Series: Ultraman Nexus

The Light is a bond. It will shine again.

Ultraman Nexus is the 20th entry in the Ultra Series. It was produced by Tsuburaya Productions and aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from October 2, 2004 to June 25, 2005 with a total of 37 episodes. An extra unscreened episode was included in the DVD compilation.

Set in 2009, Ultraman Nexus is set in an Earth not unlike our own. While humanity blissfully goes about its daily life, a secret war is being fought in the shadows between the Terrestrial Liberation Trust(TLT) and monstrous alien invaders known as the Space Beasts. The main branches of TLT are the Night Raiders, military response teams who are tasked with eliminating Space Beasts, Memory Police, who erases the memories of witnesses and survivors of Space Beasts attacks as part of TLT's cover-up efforts and White Sweepers, an armed team dressed in Hazmat Suits tasked with the destruction of evidence and recovery of research subjects.

The series focuses on the life of Kazuki Komon, a former rescue worker turned recent inductee in the Night Raiders and his struggle to cope with his new life. Faced with a world where nothing is truly what it seems, he becomes embroiled within a shadowy conspiracy involving a mysterious silver giant, giant monsters manipulated by an unknown hand, Dark Ultramen and the hidden agendas within TLT. itself. The series, focusing on Kaizuki Komon rather than the titular Ultraman Nexus, also abandons the Monster of the Week concept and focuses on longer character driven arcs. Nexus is also relatively unique in its concept of the passing of the ability to transform into Ultraman between Dunamists (Humans who can become Ultraman) as well as the use of a Meta Field to draw monsters into pocket dimensions to prevent further destruction.

It is considered a much Darker and Edgier series than its predecessors.


Ultraman Nexus provides examples of the following tropes:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode EX is this for Shiori Hiraki.
  • Action Girl: Nagi Saijyo and Shiori Hiraki. After all, they are part of a Badass Crew.
  • Adult Fear: In episode 7, a girl and her dog are trapped at a factory as a result of Bugbazon's attack. Her mother is unable to reach her due to the police blockade, and undoubtedly fears for her daughter's safety.
  • Alien Invasion / Attack of the 50 Foot Whatever: The Space Beasts.
  • Aliens Are Bastards:
    • The Space Beasts, who have arrived on Earth for the purpose of feeding on humans. Prior to their arrival on Earth, they had attacked the home world of the visitors.
    • Averted with The Visitors, who provided help for TLT in their fight against the Space Beasts.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Dark Zagi, the Big Bad has been destroyed, but as of the finale set in 2010, Space Beasts are still rampant and its up to the Night Raiders to take care of them.
  • Arch-Nemesis: The Dark Ultras -Dark Faust, Dark Mephisto and Dark Zagi.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Nagi gives one to Komon in episode 13 to snap him out of his grief for Riko's death.
  • Artificial Human: Anyone created under the Prometheus Project, such as Yuu Kirasawa and Ren Senjyu.
  • Back for the Finale: Riko Saida and Jun Himeya.
  • Backstory: Ultraman: The Next, set five years prior to the events of the series.
  • Badass Crew: Night Raider is presented as a team of highly trained and very competent monster eliminators. As the show progresses however, they begin to lose some steam and their equipment begins to appear ineffective, increasingly having to be bailed out by Ultraman. After TLT abandons the Masquerade, Night Raider is expanded to become a Badass Army.
  • The Beastmaster: The Dark Ultras have been demonstrated to have some control over Space Beasts.
  • Being Good Sucks: Nexus perpetually risks his life getting pounded by Space Beasts, but is also hunted as an experimental subject by TLT and is generally a subject of apathy to most of the world.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hurting his girlfriend Nonomiya Mizuo sends the normally happy-go-lucky Ren Senjyu into Unstoppable Rage. He actually punches a monster to death as Ultraman because of this.
  • Big Bad: The Unknown Hand a.k.a. Dark Zagi
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A number of the Space Beasts appear to be insect-like, such as Bugbuzun, Bugbuzun Golar, Banpira, and Grantella.
  • Black and Gray Morality: The Space Beasts and the Unknown Hand are definitely evil and a threat to the Earth, but TLT does resort to morally questionable actions in its crusade against the Space Beasts.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Dark Faust and Dark Mephisto.
  • Blessed with Suck: Dunamist Jun Himeya considers his role as Ultraman to be this.
  • Blob Monster: Pedoleon.
  • Blood Knight:
    • Deputy Commander Nagi Saijyo considers it her personal mission in life to kill all beasts.
    • Former Deputy Commander Shinya Mizorogi was one too during his Night Raider days, which may be why he got along well with Nagi initially.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: There is more on-screen graphic violence here. Comes with being a Darker and Edgier series.
  • Body Horror: Nosferu has a tendency to turn victims into rat-like spawn.
  • Busman's Holiday: Any time a team member takes time off to visit a friend or loved one, it doesn't end well.
  • Cast from Hit Points: The Meta Field is later revealed to be a projection of Ultraman's physical essence.
  • Catapult Nightmare:
    • Himeya awakens from one in episode 5.
    • Komon has one in episode 7.
  • The Chessmaster: Mitsuhiko Ishibori as the Unknown Hand / Dark Zagi.
  • Combat Tentacles: Many Space Beasts have these, usually using them to attack and devour humans.
  • Cool Gun: The Divait Launcher, Night Raider standard heavy weapon and the Blast Shot, a gun possessed by Dunamists.
  • Cool Starship: "Set Into Strike Chester!"
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Dark Zagi was responsible for the destruction of his home world and is now on Earth. Along with him are the Space Beasts, terrifying creatures that prey on humans. Some people Go Mad from the Revelation after surviving (and/or) witnessing Space Beasts attacks.
  • Crapsack World: Your seemingly happy and peaceful existence may be rudely interrupted any time, anywhere by a Space Beast coming out to attack and eat you, along with your family and friends if they are nearby. If you are aware of this fact, your memory will be erased and you will be led to believe that you were involved in a more 'realistic' accident (eg. automobile accident, gas explosion etc.) Played straight in the epilogue - Although the existence of Space Beasts is now common knowledge, the world has banded together to survive and the Space Beasts are no longer being led by a master manipulator, they are only held in check by Night Raider mass recruitments and non-stop street and air patrols with battles still spilling into populated urban areas.
  • Critical Annoyance: The Color Timer, a standard series trope.
  • Darker and Edgier: A lot compared to other Ultra series, given that this series was aimed specifically at adults. Especially jarring when compared to its predecessor Ultraman Cosmos, which was aimed at young children. Part of what made this series fit this trope is due to its heavy use of Deconstruction.
  • Dark Is Evil: Dark Faust, Dark Mephisto, Dark Mephisto Zwei and Dark Zagi.
  • Dead All Along: Komon's girlfriend Riko Saida and her family.
  • Death Seeker: Most of the Dunamists exhibit this behavior. Jun Himeya considers his ability a punishment for getting an orphan killed during an armed conflict. Ren Senjyu intentionally leaves himself open to attack when fighting because he wants to end his limited lifespan with a bang.
  • Deconstruction: Of many Ultra Series tropes. This series tries to be realistic in its portrayal of Ultraman and Space Beast appearing in the world. Such as:
    • The Ultraman are not fully trusted by humans and the human host of the Ultraman are not exactly stable people themselves. Jun Himeya is a photographer who felt guilty because he couldn't protect a kid he cared about and tried to redeem himself by becoming Ultraman. Ren Senjyu is a death seeker who wants to go out meaningfully because he only has a short life. Nagi is powered by her desire to avenge her parents' death. Being an Ultraman also cause physical issues for them as it is very tiring and unlike previous series, the wounds they received in battle does not heal easily and can cause problems in their next battle.
    • The monsters here are actually genuine threats not only because they cause death and destruction but also the psychological effects they cause to those who encountered them. The destruction caused by the monster is treated as a real issue which is why Ultraman transports them to the Meta Field before fighting them to avoid destroying places or worse, injuring innocent people caught in the area where the battle takes place. Their existence are also kept secret by TLT as to not cause mass panic, which is why the Memory Police were created to erase the memory of ordinary citizens who either witnessed or were attacked by Space Beasts, as quite a number of these people Go Mad from the Revelation after their encounter with the Space Beasts.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Himeya appears in the Cold Open of the first episode. He is the titular Ultraman, but the series make use a Supporting Protagonist - Komon.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: A recurring Ultra Series trope.
  • Demonic Possession: With villain names like Dark Faust and Dark Mephisto, fairly obvious.
  • Destroy the Evidence: TLT has the White Sweeper division, which destroys the Space Beasts' remains after battle to keep the existence of Space Beasts a secret. They also recover materials that could be used for research.
  • Determinator: Most Dunamists tend towards some form of this.
  • Deuteragonist: The Dunamists are the most important characters after Kaizuki Komon.
  • Devil in Disguise: The Unknown Hand / Dark Zagi disguises himself as one of the human characters until his body is fully restored in the final episode,where Mitsuhiko Ishibori is revealed to be him.
  • Director's Cut: Episode 29, which was released on DVD.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: Many Space Beasts prey on humans in wooded areas.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Kutuura, lord of the Land of Death.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The explosion shown every time before the opening credits. It is a supernova, which took place upon the destruction of the Visitors' home world.
  • Eldritch Location: The Metafield, the subspace used by Ultraman to fight Space Beasts.
  • Energy Weapon: Most of the Night Raider aircraft use beam weapons extensively.
  • Evil Counterpart
    • The Dark Ultramen towards the Dunamists.
    • Dark Zagi's backstory actually makes him a literal example. He is an attempt to replicate Noa that went rogue.
  • Evil Plan: The Unknown Hand has been playing things from behind the scenes with the possession of Mitsuhiko Ishibori, the murder of Nagi Saijyo's parents, turning Shinya Mizorogi into Dark Mephisto, animation of Riko Saida as Dark Faust and using Space Beasts to eliminate Dunamists Jun Himeya and Ren Senjyu all to gurantee that Nagi will inherit the Light and taint it with hatred.
  • Evolution Powerup: Nexus evolves with each new host, gaining a new form. Actually, he was originally The Next before evolving into Nexus. In the Final Battle, his newest host causes him to evolve into Ultraman Noa.
  • Fatal Family Photo: In episode 13, a family of four asks Komon to help take a family photo of them at the zoo. They are brutally attacked by Nosferu at the end of the episode.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: When there are Space Beasts out for human flesh week after week, this is the result.
  • For Science!: TLT's justification for experimenting on any Dunamist they capture.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Some of the Night Raiders' weaponry make heavy use of lasers.
  • Fun with Acronyms: TLT (Terrestrial Liberation Trust) is pronounced "tilt".
  • Gambit Pileup: As an organization, TLT appears to have wheels within wheels within wheels.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Many times Ultraman jumps into the fray plagued by lingering injuries from previous fights. These battles rarely end well.
  • Gratuitous English: Many of the Night Raiders commands. Watch some of the Night Raiders saying "Set into Strike Chester!."
  • Greek Mythology: The Illustrator briefly mentions about Lethe and Prometheus.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The Visitors cloned Ultraman Noa so that they could have someone to protect them from the Space Beasts. They ended up creating Dark Zagi and destroying their home world.
  • Hazmat Suit: Worn by the White Sweepers.
  • Henshin Hero: Partially subverted in that the Dunamists have no special powers in Human form but have access to a cool energy pistol.
  • Heroic BSOD: Komon goes through one as a result as a result of Riko's death in episode 12. It is only in episode 16 when he gets back to his normal self.
  • Hope Bringer: Himeya becomes one for Komon.
  • Hour of Power: A series hallmark. Subverted in that the human body was never designed for the level of abuse dished out during fights and the animating Dunamist often collapses long before Ultraman's timer starts blinking.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The title of an episode often refers to something that will make play a role in that particular episode. As the events in the series are viewed through the eyes of Komon, the title is something that he will encounter or associate with in that episode.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: How the Memory Police operates. After erasing the memories of survivors of Space Beast attacks, they lie to them about what really happened.
    Shutou Saya: In this world there's a happiness in not knowing.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: From The Visitors to TLT.
  • Invisibility Cloak: The Night Raider vehicles are all fitted with this to keep the Muggles from becoming aware of the secret war between humanity and the Space Beasts.
  • It Was a Gift: Riko gives Komon a good luck charm, Good-luck-kuri-kun in episode 2. Komon subsequently keeps it by his side, as a reminder of his loved one. When he broke it during an encounter with an illusion of Riko in episode 16, he takes it as a sign that Riko is dead and he has to move on.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ren Senjyu attempts to mindwipe Nonomiya Mizuo with her own memory eraser just before he goes off to make his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Japan is the Center of the Universe: Most Space Beast incidents take place in Japan.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: TLT's willingness to happily experiment on any Dunamist they can get their hands on seems to be shades of this.
  • Kaiju: The Space Beasts.
  • Kill It with Fire: When confronted with the difficulty of hitting Space Beast Bugbuzun's fast moving tentacles, Nagi Saijyo decides that napalm shots are her best option.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: TLT's Memory Police unit invokes this trope by systematically hunts down anyone exposed to Space Beasts and erases their memories of the encounter.
  • Last Episode New Character: Ultraman Noa.
  • Light Is Good: Pun aside, all Dunamists are firmly on the side of good.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: If an Energy Weapon doesn't do the job, the Night Raiders will usually resort to this.
  • Man in White: Yuu Kirasawa, the Illustrator.
  • The Masquerade: TLT goes to great lengths to conceal the fact that Space Beasts have invaded the Earth.
    • Broken Masquerade: As of the final episode, the invasion of the Earth by the Space Beasts is now common knowledge.
  • Master of Delusion: Subverted. the Night Raiders pretty soon become aware of Ultraman's identity.
  • Meaningful Name
    • Nexus means a connection or network of connections between a number of people, things or ideas.
    • The job of the Night Raiders is to eliminate Space Beasts before the public become aware of their existence.
    • The BFG on the Strike Chester combat aircraft used to atomize monsters is called the "Vanisher".
  • Megaton Punch: Ultraman Noa literally punches Dark Zagi into orbit.
  • Memory Wiping Crew: The Memory Police.
  • The Men in Black: All members of the Memory Police are fittingly dressed in black.
  • Military Mash Up Machine: The rather outlandish looking Alpha, Beta and Gamma Chester combat machines are designed to merge into a single heavily armed combat gunship or a ground based assault vehicle.
  • Mind Rape: Shinya Mizorogi enjoys doing this to his victims.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: The final Space Beast, Ezmael, is a fusion of most of the previous ones.
  • Mole in Charge: What better way for the Unknown Hand / Dark Zagi to play his mind games than to serve as the Night Raider Analyzer Tactician Mitsuhiko Ishibori.
  • Monster of the Week: Subverted. Ultraman often is forced to deal with entire infestations of similar monsters over entire plot arcs.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Goregolem has FAR more teeth than even a carnivore should have.
  • Muggles: Most regular humans who are not Dunamists or part of TLT, with a tendency to become Victim of the Week.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: A show that first aired in 2004, taking place in 2009.
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: The young girl that was the Victim of the Week in episode 14 had been drawing out the horrifying things that happened to her when she reappeared in episode 29.
  • Oh, Crap: Despite having only one set expression, the Ultras in this series are quite good at pulling this off. Dark Zagi gets a really nice one before being vaporized by Ultraman Noa.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There are two characters named Riko in the show.
  • Opposites Attract: Ren Senjyu and Nonomiya Mizuo.
  • The Password Is Always Swordfish: The password to access information on Group P.P. (Prometheus Project) is pyr.
  • People Puppets: Dark Mephisto uses Riko Saida as this. She eventually breaks free of this and dies protecting Komon from Nosferu.
  • Phantom Zone
    • Ultraman uses his Meta Field to contain monsters whenever possible, preventing them from endangering civilians.
    • Also, Goregolem can walk through one of these, allowing him to cross distances unmolested.
  • Precious Photo:
    • Komon carries a picture of his girlfriend Riko.
    • Himeya glances at photos of Sera in his home from time to time.
  • Prequel: Ultraman: The Next was released a few months after Ultraman Nexus started airing.
  • Product Placement: The Panasonic Toughbooks used by the Night Raiders.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Riko Saida as Dark Faust, Shinya Mizorogi as Dark Mephisto.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Dark Mephisto Zwei and Dark Zagi.
  • Refuge in Audacity: As noted by Negoro in episode 21, TLT's solution to media reports on strange sighting is to flood the media with similar over the top reports.
  • Regular Caller: As part of the Combat Information Center(CIC), the Illustrator is able to detect when Space Beasts appear and call the Night Raiders to take immediate action.
  • Retool: Episode 26 onwards features a new Dunamist in the form of Ren Senjyu after Himeya's disappearance, new theme songs and some comical moments.
  • Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: Downplayed. The series maintains a serious atmosphere throughout its run, but after episode 26, where Ren Senjyu appears, the show starts to have obvious, but subdued humorous moments.
  • Room Full of Crazy: In episode 11, when Komon's enters Riko Saida's room, hideous drawings of Nosferu are strewn everywhere. It was probably an illusion created by Mizorogi to break Komon.
  • Short-Distance Phone Call: Komon does this to Riko at the zoo to surprise her in episode 2.
  • Sinister Surveillance / Surveillance as the Plot Demands: This is how the Illustrator knows what is going on from his Hacker Cave.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Standard procedure during TLT physical examinations.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The series focuses on the life of Kaizuki Komon, despite the fact that he does not transform into the eponymous hero. However, he does become Ultraman in the series' finale and thus, ditches this role.
  • Surprisingly Good English: The male voice that does the announcement in the Fortress Freedom hangar.
  • Survivor Guilt: Himeya has this regards to Sera, after seeing her get killed right before his eyes.
  • Tank Goodness: "Set Into Cannon Chester!"
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: TLT's justifications of keeping the existence of Space Beasts and everything else associated with it a secret from humans.
  • To Be Continued: Every episode other than the finale ends with this, written in English.
  • To Serve Man: Almost all of the Space Beasts eat humans and only humans.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Painfully subverted in that the dangerously Genre Savvy monsters will often take pot shots at the Chester combat vehicles as they adopt close formation during their merger sequence.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Dunamists' Evoltruster and Dark Mephisto's Dark Evolver.
  • Undercover as Lovers: Nonomiya Mizuo of the Memory Police is ordered to do this to keep tabs on Ren Senjyu. She ends up actually falling for him.
  • Underwater Base: TLT's main base, Fortress Freedom is located under a dam.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Nagi Saijyo resorts to this during her first encounter with Ultraman.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: The Illustrator knows more about the Dunamists and Space Beasts than he lets on.
  • War Is Hell: As a photographer, Jun Himeya goes to see the war zone for himself. He returns a self-loathing wreck.
  • We Have Forgotten the Phlebotinum: Night Raider is prevented from using the Ultimate Vanisher, a beam cannon packing the same firepower as Ultraman's Over Ray Storm, due to a traitor purging the frequency modulation data from TLT's database.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In order to maintain the status quo, TLT turns to alien science and mindwipes the entire world due to the 2004 incident.