Giant mecha battle even bigger kaiju in a no holds barred city-wrecking extravaganza! Story not included…
What did you watch and why? This was a part of the Fall 2018 seasonal lineup and it promised giant robots fighting massive kaiju. How could I say no to that? It promised big fights and destruction on a city level. Also, it looked pretty slick.
What’s it about? Yuta Hibiki wakes to find himself in a strange place with a girl he doesn’t recognize. Rikka informs him that he passed out in her family’s shop and that they go to school together. When they head outside, Yuta notices giant kaiju littering the horizon.
Before long Yuta is transforming, with the help of an ancient computer in Rikka’s shop, into Gridman – a giant robot capable of battling the kaiju. More strange people appear who claim an allegiance to Gridman. Together they fight the Kaiju that seem to appear out of thin air at an alarming rate.
Following the battle, the city returns to normal overnight, the only changes are several of their classmates have been erased and no one has any memory of them. As they start to investigate these mysterious occurrences more kaiju appear.
What’s happened since last time? Gridman continues to easily defeat whatever Kaiju Akane creates with relative ease. The big change is that now everyone knows that Akane is behind it and that the city isn’t really what it seems.
Have your feelings changed? My original feelings were tied to the impressiveness of the battles and the overall destruction. It was exciting and cool. I also predicted that it was a virtual world or something similar, so far that’s not looking like a bad prediction.
What anime has the best fight scene? There’s nothing quite like a good fight scene. I remember when DVDs first came out and rather than having to fast-forward a VHS to a certain point, I could just select the fight scene from the menu and then watch again. I’m not how many times I’ve watched the fights from Blade and the Matrix, but it’s a lot. With regards to anime, there is one fight that really stands out for me. That is from Street Fighter II and it’s the fight between Chun Li and Vega.
Why is that? A good fight scene is almost like a dance. Both parties move to the rhythm of the action. There are rises and falls in the tempo. Everything needs to come together for a truly spectacular fight. This is something that I think happens in the Chun Li and Vega fight.
In true anime fashion, it starts with Chun Li in the shower. We get a glimpse of her apartment. There’s someone there, but we don’t see more than a shadow. The music is calm and soothing, but there’s still a sense of doom. Chun Li finishes in the shower and does her hair.
There’s a flicker of a reflection. The music explodes into life as Chun Li moves at the last second avoiding Vega’s claw attack. She does her best to get away but he’s fast. They bounce around the room, fighting in the rafters, on the ground. Chun Li throws a couch at Vega. All the while Guile is trying to race to her aid.
It looks like Vega is going to win. Chun Li is struggling, but then when he gets cocky, she manages to catch him off guard and turns the battle in her favour. It ends with Chun Li kicking him throw a wall and falling into Guile’s arms as he finally manages to get there. She won, but it was far from easy.
Anything else you’d like to say? The overall story in the Street Fighter II movie is terrible. It really is a stinker, but the fights and animation are very good. If you’re interested in good fights, it’s worth checking out for that alone. Just get ready for the moment you see Chun Li in the shower because the best part has already begun. What a fight?
What’s it about?A boy with amnesia is sucked into an ancient computer and transformed into a massive robot so that he can stop kaiju from destroying the city. When the battle is over the world resets and the casualties histories are altered.
What are your first impressions?The kaiju fights are impressive. Tower blocks come crashing to the ground. It’s total destruction. There is obviously something more to it though with the way the city returns to normal the next morning and everyone’s memories are erased except for the members of the Gridman Alliance. My gut feeling is that it’s all a virtual world, but at this stage, who knows.
Favourite character so far?Calibur, the quirky Samurai is by far the coolest character. He can transform into a giant sword for Gridman to use. He also kind of reminds me of Lupin III.
Who do you want to see more of? Rikka is probably the most interesting character. She’s been pulled into this crazy situation by the location of the ancient computer and is, therefore, the most reluctant hero. Surely, that is what caused Yuta to pass out outside her shop and lose his memories. Rikka also has some history with Akane, which could get interesting.
Are you going to continue watching? I will, but mostly because I’ve formulated a theory and need to see if I’m right. Normally, I would bond with the characters and that would be more than enough to keep me going. However, other than Calibur and Rikka, I don’t really feel anything for the cast. That can change, but that’s how I feel right now.
It’s always nice to receive feedback. Even better if it comes with a fancy logo and a chance to make up stuff. So, without further ado, I would like to thank A Winter’s Reverie for the nomination and the awesome selection of questions to answer. I really enjoy their posts. Their passion for the subject material definitely comes through in their writing. Thanks and keep on keeping on!
Like most things there are rules, so here they are?
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All right, here are the questions A Winter’s Reverie asked me to answer.
If you could Blue-Skidoo into your television or monitor, what show would you choose and why?
Once inside your show, what would you do?
If you could meet one fictional character for a date at a coffee shop, who would you choose?
What are some of the questions you would ask?
You have been placed in a fighting game and your about to do your signature move. What is the name of your move and what do you do?
Your opponent’s life bar just depleted and you won your match. What is your winning phrase?