SSSS.Gridman

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SSSS.Gridman
SSSS GRIDMAN Poster.jpg
Key visual
グリッドマン
(Guriddoman)
Anime television series
Directed by Akira Amemiya
Produced by Tsuburaya Productions
Written by Keiichi Hasegawa
Music by Shirō Sagisu
Studio Trigger
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, MBS, BS11
Original run October 7, 2018 – present
Episodes 12
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SSSS.Gridman (stylized as SSSS.GRIDMAN) is a Japanese anime television adaptation of the 1993–1994 tokusatsu series Gridman the Hyper Agent.[1] The production is a joint collaboration between Tsuburaya Productions, the production company behind Gridman and Ultraman, and Studio Trigger. The two production companies previously collaborated on the Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero short original net animation for the Japan Animator Expo. The series premiered on October 7, 2018.

Synopsis[edit]

The story focuses on Yūta Hibiki, an amnesiac first-year high school student living in Tsutsujidai. He meets the Hyper Agent Gridman on an old computer, who stated that the boy has a mission he must fulfill, as he sets out to find the meaning to those words and his memory loss. The sudden appearance of Kaiju would eventually change the usual dynamics of Yūta and his classmates.[2]

Characters[edit]

Gridman Alliance[edit]

Yūta Hibiki (響 裕太, Hibiki Yūta)
Voiced by: Yūya Hirose[3][4] (Japanese); Brandon McInnis[2] (English)
An amnesiac young boy who wakes up nearby Rikka's house. He has the special ability to see Gridman and illusions of monsters within the city when they were not merged. By merging with Gridman, Yūta would fight against monster attacks. His parents went on a business trip, therefore living alone in an apartment.
Gridman (グリッドマン, Guriddoman)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa[1][5][6][3][4] (Japanese); Robert McCollum[2] (English)
A Hyper Agent (ハイパーエージェント, Haipā Ējento) who resides within Yūta's old PC, Junk. He reminds the boy to "fulfill his mission" and merged with the boy to become giant, as well as materialized in the real world to fight against monster threats. Yūta is the only person who can see him when both of them are separated.
By himself, Gridman's true color is purple and changes into red once he became optimize by Junk's upgrade. His finisher is Grid Beam (グリッドビーム, Guriddo Bīmu), an attack fired from his Accepter on the left hand. The Assist Weapons (アシストウェポン, Ashisuto Wepon) provided Gridman with additional strength in combat.
Shō Utsumi (内海 将, Utsumi Shō)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō[3][4] (Japanese); Greg Ayres[2] (English)
Yūta's classmate, who supported him when fighting as Gridman. He is a fan of tokusatsu, including the Ultra Series.
Rikka Takarada (宝多 六花, Takarada Rikka)
Voiced by: Yume Miyamoto[3][4] (Japanese); Jill Harris[2] (English)
Another supporter of Gridman and Yūta's classmate. She found the amnesiac boy in front of her house.

Neon Genesis Junior High Students (Assist Weapons)[edit]

Samurai Calibur (サムライ・キャリバー, Samurai Kyaribā)
Voiced by: Ryōsuke Takahashi[7][8] (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)
A man in black who is armed with four katana on his back, he helped the Gridman Alliance to optimize Junk and search for the missing victims of Ghoulghilas' attack. He is named after Samurai Sword from Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad.
His Assist Weapon form is Electrifying Great Sword Gridman Calibur (電撃大斬剣 グリッドマンキャリバー, Dengeki Daizanken Guriddoman Kyaribā), a sword that allows Gridman to perform Grid Calibur End (グリッドキャリバーエンド, Guriddo Kyaribā Endo).
Max (マックス, Makkusu)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi[7][8] (Japanese); Cris George (English)
A tall man with a mask. His Assist Weapon form is named after Tracto combat vehicle and its pilot Tanker from Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad.
His Assist Weapon form is Battle Tracto Max (バトルトラクトマックス, Batoru Torakuto Makkusu), a ten-wheel drive armed with a pair of Tanker Cannons (タンカーキャノン, Tankā Kyanon). When combing with Gridman, they can form Heracles Combine Superman Max Grdman (剛力合体超人 マックスグリッドマン, Gōriki Gattai Chōjin Makkusu Guriddoman), granting him a pair of giant hands and increases his brute strength. His finisher is Max Grid Beam (マックスグリッドビーム, Makkusu Guriddo Bīmu).
Vit (ヴィット, Vitto)
Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze[7][8]
A man who is named after Vitor fighter jet from Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad.
Borr (ボラー, Borā)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[7][8] (Japanese); Apphia Yu (English)
A young boy who is named after the twin-driller tank from Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad.

Antagonists[edit]

Akane Shinjō (新条 アカネ, Shinjō Akane)
Voiced by: Reina Ueda[3][4] (Japanese); Lindsay Seidel[2] (English)
A classmate who sits next to Yūta. Behind her reputation as the most talented student in their class, she is a psychologically ill girl who holds a petty grudge to someone with even the smallest mistake, using it as an inspiration to create monsters.
Alexis Kerib (アレクシス・ケリヴ, Arekushisu Kerivu)
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada[9][7][8] (Japanese); Barry Yandell[2] (English)
A digital being who performs Instance Abreaction (インスタンスアブリアクション, Insutansu Aburiakushon) to bring monsters sculpted by Akane to life.

Kaiju[edit]

Ghoulghilas (グールギラス, Gūrugirasu)
Created by Akane to exact revenge on Tonkawa for ruining her Special Dog with her volleyball, the monster went on a rampaging spree until it was killed by Gridman. Although the damages were fixed by the next day, Tonkawa's death was permanent and irreversible.
Dévadadan (デバダダン, Debadadan)
Created to murder Akane's homeroom teacher for bumping into her without apologizing. The monster is armed with chest laser and the ability to reflect Gridman's Grid Beam. With the hero's time running out, Samurai transforms into Gridman Calibur to aid the former and slices Dévadadan with Grid Calibur End, therefore saving Akane's homeroom teacher.
Anti (アンチ, Anchi)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura[7][8] (Japanese); Stephen Fu[10] (English)
A Kaiju with intelligence and the capacity to copy all of Gridman's powers, he assumed the form of a human boy when not in combat. He was created to counter Gridman until the two were evenly matched with Max Gridman. He is based on Shinobilar/Skorn from the original live action series.

Other characters[edit]

Rikka’s Mama (六花ママ)
Voiced by: Mayumi Shintani[7][8] (Japanese); Anastasia Munoz (English)
Rikka's mother, who runs a junk shop.
Namiko (なみこ)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori[7][8] (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)
Yūta's classmate and Rikka's friend, who likes teasing the two together.
Hass (はっす, Hassu)
Voiced by: Akari Kitō[7][8] (Japanese); Amber Lee Connors (English)
A classmate who is frequently seen with a flu mask. She is also a YouTuber by the name Hassun (はっすん).
Sakiru Tonkawa (問川 さきる, Tonkawa Sakiru)
Voiced by: Kaede Yuasa (Japanese); Dani Chambers (English)
The leader of a five girls-team of volleyball. After she accidentally ruined Akane's Special Dog that was meant for Yuta, the monster Ghoulghilas killed her and four other members. Following its destruction by Gridman, the damages were undone but their deaths were irreversible and fabricated to have caught in an "accident" during their middle school years.
Hikari Toiko (戸井田 光, Toiko Hikari)
Voiced by: Riho Iida (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
Rika Kenamura (毛苗村 里香, Kenamura Rika)
Voiced by: Rin Miyazaki
Hako Doi (土居 ハコ, Doi Hako)
Nana Takara (高良 奈々, Takara Nana)
Ramo Marusa (丸佐 蘭萌, Marusa Ramo)
Voiced by: Akira Sekine (Japanese); Macy Anne Johnson (English)

Production[edit]

SSSS.Gridman was announced during Studio Trigger's panel at Anime Expo 2017, alongside Darling in the Franxx and Promare. Trigger described the show as "their anime take on the tokusatsu series", with an original storyline unrelated to the earlier live-action series.[11][12] During Tokyo Comic Con 2017, more details about the show were provided, including the main staff, October 2018 premiere, Masayuki Gotou as Gridman's character designer, and voice actor Hikaru Midorikawa reprising his role as Gridman.[1][5][6]

In March 24, 2018, the official website revealed another visual and main voice cast details.[3][4] During Studio Trigger's Anime Expo 2018 panel, Trigger acknowledged the differences between the US and Japanese releases of Gridman, clarifying that SSSS.Gridman is a new show with the same concept. They emphasized that despite having an all-new story, SSSS.Gridman wasn't a reboot. Production of SSSS.Gridman took place alongside Promare; staff related stories during the panel about production details for SSSS.Gridman being worked out during Promare meetings and vice versa. A special video featuring director Akira Amemiya was shown, emphasizing the story "would focus on the youth of Japan and their relationship to technology". The world premiere of the show took place after the panel ended.[13]

The series premiered in October 7, 2018.[14][a] The series is directed by Akira Amemiya, written by Keiichi Hasegawa, and animated by Studio Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions. Masayuki Gotou designs the Gridman, and Masaru Sakamoto handles the character designs. Shirō Sagisu composes the music.[5][15] The opening theme is "UNION" by OxT, and the ending theme is "youthful beautiful" by Maaya Uchida.[8] During their Anime Expo 2018 panel, Funimation announced they licensed the series for streaming on FunimationNow and an English dub.[16] The anime was also licensed by Funimation in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The anime is being simulcasted by Crunchyroll in those countries.[17]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"Awakening"
"Kakusei" (覚・醒)
October 7, 2018
Yuta Hibiki wakes up in Rikka Takarada's home with no memory of who he is. However, he sees hallucinations of a robot named Gridman in an old computer terminal in Takarada's family store, who warns Yuta that he must "awaken" and complete his mission. The next day, Yuta meets his friend Sho Utsumi, who helps him cope with his memory loss. Intrigued by Yuta's story about Gridman, Utsumi asks Yuta to show him the terminal (which he nicknames "Junk"), and they run into Rikka along the way. Suddenly, a kaiju appears and begins attacking the city. Yuta is sucked into the terminal, and reappears as Gridman to battle the Kaiju. With help from Utsumi and Rikka, Yuta is able to defeat the kaiju, but Gridman warns them that the kaiju was only the beginning of more trouble to come. The next day, Yuta and his friends are shocked to see that their school, which was burning last night in the kaiju attack, has somehow been completely rebuilt.
2"Restoration"
"Shūfuku" (修・復)
October 14, 2018
Yuta and his friends find out that in addition to all of the damage to city being undone, nobody has any memory of the kaiju attack. However, they notice that several students are missing that nobody seems to have any memory of. They decide to investigate the mystery of the missing students when they meet a mysterious man named Samurai Calibur. Samurai Calibur "optimizes" Junk, allowing Rikka and Utsumi to see and hear Gridman. They then investigate the missing students, finding out that everybody's memories have been rewritten to believe the missing students had all died before even reaching high school. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Akane and her electronic companion Alexis are behind the kaiju attack, which she instigated to kill the missing students as revenge for ruining her lunch. She creates another kaiju to kill her homeroom teacher, who didn't apologize to her after bumping into her. Yuta fuses with Gridman to fight the Kaiju, but is outmatched, prompting Samurai Caliber to leap into Junk to transform into a sword which Gridman uses to destroy the kaiju. The next day, all the damage and everybody's memory is reset like before, but the homeroom teacher is still alive and apologizes to Yuta after accidentally bumping into him.
3"Defeat"
"Haiboku" (敗・北)
October 21, 2018
One week later, Akane builds a new Kaiju named Anti who is intelligent and can take a human form, built solely to destroy Gridman. Akane then activates Anti, who begins attacking the city to draw Gridman out. Yuta fuses with Gridman to battle Anti, but even with Samurai Calibur's assistance, Gridman is defeated and the day resets. Akane celebrates her victory while Rikka and Utsumi are concerned that Yuta disappeared, but are both too afraid to try and contact him to confirm it. Three strangers then arrive in the shop looking for Samurai Calibur and Gridman. They then point out the silliness of Rikka and Utsumi refusing to try to contact Yuta if they are both so concerned about his safety. Rikka works up the courage to call Yuta, and it is revealed that he, Gridman, and Samurai Calibur faked their deaths and were in hiding in hopes of ambushing Anti. Gridman then appears, drawing Anti out. One of the strangers enters Junk to become Battle Tracto Max, which combines with Gridman to form Max Gridman. Max Gridman is able to fight Anti to a draw as they both run out of energy. Afterwards, Gridman introduces Samurai Caliber and his comrades as his allies, the Neon Genesis Junior High Students. Akane meanwhile rejects Anti for his failure.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tokyo MX lists the show as premiering at 24:00 on October 6, which is at October 7, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "完全新作TVアニメーション『SSSS.GRIDMAN』製作決定!". m-78.jp. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Ressler, Karen (October 4, 2018). "SSSS.Gridman Anime's English Dub Trailer, Cast Unveiled". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "SSSS.Gridman Anime's Video Reveals Cast". Anime News Network. 2018-03-24. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "2018年秋放送開始のTVアニメ『SSSS.GRIDMAN』よりキービジュアル・PV第1弾が公開。追加キャスト:広瀬裕也・斉藤壮馬 ほか" (in Japanese). moca-news. 2018-03-24. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  5. ^ a b c "Trigger Reveals SSSS.Gridman Anime's Cast, Staff, Fall TV Debut". Anime News Network. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  6. ^ a b "Tokusatsu Hero Gridman Will Be Reborn in All-New TV Anime "SSSS.GRIDMAN" in Autumn 2018". Crunchyroll. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "TVアニメ『SSSS.GRIDMAN』新キャラクター&キャスト発表!「ウルトラマンフェスティバル2018」特別イベントでは会場全体で「アクセス・フラッシュ!」" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2018-07-26. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Ressler, Karen (2018-07-26). "Trigger, Tsuburaya's SSSS.Gridman Anime Reveals New Visual, Additional Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  9. ^ "アニメ『SSSS.GRIDMAN』、2018年10月に「TOKYO MX」「MBS」「BS11」で放送決定!トレーラー映像第2弾も公開!" (in Japanese). m-78.jp. 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  10. ^ "Clifford Chapin on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Studio Trigger Announces Gridman Anime". Tokusatsu Network. 2017-07-02. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  12. ^ "Studio Trigger Announces 3 New Anime Titles". Anime News Network. July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "Anime Expo 2018: TRIGGER Panel". Anime News Network. 2018-07-08. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  14. ^ "SSSS.Gridman Anime Reveals New Promo Video, New Visual, October 6 Premiere". Anime News Network. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  15. ^ "SSSS.Gridman Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, New Character, More Staff". Anime News Network. 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  16. ^ "Funimation Licenses SSSS.Gridman Anime for Fall Streaming". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  17. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Final Fairy Tail Anime and More for Fall 2018". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2018-10-08.

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