SSSS.GRIDMAN Expanded Reference Recap

“Open your eyes! The world as we know it is under attack!”

Last year, TRIGGER unleashed SSSS.GRIDMAN onto the world. An update of the tokusatsu series GRIDMAN THE HYPER AGENT, the short-lived TV series turned out to be a love-letter to the source material, as well as Japanese tokusatsu (lit. Special Effects)-based media. However, a lot of it flew over the heads of fans new to the brawl and I found myself doing massive easter egg and reference breakdowns starting with Episode 7 on Twitter.

The recaps themselves were a hit with fans, getting a nod on the YouTube channel Mother’s Basement even. But there were ultimately two major flaws with the whole effort: 1.) I didn’t do Episodes 1 through 6, and 2.) At the time of writing them, a lot of reference material had yet to be released.

To that end, with the release of Episode 12’s recap, I promised fans an expanded version of the recaps with new info and revisions. Think of these as liner notes in a more accessible format. Links to the original Twitter threads have been included!


EPISODE 1: Awakening [覚・醒]

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EPISODE 2: Restoration [修・復]

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EPISODE 3: Defeat [敗・北]

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EPISODE 4: Suspicion [疑・心]

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EPISODE 5: Provocation [挑・発]

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EPISODE 6: Contact [接・触]

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EPISODE 7: Scheme [策・略]

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EPISODE 8: Confrontation [対・立]

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EPISODE 9: Dream [夢・想]

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EPISODE 10: Collapse [崩・壊]

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EPISODE 11: Decisive Battle [決・戦]

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EPISODE 12: ä̴̩͝w̵̤̤̾ǎ̷̧͓̓k̵̹̃͘ͅe̶͔̳̾̌n̵̗͍͂i̸͇̿ñ̵̫͖̈́g̵̘͋͜

Twitter Version | Expanded Version (Coming Soon!)


There may still be more additions to make as more stuff seems to be coming out via interviews and convention panels. Until then though, enjoy these deep cuts!


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Watch episodes of SSSS.GRIDMAN on Crunchyroll and FunimationNow.