On the Mend – Going Ultra 12

SSSS Gridman, Gridman, Tokusatsu, Ultraman, Trigger, Anime, kaiju, Yuta, Utsumi, Rikka, Akane, Anti, Sky Vitter, Vit, Sky, Alexis Kerib

Episode Length [16:11]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS.Gridman 12 Awakening Finale. FINALLY Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

If you want to listen to me wonder why it took SO long for this SimulDub to come out, you can check out this vlog:

Some screen grabs

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Cornered – Going Ultra 11

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Episode Length [17:22]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS.Gridman 11 Decisive Battle. Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

Some screen grabs

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Abreaction Interruptus – Going Ultra 8

SSSS Gridman, Gridman, Tokusatsu, Ultraman, Trigger, Anime, kaiju, Yuta, Utsumi, Rikka, Akane, Anti, Sky Vitter, Vit, Sky

Episode Length [20:05]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 08 Confrontation. Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

Mike Dent made a great thread on SSSS.Gridman 8

Look at this hungry boy.

The blocking and composition of these shots is so effective in communicating the emotional state of the characters. It really is admirable work.

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Look at all this SPECTACLE!!!

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These shot mirror each other is such a neat way. The Gridman Alliance is disconnected and out of sync with each other. They are terrified of something small, framed with the camera appear even larger than the sculpted kaiju. Their clear discomfort and fear is sharpened by the fact that the shot shows this small thing intimidating them while they are framed as larger and more powerful than it. By contrast, when facing the full-sized kaiju, Gridman enters the field at his smallest size, but then gets into his Full Combination which enables him to handily defeat the rebuilt and powered-up kaiju. He is bigger and stronger, but it is as a result of the Gridman Alliance putting themselves in a place of openness and humility with each other.

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This is pretty awkward

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Why aren’t the Neon Genesis Junior High… kids in school? Are we going to find out where they came from? How did they get into this seemingly closed system? They are entertaining enough to distract me from those questions most of the time.

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Some great random shots.

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The Last Temptation of Yuta Hibiki – Going Ultra 7

SSSS Gridman, Gridman, Tokusatsu, Ultraman, Trigger, Anime, kaiju, Yuta, Utsumi, Rikka, Akane, Anti, Sky Vitter, Vit, Sky

Episode Length [22:26]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 07 Scheme. Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

I have been waiting for Vit to finally do something. This is so cool!

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It’s funny, Akane is a god and a human, but she doesn’t get people.

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Anti hates Gridman, but he loves Special Dogs more!

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Shinjo Akane is truly a cruel god

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I’m pretty sure these two are the crux of everything. They kind of arc away from each other in really interesting ways. I guess they might be foils.

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Cool group shot. Other Guy’s exacerbation is relatable.

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Anime Was a Mistake – Going Ultra 5

Episode Length [24:22]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 05 Provocation. Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

That kaiju is huge!

They did a great job showing off the scale

Buster Gridman

Mrs. Takarada wears a single earring. Also I’m glad she is definitely making money off these folks.

I like seeing more of Anti’s abilities on display, especially how his body shifts to make it happen. Cool stuff!

I love how Borr can do rescue stuff, not just destruction

Is this a gag, a nod to a trope or foreshadowing for something? It’s funny that leaving the city knocked out our heroes.

You can do cute without being pervy…

What is going on with these two?

I like how devious Akane is. She makes a good villain.

Is that Akko from Little Witch Academia?!

PEBKAC – Going Ultra 4

Episode Length [15:45]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 04 Suspicion. Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

I keep mentioning stuff I am seeing on twitter and this tokublog Capes and Cool Scarves when I talk about Gridman. It’s all coming from the same place. Check out Pri for some way more extensive coverage of SSSS. Gridman.

Lifeline – Going Ultra 3

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Episode Length [17:39]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 03 Defeat. Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

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Is this what real door bell ringers in Japan look like? This is the same as Rei Ayanami’s. Is that an actual brand? Is it the same fake brand used in many anime, like the equivalent of the 555 phone numbers in movies in the United States?

Broken Model – Going Ultra 2

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Episode Length [26:23]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 02 Restoration. Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

Overall thoughts on episode 02 Restoration

On a scale of terrible to great… Really good

Overall the story this episodes was… so darn compelling

On the setting… it was good. Seeing Akane’s room and home gave a really strong impression that she is affluent and alone. It hints at why she is open to working with Alexis.

Immediate Afterthoughts

This is super interesting. It was a solid showing. I got some answers, even more new questions and the visual and fun elements have been kicked up a notch.

Does Instance Abreaction shift reality to allow Akane and Alexis to erase some people from history?!

Are Akane and Takarada more connected than we know? Their relationship in the ED may just be for marketing…

Should Yuta know, but doesn’t because of the amnesia?

Also what’s with Utsumi and Rikka seeing the atmospheric kaiju now? What do they represent?

Characters Study

Since the show is so short, I am hoping they will keep the plot and character work tight, so these are all the characters who I felt I had to take notes on this episode: Akane, Tonkawa, Samurai Calibur, Yuta, Rikka, Utsumi, Gridman, the teacher and Alexis.

Plot Notes

  • Utsumi and Yuta are all about the Gridman Alliance. Rikka is unsure, but Samurai Calibur helps her figure things out. He also turns into a sword for Gridman, defeating the kaiju which is impervious to the Gridbeam

Trigger Shoots and….

  • Again, Yuta getting suckled into Junk looked so cool.
  • They made Akane very creepy with the shot composition and direction
  • They made the teacher look hollow and apathetic and then not, later on, so I am digging how deftly they can
  • Pretty sure they reused the Junk alarm animation

Silly Stuff

That Primal Acceptor is dope.

Is Yuta’s backpack made to be potential merchandise?

Gridmas Instance: Yuta

What’s the deal with Ramen soda?

Hearing “Acces Flash” made me think of “lashing a drive” or “flashing BIOS” and I wanted to share that computer geekiness with all of you. This link from the SuperUser blog tells all about it.

 

This is only the Beginning – Going Ultra 1

Hello, this is Matthew. I am here to do something new for the TOH Network. I will be discussing Ultraman. I am an Ultraman newb who got excited about SSSS. Gridman and decided to talk about it. I am open for comments and question.

Episode Length [14:14]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 1 Awakening
Overall thoughts on Trigger’s Gridman 01 Awakening available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.
On a scale of terrible to great… pretty good.
Overall the story this episodes was… solid. It hooked me into the mystery.
The setting was very grounded and felt believable.
On the characters
These people who stuck out to me this time were:

  • Akane Shinjo
  • Tonkawa
  • Rikka’s mom
  • Disheveled guy

Our Principals

  • Yuta Hibiki – lost his memory after passing out for about 30 minutes. Gridman tells him he has a calling he has to remember. Sees and hears Gridman on the blank screen of the big, old custom computer the kids refer to as JUNK
  • Rikka Takarada- she seems popular. I like her attitude. She isn’t nice for the sake of being nice and she isn’t a jerk either. She feels even-keeled. She seems like she should be very interesting.
  • Utsumi – He is an Ultraman fan. He mentions the Ultra series and the weak point intrinsic to the Kaiju therein
  • Gridman- The Hyper Agent

Plot Notes

  • I like the conceit that Yuta’s parents are away for business for the next few months. The events of the show could all take place while they are gone. That feels neat and tidy and like a novel way to get them out of the way and out of danger for the series run.
  • With all the sniping and teasing the school setting feels very real
  • What is real and what isn’t? Gridman warns that something is coming to the world. Is it the first phase of the kaiju where some damage is done? Is there something more than that? It seems at the end of the episode that not all of the damage happened like Utsumi and Rikka.
  • Utsumi has the Ultra genre-savvy, Rikka types in the messages to Hibiki. I wonder why that is.
  • I like the wear and tear the whole kaiju attack has on Rikka.
  • I can’t tell why Rikka’s mom was so panicked and why the news showed reports of the school burning when the Junk-trio sees the school the next day. As they said, “Something weird is going on..”

References:

That tweet Mark linked to citing the Trigger and Original Gridman nods

Expanding the TOH Network with SSSS. Gridman – Going Ultra 0

Hello, this is Matthew. I am here to do something new for the TOH Network. I will be discussing Ultraman. I am an Ultraman newb who got excited about SSSS. Gridman and decided to talk about it. I am open for comments and question. Anyway, click on below to listen to Going Ultra episode 0, wherein I tell you a bit more about myself and how I intend to cover this Studio Trigger/Tsubaraya collaboration.

Episode Length [8:03]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: Intro to Matthew and general hype about SSSS. Gridman

References:

Mark the artist who helped me get hyped for SSSS. Gridman

Anno and Ultraman

Return of Ultraman

Top 5 Favorite Tokusatsu

Original Gridman WIKI

My G Gundam Podcast