After the uneventful plot twists of the previous episodes, Episode 8 of SSSS.Gridman turned the tables upside down with a single line in the episode’s middle. The plot is much darker than I expected it to be.
Japanese Title: 対・立
‘Don’t you wanna get along with a god? No matter what I do, you’ll never be able to hate me.’
Among our usual pillow shots, which this time focus on the school preparations for the upcoming school festival, The Gridman Alliance is in a dire situation. Utsumi and Rikka argue about how the Alliance can stop Akane from unleashing her new Kaiju in the middle of the school during the festival. Utsumi reasonably assumes that they will need to fight but his obsession with the Ultra series make him sound like a warmongering fool. On the other hand, Rikka wants to find a more peaceful solution, but her unsound insistence to the point that she leaves the Alliance because ‘Akane is her friend’ sounds fishy.
After Akane drops the bombshell, it seems like Rikka doesn’t share this profound twist with the rest of the group, or at least she hasn’t yet. If this is a world created by Akane for Akane, then all these deaths are inconsequential. Gridman is after Alexis and only his destruction will bring the world back to its former shape. Maybe this is all a simulation. Maybe.
Akane’s kaiju in this episode is an improved version of the first kaiju Gridman fought. Akane is so proud of it and so sure it will defeat Gridman, she brings it to school to showcase it to her enemies. She is a God and she plays with her subjects. Her God Complex, however, is destroyed by Full-Powered Gridman. By reducing their size, Gridman and the Men in Black are able to enter the (virtual?) world all together and combine into a cool mecha. They manage to defeat Akane’s kaiju and at the same time inflict damage to her emotions as well. For the first time, we see Akane feel defeated.
Change of Heart: The teacher Yuuta saved had a complete change of heart. After his rescue, he turned from the indifferent teacher who didn’t give a rat’s ass for his student to an empathetic educator who pushed for the revival of the school’s festival.
Gender Swap: This feels like a deeper scene than what registered to my mind, but both Yuta and Utsumi were so cute in their dresses.
Last Boss: Utsumi is all about gaming and anime tropes, so when he refers to Alexis as the Last Boss made me wonder if he will actually be the last boss. Maybe there is someone more sinister behind the scenes. Probably not, but you never know.
For the first time in the series, Akane turns from a deranged child to a really fearsome foe. I felt Rikka’s terror as Akane told her that Rikka was essentially programmed from birth to like her, as everyone else in the town. Gridman carefully puts hints and tips here and there but the questions remain. How was Akane able to create this version of her town? Is Yuta actually Gridman? Who the frak is Alexis? What about the digital city in the sky?
I Am a God
Akane is going to create the ultimate Kaiju, Gridman will find another ultimate form, Anti is going to help Rikka, and Alexis will keep on manipulating Akane. We still have a few episodes left, but this series is going for an epic finale.
Fall 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast