5 ways Malaysians can get their Ultraman fix
Oh, my! It seems that a Malay translation of the Ultraman comic Ultraman The Ultra Power has been banned due to a 'sensitive' word being used, which shouldn't have been there in the first place. Let this be a lesson about the dangers of Google Translate.
What's a true-blue Ultraman fan to do then? The ban isn't an issue since there are far better Ultraman media worth perusing and easily accessible via your smartphone.
1. Ultraman Comic Ep.1
Ultraman Comic Ep.1
DWED has created a pretty neat app featuring an interesting Ultraman comic where Ultraman chases the monster Bemula, but somehow ends up colliding with a plane instead.
Bear in mind this is a comic reading app so you won't see fancy features besides being able to swipe or tap pages as you look through the comic. Sadly developer Dweb has yet to release more content besides Episode 1, but you can still hope.
Get from the iOS store for US$2.99 (RM9.74) here.
2. Seven Cube: Ultraman with schoolgirls
Seven Cube: Ultraman with schoolgirls
Combine two Japanese pop culture tropes — Ultraman and schoolgirls in uniform — and what you get might look like Seven Cube. It's an original manga that centres around a group of unlikely Ultraman heroes, embodied in the physicalities and lives of five young girls.
You can read the manga on the site Champion Tap! here.
3. MangaRock: Ultraman and more!
MangaRock: Ultraman and more!
If you fancy reading more than just Ultraman manga, then MangaRock comes highly recommended. It's a slick and polished app that opens the doors to a bevy of mangas of all genres, helpfully translated into English.
Of course, licensing might restrict you from reading some mangas, but who cares when you have plenty of other titles to peruse?Download MangaRock from Google Play or the App Store. The app is free to download, but you can pay to remove ads and get more features.
4. V is for Veoh
V is for Veoh
Besides the odd bootleg that escapes to YouTube, where else would you find Ultraman episodes to relive your childhood? Try Veoh, a (less-dodgy-than-most) video screening site that turns up quite the goldmine of old Ultraman episodes.
Mind you, the translations aren't the best and the quality might disappoint if you've been spoiled by all the HD content you can get on YouTube. But for a free trip down Memory Lane, Veoh is a pretty good site to visit.
5. Ultraman Galaxy
If you want some Ultraman Gaming action, perhaps try the free-to-play Ultraman Galaxy. Of course it has that annoying feature we call in-app purchases (or way to bleed your dry while assuaging your boredom).
On the surface of it, it uses an interesting game mechanic that combines CCG and RPG elements, while letting you play as Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Zero, and meet familiar monsters like Ultraman Belial, Alien Zarab, and Alien Baltan.
Seeing as the game has over 7500 recommendations on Google Plus, the developer must be doing something right!