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Although Tsuburaya Pro. is widely seen as being under Toho and {{Creator/Toei|Company}} in terms of tokusatsu popularity and output, they can lay fame to a number of notable achievements (asides from creating the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''):

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Although Tsuburaya Pro. is widely seen as being under Toho and {{Creator/Toei|Company}} in terms of tokusatsu popularity and output, they can lay fame claim to a number of notable achievements (asides from creating the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''):

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* ''Film/UltraQTheMovieLegendOfTheStars'' -- 1990 movie based on ''Series/UltraQ''


Developed from the Tsuburaya Film Technique Labs that Eiji Tsuburaya had 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''.

Although Tsuburaya Pro. is widely seen as being under Creator/{{Toho}} and {{Creator/Toei|Company}} in terms of tokusatsu popularity and output, they can lay fame to a number of notable achievements (asides from creating the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''):
* Filming the first shot-on-video tokusatsu (''Series/AndroMelos'').
* Making the switch to digital video for TV series (with ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'') a good 8 years before Toei.
* Having several staff members hopping between studios, going all the way back to original Godzilla suit actor Creator/HaruoNakajima in the company's early days.
* 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.)
* Having the (rather dubious) honor of some of their works[[labelnote:*]]Specifically, ''Film/TimeOfTheApes'', ''Series/MightyJack'', and ''Film/FugitiveAlien''[[/labelnote]] being hacked to shreds by Sandy Frank and later mocked during season 3 of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.

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 ''Franchise/KamenRider'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' respectively did. However, as mentioned above, the two have a working relationship.

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Developed from the Tsuburaya Film Technique Labs that Eiji Tsuburaya had set up in 1948 during his freelance period when he was not bound to Creator/{{Toho}}, their the company's 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''.

Although Tsuburaya Pro. is widely seen as being under Creator/{{Toho}} Toho and {{Creator/Toei|Company}} in terms of tokusatsu popularity and output, they can lay fame to a number of notable achievements (asides from creating the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''):
* Filming the first shot-on-video tokusatsu (''Series/AndroMelos'').
with ''Series/AndroMelos''.
* Making the switch to digital video for TV series (with ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'') with ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'' a good 8 years before Toei.
Toei did with ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger''.
* Having several staff members hopping between studios, going all the way back to ranging from original Godzilla suit actor Creator/HaruoNakajima in the company's early days.
days to contemporary director Koichi Sakamoto who regularly juggles work between Tsuburaya and Toei.
* Producing TV toy commercials for ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/KamenRider''. (A significant portion of the ''Sentai'' mecha toy commercials have new stop motion and miniature scenes produced by Tsuburaya for Toei.)
* Having the (rather dubious) honor of some of their works[[labelnote:*]]Specifically, ''Film/TimeOfTheApes'', ''Series/MightyJack'', and ''Film/FugitiveAlien''[[/labelnote]] being hacked to shreds by Sandy Frank and later mocked during season 3 of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.

''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.

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 ''Franchise/KamenRider'' ''Kamen Rider'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' ''Super Sentai'' respectively did. However, as mentioned above, the two have a working relationship.



** Creator/GeorgeLucas nearly loaned out the effects production of ''Film/StarWarsANewHope'' to the studio, but 20th Century Fox nixed the idea.

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** Creator/GeorgeLucas nearly loaned out the effects production of ''Film/StarWarsANewHope'' to the studio, but [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyStudios 20th Century Fox Fox]] nixed the idea.idea. One wonders how would Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic have formed if Tsuburaya got the gig.


* Making the switch to digital video for TV series a good 8 years before Toei.
* Having several staff members hopping between studios.

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* Making the switch to digital video for TV series (with ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'') a good 8 years before Toei.
* Having several staff members hopping between studios.studios, going all the way back to original Godzilla suit actor Creator/HaruoNakajima in the company's early days.


In March 17th, 2021 Tsuburaya announced a streaming service "Tsuburaya Imagination" where every ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' installment along with other series and movies produced by them will be available for watch alongside exclusive new miniseries.

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In March 17th, 2021 Tsuburaya announced a streaming service "Tsuburaya Imagination" where every ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' installment along with other series and movies produced by them and literature, manga and American comics based on their properties will be available for to watch and read alongside exclusive new miniseries.


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** Creator/GeorgeLucas nearly loaned out the effects production of ''Film/StarWarsANewHope'' to the studio, but 20th Century Fox nixed the idea.

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** Creator/GeorgeLucas nearly loaned out the effects production of ''Film/StarWarsANewHope'' to the studio, but 20th Century Fox nixed the idea.idea.
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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.

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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 Showa-era ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies' special effects wizard and founding father of {{Toku}}satsu.



Although Tsuburaya Pro. is widely seen as being under [[Creator/ToeiCompany Toei]] in terms of popularity and output, they can lay fame to a number of notable achievements (asides creating the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''):
* Filming the first shot-on-video tokusatsu (''Andro Melos'').
* Making the switch to digital video a good 8 years before Toei.

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Although Tsuburaya Pro. is widely seen as being under [[Creator/ToeiCompany Toei]] Creator/{{Toho}} and {{Creator/Toei|Company}} in terms of tokusatsu popularity and output, they can lay fame to a number of notable achievements (asides from creating the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''):
* Filming the first shot-on-video tokusatsu (''Andro Melos'').
(''Series/AndroMelos'').
* Making the switch to digital video for TV series a good 8 years before Toei.



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 ''Series/JumborgAce'', 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 [[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]].

In March 17th, 2021 Tsuburaya announced a brand-new streaming service "Tsuburaya Imagination" where every ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' installment along with other series and movies produced by them will be available for watch alongside exclusive new miniseries.

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Tsuburaya's history has been plagued with rather bizarre [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal troubles.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 ''Series/JumborgAce'', 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 [[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]].

In March 17th, 2021 Tsuburaya announced a brand-new streaming service "Tsuburaya Imagination" where every ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' installment along with other series and movies produced by them will be available for watch alongside exclusive new miniseries.

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** ''Anime/SSSSDynazenon''

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In March 17th, 2021 Tsuburaya announced a brand-new streaming service "Tsuburaya Imagination" where every ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' installment along with other series and movies produced by them will be available for watch alongside exclusive new miniseries.


* ''Franchise/GridmanUniverse''

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* ''Franchise/GridmanUniverse''''Gridman Universe''


* ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'' (adapted in United States as ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'')



* ''Franchise/GridmanUniverse''
** ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'' (adapted in United States as ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'')
** ''Anime/SSSSGridman'' (produced with Creator/StudioTrigger)



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


Their Website/YouTube channel can be found[[https://www.youtube.com/user/tsuburaya here]], and before you ask, it's the real deal.

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Their Website/YouTube channel can be found[[https://www.found [[https://www.youtube.com/user/tsuburaya here]], and before you ask, it's the real deal.


If you're looking for their Website/YouTube channel[[https://www.youtube.com/user/tsuburaya ...]] (which is a real deal, if you ask)

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If you're looking for their Their Website/YouTube channel[[https://www.channel can be found[[https://www.youtube.com/user/tsuburaya ...]] (which is a com/user/tsuburaya here]], and before you ask, it's the real deal, if you ask)deal.


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 [[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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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'', ''Series/JumborgAce'', 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 [[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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The company is currently co-owned by Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment and Fields Corporation.

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