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Shin Ultraman Trailer Brings Even More Kaiju Into Our Lives For 2021

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BY February 10, 2021

It’s beginning to look like a very Kaiju infested year for 2021. The Godzilla vs. Kong trailer unleashed a level of excitement I’ve never seen before for either of those properties. On top of this, Godzilla will be again this year in his first-ever anime series on Netflix, Singular Point. Not to mention even more Kaiju in the upcoming Pacific Rim anime, also on Netflix. But now, another popular franchise from yesteryear is bringing their own Kaijus to the forefront, in the Shin Ultraman trailer. 

The Shin Ultraman Trailer Is More Of A Teaser Really

Shin Ultraman trailer Kaiju. Image via Screen Grab.

This looks like a lot of fun. Bringing the classic Ultraman show to live-action is a genius move. The franchise already has many other iterations, including an anime on Netflix as well. But seeing it all in live-action is much more interesting. But this should come as no surprise given the makers behind the Shin Ultraman trailer are the same as the Shin Godzilla folk. Shin Godzilla took the often seen premise of a monster attack on Japan, and kind of satirized it. The movie showcased the ineptitude of its government in making decisions to protect the city, against the brute force of Godzilla. It looks like the Shin Ultraman trailer might be along with a similar premise, given how the trailer begins. 

Government Reacts As Kaiju Appears

The Shin Ultraman trailer begins with reaction shots of people panicking. Lots of people in buttoned up clothes and suits are all freaking out about something. Military rallying, and a lot of other frantic energy. We finally see two different Kaiju, putting into context everyone’s reactions. It’s not until the end of the trailer that we see our titular hero rise beside some power lines to showcase the scale of his size. It’s a very short trailer, acting more as a teaser than anything else.

The visual style and aesthetic of the Shin Ultraman trailer is also something worthy of note. It’s not at all a hyper-real, or the modernized version of Ultraman for a new generation. It’s very much tributing the classic design with its flat colors, minimalistic design and looking very much like the original. Even the Kaiju looks polished and put together, and not like the beast-like monsters we’re used to seeing in the last decade. This still definitely keeps the trailer in line with the satirical tone as before, but in a way that homages the original. 

Shin Ultraman is releasing in theatres in Japan sometime this year. No word yet on a North American release. 

What did you think of the Shin Ultraman trailer? Let us know in the comments below. 

Featured Image via Screen Grab. 


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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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