Series: Chou Sei Shin Gransazer
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:
- Tenma Kudou/ Sazer-Tarious (Sagittarius): The hotblooded hero; An archer in his falcon armor.
- Mika Shidou/ Sazer-Mithras (Aries): The Lancer and Ken's Cool Big Sis; in her swan-based armor, she wields two metal fans of doom.
- Ken Shidou/ Sazer-Lion (Leo): The Smart Guy and Mika's brother; he wields two swords in his swallow-based armor.
The Wind Tribe:
- Akira Dentsuin/ Sazer-Remls (Gemini): A victim of Love Makes You Crazy for Karin, and a Sugar and Ice Personality; his Rhinoceros-Beetle armor comes with a BFG.
- Ryoko Amemiya/ Sazer-Velsou (Aquarius): The smart girl who first saw Karin for what she really was; she has twin-bucklers in her butterfly-based armor.
- Jin Hakariya/ Sazer-Dail (Libra): A showoff who also believes in The Power of Friendship; he has two axe-tonfas as his Stag Beetle-armored alter-ego.
The Earth Tribe
- Naoto Matsuzaka/ Sazer-Tawlon (Taurus): The Big Guy, The Determinator and the Ineffectual Loner; he has two shoulder-mounted BFG in his Bull-based armor.
- Ran Saotome/ Sazer-Visuel (Virgo): The MacGuffin Girl; she has some mean claws as the leopard-based Visuel.
- Go Kamiya/ Sazer-Tragos (Capricorn): A By-the-Book Cop; he has a mean drill when he activates his goat-based armor.
The Water Tribe
- Makoto Sorimachi/ Sazer-Gorbion (Scorpio): A photographer and Team Dad (an Ineffectual Loner outside the perceptions of his tribe); he uses a Cool Sword upon activating his Shark-based armor.
- Ai Uozumi/ Sazer-Pisces (take a guess): The Chick and youngest of all 12; her Orca-based armor is equipped with a small gun.
- Tappei Mikami/ Sazer-Gans (Cancer): A Friend to All Living Things who has a crush on Ai; his Manta Ray based armor is equipped with yet another Cool Sword.
- 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.
- Action Girl: All female Gransazers are this.
- Dark Action Girl: Ryouko (Sazer Velsou), initially. Lucia plays this straight.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Everyone.
- Fire Tribe: Birds.
- Noble Bird Of Prey: Tenma (falcon)
- Wind Tribe: Insects.
- Earth Tribe: Mammals.
- Water Tribe: Aquatic animals.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Subverted with Makoto, save if you're a bad guy.
- Fire Tribe: Birds.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In #6, Ran fully transforms into Sazer Visuel for the first time when Naito, the thug who blackmailed her childhood friend, Akaki, prepared to fire his gun at Go.
- Boss Subtitles: Shown to name the Gransazers and their Chou Sei Shins.
- Brick Joke: In #7, Go chases on his bike after Tenma (who was hastily delivering blood for a transfusion) and arrives after the surgery is over, completely exhausted and out of breath.
- In #25, Hoshiguchi is shown wearing a wig that gets blown away after he and Mika touch the crystal slab during a flashback. At the final episode, when Mika and Hosiguchi are cleaning the lab, Mika finds it.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Shochaku!"
- 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.
- Courier: Tenma's main job.
- Disappeared Dad: Ai's father. He's actually Dr. Bear/Professor Wakui.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Jin (to Ryouko) and Tappei (to Ai). Ultimately for Jin, Ryouko marries Naoto as seen in the finale.
- Elemental Powers: We have:
- Energy Absorption: The Bosquito's modus apparatus.
- Everybody Calls Him Barkeep: The mysterious benefactor who kept an eye on Ai all her life addressed himself as Mr. Bear. In reality he's Professor Wakui who's also her father.
- Evolving Credits: Early in the show, the beginning and ending credits only show the Gransazers that appear so far.
- Fangirl: Maki, a friend of Tenma, is a big fan of Naoto.
- Foreshadowing: In the beginning of episode 16, Ai is shown sending a text message to someone. Minutes later, Professor Wakui enters Horiguchi's office. Wakui pulls out a cellphone similar to Ai's and smiles at the note, to note that he's the receiver of the message.
- Freudian Trio: Each tribe is composed of one.
- Geodesic Cast
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Gender-flipped, the only girl who actually uses long-ranged weapons is Pisces with a gun. The other shooters are guys: Tarious, Relms and Tawlon.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: The Cloud Dragon and the Daisazer.
- 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 All My Fault: In #7, Tenma blamed himself for his friend, Maki, put in a critical condition as he had no idea that Karin would go attacking him.
- 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.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Mika and Ken, respectively.
- One-Hour Work Week: Subverted; many times we see the Gransazers doing their jobs (Tenma being in 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.
- Pale Females, Dark Males: Zigzagged. Mithras' armor showed a lot of white, Velsou's armor was magenta in contrast to the dark purple and blue of the other Wind Tribe members, Pisces was a light cyan, but Visuel was a dark orange compared to Tawlon's yellow.
- Precursors: Ancient Humanity.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Impactors. Deconstructed as they feel as if they have nothing else but their pride. Lucia tried to kill herself via Cyanide Pill when Ai takes sympathy for her, and Professor Hoshiguki suggests that Logia killed himself to save his own pride.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Jin (Sazer-Dal) is a fashion designer whose Sazer armor is purple, but that doesn't mean he can't kick ass like his fellow Sazers.
- Refusal of the Call: Tenma initially doesn't want to do anything with the summoning of the Gransazers as he believes that it's not going to be part of his fate. He comes back because he states "When someone punches me, I punch back."
- Makoto also was this at first, until Tenma convinces him to fight.
- Recap Episode: Episode 25 serves as this, explaining the formations of many of the Gransazers and the fights against the villains.
- 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.
- Skyward Scream: #22 has Logia screaming Lucia's name in agony.
- 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.
- Spice Up the Subtitles: Happens a lot, especially in regards to Tenma.
- The Stoic: The times Naoto smiles can be counted on one hand.
- 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, who end up married at the finale.
- Transformation Trinket: The Knuckle Riser.
- Tsundere: Mika is a Type A, mostly around Tenma.
- 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.
- Wham Line: Ep 18, for Ai.Lucia: (while gripping onto Professor Wakui) Ah, I see. So you do care for your father's safety.
- 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
- Would Hurt a Child: Lucia kicks a boy in the stomach, sending him flying in #19. Fortunately, he survives.