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TL;DR
SSSS.Gridman Season 1 (2018)
グリッドマン (Guriddoman)

Synopsis

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. Hibiki is able to merge with Gridman to fight kaiju, but after the kaiju attacks, people’s memories are reset and those who die are forgotten. As the “Gridman Alliance”, Hibiki and his friends now seek to stop the kaiju and uncover the truth behind the disappearances, with assistance from mysterious friends of Gridman that can transform into weapons Gridman can use in combat.
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Overview

SSSS.Gridman is a joint collaboration between Tsuburaya Productions, the production company behind Gridman and the Ultra Series, 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 “SSSS” in the title references Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, also an adaptation to Gridman the Hyper Agent. The series premiered on October 7, 2018.

Alternative title

– SSSS.グリッドマン
– SSSS.Gridman
– Guriddoman

TL;DR Review

SSSS.Gridman (stylized as SSSS.GRIDMAN) is a Japanese anime television adaptation of the 1993–1994 tokusatsu series Gridman the Hyper Agent.

The animation is superb and incredibly colorful. Maybe a bit too colorful, but seem to fit in fine considering the age demographic this show is probably going for.

The opening theme is “Union” by OxT and the closing theme is “Youthful Beautiful” by Uchida Maaya. The opening is typical of the type of anime aimed for kids. You could swap the opening song with any of the card game anime and it would sound natural.

The demographic for this show is all over the place. On one hand, it’s paying homage to Gridman the Hyper Agent that was released in 1993. So your audiences need to be around 30 years old in order to appreciate the reference. But the story and plot treat the viewer as if they are adolescent that love color light, giant mecha, and thic anime girls. It mostly flashes but without the bang. I think that’s how the saying goes or something.

I suppose if you love watching cute waifu, a giant robot doing destructive things, and a loose plot as an excuse to combine these two themes, then this anime is for you. If you like continuity plot that makes sense, then skip this series.

I don’t think I can recommend this series as I don’t even know what demographic it is going for. SSSS.Gridman contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

SSSS.Gridman Season 1 (2018)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Union” by OxT

Closing Theme

– “Youthful Beautiful” by Uchida Maaya

Insert/Image Theme

– “Believe” by Sugimoto Ryuuichi
– “Union” by OxT

Credits

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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