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

―Series catchphrase
SSSS.GRIDMAN
GridmanWithWords
Format: Anime
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions
Studio Trigger
Starring: Yuya Hirose
Hikaru Midorikawa
Soma Saito
Yume Miyamoto
Reina Ueda
Tetsu Inada[1]
Opening Theme: UNION
Ending Theme: youthful beautiful
Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episodes 12
Running Time Approximately 25 minutes
Original Channel Tokyo MX
MBS TV
BS 11
WOWOW[2]
FunimationNow[3]
Original Air Date 6 October 2018[4]
Preceded by Denkou Choujin Gridman
Succeeded by TBA

SSSS.GRIDMAN is a 2018 anime series produced by Tsuburaya Productions and Studio Trigger, based on the titular character of the series, Denkou Choujin Gridman, Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero and the American adaptation of the former, Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. Despite having characters and themes based on the original series, this series is stated not to be a reboot[5]. 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.[6]

Marketing Campaign

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.[7][8]

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 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)
  • Samurai・Calibur (サムライ・キャリバー Samurai Kyaribā): Ryosuke Takahashi (高橋良輔 Takahashi Ryōsuke) (Japanese dub)/Ian Sinclair (Funimation Dub)
  • Max (マックス Makkusu): Katsuyuki Konishi (小西克幸 Konishi Katsuyuki) (Japanese dub)/Cris George (Funimation Dub)
  • Vit (ヴィット Vitto): Masaya Matsukaze (松風雅也 Matsukaze Masaya) (Japanese dub)/Chris Burnett (Funimation Dub)
  • Borr (ボラー Borā): Aoi Yuki (悠木碧 Yūki Aoi) (Japanese dub)/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 dub)/Stephen Fu (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)
  • Anosillus the 2nd (アノシラス(2代目) Anoshirasu (2-daime)): Karin Takahashi (高橋花林 Takahashi Karin) (Japanese dub)/Monica Rial (Funimation Dub)

Gallery

Blu-Ray & DVD Release

Videos

Music

Trivia

  • The release of this series coincides with the 25th anniversary of Denkou Choujin Gridman, which premiered in 1993.
  • 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.[11] UNION also won First place again in November 2018.[12]
  • 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".

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 | Shin 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
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero
OV・TVSP Ultra Fight | Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider | Ultraman Nice | Heisei Ultraseven | Ultraman Neos | Ultraman Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultra Zone | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb
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: Legend of the Stars | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2: Superhuman Big Battle - Light and Shadow | Revive! Ultraman | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light | Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia: The Decisive Battle in Hyperspace | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Gaia: Once Again Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet | Ultraman Cosmos Vs Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie | Ultraman Zero The Movie: Super Deciding Fight! The Belial Galactic Empire | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga S The Movie: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors! | Ultraman X The Movie: Here Comes! Our Ultraman | Ultraman Orb The Movie: Lend Me The Power of Bonds! | Ultraman Geed The Movie: Connect The Wishes! | Ultraman R/B The Movie: Select! The Crystal of Bond
Gaidens Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant | 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
Other Series Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | 10-4, 10-10 | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur War Aizenborg | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Denkou Choujin Gridman | Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Mirror Fight 2012
Anime The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | Kaiju Girls | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019)
Outlaw Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman | Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman