|This article is about a/an series entry (the 18th) in the Ultra Series.|
|Number of episodes:||37|
|First episode:||Night Raid|
|Original airing:||October 2, 2004 - June 25, 2005|
Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy
The series aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System, including TBS, CBC, MBS, etc. The show ran from October 2, 2004 until June 25, 2005, with a total of 37 broadcast episodes. Subsequent DVD releases from Bandai Visual saw a brand new 45-minute episode EX and an extended 45-minute Director's Cut of episode 29.
Ultraman Nexus was part of Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra N Project, an experiment in 2004 to re-invent Ultraman for a new generation of fans. Prior to this, however, Tsuburaya had begun a project called Ultra Collaboration 2 at the end of 2003, which involved a brand new radio-adaptation of Ultra Q called The Ultra Q Club.
The project was also due to include a new TV series called Ultraman Noa in early 2004, which is presumably what Ultraman Nexus evolved into. Following the success of the new radio show, Tsuburaya forged ahead with a brand new season, Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy on April 6, 2004, a show which attracted top-rung directors such as Shusuke Kaneko (popular with fans for his work on the Gamera series and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack).
The first stage of the Ultra N Project was entitled Noa: Nostalgia. The project mascot, Ultraman Noa, was a rather radical change design - an all-silver Ultraman with protruding wings on its back. Ultraman Noa was mainly used for live stage shows and merchandising. The second stage of the project was Next: Evolution. This saw the creation of a new theatrical film, ULTRAMAN. The final stage was Nexus: Trinity - the piece that ties the entire project together. A radical change from the previous series Ultraman Cosmos, which was strictly aimed at young children, Ultraman Nexus was the first Ultraman TV series specifically aimed at adults.
The show abandons the traditional monster-of-the-week stories in order to be replaced with longer character-based story arcs. Tsuburaya Productions had intended the show to be run during prime time, but the CBC network gave the show a 7:30 AM Saturday morning slot once Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon ended its 49 episode run. The TV series received weak ratings which were attributed to the change in style and not being able to have the target demographic tune in, resulting in the series being cut short from around 50 episodes down to 37.
Three months after its initial run, it was re-run in a new time slot. This time the show aired at 2:30 AM on Tuesday mornings and the ratings met the expectations that were set for the Ultra N Project. Following the ULTRAMAN movie, Tsuburaya ran a teaser trailer for Ultraman 2 Requiem. Due to the performance of Ultraman Nexus the film was canceled, and Tsuburaya moved ahead with a theatrical version of the then-current television series, Ultraman Mebius.
Knowing that the Ultra N Project was intended to reboot the Ultra Series, it is worth noting that this is the third modern adaptation of Eiji Tsuburaya's Ultraman, with Ultraman Neos the second and Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero the first.
The TLT is a covert international anti-monster unit established secretly to combat Space Beasts, mysterious monsters that are out to attack humans in the year 2009. One of the TLT's new recruits, Kazuki Komon, is attacked by one of them prior to reporting for duty. However, he is saved by a silver giant that he names "Ultraman". What no one knows is that the silver giant is an Ultraman—to be precise, Ultraman Nexus, ready to fight the Space Beasts to save the planet Earth.
|Ultraman Nexus||Jun Himeya ► Ren Senjyu ► Nagi Saijyo ► Kazuki Komon|
|Ultraman Noa||Kazuki Komon|
- Night Raiders
- Yu Kirasawa
- Yoichiro Matsunaga
- Sara Mizuhara
|Dark Faust||Riko Saida|
|Dark Mephisto||Shinya Mizorogi ► Hiroyuki Misawa|
|Dark Zagi||Mitsuhiko Ishibori|
- The Visitors
- Divait Launcher
- Divait Shooter
- Pulse Breiger
- Memory Eraser
- Chrome Chester Alpha
- Chrome Chester Beta
- Chrome Chester Gamma
- Chrome Chester Delta
- Mega Cannon Chester
- Strike Chester
- Hyper Strike Chester
- Episode.01: Night Raid (夜襲－ナイトレイド－ Yashū -Naito Reido-?)
- Episode.02: Space Beast (異生獣－スペースビースト－ Iseijū -Supēsu Bīsuto-?)
- Episode.03: Ultraman (巨人－ウルトラマン－ Kyojin -Urutoraman-?)
- Episode.04: Meta Field (亜空間－メタフィールド－ Akūkan -Meta Fīrudo-?)
- Episode.05: Dunamist (適能者－デュナミスト－ Tekinōsha -Dyunamisuto-?)
- Episode.06: Relic (遺跡－レリック－ Iseki -Rerikku-?)
- Episode.07: Faust (浮士德－ファウスト－ Majin -Fausuto-?)
- Episode.08: Memory Police (M・P－メモリーポリス－ Emu Pī -Memorī Porisu-?)
- Episode.09: Warning (警告－ワーニング－ Keikoku -Wāningu-?)
- Episode.10: Strike Formation (突入－ストライク・フォーメーション－ Totsunyū -Sutoraiku Fōmēshon-?)
- Episode.11: Marionette (人形－マリオネット－ Ningyō -Marionetto-?)
- Episode.12: Lost Soul (別離－ロスト・ソウル－ Betsuri -Rosuto Sōru?)
- Episode.13: Illustrator (予知者－イラストレーター－ Yochisha -Irasutorētā?)
- Episode.14: Mephisto (悪魔－メフィスト－ Akuma -Mefisuto-?)
- Episode.15: Nightmare (悪夢－ナイトメア－ Akumu -Naitomea-?)
- Episode.16: Labyrinth (迷路－ラビリンス－ Meiro -Rabirinsu-?)
- Episode.17: Darkness (闇－ダークネス－ Yami -Dākunesu-?)
- Episode.18: Apocalypse (黙示録－アポカリプス－ Mokushiroku -Apokaripusu-?)
- Episode.19: Cross Phase Trap (要撃戦－クロスフェーズトラップ－ Yogekisen -Kurosu Fēzu Torappu-?)
- Episode.20: Chrome Chester δ (追撃－クロムチェスターδ－ Tsuigeki -Kuromu Chesutā Deruta-?)
- Episode.21: Sacrifice (受難－サクリファイス－ Junan -Sakurifaisu-?)
- Episode.22: Cure (安息－キュア－ Ansoku -Kyua-?)
- Episode.23: Satisfaction (宿命－サティスファクション－ Shukumei -Satisufakushon-?)
- Episode.24: Hero (英雄－ヒーロー－ Eiyū -Hīrō-?)
- Episode.25: Prophecy (予兆－プロフェシー－ Yochō -Purofeshī-?)
- Episode.26: The Third (憐－ザ・サード－ Ren -Za Sādo-?)
- Episode.27: Prayer (祈り－プレイヤー－ Inori -Pureiyā-?)
- Episode.28: Reunion (再会－リユニオン－ Saikai -Riyunion-?)
- Episode.29: Calling (幽声－コーリング Yūsei -Kōringu-?)
- Episode.29: Calling - Directors Cut (幽声－コーリング－ディレクターズカット Yūsei -Kōringu- Direkutāzu Katto?)
- Episode.30: Watcher (監視者－ウォッチャー－ Kanshisha -Wotchā-?)
- Episode.31: Bird (鳥―バード－ Tori -Bādo-?)
- Episode.32: Unknown Hand (影－アンノウンハンド－ Kage -Announ Hando-?)
- Episode.33: AD 2004 (忘却－Ａ．Ｄ．２００４－ Bōkyaku -Ē Dī Nisen Yon-?)
- Episode.34: AD 2009 (封鎖－Ａ．Ｄ．２００９－ Fūsa -Ē Dī Nisen Kyū-?)
- Episode.35: Revolt (反乱－リボルト－ Hanran -Riboruto-?)
- Episode.36: Farewell (決戦－フェアウェル－ Kessen -Feaweru-?)
- Episode.37: Nexus (絆－ネクサス－ Kizuna -Nekusasu-?)
- Kazuki Komon (孤門 一輝 Komon Kazuki?): Takuji Kawakubo (川久保 拓司 Kawakubo Takuji?)
- Jun Himeya (姫矢 准 Himeya Jun?): Yusuke Kirishima (霧島裕介 Kirishima Yūsuke?)
- Ren Senjyu (千樹 憐 Senjyu Ren?): Masato Uchiyama (内山 眞人 Uchiyama Masato?)
- Nagi Saijyo (西条 凪 Saijō Nagi?): Yasue Sato (さとう やすえ Satō Yasue?)
- Eisuke Wakura (和倉 英輔 Wakura Eisuke?): Tamotsu Ishibashi (石橋保 Ishibashi Tamotsu?)
- Mitsuhiko Ishibori (石堀 光彦 Ishibori Mitsuhiko?): Kousei Kato (加藤厚生 Katō Kōsei?)
- Shiori Hiraki (平木 詩織 Hiraki Shiori?): Keiko Goto (後藤恵子 Gotō Keiko?)
- Yu Kirasawa (吉良沢 優 Kirasawa Yū?): Nobuhiko Tanaka (田中信彦 Tanaka Nobuhiko?)
- Riko Saida (斎田リコ Saida Riko?): Shion Nakamaru (中丸 シオン Nakamaru Shion?)
- Shinya Mizorogi (溝呂木眞也 Mizorogi Shin'ya?): Mitsutoshi Shundo (俊藤 光利 Shundō Mitsutoshi?)
- Mizuo Nonomiya (野宮 Nonomiya Mizuo?): Tomomi Miyashita (宮下 ともみ Miyashita Tomomi?)
- Yoichiro Matsunaga (松永 要一郎 Matsunaga Yōichirō?): Masami Horiuchi (堀内 正美 Horiuchi Masami?)
- Sara Mizuhara (水原 沙羅 Mizuhara Sara?): Kyoko Toyama (遠山 景織子 Toyama Kyōko?)
- Jinzo Negoro (根来人造 Negoro Jinzō?): Hiroshi Okochi (大河内浩 Ōkochi Hiroshi?)
- Saya Shuto (首藤沙耶 Shutō Saya?): Hitomi Hidaka (日高ひとみ Hidaka Hitomi?)
- Hayato Kaimoto (隼人 Kaimoto Hayato?): Hisataka Kitaoka (北岡 Kitaoka Hisataka?)
- Hiroyuki Misawa (三沢広之 Misawa Hiroyuki?): Yoshito Takeuchi (竹内義人 Takeuchi Yoshito?)
- Tougou (トーゴ Tōgo?): Kenji Sahara (佐原 健二 Sahara Kenji?)
- Ultraman Nexus (ウルトラマンネクサス Urutoraman Nekusasu?): Yasunori Masutani (増谷康紀 Masutani Yasunori?), Yasue Sato (さとうやすえ Satō Yasue?) (When host Nagi Saijyo)
- Ultraman Noa (ウルトラマンノア Urutoraman Noa?): Yasunori Masutani (増谷康紀 Masutani Yasunori?)
- Dark Faust (ダークファウスト Dăku Fausutu?): Tetsu Inada (稲田 徹 Inada Tetsu?)
- Dark Mephisto (ダークメフィスト Dāku Mefisuto?): Mitsutoshi Shundo (俊藤 光利 Shundō Mitsutoshi?)
- Dark Zagi (ダークザギ Dāku Zagi?): Kousei Kato (加藤厚生 Katō Kōsei?)
- Ultraman Nexus (ウルトラマンネクサス Urutoraman Nekusasu?): Daisuke Terai (寺井大輔 Terai Daisuke?), Sakae Kei Iwata (岩田圭栄 Iwata Kei Sakae?)
- Ultraman Noa (ウルトラマンノア Urutoraman Noa?): Daisuke Terai (寺井大輔 Terai Daisuke?)
- Dark Faust (ダークファウスト Dăku Fausutu?): Satoshi Yamamoto (山本サトシ Yamamoto Satoshi?)
- Dark Mephisto (ダークメフィスト Dāku Mefisuto?): Sakae Kei Iwata (岩田圭栄 Iwata Kei Sakae?)
- Dark Zagi (ダークザギ Dāku Zagi?): Sakae Kei Iwata (岩田圭栄 Iwata Kei Sakae?)
- Opening theme
- "Eiyu" (英雄? "Hero")
- "Aoi Kajitsu]" (青い果実? "Unripe Fruit"/"Blue Fruit")
- Ending theme
- "Itsumo Kokoro ni Taiyo o" (いつも心に太陽を? "A Sun is Always in My Heart")
- "Tobitatenai Watashi ni Anata ga Tsubasa o Kureta" (飛び立てない私にあなたが翼をくれた? "You Gave Me Wings When I Couldn't Fly")
- "Akaku Atsui Kodo" (赤く熱い鼓動? "Red Burning Pulse")
- "Eiyu" (英雄? "Hero")
DVD Box SetsEdit
- At one point in development Ultraman Nexus was meant to be a show called Ultraman Cross and was conceived as a foil to its predecessor; Ultraman Cosmos.
- As production on the movie that eventually became The Next involved more of the crew from the new show, the decision was made to merge the show into the movie's continuity, and it was renamed Nexus.
- Ultraman Nexus is is the first show explicitly made for an older audience; being geared towards teenagers and adults.
- This is the last series to use Ending Credits. The following shows until Ultra Galaxy removed Ending Credits.
- This the first and only Ultra Series where Ultraman's host was not the main character.
- It is also the first show with multiple hosts for a single Ultraman.
- Excluding the Ultra Mini Series, this Ultra Series has the least number of episodes compared to the entire Ultra Series.
- However, if the Director Cut of episode 29 counts as 2 episodes and the Special Episode (which is 1 hour long) counts as 2 episodes, the series has a total 40 episodes. This makes it the same length as the Ultraman Max series.
- Official Website (CBC)
- Official Website (TBS)
- Official Ultra N-Project Website
- Tsuburaya Station Web
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