Original Run: April 8th, 2006 – March 31st, 2007 (Japan)
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions
Directed by: various
Written by: various
Music by: Toshihiko Sahashi, Toru Fuyuki
Cast: Shunji Igarashi, Masaki Nishina, Ai Saikawa, Daisuke Watanabe, Kenta Uchino, Misato Hirata, Minoru Tanaka
Tsuburaya Productions, 50 Episodes, 24 Minutes (per episode)
Ultraman Mebius is one of my all-time favorite Ultraman series. It is also the one modern series that really reinvigorated my love of the franchise.
The great thing about this show is that it is truly a throwback to the old classic series from the Shōwa Era. This Ultraman looks a lot like the original with a few modern style flourishes added into the suit. It also featured a lot of classic monsters and revisited some classic concepts like using the ally capsule monsters to help in battle. Plus, I am a huge fan of the good kaiju Miclas and he has a big presence in the show.
Additionally, the cast was fantastic. Everyone fit their part and added a lot of character diversity to the group as far as contrasting personalities. Everyone just meshed so well and they all looked like they were having the time of their life making this series, which transcends the viewing experience and rubs off on the viewer.
The really cool thing about Ultraman Mebius is that it is the first show since Ultraman 80 to exist in the Shōwa Era universe. It is an actual continuation of those shows where the shows between 80 and Mebius kind of exist on their own in parallel universes without direct ties to the earlier series.
The cool thing about this existing in the Shōwa Era franchise, is that it opened the door for all the mega team-ups that would come later, featuring several Ultra Brothers fighting alongside each other. It also paved the way for lots of theatrical releases.
Ultraman Mebius is a fan favorite Ultraman series and it deserves its recognition. It took a formula that was getting stale and re-energized it for a new generation while earning the respect and admiration from the older generations who grew up loving these shows.