Superheroes never stopped being popular in America, but over in Japan the campy superhero schtick is as strong as ever. Though “Ultraman” only ran for a single season from 1966 to 1967, it left a lasting impact on Japanese culture that today includes a manga and upcoming television show.
Ultraman and his cohort of evil-fighting friends will be getting a green ride upgrade on the television show, thanks to two modified Nissan EVs. A Nissan Leaf and Nissan e-NV200 will serve as Ultraman’s rides of choice in a new 16-part television series that celebrates this 1960s icon.
Ultraman gets his powers from the sun, so it only makes sense that his team would want to battle global warming and fight the green fight. The only ride that makes sense then is the Nissan Leaf…or maybe the faster, bigger, and more Bruce Wayne-like Tesla Model S. But the Tesla is an American car, while Ultraman is decidedly Japanese. I mean, where else would the safety of the planet be entrusted to a giant metal man and his team of Ultra Party Guardians (seriously, it’s even printed on the side of the cars).
Considering Ultraman’s continuing popularity in Japan, it’s a major marketing coup for Nissan to get in there like that. With the Nissan e-NV200 set to launch this fall, hopefully all that world-saving motivates buyers to get their green on, and battle the forces of climate change.