Toonami to Broadcast SSSS.Gridman Anime in 2021

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Get ready to turn the boring old normal world into the Hyper World, because Toonami, Adult Swim’s anime-centric programming block, will air SSSS.Gridman starting January 2021. The announcement was made during Adult Swim’s livestream event on November 15, 2020. [Thanks, ANN!]

SSSS.Gridman is an anime series produced by Studio Trigger, which animated Kill la Kill, BNA: Brand New Animal, and Little Witch Academia, and Tsuburaya Productions. It’s based on Gridman the Hyper Agent (a.k.a. Denkou Choujin Gridman), a 1993 Japanese live-action “tokusatsu” series. It was later adapted in the United States as Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. Unlike Power Rangers or Kamen Rider, Gridman was more a “giant hero” show in the vein of Ultraman. In it, three geeky kids find out their custom video game superhero has been commandeered by Gridman, a police officer from the digital “Hyper World”. Gridman merges with the kids to protect the human world from the kaiju summoned by the villain, Kahn Digifer.

SSSS.Gridman incorporated elements both from the original Gridman series and Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. The series follows Yuta, an amnesiac high-schooler who meets the Hyper Agent Gridman inside a junky old PC. From there, he merges with Gridman to defeat the kaiju attacking his city, while unraveling the mystery behind his memory loss. The series first aired in 2018 on Crunchyroll in North America and Europe, with a dubbed version available via Funimation. The show would go on to inspire stage plays, manga spinoffs and adaptations, and eventually a sequel: SSSS.Dynazenon.

Check out the opening sequence for SSSS.Gridman:

SSSS.Gridman will begin airing in January 2021 on Adult Swim. It can also be viewed immediately on Crunchyroll and Funimation in certain territories. Check out the latest information and trailer for the sequel, SSSS.Dynazenonin our report.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.