"You’re not alone. Whenever, forever."
- ―Series tagline
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.
- Decisive Battle
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.
|Yuta Hibiki||Yuya Hirose||Brandon McInnis|
|Gridman||Hikaru Midorikawa||Robert McCollum|
|Sho Utsumi||Soma Saito||Greg Ayres|
|Rikka Takarada||Yume Miyamoto||Jill Harris|
|Akane Shinjo||Reina Ueda||Lindsay Seidel|
|Samurai・Calibur||Ryosuke Takahashi||Ian Sinclair|
|Max||Katsuyuki Konishi||Cris George|
|Vit||Masaya Matsukaze||Chris Burnett|
|Borr||Aoi Yuki||Apphia Yu|
|Anti/Gridknight||Kenichi Suzumura||Stephen Fu|
|Alexis・Kerib||Tetsu Inada||Barry Yandell|
|Rikka's Mother||Mayumi Shintani||Anastasia Munoz|
|Namiko||Suzuko Mimori||Sarah Wiedenheft|
|Hass||Akari Kito||Amber Lee Connors|
|Sakiru Tonkawa||Kaede Yuasa||Dani Chambers|
|Anosillus the 2nd||Karin Takahashi||Monica Rial|
- 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: Graphinica
- Art Director: Yukihiro Watanabe
- Color Design: Nishida Takeda
- Director of Photography: Yamamoto Yayoi
- Editing: Yoshitake Masato
- Music: Shiro Sagisu
- Music Production: Pony Canyon
- Acoustic Supervision: Toshiki Kameyama
- Sound Effects: Yuko Morikawa
- Line Producer: Masato Takeuchi
- Animation Producer: Kazuya Masumoto
- Animation Production: TRIGGER
- Artist: OxT (オクト Okuto) (Masayoshi Ooishi (オーイシマサヨシ Ōishi Masayoshi)xTom-H@ck)
- Artist: Maaya Uchida (内田 真礼 Maaya Uchida)
- Artist: Norio Sakai
- Artist: Yuya Hirose (Yuta Hibiki)
- Artist: Soma Saito (Sho Utsumi)
- Artist: Yume Miyamoto (Rikka Takarada)
- Artist: Reina Ueda (Akane Shinjo)
- Artist: Hikaru Midorikawa (Gridman)
- Artist: Kenichi Suzumura (Anti)
- Artist: Masaya Matsukaze (Vit)
- Artist: Aoi Yuki (Borr)
- Artist: Katsuyuki Konishi (Max)
- Artist: Ryosuke Takahashi (Samurai・Calibur)
- Artist: Ryosuke Takahashi (Samurai・Calibur), Katsuyuki Konishi (Max), Aoi Yuki (Borr), Masaya Matsukaze (Vit)
- Artist: Suzuko Mimori (Namiko), Akari Kito (Hass)
- Artist: Tetsu Inada (Alexis・Kerib)
- Artist: Shiro Sagisu
- Singer: Paul Lee
The popularity of the series has led to the development of a number of spin-offs. Among them are:
- A stage play.
- Neon Genesis Junior High Students Diary (新世紀中学生日記 Shinseki Chūgakusei Nikki): A comedy comic about the Neon Genesis Junior High Students. Written by Ahrico (あり子 ).
- Hime and Samurai: A prequel story about Samurai・Calibur when he first went to Tsutsujidai. Written by Kei Toru (戸流ケイ Toru Kei).
- Comicalize SSSS.GRIDMAN (コミカライズ SSSS.GRIDMAN: A manga rendition of the series. Written by Yuki Konno (今野ユウキ Kon'no Yūki). )
- SSSS.GRIDMAN NOVELIZATIONS: A novel series written by Yume Mizusawa (水沢夢 Mizusawa Yume), taking place after episode 8.
- SSSS.GRIDMAN ANOTHER LOAD: Borr and Vitt travel to another world, taking on different roles. Written by Aya Satsuki (皐月彩 ).
- Sengoku Gridman (戦国グリッドマン Sengoku Guriddoman): Gridman somehow arrives in the Sengoku period. Written by Yuki Tamura (田村ゆうき Tamura Yūki).
- SSSS.GRIDMAN: Neon Genesis Junior High Students Butler Cafe (SSSS.GRIDMAN新世紀中学生の執事カフェ SSSS.GRIDMAN Shinseki Chūgakusei no Shitsuji Kafe): One day, Rikka wakes up to find out that Junk Shop Aya had been remade into a cafe, being run by the Neon Genesis junior High Students, who have become butlers. Written by Misaki Sako (迫ミサキ Sako Misaki).
- A manga about Akane.
- 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.
- Several elements of the series were reused and modified from a scrapped Gridman series, Denkou Choujin Gridman F. These include:
- 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. UNION also won First place again in November 2018.
- 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.
- ↑ https://gridman.net/character/
- ↑ https://gridman.net/onair/
- ↑ https://twitter.com/FUNimation/status/1047909703035052037
- ↑ https://gridman.net
- ↑ https://en.tsuburaya-prod.co.jp/news/738
- ↑ http://www.oxt-music.com/event/201806291200.php
- ↑ http://uchidamaaya.jp/news/archives/2228
- ↑ https://gridman.net/product/cd/bestalbum.php
- ↑ https://www.crunchyroll.com/en-gb/anime-news/2019/05/29-1/ssssgridman-to-return-as-stage-play-in-spring-2020
- ↑ https://twitter.com/SSSS_PROJECT/status/1132615372949954561
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 https://twitter.com/SSSS_PROJECT/status/1132614305457721345
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 https://twitter.com/SSSS_PROJECT/status/1132614486366478341
- ↑ https://twitter.com/gagaga_bunko/status/1171687541767958528?s=09
- ↑ https://twitter.com/sonoko_uchusen/status/1210717159896170496
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 https://twitter.com/MonthlyChampion/status/1244533344999591939
- ↑ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-10-03/ssss.gridman-anime-takes-over-akihabara-to-mark-premiere/.137553
- ↑ https://natalie.mu/comic/news/301940
- ↑ https://twitter.com/aniuta_PR/status/1057922331086008320
- ↑ https://twitter.com/aniuta_PR/status/1069517829471260673
- ↑ https://twitter.com/SSSS_PROJECT/status/1155034352981463040
- ↑ https://twitter.com/trigger_inc/status/1155779980959211520