Monday, September 19, 2016

ULTRAMAN NEXUS IN YOKOHAMA! The Cast and Crew Comes Out for an Ultra-Event!

 Ultraman Nexus star Takuji Kawakubo poses with an Ultra-toy. Photo by Brett Homenick.

Today, I spent a pleasant evening in Yokohama at an Ultraman-related event with several guests in attendance. Each one was friendly and outgoing, and even though I'm not very familiar with Ultraman Nexus (2004-05), after this event, I think I'm a fan for life!

With series director Yuichi Abe.

Yuichi Abe was one of the headlining guests. Abe-san directed many episodes of the series, and he has also helmed episodes of some of the more recent Ultraman outings. In addition, he worked on Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and early on in his career worked on the special effects side of Gunhed (1989) and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989).

With series star Takuji Kawakubo.

 Also on hand was star Takuji Kawakubo, who played Kazuki Komon. Kawakubo-san is passionate about learning English, so it was a big topic of conversation for us. He was very friendly and a joy to speak with.

With series writer Keiichi Hasegawa.

I also met Keiichi Hasegawa, who was a writer on Ultraman Nexus. However, his biggest credit in the U.S. is penning GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001). He was also quite friendly to speak with.

What a great way to cap a busy week!

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