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Mebius-Nexus Crossover Guest Appearances 
8th-May-2007 10:24 pm

The plant person from Mebius 40 was portrayed by Nobuhiko Tanaka, whom I last saw in Ultraman Nexus as Yu Kirasawa (aka the Illustrator). Kirasawa usually gives orders to the Night Raiders (the show's monster attack team). He is super intelligent, although his job seems somewhat similar to Ishibori's (see below).

Tanaka is the second regular from Nexus to appear as a guest star in Mebius. The first one is my super favorite scumbag reporter, whose first appearance is in 28. Kousei Kato (Mitsuhiko Hirukawa's actor) was in Nexus as Mitsuhiko Ishibori (ha, same first name). Ishibori is Night Raider's technical, tactical, communication guy (think Teppei's and Konomi's job). It's sad that I like him more as a bad guy in Mebius.

Ayame Koike, the little girl who played the younger Marina in 23, was also in a few episodes of Nexus. And may I say that I love this girl? Unlike some other child actors I've seen, she can act.

Takenaka, Aya Jinguuji's grandfather, was portrayed by Kenji Sahara, who was in Nexus as Tougou, one of the heads of TLT (the head organization of Night Raider). Sahara-san was also in Ultraman Max and other various Tsuburaya productions.

Masami Horiuchi appears for perhaps one minute in the Mebius movie as a mayor named Matsunaga, which is probably some kind of a homage to his character from Nexus, Youichiruu Matsunaga. (The Mebius character is, to my knowledge, not the same as the Nexus character; they only share a name.) Matsunaga supervises the Night Raiders and answers to Tougou. His ringtone in the Mebius movie is Nexus' Night Raider's theme. (And I was so happy that I totally recognized that ringtone without having to look it up first.)

Hopefully I haven't missed anyone. Gotta love Tsuburaya for keeping these people in the franchise.

ETA: Doh! I really did miss someone. Keiko Goto, who played a Night Raider member Shiori Hiraki in Nexus, appears briefly in the last few episodes of Mebius as the mother of a little boy. (I would rather say that she doesn't have enough screentime for me recognize her, but that would be lying. ;)

Not human, but the dam in Mebius 46 is figured prominently in Nexus as the base of TLT, Fortress Freedom. The Night Raider headquarter is underneath the water behind the dam.


As stated elsewhere, I love Nexus (first series I bought R2 for). It's dark and very serious. Can be somewhat slow (sometime takes four episodes to defeat one monster), but the human drama is wonderful. And unlike other Ultra series (including Mebius), it's rather continuous, more like the new kamen rider series where they don't really have self-contained episodes. If anyone is interested, TV-Nihon has subbed the entire series.
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9th-May-2007 07:08 am (UTC)
Hopefully I haven't missed anyone.

Keiko Goto (Shiori Hiraki from the Night Raiders in Ultraman Nexus) is seen in the final episodes of Mebius too (among the crowd, the mother with her child) ^^
9th-May-2007 07:52 am (UTC)
You are right. I'm terrible with recognizing people when they change hairstyles (and she appears, like, a few minutes?)

Thanks. ^_^
9th-May-2007 03:17 pm (UTC) - Psst!
The actor who plays Capt. Wakura also appears in the movie on the train. (As does Mai from Dyna, I think, as the mayor's aide.)

It also seems like whoever's on Matsunaga's phone was sampling the Ultraman cake song from the Mebius song collection, what with the eggs and peppers and cream...but that could just be me. ):D
9th-May-2007 10:41 pm (UTC) - Re: Psst!
I truly don't recall seeing Wakura in the movie. Only Kouda as the train conductor and, as you noted, Mai; both of them from Ultraman Dyna. But I could be wrong. As I told the first commenter, I'm notoriously unreliable in noticing people I'm supposed to notice. ^_^'
10th-May-2007 01:08 am (UTC) - Re: Psst!
He's the...whatsit, the head conductor-ish person. At least, I'm pretty sure it's him - I have a tendency to see people where they shouldn't be, too. XD
20th-May-2008 12:25 pm (UTC) - *Take two*
IT *WAS* THE ILLUSTRATOR. I KNEW IT. XD

...Wait a minute, you mean leech guy is Ishibori?! Oh man, he IS! *makes various noises of disgust*
20th-May-2008 01:43 pm (UTC) - Re: *Take two*
Leech guy? Ah, he is, isn't he, clinging to various people when it's clear they want to shake him off.

(I would totally hate this type of person in real life, but somehow I like him in Mebius. Why, I don't even know.)
15th-Jun-2010 11:38 am (UTC)
I knew I had seen the Illustrator dude somewhere! So that's where - he was the plant alien in Mebius! Thanks for pointing it out, I never would have guessed :D

And the evil reporter is a good guy in Nexus? Lol, I wouldn't have recognised him, either, but I guess that's because I really didn't find his character memorable in Nexus.

But I'm proud to say that I totally recognised that dam! :D
15th-Jun-2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
I'm rather proud (considering that I've never been particularly good at recognizing faces) that I noticed the Illustrator as soon as I saw him in Mebius. :)

LOL, yeah, Ishibori is not memorable at all (some people who did finish the series might disagree, however).

I keep seeing that dam so much I actually want to go visit it at least once. ^^
15th-Jun-2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
Well, if you saw Nexus before Mebius, it might have been easier for you to recognise him - he was more important in Nexus, so I guess the face could stick in the memory...

Also, his characters in Mebius and Nexus are too different, it really would not have occurred to me that it's the same actor.

Lol, would be kind of cool :DD Was this dam used in any other series, too?
15th-Jun-2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
True, that. :) I did watch Nexus first, so you are probably right. But then that wouldn't explain how it took me so long to remember Hirukawa's actor in the latest series I've seen him in. (Oh well, I'm hopeless, I guess. ^^;)

Well, Ishibori was not what he seemed, but I'll leave it at that. (I know you say spoilers are okay, but I still think revealing it probably wouldn't make him any less boring.)

Perhaps I only meant I saw it a lot in Nexus, because when I tried to look it up, I saw only a few series (and one drama) listed. ^^;; Anyway, according to that site, the dam was also supposedly used in Gekiranger (episode 2), but I don't actually remember seeing it in that series. (It's called Miyagase Dam, I think.)
15th-Jun-2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess it's difficult to think about such things when you're busy concentrating on the action :D

It doesn't really matter anymore, since it's highly unlikely that I will ever watch Nexus to the end.

But it is a very memorable dam, so no wonder it looks like you've seen it often. Kind of surprising, really, that it should be used in two Ultraman series - it's not like they don't have any other dams.
16th-Jun-2010 06:27 am (UTC)
Well, I don't know about other dams, but maybe only the people in charge of this one allowed it to be filmed, for publicity purpose, perhaps? Works for me, because I totally want to visit it. :)
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