ULTRAMAN TRIGGER POSTER, REMAINING CAST AND THEME SONGS ANNOUNCED!
Ultraman Trigger, Tsuburaya Productions’ latest Ultraman series, is set to premiere on Ultraman Day, July 10, 2021, on the TV Tokyo Network in Japan. In anticipation of its debut, Tsuburaya Productions is proud to reveal the series poster, and announce additional cast members and information about the theme songs of Ultraman Trigger. These include a new member of GUTS-Select, the leader of the Sizuma Foundation, and a mysterious treasure hunter…
The Sizuma Foundation, TPU (Terrestrial Peaceable Union) & GUTS-Select
The Sizuma Foundation is a global mega-conglomerate leading the way in space exploration. On one of their research missions, the Foundation’s leader, Chairman Mitsukuni, discovered a dark power that threatens peace in the universe. In an effort to counter this grave danger, he worked to unite national governments across the planet, and the resulting organization came to be called the Terrestrial Peaceable Union (TPU). Headquartered in Japan, the TPU also consists of a North American Branch, Paris Branch, Sydney Branch, and many additional locations in nations around the world.
Katsuya Takagi has been chosen to play Captain of GUTS-Select Seiya Tatsumi
Starring in the role of the illustrious Captain is Katsuya Takagi. After beginning his career in elementary school, modeling, and then discovering the thrill of performance, Takagi has made numerous appearances on theatrical stages, and acted last year in the hit film Midnight Swan. Takagi has found acclaim for his work in tokusatsu pieces, period dramas, action movies and more.
Aa Captain of the elite squad GUTS-Select, Tatsumi is known for his ability to unite men and women, young or old — on Earth and throughout the universe. The captain is also renowned for his perfect balance of strictness and kindness, and brilliantly leads an elite crew with strong, diverse personalities, including Kengo, Yuna, Tesshin, and Himari, from the command center of the anti-monster battleship Nursedessei.
Katsuya Takagi commented on his role with the following: I’m honored to be taking on the role of the GUTS-Select Captain Seiya Tatsumi.
From the moment I was chosen to play the role, the excitement and pressure were so intense I could barely sleep for a full week – naturally because Ultraman has been my hero since I was a child. I couldn’t believe I was going to be a Captain!
When I was young, the heroes and defense team members on the show filled me with courage, motivation, and the power to hope. Now, it’s our turn to shoulder that responsibility and create a bright future for children and adults alike.
I’m all the more honored to be entrusted to play the role of Captain in the venerated 55th anniversary of Ultraman and 25th anniversary of Ultraman Tiga.
My hope is that Trigger will capture the hearts of this generation, just as Tiga did with mine. I will put my utmost into making Trigger a powerful work beloved by those of all generations. Please enjoy the show!
Treasure Hunter Ignis to be Played by Kei Hosogai!
Playing the role of mysterious hunter Ignis is Kei Hosogai. From his childhood to his teen years, Hosogai lived in the United States, after which he made his acting debut in the musical The Prince of Tennis (2008). From there, Hosogai has appeared in roles for stage, TV, film, voice acting, and anime character songs, and has become a known and loved figure in tokusatsu action entertainment as well.
Ignis is a treasure hunter from Planet Lishuria. At first sight, Lishurians are indistinguishable from humans on Planet Earth, but when they get excited or emotional, the difference becomes clear. As Ignis is always fond of saying, he quests only for “top-class” treasures, and his galactic travels bring him to Earth, where he somehow meets and becomes closely tied to GUTS-Select. What on Earth could he possibly be seeking…
Kei Hosogai had this to say about his role:
Nice to meet you!
My name is Kei Hosogai, and I’m excited to be playing the role of Ignis in Ultraman Trigger. Getting to play a starring role in the Ultraman series, with its pioneering role in the world of tokusatsu, is an honor beyond my wildest dreams. Especially for this festive occasion of Ultraman’s 55th anniversary, I’ll be doing my best to give this series as much pizzazz as possible!
I’m Ignis, number one treasure hunter in the universe! Time to hunt some top-class treasures!
Shin Takuma Stars as Mitsukuni Shizuma, President of the Sizuma Foundation & Visionary Founder of TPU!
Starring as Mistukuni Shizuma, the founder and president of the global mega-conglomerate, the Sizuma Foundation, and the visionary leader behind the creation of the TPU and Expert team GUTS-Select, is Shin Takuma! Since making his acting debut in a 1979 drama, Shin Takuma has become a household name in Japan, appearing in countless films and TV programs, and his poised performances and signature style exude gentleness and warmth. In recent years, Shin can be seen in his highly acclaimed performance as a comical warrior in the TV drama series The Hero Yoshihiko and has amassed a growing fanbase among the youth in Japan.
After building the world’s largest business conglomerate, Shizuma leveraged his fortune for the greater good of society and created the Sizuma Foundation. In the Foundation’s pursuit of space exploration and ancient alien research, he uncovered a looming, interstellar threat to mankind. In order to confront this lurking menace, he united the governments of the world and established the TPU and the Expert Team GUTS-Select. But deep within his past hides an important secret…
Shin Takuma said this about his history with the Ultraman series:
I remember 55 years ago, as a 10-year-old boy, watching Ultraman on TV for the first time and being so excited. And now 55 years later, here I am at age 65, thrilled beyond belief to take on a role in Ultraman. The nostalgia mixed with the realization that I’ve reached this age combined to make this acting experience so much fun.
Working on set with the younger members of the team, I just knew that Ultraman Trigger was going to be an amazing Ultraman series. I hope everyone enjoys the show every week.
Opening and Closing Songs Will By Artists Takao Sakuma and ChouCho Revealed!
Finally, the theme songs that will kick off and close each episode of the season have been set! The opening song is “Trigger,” by Takao Sakuma, and the ending song is “Rainbow seeds,” by ChouCho.
Takao Sakuma is known for his work in the band that made their major debut with the ending song for the 2015 TV anime series, Kuroko’s Basketball. His song “Trigger” will be released in Japan on Wednesday July 21.
He had this message for fans:
I’m overflowing with gratitude at the enormous honor of getting to do the main theme song for Ultraman Trigger, carrying on the grand tradition of Ultraman as a hero both for Japan and the world.
When I read the screenplay, it got me so amped up, I just let that passion explode right into the song. I hope this song motivates you all to overcome any obstacle in your path. I hope you all enjoy this song for Ultraman Trigger to the fullest!
ChouCho first drew attention for a song uploaded to a video sharing site, and then made her major debut doing the opening song for the 2011 TV anime series Heaven’s Memo Pad. Since then, a string of hit anime theme songs have helped her become one of the most sought-after singer-songwriters in the industry. Her song “Nanairo no Tane (Rainbow Seeds)” will also be available in Japan on July 21.
She had the following to say about her work for Ultraman:
I never imagined that one day I’d be getting to make music for Ultraman, so when I received word I was ecstatic!
I created the ending song thinking of the children, finding in them inspiration for the theme: limitless possibility. With this song coming at the conclusion of each episode, my aim was to send viewers off in high spirits with a song that would bring hope to everyone.
I hope you enjoy this ending song along with the series!