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
SSSS.GRIDMAN BEST ALBUM
Release Date: December 18, 2019
Catalog No.: PCCG-01858
Price: ¥2,727 (Before Tax)
Official Website: https://gridman.net
Event Report: SSSS.GRIDMAN Voice Cast Get Together For Anime’s 2nd Special Event
04.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME
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
SSSS.GRIDMAN Live-Action Stage Adaptation
Coming Spring 2020
SSSS.GRIDMAN Official Website: https://gridman.net
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.
SSSS.GRIDMAN SHOW 02
Date: May 26, 2019
*Full details TBA on the series’s official website and Twitter.
SSSS.GRIDMAN Official Website: https://gridman.net/
©Tsuburaya Productions ©2018 TRIGGER・Akira Amemiya / “GRIDMAN” Production Committee
TV Anime SSSS.GRIDMAN Opening Theme Song Band OxT Release Artist Photo
Japanese music duo OxT who performing the opening theme song UNION for the new anime series SSSS.GRIDMAN―which began airing on October 7―have released a new artist photo.
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.
On Sale: November 7, 2018
Price: ¥1,350 (Tax Included)
OxT Official Website: http://www.oxt-music.com/
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“SSSS.GRIDMAN” Voice Drama
*Available to watch until October 13 at 1:30am (JST)
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Voice actress Maaya Uchida releases artwork for “youthful beautiful” – the ending theme song for TV anime GRIDMAN
Voice actress Maaya Uchida releases 8th single “youthful beautiful” – check out her brand new album art!
This single will be released on Wednesday 17th October as the ending theme song for TV anime “SSSS.GRIDMAN”, which will be aired from this October. Three versions of this single will be released — a first-run limited edition version and two regular edition versions. The first-run limited edition version comes with a special DVD containing the music video for the single and many other clips!
In addition, a Blu-ray and DVD of Maaya Uchida’s first one-man-live-tour “UCHIDA MAAYA (Magic Number) TOUR 2018” will be released for sale on Wednesday 12th December. The tour visited Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka and contained a rich diversity of performances and the wildly enthusiastic fans were amused to no end. The Blu-ray and DVD cover will be decorated with an image from Uchida’s live performance that took place in Hall A of Tokyo International Forum on Sunday 24th June. This must-see edition includes a compilation of behind the scenes footage of Uchida before her live performance and precious videos of her rehearsals.
Furthermore, it has been announced that there will be a Blu-ray and DVD version of her 8th single “youthful beautiful” and the “UCHIDA MAAYA Magic Number TOUR 2018”. For more information on this, please keep an eye on Maaya Uchida’s website!
The voice actress is also hyping herself up for her 2019 New Year’s live at the Nippon Budokan called “UCHIDA MAAYA New Year LIVE 2019 – take you take me BUDOKAN!”. Uchida just never stops and we can’t take our eyes off her!
SSSS.GRIDMAN’s Ending Theme ‘youthful beautiful’ to be Performed by Maaya Uchida
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 making 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 Applause, Smiling 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.