Does Ultraman Z’s success on YouTube mean fans will watch more tokusatsu series using the site?
Ultraman Z was one of the sleeping hits of 2020. While it is part of a franchise dating back to 1966, many outside of Japan are unfamiliar with the series, although its spin-offs, such as the Netflix anime and the Marvel comic, have made Ultraman best known in recent years. Until now, tokusatsu’s live action show was something that English-speaking audiences could only see through sporadic physical and digital releases.
Nevertheless, Ultraman Z has changed this. While the show aired on Japanese television networks, Tsuburaya Productions also recently launched the show on its YouTube channel, with English subtitles. This means that many people who had never seen a Ultraman show before I finally got a chance to see the series. This resulted in the show going viral, with many sites including it on their 2020 Best of List lists. In fact, it was so popular that Tsuburaya Productions is doing a rerun of the series on their YouTube channel exclusively for international fans. , giving those who missed it a chance to dive right from the start.
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Ultraman Z follows Haruki Natsukawa, a pilot from a group called STORAGE. STORAGE uses robots to fight giant monsters that often threaten Japan. However, when a monster named Genegarg lands from outer space, Haruki appears to be caught in an unwinnable fight. But, an impetuous Ultraman named Ultraman Z also lands on Earth after chasing Genegarg through space. Ultraman Z merges with Haruki, and the pair embark on a mission to defend Earth from kaiju threats.
It’s not hard to see why Ultraman Z It turned out to be so popular with viewers, with its funny and memorable characters, including various familiar faces from previous Ultraman shows. The plot perfectly balances suspense, comedy, and action, keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The fight scenes were excellent too, with brilliant choreography, amazingly designed monster costumes, as well as hyper-detailed miniature sets.
After the success of Ultraman Z, You have to wonder if other companies will follow this YouTube trend. Toei appears to be testing the waters with this model by releasing classic episodes of Kamen rider on his YouTube page. And it’s not hard to see the appeal. The format presents a way for a company to generate excitement and interest in its shows without having to do a deal with a broadcast service or television network, allowing the company to retain near-total control of the show and its schedule. of launches.
YouTube has a massive reach, and due to its algorithms and sharing capabilities, it makes it easy for people to come across a new show and if they enjoy it, share it with their friends. That and YouTube’s ad system allows a business to monetize a show while keeping it free to watch, which means that viewers who would not generally watch the show are more likely to give it a try. However, Tsuburaya Productions has not released information about Ultraman ZYouTube earnings, so we can’t say for sure how the money compares to other posting methods.
Time will tell if other companies follow Ultraman Zlead. Until then, the replay gives fans another chance to enjoy one of the most hopeful and exciting shows of 2020. And with the launch of Shin Ultraman just around the corner. This is a great and profitable way to introduce yourself to this legendary franchise.
Ultraman Z Episode 1 “Sing my name!” is now available on the YouTube channel Ultraman Official by Tsuburaya Productions.
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