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Series / Chou Sei Shin Gransazer

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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

The villains

  • 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.
  • The Garbans
    • Belzeus: The leader of the Garbans and the one responsible for the Warp Monarch's invasion of Earth in the first place.
    • Brighton: An emissary sent down to Earth by Belzeus to find the Communicator.

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— Tenma working as a postman, Ryoko working as a sport instructor, Jin working on his fashion line, Go working as a police officer, Akira and Ai working at the hospital—but others aren't excusable, Makoto working as a photographer.
  • Action Girl: All female Gransazers are this.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Everyone.
  • 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!: "Souchaku!"
  • 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.
  • Couch Gag: Each episode ends with a clip show of footage from said episode.
  • 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:
  • Empty Piles of Clothing: When the Bosquito absorbs energy from people, only their clothes are left behind.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: In the final episode:
    Mika: Our final battle, right?
    Tenma: Yeah.
  • 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.
  • Five-Man Band: The Garbans in the final arc of the series:
    • Big Bad: Belzeus, the leader of both the Garbans and Warp Monarch's Earth Invasion Force
    • The Dragon: Cabyron, who is a literal Dragon, and Belzeus's last line of defense against our heroes
    • Evil Genius: Brighton, an emissary of the Warp Monarch
    • The Brute: Algol, a brutish soldier under the command of Brighton
    • Dark Chick: Gorgion, another Garban soldier who reports directly to Belzeus
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Belzeus is the one behind the Earth invasion, tricking the Warp Monarch into thinking the humans are decendants of the Bosquito.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Mika and Ken, respectively.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ryoko, Ran and Ai.
  • 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.
  • Post-Final Boss: Cabryon is the show's effective final boss before Logia effortlessly subdues and arrests Belzeus.
  • 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.
  • Sibling Team: Mika and Ken.
  • 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 against 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.
  • Victim of the Week: The routines in the second half of the show are mostly this.
  • 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.


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