Scheduling has been a whole thing this month, so while we get our next episode of Superhuman Samurai Syber Pod together, enjoy our thoughts on the second episode of Kemono Friends, “Jungle Area”, from our Patreon special!
Yuta wakes up with a familiar case of amnesia, but this time it’s his girlfriend Akane who greets him! Utsumi runs into Akane while checking out some new magazines and discovers she’s a toku nerd too! Rikka gets pulled into Akane’s life as one of the popular kids! But can any of this be true? Can Gridman wake them up inside, or will Akane convince them to stay with her in their happy dreams? Can Borr stop Anti from getting water all over the junk shop’s carpet? And can we stop singing that Evanescence song for like five minutes? This week we’re once again joined by Vintage Henshin‘s Mach Dent for SSSS.Gridman episode 9, “Dream”!
It’s time for the school festival, but Akane announces to the Gridman Alliance that she’d rather unleash a kaiju on the school than join the party! Can Rikka talk her out of it, or will they have to fight? Can they tweak Junk’s graphics settings enough to load Full Powered Gridman? And does the Neon Genesis Junior High crew just live with Rikka’s mom now? This week we’re joined by Grant from Blade Licking Thieves as we talk inside shoes, gender-swapped cafes, and the implications of Rikka’s skirt in episode 8, “Confrontation”!
Convinced that Yuta is on to her, Akane gives up all pretense of secrecy about her kaiju and… takes him out for a nice dinner with Alexis Kerib? But if both of them are at the restaurant with Yuta, who sent that kaiju to attack the city!? This week we’re joined by Greg Sepelak, another of the creators behind the original Transformers: Shattered Glass and the other half of Isle of Rangoon, as we get way too much fan service, appreciate flying kaiju on strings, and try to remember the name of that one Mobile Suit we’re thinking of in episode 7, “Scheme”!
The Gridman Alliance kids go their separate ways for the day, but an episode with no kaiju fight doesn’t mean they’re safe! Utsumi runs into Shinjo at a book store and gets grilled on his friend Yuta, Rikka gives Anti some special dogs and a bath, and a familiar kaiju child shows Yuta that their city is more than meets the eye! We’re joined this week by special guest PatzPrime from The Cockpit podcast as we talk stalky friends, Starbows frappuccinos, and kaiju lineage in episode 6, “Contact”!
It’s time for a fanservice episode as the Gridman Alliance takes a class trip to go river rafting! How much phys ed can Akane Shinjo put up with before it’s time to call in a kaiju? How can Yuta Access Flash with Gridman so far from the city? Why does everyone keep falling asleep on the train? And seriously, where was Shinjo keeping that cell phone? Join us this week for episode 5 of SSSS.Gridman, “Provocation”!
Akane thinks she’s figured out who Gridman is — and in hopes of confirming her suspicions, she joins Rikka on the most relatable group date ever! Will she learn Yuta’s secret? Can Rikka get this show past the Bechdel test despite how determined Akane is to talk about a boy? And wait, are all those creepy college boys… Jetfires? This week we’re joined by our buddy @KeliraTelian for episode 4 of SSSS.Gridman, “Suspicion”!
After Utsumi suggests the kaiju might really be people, Gridman hesitates when the next one he fights actually speaks — and that gives the kaiju an opening to defeat him! Is he gone for good? Will Yuta cease to exist like their dead classmates? Can Calibur’s friends help? And… wait, did they say they were from the junior high school? This week we’re joined by Big Name Tokusatsu Fan Mach Dent from Vintage Henshin and Kamen Ramen Studios as we watch SSSS.Gridman episode 3, “Defeat”!
On the surface it seems like the fight between Gridman and the kaiju never happened, but Yuta, Utsumi, and Rikka soon discover that their classmates who were killed in the attack are still gone — and as far as anyone else knows, they died years ago! Can they find more answers before having to defend the city and the school from another monster? Can the adorkable weirdo Samurai Caliber help with more than upgrading Junk’s sound card? How do you open Ramune? If you die in the game, do you die for real? Join the Stasis Pod crew for SSSS.Gridman episode 2, “Restoration”!
A boy with amnesia. An old computer that calls to him as a forgotten hero named Gridman. Conveniently absent parents. Strange, seemingly unfinished kaiju raining destruction on his neighborhood. Why does this all seem so familiar — in ways that have nothing to do with Tim Curry? Why are we joined for our premire episode by Trent Troop, one of the creators of Transformers: Shattered Glass (as well as Isle of Rangoon and Prize Inside)? Why is SSSS.Gridman like this? Join the Stasis Pod crew as we launch the Superhuman Samurai Syber Pod with episode 1: “Awakening”!