YMMV / Ultraman Nexus

  • Author's Saving Throw: Thanks to the short novel that bundled with Ultraman Nexus TV COMPLETE DVD-BOX, Dark Lucifer, the scrapped Final Boss of Ultraman Nexus was given its own character.
  • Complete Monster: Dark Zagi ("Evil God of Destruction"), alias Unknown Hand, is an evil, heartless, genocidal tyrant from another world. Created to be a force for justice, a clone of Ultraman Noa, instead he chose to kill off his creators, slaughtering so many of their people that they abandoned their planet and destroyed it to be rid of him. Zagi survived, and simply created an army of Space Beasts, including Beast the One, to take over the universe. He sent that monster to Earth, making him indirectly responsible for everything that went wrong in Ultraman: The Next. In the series proper, Zagi was beaten before the events of the series and destroyed, leaving behind his energy core and his soul. To restore his power, he possesses a random man, killing him slowly and taking over his body. Crafting the alias of Mitsuhiko Ishibori, Zagi starts a long gambit to regain his powers, sending Space Beasts across Japan and creating two more Dark Giants to attack Nexus and kill as many people as they can. At one point, Zagi actually kills a little girl's parents right in front of her and laughs about it. Eventually, Zagi succeeds in his gambit, and reveals himself by casually shooting his loyal partner in TLT. Nagi Saijyo, the girl Zagi personally orphaned, chases him and confronts him with the power of Ultraman Nexus. Zagi, who's revealed himself as Ishibori, simply mocks her, captures her, and tortures Nexus's power out of her body before absorbing it into himself and regaining his true form. Ascending to Tokyo, he orders all of his Space Beasts to attack the entire planet while he personally rampages through the city. Zagi was a remorseless, twisted killing machine, and responsible for much of the suffering that occurred in this series.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Ultraman Nexus first opening was a song named Eiyuu by DOA.
  • Fridge Horror: The kaiju are portrayed as genuinely horrifying. Almost all of them feed on humans(onscreen!) and each one has its own sinister modus operandi. People die horribly, and those who survive are left broken and traumatized, many to the point of insanity. Darker and Edgier, right? It would be, except none of the Space Beasts are all that different from previous Ultra-kaiju. Even beloved classics like Red King and Gomora probably inflicted the same terror upon the humans they menaced.
    • Jun Himeya's Meta Field collapses during a fight with the Space Beast Golgolem. As it shatters, the alien looking structures in the field rupture and the area floods with strange frothy liquid. The Meta Field is later revealed to be a projection of the host's own physical essence. What you're watching is Ultraman's internal organs burst.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The big reveal that the Unknown Hand is actually Night Raider team member Mitsuhiko Ishibori is accomplished by him casually shooting Shiori Hiraki, his always bubbly partner, point blank.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Upon his death and disappearance, Himeya's friends appear to gather to pay respects in what appears to be a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, but as the dialog goes on, it becomes increasingly obvious nobody has "seen him for years" despite his Heroic Sacrifice just hours ago.
    • A little girl named Riko has her parents transformed into spawn by the Space Beast Nosferu and she is implanted into a pulsating fleshy sack in the beast's head. When rescued and mindwiped by the Memory Police, something goes horribly wrong and her personality and other memories are deleted forcing her to relive ONLY memories of the traumatic event.
    • A few of the Space Beasts could count, particularly in their designs and behaviour. Kutuura stands out amongst the gang of horrors as a walking mass of tentacles and tormented faces that likes to snatch unlucky humans and drag them to its home dimension to eat. Not your typical Ultra Monster design.
  • Stoic Woobie: Night Raider gunner Shiori Hiraki is revealed to maintain her perpetually upbeat personality to hide her emotional distress from her boyfriend being mindwiped into forgetting her and marrying her best friend.
  • Tear Jerker: Jun Himeya gets to watch an orphan named Sera get blown to bits in front of his eyes.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: It's Ultraman...Of course kids will love it! This issue wasn't avoided in the franchise until Ultraseven X, which became a full-blown NSFW Ultraman show.