Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Remember those cheesy 1960s Japanese action TV shows that feature metal-armored superheroes who bleed sparks or giant robots made of cardboard? Shows like Kamen Rider, Super Sentai that usually made their way to the States on late-night cable? Well, Ultraman is the one that started it all.
The progenitor of the tokusatsu TV genre, Ultraman began as a 1966 live-action TV series about a special anti-monster defense agent who can transform into a giant alien called Ultraman to defeat huge creatures. The show became a phenomenon, birthing the tokusatsu genre that later gave us Power Rangers and spawning dozens of sequels, spin-offs, rip-offs, imitators, parodies and tributes. Ultraman himself is still a Japanese pop culture icon today who has appeared in movies, video games, and manga. And now thanks to Netflix, he’ll finally become an anime.