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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, Gridman the Hyper Agent 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.

After SSSS.DYNAZENON was revealed, this series was designated as the first installment in the GRIDMAN UNIVERSE project.[5]


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.[6]


  1. Awakening DEATH
  2. Restoration
  3. Defeat
  4. Suspicion DEATH
  6. Contact
  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.



Gridman Alliance

Neon Genesis Junior High Students








Character Japanese English
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


Opening Theme

  • UNION[7]
    • Artist: OxT (オクト Okuto) (Masayoshi Ooishi (オーイシマサヨシ Ōishi Masayoshi) x Tom-H@ck)
    • Lyrics/Composition: Masayoshi Oishi
    • Arrangement: Tom-H@ck

Ending Theme

Insert Themes

Character Songs[9]

  • Only I Can
    • Artist: Yuya Hirose (Yuta Hibiki)
    • Lyrics: Yohei Matsui
    • Composition/Arrangement: Yuki Honda
  • Ultra Theory (ウルトラセオリー Urutora Seorī)
    • Artist: Soma Saito (Sho Utsumi)
    • Lyrics: Yohei Matsui
    • Composition/Arrangement: Masaki Honda
  • Glass Tama (ガラス玉lit. Glass Beads)
    • Artist: Yume Miyamoto (Rikka Takarada)
    • Lyrics: Ririko
    • Composition/Arrangement: Takenori Shibayama
  • Motto Kimi wo Shiritai (もっと君を知りたいlit. I Want to Know You More)
    • Artist: Reina Ueda (Akane Shinjo)
    • Lyrics: Akira Amemiya
    • Composition/Arrangement: Shuho Mitani
    • Artist: Hikaru Midorikawa (Gridman)
    • Lyrics: Yohei Matsui
    • Composition: Daisuke Tsuchikawa
    • Arrangement: Ryo Takahashi
  • My Way
    • Artist: Kenichi Suzumura (Anti)
    • Lyrics: Ririko
    • Composition: Yuto Minami
    • Arrangement: Ryo Takahashi
    • Artist: Masaya Matsukaze (Vit)
    • Lyrics: Erika Masaki
    • Composition: Atsushi Harada
    • Arrangement: Masatomi Waki
  • Dig Dig Boooom!
    • Artist: Aoi Yuki (Borr)
    • Lyrics: Ririko
    • Composition/Arrangement: Hajime Mitsumasu
  • Tooi Hi no Mirai (遠い日の未来lit. The Future Distant Day)
    • Artist: Katsuyuki Konishi (Max)
    • Lyrics/Composition/Arrangement: Kentaro Fuji
  • Kokoro no Arika (心ノ在処lit. Where the Heart is)
    • Artist: Ryosuke Takahashi (Samurai・Calibur)
    • Lyrics: Yohei Matsui
    • Composition/Arrangement: Takenori Shibayama
  • Xenon's Justice
    • Artist: Ryosuke Takahashi, Katsuyuki Konishi, Aoi Yuki & Masaya Matsukaze (Neon Genesis Junior High Students)
    • Lyrics: Yohei Matsui
    • Composition/Arrangement: Yoshinobu Takeichi
  • Oh! My Hero!
    • Artist: Suzuko Mimori (Namiko) & Akari Kito (Hass)
    • Lyrics/Composition: Ririko
    • Arrangement: Shun Takahashi, Ririko
  • Darken Red Sky
    • Artist: Tetsu Inada (Alexis・Kerib)
    • Lyrics: Erika Masaki
    • Composition/Arrangement: Atsuki Okuma


The popularity of the series has led to the development of a number of spin-offs. Among them are[10]:

  • Confirmed/Released:
    • Neon Genesis Junior High Students Diary (新世紀中学生日記 Shinseki Chūgakusei Nikki)[11]: A comedy comic about the Neon Genesis Junior High Students. Written by Ahrico (あり子).
    • Hime and Samurai[11]: 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)[11]: A manga rendition of the series. Written by Yuki Konno (今野ユウキ Kon'no Yūki).
    • SSSS.GRIDMAN NOVELIZATIONS[12][13]: A novel series written by Yume Mizusawa (水沢夢 Mizusawa Yume), taking place after episode 8.
    • SSSS.GRIDMAN ANOTHER LOAD[14]: 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.[12][15] 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.[12][15] Written by Misaki Sako (迫ミサキ Sako Misaki).
    • Diaclone VS. Gridman: A short collaboration with Takara Tomy's Diaclone toyline.
    • Gridman Dogma (グリッドマン・ドグマ Guriddoman Doguma): A story about a Hyper Agent named Vise who was left behind. He goes off on an adventure with a mysterious girl who can transform into a Gridman-like entity.[16] Written by Danjun Satsuka (佐塚弾純 Satsuka Danjun).
  • Cancelled:
    • A stage play[17] that has since been cancelled indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • A manga about Akane[12] that was cancelled after being stuck in development hell for over a year.[18]

Home Media





  • The release of this series coincides with the 25th anniversary of Gridman the Hyper Agent, 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.[19][20]
  • Several elements of the series were reused and modified from a scrapped Gridman series, Gridman the Hyper Agent 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 Ultraman 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 Gridman the Hyper Agent: 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.
    • Yuta Hibiki is based on the Classics version of the character Cliffjumper, since his Shattered Glass equivalent did not play much of a role in the story and was killed early in the story. Classics Cliffjumper, on the other hand, was the main focus character due to being displaced into the alternate setting.
  • 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.[21] UNION also won First place again in November 2018.[22]
  • The SSSS in the name was included as a reference to the American adaptation of the original series, "Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad".
    • According to the twelfth and final episode, the SSSS actually stands for "Special Signature to Save a Soul" within the show itself.
  • SSSS.GRIDMAN managed to win the 50th Seiun Award. The physical award itself was given to the show's director, Akira Amemiya.[23][24]

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