Santa Clarita Diet and the 15 best new Netflix shows to watch this spring

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12. Ultraman

Premiere Date: April 1, 2019

Season: 1 (13 episodes)

Netflix’s anime Ultraman series is based on a manga written by Eiichi Shimizu and drawn by Tomohiro Shimoguch. Their series is subsequently a sequel of the super popular Ultraman TV series that began in 1966. After becoming a pop culture phenomenon, the original series spawned a slew of spin-offs, sequels, parodies, and tributes.

In the original series, the Earth is threatened by alien invaders and monsters so the world relies on a special defense agency, known as Science Patrol, for protection. One of the members, Shin Hayata, fuses with the giant alien Ultraman to fight those harming the planet. In the new Netflix series, the Science Patrol is no longer but Hayata is raising a son who begins exhibiting Ultra-like powers. The son, Shinjiro, is tasked with taking on the role of Ultraman as new threats make their way to Earth.  It’s important to note that actor Josh Hutcherson provides the voice of Shinjiro in the English dubbing of the anime series.

Unlike the past versions of Ultraman, the fights are all street-level and feature martial-arts style combats. There will be familiar faces for those who were fans of the original series. Some of the side characters and monsters will also be recognizable. As for the Ultraman suit, there are some similarities with previous interpretations.