SSSS.GRIDMAN Greatest Hits Album to be Released

07.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

It has been almost exactly one year since popular TV anime SSSS.GRIDMAN came to screens across Japan. To commemorate, a greatest hits album title SSSS.GRIDMAN BEST ALBUM will be released.

The album will include the anime opening theme song UNION which was performed by musical group OxT, who are widely popular for their heroic anime songs. Other songs include the emotional ending theme song youthful beautiful which was performed by Maaya Uchida, which reflects the struggles faced by the young characters in their everyday lives. The album even contains character songs from the anime, giving even more reason for all fans to have it on their shelves.

No fan could resist getting their hands on this record after one look at the illustration for the CD cover. The album will be released on December 18, 2019. This goldmine of the best songs from the anime will be released on December 18, 2019, so be sure to check it out. 

 

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

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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

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

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    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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