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Two production houses combine forces to create a superhero for Malaysians - the Ultraman Ribut.
This joint venture by Malaysia’s Les’ Copaque Productions (creators of Upin & Ipin) and Tsuburaya Productions (creators of Ultraman) will see the new character tackle the League Of Darkness.
With superpowers like super-speed, Ultra armour that withstands high temperature and a “Ribut Blocker” that can form a shield to protect him from enemy attacks, Ultraman Ribut promises to really put on a fight.
On 29th September, catch the superhero in a special episode of Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes as part of the New Generation Ultras team on the Tsubaraya Official YouTube channel. This is an online-only micro-series and there will be both Japanese and English options.
In the series, the League of Darkness is an evil organisation made up of the Ultras’ former enemies and are led by two evil Ultras - X Darkness and Geed Darkness, who can drain power from the good Ultras’ for themselves.
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Past seasons of Upin & Ipin have featured Ultraman Ribut, where we can see him saving our beloved KL from monsters like Alien Kilat, Raksasa Bayang and Raksasa Halilintar, with the two iconic twins as his sidekick.
Ultraman was brought to life by special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya in 1966 and has since grown to be one of Japan’s most iconic superheroes, aside from being well-known globally. The character also went on to be featured in many shows, comics, films and merchandise.
At a recent press conference, Tsuburaya Productions announced a global expansion plan which includes turning South East Asia into one of its biggest markets outside of Japan.
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Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes is only one of many shows the company has lined up for the franchise.
Ultraman R/B, which is the latest Ultraman series, is currently showing in Malaysia on Astro Ceria, with Ultraman Taiga set to premiere next year.
Announcements have also been made for the second season of Netflix’s original Ultraman anime series. Shin Ultraman, a feature film adaptation of the original 1966 Ultraman, has also been put down to be released in 2021.
By: Celestine Foo