Mebius":
So a lot happened in this week's Trigger, but it's rather confusing.
Spoiler: Episode 12
Kengo finds out in the past that he was Trigger all along, somehow? And then he comes back to the present where the original Trigger has become Dark Trigger, and he turns into another Trigger who kills the Trigger he was bonded with for the first 11 episodes. Or did he? Given that Trigger gained the power to manifest bunshin (offshoots/clones) in this episode, maybe that explains how there were two of him? But what does it mean that he was Trigger all along?
So Trigger gets a new power-up, a golden mode called Glitter Trigger Eternity (I guess it sounds less silly to the Japanese), which is much earlier in the series than the extra power-ups were gained in the Heisei series I've seen. But that's consistent with how much more Kamen Rider these days is driven by the constant acquisition of new variant forms.
The other big development is that Yuna now knows Kengo is Trigger. So that's, what, four people who know his identity? Akito, Yuna and her father, and Ignis, IIRC. The franchise's approach to secret identities really has changed since the earlier shows I've seen.
"Trigger", episode #12:
Have any previous Ultras had more than one light on the chest?
On the topic of the most recent episode:
First, Glitter Trigger is hideous. I like the Color Timer, the head and the weapon, but the rest of the suit is ugly as sin.
So Kengo never received the light from Trigger, he instead gave it to him. Rather than an Ultra bonding it's light to a human, as is typical, this is the reverse with the human bonding their light to the Giant. Different. It does make me wonder if Kengo is really human at all, or if there are some more developments to be had on that front.
Kengo has ALWAYS been the Ultra, he's the light at the heart of Ultraman Trigger. In the distant past, it was Kengo who effectively defeated and sealed Dark Trigger, with Kengo's presence being the catalyst for the his body's transformation into an Ultra. Desperate to save Kengo, who was losing against the Giants of Darkness, Yuzare used the Eternity Core to seal all four of them in stone. Back in the present, Carmearra has exorcised Kengo from Trigger's body, unwittingly sending the former across time to bring about their earlier sealing. This has the effect of restoring Dark Trigger. But with the knowledge that the light has been his all along, Kengo is able to return to the present day. Which means there are now effectively two Triggers. Dark Trigger, the original. And Ultraman Trigger, which is the form Kengo's light assumes when processed through the Sparklence. They just aren't sharing a body anymore, at least for now.
And another shot from the Eternity Core gives us Glitter Trigger. Which is still ugly. But I suspect would never have been possible if Kengo hadn't been separated from Dark Trigger's body, which presumably is still full of all it's dark power. We can basically call Glitter Trigger Kengo's true, untainted Ultraman form.
Ignis' new status quo could be interesting. I wonder if there is a transformation in his future?
Hmm, it looks okay to me. I don't think I've ever seen a gold Ultra before. The "Glitter" part is silly, but then, I dislike the name "Trigger" too. Not only do I hate guns, but I grew up thinking of "Trigger" as the name of Roy Rogers's horse.
Oh, thanks for explaining. That makes more sense of it.
But does the light really come from Kengo, or was it because Yuzare shared a piece of the Eternity Core with him?
I wondered if he was going to be the new host for Dark Trigger.
I don't think so. Maybe I missed some form of the newer post-Ginga pre-Z Ultras, but I haven't seen one with more than one light. Actually, the only times the chest-light has been varied notably are its absence from UltraSeven, replaced by the light on his forehead, and the Ultraman forms from the Ultra N-Project (Next, Nexus and Noa), which replaced the light with a wings-shaped red emblem that did pulsated when he was low on energy (without a heartbeat sound instead of the claxon), although early in the Nexus' series run he still had the regular chest-light above the winged shape.
And, of course, the upcoming "Shin Ultraman" won't have any chest-light at all.
This week's episode #12 of the original "Ultraman" presents one of the more creative suitmation-kaijus with the oil-eatig bat-monster Pestar:
In this week's episode #19 of "Mirrorman", the Invaders launch a direct attack at the Science Guard Members' Headquarters:
The interdimensional villains the Ghighi return in episode #44 of "Ultraman Cosmos":
I've reached the point about halfway through Ultraman Ace where they decided to write out the female lead who was the joint host of Ace along with the male lead, because of sexist backlash or something. It was really silly how they did it, reminiscent of Poochie from that Simpsons episode. At least they didn't kill her off, but they did rewrite her entire identity and motivation in an arbitrary and contrived way.
And it's too bad, since it was an interesting change of pace to have two hosts who had to touch hands to transform. At least, it could've been in theory, creating a plausible obstacle to transformation. But it wasn't really handled very well, often making it too easy for them to get together or giving them a contrived way to get around a separation. And there were a bunch of times where they did it basically in front of everyone in the monster fight and yet nobody noticed (though that's a problem with most solo Ultraman hosts too). Come to think of it, maybe that was part of the reason they ditched the twin-host approach, along with the sexism.
This week, the 55th Anniversary Campaign offers up episode #17 of "Ultraman Geed":
Today's uploads, episode #45 of "Ultraman Cosmos"
and episode #2 of "Ultraman Mebius"
lack the English subtitles promised in the video titles.
Tonight's Trigger episode was a mixed bag, and a lot happened in it. The frame was a silly story in which Marlulu plays detective when the captain "disappears" and they jump to the conclusion that he's been murdered. It had some entertainingly stylish direction, but it felt like a wasted chance to develop the supporting cast, instead giving us yet another partial clip show. It also seemed to be homaging some detective show that Japanese viewers probably recognize but I don't.
But there's also some story progress, with Ignis breaking into the Nursedessei (wow, that's a weird name) to eavesdrop on the others' convenient exposition and learn how to make his own Sparklence and power gizmos -- yep, they're definitely building toward him becoming an Ultra. Also, we have Kengo filling in Akito and Yuna about what he discovered in the 2-parter, and it clarifies some things I wasn't sure about. So Kengo isn't just a host -- he's the actual reincarnation of Trigger in human form? So he's sort of like Dan Moroboshi/Ultraseven, an Ultra manifesting as human, rather than a human bonding with an Ultra. But then, he was bonded with Trigger until Carmeara kicked him out and turned Trigger back into Dark Trigger, which Kengo Trigger then destroyed, and I'm still confused.
This week's episode #14 of the original ""Ultraman" has the pearl-eating monster Gamakugira bring out the worst character traits and sexist stereotypes in Fuji:
Like the last episodes of Cosmos and Mebius, today's episode #20 of "Mirrorman" lacks English subtitles. I'm a bit worried Tsuburaya changes course for their YouTube channel again, but I'm hoping it's just the guy usually in charge of this is on holiday or something. Anyway, here is the episode:
English subtitles are back for "Ultraman Cosmos", episode #46:
And this week in the 55th Anniversary Campaign, episode #19 of 2005's "Ultraman Max", featuring classic Ultra-actors Susumu Kurobe, Hiroko Sakurai, and Kohji Moritsugu:
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