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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby XvGojira » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:10 am

Watched the two episodes and I'm intrigued. The mystery of why the world resets (are they in the cyber world and not know it?) is great and I kind of love the pettiness behind the antagonist's reasons for releasing the monsters.

Also there's a lot of homages to Shatter Glass Transformers (no idea what that is myself, a comic series?)

http://spankzilla85.tumblr.com/post/179 ... ptainsnoop

http://spankzilla85.tumblr.com/post/179 ... influencer
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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby klen7 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:09 pm

It seems like the Tumblr community has whole heartedly embraced this series

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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby O.Supreme » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:41 pm

^That is amazing. Also, for Transformers fans, there are a ton of hidden easter eggs.

https://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/a-shattered-glass-anime-ssss-gridman-piles-on-transformers-references/42231/
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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby lhb412 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:38 pm

klen7 wrote:It seems like the Tumblr community has whole heartedly embraced this series

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Yeah, this has been my observation as well!
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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby Dai » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:06 pm

The first episode dragged a bit with its tired amnesiac protagonist premise, but once the buildings started crumbling and the cars were being flung all over the place this was pure entertainment. At first I was disappointed that even Studio Trigger have resorted to CG for their large-scale fight scenes, but by episode 3 I find it's so dynamic that it's not bothering me so much.
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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby Rody » Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:11 pm

I fell behind on this show due to real life (y'know how that tends to happen), but I've been catching up this week and I dig it! The series is doing a great job with atmosphere and visual storytelling, the characters are likeable (or highly unlikeable - that Akane is a deplorable psycho), and the monsters are cool, 3D-style issues regardless. The show has a good sense of humor and solid action sequences, with an effective score by Shiro Sagisu. SSS Gridman might not be exceptionally made, but it's very consistent; and if Trigger can keep this up to the end I think they'll have one of their best titles yet.
The guys over at Sakuga Blog are doing a great job breaking down the series episode by episode - going into the production, the design, etc. Apparently the show is loaded with references to the original Gridman as well as all those Transformers references; I haven't seen the original yet, so I don't tend to catch them (guess I'd better consider that Toku subscription), but it's pretty cool how many details they've snuck in.
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For example, the monster girl from episode 6...

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...Is a combination of the benevolent monster...
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...And the sound spirit...
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...Who appeared in the original series - in episode 6!!
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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby Rody » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:25 am

We are ONE EPISODE and TWO DAYS AWAY from the series finale!! Here are some nice articles covering the show from the past several weeks (beware, spoilers ahead):

The Solemn Beauty of SSSS.Gridman
Gridman isn’t given weighty stakes through the actual danger of its battles; its sense of consequence emanates from its whole world, a world of silence and isolation and forever waiting for something to happen.

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IN THE SUMMERTIME: YET ANOTHER POST ON THE CINEMATOGRAPHY AND ATMOSPHERE OF SSSS.GRIDMAN
Summer is inescapable in SSSS.Gridman, and the series never allows the viewer relief from it’s oppressive atmosphere.

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WE ARE WHO OUR BACKPACKS SAY WE ARE (OR NOT) — THE SSSS.GRIDMAN TRIO AND COLOR-CODED ARCHETYPES
What we know of tokusatsu in the west is a lot more along the lines of Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad or the breakout Power Rangers franchise which was based on Super Sentai. Frequently the heroes involved would be color-coded due to personality.
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In showing these backpacks and assigning them to the individuals in the main trio, SSSS.Gridman uses this tokusatsu shortcut to tell us more about their potential roles on the team (or how they could be reversed within the series).

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WELCOME TO AKANE-ISM — SSSS GRIDMAN
Even if this world is an entire creation of Akane’s imagination, fostered and brought to life in a computer, it doesn’t reflect well on her character. Alexis may be taking advantage of her anger, but Akane’s actions are still her own. The natural progression of the story would be for Akane to turn in the process of escaping her world.

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Giant Robots and Absent Friends: The Split Identity of SSSS.Gridman
In broad dramatic terms, Gridman constantly feels like a negotiation between two very different modes: the morose, atmospheric coming-of-age drama conveyed through each episode’s first half, and the sunny, exuberant giant robot drama of its climaxes. These two halves aren't just separate ingredients in a larger recipe; they each carry their own aesthetic vocabulary, central conflicts, and even personal protagonists.

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This Week in Anime - Akane is the Real Protagonist of SSSS.Gridman
I love the "we have to do this because only we can" ideal that the Gridman Alliance and Akane share. While we see it bring the Alliance together in a positive aspect, we see the same exact thing tearing Akane apart. It's this horrible pressure that if she doesn't do the one thing she feels she can, then she really has no purpose.
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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby Rody » Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:52 am

Oh, man, that finale has me so pumped right now.
No, I didn't get all the answers I was really hoping for
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(How exactly did Akane become a god? Just "where" does her created world exist?? Why were Rikka and Utsumi immune to the world resets??? [proximity to Yuta/Gridman, I suppose?] Why didn't Anosilus girl get to join the fight?!?! Alright, I'll stop)
; but arguably, all the truly important matters were resolved. The final fights and character/monster designs were terrific, and all three of the lead heroes played a part in saving Akane - who, if you ask me, might have gotten off a liiiiiitle easy, but I digress. That very last scene in particular was fascinating, and a great way to end a surreal story on a surreal note. I'm sad this is over, but I'm very glad we got it; I hope Trigger's crew get to make more series like this in the future!!
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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby Rody » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:53 pm

Sakuga Blog has been providing excellent coverage on this series; here's their last installation:

SSSS.GRIDMAN PRODUCTION NOTES 12 AND FINAL IMPRESSIONS

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In the same way that the mecha animation has been non-stop nods to Masami Obari – a story with a happy end despite some unexpected friction – Amemiya’s direction has taken countless cues from Anno’s, ultimately using a similar toolset to convey a message that all Evangelion fans will be familiar with. While always feeling like its own thing, SSSS.GRIDMAN felt like a worthy heir of the intangible Gainax spirit, a rare occurrence despite the massive aesthetic influence the studio’s golden age had over other titles.
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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby lhb412 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:07 am

I'm thinking Gridman could be a good fit for Toonami.
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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby O.Supreme » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:52 pm

So I cheated, after watching only 6 episodes, last night I skipped all the way to 12 *not* knowing this would be the end (that is incredibly short for an anime series) . The last episode was incredibly fun especially with
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classic Gridman and classic theme song
. I do plan to go back and watch the rest though.

I do have one question...Is the main villain ever referred to by name? Khandeshwa/Kilokhan ? I thought especially in the last episode his name would appear a few times, it seemingly never did.
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Re: Gridman anime!

Postby Rody » Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:39 pm

Twelve episodes is pretty standard for late-night, non-kid anime series these days. Just take a look at the yearly listings on MyAnimeList.

Alexis Kerib seems to be the alien's true name, unless I missed a detail somewhere.
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