Anime Expo unveiled a host of new manga and anime for us to tear our hair out waiting for. It also proved there is an ongoing trend for studios to collaborate on new projects.
Case in point, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Gridman from Studio Trigger.
If the string of words in the above sentence sounds strangely familiar, it’s because it’s a medley of anime things you may have seen before.
Let’s start with Gridman, or Denkou Choujin Gridman, as it was called in Japan. This was a show from the 90’s from studio Tsuburaya about a digital superhero program who is possessed by an inter-dimensional police officer, named Gridman. Gridman then possess the kid who created the superhero program so he can smack down on Kahn Digifer and his monsters in the real world.
That’s a bad-ass plot, yes, but keep with me. Let’s get into Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad.
Gridman only aired for a year before being cancelled, but the story was adapted for the West in a live action show called Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. Imagine Voltron meets Power Rangers with Blossom as a team member. Surprisingly, it didn’t do well and was cancelled after a season.
At Anime Expo we learned that both Gridman and its offshoot Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad will be revived into a new anime – Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Gridman.
The last piece of this puzzle is that it’s being developed by Studio Trigger, makers of Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academy. Their shows definitely have a certain look and feel, which I’ll describe as “wildly manic and ridiculously quirky”. They’re fun. If you’re not familiar with Studio Trigger’s work, check out Kill la Kill for free here on Viewster.
Look forward to this show. It’ll be one to remember.
Anyone else remember Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad from back in the 90s?
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