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    SSSS.GRIDMAN Update from Pony Canyon and Tsuburaya Productions

    Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2018 TRIGGER, AKIRA AMEMIYA/ GRIDMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Pony Canyon Official Site: gridman.net Special Thanks to Toshiya Kitabayashi

    New key art, courtesy of Pony Canyon. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2018 TRIGGER, AKIRA AMEMIYA/ GRIDMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM

    Pony Canyon and Tsuburaya Productions have provided SciFi Japan with a press update on their upcoming superhero anime series, SSSS.GRIDMAN (SSSS.??????, SSSS.Guriddoman). Tsuburaya has produced the show with the animation studio TRIGGER, with Pony Canyon handling foreign sales. Introduction You’re not alone. Always and forever. GRIDMAN THE HYPER AGENT (??????????, Denkoo Choojin Guriddoman) -- aka GRIDMAN -- was a Japanese TV series that aired from 1993. Despite the fact that computers were not common in regular households at that time, this series featured elements of the internet and computer viruses and gained popularity through its futuristic appeal. A new anime adaptation entitled SSSS.GRIDMAN will air in Autumn 2018! The animation will be handled by Studio TRIGGER and directed by Akira Amemiya, who presented the anime short GRIDMAN THE HYPER AGENT: BOYS INVENT GREAT HERO (?????????? boys invent great hero) at the Japan Animator Expo in 2015. The future of the “Gridman” world will become reality in 2018, revived in the animation world.

    Credits Airing Schedule: Autumn 2018 Staff Original Series: GRIDMAN THE HYPER AGENT Director: Akira Amemiya Written by: Keiichi Hasegawa Gridman Design: Masayuki Goto (Tsuburaya Productions) Character Design: Masaru Sakamoto Animation: TRIGGER Music: PONY CANYON Cast Yuta Hibiki: Yuya Hirose Gridman: Hikaru Midorikawa Sho Utsumi: Soma Saito Rikka Takarada: Yume Miyamoto Akane Shinjo: Reina Ueda ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2018 TRIGGER, AKIRA AMEMIYA/ GRIDMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM

    Logo courtesy of Pony Canyon. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2018 TRIGGER, AKIRA AMEMIYA/ GRIDMAN PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM

    About Tsuburaya Productions

    Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has created dozens of heroes and other characters, including Ultraman, who have been loved from generation to generation. The base for the company was Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research, which was launched by the Japanese “Father of Special Effects” Eiji Tsuburaya. After showing his skill and making a name for himself working on many monster movies and special effects laden fantasy science films, in 1963 Tsuburaya incorporated Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research and established Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. in order to advance further research and development of special effects technologies and release visual works that could be enjoyed by a wider audience. The company has continued to maintain Eiji Tsuburaya’s policies even after his death. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding, and it continues its work to this day. Currently, the company carries out activities including production of works for television, original video works, and films for theatrical release; licensing of owned characters’ content; development of various products; event planning and live staged events that bring out the maximum appeal of its owned characters, and development of facilities that handle related items.

    About Pony Canyon Inc.

    Pony Canyon has been at the forefront of Japan`s video entertainment industry. Pony Canyon also develops digital software, utilizing the latest interactive and multimedia technology. Pony Canyon is a part of the Fuji Media Holdings Inc. which is Japan`s largest and influential media conglomerate.

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