Event Report: SSSS.GRIDMAN Show an Overwhelming Success, Follow-Up Show Announced

07.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME

The first live event for the TV anime series SSSS.GRIDMAN titled “SSSS.GRIDMAN SHOW 01” was held at TFT Hall in Odaiba, Tokyo on February 3, 2019.


 
The event began with a screening of famous scenes from the show. Each member of the voice acting cast was then welcomed on stage one by one with huge rounds of applause: Yūya Hirose (who plays Yūta Hibiki), Hikaru Midorikawa (Gridman), Sōma Saitō (Shō Utsumi), Yume Miyamoto (Rikka Takarada), Reina Ueda (Akane Shinjō), Ryōsuke Takahashi (Samurai Calibur), Aoi Yūki (Borr), Masaya Matsukaze (Vit), Kenichi Suzumura (Anti/Gridknight), and Suzuko Mimori (Namiko).

 

Warning: This article contains spoilers for scenes in the series.

The event was led by actors Ryōsuke Takahashi and Masaya Matsukaze. It was accompanied by performances from Hirose, Saitō, Miyamoto and Ueda who each performed their own character’s song. For Yūta’s song voice actor Hirose got the crowd pumping by saying “I can’t hear you!” Fans waved their red pen lights to each tune.


 
During the discussion each member from the cast looked back at their favourite scenes. Suzumura recalled episode ten when Anti, the character he voices, transforms into Gridknight. “Because special effects have been an important aspect for antiheroes for a very long time [laughs]. I was able to play both a Kaiju and the hero,” he comments. He also gave a little behind-the-scenes insight, continuing: “I actually didn’t know about Anti’s transformation into Gridknight in the beginning. I originally auditioned for Samurai Calibur.”


 
The cast also got into character to read some scenes aloud. Tetsu Inada, joined in too who voices the digital being Alexis Kerib. One scene included Akane Shinjō summoning a Kaiju after becoming offended. Alexis got the whole room to shout “Instance Abreaction” at which point Wooser from the TV anime series Wooser’s Hand-to-Mouth Life suddenly appeared. Gridman appeared on stage, saying “We can’t continue our reading like this,” but he did not fight Wooser, instead escorting him away in a gentlemanly manner.

 
Anti showed his fighting spirit when Gridman walked on stage. Borr pointed out that “We don’t have the budget to pay the GRIDMAN production team to make mascot costumes.” However, a mascot dressed as Anti in his Kaiju form stepped on stage, delighting even the crowd. The atmosphere was truly one of a hero show.

 

The audience also called out the words “Access Code Gridman Calibar” at the call of Samurai Calibar at which his sword was sent to where Gridman was.


 
Gridman and Anti got into a heated battle. Fans cheered on with Gridman coming out as victor. It was a spectacular fusion of reading aloud and acting.


 
Music duo OxT came onto stage to perform a cover of the song Yume no Hero, the main theme for Gridman the Hyper Agent. Guitarist Tom-H@ck said, “I’ve really been looking forward to today, but we had to wait so long. I was worried our names weren’t written down.” Vocalist Masayoshi Ōishi invited laughs as he took out half a ticket on stage and said, “Even though our names were clearly written down it feels like we’re being treated like secret guests.


 The two musicians continued with UNION, the opening theme for SSSS.GRIDMAN. Their performance ended with Ōishi doing the Access Flash pose.


 The voice cast returned to the stage to announce that a second show, SSSS.GRIDMAN SHOW 02, will take place on May 26, which drew cheers and a round of applause throughout the room. The event wrapped up with the screen showing the final live-action part of the series and announcing that a music video for UNION is currently in production. 

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    As soon as the first episode of SSSS.GRIDMAN dropped it shot up to no.1 and no.2 on the trending tab on Twitter in Japan with people showing their excitement for the series. UNION featured as an insert song in the episode, syncing perfectly with the fight scene between Gridman and the kaiju that appeared. Masayoshi Ōishi, the vocalist of OxT, also expressed his feelings for the show on Twitter, describing it as so feelsy that he cried.

     

    Also, episode 1.1 of a new voice drama was posted over on the official YouTube page of Tsuburaya Productions, the producers of the anime. It’s available for a limited time only and ties in with episode one of the anime. Check it out below.

    UNION will be released on CD on November 7 and will be coupled with a cover of Yume no Hero, the theme song of the original Gridman the Hyper Agent from 25 years ago.

    The TV-size edit of the song will be available across digital music platforms on October 14 ahead of the CD release.

  • SSSS.GRIDMAN’s Ending Theme ‘youthful beautiful’ to be Performed by Maaya Uchida

    27.June.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Voice actress and singer Maaya Uchida released her anticipated second album Magic Hour on April 25, 2018. She’s currently on her tour titled Magic Number Tour 2018. During her performance in Tokyo on June 24, she announced that she will be responsible for the ending theme of SSSS.GRIDMAN, an upcoming anime series slated for fall 2018.

    The concert began with the sound of Uchida’s voice counting down from 5 to 1 after which the singer appeared on stage with the ‘Magic Number’ title call. She began with My Star is Here!! and performed 6 songs one after the other.

     

    When the intro to Craft Sweet Heart began to play, a spectacular trumpet, saxophone and trombone performance was put on. She played three more songs including her new release Agitato. This was followed by the dance number Romantic Dancer as well as Moratorium Dance Floor. The crowd shook the building down.

    Speaking about the album and tour, Uchida said, “I thought about all the new memories I have made up to now, and what’s to come, when maing this.”

     

    She was overcome with emotion, saying “Looking back at my memories up to now, all of you were always with me.” But she composed herself with a smile and said, “I love being here.” She then performed Magic Hour after which there was a warm round of applause.

    Towards the end of the concert, she performed ApplauseSmiling Spiral and take you take me BANDWAGON before wrapping up the main section of the show with Step to Next Star!!


    The encore song was Cross Fire. Just when everyone thought the show was over, Uchida announced, “I have some news to share!” That news was her new song youthful beautiful being used as the ending theme for SSSS.GRIDMAN, as well as the song being released as her 8th single on October 17, 2018. A huge round of applause and cheers rippled across the venue.

    The night climaxed and ended with smiles all round with Kore Kara mo Watashi o Rescue Shite ne! and her classic hit Gimmie! Revolution.


    Having completed shows in Fukuoka and Tokyo on her tour, the last stop will be Osaka on July 1. Excitement is high as she moves towards the final concert in what has been her best tour performance yet.

     

    ■Information
    UCHIDA MAAYA「Magic Number」TOUR 2018【Magic Number 1 OSAKA】※SOLD OUT
    Date: July 1, 2018 (Open 5pm / Start 6pm)
    Venue: Osaka International Convention Center Main Hall
    Concert Info: http://uchidamaaya.jp/live/20180617_magicnumber.php
    Maaya Uchida Official Website: http://uchidamaaya.jp/
    Maaya Uchida Official Fan Club “LIFE IS LIKE A SUNNY DAY”: https://maaya-fc.jp/TV Anime “SSSS.GRIDMAN”
    Slated for broadcast fall 2018.

    Official Website: http://gridman.net/
    ©Tsuburaya Productions ©2018 TRIGGER・Akira Amemiya / “GRIDMAN” Production Team

     

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  • Event Report: SSSS.GRIDMAN Voice Cast Get Together For Anime’s 2nd Special Event

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    SSSS.GRIDMAN SHOW 02, the second of a series of special events centred on the hit 2018 mecha series SSSS.GRIDMAN, was held at Culttz Kawasaki in Kawasaki, Kanagawa on May 26, 2019. Following up from the first event back in February, the second saw the voice cast appear once again along with an even bigger and better schedule packed full of surprises. This is a report of the evening portion of the event.

     

    The voice cast line-up this time was even bigger than the last with each respective voice actor standing in front of an illustration of their respective characters: Yūya Hirose (who plays Yūta Hibiki), Hikaru Midorikawa (Gridman), Sōma Saitō (Shō Utsumi), Yume Miyamoto (Rikka Takarada), and more. Each of them gave a brief introducing of themselves before the room suddenly faded to black. It was then that Masayoshi Ōishi, the vocalist for music duo OxT, took to the stage to perform the TV edit version of t he anime’s opening theme UNION.

     

    Following the performance, the cast were given a time limit to draw their own original monsters. Thanks to a classy suggestion by Katsuyuki Konishi, who voices Max, series director Akira Amemiya quickly drew the “Culttzdon” (a pun on the name of the venue) while he was in the waiting room. It was clear for all to see that the cast and staff had a great relationship with each other.

    During the event, a video message was also on screen from Maaya Uchida who performs the ending theme youthful beautiful. The cast also read lines out loud in character once again, continuing from where they left off at the first event.

     

    At the end of the event when all the cast members left the stage, a message on the screen announced that a manga and novel spin-off will be released and that a live-action stage adaptation will arrive in spring 2020, causing the crowd to give a huge round of applause. Though the anime may have concluded, SSSS.GRIDMAN is clearly not over yet.

     

    ⒸTsuburaya Productions Ⓒ2018 TRIGGER・Akira Amemiya / “GRIDMAN” Production Committee

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