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    English Dubbed ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY Being Serialized on the Tsuburaya Channel

    Author: Bob Johnson Source: Tsuburaya Productions YouTube Channel Special Thanks to William Winckler, William Winckler Productions, Inc.

    Ultraman Ace, Astra, Leo, Victory and Ginga ready for action! ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    In May of 2006, Tuburaya Productions Co., ltd. launched its own Tsuburaya Productions Channel on YouTube, featuring an eclectic collection of video clips, trailers, short episodes and specials focusing on their "New Generation" Ultraman series. These include ULTRAMAN GINGA, ULTRAMAN ORB, ULTRAMAN X, ULTRAMAN GEED and more. The channel is designed to appeal to English speaking audiences, as well as native Japanese fans. Certain fare is offered with English subtitles. A recent offering is their first English dubbed series, ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY (?????????????, Urutora Faito Bikutor?, 2015). ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY originally aired in 3 minute segments after the show NEW ULTRAMAN RETSUDEN (?????????, Shin Urutoraman Retsuden, 2013-16). It was compiled into one 40 minute film for home video release in Japan. In an agreement with William Winckler Productions, the compilation film was dubbed into English along with ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE and ULTRAMAN X MOVIE, with the latter two films receiving theatrical distribution in North America. Now on the Tsuburaya Channel, they have split the movie back to it`s original 3-minute segments, serialized with the English language track. A new 3-minute episode comes out each week. According to producer William Winckler, "The audience excitement, positive responses, thrills and love of the Winckler Prods. English dubbed version of ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY is heating up tremendously on the Tsuburaya Prods. YouTube Channel. I believe this is the first time in history a Japanese studio has operated as a "Broadcast Network" to air/run new English dubbed content directly to worldwide English speaking audiences!" The full ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY is also available on the channel in one, 40-minute version with English subtitles. But, if you want to see it with the English dub, that is only available in the 3-minute serialized version. Reaction to the episodes has been generally positive and will hopefully prompt TPC to do more. It is the beginning of a new platform for Ultraman content and a step in the right direction. Who knows? Maybe in the future fans can subscribe to an actual Tsuburaya streaming channel.

    William Winckler discusses the dubbing of the Ultraman features. Video courtesy of William Winckler and Old Clapper Board Prods.

    Here is a look at the Ultraman productions that were recently dubbed into English for Tsuburaya Productions. As of this writing, there is no information on whether these will appear on the Tsuburaya Channel in any form. But, the studio does own the dubs and materials outright, so there is no reason why they wouldn`t make use of them. ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (2016 / 70-minute Theatrical Film)

    When realty TV host Carlos Kurozaki breaks into a mysterious underground pyramid for a television event, he removes a special gem. . . and unwittingly releases a diabolical monster called Zaigorg! The evil creature wants Kurozaki’s gem, so it spawns an army of giant kaijus to get it! It’s up to the famous superheroes Ultraman X, Ultraman Tiga, and the one and only original Ultraman to stop the worldwide monster war! ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE is the special 50th Year Anniversary film of Tsuburaya Productions iconic superhero character ULTRAMAN. Starring Kensuke Takahashi, Akane Sakanoue, Takami Yoshimoto, Michael Tomioka. Directed by Kiyotaka Taguchi. ENGLISH VERSION PRODUCTION Writer/Producer/Director: WILLIAM WINCKLER ADR Mixer/Re-Recording Mixer/Sound Editor: BRADFORD HILL Translator: EMILY NELSON VOICE CAST Daichi: BRITAIN SIMONS Ultraman X: WILLIAM WINCKLER Asuna: ELISE NAPIER Prof. Tsukasa Tamaki: PAMELA HILL Carlos Kurozaki: JUSTIN ANDREWS Dr. Guruman: G. LARRY BUTLER Captain Kamiki: ROY ABRAMSOHN Yuuto: ANISA VONG Rui: VALERIE ROSE LOHMAN Mamoru: JOSH MADSON Hayato: BRADFORD HILL Wataru: JOHN KATONA Captain Tachibana: ALISON LEES-TAYLOR Takeru: RJ WORD Chiaki: BETH ANN SWEEZER Kirihara/Announcer/Computer: LISLE WILKERSON Narrator: DAVID RUPRECHT Ultraman Ginga: NICHOLAS CLARK Ultraman Zero: DANIEL VAN THOMAS Model: PARISSA KOO TV Director: JAY DEE WITNEY Recording Studio: WILLIAM WINCKLER PRODUCTIONS, INC. ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (2015 / 63-Minute Theatrical Film)

    A sinister space warrior, Etelgar, forces a beautiful young alien princess, Alena, to use her magical mirror to trap every Ultraman hero in the Galaxy! In order to stop Etelgar and save the princess and their fellow Ultramen, two brave young men, Hikaru and Shou, must each transform into new Ultra-heroes, Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman Victory, and combine their super-powers! Thus begins an epic battle of the greatest Ultraman heroes teaming up to defeat Etelgar and his army of villainous space warriors! Starring Takuya Negishi, Kiyotaka Uji, and Arisa Komiya. Directed by Koichi Sakamoto (Saban’s POWER RANGERS). ENGLISH VERSION PRODUCTION Writer/Producer/Director: WILLIAM WINCKLER ADR Mixer/Re-Recording Mixer/Sound Editor: BRADFORD HILL Translator: EMILY NELSON ENGLISH VOICE CAST Hikaru/Ultraman Ginga: NICHOLAS CLARK Shou/Ultraman Victory: BRYAN FORREST Princess Alena: BETH ANN SWEEZER Musashi/Ultraman Cosmos: PAUL STANKO Etelgar: G. LARRY BUTLER Ultraman Zero: DANIEL VAN THOMAS Captain Jinno: WILLIAM WINCKLER Arisa: LISLE WILKERSON Goki: JOHN KATONA Sakuya: ANNIE KNUDSEN Tomoya: CHAD COMEY Mana: LIB CAMPBELL Ultraman Max/Spark Voice: FRANK GERRISH Ultraman Gaia: CHRIS CLEVELAND Ultraman Nexus: JOE CHAMBRELLO Ultraman Mebius: NICHOLAS MANELICK Ultraman Dyna: BRADFORD HILL Ultraman Tiga: JAY DEE WITNEY Recording Studio: WILLIAM WINCKLER PRODUCTIONS, INC. ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY (2015 / 38-minute TV Film)

    After thousands of years, a diabolical space emperor named Juda Spectre is about to break free from his dimensional prison! In order to prevent this disaster from happening, and to save the Galaxy, Earth’s amazing superhero ULTRAMAN VICTORY must use a new secret weapon, a combination sword and flute called the Knight Timbre! However, can the soundwave strength of our Ultraman’s Knight Timbre stop Spectre and his army of monsters before it’s too late?! Compiled from the television mini-series. Directed by Koichi Sakamoto. ENGLISH VERSION PRODUCTION Writer/Producer/Director: WILLIAM WINCKLER ADR Mixer/Re-Recording Mixer/Sound Editor: BRADFORD HILL Translator: EMILY NELSON VOICE CAST Shou/Ultraman Victory: BRYAN FORREST Hikaru/Ultraman Ginga: NICHOLAS CLARK Sakuya: ANNIE KNUDSEN Ultraman Hikari/Knight Timbre: WILLIAM WINCKLER Yapool: KYLE REA Ultraman Leo/Juda Spectre: ROY ABRAMSOHN Astra: BRADFORD HILL Ultraman Ace/Spark Voice: FRANK GERRISH Repi: ANISA VONG Recording Studio: WILLIAM WINCKLER PRODUCTIONS, INC.

    About William Winckler Productions, Inc.

    William Winckler Productions, Inc. has produced and distributed English dubbed anime series in America since 1984. The Hollywood company, run by writer/producer/director William Winckler, has worked with many of the major studios in Japan on popular series and feature film titles such as TEKKAMAN THE SPACE-KNIGHT, GAIKING, DANGUARD ACE, STARZINGER, and dozens of others.

    About Tsuburaya Productions

    Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the superhero ULTRAMAN series was founded in 1963 by Eiji Tsuburaya, world-renowned special effects wizard also known for his special effects work on the Godzilla series. With more than fifty years` experience, it is one of Japan`s oldest and most respected independent film and television production houses. Its popular Ultraman TV and film series which premiered in 1966 has been seen in over 100 territories worldwide and has spawned over 3,000 licensed products. In addition to production, the company also handles character licensing and program distribution and staging live stage shows both domestically and internationally.

    For more information on ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE and ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:

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