If you don’t follow the reviews I do at Midnight eastern time, I’ve been reviewing the above comic, Ultraman Tiga, an adaptation of the Japanese TV series produced in Hong Kong. The show was brought to the US by 4Kids Entertainment and the comic by Dark Horse. I’m not super-versed in the Ultraman franchise but the shows I’ve seen brought to the US–the original (which I have on DVD), Ultra 7, and Ultraman Tiga, plus the fansub I have of the first Ultraman Zearth parody movie–were very good. There were also two US co-productions, the animated Ultraman: The Adventure Begins and live-action Australian series Ultraman: Towards The Future (which I’ve reviewed), which were my introductions to the franchise.
I’ve been wanting to look at the 4Kids version AND the original Japanese version for this series since I started reviewing the comic, and I finally have an opening to do so. Let’s look first at the original, and then the one we know in the US.