Now with 100% fewer guys in rubber suits!
The latest issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Hero’s magazine (January 2018) reports that Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s Ultraman manga will receive an anime adaptation. Details on the work are sparse as of press time, but Production I.G. and Digital Frontier are attached as studios.
The manga’s official website hosted a countdown recently, which expired today. With the count expire, the site updated to show the announcement, as well as an early teaser visual:
Ultraman launched in the pages of Monthly Hero’s in October 2011. The ongoing title currently spans nine collected volumes, with the most recent shipping to stores on July 5.
Viz Media currently holds the rights to the Ultraman manga in the west, which they describe as:
Decades ago, a being known as the Giant of Light joined Shin Hayata of the Scientific Special Search Party to save Earth from an invasion of terrifying monsters known as Kaiju. Now, many years later, those dark days are fading into memory, and the world is at peace. But in the shadows a new threat is growing, a danger that can only be faced by a new kind of hero – a new kind of Ultraman…
Shinjiro is an ordinary teenager, but his father is the legendary Shin Hayata. When he learns that his father passed on the “Ultraman Factor” to him, and that he possesses incredible powers, nothing will ever be the same again.
Shimizu and Shimoguchi are best-known for their work on the Linebarrels of Iron manga, which ran in Akita Shoten’s Champion Red magazine from 2005 through 2015. The series spans twenty-five collected volumes, and received a 2008 anime adaptation by Gonzo.