Awakening (覚・醒 Kaku・sei) is the first episode of SSSS.GRIDMAN.
One day, Yuta woke up without his memories. Even seeing his face in the mirror confuses him as he cannot remember who he is. An echoing voice guided Yuta to an old personal computer and it spoke to him. It is the Hyper Agent Gridman, who has come from the Hyper World with a mission!
Voice Drama 1.1
It Is Hard to Say In the Classroom (教室じゃ話しにくい Kyōshitsu ja hanashi nikui)
Namiko and Hass ask Rikka about what she was doing with Yuta.
- Yuta Hibiki (響裕太 Hibiki Yūta): Yuya Hirose (広瀬 裕也 Hirose Yūya) (Japanese dub)/Brandon McInnis (Funimation Dub)
- Gridman (グリッドマン Guriddoman): Hikaru Midorikawa (緑川 光 Midorikawa Hikaru) (Japanese dub)/Robert McCollum (Funimation Dub)
- Sho Utsumi (内海 将 Utsumi Shō): Soma Saito (斉藤 壮馬 Saitō Sōma) (Japanese dub)/Greg Ayres (Funimation Dub)
- Rikka Takarada (宝多六花 Takarada Rikka): Yume Miyamoto (宮本 侑芽 Miyamoto Yume) (Japanese dub)/Jill Harris (Funimation Dub)
- Akane Shinjo (新条 アカネ Shinjō Akane): Reina Ueda (上田 麗奈 Ueda Reina) (Japanese dub)/Lindsay Seidel (Funimation Dub)
- Alexis・Kerib (アレクシス・ケリヴ Arekushisu Kerivu): Tetsu Inada (稲田徹 Inada Tetsu) (Japanese dub)/Barry Yandell (Funimation Dub)
- Rikka's Mother (六花ママ Rikka Mama): Mayumi Shintani (新谷真弓 Shintani Mayumi) (Japanese dub)/Anastasia Munoz (Funimation Dub)
- Namiko (なみこ Namiko): Suzuko Mimori (三森 すずこ Mimori Suzuko) (Japanese dub)/Sarah Wiedenheft (Funimation Dub)
- Hass (はっす Hassu): Akari Kito (鬼頭明里 Kitō Akari) (Japanese dub)/Amber Lee Connors (Funimation Dub)
- Sakiru Tonkawa (問川 さきる Tonkawa Sakiru): Kaede Yuasa (湯浅 かえで Yuasa Kaede) (Japanese dub)/Dani Chambers (Funimation Dub)
- Initial Fighter
Denkou Choujin Gridman
- Yuta was treated at Inoue Hospital, which also made an appearance in the original Denkou Choujin Gridman as the workplace of Yuka Inoue's parents, hence its name. It was where Naoto Sho's brother, Daichi was being treated back in episode 1 until an attack by Gilarus caused all surgical instruments to go haywire.
- Akane gives Yuta a Special Dog (a type of hot dog). This food appeared in episode 3 of the original series and was Ippei's inspiration for designing Barrier Shield.
- In addition to being a Seven Eleven parody, the "Seven Two One" shop where Yuta and Rikka stop by is a reference to Ultraseven 21.
- Sakiru's pouch has the same design as Kazuki Komon's charm, which was given to him by Riko Saida.
- When Akane talks to Yuta, she puts her fingers in a way that resemble Alien Baltan's pincers. Incidentally, the Kaiju Metallus from Gridman is known for referencing this as well.
- This series established that the Ultra Series is an in-universe entertainment program. As shown:
- One of the items sold in the Junk Shop is the stuffed bird Alcor from Little Witch Academia
- One of Yuta and friends' classmates highly resembles Akko from Little Witch Acadamia. This character appears in later episodes as well.
|Awakening | Restoration | Defeat | Suspicion | Provocation | Contact | Scheme | Confrontation | Dream | Collapse | Decisive Battle | Awakening (Finale)|