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Gridman the Hyper Agent (電光超人グリッドマン, Denkō Chōjin Guriddoman) is a Japanese tokusatsu series produced by Tsuburaya Productions. The show ran from 1993 to 1994. It was the inspiration and source material for DiC Entertainment's Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad.

This series can be watched on Shout TV, Tubi, and Roku.

Synopsis[]

Three computer-savvy kids from Sakuragaoka town, Naoto, Yuka and Ippei, create their own video game superhero, but then discover it is possessed by an inter-dimensional hero, Gridman. Pursuing an evil being called Kahn Digifer, he merges with Naoto and fights Kahn Digifer's digitized monsters created by social misfit Takeshi in order to prevent the computerized demon from wreaking havoc on the Human World.

Characters[]

Protagonists[]

Antagonists[]

Side Characters[]

  • Daichi Sho: Naoto's younger brother.
  • Kana Baba: Ippei's younger sister.
  • Soichiro Sho: Naoto's father.
  • Michiko Sho: Naoto's mother.
  • Hideyo Inoue: Yuka's father.
  • Yoshie Inoue: Yuka's mother.
  • Yoshihito Inoue: Yuka's elder brother.
  • Hiroshi Baba: Ippei's father.
  • Ayako Baba: Ippei's mother.
  • Police Officer Koganemura: The police officer of the town in which Naoto lives.
  • Police Officer Amagasaki: The police officer who appeared instead of Koganemura.

Kaiju[]

Cast[]

  • Naoto Sho (翔 直人, Shō Naoto): Masaya Obi (小尾 昌也, Obi Masaya)
  • Yuka Inoue (井上 ゆか, Inoue Yuka): Jun Hattori (服部 ジュン, Hattori Jun)
  • Ippei Baba (馬場 一平, Baba Ippei): Takeshi Sudo (須藤 丈士, Sudō Takeshi)
  • Takeshi Todo (藤堂 武史, Todō Takeshi): Tsuyoshi Sugawara (菅原 剛, Sugawara Tsuyoshi)
  • Daichi Sho (翔 大地, Shō Daichi): Masahiro Iwaoka (岩岡 真裕, Iwaoka Masahiro)
  • Kana Baba (馬場 カナ, Baba Kana): Kanako Nakatake (中武 佳奈子, Nakatake Kanako)
  • Soichiro Sho (翔 宗一郎, Shō Sōichirō): Edo Yamaguchi (エド 山口)
  • Michiko Sho (翔 道子, Shō Michiko): Miru Hitotsuyanagi (一柳 みる, Hitotsuyanagi Miru)
  • Hideyo Inoue (井上 英世, Inoue Hideyo): Naoya Ban (伴 直弥, Ban Naoya)
  • Yoshie Inoue (井上 良枝, Inoue Yoshie): Yumi Mitani (三谷 侑未, Mitani Yumi)
  • Yoshihito Inoue (井上 良仁, Inoue Yoshihito): Masakazu Arai (あらい 正和, Arai Masakazu)
  • Hiroshi Baba (馬場 寛司, Baba Hiroshi): Goro Kataoka (片岡 五郎, Kataoka Gorō)
  • Ayako Baba (馬場 彩子, Baba Ayako): Yuko Tsuga (津賀 有子, Tsuga Yūko)
  • Police Officer Koganemura (小金村 巡査, Koganemura Junsa): Shoichi Komatsu (小松 正一, Komatsu Shōichi)
  • Police Officer Amagasaki (尼崎 巡査, Amagasaki Junsa): Daisuke Itsumori (五森 大輔, Itsumori Daisuke)
  • Narrator (ナレーター, Narētā): Yuji Machi (真地 勇志, Machi Yūji)

Voice Cast[]

  • Gridman (グリッドマン, Guriddoman): Hikaru Midorikawa (緑川 光, Midorikawa Hikaru)
  • Junk (ジャンク, Janku): Junko Shimakata (嶋方 淳子, Shimakata Junko)
  • Kahn Digifer (カーンデジファー, Kān Dejifā): Masaharu Sato (佐藤 正治, Satō Masaharu)

Music[]

Opening Theme
  • "Yume no Hero"
    • Lyrics: Akira Ōtsu
    • Composition: Kisaburo Suzuki
    • Arrangement: Masaki Iwamoto
    • Artist: Norio Sakai
Ending Theme
Denkou_Choujin_Gridman_Ending_Theme

Denkou Choujin Gridman Ending Theme

  • "Motto Kimi o Shireba"
    • Lyrics: Akira Ōtsu
    • Composition: Kisaburo Suzuki
    • Arrangement: Masaki Iwamoto
    • Artist: Norio Sakai
Insert Song
  • "Futatsu no Yūki"
    • Lyrics: Atsushi Aida
    • Composition & Arrangement: Osamu Totsuka
    • Artist: Compoid Three

Home Media[]

VHS[]

  • The series was first released as an 11-volume set by Victory Entertainment. Volumes 1-6 have 4 episodes each, while volumes 7-11 have 3 each.
  • The "NON-STOP BATTLE ACTION" edition of the show is also released, containing only the fight scenes.
  • The 13th episode is released in VHS as "Thunder Gridman Appears!".

DVD[]

  • The "DVD+CD! HYPER COMPLETE BOX", released on January 26, 2005 by Avex Inc., comes with all 39 episodes and a new CD soundtrack titled "Gridman: More Original Soundtrack", containing the unreleased BGMs.
  • From January 21, 2013, the series was released as 8 individual DVDs for the very first time with volumes 1-7 having 5 episodes each, while volume 8 has episodes 36-39.[1]

Blu-ray[]

  • On December 20, 2017, the entire series was released as a "Blu-ray BOX" box set by Pony Canyon. The box set contains all 39 episodes and creditless openings and endings. Despite being labelled as a Blu-ray release, the episodes are entirely upscaled from the original 480p component masters.[2]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • Gridman the Hyper Agent is the first series to be shot in interlaced 480i.
  • This series would be Tsuburaya Productions' last non-Ultra superhero production before Bio Planet WoO.
  • Shot on live video, Gridman was the first series by Tsuburaya Productions to utilize D-2 digital video for its special effects scenes, allowing for smoother slow-motion photography. Tsuburaya, having switched to digital techniques since then, would continue to use D-2 for all future productions.

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Productions
Showa Series Ultra Q | Ultraman | Ultraseven | Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro | Ultraman Leo | Ultraman 80
Heisei Series Ultraman Tiga | Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos | Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy | Ultraman Nexus | Ultraman Max | Ultraman Mebius | Ultraseven X | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey | Neo Ultra Q | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman R/B
Reiwa Series Ultraman Taiga | Ultraman Z | Ultraman Trigger: New Generation Tiga | Ultraman Decker | Ultraman Blazar | Ultraman Arc
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero | Ultraman: Rising
Original Video and TV Special Ultra Fight | Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider | Ultra Super Fight | Ultraman Nice | Heisei Ultraseven | Ultraman Neos | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultra Zone
Showa Movies Ultraman: Monster Movie Feature | Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight | The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Return of Ultraman: MAT Arrow 1 Takeoff Order | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story
Heisei Movies Ultra Q The Movie | Revive! Ultraman | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2 | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2 | New Century Ultraman Legend | Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice | New Century 2003 Ultraman Legend | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy: The Movie | Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga Theater Special | Ultraman Ginga Theater Special: Battle Royale | Ultraman Ginga S The Movie | Ultraman X The Movie | Ultraman Orb The Movie | Ultraman Geed The Movie | Ultraman R/B The Movie
Reiwa Movies Ultraman Taiga The Movie | Ultraman Trigger: Episode Z | Shin Ultraman | Ultraman Decker Finale | Ultraman Blazar The Movie
Spin-Offs Andro Melos | Ultraman Zearth: Parody Chapter | Revival of the Ancient Giant | The Return of Hanejiro | Gaia Again | Ultra Q Kaiju Legend | Ultraman Kaiju Legend | Hikari Saga | Armored Darkness | Ghost Rebirth | Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops Zero | Q - Door to Another Dimension | Killer the Beatstar | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | New Generation Heroes | The Absolute Conspiracy | Sevenger Fight | The Struggle of Special Section 3 | The Destined Crossroad | Continued Ultra Fight | Shin Ultra Fight | Return of Special Section 3 | Ultraman Regulos | Ultraman Regulos: First Mission | Ultraseven IF Story | SKaRD Break Room
Rebroadcast Shows Ultraman Retsuden | New Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman New Generation Chronicle | Ultraman Chronicle: ZERO & GEED | Ultraman Chronicle Z: Heroes' Odyssey | Ultraman Chronicle D | Ultraman New Generation Stars
Informational Ultraman The Prime | ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES | Ultra Science Fantasy Hour | Ultra Fight Club | UlSummer Information Station | Ultra Information Center | Professor Teruaki's "Blazar Kaiju Academy" | Super Power! Ultra Encyclopedia! | Ultra Construction Tour | THE ORIGIN OF ULTRAMAN | Ultraman 4K Discovery
Docudramas Fly in the Sea Breeze! Ultraman | The Men Who Made Ultraman | My Beloved Ultraseven | The Man Who Wanted to be Ultraman | The Kaiju Club | The Two Ultramen
Other Series and Movies Kaiju Booska | Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Fight! Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Chibira-kun | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Emergency Directive 10-4·10-10 | Iron King | Horror Theater Unbalance | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Jumborg Ace & Giant | Mars Men | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | The Last Dinosaur | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur Great War Izenborg | Star Wolf | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Anime-chan | Gridman the Hyper Agent | Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad | Moon Spiral | Cyber Beauties Telomere | Booska! Booska!! | Otasuke Girl | Mysterious Incident Special Investigation Team SRI | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Operation: Mystery - Second File | Mirror Fight 2012 | Operation: Mystery - Mystery File | Gridknight Fight
Anime The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Ultra Nyan 2: The Great Happy Operation | Ultraman M78 Theater Love & Peace | Gridman the Hyper Agent: boys invent great hero | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | Kaiju Girls | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019) | Kaiju Step Wandabada | SSSS.DYNAZENON | KAIJU DECODE | GRIDMAN UNIVERSE
Outlaw Content Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Ultraman The Animation | Ultraman: A Little Journey on Earth | Fun... English with Ultraman | Young Ultraman | Ultraman Big Transformation | Sinic Q | Red Jade | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman | Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman
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