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    ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2018 Opens in Sunshine City, Ikebukuro on July 20

    “The bond of the Ultraman Brothers!” Source: Tsuburaya Productions press release Official Site: ulfes.com/2018 (Japan) #????? The ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL (?????????????), the unmissable family event that had attracted a total of over 4.7 million visitors, is coming back to Sunshine City, Ikebukuro. This year will be the 28th Ultraman Festival to be held in Tokyo. Experience the world of Ultraman with a whole host of activities, photo shoot locations, and events that will attract all families across three generations. These include a “3-D display”, which you cannot only see, but also experience with all five senses; the “Ultra Live-Action Stage Show”, featuring spectacular LED screens and wireless control lights; the “Gigantic Diorama”, a fun-filled delight for both children and adults; a “meet and greet” section where you can meet the heroes anytime... and much more!

    The announcement event for ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2018 was held on Saturday, May 12, at the fountain square of Sunshine City Alpa B1. The Japanese comedy duo Bakushomondai ("LOL Problem") was inaugurated as the official supporter, with Hikaru Ota and Yuji Tanaka attending in Science Special Search Party uniforms as special squad members. They appeared on stage together with the 6 Ultraman Brothers (Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack, Ultraman Ace, Ultraman Taro, Zoffy) and Kaiju. The two comedians are genuine fans who grew up with the Ultraman series. Yuji Tanaka has made an Ultraman diorama at home using soft vinyl figures. Hikaru Ota likes strong monsters such as Red King and Zetton. ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2018 will be held at Sunshine City Bunkakaikan building, Ikebukuro from Friday, July 20 to Monday, August 27 (the festival will be closed all day on Tuesday, August 7). Advance tickets are now on sale. Be sure not to miss ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL this summer!

    Advance poster courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya Pro
    Poster courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya Pro

    ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2018 Event Summary Festival Date: July 20 ~ August 27* Open Hours: 10:00a.m. ~ 5:30p.m. (Last Admittance 5:00p.m.) Venue Address: Exhibition Hall B, 4F Sunshine Bunka Kaikan Bldg., Sunshine City, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Organizer/Sponsor: TBS Television, TBS Radio Sponsorship: Bunkyo Studio Co., Ltd., Hoken Minaoshi Honpo Co., Ltd., 1CC, Ltd., Benelic Co., Ltd., Otsuka Foods Co., Ltd. Live Stage Production Cooperation: Fujitsu Batteries Cooperation: Shogakukan, Kodansha, Sunshine City *The festival will be closed all day on August 7.

    Concept art for “Great Battle! Gigantic Photo Shoot Locations”. Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya Pro

    Main Contents The theme of this year’s event is “The Bond of the Ultraman Brothers!”. Together with the Ultra Heroes, let’s fight against the army of 1,587 monsters and aliens! ? 1. ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL’s first-ever Ultraman Brothers VS the Monster and Alien Army: “Great Battle! Gigantic Photo Shoot Locations” (???? ??????????) Battle scenes of the Ultraman Brothers against an army of monsters and aliens will appear in the site. Please enjoy taking pictures with them!

    Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya Pro

    ? 2. Fascinating Ultra Live-Action Stage Show* At the Live-Action Stage Show, the Ultra Heroes fight fierce battles with Kaiju. The audiences will support the heroes with their radio-controlled “Ultra Flash” light. The programs will be changed for the latter half of the festival... • Part 1: Friday, July 20 - Monday, August 6; "Brother - The Bond of the Brave" (Brother ????????) • Part 2: Wednesday, August 8 - Monday, August 27, "Make the Era! Legendary Ultra Brothers" (??????? ?????????) Advance reservations for the highly popular front section Ultra Seat tickets are now on sale. The number of seats has been increased to approximately 220 (in the previous year there were about 120 front seats)! In addition to the Ultra Seats, there are approximately 300 standard seats available for each show. *All photography, video and recording are prohibited during the Live-Action Stage Show.

    The 2017 Ultra Live-Action Stage Show. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya Pro

    ? 3. Exhibition Areas, etc. This year, we have taken the exciting “Gigantic Battle Diorama” to the next level, with countless photo spots. Let’s slip into the world of Ultraman and take some pictures! ? 4. “Meet and Greet” with the Heroes, and Items Limited to the Festival During the festival visitors can enjoy “Ultrashot”, an opportunity to take photos with the heroes at any time. They can also make their one and only original movie with “Narikiri Movie” (in which the visitor acts as an Ultraman and fights with Kaiju). Meanwhile, there will be an “Ultraman Department store”, where limited figures and other Ultraman-related goods from all over the universe gather, and “Ultraman Ice Cream”, the tasty original ice cream treats created in the image of everyone’s’ favorite heroes. Visit the Ultraman Festival and make splendid summer memories!

    “Data Carddass Ultraman Fusion Fight!” logo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya Pro

    Special Gift for Visitors All visitors will be given out a special card that could be used in the “Data Carddass Ultraman Fusion Fight!” game.* The card is available only at the ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL! The game can also be played with devices set up at the festival. *Please note that the number of special cards is limited. Information on Admission

    Seven Ticket is offering an Ultraman Geed placard for advance ticket buyers. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya Pro

    Advance ticket with placard can badge Advance Ticket Adult (junior high school student and above): 1,900 yen Advance Ticket Children (from 3 years old to elementary school student): 1,200 yen Advance Ticket Adult with Live-Action Stage Show ticket: 2,400 yen Advance Ticket Children with Live-Action Stage Show ticket: 1,700 yen Walk-up Ticket Adult (junior high school student and above): 2,100 yen Walk-up Ticket Children (from 3 years old to elementary school student): 1,400 yen Walk-up Ticket Adult with Live-Action Stage Show: 2,600 yen Walk-up Ticket Children with Live-Action Stage Show: 1,900 yen Advance Tickets on sale from Saturday, May 12 until Thursday, July 19. Beginning Friday, July 20, all ticket prices will be the same as walk-up tickets. Tickets with Live-Action Stage Show tickets are available only on Seven Ticket, Lawson Tickets, E-Plus, and Ticket Pia. Tickets including the “Ultra Seat” will be on sale for an additional 500 yen on top of the ticket price. Reserved seat tickets for the Live-Action Stage Show will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at the exchange window, next to the entrance. Free entry for children 2 years old and under. However, an admission ticket is required if you need a seat for the Live-Action Stage Show.

    Lawson Tickets is offering an exclusive Bullmark ticket package with figures of Ultra Seven and King Joe. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya Pro

    Lawson Tickets is offering an exclusive Bullmark ticket package with figures of Ultra Seven and King Joe. The production run is limited to 100 pieces. The figures will be handed out at the venue during the festival. Advance Ticket Adult (junior high school student and above): 10,000 yen Walk-up Ticket Adult (junior high school student and above): 10,200 yen

    ULTRAMAN FESTIVAL 2018 logo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © Tsuburaya Pro

    About Tsuburaya Productions

    Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has created dozens of heroes and other characters, including Ultraman, who have been loved from generation to generation. The base for the company was Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research, which was launched by the Japanese “Father of Special Effects” Eiji Tsuburaya. After showing his skill and making a name for himself working on many monster movies and special effects laden fantasy science films, in 1963 Tsuburaya incorporated Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research and established Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. in order to advance further research and development of special effects technologies and release visual works that could be enjoyed by a wider audience. The company has continued to maintain Eiji Tsuburaya’s policies even after his death. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding, and it continues its work to this day. Currently, the company carries out activities including production of works for television, original video works, and films for theatrical release; licensing of owned characters’ content; development of various products; event planning and live staged events that bring out the maximum appeal of its owned characters, and development of facilities that handle related items.

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