Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Kaiju, May 1, 2020.
"Ultraman Mebius" ends with this episode #50:
After the Yapool's apparent demise in last week's episode, a fragment of their body appears to turn up as a crystal with a pregnant woman and her son, in episode #24 of "Ultraman Ace":
A pretty good Decker tonight, a focus episode for Vice-Captain Kaizaki at last. It's a riff on the Dyna episode "Battle! Monster Island," about a scientist creating a hybrid kaiju to be a weapon under human control, with Neomegas being a variation on the Neosaurus from that episode. The scientist is Kaizaki's mentor, and they debate the ethics of enslaving kaiju vs. the unlikelihood of coexisting with them. It touches on the question of whether there's a better way than killing monsters, a question this show really could stand to start asking, but it leaves the question unresolved, with Kaizaki being rather indecisive about it.
There's a really nice shot of Kaizaki standing on Decker's hand facing off against her mentor in Neomegas's claw. Also a novel twist of Hanejiro turning the GUTS Hawk into essentially a wingsuit for Decker to fly with, as if Decker couldn't already fly.
Yeah, I enjoyed this one a lot, as well. Good character work for Kaizaki, and I also liked that this episode showed some bonding between the characters. And, of course, villain and theme show some nuance to the usually black-and-white, fight-bad-monster-to-the-death routine.
Episode #25 of "Ultraman Ace" sees mysterious pyramids growing out of the earth and releasing poisonous red smoke into the air:
Human-sized Decker against smaller, bird-like kaiju. Interesting. Also, Decker seemed surprised to be only human-sized.
An interesting one. Adding a giant robot is reminiscent of Ultraman Z, and they so much as implied that GUTS-SELECT was inspired by King Joe STORAGE Custom from the Z/Trigger crossover. Although Terraphaser is an updating of the Deathfacer mecha from the Dyna movie -- which makes me suspect it's going to be taken over by evil forces at some point. Or maybe it already has some evil force lurking inside it, which is why the kaiju were freaked out by it.
I took it more as Kanata being surprised that Decker had chosen to manifest at human size. It's interesting how Decker seems to be a background personality, not speaking but just sort of non-verbally guiding Kanata in what he's supposed to do. But Kanata's personality is still dominant when he's in Decker form.
Though apparently Decker, like Z, can't speak comprehensibly to human listeners and can only be understood by other Ultras or hosts. Or maybe Kanata just chose not to speak so as not to give himself away.
I suppose Decker chose to fight at that size because the Hinabasser were human-sized, and they had Terraphaser to take on Raibasser. It was a novelty, though. We've seen Ultras fight on human scale numerous times, but seeing a human-sized Ultra fighting alongside humans as a team is rare.
I get the distinct impression that Tsuburaya's YT department has decided to drastically scale back the output for international viewers. Last year at this time, there was basically one full episode uploaded per day. Now, the weekly output's gone down to one Ace episode and the new Decker episode. Can't really complain, I mean, it was all free entertainment, and it's not like there's a lack of content out there to occupy one's time with. But it still feels kind of sad.
Anyway, here's this week's episode #26 of "Ultraman Ace":
Just posting the video, haven't had time to watch, yet. Notes to follow.
And the day after I said what I said in my post above, Tsuburaya starts "UltraSeven" as a 55th Anniversary Programm:
An okay episode, largely about getting Terraphaser up and running, with the Spheres resurrecting Neomegas to do some mysterious thing involving sending energy into the ground. It also touches again on the question of whether Kanata has any goals in life, and ends with a major twist.
It occurred to me to wonder about Mitsukuni Shizuma from Trigger, the guy who crossed over from the Tiga/Dyna universe and founded GUTS-SELECT. I wondered if he remembered the events of Dyna and what the Sphere's motivation turned out to be in that universe, which could be useful to understanding them in this universe. But then I realized that Dyna was set nearly a decade later than Tiga, so if Shizuma crossed universes between the series, he wouldn't have any knowledge of that universe's Sphere. Since he was flying a Tiga-era GUTS Wing when he crossed over, that seems likely.
I still think there's a good chance we'll get a Dyna/Asuka appearance sometime later in the series, though, in which case Asuka might pass on some key information about the Sphere. Then again, maybe this universe's Sphere have a different motivation. But it does seem similar, given their efforts to prevent humanity from expanding into space.
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