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"You’re not alone. Whenever, forever."

―Series tagline

SSSS.GRIDMANグリッドマン (Guriddoman) is a 2018 anime series produced by Studio Trigger in collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions, based on the titular character of the series, Denkou Choujin Gridman and its American adaptation, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. The series has also been licensed by Funimation, and is streamed in Fall 2018 with an English Dub via their streaming service, FunimationNow. It is also available for viewing on Crunchyroll, with English subtitles.

Plot

You’re not alone. Whenever, forever.

Yuta Hibiki is a first-year student in high school living in Tsutsujidai. One day, he woke up without his memories.

Yuta later meets "Hyper Agent Gridman" who was inside an old computer.

Gridman told him to fulfill his purpose. Yuta's quest to understand the meaning behind those words and to find his memories began.

While all of this was sudden, Yuta had helpful assistance from his classmates, Sho Utsumi, Rikka Takarada, and Akane Shinjo, but...

Those peaceful days were destroyed mercilessly by a monster that suddenly appeared.[5]

Characters

Hyper Agents

Gridman Alliance

Neon Genesis Junior High Students

Antagonists

Other

Kaiju

Good

Evil

Neutral

Episodes

  1. Awakening DEATH
  2. Restoration
  3. Defeat
  4. Suspicion DEATH
  5. Provocation SUGGESTIVE CONTENT
  6. Contact
  7. Scheme VIOLENCE BLOOD SUGGESTIVE CONTENT
  8. Confrontation
  9. Dream
  10. Collapse VIOLENCE BLOOD
  11. Decisive Battle BLOOD
  12. Awakening VIOLENCE BLOOD

Voice Drama

As a follow up to each episode, an original Voice Drama is uploaded to Tsuburaya Productions' YouTube channel, for a duration of one week though from the eight episode and onward, they are uploaded to Pony Canyon's channel instead. They normally contain dialogue that foreshadows certain things in the next episode and the overall plot.

Cast

  • Yuta Hibiki (響裕太 Hibiki Yūta): Yuya Hirose (広瀬 裕也 Hirose Yūya) (Japanese)/Brandon McInnis (Funimation Dub)
  • Gridman (グリッドマン Guriddoman): Hikaru Midorikawa (緑川 光 Midorikawa Hikaru) (Japanese)/Robert McCollum (Funimation Dub)
  • Sho Utsumi (内海 将 Utsumi Shō): Soma Saito (斉藤 壮馬 Saitō Sōma) (Japanese)/Greg Ayres (Funimation Dub)
  • Rikka Takarada (宝多六花 Takarada Rikka): Yume Miyamoto (宮本 侑芽 Miyamoto Yume) (Japanese)/Jill Harris (Funimation Dub)
  • Akane Shinjo (新条 アカネ Shinjō Akane): Reina Ueda (上田 麗奈 Ueda Reina) (Japanese)/Lindsay Seidel (Funimation Dub)
  • Samurai・Calibur (サムライ・キャリバー Samurai Kyaribā): Ryosuke Takahashi (高橋良輔 Takahashi Ryōsuke) (Japanese)/Ian Sinclair (Funimation Dub)
  • Max (マックス Makkusu): Katsuyuki Konishi (小西克幸 Konishi Katsuyuki) (Japanese)/Cris George (Funimation Dub)
  • Vit (ヴィット Vitto): Masaya Matsukaze (松風雅也 Matsukaze Masaya) (Japanese)/Chris Burnett (Funimation Dub)
  • Borr (ボラー Borā): Aoi Yuki (悠木碧 Yūki Aoi) (Japanese)/Apphia Yu (Funimation Dub)
  • Anti (アンチ Anchi)/Gridknight (グリッドナイト Guriddo Naito): Kenichi Suzumura (鈴村健一 Suzumura Ken'ichi) (Japanese)/Stephen Fu (Funimation Dub)
  • Alexis・Kerib (アレクシス・ケリヴ Arekushisu Kerivu): Tetsu Inada (稲田徹 Inada Tetsu) (Japanese)/Barry Yandell (Funimation Dub)
  • Rikka's Mother (六花ママ Rikka Mama): Mayumi Shintani (新谷真弓 Shintani Mayumi) (Japanese)/Anastasia Munoz (Funimation Dub)
  • Namiko (なみこ Namiko): Suzuko Mimori (三森 すずこ Mimori Suzuko) (Japanese)/Sarah Wiedenheft (Funimation Dub)
  • Hass (はっす Hassu): Akari Kito (鬼頭明里 Kitō Akari) (Japanese)/Amber Lee Connors (Funimation Dub)
  • Sakiru Tonkawa (問川 さきる Tonkawa Sakiru): Kaede Yuasa (湯浅 かえで Yuasa Kaede) (Japanese)/Dani Chambers (Funimation Dub)
  • Anosillus the 2nd (アノシラス(2代目) Anoshirasu (2-daime)): Karin Takahashi (高橋花林 Takahashi Karin) (Japanese)/Monica Rial (Funimation Dub)

Staff

  • Director: Akira Amemiya
  • Screenplay: Keiichi Hasegawa
  • Character Design: Masaru Sakamoto
  • Gridman Design: Masayuki Goto
  • Alexis Design: Koyama Shigeto
  • Kaiju Design: Shinji Nishikawa, Hiroshi Maruyama, Ichiro Itano, Osamu Yamaguchi, Masahiro Maeda
  • Assist Weapon Design: Takeshi Nonaka
  • Junk Design: Shinta Sanniya
  • Heroic Drawing Chief: Muta Ouchi
  • Assistant Director: Yoshiko Kaneko
  • Sub Character Design: Mayumi Nakamura
  • 3DCG Director: Shinichi Miyanei
  • 3DCG Production: Graphica
  • Art Director: Yukihiro Watanabe
  • Color Design: Nishida Takeda
  • Director of Photography: Yamamoto Yayoi
  • Editing: Yoshitake Masato
  • Music: Sagisuki Shiro
  • Music Production: Pony Canyon
  • Acoustic Supervision: Toshiki Kameyama
  • Sound Effects: Yuko Morikawa
  • Line Producer: Masato Takeuchi
  • Animation Producer: Kazuya Masumoto
  • Animation Production: TRIGGER

Gallery

Blu-Ray & DVD Release

Videos

Music

Spin-Offs

The popularity of the series has led to the development of a number of spin-offs. Among them are[8]:

  • An upcoming stage play in Spring 2020.[9]
  • Neon Genesis Junior High Students Diary (新世紀中学生日記 Shinseki Chūgakusei Nikki)[10]: A comedy comic about the Neon Genesis Junior High Students.
  • The Princess And The Samurai (姫とサムライ Hime to Samurai)[10]: A story about Samurai・Calibur before he went to Tsutsujidai.
  • Comicalize SSSS.GRIDMAN (コミカライズ SSSS.GRIDMAN)[10]
  • A manga about the Neon Genesis Junior High Students going into a butler game world and becoming butlers.
  • A manga about Akane.[10]
  • Sengoku Gridman (戦国グリッドマン Sengoku Guriddoman)[10]
  • SSSS.GRIDMAN ~Another God~ (SSSS.GRIDMAN 〜もう一人の神〜 SSSS. GRIDMAN 〜 Mō Hitori no Kami 〜)[10][11]: A side story introducing another version of Akane named "Black Akane" (黒アカネ Kuro Akane).

Trivia

  • The release of this series coincides with the 25th anniversary of Denkou Choujin Gridman, which premiered in 1993.
  • To promote the premiere of the series, for a limited time starting 6 October, Gridman appeared on every screen in Akihabara Electric Town. A suit actor wearing a suit of the new Gridman also walked around town.[12][13]
  • Several elements of the series were reused and modified from a scrapped Gridman series, Denkou Choujin Gridman F. These include:
    • Yuta Hibiki appearing, as a classmate to Ippei Baba and bonds with Gridman (who may be another of his kind).
    • The main antagonist being Alexis・Kerib, who came from the Demon World as opposed to the Hyper World.
    • Akane working with Alexis.
  • The Ultra Series is an in-universe entertainment program and is referenced many times in several ways.
  • This is not the first time in the Gridman franchise where the fight is taken to the real world. That honor goes to Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero, where Gridman Sigma appeared in a city at the end of the anime short, which was also produced by Studio Trigger and directed by Akira Amemiya.
  • Most of the characters in the series have their designs based on characters in the Transformers franchise, mostly from Shattered Glass. Expanding on this, every main protagonist has blue eyes and the antagonists have red eyes, similar to how Transformers' eyes are color coded according to their allegiance.
  • Several characters in the show have their names inspired by the names of toy manufacturers; Hass (Hasbro), Kena (Kenner), Sakiru Tonkawa (Tonka), Namiko (Bandai Namco), Toiko (ToyCo), Takarada (TakaraTomy) and Doi Hako (Toy Box).
  • The series' Opening and Ending songs were awarded First and Third places respectively in AniUta's top 100 anime songs for October 2018.[14] UNION also won First place again in November 2018.[15]
  • While it has not been explicitly stated, there are hints of this series being a sequel to Denkou Choujin Gridman.
  • It is thought the SSSS in the name stands for "Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad", referencing the American adaptation.
    • According to the twelfth and final episode, the SSSS actually stands for "Special Signature to Save a Soul".
  • SSSS.GRIDMAN managed to win the 50th Seiun Award. The physical award itself was given to the show's director, Akira Amemiya.[16][17]

References

External links

Shows and Films
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 | Ultraman Retsuden | Neo Ultra Q | New Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman R/B | Ultraman New Generation Chronicle
Reiwa Series Ultraman Taiga
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero
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: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story
Heisei Movies Ultra Q The Movie | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2 | Revive! Ultraman | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2 | Ultraman Cosmos Vs Ultraman Justice | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie | Ultraman Zero The Movie | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga: Theater Special | Ultraman Ginga: Theater Special Battle Royal | Ultraman Ginga S The Movie | Ultraman X The Movie | Ultraman Orb The Movie | Ultraman Geed The Movie | Ultraman R/B The Movie
Reiwa Movies Shin Ultraman
Spin-Offs Andro Melos | Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant | Ultraman Dyna: The Return of Hanejiro | Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Again | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Hikari Saga | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Armored Darkness | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Ghost Rebirth | Ultra Galaxy Legend Gaiden: Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops Zero | Ultraman Zero Gaiden: Killer the Beatstar | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes
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