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 Post subject: Ultraman on VRV
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:27 pm 


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I've been into Ultraman off and on since I was a kid, but the down spots were mostly due to the lack of availability in the USA up until now. I recently found out about VRV, an app by Crunchyroll that lets you download episodes for offline viewing if you have an Android or iOS device. Hopefully it's available in your country too. There's a 30 day free trial atm & after that it's your standard $9.99/mo. It works hella good compared to Netflix & also has a pretty slick design imo. As of right now they have the full seasons of:

SD 4:3
Ultraman Leo (1974)
Ultraman 80 (1980)
Ultraman Gaia (1998)
Ultraman Nexus (2004)
Ultraman Max (2005)
Ultraman Mebius (2006)

HD 16:9
Ultraman Ginga (2013)
Ultraman X (2015)
Ultraman Orb (2016)
Ultraman Geed (2017)

It's not everything, but that's a pretty good chunk of the Ultra series! I wanted to start with the freshest stuff so I've been working my way through Ultraman Geed & it's pretty great. I use Android so I was able to buy the HDMI adapter and view it on my big screen, but I had to adjust the image to fit properly since my device has a 18.5:9 aspect ratio. I'm looking into ways to view the older episodes on my CRT, which seems to just require a simple HDMI to component adapter.

Anyone else into Ultra?

Side note: I have a Rhea installed in my US VA-1 Sega Saturn & have recently ordered a CiB Ultraman - Hikari No Kyojin Densetsu from a seller on eBay. Once this arrives I wanted to test loading the game's ISO from Rhea with the 1mb ROM cart inserted to verify that it works. It's not supposed to be the best game in the world but for curiosity's sake I wanted to try it out. I'll report back with my findings.
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 Post subject: Re: Ultraman on VRV
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:10 pm 


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I'm into Ultraman, though these days I don't have the patience for the new (since Zero/Belial showed up) shows. They're way too obvious about selling toys and other junk. Nexus a Mebius are my favourites, and the Mebius era movies are pretty great too.

I might rewatch Nexus on my Android phone. Thanks for the tip!

If you haven't watched Thunderbolt Fantasy, definitely check it out.
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 Post subject: Re: Ultraman on VRV
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:26 pm 


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Looks pretty interesting. As a casual Super Sentai fan I checked out a couple episodes of the original Ultraman series (featuring Kobayashi Akiji of Kamen Rider fame in a similar mentor role) some time back, but found that they had pacing issues, though the special effects hold up quite well. Do you have a personal recommendation among these, or even in general? Mebius looks promising, but with almost zero exposure to the Showa-era series I'm not sure I'll appreciate it much (unlike Gokaiger, whose Liveman tribute episode was nothing short of fantastic).
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 Post subject: Re: Ultraman on VRV
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:43 pm 


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I've been watching a few of the original series w/ my son... I watched it as a kid. I should just barrel through the first one on my own though. Good times.
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(featuring Kobayashi Akiji of Kamen Rider fame in a similar mentor role)


I got a dope screen shot of him smoking a pipe... good stuff.
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 Post subject: Re: Ultraman on VRV
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:30 am 


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LEGENOARYNINLIA wrote:
They're way too obvious about selling toys and other junk.

I agree, but I went in knowing and sort of just turn my brain off when the 'ad' starts. The price I pay for family friendly entertainment! I finished Geed last night and liked it well enough but I think my heart is still with the older stuff. I'll have to check out that Thunderbolt Fantasy sometime soon.

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Do you have a personal recommendation among these, or even in general?

[Edit] - Sorry, no. I'm no expert on the series, just have a strong interest in it. I was hoping by starting this thread I would gain a better understanding of it myself. Leo and 80 are charming.

Update: Ultraman - Hikari No Kyojin Densetsu arrived in the mail today but it seems the ROM cart is on the fritz. I was excited & put it into the cartridge slot without checking the contacts first - big mistake. The corrosion scraped off into my Saturn and disabled the expansion for a short while until I carefully cleaned it out. I almost had a panic attack, so let that be a warning to all ye buying ancient electronics.

Still, it's a no go on booting the disc image from Rhea without it. I can't really know if it will definitely work until I order another. On the bright side I know my CCD+IMG+SUB setup is good because it will boot to a screen from the disc telling me that the ROM cart isn't inserted properly. I would open it to see if there was any tinkering I could do but it has similar screws to the old Nintendo consoles & they require a certain bit. Better luck tomorrow.

Update 2: I got ahold of the security bits and scrubbed the contacts clean. I can confirm that Ultraman will load from a Rhea as long as the ROM cart is inserted. I patched my image for North America using Saturn Region Patcher, but I'm not certain it was necessary.

Hopefully this will be helpful for Rhea/Phoebe users who may be interested in playing this or King of Fighters 95. You'll still need the game's ROM cart, but with it it's possible to play these games on consoles from other regions.
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