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Ultraman Nexus

Original poster design
Directed by Kazuya Konaka
Miki Nemoto
Tsugumi Kitaura
Yuichi Abe
Takeshi Yagi
Naoki Ohara
Produced by Takeshi Okazaki
Hiroyasu Shibuya
Tahei Yamanishi
Tsuburaya Productions
Written by Keiichi Hasegawa
Kenichi Araki
Masanao Akahoshi
Murai Sadayuki
Ai Ota
Starring Takuji Kawakubo
Yusuke Kirishima
Masato Uchiyama
Yasue Sato
Tamotsu Ishibashi
Kousei Kato
Keiko Goto
Music by Kenji Kawai
Distributed by Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting
Released October 2, 2004 (Japan)
Running time Approx. 24 mins per episode
Language Japanese
Preceded by Ultraman The Next
IMDb profile


Ultraman Nexus (ウルトラマンネクサス, Urutoraman Nekusasu) was produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting. It was the 18th entry in the Ultra Series, and the 14th Tsuburaya-produced Ultraman show. The series aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System, including TBS, CBC, MBS, etc. The show ran from October 2, 2004 until June 25, 2005, with a total of 37 broadcast episodes. Subsequent DVD releases from Bandai Visual saw a brand new 45-minute Episode EX and an extended 45-minute Directors Cut of Episode 29. Image File history File links Nexusposter. ... Tsuburaya Productions (円谷プロダクション) is the production company founded by the late special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya and is now run by his family. ... Yasue Sato was born on December 7th 1978 in the Saitama Prefecture. ... Kenji Kawai (川井憲次 Kawai Kenji) is a Japanese composer with several scores for anime to his credit. ... Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Co. ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tsuburaya Productions (円谷プロダクション) is the production company founded by the late special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya and is now run by his family. ... Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Co. ... The Ultra Series is the collective name for all the shows featuring Ultraman and his many brethren (although few of these shows, like the first Ultra Series, Ultra Q, do not have any Ultramen in them). ... Tokyo Broadcasting System, Incorporated ) (TYO: 9401 ) or TBS, is a television network in Tokyo, Japan. ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tin plate toy car by Bandai Bandai is a Japanese toy making company. ...


Ultraman Nexus was part of Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra N Project, an experiment in 2004 to re-invent Ultraman for a new generation of fans. Prior to this however, Tsuburaya had begun a project called Ultra Collaboration 2 at the end of 2003, which involved a brand new radio-adaption of Ultra Q called The Ultra Q Club. The project was also due to include a new TV series called Ultraman Noa in early 2004, which is presumably what Ultraman Nexus evolved into. Following the success of the new radio show, Tsuburaya forged ahead with a brand new television series Ultra Q Dark Fantasy on April 6, 2004, a show which attracted top-rung directors such as Shusuke Kaneko (popular with fans for his work on the Gamera series and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack). Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gamera over the years Gamera (ガメラ) is a giant, tusked, flying turtle from a popular series of daikaiju eiga produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company in Japan. ... Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is a movie in the Godzilla series. ...


The first stage of the Ultra N Project was entitled Noa: Nostalgia. The project mascot, Ultraman Noa, was a rather radical change design - an all-silver Ultraman with protruding wings on it's back. Ultraman Noa was mainly used for live stage shows and merchandising. The second stage of the project was Next: Evolution. This saw the creation of a new theatrical film, Ultraman The Next. The final stage was Nexus: Trinity - the piece that ties the entire project together. A radical change from the prior Ultraman Cosmos seriess, which was strictly aimed at small children, Ultraman Nexus is a much darker, grittier take on Japan's favorite super-hero. The traditional monster-of-the-week stories were replaced with much longer, character-based story arcs. The show was meant to air at 7.30 on Saturday nights, but for whatever reason it was sent to early mornings instead. This lead to children being confused about the sudden change in style and the target audience wasn't tuning in most of the time. The series performed under expectations, near the end of it's run, rumors began to appear that the series was meant to run for 54 episodes but was cut down to 37, however these rumors were proved to be untrue. Ultraman Cosmos Executive Summary A kinder, gentler Ultra hero released in the summer of 2001 to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the original Ultraman. ...


What is unusual about this show is that three months after it finished airing, it was picked up for another time slot. This time the show aired at 2.30AM on Tuesday mornings, these ratings, while not the best, met the expectations that were set for the Ultra N Project. At the moment there is a second movie planned that is to be set in the world of Nexus and The Next. Currently there is no writer signed for the job, but it is assumed that once the 40th anniversary for Ultraman is over that the project will begin and that eventually the planned second season will take shape.

Contents


STORY

Earth is in a secret war against the mysterious Space Beasts, unknown organisms which feed on human beings. TLT, a top-secret international defense organization, was humanity's last hope against the Space Beasts. The story revolves around, and is generally narrated by KOMON Kazuki, a new recruit to the TLT's battle team, Night Raider. On his way to the TLT Headquarters, Komon is attacked by a Space Beast. Luckily, he is saved by a mysterious giant, known as Ultraman Nexus. As Komon steps deeper into the true reality unknown to other people, mysteries surrounding the Ultraman and his mysterious foes will be revealed . . . Humanity's final fate will be determined by the bond of Light, Nexus.


Cast

  • Takuji Kawakubo as Kazuki Komon
  • Yusuke Kirishima as Jun Himeya
  • Masato Uchiyama as Ren Senjyu
  • Yasue Sato as Nagi Saijyo
  • Tamotsu Ishibashi as Eisuke Wakura
  • Kousei Kato as Mitsuhiko Ishibori
  • Keiko Goto as Shiori Hiraki
  • Nobuhiko Tanaka as Yu Kirasawa - "Illustrator"
  • Shion Nakamaru as Riko Saida
  • Mitsutoshi Shundo as Shinya Mizorogi
  • Tomomi Miyashita as Mizuo Nonomiya
  • Horiuchi Masami as Youichiruu Matsunaga
  • Hiroshi Okouchi as Jinzou Negoro
  • Hitomi Hidaka as Saya Shutou
  • Hisataka Kitaoka as Hayato Kaimoto
  • Yoshito Takeuchi as Hiroyuki Misawa
  • Kenji Sahara as Tougou

Yasue Sato was born on December 7th 1978 in the Saitama Prefecture. ... Horiuchi Masami (堀内正美, born 22 March 1950 in Tokyo, Japan) is an actress. ... Kenji Sahara (佐原 健二 Sahara Kenji) (born May 14, 1932) is a Japanese actor. ...

CHARACTERS

TLT (Terrestrial Liberation Trust) 地球解放機構

Terrestrial Liberation Trust (TLT) is a clandestine global, non-government organization set up to investigate, research and defeat the “SPACE BEAST” threat. Japan’s TLT (TLT-J) branch is hidden under a hydroelectric dam found in the mountainous Kanto region (eastern Japan). The main teams of TLT are Night Raider, Memory Police (who erase the memories of civilians involved in any Night Raider missions or witnessing any Space Beast attacks) and White Sweeper, who are involved in clean-up.


Night Raider (ナイトレイダー)

The elite defense team united under TLT. The team responsible in eliminating Space Beasts.

  • KOMON Kazuki (弧門一輝)- The main character of the series. Komon is a kind-hearted, straightforward person who is always willing to help others. Before he was recruited by TLT, Komon was from a rescue team. When Komon was a child, he fell into a river and almost drowned, only to be rescued by a mysterious person he believes to be an alien. Because of the incident, Komon decided to help others and joining Night Raider was a good opportunity to do so. Unfortunately, reality is not what it seems . . . the truth is a road to nowhere . . . Komon will now have to fight against the forces of darkness . . .he is later revealed to be the last Dunamist (see below) and battles as Ultraman Noa.
  • SAIJYO Nagi (西城凪)- The deputy leader of Night Raider. She is very strict, especially to Komon and can be quite brutal in certain situations. She hates Space Beasts, stemming from incidents reagarding her childhood and her former lover Mizorogi Shinya. When she was small, her mother was murdered by a Space Beast. After she joined Night Raider to fulfill her vow to destroy the beings that killed her mother, she met and eventually fell in love with Mizorogi Shinya, the former deputy leader of Night Raider. When Mizorogi fell to the dark side, she deepened her hatred and was willing to do anything to bring a Space Beast down.
  • WAKURA Eisuke (和倉英助)- The captain of Night Raider. A good leader and takes action effectively in any situation. He cares for his teammates and well trusted by them. Although his motto is to follow orders, he will take necessary action if it means to protect others. A brother figure towards Komon, he provides wisdom to the new recruit.
  • HIRAKI Shiori (平木栞)- A female in the Night Raider team. Although she looks pretty and cute, she is an expert in weapons and can be very strong and helpful during missions. She has a good personal relationship with Ishibori Mitsuhiko.
  • ISHIBORI Mitsuhiko (石堀光彦)- The analyzer and tactician of the team and an expert in computers. Unknown to everyone, he keeps a very dark secret--he is Dark Zagi in disguise (see below).

The Dunamists (デュナミスト)

  • HIMEYA Jun (姫矢 准) - The second Dunamist, a human who can bond with the Light to become Ultraman Nexus (using a wand-like device called the Evolthruster). He is a serious, somewhat brooding individual, not given to trusting institutions such as the Night Raiders. He eventually strikes up some sort of kinship with Komon, rescuing him from danger a few times.

Himeya was a photo journalist, specialising in war photos. During one assignment (presumably somewhere in SE Asia), he was injured and subsequently treated by an orphan named Sara. Sadly, Sara was caught up in armed conflict, and was killed as she rushed towards Himeya. Distraught, Himeya returned, full of regret -- ironically, that collection of pictures shot him to fame. After the incident, Himeya encountered the Light, possibly through the first Dunamist, First Lietenant Shunichi Maki of the Japanese Air Force (see ULTRAMAN: THE NEXT theatrical feature). Trying to make up for what he was unable to do in the past, Himeya uses the power of the light to protect humanity and battles the Space Beast, sacrificing everything within battle.


Ultraman Nexus' default Anphans mode is a silver & gray. However, Anphans is able to transform into a red, black and silver mode known as Junis Red using the cuffs on his wrists, known as the Armed Nexus. Nexus Junis is then able to create a Meta-Field--a dome of light that transports himself and any opponent to an alternate dimension so that he can safely battle without causing damage to the surroundings. Analysis showed later that the Metafield was actually a manifestation of Himeya's physical body, which was why every battle affected him so greatly and continued to weaken him. During a climactic battle with Dark Mephisto, Himeya is presumed to have died, but is later shown at the end of the series very much alive and well.

  • Ren Senju (千樹 憐) - The third Dunamist, Ren receives the Light after the disappearance of Himeya. Outwardly, he is cheerful, optimistic and simple to the point of ditzy -- this, however, conceals his past experiences.

Ren is not a normal human, but rather a 'son of Prometheus': a human created through genetic engineering under the flag of "Prometheus Project" (an experiment performed in Dallas, Texas in America). He has faster reflexes, physical strength and ESP powers than a normal human. However, Ren suffers from a genetic unbalance of his DNA which basically cut his lifespan to 17-18 years. His only hope to prolong his life is a drug known only as 'Raphael'. Running away from the institute in Dallas, Ren comes to Japan hoping to live his last days as a 'normal' human, but instead encounters the Light and becomes Nexus' third Dunamist. Dallas redirects here. ... Official language(s) None. ... Motto: E pluribus unum (1789 to 1956) (Latin: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government • President • Vice President Federal republic George... Dallas redirects here. ...


After Ren takes on the mantle of Dunamist, Nexus' Junis form is significantly modified to become a faster, sleeker Junis Blue. His primary weapons are the Arrow Ray Shtrom and Cross Ray Shtrom, deadly beams of light fired from his Armed Nexus.


The Dark Side

  • Saida Riko/Dark Faust - Komon's kind-hearted artist girlfriend. Later it is revealed that she had actually died long before she'd met Komon, when her family was attacked by the Space Beast Nosphil. Mizorogi arrived on the scene, but turned around and shot her instead. She was resurrected to become a pawn of the darkness, unwittingly serving as the human form for Dark Faust, Nexus' first dark foe. However, in the end, Riko's consciousness won out during a battle with Nosphil where Komon became trapped in the Metafield, and s/he shielded him with his/her body against an attack. The revelation that Riko was Faust and her death shook Komon considerably, and he took a long time to recover.
  • Mizorogi Shinya/Dark Mephisto - The former deputy captain of the Night Raiders, who went missing in AD 2008 during a mission with Nagi, also his former girlfriend. In actuality, Mizorogi had been (forcibly) merged with the Dark Giant known as Dark Mephisto. He is portrayed as cruel and manipulative, playing mind games with Komon and other people and seeming to take delight in antagonising Nagi, his ex-girlfriend, as well. Using the Dark-Thruster, Mizorogi can transform into Dark Mephisto as the most frequently appearing arch-enemy of Nexus. Dark Mephisto is able to generate the 'Dark Field', which neutralises the effects of the Metafield and gives him an advantage in battle. In Nexus' climactic battle with Mephisto, it is presumed that both perished, but Mizorogi is found alive, although wounded and with absolutely no memory about Faust and his battles with Nexus. He had also lost the ability to become Mephisto, but when the Unknown Hand sends down Dark Mephisto Zwei against Junis Blue, Mizorogi transforms by force of will and holds Zwei down so that Nexus can destroy him. Both Mephistos perish, and Shinya dies in Nagi's arms.
  • Unknown Hand - Described as unlimited darkness which controlled the dark giants and Space Beasts behind the scenes. It has the ability to generate a Dark Field G and power up Space Beasts. In the end of the series, its identity was revealed as Dark Zagi, Ishibori Mitsuhiko of the Night Raider. Komon is allowed by the Light to merge not into another Ultraman Nexus, but Ultraman Noa, who fights Dark Zagi for humanity's sake.

MUSIC

Opening Themes

  1. "英雄" (Eiyuu) by doa (Eps. 1-25)
  2. "青い果実" (Aoi Kajitsu) by doa (Eps. 26-37)

Ending Themes

  1. "いつも心に太陽を" (Itsumo Kokoro ni Taiyou wo) by 三枝夕夏 IN db (U-ka saegusa IN db) (eps. 1-13)
  2. "飛び立てない私にあなたが翼をくれた" (Tobitatenai Watashi ni Anata ga Tsubasa wo Kureta) by 三枝夕夏 IN db (U-ka saegusa IN db) (eps. 14-25)
  3. "赤く熱い鼓動" (Akaku Atsui Kodou) by 愛内里菜 (Rina Aiuchi) (eps. 26-36)

4. "英雄" (Eiyuu) by doa (episode 37) Rina Aiuchi (愛内里菜, Aiuchi Rina, born July 31, 1980 in Osaka) is a female Japanese popular music singer. ... Rina Aiuchi (愛内里菜, Aiuchi Rina, born July 31, 1980 in Osaka) is a female Japanese popular music singer. ...


EPISODE LIST

    • Episode 01. YASHU - Night Raid - «夜襲 -ナイトレイド-»
    • Episode 02. ISEIJU - Space Beast - «異生獣 -スペースビースト-»
    • Episode 03. KYOJIN - Ultraman - «巨人 -ウルトラマン-»
    • Episode 04. AKUKAN - Meta Field - «亜空間 -メタフィールド-»
    • Episode 05. TEKINOSHA - Dunamist - «適能者 -デュナミスト-»
    • Episode 06. ISEKI - Relic - «遺跡 -レリック-»
    • Episode 07. MAJIN - Faust - «魔人 -ファウスト-»
    • Episode 08. MP - Memory Police - « M・P -メモリーポリス-»
    • Episode 09. KEIKOKU - Warning - «警告 -ワーニング-»
    • Episode 10. TOTSUNYU - Strike Formation - «突入 -ストライク・フォーメーション-»
    • Episode 11. NINGYO - Marionette - «人形 -マリオネット-»
    • Episode 12. BETSURI - Lost Soul - «別離 -ロスト・ソウル-»
    • Episode 13. YOCHISHA - Illustrator - «予知者 -イラストレーター-»
    • Episode 14. AKUMA - Mephisto - «悪魔 -メフィスト-»
    • Episode 15. AKUMU - Nightmare - «悪夢 -ナイトメア-»
    • Episode 16. MEIRO - Labyrinth - «迷路 -ラビリンス-»
    • Episode 17. YAMI - Darkness - «闇-ダークネス-»
    • Episode 18. MOKUJIROKU - Apocalypse - «黙示録-アポカリプス-»
    • Episode 19. YOGEKISEN - Cross Phase Trap - «要撃戦-クロスフェーズトラップ-»
    • Episode 20. TSUIGEKI - Chrome Chester δ- «追撃-クロムチェスターδ-»
    • Episode 21. JUNAN - Sacrifice - «受難-サクリファイス-»
    • Episode 22. ANSOKU - Cure - «安息 -キュア-»
    • Episode 23. SHUKUMEI - Satisfaction - «宿命-サティスファクション-»
    • Episode 24. EIYU - Hero - «英雄-ヒーロー-»
    • Episode 25. YOCHO - Prophecy - «予兆-プロフェシー-»
    • Episode 26. REN - The Third - «憐-ザ・サード-»
    • Episode 27. INORI - Prayer - «祈り-プレイヤー-»
    • Episode 28. SAIKAI - Reunion - «再会-リユニオン-»
    • Episode 29. YUSEI - Calling - «幽声-コーリング»
    • Episode 29. YUSEI - Calling - Directors Cut - «幽声-コーリング-ディレクターズカット» (DVD Volume 8 / BCBS-2098)
    • Episode 30. KANSHISHA - Watcher - «監視者―ウォッチャー-»
    • Episode 31. TORI - Bird - «鳥―バード-»
    • Episode EX. SHIORI - Lost Memories - «詩織 -ロストメモリーズ-» (DVD Volume 9 / BCBS-2099)
    • Episode 32. KAGE - Unknown Hand - «影-アンノウンハンド-»
    • Episode 33. BOKYAKU - AD 2004- «忘却 -AD2004-»
    • Episode 34. FUSA - AD 2009 - «封鎖-A.D.2009-»
    • Episode 35. HANRAN - Revolt - «反乱-リボルト-»
    • Episode 36. KESSEN - Farewell - «決戦-フェアウェル-»
    • Final Episode. KIZUNA - Nexus - «絆-ネクサス»

RELATED WEBSITES

  • Ultraman-Nexus.com - English Fansite
  • Ultraman Lah! Fansite
  • Official Website (CBC)
  • Official Website (TBS)
  • Official Ultra N-Project Website
  • Tsuburaya Station Web
  • Mishicorp Ultraman Nexus Fansub Site

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OTS Website - Ultraman Nexus ウルトラマンネクサス (813 words)
Ultraman Nexus was part of Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra N Project, an experiment in 2004 to re-invent Ultraman for a new generation of fans.
Due to the performance of Ultraman Nexus the film was cancelled, and Tsuburaya have moved ahead with a theatrical version of the current television series, Ultraman Mebius and Ultraman Brothers.
While Himeya continues to transform into Ultraman to defeat the beasts, he tries to understand the reason why he was chosen.
Ultraman Nexus at AllExperts (2181 words)
Ultraman Nexus was part of Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra N Project, an experiment in 2004 to re-invent Ultraman for a new generation of fans.
Due to the performance of Ultraman Nexus the film was cancelled, and Tsuburaya have moved ahead with a theatrical version of the current television series, Ultraman Mebius.
Nexus Junis is then able to create a Meta-Field—a dome of light that transports himself and any opponent to an alternate dimension so that he can safely battle without causing damage to the surroundings.
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