The cheesy title aside, we love Ultraman, this gigantic forefather of all “kaiju” destroying super heroes. First aired in 1966 and finished with a total of 40 episodes in 1967…so just to be clear, we are talking about Ultraman, and not his kin who carried the Ultraman name far into the 21st century.
An ongoing Japanese joke, is that if a girl calls her boyfriend a real Ultraman, it’s not a reference to his might, no Ultraman’s powers and, indeed, his very life force, came from rapidly depleted solar energy, which was heavily reduced by Earth’s filtering atmosphere. When Ultraman first appears, his “color timer,” or “warning light,” is always a rich cyan color. As time goes on, the color timer turns solid red, and then starts to blink, giving off a warning chime as it does so. When Ultraman runs out of energy, the color timer goes out, and turns black. Ultraman’s color timer is linked directly to his heart, and damaging it will cause mortal injury or serious pain to Ultraman...so you see the girlfriend’s venomous words are directed to his limited stamina in the sack.
The Japanese love Ultraman, and its love for this delicate super hero is passed on from generation to generation, every child has at least one or two Ultraman figures in his toy box. As we get older we often change, we lose imagination, we lose our dreams, our hair, our tight bodies and in case when you’re a parent: your mind…but one thing we all long for, whether being a child or an adult is being a hero, that never really disappears.
Well a new brand call A MAN OF ULTRA is trying to awaken the hero that hibernates in your adult subconsciousness, it tries to create a cool day-to-day world “Ultraman”, through creating products that remind us what Ultraman stood for (saving the world of those pesky monsters) and inject you with the same courage so that you can accomplish new feats, like standing up for yourself when your boss takes his bad mood out on you, or saving a little kitten from a tree….
Mmm great sales pitch, but since I’m Dutch, and we are born super heroes, I mean you show us a hole in a dike and we stick our finger in it, I don’t really have the need for more heroic powers , I’d be too much of a hero and like my mother always told me “too much is never good”. BUT darn I love what they did with it, the products they created are definitely a great addition to your wardrobe or interior.
Being a hero means being on time, and time was of the essence for Ultraman..you know he could die and that’s a big no-no for a super hero.
I collaboration with black ice they created these awesome glasses, cause a super hero who’s blind as a mole is just asking for problems. (50,760 yen 8 models)
They sport lots of t-shirts created by Beams for MAN OF ULTRA for example this Alien Baltan shirt (6,696 yen)
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