Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad Gridman
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Notables: Animation - Trigger
Yuta Hibiki awakens with amnesia and the ability see things that others cannot. He first encounters a Gridman in the reflection of his friend Rikka Takarada's computer and it tells him to "Remember his calling," but Yuta doesn't understand what this means. Later, in the distance, he sees an extremely large monster but it doesn't move. It's only when Yuta gets to school that the two sightings make sense: a monster attacks and the hero Yuta saw in the computer screen pulls him within the computer and transforms Yuta into a giant hero named Gridman.
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TV anime that premiered on October 6, 2018.
Animated by Trigger.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3580#628]
(Three episodes watched):

Personally, I found this show to be more intriguing before we learned that it is tied to the usual giant monsters vs. mobile suit premise than afterwards. My impression was that this show wouldn't be quite as novel as I had previously thought. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable and I wouldn't mind getting some sort of explanation of Yuta's amnesia, or why an antique computer acts as a portal to communicate with the MS. Yuta and his friends are likeable and I can still wonder what will become of them. Apparently everyone knew what a 'Kaiju' (giant monster) is even before this happened (they seem to be more like robots than living creatures); and we learn that somebody is behind them. An added twist is that for some reason everything seems to be back to normal at the end of the episode, even though tremendous devastation was wrought upon the city. There's no guarantee that the explanation will make sense; for that matter, there's no guarantee that there will be an explanation at all. But I plan to watch at least one more episode.

Episode two didn't seem to bring us any closer to an overarching explanation of what's going on. The various mysteries are kind of fun, but I can't help worrying that the whole thing may never make sense. Why can only Yuta and a couple friends see the Kaiju that are usually sitting idle within the city? Why do they do that? I don't sense much effort being made to explain such things. This might just be a show which is betting on the usual mecha vs. monsters with plentiful special effects rather than feeling a duty to tell a complete and fairly plausible story. One thought that occurred to me going into episode three was that if you're not going to answer questions like why clouds shaped like monsters drift over the city, at least acknowledge that the questions exist. I wish characters would notice these things and say that they are confused, too--otherwise I can only wonder if I missed something that everyone else noticed. The Transformers-like tactic that Gridman and a new ally used during the episode seemed like something that children would love but underwhelmed me. The story seems to me to be too mixed up for a coherent and truly engaging plot to come together. As a result, I may well drop this show.

Last updated Friday, November 09 2018. Created Tuesday, October 16 2018.

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