Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head office: Shibuya, Tokyo. President and CEO: Takayuki Tsukagoshi) will be broadcasting its new TV series “Ultraman R/B(Ruebe)” from 9:00 a.m. July 7th on TV Tokyo.
ULTRAMAN Series have been bringing heroes to the world for more than 50 years, since the first “Ultraman” made its debut on July 1966. Ever since “Ultraman Ginga”, which came out on 2013, Tsuburaya Productions has been creating “New Generation Heroes” series on TV Tokyo every year with the latest installment of last year’s “Ultraman Geed”. The new generation heroes will be its 6th series. Please stay tuned to the new TV program “Ultraman R/B(Ruebe)” which will mark a new chapter in the history of ULTRAMAN Series.
Ultraman Brothers as the Main Characters
The two main characters, Katsumi and Isami Minato, are brothers who live with their younger sister and father who run a specialty store. One day, the brothers find the R/B Gyro and R/B Crystal, which transform Katsumi into “Ultraman Rosso” and Isami into “Ultraman Blu”. Rosso has the element of fire, while Blu has the element of water. The show is entertaining not only as a special effect action piece which depicts the brothers confronting powerful enemies as they grow up, but also as a TV drama series focusing on the brothers’ family bond.
Newly Structured Series With Yuya Hirata × Ryosuke Koike as the Hero Brothers!
The new series is filled with even more exciting elements of the past ULTRAMAN Series, with an unexpected story plot. The story is based on “bond” and “love”, in which the brothers face their emotions with allies and enemies realizing important things they tend to take for granted.
The hero brothers are performed by brand new members; the older brother, Katsumi is played by Yuya Hirata (24 years old/Sun Music Production), and the younger brother, Isami is played by Ryosuke Koike (22 years old/Pacific Voice).
Outline of “Ultraman R/B”
Premiere Date: July 7th (Sat) 2018
Air Time: 9:00~9:30 a.m., every Saturday
Broadcasting Station: TXN Network and others
No. of Episodes: 25
Production: Tsuburaya Productions, TV Tokyo, Dentsu
TV Program Website: http://ani.tv/rb
Official Website: http://m-78.jp/rb/
Cast: Yuya Hirata, Ryosuke Koike
Director: Masayoshi Takesue
Story Editors: Takao Nakano, Jyunki Takegami, Satoshi Ito
The New Ultraman Heroes and Their Transforming Items
Older brother “Ultraman Rosso”
Younger brother “Ultraman Blu”
Transformation item “R/B Gyro” (left) and ”R/B Crystal” (right)
Yuya Hirata Ultraman Rosso/The Older Brother, Katsumi Minato
Born on June 20th 1993 (24 years old)
I’m Yuya Hitara, and I will be playing the role of Katsumi Minato, the main character of “Ultraman R/B”. I’m both surprised and excited to have the opportunity to play the role of Ultraman in my life. “Ultraman R/B” is a new aggressive piece. The new series are full of “non Ultraman-like features” in a good sense, while following the good aspects of the historical ULTRAMAN Series.
I would like to try my hardest as both Minatos’ eldest son and the main character. Moreover, I will get over countless difficulties with Isami, my younger brother.
With all the cast, staff, those watching, and everyone else involved in the TV show, I am excited to make “Ultraman R/B” into “our color”. I would greatly appreciate your passionate support!
Ryosuke Koike Ultraman Blu/Isami Minato
Born on November 17th 1995 (22 years old)
I’m Ryosuke Koike and I will be playing Isami Minato. ULTRAMAN Series have long been my aspiration since I was little. Certainly I was extremely happy when I was given this role, but at the same time I felt the high expectation given towards me. I believe that the emotions I felt in my childhood are very important, because they remain vividly even when you grow up. “Ultraman” teaches children all sorts of feelings and makes a great influence on them. I would like to play Isami Minato with great enthusiasm and take the responsibility of acting such an influencing role. I would love for many people to enjoy “Ultraman R/B”!