Tsuburaya Productions, owners of the Ultraman series, have spoken out about unauthorized use of their character.
Blue Arc Animation, creators of the Chinese animated series Dragon Force, have come under fire due to controversy sparked by their unauthorized use of the Ultraman hero. The works include the 2017 movie Dragon Force: So Long, Ultraman, the 2018 TV series Dragon Force 2, and the 2019 movie Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman.
According to Chinese movie ratings sites, Dragon Force: So Long, Ultraman was critically panned by fans and critics alike, and has also received negative reaction from various Ultraman alumni.
The official Tsuburaya Productions website has provided a statement about Blue Arc, stating:
“[We have] nothing to do with these Blue Arc Works and such works are infringing our rights, as they used our ULTRAMAN character without receiving any permission from [us].”
They have also filed a lawsuit in China against the company, accusing them of tampering with the character and infringing on their rights. They are also willing to take all necessary legal steps in the event that any other group does the same thing as Blue Arc.
Source: Tsuburaya Prod