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Oct 6, 2018 8:22 AM

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THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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This kinda reminds me of Sentai shows with the mecha gimmicks and style of storytelling. It's actually quite colorful in terms of animation quality though.

The episode explored sci-fi content and I'm kinda impressed by the world building around. Then, there's the actual fighting especially in the last few minutes of the episode. A very catchy song they used for the fight between the mecha and that monster!

A pretty stylish episode in general. I feel like the episode had a lot of energy. The mech can also speak and seems to even have a personality which is cool.
 
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Oct 6, 2018 10:28 AM

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That's a really good start, the characters seem very likable, the visuals are very appealing, the action is pretty well-done and the comedy is on point. Everything looks good so far.

I wonder if we'll get an explanation on how the protagonist lost his memories, it could make a good backstory, but this series is too bizarre to follow the story rules so I doubt it. It's fine for me either way though.

I loved the song that played in the action sequence. (Might be the opening idk)


I found this episode to be pretty enjoyable so I expect fun from this series, especially because Trigger is responsible.
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Idk why are you reading this or why tf am I writing this but I already did so whatever.
 
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Oct 6, 2018 11:26 AM

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Enjoyable start. I liked the atmosphere and music. Characters and Mech seem cool too. Many mysteries are introduced.
 
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Oct 6, 2018 11:43 AM

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The Gridman hype is REAL. I feel like a little kid again watching this it's so good.
 
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Oct 6, 2018 11:48 AM

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ULTRAMAN ?
?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!
this is a joke, isnt it ?!
still trying to gather my thoughts.
it's decent tho.
 
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Oct 6, 2018 11:50 AM

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I like the characters.

Enough reason for me to continue I guess.
 
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Oct 6, 2018 11:58 AM

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Not bad. Will give this one a chance.

TRIGGER are hit and miss for me.

Liked kill la kill, ninja slayer,little witch academia but absolutely HATED Darling in the Franxxx and disliked Kiznaiver to a degree.

Hope Gridman turns out well.
 
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Oct 6, 2018 11:59 AM

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"Yuta's been swallowed by junk. Old computers are terrifying.."

^^I almost died laughing at this.


 
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Oct 6, 2018 12:03 PM

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Trigger continues to disappoint as always. Weird cuts, overly drawn out scenes, boring mc and cgi in combat. Didn't feel any of the charm the original tokusatsu show had.

But hey atleast they got some waifus so this show is for sure somewhat saved....
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:08 PM
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It was a good start.
Hope this turns out to be a good mecha unlike DITF.
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:12 PM

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This was fun. The personalities of our little trio really balances out the over-the-topness of the conflict. Even the others who are (so far) very minor characters have a ton of personality. Hope to see more junk based teamwork and am really hoping the humor remains consistent throughout. Visually, I liked the colors and designs and appreciated the fact that objects in the background appeared to be drawn in and did not meld with the backgrounds like they seem to do in a lot of modern anime.

Action had me engaged and I even smiled like a little kid when their 'voices reached' Yuuta. Don't know why because I usually roll my eyes at that type of stuff.

Voice acting is tip-top-tier.
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Oct 6, 2018 12:16 PM

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oh god why. i would really prefer trigger to stick to crazy comedy shows like Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia. seems like this show will go the same route as Kiznaiver went
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:18 PM

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This show grabbed me reallll fast. Its quiet, atmospheric tone at the beginning was brilliant and the coming-of-age depression of it gives me strong FLCL vibes. And when the fight started it was fantastic. I love the emphasis on grappling, which I'm sure is taken from the original series but I can't personally say.

As for the story, I can really tell this is going to go somewhere wild. Its setting up a ton with the mysterious villains, the unexplained link to the old computer, and the amnesia. Whether it will be satisfying, though, I can only hope...
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:27 PM

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Can't say i liked this but i kinda expected it. Animation is wonky, the jokes didn't work for me. It was typical TRIGGER madness but it failed to capture me for now.

Really needs to step up in the next episode.
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:28 PM

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Already seeing those callbacks to the original Gridman, even saw an Ultraman reference.

Anyway, this isn't just a Trigger show.
It's a collab between Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions.

Stark700 said:
THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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This kinda reminds me of Sentai shows with the mecha gimmicks and style of storytelling.
That's tokusatsu my dude.
Stark700 said:
The mech can also speak and seems to even have a personality which is cool.
Yep, just like the original.

YizelTro said:
ULTRAMAN ?
?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!
this is a joke, isnt it ?!
still trying to gather my thoughts.
it's decent tho.
Heh that's cuz Ultraman and Gridman are owned by the same studio.
Modified by Cabron, Oct 6, 2018 7:22 PM
Don't bother if you don't know how special effects were done without computers.

 
Oct 6, 2018 12:29 PM
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I miss the old trigger charm
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:32 PM
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i like it, there are too many mysteries on the first episode though so might expect answers on later episodes then

Rikka is best girl material already too
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:32 PM
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gotta love that 20 second slow zoom out of a still and that 30 second dialogue scene they only used keyframes for

who ever directed this episode must be a greenhorn, but why would fuck up the first episode like that
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:34 PM

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bitchassdarius said:
gotta love that 20 second slow zoom out of the still and that 30 second dialogue scene they only used keyframes for

who ever directed this episode must be a greenhorn, but why would fuck up the first episode like that


From what I'm seeing, it was directed by Miyajimia Yoshihiro, who's directed quite a bit for Trigger. Three eps of LWA and the OP, two for Franxx, one for Kiznaiver. I'm curious what the issue was.
 
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bitchassdarius said:
gotta love that 20 second slow zoom out of a still and that 30 second dialogue scene they only used keyframes for

who ever directed this episode must be a greenhorn, but why would fuck up the first episode like that
and a post-credit scene that wasn't even animated. most of this stuff wouldn't even do any better for the show because of how bad it is right from the start

trigger didn't even try on this one
 
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uninstallthegame said:
bitchassdarius said:
gotta love that 20 second slow zoom out of a still and that 30 second dialogue scene they only used keyframes for

who ever directed this episode must be a greenhorn, but why would fuck up the first episode like that
and a post-credit scene that wasn't even animated. most of this stuff wouldn't even do any better for the show because of how bad it is right from the start

trigger didn't even try on this one

Are we sure it's just this one? feels like they haven't even tried in ages.
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:54 PM

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I liked it, just hope they don't fuck up with some dramatic love-triangle. But since its Trigger...
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:56 PM

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Some interesting directing in this first episode. Also no BGM almost the entire episode.

One weird thing is that it is made by TRIGGER. How come nobody has hyped this up? People should say that this is the savior of anime by now. I almost forgot this came out.
 
Oct 6, 2018 12:57 PM
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And I'm kinda tempted to drop this.

Don't get me wrong, the production in this looks good and in concept it's interesting. However, my biggest gripe with this so far are the character. So far, the cast introduced in here were just not that interesting. For some reason they just feel bland and they don't feel lively at the slightest amount even with the quirky Trigger artstyle. Maybe it's either that, or its part of the complaint I had for the director where the guy makes any scene look serious and trying to mix the comedy, yet ultimately failing by making these look extremely unimportant to its own ideas.

I'll give it an episode or two but so far I'm not too impressed with this, but that's more of a me thing.
 
Oct 6, 2018 1:03 PM

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It's quite good. The characters look fresh and their interaction look real. I was a bit disappointed by how much CG they used, considering it is a Trigger Show... I guess it can't be helped. But the CG wasn't bad comparing to other anime, so it probably won't be a big deal.

I'm surprised by the low rating though. Why? Because it's ultraman? Indeed seeing ultraman animated is really a plus for me. Nostalgia... Though I guess people in the West may not have seen any ultraman in their childhood?
 
Oct 6, 2018 1:08 PM
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Not a bad start. I wonder how much into deep Tokusatsu homage territory we will move into in this show. People here in MAL will be incredibly hard with nonetheless it as they usually are with Trigger shows .
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Oct 6, 2018 1:10 PM

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deg said:
i like it, there are too many mysteries on the first episode though so might expect answers on later episodes then

Rikka is best girl material already too
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"In normal anime, the first episode is exciting and the second episode is a chill cool-down. Gridman is the other way around. Episode 1 was just a chill intro. Things will get wild in episode 2!"
-Akira Amemiya

"The first episode was very good! But the second episode and further are even better. The show is just starting, things will get exciting. Look forward to it."
-Keiichi Hasegawa.

And episode 3 is supposed to have some kind of twist and to watch atleast up to it.
The twist is
Don't bother if you don't know how special effects were done without computers.

 
Oct 6, 2018 1:14 PM
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I like the show so far. Pretty bad ass kaiju mecha battles. Love the classic Studio Trigger look.

What i really don't like about this is the heavy use of CG which isn't like Trigger. I know Trigger has used CG before in other shows but this is just weird . It just takes me out of it.

I'll still continue watching. Really only cuz it's a trigger show and i'm curious
 
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for a studio trigger title, the first episode unfortunately looks very underwhelming. the character interactions are really... awkward? that weird pan out of the classroom that was around 30 secs or more was physically hard to watch. the 3d animation used was a little disappointing too (especially from a studio with many mecha titles under their belt from the gainax era). i do like the old computer metaphor as a device to introduce a revival to the original 1990s show. all in all, the first ep was a bit disappointing retrospectively
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The direction on this was pretty weird, and the animation felt really limited most of the time. I feel like Trigger is just tentatively taking a chance on this director and threw only a little money at him. The pacing was stilted, and that whole section where he first wakes up and talks to the girl had me questioning if there was something wrong with my stream. Also the part where the special dog was hit by that volleyball was fucking weird, it went on way too long, it wasn't even important. IDK if I'm gonna even watch episode 2.
 
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The twist is

cool i only heard about Gridman and saw the Anime Expo short video of it
 
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oh god why. i would really prefer trigger to stick to crazy comedy shows like Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia. seems like this show will go the same route as Kiznaiver went


Seems like you think Trigger/Gainax didn't always want to pay homage to old Toku but think what u wanna lmao
 
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I personally love the spin on Gridman we are getting! His design looks amazing and they even kept the special hotdog! There is a lot of similarities to the show and also a lot of differences, which is nice because I really wondered how they were going to make the Internet Policeman thing an anime that appealed to a broader audience in this day and age. Hope to hear the MC say Access Flash too with the goofy henshin stance.
 
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So Trigger, basically what you get after wringing out a dirty rag used to wipe floor in the bathroom Gainaxed used, is already making another show after the amazing fuck up its collaboration with A1 was... boy, they sure have a death wish. And I'll still check it out because there's really not much to watch lately anyway. Sigh...
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And I'm kinda tempted to drop this.

Don't get me wrong, the production in this looks good and in concept it's interesting. However, my biggest gripe with this so far are the character. So far, the cast introduced in here were just not that interesting. For some reason they just feel bland and they don't feel lively at the slightest amount even with the quirky Trigger artstyle. Maybe it's either that, or its part of the complaint I had for the director where the guy makes any scene look serious and trying to mix the comedy, yet ultimately failing by making these look extremely unimportant to its own ideas.

I'll give it an episode or two but so far I'm not too impressed with this, but that's more of a me thing.


I actually found the characters sort of refreshing. They are dull, but the interactions and behaviors of the two sub-leads so far felt very natural. The amnesia thing could have gone south real quick, but nobody over-reacted, it wasn't made a serious deal, and everybody played it off naturally. The VAs also did a good job.

With this said I do have a few problems with this myself. Back to the characters for a second, the main character was given awful dialogue. The voice acting was OK, but his dialogue was so awful and cliche, especially when he got into Gridman. Tea Gardner would be proud. Next, as others have pointed out, each still shot is very pretty and very detailed, but there is very little to no actual animation. I almost got some classic SHAFT vibes watching this, but without the touch that makes SHAFT SHAFT. It didn't feel very Trigger, but that's fine with me. Unlike the rest of the anime community I do not praise Trigger, especially not modern Trigger. Finally, why did the students go back to the school at the end only to act surprised that it is still standing? You saw it burning. Why would you go the next morning?

So, was this a bad episode? No, not really. I agree with Wasshio here. It was certainly watchable, but I'm not that impressed either and won't be advertising this as a must-watch this season.
 
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uninstallthegame said:
oh god why. i would really prefer trigger to stick to crazy comedy shows like Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia. seems like this show will go the same route as Kiznaiver went


Seems like you think Trigger/Gainax didn't always want to pay homage to old Toku but think what u wanna lmao
Pretty much.
Just looking at Eva, it's pretty much Anno's Ultraman fanfic in anime form.
Don't bother if you don't know how special effects were done without computers.

 
Oct 6, 2018 1:56 PM
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Did i just watch accidently mars of destruction or something?
 
Oct 6, 2018 2:25 PM

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so...that happened; another drop for me. Except for some of the dialogue, that was....something else.
Don't believe the hype.
 
Oct 6, 2018 2:51 PM

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I like the characters.

Enough reason for me to continue I guess.
Same here for me

Hopefully we get more of the overall story next week
 
Oct 6, 2018 2:54 PM
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I have no idea what is this, but it was pretty good. Interesting artstyle, characters are not blank, will see where it goes.
 
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Tenth said:
uninstallthegame said:
and a post-credit scene that wasn't even animated. most of this stuff wouldn't even do any better for the show because of how bad it is right from the start

trigger didn't even try on this one

Are we sure it's just this one? feels like they haven't even tried in ages.

Ages? Try a year ago. People just trying to hate on them because of franxx which is out of the control of them.
 
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so mc with memory loss?! hmmmm... i remember watching something like this not long ago.

very average start imo. too many cuts and zooming and lackluster animation, uninteresting characters and very short fight. Overall didn't found anything remotely appealing or except for cool character designs. Also that atmosphere when the moment big badass dragon appeared handled very poorly. Maybe seeing those bunch of PR/sentai show reference (that mecha looks familiar to those show) will add thrill I guess.
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The characters seem nice and the story is simple, kinda old school in a few ways.

The art looked decent but the CG was weird. It looked good at places, awkward at places too. Maybe its weird seeing Trigger using way more CG than it normally does.

Overall, a fine start but definitely one of the weakest starts Trigger has had for an anime.
 
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Shirasho said:
Wasshio said:
And I'm kinda tempted to drop this.

Don't get me wrong, the production in this looks good and in concept it's interesting. However, my biggest gripe with this so far are the character. So far, the cast introduced in here were just not that interesting. For some reason they just feel bland and they don't feel lively at the slightest amount even with the quirky Trigger artstyle. Maybe it's either that, or its part of the complaint I had for the director where the guy makes any scene look serious and trying to mix the comedy, yet ultimately failing by making these look extremely unimportant to its own ideas.

I'll give it an episode or two but so far I'm not too impressed with this, but that's more of a me thing.


I actually found the characters sort of refreshing. They are dull, but the interactions and behaviors of the two sub-leads so far felt very natural. The amnesia thing could have gone south real quick, but nobody over-reacted, it wasn't made a serious deal, and everybody played it off naturally. The VAs also did a good job.

With this said I do have a few problems with this myself. Back to the characters for a second, the main character was given awful dialogue. The voice acting was OK, but his dialogue was so awful and cliche, especially when he got into Gridman. Tea Gardner would be proud. Next, as others have pointed out, each still shot is very pretty and very detailed, but there is very little to no actual animation. I almost got some classic SHAFT vibes watching this, but without the touch that makes SHAFT SHAFT. It didn't feel very Trigger, but that's fine with me. Unlike the rest of the anime community I do not praise Trigger, especially not modern Trigger. Finally, why did the students go back to the school at the end only to act surprised that it is still standing? You saw it burning. Why would you go the next morning?

So, was this a bad episode? No, not really. I agree with Wasshio here. It was certainly watchable, but I'm not that impressed either and won't be advertising this as a must-watch this season.

Yeah, like I get where they're going for. Don't get me wrong and who knows, it might get better. For a first episode however and I hardly complaint about bad episodes for this year, this is just the biggest complaint I've had so far this year. And I'm very optimistic most of the time when it comes to series.

As I've said, this is alright on its own but I don't really enjoy how it is. Maybe that will change and that eventual twist comes to put me on a continue by. However I just feel like this ain't doing so well. It just feels very draggy and not that compelling to me, even with the world-building in mind. Planet With did that in an interesting sense by comparison and they ain't even the same thing. All I'm saying is that there's ways to go around with it but this wasn't the best out there.

I ain't bias towards Trigger myself. I can appreciate them but I think them being the saviors of anime label is going a bit too much nowadays. But that's because people take it literally rather than being a joke type of deal.

Tldr: There's some promise, and there's potential, there's some good in this... however there's a lot of stuff that overweights the good.
 
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The MC with memory loss sucks but at least the fight was great. The rest of characters just have cool designs, nothing more.

The bad guy in front of the computer created that thing? In the end, the school is untouched. Hmmm, there is some power there.
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Oct 6, 2018 4:17 PM

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Rikka is...

yeah...

pretty fuckin hot.

Reason enough for me to keep going 8)
2D > 3D
 
Oct 6, 2018 4:40 PM

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Gridman really reminds me of Ultraman. Great first episode; felt kinda slow at first but my adrenaline kicked in once the kaiju showed up. Will be looking forward to more episodes of this show.
P.S. if you think this rips off or was inspired by Evangelion, get out of my sight; the original Gridman tokusatsu show came two years before that.
 
Oct 6, 2018 4:56 PM

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Nice first episode, it caught my attention from the start! The main trio seems pretty likeable, and the animation, and the Kaijuu action were both great! This one is looking very promising, the OST was also on point!
 
Oct 6, 2018 5:00 PM

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Well, unlike most of Trigger shows, I actually like the first episode.
 
Oct 6, 2018 5:07 PM

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Gridman really reminds me of Ultraman. Great first episode; felt kinda slow at first but my adrenaline kicked in once the kaiju showed up. Will be looking forward to more episodes of this show.
P.S. if you think this rips off or was inspired by Evangelion, get out of my sight; the original Gridman tokusatsu show came two years before that.
Lmao wait for it, you just know someone is going to mention it.
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