Malaysia: TPC’s “Ultraman” on a major expansion

Tsuburaya Productions (Malaysia) has won its bid to be the sole IP owner of "Ultraman", which includes all the brand heroes, monsters and any other characters related to that universe. Now the company focuses its attention on a major global expansion.

Masayuki Nagatake, president of the Malaysian production company announced at a press conference held in Kuala Lumpur this week that TPC will now be focusing its attention on the major global expansion of the Ultraman works, after winning a recent ruling by the US District Court, California on April 18, 2018.  ‘We solidified our decades-long faith and efforts to fully and finally resolve this dispute and confirm our worldwide rights to Ultraman’, he explained.

TPC revealed their plans for the next three years starting with the announcement of their latest series, Ultraman R/B, which will air on Malaysia’s Astro TV since August 30. Besides that, it recently launched a brand-new series titled Ultraman Taiga in Japan last July and it will be available worldwide in 2020. It is the son of the legendary hero, Ultraman Taro, and will explore the universe with his companions, who are Ultraman Titas and Ultraman Fuma.

Malaysian prodco is launching Ultra Galaxy Fight, an online series featuring Ultraman’s New Generation Heroes versus the League of Darkness!, and will be broadcasted on TPC’s official YouTube channel starting from September 29 onwards. Moreover, TPC announced that S2 of Netflix’s Ultraman is ongoing. First released in April 2019, the series has become a smash hit around the world and released a lot of merchandise. It also mentioned that more characters will be featured in the upcoming season. 

Nagatake added: ‘We will be releasing Kaiju Step, a miniseries about Ultraman Kaiju appearing as little kids that goes on adventures while learning about new and different things. It is aimed at preschoolers and it will first be broadcasted on Japan’s NHK this October 2019. ‘I am proud to announce the ongoing production of “Shin Ultraman, a movie adaptation of the original Ultraman created in 1996 scheduled to be released in 2021, and it will be the biggest budgeted movie ever in the history of the Ultraman Universe!’, he commented.

At the press conference Nagatake participated alongside YBhg. Dato’ Mohd Roslan Mahayudin, director general of Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MYIPO), Kei Minamitani, manager of International Business Affairs of Tsuburaya Productions, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Perbadanan National Bread (PNS), Malaysia Association of Amusement Themepark & Family Attractions (MAATFA), Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA), ASEAN Retail-Chain & Franchise Federation (ARFF), Perbadanan Kota Buku, Malaysian Film Producers Association (PFM), Malaysia Retail Association (MRA), Association of Post Production & Animation Malaysia (POSTAM), Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Embassy of Japan in Malaysia.