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Japanese classic Ultraman getting 3D anime adaptation

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Feb 8, 2018, 9:49 PM EST (Updated)

The character of Ultraman certainly has a giant talent for survival. The Japanese hero began life in a live-action show, where he saved humanity from monsters and was quite literally larger than life. He saw a revival in 2011, when Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi created a manga that picked up the story a few decades after the show— and now that manga is being adapted into a 3D CG anime film.

According to The Asahi Shimbun, the new project will be co-directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Shinji Aramaki (The Appleseed series), and produced by Production I.G. Inc. and Sola Digital Arts Inc. for a 2019 release date. No word yet as to whether there will be an English adaptation.

Take a look at the trailer for the new project:


As this new film is based on the manga, it will feature the character Shinjiro Hayata, who is the son of the first Ultraman from the television series. Whereas his father transformed into the giant hero, his son uses a suit to do it.

The character certainly hasn't lost his appeal over the years, as the 2011 manga claims "more than 2.6 million copies in print," according to the trailer's description. If this animated version is a success, might we someday see another live-action imagining of the giant-sized hero? The character's fan base, almost as large as Ultraman himself, would almost certainly be game for it.

(via The Asahi Shimbun)

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