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Trigger, Tsuburaya's SSSS.Gridman Anime Reveals New Visual, Additional Cast

posted on by Karen Ressler
Kaiju designs unveiled alongside design staff

The staff of Studio Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions' SSSS.Gridman anime series unveiled a new key visual and additional staff and cast for the anime at the "SSSS.Gridman Special Night" event in Tokyo on Wednesday. The visual shows the protagonist Yūta Hibiki with Gridman.

The new cast includes:

Ryousuke Takahashi as Samurai Caribar

Katsuyuki Konishi as Max

Aoi Yūki as Borar

Masaya Matsukaze as Vitt

Kenichi Suzumura as Mysterious Boy

Mayumi Shintani as Rikka Mama

Akari Kitō as Hassu

Suzuko Mimori as Namiko

The newly announced staff members are kaijū (monster) designers Shinji Nishikawa (Godzilla series), Hiroshi Maruyama (Ultraman series), and Ichiro Itano (Ultraman Nexus CG motion director). The staff unveiled three kaijū designs.




Funimation revealed on Friday that the anime will premiere on its FunimationNow streaming service this fall, and it will have an English dub.

SSSS.Gridman will premiere in Japan in October on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11. Anime Expo hosted the anime's world premiere on Friday evening.

The anime stars:

  • Yūya Hirose as Yūta Hibiki
  • Hikaru Midorikawa as Gridman
  • Sōma Saitō as Shō Utsumi
  • Yume Miyamoto as Rikka Takarada
  • Reina Ueda as Akane Shinjō
  • Tetsu Inada as Alexis Kerib

Akira Amemiya (Inferno Cop, Ninja Slayer, earlier 2015 "Denkō Chōjin Gridman boy invent great hero" short) is directing this collaboration between the anime studio Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions — the creator of the Ultraman franchise and the original 1993-1994 live-action tokusatsu (special-effects) series Denkō Chōjin Gridman. In addition, Keiichi Hasegawa (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, 009-1: The End of the Beginning, Zoids) is writing the scripts, and Tsuburaya Productions' Masayuki Gotou (Baton, recent Ultraman franchise installments) is designing the Gridman. Masaru Sakamoto is the character designer. Pony Canyon is producing the music.

Shiro Sagisu (Shin Godzilla, Evangelion is composing the show's music, Toshiki Kameyama (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Hidamari Sketch) is the sound director, and Eiko Morikawa is returning from the original Denkō Chōjin Gridman live-action show to handle the sound effects.

OxT (Masayoshi Ōishi and Tom-H@ck) will perform the anime's opening theme song "UNION." Maaya Uchida will perform the anime's ending theme song "youthful beautiful."

At last year's Anime Expo in July, Trigger revealed the new anime's title as Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad Gridman, and emphasized that the anime will have an original story not directly related to the earlier live-action series.

The original live-action Denkō Chōjin Gridman debuted in 1993, 12 years after Tsuburaya Productions' last major live-action tokusatsu television series, Ultraman 1980. The story is set in the "Computer World" where war is waging in computers. Three middle-school boys support the hero Gridman in his battles through their personal computers.

Sources: SSSS.Gridman anime's Twitter account

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