Also known as Super Star God Gransazers,
which is the full Japanese title, The Gransazers
is Toho's extremely successful Saturday morning show that
began airing in 2003. The production was a large collaboration,
with other companies involved including TV Tokyo, Konami,
and Gansis. The program also inherited several key players
from the Godzilla franchise, including special effects director
Kawakita, who came out of retirement for the series,
along with Kenji
Suzuki and Kunio Miyoshi, who both directed numerous
The story of the show focuses on the descendents of an
advanced human civilization, which was wiped out billions
of years ago during a conflict with a terrestrial race called
the Astral Allies. The twelve descendents, called Sazers,
form four separate tribes: Fire, Wind, Earth and Water.
Each Sazer posses extraordinary powers, and is able to control
the Gransazers, mammoth war machines constructed by their
ancient ancestors. At first, the tribes begin to wage wars
amongst each other on Earth, until they discover that the
Astral Allies are planning another strike, this time with
the intent of wiping out humankind. Upon this revelation,
the tribes join forces to mobilize a resistance against
the invaders, and protect the future of all life on Earth.
The show ended up marking the first entry in what would
later be called the "Super Star God" series.
Follow ups include The
Justirisers and Super
the latter of which also had its own movie, Super
Fleet Sazer-X the Movie: Fight! Soldiers (2005),
that features characters from all three shows.