Original Title: SSSS.DYNAZENON
One day after school, first-year high school student Yomogi Asanaka comes across a starving man under a bridge. Introducing himself as Gauma, the strange drifter informs Yomogi that he is a “kaiju user,” a person who deals with the “kaiju”—monsters who bring harm to the city and its citizens.
The following evening, Yomogi runs into Gauma and his classmate Yume Minami. Simultaneously, a kaiju appears in a populated area of the city. Due to Gauma’s lack of experience controlling the kaiju, he brings out a mysterious object from a glowing pouch, summoning a giant robot known as Dynazenon. Requiring the cooperation of four people, the mecha drags Gauma, Yomogi, Minami, and Koyomi Yamanaka—an unemployed man who was wandering on the street—into its cockpit.
Their encounter with the kaiju marks the beginning of their entanglement with kaiju eugenicists—kaiju users who manipulate kaiju with ill intent—and their efforts toward bringing out the full potential of Dynazenon.
This is a pseudo-sequel to SSSS.Gridman but it is not necessary to have watched it to enjoy this series; you won’t catch the references and the quotes to Gridman, but surely it won’t also happen that you will find yourself not understanding what is happening due to not having watched the first series.
Paradoxically, you will maybe enjoy this series more if you haven’t watched Gridman at all; there are many episodes that follow the same line of other one of the other series and they may appear as something already seen… like we have the episode in swimsuit.
I really liked the design of the characters of the series, while at the same time I disliked more the fact that the Kaiju are looking less like Godzilla or Mothra but are more like some kind of techno-monster.
There is another layer to the general plotline thanks to the singular personal stories of every character. I also really liked how there isn’t a distinct distinction between good and bad but the situation is all more grey.
However, I found the plot of this second series to be a bit weaker if compared to Gridman. Still it remains a really good anime and I would certainly watch a third series of the franchise.
By far, this is my favorite Trigger anime and definitely my favorite as well, when compared to Gridman. I just think that this one being more character driven works for the best, as the individual stories of the characters shine all the most when they’re forced to work together. And don’t even get me started on episode 10… that was one of the best in 2021. It’s a shame the movie will take much longer to be up for us but hey, it’s still more Gridman/Dynazenon, so I’ll take that any day of the week.
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