2018/12/31

The CD Collection--SSSS.Gridman Singles & Original Soundtrack


It's been sooooooo long, huh?

Welcome back to another post in my never-ending CD Collection series! Today I will be looking at three CDs from the new SSSS.Gridman anime series. Personally I haven't seen it, but there has been some noise about the show online. People are saying it's derivative of a show that derivative of Ultraman...yeah, I don't know. All I know is that it gives me something more interesting than the usual borefest Super Sentai music CDs that I collect.

This post was...delayed. The wonderful folks at CINEMA KAN were slated to release a remastered 2-Disc Denko Chojin Gridman Music Collection the same day that this OST was released, but it has been delayed until the end of January. That along with a week-long delay in delivery of the OST has kinda left me with this last minute review of some SSSS.Gridman CDs.

On top of the freshly released Original Soundtrack, the Opening and Ending theme song singles were released back in October/November. Why not start back at the beginning...?


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OxT UNION [OPENING THEME SONG]
PCCG-70434
2018.11.07

01. UNION

Nah. I'm good...

This sounds like every Anime theme song since like 2003. I guess it's fitting since this is an anime series, but I was hoping it'd have something more of Tokusatsu influence given the source material. Then again, Tokusatsu theme songs have basically become anime theme songs these days.

I swear...100% of these anime theme songs have the exact same hook to make it easy to drop into a 30 second promo.

This isn't terrible, just horribly bland.

02. Yume no Hero OxT Ver

Oh hey, how about that? A cover of the Denko Chojin Gridman theme song.

You know what...the singing may not be the best, but this certainly made this purchase worthwhile. The Denko Chojin Gridman theme song has grown into something of a cult favorite among fans, so it's nice to see that it got some new love. This could have been far, far worse. Remember that new version of Kamen Rider ZX's Dragon Road? Nightmare fuel, that.


03. UNION [Instrumental] 
04. Yume no Hero OxT Ver [Instrumental]

The Limited Edition version from Amazon.jp came with a print of the cover image.


Pretty neat, huh? It's 45 sized, which...makes sense...



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Maaya Uchida youthful beautiful [ENDING THEME]
PCCG-01725
2018.10.17

01. youthful beautiful

Again...this song is rather generic but really not bad. Weirdly, the face and voice is kinda familiar if you're an Akibaranger fan. Maaya Uchida...hey, I own a toy with your voice...

This is definitely more of a song I would listen over the OP, but not something I'd listen to on the regular. I appreciate it's energy at least.

02. kimi no heroine de iru tame ni

A strange jazzy song that I really can't get into. It reminds me of some of the lazier songs from a lot of 90s Sentai song collections. Better yet...if you told me this was from the B-Robo Kabutack song collection I would believe you. I really don't like Uchida's higher pitch in this one.



03. youthful beautiful [Instrumental] 
04. kimi no heroine de iru tame ni [Instrumental]

DVD


This DVD contains the music video for youthful beautiful, a shorter version of the video set to the instrumental version of the song, and a 'Making Of' video.

Much like the OP Single, this single came with a photo bonus if you sprung for the Limited Edition from Amazon.jp.


It may not be Gridman themed, but...thanks for the extra image of Uchida I guess...


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SSSS.Gridman Original Soundtrack
PCCG-01740
2018.12.18

As I mentioned above, I really had no idea what to expect given that I haven't seen this anime. Sometimes going blind into a CD review can be fun...

I have to say...I thoroughly enjoyed this CD. The tone is certainly more on the serious side. The music itself is almost a throwback to Tokusatsu soundtracks of the 90s. You have the metal action tracks mixed in the near-Seiji Yokoyama sounding orchestral music. The composer of this series is Shiro Sagisu who, truthfully, I have never encountered before outside of the awesome Shin Godzilla film. I definitely hear some Godzilla-esque tunes here now I think about it.


Every once in awhile this disc does serve up a dud (BGM shouldn't have lyrics....HumanLove............), but overall this is a solid and refreshing listen. It fits in nicely with the Tsuburaya library of music much in the same way the Denko Chojin Gridman music collection did. It isn't Ultraman, but the DNA is there.

Check this one out! I'm looking forward to seeing what a second installment would bring to the table if there is one in the future.

Oh yes, if you managed to order on Amazon.jp you got this bonus print of the amazing cover art.


Seriously...I love this cover. It's risky that it isn't an overly colorful mishmash of characters like the OP single is, but I love it!


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It's been a long time since I've reviewed some Tokusatsu/Anime CDs. If you want to read more, be sure to check out my CD Collection page. I am DEFINITELY looking forward to the CINEMA KAN Denko Chojin Gridman Music Collection. Expect to see that review very soon.

Oh yeah, I also posted a 2018 Year-End post in tandem with this one. Be sure to check that out!

Take Care!

-CC


CCLemon99 2018 Year-End Review

Canadian Toys R Us!

Hello!

This is the annual post where I review all of the content that I put out in the previous twelve months. 2018...has certainly been a year. Personally I've had some ups and downs. Ups: Trips to Mexico and Canada. Downs: Where to begin?

The Youtube Channel and site output kinda reflect this. Here is the list of content that I did manage...

CCLemon99.com Posts of 2018

On the site I posted a whopping fifty-two posts in 2018. Two posts went up every month with the big exception being April. I tried something new in April where I reviewed every Akina Nakamori album with a few extras. So far, that experiment has been worth it considering the feedback I've gotten from people looking to get into Nakamori and not really knowing where to begin. I didn't expect big numbers, but I see that project going on to help other prospective fans in the future.

Outside of the Nakamori project, I'm proud of a lot of the site content that I released this year. A lot of good thought pieces and two great Sentai overviews (Gingaman and GoGo Five) to finish out the year. The weird hit of the year was the Maskman BGM post... I'm definitely going to name another stinker soundtrack in 2019. You asked for it!

1993 Sure Was a Thing... (Dairanger Fan Theory Special) [01.January]
My Biggest Failing: Song Lyrics [16.January]
Ultraman vs Kamen Rider: 25 Years Later [01.February]
Power Rangers Lost Property [17.February]
Top Seven Toys I Wish Existed [08.March]
The CD Collection--Kaito Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger CD Single [18.March]

Akina Nakamori Month
Akina Nakamori Month Introduction [01.April]
01. Prologue [Jomaku] (1982.07.01) [02.April]
02. Variation [Hensoukyoku] (1982.10.27) [03.April]
03. Fantasy [Gensoukyoku] (1983.03.23) [04.April]
04. NEW AKINA √ątranger (1983.08.10) [05.April]
05. ANNIVERSARY (1984.05.01) [06.April]
06. POSSIBILITY (1984.10.10) [07.April]
07. BITTER AND SWEET (1985.04.03) [08.April]
08. D404ME (1985.08.10) [09.April]
09a. Fushigi (1986.08.11) [10.April]
09b. Fushigi Part 2 - Wonder (1988.06.01) & MEGATREND (1987.03.25) [11.April]
10. CRIMSON (1986.12.24) [12.April]
11. Cross My Palm (1987.08.25) [13.April]
12. Stock (1988.03.03) [14.April]
13. Femme Fatale (1988.08.03) [15.April]
14. CRUISE (1989.07.25) [16.April]
15. UNBALANCE + BALANCE (1993.09.22) [17.April]
16. la alteración (1995.07.21) [18.April]
17. SHAKER (1997.03.21) [19.April]
18. SPOON (1998.06.17) [20.April]
19. will (1999.12.01) [21.April]
20. Resonancia (2002.05.22) [22.April]
21. I hope so (2003.05.14) [23.April]
22. DESTINATION (2006.06.21) [24.April]
23. DIVA (2009.08.26) [25.April]
24. FIXER (2015.12.30) [26.April]
25. Akina (2017.11.08) [27.April]
BONUS: Cage (2017.11.08) [28.April]
BONUS: true album akina 95 best (1995.12.06) [29.April]
Top Seven Favorite Akina Nakamori Albums [30.April]

AWFUL: Hikari Sentai Maskman BGM [08.May]
I'm Calling It Now. The Winner Is..... [26.May]
A Decade of Sentai Henshin Item Toys [08.June]
11-Years on Youtube ~ The Odd History of Daijinryuu [24.June]
An Appreciation of Beastie Boys' "Intergalactic" and "Body Movin'" [10.July]
CCLemon99 Magazine Issue Six [25.July]
Toy Story: Dyna Brace...Dyna Brace, Dyna Brace, AND.....Dyna Brace! [14.August]
Youtube Hiatus [31.August]
Ginga Tensei! Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Part 1 of 2 [15.September]
Wins, Opportunites, & Top Seven Episodes! Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Part 2 of 2 [21.September]
Top Seven Best Metal Hero Ending Theme Songs [05.October]
Chakuso!! Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo Five Part 1 of 2 [28.October]
Wins, Opportunities, & Top Seven Episodes! Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo Five Part 2 of 2 [03.November]
November!! *Shakes Fist* [30.November]
CCLemon99 2018 Year-End Review [31.December]
The CD Collection--SSSS.Gridman Singles & Original Soundtrack [31.December]

CCLemon99 Videos of 2018

This year has really sucked for the channel. I love what I have managed to scrape out, but the crackdown really killed output. My videos are still unlisted for now, but they should be public again in the future. For now, these links will take you there...

Kamen Rider Takeshi Hongo SHFiguarts [14.January]
Kamen Rider 1 S.H.Figuarts Shinkocchou Seihou [28.January]
Cat Ninden Teyande Yattarou ESGokin [04.February]
Kamen Rider Blade SHFiguarts [25.February]
Ninja Sentai Kakuranger 5 Set Mini [11.March]
Kaito Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger CD Shudaika [18.March]
Tokkei Winspector Bikel SHFiguarts [01.April]
Tokkei Winspector Walter SHFiguarts [08.April]
Tokkei Winspector Full Package Option Set SHFiguarts [22.April]
Taiyo Sentai SunVulcan VulShark SHFiguarts [06.May]
Taiyo Sentai SunVulcan VulPanther SHFiguarts [13.May]
Taiyo Sentai SunVulcan SHFiguarts [27.May]
Tensou Sentai Goseiger Tensouder Change Card [10.June]
Ferrari F355 Berlinetta [Hot Wheels Elite Model [17.June]
Gosei Sentai Dairanger Daijinryuu [24.June]
Gosei Sentai Dairanger Plahero Daimugen [01.July]
Choriki Henshin Ohranger COMPLETE [15.July]
Power Rangers Red Ranger SHFiguarts SDCC 2018 [29.July]
Power Rangers Green Ranger SHFiguarts SDCC 2018 [29.July]
Uchuu Keiji Gavan Retsu Ichijoji SHFiguarts [19.August]
Power Rangers White Ranger SHFiguarts [09.December]

That's all for 2018...see you in 2019!!!

-CC

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