Ultraman Nexus (2004-2005)

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Ultraman Nexus (2004-2005)

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SYNOPSIS: Kazuki Komon is a new recruit to the TLT, a covert international anti-Space-Beast combat unit. Falling victim to one of these gargantuan monsters, Komon is miraculously rescued by a giant Ultraman called Nexus who is determined to rid the Earth of these hostile invaders. Nexus arguably features the most grotesquely Lovecraftian kaiju to ever grace an Ultra series. Please discuss.

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This series is to the Ultra series as a whole as Godzilla Vs Biollante was to the Godzilla franchise. It received a lot of backlash for its lack of more familiar and classic kaiju, causing a ripple effect in which TPC relies first and foremost on pre-existing ones in every new Ultra show since. GVB back in the day caused a similar ripple effect.

Ever since the Heisei era began, every Ultra show (with the exception of Powered), relied exclusively on original monsters without bringing back the classics. This lasted until 2004 with Nexus, when audiences by the masses got tired of all-new monsters every show and began craving old favourites.

I say now is the time to make an Ultra-show with all-original monsters and does not try to immediately tie itself with the rest of the Ultra-multiverse.
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LegendZilla wrote: Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:06 pm This series is to the Ultra series as a whole as Godzilla Vs Biollante was to the Godzilla franchise. It received a lot of backlash for its lack of more familiar and classic kaiju, causing a ripple effect in which TPC relies first and foremost on pre-existing ones in every new Ultra show since. GVB back in the day caused a similar ripple effect.

Ever since the Heisei era began, every Ultra show (with the exception of Powered, relied exclusively on original monsters without bringing back the classics. This lasted until 2004 with Nexus, when audiences by the masses got tired of all-new monsters every show and began craving old favourites.
an innovation negation nail in coffin scenario. I do like what the manga/anime series has done with the classic kaiju, but it is unfortunate that each post-Nexus series doesn't take wild risks in the creature department.

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Nexus is still my favorite Ultra series with its darker vibe, heavy themes, and more character focused narrative. In fact I think its actually better than the film that spawned it. Its got a look and feel not all that dissimilar from the Heisei Gamera trilogy.
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That's probably why I enjoy it over the other Ultras too. I look for deep monster mythology/lore and extremely involved characters along with hideous monsters.

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I really bums me out that this show had to end its run earlier than planned. It was building to a potentially very engaging final arc, and then had to rush that arc in just a couple of episodes, missing out on a lot of payoff to the storylines and themes they had been developing.
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Does anyone know if the Mill Creek deal will include the EX episodes?
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Well thanks guys. Saw this thread and developed the itch to try Nexus again.
I'm hooked. This show is intriguing in so many ways.
Thusfar I'd say the human scenes look a little more dated than Max or Mebius but the monsters and fights look incredible!
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Nexus was a great series and I love pretty much everything about it. But, IIRC, it wasn't dragged down by the lack of older kaiju, but by a very bad time slot. Nexus followed Cosmos, which was a series aimed primary at kids. Nexus was geared toward adults and was supposed to be a later broadcast series. Instead of giving it a time slot like it should have, it aired at the same time Cosmos and prior kids-focused series were, and was even packaged in programming blocks with other kids' shows. At that point, it wasn't hitting its target audience (young adults and teenagers) like it should of, and kids didn't care for the darker atmosphere and stories, the ratings plummeted and the series' legs were cut out from under it and it was forced to end earlier than scheduled. There were numerous storylines and kaiju cancelled because of this.

TPC experimented with the following series, Max, by making it light hearted again (not as much as Cosmos, but more along the lines of Tiga and Dyna) and also resurrecting old, Showa era fan favorite kaiju. This experiment succeeded in keeping kids' attentions and ratings while drawing in former fans of the franchise with returning kaiju like Gomora, Red King, Eleking and Zetton. And alas, the current TPC model of mixing old and new kaiju for a series was born.
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I can't tell if I'm sad or glad that Nexus didn't succeed. Even though it seems very good, its success would mean that the entirety of Ultraman canon before then would be scrapped and replaced. Still, it would've been interesting to see what new kaiju and Ultras could be crafted up from the Nexus style.

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Do we talk about The Next here also?
If so:
Wow! All the effects (except the CG) were jaw dropping. 8/10 would highly recommend
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Just wrapped up Nexus. It really is a shame how rushed the ending was. I know they were originally shooting for 50 episodes but it feels like they only needed a good 5-10 more for the final arc that was set up.
Still, while the ending left something to be desired, it was satisfying enough. I'd say Nexus is a solid 7/10, and I'd love to see a continuation of some sort, though I doubt that's ever going to come about.
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Didn't see a thread for it, but it falls under Project N.

I watched Ultraman: The Next. I LOVED it, it clicked with me in nearly every way possible. It's essentially a reimagining of the pilot episode of the original series, even with a "Shin Bemular". Maki's struggle to keep his promise to his wife and ill son was genuinely compelling, I was rooting for him all the way, and that's the sign of a great Ultra protagonist. Sara went from being your typical no-bullsh*t military agent to understanding she's a woman trying to right her wrongdoings & save her lover, which was interesting, however brief it is. But, I'd say the film portrays it's characters just enough to get the point across, and set up the conflict. Of course, I want more, but I was deeply satisfied.

It's a darker take on Ultraman, with an opponent full of bodyhorror, yet it didn't stray away from the heart of the franchise. That is, hope in the face of incredibly intimidating odds, and being there for others. I loved how
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Ultraman's name is only said twice, and he was named by kids!

The buildup to finally seeing Ultraman & Maki speak to each other, and the use of the Specium Ray, were well worth the wait. Much like Gamera The Brave or even G14 when it comes to wanting to see the respective iconic abilities of its titular characters


Overall, I'll be using this film to contrast with Higuchi's Shin Ultraman.

Oh, the ending song, "Never Good-Bye", is a banger. Stuck in my head! Pure early 2000s goodness.
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I'm very happy that The Next will be bundled with Nexus for the eventual Mill Creek release. The quality of the YouTube upload I watched years ago was wretched, so I'm looking forward to seeing it in good quality!

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MechaGoji Bro7503 wrote: Mon May 24, 2021 10:35 am It's a darker take on Ultraman, with an opponent full of bodyhorror, yet it didn't stray away from the heart of the franchise.
I hope someone puts this as a pullquote on the box whenever Mill Creek does get around to releasing Next/Nexus! I couldn't have said it better.
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Major sssspielberg! wrote: Tue May 25, 2021 8:25 am
MechaGoji Bro7503 wrote: Mon May 24, 2021 10:35 am It's a darker take on Ultraman, with an opponent full of bodyhorror, yet it didn't stray away from the heart of the franchise.
I hope someone puts this as a pullquote on the box whenever Mill Creek does get around to releasing Next/Nexus! I couldn't have said it better.
Aw, thank you! :-P
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