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SSSS Gridman Is a Giant Transformers Homage

SSSS Gridman Is a Giant Transformers Homage

The Transformers are simply as a lot anime stars as they’re Western cartoon characters, arguably owing their existence extra to Japan than even America. The final mainstream Transformers anime collection was Transformers: Cybertron, a.ok.a. Galaxy Pressure, which ended the Unicron Trilogy of exhibits. Since then, the robots in disguise haven’t solely been in quite a few Western cartoons but additionally in one other anime that is fully unrelated to them.

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Masaru Sakamoto was the character designer for the 2018 collection SSSS. Gridman, which fully rebooted the Tsuburaya Productions present Denkou Choujin Gridman. The latter was a live-action tokusatsu collection from 1993, however the anime reboot adjustments the scope to extra of a mecha collection. Fittingly, most of the designs from the collection pull not solely from the unique Gridman but additionally from different fictional robots. Stated robots — on this case, in disguise — have been oddly sufficient represented by people.

Hass resembles the Shattered Glass Soundwave, together with her face masks trying like his personal white faceplate. Most apparently, her scarf has an image of a white cat and the textual content “Ravage,” additional homaging the heroic Shattered Glass jaguar robotic. Different homages embrace Yuta Hibiki sporting footwear which are basically the car mode of Classics Cliffjumper. Even the Grimlock of the live-action Transformers motion pictures influences a few of the designs, and the scenario ultimately got here full circle.

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