The first of Toho and Konami's ChouSeiShin trilogy
, Chou Sei Shin Gransazer
debuted in 2003.
Millions of years ago, the Earth was once a highly-advanced civilisation
until the day it was attacked by an alliance of alien races called "Warp Monarch". Though humanity built giant humanoid war machines
called "Ultra Star Gods" to defend themselves, the civilisation was ultimately defeated by Warp Monarch's superior numbers.
Now in the modern day, the Lost Technology
of that precursor race is stirring, awakening the dormant DNA of their descendants
in response to a new threat. Courier Tenma Kudou discovers that he is one of the chosen, gaining the power to transform
into one of the twelve legendary warriors known as the Gransazer.
Like their ancestors, the Gransazer are split into four elemental Tribes
: Fire, Wind, Earth and Water. As the leader of the reborn Fire Tribe, Tenma (as Sazer Tarious) soon finds both allies and enemies
in the other three Tribes as he struggles to unite them in the face of the alien menace
that threatens to repeat the genocide of the past. Fortunately he has help, for when three members of the same Tribe unite their powers they can summon their respective Ultra Star God and take the fight to the enemy.
List of Characters
The Fire Tribe:
The Wind Tribe:
The Earth Tribe
The Water Tribe
- Saeki Karin: A disguised alien of the Akelon race. Tries to use her disguise to put the Gransazers against eachother. When she is exposed, she goes One-Winged Angel, but is defeated.
- The Impactors: A Proud Warrior Race trio consisting of Henshin Villains. They consist of:
- Logia: The leader of the trio. A Gun Slinger who mainly uses dirty methods to get what he wants. Also likes to use the trope 'Unexplained Recovery' multiple times.
- Radia: The hotheaded Brute. Uses an ax as weapon. Subtlety is NOT his preferred method.
- Lucia: Almost as equally hotheaded as Radia, but completely devoted to please her leader Logia. Wielder of a Boomerang Blade.
This show features examples of:
- Absentee Actor: Unless needed, all 12 Gransazers don't appear in the same episode. Some are justified that they're all doing separate jobs—Jin working on his fashion line, Akira and Ai working at the hospital—but others aren't excusable.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Everyone.
- Fire Tribe: Birds.
- Wind Tribe: Insects.
- Earth Tribe: Mammals.
- Water Tribe: Aquatic animals.
- Combining Mecha, Humongous Mecha and Transforming Mecha: The Chou Sei Shins, who transform from mecha animal to robot, and combine together to form Daisazer.
- In a neat twist, the tribes' four transforming mecha merge with a humanoid to form a dragon-shaped robot instead of a bigger humanoid.
- Disappeared Dad: Ai's father. He's actually Dr. Bear/Professor Wakui.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Jin and Tappei.
- Elemental Powers: We have:
- Energy Absorption: The Bosquito's modus apparatus.
- Everybody Calls Him Barkeep: The mysterious benefactor who kept an eye on Ai addressed imself as Mr. Bear. In reality he's Professor Wakui who's also her father.
- Freudian Trio: Each tribe is composed of one.
- Geodesic Cast
- In the Blood: Subverted; it's revealed that the Gransazers, and possibly all humans, are descendants of the Bosquito. However, it's just propaganda set up by Belzeus.
- It's Personal: Ai personally wants to take down Lucia after the latter nearly killed Dr. Wakui/her father and also because she gave the chip to the Guntroller.
- Lost Technology: The Ultra Star Gods, Cloud Dragon and gunthras.
- One-Hour Work Week: Subverted; many times we see the Gransazers doing their jobs (Tenma being a delivery service, Jin a fashion designer, Akira and Ai both working at the hospital, etc.)
- One Steve Limit: Averted; two successive victims of the week were named Shinji.
- Precursors: Ancient Humanity.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Impactors.
- Rousing Speech: Tenma usually gives these to the members of the Water Tribe, explaining that the Gransazers are fighting together and it's nothing about tribes.
- The Smurfette Principle: An interesting play: While each tribe has exactly one female Sazer to play the trope straight, the subversion comes when they all got together. The ratio is still the same though.
- Superpowerful Genetics
- Taking the Bullet: Subverted. Go tries to do this agaisnt Logia but Tenma pushes him out of the way. Good thing too...Go would've been ''obliterated' if he wasn't pushed.
- Token Romance: Naoto and Ryoko.
- Unexplained Recovery: Impactor Logia. He clearly committed a suicide attack and when he returned, no real explanation was given apart from that Logia wanted vengeance.
- Western Zodiac: Each Sazer is modeled after a specific sign of the Zodiac.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: A Victim of the Week has a far greater survival rate if he is a human than if he is an alien.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tenma asks what Go was thinking when Go decides to take a bullet against Logia.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue