The staff of Adult Swim’s Toonami announced that they will air SSSS.Gridman in January 2021. The announcement was made during the Toonami Pre-Flight live stream on Sunday.
SSSS.Gridman originally aired in the Fall 2018 anime season. The story follows Hibiki Yuuta, who suddenly wakes up in Takarada Rikka’s room. He realizes that he has no memories and hears a voice calling for him nearby. Yuuta learns that the voice is coming from a robot named Hyper Agent Gridman. Yuuta also realizes that Rikka can’t hear Gridman nor can she see the monsters appearing in the city. By merging with Gridman, Yuuta is able to fight the monsters that are wreaking havoc and protect the city. With Rikka and Utsumi Shou’s help, Yuuta forms the “Gridman Alliance” to fend off the monsters and figure out the reason behind the monsters’ emergence.
SSSS.Gridman is created by Studio Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions. Studio Trigger is known for its fluid and dynamic animation style, with popular shows such as Kill la Kill and Darling in the FranXX. In the past, Tsuburaya Productions has worked on the popular mecha anime Ultraman. Studio Trigger is popular among fans for creating such beloved shows, making the SSSS.Gridman announcement on Toonami highly anticipated.
SSSS.Gridman’s first episode also had a world-premiere at Anime Expo in 2018 alongside popular shows such as Cells at Work and Attack on Titan Season 3.
Due to the anime’s popularity, SSSS.Gridman has its own manga adaptation, novel spinoffs, and stage play adaptation. The stage play was scheduled to debut in spring 2020 however, COVID-19 canceled it. There haven’t been any signs for the stage play to debut anytime soon.
The success of SSSS.Gridman created SSSS.Dynazenon (pictured above), Studio Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions’ latest addition in the Gridman universe. There isn’t a scheduled air date yet for SSSS.Dynazenon. Toonami also hasn’t announced specifically when in January SSSS.Gridman will air.
Gabriella is a 21-year-old writer and artist from Texas and currently goes to university in New York. Her favorite anime shows include Mob Psycho 100, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, and Kill la Kill. In her free time, Gabriella likes to watch anime, read manga, and play the newest games on her Nintendo Switch.
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