The city is back to normal and the kids have to find out why people don’t remember what happened the night before. SSSS.Gridman is also bringing the main villains on screen but without revealing too much about them. Except that they are probably psychopathic.
Japanese Title: 修・復
After their first battle, the now christened Gridman Alliance, find their city reset and the memories of the population erased. They also discover that a few of their classmates died in the attack and now none of their classmates remembers them. The visit their houses, only to find that their history has been essentially rewritten and their death occurred many years before the battle. That suggest that either Gridman or the enemy has the ability to rewrite people’s minds and reconstruct building really really fast or… I don’t want to spoil anything by hypothesizing here but just think about it. If Gridman and his nemesis live inside the computer world… I’m not going to say more. There is something fishy going on. Yuta has amnesia. People can get their memories rewritten. Hmmm…..
Well, the good news is that we get to see the first of the men and women in black, whom we also find in the opening. He is Samurai Calibur, an oddly named aloof character who can enter the digital world and turn himself into a humongous sword. I am guessing that the rest of the team is also going to provide Gridman with more upgrades and weapons.
The villain is Shinjou Akane, a clearly psychopathic little hikkikomori bitch who has a talent for carving out Kaijus. She is assisted by a computer being called Alexis Kerib, who is probably enjoying all the evil and mayhem a bit too much. Akane just targets people who have mistreated her and carves a Kaiju for Alexis to bring to life. A convenient partnership that results in much destruction in the city.
Gridman, the Gridman Alliance, and Samurai Calibur have to stop Akane from being a little bitch and Alexis from having too much fun out of killing people and destroying buildings and that’s why Gridman gives Yuta a morpher called Primal Accepter. With it he can enter the computer world and give Gridman the ability to Ultraman his way into the world and fight the monsters, probably in a different outfit each time.
Class Picture: During the opening, there is a still of the students in a class picture. Weirdly enough, Akane is not in there. That’s curious. Is she really human?
Change: Every hero has his moments of doubt. Near the end of the episode, Yuta wonders what’s the point of fighting the monsters if everything he’s done will be erased. Yet, he bumps into the homeroom teacher who actually apologizes. Remember that this was the main reason Akane, that little psychopathic bitch, wanted to kill him in the first place. Well, he is alive and with better manners, so there you have it, Yuta. You did make a difference.
Themes & Trivia
Blast from the Past: Hikaru Midorikawa reprises his 1993 role as Gridman! He is a prolific voice actor who has been active in the industry since 1989.
Dub from the Past: In Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad the voice of the evil Kilokahn (Alexis Kerib in the anime) was provided by Tim Curry, one of the most recognizable voices in the west when it comes to evil characters. Now that I think about it, I don’t think he’s ever played anything but evil characters. To pay tribute to the actor, the dub has given the villain a voice very similar to his.
Samurai Sword: Samurai Calibur is also named after on of the arsenal programs in Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad, Samurai Sword.
Known Monsters: The monsters inside Akane’s glass shelves are all from the Ultraman series.
Darker: This grittier and darker reimagining of Gridman reminds me of one of the few Ultra series aimed directly at adults, Ultra Seven X. It was a grittier and darker of the classic Ultraseven series.
I like the way the series is trying to keep its realism. The protagonist is not overenthusiastic about his new role. Shou is more interested in keeping this alive because he has seen too many tokusatsu series and knows what’s at stake. Rikka cares about her friends and about keeping her way of life intact. Their reactions are sometimes a bit too blunt, as when Samurai Calibur went into their shop, but they are still as close to real students as possible.
The team is formed and the mission is clear: learn who the frak is that little bitch Akane and save the city from her and Alexis. We are still waiting for three more men (and women) in black, so I am looking forward to the next episode!
Fall 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast