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Flashback Friday #29: Chouseishin Gransazer (2003)

From top left in a clockwise direction, Flame Tribe, Wind Tribe, Water Tribe, Earth Tribe

From top left in a clockwise direction, Flame Tribe, Wind Tribe, Water Tribe, Earth Tribe

Chouseishin Gransazer

超星神グランセイザー

“Some 400,000,000 years after an advanced human civilization was destroyed by aliens, 12 direct descendants of the civilization’s warriors (called “Sazers”) have their powers awakened and form four tribes: Flame, Wind, Earth and Water. Each Sazer is based on a Zodiac sign represented in an animal totem or spirit representation. At first, they wage war on each other, but after learning the truth of their ancestry and their reason for awakening, the Gransazer tribes unite to protect Earth from the Warp Monarch, an alliance of various alien species, from once again extinguishing all life on the planet.”

12 different characters. In a 51 episodes series. One could imagine how messy that could be.

The series started off with the Tribes fighting against each other, and the different tribes slowly discovering their powers. Each tribe could form their own Mecha, and to a certain extent, it does sound very Super Sentai-ish after awhile. After they discover their true purpose, they unite to combat the actual threat to Earth. And get this, all their Mechas are able to combine in the end!

After a certain part of the series, they had mix and match of characters in each episode. Certainly was not possible to include all 12 in every single episode. They did have decent character development though, but it still felt lacking for some of the other characters.

It was enjoyable nonetheless, the first in the Seishin series. Gransazer was succeeded by Justiriser, followed by Sazer-X, but the connection was not really explored until the Sazer-X crossover movie, which I was pretty sure was just a fan service of sorts.

Who was your favourite “Sazer” in the series? Leave a comment below!