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The company is currently co-owned by Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment and Fields Corporation.


Tsuburaya's history has been plagued with rather bizarre legal troubles. One student of Eiji Tsuburaya, a fellow from Thailand named Sompote "Sands" Saengduenchai, allegedly stormed into the offices of Eiji's son Noboru around the time the company was going through financial troubles and demanded the foreign distribution rights for the first six ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' and ''Jumborg Ace'', using them to produce the notorious ''Film/HanumanVs7Ultraman'' and ''Jumborg Ace and Giant''. Noboru granted him them, however the story gets very shady from there, with allegations of document forging and other things which [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement might get too heated to discuss here]]. [[http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2018/04/26/tsuburaya-productions-releases-statement-over-ultraman-rights-win/ Fortunately, it was finally resolved in 2018, with Tsuburaya Productions winning the distribution rights back]].

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Tsuburaya's history has been plagued with rather bizarre legal troubles. One student of Eiji Tsuburaya, a fellow from Thailand named Sompote "Sands" Saengduenchai, allegedly stormed into the offices of Eiji's son Noboru around the time the company was going through financial troubles and demanded the foreign distribution rights for the first six ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' and ''Jumborg Ace'', using them to produce the notorious ''Film/HanumanVs7Ultraman'' and ''Jumborg Ace and Giant''. Noboru granted him them, however the story gets very shady from there, with allegations of document forging and other things which [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement might get too heated to discuss here]]. [[http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2018/04/26/tsuburaya-productions-releases-statement-over-ultraman-rights-win/ Fortunately, it was finally resolved in 2018, with Tsuburaya Productions winning the distribution rights back]].


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* ''Daigoro vs. Goliath''''Film/DaigoroVsGoliath''


Tsuburaya Productions is a Japanese television and film producer most famous for creating the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''. It was founded in 1963 by Creator/EijiTsuburaya, the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies' special effects wizard and founding father of {{Toku}}satsu.

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Tsuburaya Productions (円谷プロダクション ''Tsuburaya Purodakushon'') is a Japanese television and film producer most famous for creating the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''. It was founded in 1963 by Creator/EijiTsuburaya, the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies' special effects wizard and founding father of {{Toku}}satsu.



* Filming the first shot-on-video tokusatsu (Andromelos).

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* Filming the first shot-on-video tokusatsu (Andromelos).(''Andro Melos'').



Tokusatsu fans have observed that Tsuburaya's effects work has been at least 5 ahead of Toei since at least the 1970s, with Tsuburaya adopting new camera technology, digital video, and HD filming years before KamenRider and SuperSentai respectively did. However, as mentioned above, the two have a working relationship.

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Tokusatsu fans have observed that Tsuburaya's effects work has been at least 5 ahead of Toei since at least the 1970s, with Tsuburaya adopting new camera technology, digital video, and HD filming years before KamenRider ''Franchise/KamenRider'' and SuperSentai ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' respectively did. However, as mentioned above, the two have a working relationship.



* ''Film/FugitiveAlien''

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* ''Film/FugitiveAlien''''Horror Theater Unbalance''



* ''Star Wolf''

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* ''Star Wolf''Wolf'' (edited for American release as ''Film/FugitiveAlien'')



* ''The Unbalance Zone''

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* ''The Unbalance Zone''

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Tokusatsu fans have observed that Tsuburaya's effects work has been at least 5 ahead of Toei since at least the 1970s, with Tsuburaya adopting new camera technology, digital video, and HD filming years before KamenRider and SuperSentai respectively did. However, as mentioned above, the two have a working relationship.


* ''Jumborg Ace''
* ''Kaiju Booska''

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* ''Jumborg Ace''
''Series/JumborgAce''
* ''Kaiju Booska''''Series/KaijuBooska''


* ''Film/FugitiveAlien''



* FamilyBusiness: Eiji's sons and grandsons have all been president of the company since his death, though as of 2007 the company is partially owned by both Bandai and Fields Corporation.

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* FamilyBusiness: Eiji's sons and grandsons have all been president of the company since his death, though as of 2007 the company is partially owned by both Bandai Creator/BandaiNamco and Fields Corporation.


* Filming the first shot-on-video tokusatsu (Andromelos)

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* Filming the first shot-on-video tokusatsu (Andromelos)(Andromelos).



* Producing TV commercials for ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/KamenRider''. (A significant portion of the mecha commercials have new stop motion and miniature scenes produced by Tsuburaya for Toei.)

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* Producing TV toy commercials for ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/KamenRider''. (A significant portion of the mecha toy commercials have new stop motion and miniature scenes produced by Tsuburaya for Toei.)



** In a more meta sense, what could have Eiji Tsuburaya made had he not succumbed to relatively early AuthorExistenceFailure in 1970? Could th new technology being created around the time have been used more? For reference, Tsuburaya often claimed technologies no one else was using at the time, such as optical printers. Think of what could have occured if Tsuburaya had taken up interest in CG or the improved modeling techniques of the late 70s.

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** In a more meta sense, what could have Eiji Tsuburaya made had he not succumbed to relatively early AuthorExistenceFailure in 1970? Could th the new technology being created around the time have been used more? more in their works of the time? For reference, Tsuburaya often claimed technologies no one else was using at the time, such as optical printers. Think of what could have occured occurred if Tsuburaya had taken up interest in CG or the improved modeling techniques of the late 70s.

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* ''Anime/SSSSGridman'' (produced with Creator/StudioTrigger)


* ''Redman''

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* ''Redman''''Series/{{Redman}}''


** Series/{{Mirrorman}}'' was intended to be another whole franchise.

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** Series/{{Mirrorman}}'' ''Series/{{Mirrorman}}'' was intended to be another whole franchise.


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[[caption-width-right:325:The company's logo, derived from ''Series/MightyJack'']]



Developed from the Tsuburaya Film Technique Labs that Eiji Tsuburaya had made in 1948 during his freelance period when he was not bound to Creator/{{Toho}}, their first production was Nikkatsu's ''Alone On The Pacific'' (1963). Providing several miniature scenes for the film, they eventually produced ''Series/UltraQ'' (1966), easily the most expensive production in Japanese TV history until its more famous sorta-sequel ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' (1966). For a period in the 90s and 2000s, the company also assisted in the production of multiple anime, including ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', ''Anime/BeastWarsII''[[note]]specifically, the ''Lio Convoy in Imminent Danger!'' movie with Creator/ToeiAnimation[[/note]] and ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''.

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Developed from the Tsuburaya Film Technique Labs that Eiji Tsuburaya had made set up in 1948 during his freelance period when he was not bound to Creator/{{Toho}}, their first production was Nikkatsu's ''Alone On The Pacific'' (1963). Providing several miniature scenes for the film, they eventually produced ''Series/UltraQ'' (1966), easily the most expensive production in Japanese TV history until its more famous sorta-sequel ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' (1966). For a period in the 90s and 2000s, the company also assisted in the production of multiple anime, including ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', ''Anime/BeastWarsII''[[note]]specifically, the ''Lio Convoy in Imminent Danger!'' movie with Creator/ToeiAnimation[[/note]] and ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''.



Tsuburaya's history has been plagued with rather bizarre legal troubles. One student of Eiji Tsuburaya's, a fellow from Thailand named Sompote Saengduenchai, allegedly stormed into the offices of Tsuburaya's son Kazuo around the time the company was going through financial troubles and demanded the foreign distribution rights for the first six ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' and ''Jumborg Ace'', using them to produce Chaiyo Productions' infamous ''Film/HanumanVs7Ultraman''. Kazuo granted him them, however the story gets very shady from there, with allegations of document forging and other things which [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement might get too heated to discuss here]]. [[http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2017/11/20/news-flash-jury-rules-in-favor-of-tsuburaya-pro-in-ultraman-rights-lawsuit/ Fortunately, it was finally resolved in 2017, with Tsuburaya Productions winning the distribution rights back]].

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Tsuburaya's history has been plagued with rather bizarre legal troubles. One student of Eiji Tsuburaya's, Tsuburaya, a fellow from Thailand named Sompote "Sands" Saengduenchai, allegedly stormed into the offices of Tsuburaya's Eiji's son Kazuo Noboru around the time the company was going through financial troubles and demanded the foreign distribution rights for the first six ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' and ''Jumborg Ace'', using them to produce Chaiyo Productions' infamous ''Film/HanumanVs7Ultraman''. Kazuo the notorious ''Film/HanumanVs7Ultraman'' and ''Jumborg Ace and Giant''. Noboru granted him them, however the story gets very shady from there, with allegations of document forging and other things which [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement might get too heated to discuss here]]. [[http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2017/11/20/news-flash-jury-rules-in-favor-of-tsuburaya-pro-in-ultraman-rights-lawsuit/ com/articles/2018/04/26/tsuburaya-productions-releases-statement-over-ultraman-rights-win/ Fortunately, it was finally resolved in 2017, 2018, with Tsuburaya Productions winning the distribution rights back]].



* FamilyBusiness: Eiji's sons and grandsons have all been president of the company since his death.

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* FamilyBusiness: Eiji's sons and grandsons have all been president of the company since his death.death, though as of 2007 the company is partially owned by both Bandai and Fields Corporation.


!!Tropes that go into Tsuburaya's 50+ year history include:

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!!Tropes that go into Tsuburaya's 50+ year history include:!!Tsuburaya Productions and their works provide examples of:



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!!Works by Tsuburaya Productions:
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* ''Film/TheBermudaDepths'' (co-produced with Creator/RankinBassProductions)
* ''Series/BioPlanetWoO''
* ''Bokura Yakyu Detective Team''
* ''Chibira-kun''
* ''Daigoro vs. Goliath''
* ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'' (adapted in United States as ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'')
* ''Dinosaur Expedition Born Free''
* ''Dinosaur Great War Izenborg''
* ''Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon''
* ''Emergency 10-4, 10-10''
* ''Series/{{Fireman}}''
* ''Jumborg Ace''
* ''Kaiju Booska''
* ''Film/TheLastDinosaur'' (co-produced with Creator/RankinBassProductions)
* ''Series/MightyJack''
* ''Series/{{Mirrorman}}''
* ''Series/{{Monkey}}''
* ''Mr. Mystery''
* ''Operation Mystery''
* ''Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser''
* ''Redman''
* ''Star Wolf''
* ''Film/TimeOfTheApes''
* ''Triple Fighter''
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' (for full list of shows and movies, see its page)
* ''The Unbalance Zone''

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