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It is [proven that] he will be a real hero. This is the beginning of a new age
Manga Tagline (The former part is not used in the English version)

It has been forty years since the events of Ultraman. Separated from the legendary "Being of Light" that had saved the Earth from giant alien invaders time and time again, Shin Hayata has lost all memory of his time as host to the extraterrestrial titan. With the dissolution of the "Science Special Search Party" (SSSP), Hayata has retired to a mundane life, fathering a son named Shinjiro. Things were normal...until Shinjiro, at the age of five, fell from a great height and walked away unscathed.

Shinjiro had inherited his father's "Ultraman Factor."

Things start to unravel as the presence of aliens becomes more and more apparent. With his memory restored, Shin leads the reformed SSSP in creating new Ultramen to defend the Earth. The first candidate to don the mantle is a now 17-year-old Shinjiro.


Helmed by Linebarrels of Iron creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, the manga is a reboot of the Ultraman franchise, ignoring everything that succeeded the original series in favor of an alternate timeline where the appearance of extraterrestrials on Earth had much more ramifications and the original Ultraman is the only Ultra to have ever visited Earth. Expectedly, the series also takes a Darker and Edgier approach considering the themes it deals in. It is currently serialized in Monthly Comic Magazine Hero's.

An anime adaptation has been produced, co-directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) & Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and was released worldwide by Netflix as an Original on April 1, 2019. Watch the trailer here. On June 11, 2019, Netflix announced that it had renewed the show for a second season.


See here for the motion comic version with official subtitles provided in English.

It will receive an Action RPG Mobile Phone Game for iOS and Android platforms developed by DAYAMONZ in Spring 2020, titled "Ultraman Be ULTRA". Though based off of both the Manga and Anime, Be:ULTRA utilizes elements featured in neither, including new Suits based off of other Ultramen from throughout the franchise.

The series includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Several characters had their haircolors altered for the Anime, making them slightly more realistic. For example Dan went from a reddish-brown to black, and Rena's bright red was changed to brown.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: For the Anime adaption, Endo lost his wife to the destruction caused by one of the original Ultraman's battles, which gives him a great deal of resentment for anything Ultraman-related. This is in stark contrast to the manga, where he was saved by Ultraman as a kid and idolizes him, which is why he dislikes the Science Patrol's 'Fake Ultraman' so much.
    • This spreads over to his daughter Rena, who was obsessed with Ultraman in the manga, but here is only outspoken about the hero for publicity reasons. She even takes a moment during her first concert to drop the act and call him out about what happened to her mom.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The Manga serves as an Ultimate Universe of sorts for the Showa Era of Ultraman. Heroes from their respective shows appear in a singular alternate storyline and don powersuits representing their giant selves from the show. Some familiar monsters appear as well, some are even in their original gigantic form, but most of the monster and aliens are expies of popular foes from the original television shows.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Yapool, the main antagonist of Ultraman Ace, is the one providing Seiji Hokuto with technical support. He also displays fatherly concern for the young Ultraman wannabe.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Leo Brothers are the Star Cluster Council's elite assassins and both display contempt for illegal aliens of any kind. Downplayed once they're humbled and join the SSP.
  • Adaptational Wimp: All the Ultras have been dialed down to people in Powered Armor or Flying Bricks as opposed to the giant superheroes in the original series. Also applies to the familiar Kaiju of the franchise, as they've all yet to grow into giant size to destroy cities and are more concerned with hiding among humans.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Seiji remains in love with Yuko, but is not afraid to flirt with Shinjiro.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The entire Ultraman species is labelled as this in this continuity. The Leo Brothers say the Star Cluster Council are at war with them and that they're evil, but the Council's own shady presence in the story requires one to take this information with a grain of salt. Leo even acknowledges that the Ultramen seek to do good, but being giant cosmic Knight Templars who take matters into their own hands and wield power that can lay waste to entire planets is what makes them so dangerous and worthy of combatting.
  • Animal Motif: Leo and Astra are likened to lions, Leo especially.
  • Apocalypse How: Class X-4. The Land of Light where the Ultras originate from and the galaxy it is situated in has been revealed to have been wiped off the face of the universe thanks to their artificial sun going supernova. The resultant explosion had tore a hole in space-time and as such the universe is in the process of contracting into itself until there is nothing left, necessitating the mass immigration of alien life onto Earth.However, this turns out to be a lie, as the actual "catastrophe" is an all-out war between the Land of Light and the Star Cluster Council.
  • Back from the Dead: Kotaro Higashi was killed by an alien, but was resurrected when his blood mixed with the drugs it was carrying and later embued him with his pyrokinetic powers.
  • Big Applesauce: Volumes 9 and 10 introduce an Asian American man with the Ultraman Factor who starts to fight crime in New York City, and volume 10 is all about an alien terrorist attack on Manhattan. Interestingly, this arc started after the author took a trip to New York City.
  • The Big Guy: Jack's Ultra suit is built like a tank.
  • Bland-Name Product: The battle of episode 4 takes place in front of a green neon sign proudly displaying "Scarbacks Coffee".
  • Camera Fiend: Kotaro Higashi is a photographer in this continuity.
  • Clark Kenting: Rena, a famous pop-idol, apparently goes around in public wearing a pair of glasses to avoid attention.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: While the series isn't shy about using the name "Ultraman" and aliens generally get to keep their names, it's more subtle when it comes to referencing the titles of Ultramen past Shinjiro. Jack and Taro are now the characters' real names, while Moroboshi wears a version Seven suit. Seiji isn't directly named as "Ace" (at least in the anime), but his sworn enemy is still called Ace Killer and their battle includes quips about an "ace up my sleeve". Seiji also references the "Ultra Brothers" designation for the earliest Ultras by calling his fellow Ultramen "big brother". Thus far Taro is the only one to fully address himself by his original name as "Ultraman Taro."
  • Composite Character: Shin's later Ultraman suit has a chestplate design not dissimilar to Ultraman Zoffy's.
  • Continuity Reboot: Everything that followed the original Ultraman is ignored.
  • Cool Old Guy: Once he dons his prototype Ultraman suit, Hayata is as combat-ready as he was forty plus years ago.
  • Darker and Edgier: As opposed to the Space Opera, Kaiju-themed premise that is associated with the Ultra Series, those ideas take a backseat to more street-level adventures that Shinjiro partakes in as Ultraman. The series also explores the consequences of the existence of extraterrestrials appearing on Earth.
  • Death Glare: Moroboshi gives Shinjiro a terrifying one from a distance as he observes him and Rena talking.
  • Decomposite Character: Of a sort. The familiar names in the cast are mostly the human hosts or human forms rather than the actual Ultramen of their respective shows.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Done straight with Red and the Leo brothers, who are antagonistic and enemies respectively until they're clobbered. Downplayed with Adad and Seiji, who oppose the heroes at first, but after their initial encounter are more than willing to stand with the heroes.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: You left a negative comment on a Rena Sayama fansite? Prepare to be tracked down by an anonymous alien assassin for bloody disintegration.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Seiji is a light-hearted, playful guy who is always seen with a smile on his face. He also steals mob money to fund his heroism stunts, bullies crooks and jerks for fun, and honestly believes there's no such thing as a hero who doesn't get his hands dirty. See Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids! below.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Red dives into the bottles after Jack seemingly betrays him. More specifically, kegs and kegs of alien booze. The bar owner scolds him for scaring off his other patrons.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: The National Security Agency has a team of agents who don Ultraman-like suits against alient threats to American soil.
  • Expecting Someone Taller:
    • Literally. Most people first assume Shinjiro is some Ultraman cosplayer, because when they hear 'Ultraman' they expect someone, y'know, giant.
    • How Jack is introduced. Shinjiro initially believes that a big hulking alien in a fight club is Moroboshi's informant, only for the big guy to fall over unconscious and reveal that the informant is the much more human-looking Jack.
  • Flying Brick: the "Ultraman Factor" turns Shinjiro into one of these.
  • Foreshadowing: Bemular claims helping Seiji 'wouldn't be the first time he helped a human.' This startles Shin and segues into his reveal as the Original Ultraman.
    • Also on a meta-level:Those who know about Ultraman's concept stages as a bird monster named Bemlar will find The Reveal that Bemular actually being Ultraman makes a lot of sense in hindsight.
  • Gender Flip: The usually male Alien Valky is female here. And attracted to Taro.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Dan Moroboshi is completely willing to kill and scoffs at Shinjiro's unwillingness to. Also applies to morally grey characters like Adad and Bemular.
  • Government Cover Up: To anything that has the aliens as the culprits, regardless if they're working for the SSSP or not.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: The original Ultraman, and by extension his former host Shin Hayata. Also applies to Bemular after his true identity is revealed, as all of his actions aren't done out of malice, but rather to oppose the Star Cluster Council, who aren't as benevolent as they appear.
  • He Knows Too Much: Moroboshi's general reaction to Seiji, though later reveals he's not too paranoid to actually kill the kid for pretending to be Ultraman.
    • This goes both ways during the SSP's fight with the Ace Killers. The SSP knows The Star Cluster Council hired them, and the Ace Killers realize they have to kill them before they can blab. The SSP decides to kill them and feign ignorance the next time they report, which neatly sweeps everything under the rug for both sides.
  • Heroic BSoD: Seiji's brush with death during his fight with Moroboshi as well as discovering that Yapool knew more about the death of his parents than he let on sends him into one.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The weaponry used by Bemular and other Aliens in the Anime adaption are prone to loud, electronic shrieking noises.
  • Holographic Disguise: A common device used by aliens to walk among humans. Shinjiro uses it to appear as Ultraman when an emergency requires his attention, but lacks any of the protection the suit would give him.
    • The anime gave Shinjiro and Dan the ability to summon their suits proper, removing the need for them to use holographic disguises.
  • Human Aliens: Jack and Moroboshi are aliens with natural human appearances.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters:
    • The general effect Agent Adad was going for when he reveals Pigmon's benefactors.
    • The Star of Darkness's biological attack on New York is claimed to be a Hate Plague that will bring out the worst in those affected. Not long after this is announced and the group assure the citizens that they won't be at fault for their actions, rioting breaks out. Eventually, the Star of Darkness reveal that they actually lied about the attack and call out the humans for taking advantage of a crisis where their looting and rioting would have no consequences.
  • The Informant: Jack, a humanoid alien, lives in the Alien Immigrant City and keeps his eye out for intel he can deliver to Moroboshi and the rest of the SSP, or rather, anybody who'll pay him.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Seiji is motivated to heroics because he wants to make Earth safe for his alien friend Yuko.
  • Inspired by...: The mangakas mentioned that they were inspired by the reboots of comic properties in North America like the MCU and Nolan's Batman.
  • I Owe You My Life: Leo and Astra pledge their loyalty to Moroboshi after he saves their lives from Nova.
  • Kaiju: All the familiar monsters of the Ultra Series have shrunken down to (mostly) human height, but thus far the only monster to retain their original massive size is Nova.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The opening to Chapter 42 has Moroboshi say this about seemingly decapitating Seiji:
    Moroboshi: I'm sorry if that's a letdown for you. I only knocked it off with the flat of my blade. You didn't think I was serious, did you?
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Rena shares her father's investigative skills, putting them to good use in her research on Ultraman and at one point almost figuring out that Shinjiro is Ultraman just by the fact that they run similarly. The anime has Rena actually figure out Shinjiro was Ultraman before leaving for New York.
  • Literal-Minded: When Seiji refers to Dan and Shinjiro as his brothers, Dan fails to realize that Seiji is calling them fellow Ultramen and believes that he's really Shinjiro's brother. Then he thinks Seiji is his brother when Shinjiro refutes this.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Shinjiro befriends Rena Sayama, a famous pop-singer who has a crush on Ultraman.
  • Master Swordsman: Moroboshi's weapon of choice is a katana when he's Seven.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Moroboshi wears glasses, a reference to Ultraseven's means of transformation: his Ultra Eye. His suit is also model number 7.0. His near-Knight Templar behavior when it came to dealing with hostile aliens may be a reference to Ultra Seven's Darker and Edgier approach compared to Ultraman.
    • Seiji declares during a battle that he had an ace up his sleeve.
    • Jack is based on Ultraman Jack and wears a bracelet on his left wrist as a reference to Ultraman Jack's Ultra Brace. He's also first seen in a cage match with Black King, who first debuted as one of Ultraman Jack's enemies. His design is also noted to be based on Ultraman Jack's human host Hideki Go
    • Seiji repeatedly refers to his fellow Ultramen as "brothers," based on the collective name given to a group of legendary Ultras, the "Ultra Brothers." The members in the franchise included Ultraman, Ultra Seven, and Ultraman Ace.
    • Bemular's Ultraman-like armor may be a reference to the original prototype Ultraman, a bird-monster named Bemlar. Even more so now that he's revealed to be the original Ultraman.
    • Leo and Astra switch sides when Moroboshi saves their lives from Nova, a reference to how Ultraseven was a major supporting character in Ultraman Leo.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Detective Endo to Rena. Considering she is a popular idol with some questionable fans, his concern is not unwarranted.
    • Shin comes to Shinjiro's rescue clad in his own Powered Armor multiple times.
  • Playing with Fire: Being a version of Ultraman Taro, Kotaro has his counterpart's Ultra Dynamite ability which engulfs him in flames.
  • Powered Armor: The Ultraman suits. Shinjiro and Hayata's suits take advantage of their Ultra Factor to enhance their powers, while Dan's is mostly for protection. In Taro's case, it's protection for the people around him, as his powers normally set him on fire.
  • Pretender Diss: Endo is not very happy to see a new Ultraman since he holds the original in a very high regard.
  • Puppy Love: Seiji and Yuko when they were younger.
  • Recycled Animation: A few examples from the Anime. The first two times Shinjiro transforms the footage is mirrored. The Velokron that attacks Shinjiro and Ace is a Black King model with a different head.
  • The Reveal:
    • Bemular is revealed to be the original Ultraman.
    • The attempted attack on New York City was done with the assistance of a double agent in the Star Cluster Alliance.
    • The Ultras of the Land of Light are all but dead thanks to their artificial sun going supernova. The Star Cluster Council reveals that it's immigrating alien races to Earth because they are planning to use it as a sort of mother ship in an attempt to escape the impending black hole to another dimension.
    • The above in turn is actually a lie and the Star Cluster Council are at war with the Land of Light.
    • Rena is not from Earth and is adopted. And whatever special power she has, it required Bemular's attention to urge her to be careful about it.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Humans Are the Real Monsters, but the looters during the Star of Darkness's attack try to help their potential victims and fight back against the aliens once they realize the supposed Hate Plague isn't real. Also they just love being New Yorkers.
  • Serial Killer: Igaru Pigmon.
  • Serial Killings, Specific Target: The attack on a jetliner was caused by Ace Killer, under orders of the Star Cluster Alliance as part of an assassination mission on an investigation team they had sent earlier.
  • Signature Sound Effect: Lots of legacy sound effects return from the old series. Ultraman's classic henshin sound plays whenever the suit powers up, and the color timer chimes in whenever the suit goes into overdrive. Ultraseven and Ace's henshin sounds are also played for their respective suits. Shin makes Ultraman's 'Shya!' grunt when he lunges at Bemular, but on that note most monsters don't seem to recycle sounds from the old shows.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Shinjiro is repeatedly mocked for wanting to be Ultraman without having to deal with the more morally gray decisions that come with the job by both his superior Moroboshi and Seiji, a kid.
    Seiji: If you believe you can be a hero without getting your hands dirty, you're dumber than I thought.
  • Spin-Offspring: The manga is about Shin Hayata's son taking up the mantle of Ultraman.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The former prince Igaru Pigmon towards Rena.
  • Super Form: Red can transform into a similar form of his namesake, the Red King, after taking a drug.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Shinjiro inherited his superpowers from his father.
  • That Man Is Dead: After Dave is killed, Kotaro decides from now on to only go by "Taro."
  • Ultimate Universe: An alternate version of the regular Ultra Series universe.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: The Specium Ray is capable of laying waste to large swarms of enemies. Bemular's, in particular, was powerful enough to destroy a large nuke and The Battlestar that launched it.
  • The Unmasqued World: Edo's plans includes the exposure of aliens living amongst humans. However, cover-ups are still in operation; the world in general is still unsure whether or not aliens are on Earth.
  • X Meets Y: Ultraman meets Iron Man meets Men in Black.


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