Our new TV series, Ultraman Z (Zett), will air Saturday mornings at 9 AM on TV Tokyo and other TXN Network channels in Japan starting from June 20th, 2020. We are now introducing the remaining members of the main cast who will appear alongside the star of the show, Kohshu Hirano!
Kohshu Hirano plays the show’s protagonist, Haruki Natsukawa, a new pilot of the Anti-Monster Robot Force STORAGE. In this article, we will introduce the cast members who play one of the science center’s researchers and the founder of STORAGE.
●Anti-Monster Robot Force STORAGE
STORAGE is a robot unit of the Global Allied Forces Japan that specializes in combatting monsters. Its official name is “Special Tactical Operations Regimental Airborne and Ground Equipment.” STORAGE fights against monsters and the disasters they create using special anti-monster combat robots, the first of which is Sevenger.
■Shinya Kaburagi, the host of the parasitic lifeform Celebro, will be played by Rihito Noda!
The show’s protagonist Haruki Natsukawa, played by Kohshu Hirano, is a new pilot of the Anti-Monster Robot Force STORAGE under the Global Allied Forces Japan Branch. Shinya Kaburagi, played by Rihito Noda, is part of the Monster Research Center’s Biochemistry Research Division in the same branch, who becomes the host of the parasitic lifeform Celebro for some reason. Kaburagi operates behind the scenes using the Monster Medals that he himself created. What is Celebro’s goal? What will become of Kaburagi, his host? Keep your eyes on Rihito Noda as he plays the enthralling character of Kaburagi!
●Shinya Kaburagi (age 26) / Played by Rihito Noda (affiliated with Ever Green)
A young man who is a member of the Global Allied Forces Japan’s Monster Research Center’s Biochemistry Research Division, Kaburagi is the host of the parasitic lifeform Celebro. Since Celebro’s body is frail despite his incredible intelligence, he usually inhabits another lifeform. Celebro acts based on whether or not something is entertaining, and this terrifying lifeform commits atrocities as if they were a game. After obtaining an Ultra Z Riser of the same type as Haruki’s, Celebro operates behind the scenes using the Monster Medals that he himself created. His catchphrase, “Kiete Karekareta,” means “I’m feeling good” in an alien language.
Ultra Access Card
●Comment from Rihito Noda
I’m Rihito Noda, and I’ll be appearing in Ultraman Z. I play the show’s villain, Shinya Kaburagi/Celebro. I hope that you can get a glimpse from many different angles of his goals, running counter to those of the heroes, and his greedy pursuit of his own ambitions. We have the best directors, staff, and cast! As various things happen in the world around us, now more than ever we need Japan’s famous “heroes.” I hope that all of you can get excited and watch Ultraman Z together, so please have as much fun as you can!
Profile (Japanese): http://www.evergreen-e.com/profile/?pid=noda_rihito
Twitter (Japanese): https://twitter.com/noda_rihito
Instagram (Japanese): https://www.instagram.com/rihitonoda/
■Hisahiro Ogura will play Director Kuriyama, the founder of the Anti-Monster Robot Force STORAGE
Kohshu Hirano plays the show’s protagonist, Haruki Natsukawa, a new pilot of the Anti-Monster Robot Force STORAGE, part of the Global Allied Forces Japan. The group’s founder and the director of the GAFJ, Kuriyama, will be played by Hisahiro Ogura. The reliable Director Kuriyama is both strict and kind. Watch as he goes back and forth with the STORAGE team members!
●Director Kuriyama (age 64) / Played by Hisahiro Ogura (affiliated with Amuse)
Director of the Global Allied Forces Japan and the founder of STORAGE. Kuriyama often gives long, nagging lectures, but he’s actually a worry-wort who is prone to getting stomach aches. Since he’s always looking out for the team, it’s impossible to hate him. He’s always worrying about the damage caused by fights between robots and monsters, as well as about raising money for the development budget.
●Comment from Hisahiro Ogura
Ultraman started broadcasting when I was still a child. I would often play at being Ultraman with my friends, crossing my arms in front of my chest and shouting “Jaaah!” Ultraman was incredibly popular with children. Time passed and I graduated college, and when I first entered this world, I often got part-time work in character shows. Even though that much time had passed, Ultraman shows were of course still popular. Children are always excited about scenes in which all the members of the Ultra Family appeared. As for me, I’m excited to be able to play the director of the Earth’s defense team.
Profile (Japanese): https://artist.amuse.co.jp/artist/ogura_hisahiro/
Until today, we have introduced all the main cast of Ultraman Z.
Please stay tuned as there will be new announcements on June 2nd!
■Ultraman Z Series Overview
Broadcast Start Date: 6/20/2020 (Saturday)
Broadcast Time: Every Saturday from 9:00~9:30AM
Broadcast Channel: TXN Network and others
Production Companies: Tsuburaya Productions, TV Tokyo, and Dentsu
Tsuburaya Global Corporate Webstie: https://en.tsuburaya-prod.co.jp/
Ultraman Galaxy (Official North American Website): https://ultramangalaxy.com/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/TsuburayaGlobal
Actors: Kohshu Hirano, Takaya Aoyagi, Rima Matsuda, Jun Hashizume, Hikari Kuroki, Rihito Noda, Hisahiro Ogura, Tatsuomi Hamada, and others
Main Director: Kiyotaka Taguchi
Theme Song: Masaaki Endoh, “GOSHOWA KUDASAI WARE NO NA WO! (Chant My Name!)”
Ending Song: Nami Tamaki, “Connect the Truth”
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