New Netflix anime movie debuts with 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
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New Netflix anime movie debuts with 100% Rotten Tomatoes score

A new anime film has landed on Netflix with a storming high review rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. While it’s still early days for  Ultraman: Rising, which has just been released, the high ratings suggest the film will be a major success.

The film is just one of the many exciting new anime movies and shows joining the streaming service this year. The genre is having a major moment on the site as they shared their 2024 anime trailer at the start of the year, full of teasers for projects like Masters of the Universe: Revolution, Devil May Cry, Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft, The Witcher and more.

But Ultraman: Rising is the most recent release, as the film was released on June 14th. Now only a few days post-release, it’s gained a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. While only based on eight reviews so far, the high praise suggests that the film could be one of the best anime offerings the platform has had in a while, keeping fans very happy.

The plot focuses on baseball star Ken Sato as becomes Ultraman, an ultra-popular superhero in Japan. The hero must then juggle saving the day with babysitting a 35-foot baby kaiju, Emi. Merging comedy and drama, it’s also a personal project for director Shannon Tindle.

When it comes to the inspiration for Emi, she borrowed from her own life and family. “She’s got a touch of Looney Tunes, a smidge of ’70s Japanese kids shows, and a lot of my daughter when she was a toddler,” she said. “One of the greatest rewards from early screenings has been watching how people connect with Emi on a personal level. That’s an incredible feeling.”

The Ultraman character first emerged in 1966 and has taken on many forms in Japanese culture. Spawning comic books, TV shows, and a long list of films, it’s a character that has been revisited time and time again. However, early reviews are calling Tindle’s take on the figure the best yet.  

“It rises to stand as not only one of the best Ultraman stories in recent memory but arguably one of this year’s best animated movies,” one reviewer writes. Another claims it’s “A love letter to the original character, it’s clearly made with reverence for the source material. It finds a way to pay homage but also include new audiences.” 

Overwhelmingly, there is a lot of love for the film’s more emotional side and the family plotline involving Emi. One reviewer writes that it’s a “gorgeous, family-friendly animated film with a lot of heart and an impressive level of sophistication,” while plenty more pick out the more heartfelt plotline as their favourite part of the new film.

But as the film lands on Netflix, viewers can now see for themselves whether it lives up to the early hype fostered by such strong reviews.