Blu-ray Review: Ultraman Orb (2016) and Ultraman Geed (2017)

December 20, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Mill Creek Entertainment have gone done and released a dynamic duo of newer Ultra series… Ultraman Orb (2016) and Ultraman GEED (2017) respectively, and I marathoned the ever-loving shit out of them! So hunker down and read my wicked words about ’em!

Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ultra-franchise, ol’ Ultraman Orb follows the adventures of a new Ultraman (Orb ‘natch) who arrives on the scene all fired up to kick some monster ass, and boy will he ever get the chance as a cadre of killer kaiju known as King Demon Beasts have been set free after cooling their jets for centuries thanks to the Ultra Warriors locking their asses away and throwing away the key.

Now Orb has a trick or two up his sleeve, mainly the fact he can call upon and utilize the powers of past Ultra Warriors and utilize them to inflict all manner of grave bodily harm to each and every monster unfortunate enough to cross his path!

Comprised of twenty-five episodes (and a theatrical feature that ends some closure to the tale… and is included on this release as well), Ultraman Orb is an irresistible batch of comic book confectionery that is impossible to deny!

The near non-stop blasts of color, costumes, powers… and most importantly awesome-as-balls (that’s a pro-critic term… you can use it too to sound all hip and knowledgeable like yours cruelly)… and that power trading Mcguffin makes this series a stand out, and a tun of fun to boot!

That’s the thing about Orb that makes it shine; it’s just a great deal of fun to behold, and will readily remind you just why you got into this sort of high-energy entertainment in the first place!

Shit Geed, you got your work cut out for you following this one…

So speaking of Ultraman Geed; this installment focuses on Riku Asakura, a teen with zero clue about his past. Well that doesn’t last, as he soon discovers he’s an Ultraman in human form. Good thing too as those damn monsters are on the attack again… but Riku’s bloodline ain’t so squeaky-clean in and of itself…

Continuing on from the themes of Orb, this series (again, 25 episodes and a feature film) features that fun Ultra-ancestor power swappin’ that I dug so much in the previous series. Add to that the dark history of Riku, the search for more Ultra-capsules (those lil’ magic bullets that gives our hero his different abilities), and a whole slew of those krazy kaiju that we flock to these  and you got yourself another rock solid entry in our beloved Ultra-legacy!

These two series are a great reflection of where the Ultra series is today (to see where it began, Mill Creek Entertainment… who put out these Blu’s, have also began their deep dive of the origins of the Ultra series as well, and you can read my thoughts on that right here); a colorful, monster-packed extravaganza that will appeal to those that love giant monsters, super-powers, alien heroes, explosions… you pick up what I’m layin’ down right? This is the type of stuff you loved as a kid, and doubtless still do, and it’s just a whole mess of fun!










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