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Ultraman Mebius (ウルトラマンメビウス, Urutoraman Mebiusu) is a Japanese television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting. It is the 20th TV series and 40th anniversary production in the Ultra Series, which first began in 1966. It premiered on the Tokyo Broadcasting System on April 8, 2006. Unlike the two prior entries, Ultraman Nexus (2004) and Ultraman Max (2005), Mebius was moved from Saturday mornings to Saturday evenings at 05:30 and the show went on to air in Korea in April 2012,.
|Created by||Tsuburaya Productions|
|Developed by||Masanao Akahoshi|
|Directed by||Tomoki Sano|
|Composers||Toshihiko Sahashi, Toru Fuyuki|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||50 + 7 Gaiden|
|Running time||30 mins|
|Original network||Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Co., Ltd.(JPN)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV), 720p|
|Original release||April 8, 2006 –|
March 31, 2007
|Preceded by||Ultraman Max|
|Followed by||Ultraseven X|
On October 22, 2014, Crunchyroll announced that the entire series would be available that day on their streaming service for the US, Canada, Latin America, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. On February 26, 2018, Toku announced that they would broadcast the series in the United States on their television channel, starting on March 19, 2018.
The series opens with the introduction of the rookie Ultraman Mebius, who is sent to Earth by the Father of Ultra. The series is set 40 years after the shows of Ultraman (1966), and makes many references from Ultra Q (1966) through to Ultraman 80 (1980). "Mebius" is the Japanese approximation of Möbius; the Möbius strip is a recurring motif in the series.
Mebius is the Inter-Galactic Defense Force rookie sent to protect the Earth in anticipation of a returning wave of monsters. Adopting the alias of Mirai Hibino, he joined and assisted with the reformation of Crew GUYS after the previous cadets were killed by enlisting civilians he encountered prior due to their heroism. The series depicted both Mebius' growth of character development and his increasing bonds with Crew GUYS. In addition, the series introduced Ultraman Hikari, a blue tribe Ultra who initially antagonizes Mebius and the Crew GUYS for their constant meddling with his vendetta against Bogar, but eventually reformed and join forces with the rookie Ultra.
In the second half of the series, a mysterious force targeted the Earth through various monster and alien invasions. The Ultra Brothers appear to assist Mebius in dire situations and the latter, including Crew GUYS, receiving valuable lessons from their encounters. Drawing to the final episode, Alien Empera reveals himself as the leader of the Dark Four Heavenly Kings and several of the monster attacks that targeted Mebius and/or Crew GUYS. Despite his tremendous power, the Empera was defeated by a fusion of Mebius and Hikari, resulted by their sheer bonds with the Crew GUYS. In aftermath of the battle, Mebius finishes his duty on Earth and return to his planet, where he was accepted as a new member of the Ultra Brothers.
GUYS (Guards for UtilitY Situation) is an attack team formed at some point of time after UGM's disbandment. As no monster attacks were recorded since the last 25 years, Dinozaur had killed a majority of the original team members, save for the cadet named Ryu Aihara. Once Mirai and Sakomizu joined GUYS, the former recruited several civilians he encountered prior due to their commitment at the height of monster attacks.
- Field members
- Mirai Hibino (ヒビノ・ミライ, Hibino Mirai): see here
- Ryu Aihara (アイハラ・リュウ, Aihara Ryū): The 20-year-old sole survivor of his original Crew GUYS team during Dinozaur's attack. As he becomes the field commander, Ryu is dedicated to protect his new teammates and eventually acknowledges their skill to be on an equal level with past attack teams.
- Marina Kazama (カザマ・マリナ, Kazama Marina): A 19-year-old motorcycle racer with enhanced sense of hearing.
- George Ikaruga (イカルガ・ジョージ, Ikaruga Jōji): A 20-year-old professional soccer player with enhanced sense of sight and reflexes, which allows him to utilize ranged weapons at a precision rate.
- Konomi Amagai (アマガイ・コノミ, Amagai Konomi): An 18-year-old aspiring nursery school teacher working part time at a nursery school, her dedication to save the rabbits lead to an assembly of civilians that would become future members of Crew GUYS. Although usually works as an operator, she can also join the battle and guiding the Maquette Monsters.
- Teppei Kuze (クゼ・テッペイ, Kuze Teppei): An 18-year-old team member who is knowledgeable in the Ultra Brothers' exploits and their fight against monsters. Being a medical student, he was groomed to become the heir of his father's hospital, but gained the blessing from his parents to continue working on Crew GUYS after his bravery in saving the building from Insectus' invasion.
- Shingo Sakomizu (サコミズ・シンゴ, Sakomizu Shingo): The commander of the new Crew GUYS after Serizawa's seeming death. Despite his appearance as a 40-year-old, he was actually a veteran in the defense force and was once an SSSP member whose encounter with Zoffy lead to the foundation of GUYS. His encounter on space resulted in a permanent youthful appearance despite being 70 years old.
- Kazuya Serizawa (セリザワ・カズヤ, Serizawa Kazuya): The 30-year-old original commander of the previous Crew GUYS, he was thought to be killed by Dinozaur's rampage after saving Ryu, but his body was rescued by Hunter Knight Tsurugi as a human shell to operate on Earth. During Tsurugi's brief death, Serizawa's will resurfaced as he persistent on the Ultra's survival. From that day on, Serizawa becomes a permanent host of Hikari and occasionally assisting Crew GUYS in their fight.
- Staff members
- Aide Toriyama (トリヤマ補佐官, Toriyama-hosakan): The leader of the Japanese branch of GUYS, he issues orders to GUYS and gets frantic with joy whenever they accomplish a mission. While generally portrayed as cowardly, sycophantic and bumbling incompetent throughout the series, he gathers his resolve and stands up to Inspector Shiki when the latter demands that GUYS turn Ultraman Mebius/Hibino Mirai over.
- Secretary Aide Maru (マル補佐官秘書, Maru-hosakan-hisho): Toriyama's secretary, he follows Toriyama around and often corrects his speech mistakes.
- Yuki Misaki (ミサキ・ユキ, Misaki Yuki): The acting inspector general, she reports monsters to GUYS.
- Ultraman Mebius: see here
- Ultraman Hikari (ウルトラマンヒカリ, Urutoraman Hikari): A scientist from the Land of Light, who ventured to Earth as Hunter Knight Tsurugi (ハンターナイトツルギ, Hantā Naito Tsurugi) to exact revenge on Bogar. After killing the monster and freed from the armor, the scientist Ultra adopted the name "Ultraman Hikari" from Ryu and received his membership from the Space Garrison to assist Mebius several of his fights on Earth.
- A Fateful Encounter (運命の出逢い, Unmei no Deai)
- Our Wings (俺達の翼, Oretachi no Tsubasa)
- Only One Life (ひとつきりの命, Hitotsu kiri no Inochi)
- Broken Bonds (傷だらけの絆, Kizudarake no Kizuna)
- Reverse Shot (逆転のシュート, Gyakuten no Shūto)
- Two From the Deep Sea (深海の二人, Shinkai no Futari)
- Fanton's Lost Item (ファントンの落し物, Fanton no Otoshimono)
- Terrible Predator (戦慄の捕食者, Senritsu no Hoshokusha)
- Armour of Vengeance (復讐の鎧, Fukushū no Yoroi)
- Pride of GUYS (GUYSの誇り, Gaizu no Hokori)
- Mother's Miracle (母の奇跡, Haha no Kiseki)
- The First Errand (初めてのお使い, Hajimete no Otsukai)
- Marina of the Wind (風のマリナ, Kaze no Marina)
- One Path (ひとつの道, Hitotsu no Michi)
- Phoenix Nest (不死鳥の砦, Fushichō no Toride)
- A Strong Man from Space (宇宙の剣豪, Uchū no Kengō)
- Formation of Our Vow (誓いのフォーメーション, Chikai no Fōmēshon)
- Pressure on Ultraman (ウルトラマンの重圧, Urutoraman no Jūatsu)
- The Isolated Grandstand (孤高のスタンドプレーヤー, Kokō no Sutando Purēyā)
- Connecting Message (総監の伝言, Sōkan no Dengon)
- Cry From Space (虚空の呼び声, Kokū no Yobigoe)
- Daily Future (日々の未来, Hibi no Mirai)
- Ocean Waves of Time (時の海鳴り, Toki no Uminari)
- Yapool's Rebirth (復活のヤプール, Fukkatsu no Yapūru)
- The Program of the Poisonous Moth (毒蛾のプログラム, Dokuga no Puroguramu)
- Flying to Tomorrow (明日への飛翔, Asu e no Hishō)
- Champion of the Fierce Fight (激戦の覇者, Gekisen no Hasha)
- Konomi's Treasure (コノミの宝物, Konomi no Takaramono)
- Day of Separation (別れの日, Wakare no Hi)
- The Flame of Promise (約束の炎, Yakusoku no Honō)
- Thoughts Of Friends (仲間達の想い, Nakamatachi no Omoi)
- The Monster Master's Legacy (怪獣使いの遺産, Kaijūtsukai no Isan)
- Lady of the Blue Fire (青い火の女, Aoi Hi no On'na)
- A Man Without a Home (故郷のない男, Furusato no Nai Otoko)
- An Azurite Light and a Shadow (群青の光と影, Gunjō no Hikari to Kage)
- Mirai's Younger Sister (ミライの妹, Mirai no Imōto)
- Father Returns (父の背中, Chichi no Senaka)
- Isana of the Ocean (オーシャンの勇魚, Ōshan no Isana)
- An Invincible Mother (無敵のママ, Muteki no Mama)
- Lonely Paradise (ひとりの楽園, Hitori no Rakuen)
- Teacher of Memories (思い出の先生, Omoide no Sensei)
- An Old Friend's Visit (旧友の来訪, Kyūyū no Raihō)
- Threatening Mebius-Killer (脅威のメビウスキラー, Kyōi no Mebiusu Kirā)
- Ace's Wish (エースの願い, Ēsu no Negai)
- Deathrem's Plan (デスレムのたくらみ, Desuremu no Takurami)
- Immortal Glozam (不死身のグローザム, Fujimi no Gurōzamu)
- Mephilas's Game (メフィラスの遊戯, Mefirasu no Yūgi)
- Advent of the Emperor -Final Trilogy I- (皇帝の降臨 ―最終三部作Ⅰ―, Kōtei no Kōrin -Saishū Sanbusaku Wan-)
- Dark Clouds of Despair -Final Trilogy II- (絶望の暗雲 ―最終三部作Ⅱ―, Zetsubō no An'un -Saishū Sanbusaku Tsū-)
- Words from the Heart -Final Trilogy III- (心からの言葉 ―最終三部作Ⅲ―, Kokoro kara no Kotoba -Saishū Sanbusaku Surī-)
Ultraman Mebius had three side stories in accordance to the series.
- Ultraman Mebius Side Story: Hikari Saga (2006)
The first side story, separated into three parts and launched as FLET's internet television service, before being released on DVD in 2007. The story took place during the series' run, featuring Ultraman Hikari as the main viewpoint character, ranging from his past to his membership in Space Garrison.
- Ultraman Mebius Side Story: Armored Darkness (2008)
The second side story, separated into two parts and sold on DVD. The story took place after the final episode of the series.
- Ultraman Mebius Side Story: Ghost Reverse (2009)
The third and final side story, separated into two parts and sold on DVD. The story serves as a prologue to the 2009 Ultra Series movie, Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy.
- Mirai Hibino, Hiroto Ban (バン・ヒロト, Ban Hiroto): Shunji Igarashi (五十嵐 隼士, Igarashi Shunji)
- Ryu Aihara: Masaki Nishina (仁科 克基, Nishina Masaki)
- Marina Kazama: Ai Saikawa (斉川 あい, Saikawa Ai)
- George Ikaruga: Daisuke Watanabe (渡辺 大輔, Watanabe Daisuke)
- Konomi Amagai: Misato Hirata (平田 弥里, Hirata Misato)
- Teppei Kuze: Kenta Uchino (内野 謙太, Uchino Kenta)
- Shingo Sakomizu: Minoru Tanaka (田中 実, Tanaka Minoru)
- Aide Toriyama: Kenichi Ishii (石井 愃一, Ishii Kenichi)
- Secretary Aide Maru: Yutaka Maido (まいど 豊, Maido Yutaka)
- Yuki Misaki: Saaya Ishikawa (石川 紗彩, Ishikawa Saaya)
- Kazuya Serizawa: Shin Ishikawa (石川 真, Ishikawa Shin)
- Mysterious woman (Bogal) : Moeko Koyama (小山 萌子, Koyama Moeko)
- Kadokura (カドクラ): Shigeki Kagemaru (影丸 茂樹, Kagemaru Shigeki)
- Keiko Kuze (クゼ・ケイコ, Kuze Keiko): Hiroko Hayashi (林 寛子, Hayashi Hiroko)
- Tetsuharu Kuze (クゼ・テツハル, Kuze Tetsuharu): Ryo Kamon (加門 良, Kamon Ryō)
- METEOR (メテオール, Meteōru) operator: Naoshi Murata (村田 尚史, Murata Naoshi)
- Nursery school teacher: Mari Iwasa (岩佐 まり, Iwasa Mari)
- Chief Maintenance Araiso (アライソ整備長, Araiso-seibichō): Katsuhiko Watabiki (綿引 勝彦, Watabiki Katsuhiko)
- Professor Asami Fujisawa (フジサワ・アサミ博士, Fujisawa Asami-hakase): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けい, Ishibashi Kei)
- Mitsuhiko Hirukawa (蛭川 光彦, Hirukawa Mitsuhiko): Kosei Kato (加藤 厚成, Katō Kōsei)
- Alien Psychokino "Kako" (サイコキノ星人 カコ, Saikokino Seijin Kako): Ayumi Takamune (高宗 歩未, Takamune Ayumi)
- Man in black: Koji Shimizu (清水 綋治, Shimizu Kōji)
- Heizo (平蔵, Heizō, 12): Shun Ueda (うえだ 峻, Ueda Shun)
- Rinko Sawaki (サワキ・リンコ, Sawaki Rinko, 13): Asuka Shimizu (清水 あすか, Shimizu Asuka)
- Tetsuro Ban (バン・テツロウ, Ban Tetsurō, 21, 22): Sei Hiraizumi (平泉 成, Hiraizumi Sei)
- Announcer (31): Koichi Sudo (須藤 公一, Sudō Kōichi)
- Misa Takamura (タカムラ・ミサ, Takamura Misa, 33): Mai Saitō (斉藤 麻衣, Saitō Mai)
- Medium (33): Shoichiro Akaboshi (赤星 昇一郎, Akaboshi Shōichirō)
- Gen Otori (おおとり ゲン, Ōtori Gen, 34): Ryu Manatsu (真夏 竜, Manatsu Ryū)
- Hiroshi Isana (勇魚 洋, Isana Hiroshi, 38): Kōhei Murakami (村上 幸平, Murakami Kōhei)
- Sayuri Hinode (日ノ出 サユリ, Hinode Sayuri, 39): Jun Miho (美保 純, Miho Jun)
- Takeshi Yamato (矢的 猛, Yamato Takeshi, 41): Hatsunori Hasegawa (長谷川 初範, Hasegawa Hatsunori)
- Supreme General Chancellor Takenaka (タケナカ最高総議長, Takenaka-saikō-sōgichō, 42, 43): Kenji Sahara (佐原 健二, Sahara Kenji)
- Aya Jinguji (ジングウジ・アヤ, Jingūji Aya, 43, 44): Aiko Ito (いとう あいこ, Itō Aiko)
- Seiji Hokuto (北斗 星司, Hokuto Seiji, 44, 50): Keiji Takamine (高峰 圭二, Takamine Keiji)
- Yuko Minami (南 夕子, Minami Yūko, 44): Mitsuko Hoshi (星 光子, Hoshi Mitsuko)
- Hideki Go (郷 秀樹, Gō Hideki, 45, 50): Jiro Dan (団 時郎, Dan Jirō)
- President of the Kikuchi Electric Appliances Company (きくち電器商会, Kikuchi Denki Shōkai) (45): Eiichi Kikuchi (きくち 英一, Kikuchi Eiichi)
- Dan Moroboshi (モロボシ・ダン, Moroboshi Dan, 46, 50): Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣, Moritsugu Kōji)
- Hayata (ハヤタ, 47, 50): Susumu Kurobe (黒部 進, Kurobe Susumu)
- Inspector Shiki (シキ査察官, Shiki-sasatsukan, 48): Yôsuke Saitô (斉藤 洋介, Saitō Yōsuke)
- Mother (48, 49): Keiko Goto (五藤 圭子, Gotō Keiko)
- Ultraman Hikari/Hunter Knight Tsurugi, Kodaigon The Other (コダイゴンジアザー, Kodaigon Ji'azā, 12): Keiichi Nanba (難波 圭一, Nanba Keiichi)
- Father of Ultra (ウルトラの父, Urutora no Chichi): Tokuma Nishioka (西岡 徳馬, Nishioka Tokuma)
- Mother of Ultra (ウルトラの母, Urutora no Haha): Masako Ikeda (池田 昌子, Ikeda Masako)
- Zoffy (ゾフィー, Zofī): Hideyuki Tanaka (田中 秀幸, Tanaka Hideyuki)
- Ultraman Taro (ウルトラマンタロウ, Urutoraman Tarō): Hiroya Ishimaru (石丸 博也, Ishimaru Hiroya)
- Yapool (ヤプール, Yapūru): Tesshō Genda (玄田 哲章, Genda Tesshō)
- Grozam (グローザム, Gurōzamu): Hisao Egawa (江川 央生, Egawa Hisao)
- Deathrem (デスレム, Desuremu): Daisuke Gōri (郷里 大輔, Gōri Daisuke)
- Alien Mefilas (メフィラス星人, Mefirasu Seijin): Seizō Katō (加藤 精三, Katō Seizō)
- Alien Empera (エンペラ星人, Enpera Seijin): Kenji Utsumi (内海 賢二, Utsumi Kenji)
- Mebi-Navi narration: Mami (摩味)
- Opening narration of episodes 27-30: Hiroshi Isobe (磯部 弘, Isobe Hiroshi)
- Opening theme
- "Ultraman Mebius" (ウルトラマンメビウス, Urutoraman Mebiusu)
- Insert songs
- "Run through! - Wandaba" CREW GUYS ""
- Lyrics: Kazuho Mitsuda
- Composition / Arrangement: Toru Fuyuki
- Artist: Project DMM with TMC
- "Radiance-Ultraman Hikari's Theme"
- Lyrics and composition: Hideaki Takatori
- Arrangement: Hiromasa Kasashima
- Artist: Project DMM
- "Oath to you"
- Lyrics, composition, arrangement: Daimon Kazuya
- Artist: Project DMM
- "Ultra miracle"
- Lyrics, composition, arrangement: Daimon Kazuya
- Artist: Project DMM
A theatrical film, entitled Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers, was released in Japan on September 16, 2006. It takes place sometime after the end of episode 15 ("Phoenix's Fortress"), and is referenced in episode 24 ("Yapool's Rebirth").
In July 2020, Shout! Factory announced to have struck a multi-year deal with Alliance Entertainment and Mill Creek, with the blessings of Tsuburaya and Indigo, that granted them the exclusive SVOD and AVOD digital rights to the Ultra series and films (1,100 TV episodes and 20 films) acquired by Mill Creek the previous year. Ultraman Mebius, amongst other titles, will stream in the United States and Canada through Shout! Factory TV and Tokushoutsu.
- Ultra Series - Complete list of official Ultraman-related shows.
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