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Series / Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes

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Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes is a 2019 tokusatsu spin-off micro-series created by Tsuburaya Productions and part of the Ultra Series. Unlike most Fight Series (eg; Ultra Zero Fight, Ultra Fight Victory and Ultra Fight Orb), this show is set to be aired in September 29, 2019 as a YouTube-exclusive mini series and is aimed towards worldwide audiences, hence each episodes will have both Japanese and English dubs as well. Koichi Sakamoto would direct the miniseries, while Junichiro Ashiki did the screenplay, just like the Fight Victory and Fight Orb.

The plot begins with Ultraman X and Ultraman Geed being defeated by their Evil Knockoffs on a distant planet, while Ultra Dark Killer had banished Ultraman Zero and Ultrawoman Grigio into his pocket dimension. To stop the League of Darkness, Taro and the Ultra Brothers summoned the help of the rest of the New Generation Heroes. As the series took place after Ultraman R/B The Movie, but before Ultraman Taiga, it would lead to the particular Cold Opening scene from episode 1 of Taiga where the New Generation Heroes (barring Grigio) went on a chase against Tregear and defeated by the rogue Ultra, as well as giving the Tri Squad their lights as a parting gift. This spin-off also features the canon on-screen appearance of Ultraman Ribut.

The trailer of Ultra Galaxy Fight can be seen here as Japanese or English. Here is also a link for director Koichi Sakamoto's commentary (also in English).

A sequel by the name of Ultra Galaxy Fight: The Absolute Conspiracy has been announced, with the focus on Ribut, Zero and a pre-Rayblood Belial.

For their character sheet; see here.

Ultraman Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes provides examples of the following tropes:

  • All Your Powers Combined: In the finale, ALL the New Generation Ultras merges all their powers into the Storium Brace Ginga is wearing, allowing all their powers to be accumulated into a single blast that finally, finally destroys Ultra Dark-killer.
  • Badass in Distress: Ultraman Zero, being captured alive by Ultra Dark-killer and held hostage to be executed unless the New Generation Heroes unite to save him.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The main villains of this series is a group known as League of Darkness, consist of Dark Lugiel, Etelgar, Zero Darkness, X Darkness, Orb Darkness and Geed Darkness.
  • Book Ends: Inverted. The series ends with the New Generation Heroes giving chase to Tregear, which then leads to the first episode of Ultraman Taiga.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Ultra Dark Killer was from the 2012 pachinko game Ultraman Taro: Revenge of the Dark, and his suit first appeared in the stage show Ultraman Festival 2017 Ultra Live Stage 1. This miniseries is his first live appearance.
    • Ultraman Ribut was originally created as a joint collaboration between Tsubaraya Productions and Malaysian CGI cartoon series Upin & Ipin by Les' Copaque Productions in 2014. This miniseries marks his canon in-suit live-action debut appearance.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Averted when Etelgar appeared to stall Rosso and Blu in Planet Penol, he simply introduces himself, disregarding the fact that he had fought the brothers way back in the CD special Ultraman Hit Song History: New Generation Arc.
    • This gem from Ginga:
    • Victory scoffing off Rosso and Blu for lacking in training and remarks that they need to be thought by Zero, or rather, the Leo Brothers.
    • Geed mentioning about detaining Ultra Dark-Killer to AIB, suggesting that he has crossed into his world as well.
    • Taro recalls the Ultra Brothers had fought against Ultra-Dark Killer, based on the pachinko series, but this time, the fight took a different scenario as Taro receive a power boost from his "brothers", not fusing with them for the attack.
  • Darker and Edgier: As the first Ultra Galaxy Fight series, this spin-off emphasizes the grim and seriousness of the story. To wit, the series starts with X and Geed being beaten by their Evil Knockoffs created by Ultra Dark Killer, then Dark Killer kidnaps Zero and Grigio. Each of the New Generation Heroes find themselves in a Hopeless Boss Fight with their evil doppelgangers (with the exception of Ginga and Victory, where they instead face Dark Lugiel and Etelgar) before facing Dark Killer himself. The real kicker? The whole events of the story were set up by Ultraman Tregear!
  • Dark Is Evil: Ultra Dark Killer, as well as his evil clone Ultramen.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Dark Lugiel and Etelgar are the Big Bad of their respective debut series, but now they're Ultra Dark-killer's pawns.
  • Downer Beginning: X and Geed are beaten by their Darkness clones created by Ultra Dark Killer, who then proceeds to kidnap Zero and Grigio.
  • Evil Counterpart: Technically speaking Ultra Dark Killer, since his debut in the pachinko game.
  • Evil Knockoff: Ultra Dark Killer creates Zero Darkness, X Darkness, Orb Darkness and Geed Darkness.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Being a prequel of Ultraman Taiga and all, its fairly enough the ending would lead to the scene of the first episode of the aforementioned series.
  • Heroic Second Wind: In the Darkest Hour of their battles against their evil counterparts, the Ultramen Ginga, Victory, X, Orb and Geed suddenly remembered the bonds they've forged with Zero in the past, and quickly use the knowledge of powers they've learned from Zero to quickly turn the tide of battle and demolish their enemies.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Ultraman Ribut may be featured only in the sidelines, but he contributes A LOT in the series, including saving Rosso and Blu from being captured and having their energies drained, confronting Ultraman Tregear directly and stalling Tregear long enough to keep him out of the final battle.
  • The Leader: Ultraman Ginga is set up as one towards the team of New Generation Ultramen. The director chooses him because of his human host Hikaru Raido has the approach of a Stock Shōnen Hero.
  • The Load: Grigrio appears to be one of these at the beginning of the series, getting herself captured by Ultra Dark-killer and dragging Zero together with her, but later she proves her worth by helping out greatly in the climax.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • According to Koichi Sakamoto, the New Generation Ultras will use the power of Ultraman Zero in one way or another, due to this show being his 10 year anniversary. Confirmed by the end of episode 9, as the New Generation Ultras indeed assumed forms associated with Ultraman Zero. To wit: Ultraman Orb Emerium Slugger, Ultraman X Zero Armor, Ultraman Geed Magnificent, and Ultraman Ginga Victory (as Ultraman Zero delivered the Ultra Fusion Brace to the two during the events of Ultraman Ginga S the Movie: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors!).
    • The evil New Generation Ultramen is based on Ultra Dark Killer's ability to create 5 evil Ultra Brothers in Revenge of the Dark pachinko game.
    • Orb Darkness is simply Ultraman Orb Dark with purple/bluish tribal paint on his face that gives him resemblance to Chaos Ultraman.
    • Geed Darkness is colored like the original Geed's father, Belial. Additionally in episode 17 of his home series (also directed by Koichi Sakamoto), Geed was covered in mud during his fight with Belial, as a metaphor to the latter wanting his son to be as evil as he is.
  • Power Copying: X Darkness demonstrated the ability to use his own Gomora Armor. Whether or not he combines with a Cyber Gomora is yet to be seen.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Zero, X and Geed Darkness.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Just see the poster above for both X and Geed Darkness' eyes.
  • Rogues Gallery: Dark Lugiel and Etelgar return in this series as part of Dark Killer's League of Darkness. And then there's Ultraman Tregear from Ultraman R/B joining the fray...
  • Torso with a View: Ultra Dark-killer was finally defeated after the combined might of all Ultramen unleashes an energy blast that opens a hole through his torso.
  • World-Healing Wave: In the Darkest Hour of the climax, Grigrio suddenly proves her worth by unleashing a shinning, golden aura of energy, that knocks Ultra Dark-killer and Zero Darkness off their feet, and heals Rosso, Blu and Zero, quickly turning the tide of battle.