HIYAHH with Ultraman Live in Genting


When I was a kid, I had 3 childhood heroes; the Power Rangers, Kamen Riders and Ultraman. These were the heroes I knew would be able to save the world and make all the terrible monsters disappear. But among all of them, I understood Ultraman the least. I mean, Power Rangers were teenagers with attitude, the Kamen Riders were adults with attitude but Ultraman was this huge spaceman-thing that appeared only when summoned by a magic stick.

I haven't watched Ultraman in a very long time, so my memory is a bit hazy. That's what happened right?

Still, when I found out that Resorts World Genting was bringing Ultraman to Malaysia, I was more than excited to go experience and relive my childhood. And man, was I glad I did. Because no matter what anyone tells you, being able to watch freaking Ultraman defeating monsters right in front of you transcends barriers like age and shyness.

Okay. I'll try to recap most of what I remembered before the frenzy of watching Ultraman beat up the baddies took over my fevered manchild-brain. Bear in mind that I don't know any other Ultraman besides the original one; very creatively named Ultraman, so I might mess up some names here and there. You have been warned.

The whole show is emceed by a character called Ultra Potato. Ultra Potato has a superpower, that is, she can summon Ultraman anytime she wants by asking all the people in the crowd to scream out his name. That's a little bit more efficient than asking the crowd to clap to bring Tinkerbell back to life, but that's another story for another time. The Ultra Potato's job is quite simple, because my voice alone could have brought out any Ultraman, past, present or future.

Of course, the Ultra Potato seemed to notice an extra budak in the crowd, screaming for all it's worth for Ultraman to come out and save the world, so she worked that somehow into her script.

 I was acknowledged by the Ultra Potato, which puts that achievement between getting my teeth pulled out without crying and swallowing vitamin pills without choking to death. 

Of course, what is Ultraman without the fights? I think the only reason I watched Ultraman when I was a kid was just to see him kick some monster butt. Some monsters don't have butts, but this isn't the place to start an argument on monster anatomy.

At one point, a huge monster came out on stage and THREE FREAKING ULTRAMEN were fighting it together. If my younger self read that last sentence, he would probably have just started weeping uncontrollably at the awesomeness of it all.

But of course, as Ultraman plot dictates, the Ultramen must not be allowed to win a fight so easily. This teaches kids that life isn't that easy, even if you're Ultraman. So the big monster just lumbers around and kicks all sort of Ultraman butt.

Then comes the main moral of the entire stage show; teamwork. If the Ultramen work together, nothing is impossible. Which is what they decided to do because the monster was quickly defeated and kids sitting all around with their parents looked up in awe at the new concept they had just learned. Teamwork with Ultraman. "MOMMY I WANT AN ULTRAMAN. TO TEAMWORK!"

 "...and sell a lot of merchandise. Ka-ching!"

There was a point in the show when all the Ultramen walked right into the crowd, which whipped the little kids into a frenzy beyond anything I've ever experienced. I was literally just sitting there with my mouth hanging open at the original Ultraman standing in front of my very eyes, looking like he was about to give some serious ass whooping.

I mean, this kid's face says it all.

But at the end of the day, the Ultramen were just so amazing. Almost everything they did had that sort of magical quality to it. Even just by standing still, they seemed like a dysfunctional boyband.

Except when they were all on stage at the same time because it was sooooo damn cool.

Seriously, Ultramen are the chillaxest dudes in the galaxy, barring none.

I managed to get a photo with the Ultra Potato too, which was pretty awesome because I heard she doesn't like to be swarmed by her fans. So yes, I have to say that I think the Ultra Potato has a thing for budaks because this budak got a nice picture taken.

Since we were standing behind a plain background, the Ultra Potato suggested I Photoshop an extremely cool background behind us. I took it a little bit too far and got us transported into an actual Ultraman fight in downtown Tokyo.


If you're a fan of Ultraman, this is not a show you would want to miss out on. Sure the storyline is pretty much predictable and may even be corny to some of the more "matured" ones, but at the end of the day, when Ultraman does a flying kick, he's not only kicking the monster, but also kicking away your inhibitions at going to an Ultraman show.

That's how awesome it is.

A huge shoutout to Resorts World Genting for the invitation to watch the show and to be able to relive some of my fondest childhood memories with Ultraman. Look at me there, posing up a storm with the two Ultramen standing behind me, looking affectionately at me with those yellowed orbs. It's...just so good.

If you need more information on Ultraman Live in Genting, I would recommend you scroll back up to the top of this post and read this entire thing again. Or if you're too lazy to do that, check out their official website at this link and find out how you can purchase your tickets just in time for the school holidays: http://www.rwgenting.com/ultraman-2014/index.htm

There's also tons of merchandise you can get as well during the show. Popcorn sets, plush hats, and all sorts of things that'll make the average Ultraman fan go gaga.

What are you still waiting for? Go book your tickets before the little kids get it all.


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