Don't worry Decade this is not your fault this time.
So what I am getting at with this new Ultraman is that it doesn't even feel like Ultraman in the beginning. The show starts with the main character returning to his hometown and then an old friend appears from a hijinks moment. Already those are two really big cliches in many anime series. It's not even Ultraman cliches! At least with those the show would feel like an Ultra show. Here it just feels like a very boring romance. Cause it's very obvious that the Hikaru is in love with this girl, oh and their old childhood friends, GAH! Now cliches aren't bad I made that clear in my Pacific Rim review. The thing is though, if they are used to make a good feeling in a movie it works. As I said before with Ginga the cliches are from J-dramas and anime series so it doesn't feel like an Ultra series. I bet there were some forced romances before in the franchise, but I wouldn't think it was as bad as these two.
I mean look at the left, she is standing way too straight. At least the other three look relaxed. She looks like she's doing a school play performance.
Now let's get to the premise of the show. The premise is that there was a war and all the Ultramen and monsters were turned into dolls. So not only do we have the war story like Decade and Gokaiger had, but also the powers being lost like Gokaiger. There are different ways to tribute a franchise, look at Metal Heroes. They had Gavan reappear in Gokaiger and they made a new Gavan. Then Akibaranger is a parody and does a great job of praising the franchise. Ginga doesn't do any of this, so far the only Ultra character that appears was Taro, who is a doll. So now Taro wants Hikaru to use the Light Spark because he saw him saved a girl, that's it. At least Zordon had a description of who he wants. Taro just saw Hikaru do one thing and thinks he's the one. Maybe this episode could have worked better is we saw Hikaru do more good deeds to make him feel like a hero a little more.
I will say I do like how the female lead does know about Taro and then this leads to her knowing that Hikaru could be the chosen one. A lot of Ultra series always have people hiding their identities as an Ultraman. I do know there are others that don't do this also so it's not the best thing, but at least it's something a like a little. Then Hikaru can turn into the Kaijus which is a cool idea. The Ultra Kaiju are pretty iconic and now we can see some fights between different Kaijus. Too bad this series is only eleven episodes! Now lets get to how Hikaru transforms into Kaijus and Ginga. He does this by linking a doll with his Ginga Spark. This is the worst collective transformation items ever. They couldn't make an item like cards or keys, but no just dolls. Also they have their own special stamp on the foot so you need to buy new figurines just to use these. That is a huge waste of money for people who are going to buy the merchandise.
Next Time: Glowing in the dark.