Shin Takuma Stars in New TV series ULTRAMAN TRIGGER as Mitsukuni Shizuma, President of the Sizuma Foundation & Visionary Founder of TPU

Jun.03, 2021


  The new TV series Ultraman Trigger will premiere on Ultraman Day, July 10th, on the TV Tokyo Network in Japan. Every Thursday for over a month, we’ve revealed a new member of the main cast, and at long last we come to our final introduction.   In today’s update, we introduce the pivotal character, Mitsukuni Shizuma, founder and president of global mega-conglomerate, the Sizuma Foundation, and the visionary leader behind the creation of the Terrestrial Peaceable Union (TPU) and the Expert Team GUTS-Select. Father of our heroine, Yuna Shizuma, and playing the key role that begins this story, we are thrilled to announce that Mitsukuni will be played by star actor, Shin Takuma!   Since making his acting debut in a 1979 TV drama, Shin Takuma has become a household name, appearing in countless films and TV programs. His poised performances and signature style exudes gentleness and warmth. In recent years, Shin can be seen in his highly acclaimed performance as a comical warrior character in the TV drama series The Hero Yoshihiko and has amassed a growing fanbase among the younger generation in Japan.   Next Thursday, June 10 at 5PM(JST), all eight main cast members, including Kengo and Mitsukuni, plus Main Director Koichi Sakamoto, will unite for a Livestream Event, coming to you from inside the GUTS-Select anti-monster battleship, the Nursedessei. This event will only be streamed in Japan, however, we will post a report here right after the event ends.   Mitsukuni Shizuma (60 years old)   After building the world’s leading business conglomerate, he leveraged his fortune for the greater good of society and created the Sizuma Foundation. In the Foundation’s pursuit of space exploration and ancient alien research, he uncovers a looming, interstellar threat to mankind. In order to confront this menace, he united the governments of the world and established the TPU and the Expert Team GUTS-Select. But deep within his past hides an important secret…   ※For more about the Terrestrial Peaceable Union (TPU) and the Expert Team GUTS-Select, please click this link:   ■Cast: Shin Takuma <Agency> Aikikaku <Profile> Agency Official Website: <Comment from Shin Takuma> I remember 55 years ago, as a 10-year-old boy, watching Ultraman on TV for the first time and being so excited. And now 55 years later, here I am at age 65, thrilled beyond belief to take on a role in Ultraman. The nostalgia mixed with the realization that I’ve reached this age combined to make this acting experience so much fun. Working on set with the younger members of the team, I just knew that Ultraman Trigger was going to be an amazing Ultraman series. I hope everyone enjoys the show every week.   ■ULTRAMAN TRIGGER Livestream Event Next week at this day and time, exactly one month before the Ultraman Trigger premiere on July 10 (Saturday), the main cast and director will livestream directly to fans in an online event showcasing the new series.   NOTE:  This event is limited to the Japan-exclusive service TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION. <Lineup> Kengo Manaka: played by Raiga Terasaka Yuna Shizuma: played by Runa Toyota Akito Hijiri: played by Shunya Kaneko Tesshin Sakuma: played by Tadashi Mizuno Himari Nanase: played by Meiku Harukawa Seiya Tatsumi: played by Katsuya Takagi, Ignis: Kei Hosogai Mitsukuni Shizuma: Shin Takuma Main Director: Koichi Sakamoto (Lineup subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances)  

  TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION   <Watch Live> TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION *Streaming service available only in Japan. This livestream event may be viewed by anyone registered for the free plan. A TSUBURAYA Account and d-Account are required for registration. A TSUBURAYA Account is a free account that includes special offers connecting fans with Tsuburaya Productions A d-Account is a free account that can be created by anyone, with or without holding a contract with NTT DOCOMO. For more information & registration, click here: ※A recording of the event will be released at a later date  

  【Ultraman Trigger Series Overview】 Start Date: July 10th (Sat), 2021 Broadcast Time: Every Saturday 9:00~9:30 A.M. (JST) Broadcast Channel: TXN Network and others Production Companies: Tsuburaya Productions, TV Tokyo, and Dentsu Official Series Website (Japanese): Official ULTRAMAN TRIGGER Website (Japanese): Official Series Twitter: Official Hashtag: #UltramanTrigger Actors: Raiga Terasaka, Runa Toyoda, Shunya Kaneko, Tadashi Mizuno, Meiku Harukawa, Katsuya Takagi, Kei Hosogai, Shin Takuma and more Main Director: Koichi Sakamoto Opening Theme Song: Takao Sakuma, “Trigger” Ending Theme Song: ChouCho, “Nanairo no Tane (Rainbow Seeds)”   Official Twitter: Official Facebook: Tsuburaya Global Website: Ultraman Galaxy (Official North American Website): Official Series Website (Japanese): Official ULTRAMAN TRIGGER Website (Japanese): Official Hashtag: #UltramanTrigger

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