Ultraman will battle a kaiju invasion in multiple appearances at Anime Expo 2022 in the Ultraman Rising live event series throughout the convention.
In a project co-produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Iceberg Theory, Ultraman, Ultraseven, Dada, Alien Baltan, and various characters from the ULTRAMAN anime published by Netflix will appear in a live event series at Anime Expo 2022. The event series is called Ultraman Rising.
Tsuburaya claims that the Ultraman Arrives: Super Anime Extravaganza event will have information about the future of the Ultraman franchise. Specifically it is about the upcoming collaboration with Netflix and Industrial Light & Magic, and the future of the Ultraman comic book that is published with Marvel Comics.
There will also be an announcement for events relating to this year’s Ultraman Day, July 10, 2022.
This event has traveled around Japan for over a decade, and is the first time it will take place in United States. Jeff Gomez developed the interactive storyline for the Ultraman Rising event series. Gomez is the creative supervisor of Iceberg Theory’s Ultraman Connection international fan hub.
The event series consists of various panels, photo opportunities and live performances of Ultra Heroes fighting kaiju. There will also be a screening of a theatrical version of Netflix’s ULTRAMAN anime. Additionally, film distributor Iconic Events plans to make an announcement about the series.
Tsuburaya plans to release more information about Ultraman throughout the weekend of Anime Expo 2022.
Below is a schedule of events involving Ultraman provided by Tsuburaya Productions:
FRIDAY, JULY 1
10:30am — Welcome Ceremony – Main Event Hall
When marauding Kaiju crash the stage, Ultraman arrives to drive them off! Host Sean Nichols (star of Ultraman Max) will trigger the promotion by asking convention-goers to post photos of the monsters to social media so the Unidentified Capture League (UCL) can grab them.
Kaiju Invasion — Convention Floor
These are daily opportunities for convention-goers to Hunt Dada and Alien Baltan, spotting and photographing Ultraman Kaiju as they walk the floor.
2:15pm — AX Cinema Nights Panel – Room 411
Iconic Events film distribution will make a special Anime ULTRAMAN announcement with Co-directors Kenji Kamiyama & Shinji Aramaki
Bandai Booth — Convention Floor
Fans will be invited to take photographs with Anime ULTRAMAN.
SATURDAY, JULY 2
4pm – AX Cinema Night – Anime ULTRAMAN: Season 1 Theatrical Edition – Regal Cinema
Co-directors Kenji Kamiyama & Shinji Aramaki will answer audience questions after the first screening ever of the theatrical edition of the hugely popular Netflix series’ first season.
8pm – Ultraman Arrives: Super Anime Extravaganza – Main Event Hall
A celebration of the new age of Ultraman featuring major announcements that will set the stage for the future of the franchise. Guests include Shannon Tindle & John Aoshima (co-directors of an all-new Netflix Ultraman feature with animation by Industrial Light & Magic), Shinji Aramaki & Kenji Kamiyama of Production I.G., Mat Groom & E.J. Su, creators of the new Marvel Comics Ultraman series), and an array of anime ULTRAMAN characters in live performance.
SUNDAY, JULY 3
2pm – Marvel Comics & Ultraman – Room 409 AB
Mat Groom, E.J. Su, and Jeff Gomez will have special announcements about the future of Ultraman’s Marvel Comics incarnation, plus an Ultra special guest!
5:30pm – Ultraman Connection: Arriving on the World Stage – Room 406 AB
The staff of Iceberg Theory’s international fan hub UltramanConnection.com will detail plans for the upcoming Ultraman Day—and photo sessions with Ultraman will be held!
MONDAY, JULY 4
12:15pm – Production I.G. & Netflix’s Anime Ultraman – Room 411
Host Sean Nichols interviews Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki of Production I.G., one of the most famous of all Japanese anime studios.
3:30pm – Closing Ceremony – Main Event Hall
At the height of Anime Expo’s farewell, Sean Nichols will thank convention-goers for helping to find and trap almost all the Aliens and Kaiju who have invaded the show. But the last of them crash the stage. They are demanding a final showdown with Ultraman! SHUWATCH!
Source: Tsuburaya Productions