“Hey where’s the seasonal post”
Well I am like many a blog poster who are terrible with commitments. I would also say my current job is making me tired but I just don’t have the energy to make an elaborate post. There will be a brief post to come though but for now I figure I would make this as a guide to SSSS.Gridman merch since someone on my server requested it and plus I intend to go back to get more merch from the show myself.
Regardless a middling if not mostly positive reception in the West, SSSS.Gridman exploded in popularity in Japan and there’s many a figurine and book out there for the series. This blog will provide pictures of each item as well as an explanation for what each item is, with that aside let begin:
Currently there is only a Japanese release for SSSS.Gridman(No subtitles like the Little Witch Academia release). Funimation did pick up the show and dubbed it so I imagine an US release will likely be this coming fall or in January 2020. For now here’s the images of the JP release so you can identify such without being scammed by unfortunate bootlegs.(Key thing in general, jp blurays are real collector items generally sold at a high price, no official release is going like $20 unless it’s a SAVE edition from Funimation and they’re not jp lol). Each volume comes with storyboards, as well as parts of the voice drama that was aired alongside the show . I will include an update with the Funimation release when it comes out.
I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it but OxT made a music video for their op song Union for SSSS.Gridman and half of the effort was actually storyboarded by Akira Amemiya(director of SSSS.Gridman).
They recently announced that there will be 5 projects involving the SSSS.Gridman continuity in some way whether it be spin off or what I believe a manga retelling of said story. Those volumes will be included eventually right now so for now I will list the heroine manga anthologies.Essentially they gathered fans of the show to write different stories regarding the show, particularly with heroines Akane and Rikka.
SSSS.Gridman Anthology. Filled with a lot of light hearted takes revolving the cast. Fans have translated this so if you type this on Mangadex you should be able see some of the translations made for these stories if interested.
SSSS.GRIDMAN ヒロインアーカイブ アカネ&六花 単行本 also of course know as the SSSS.Gridman Heroine Archive that focuses even more heavily on Akane and Rikka in their contents. The next two titles mentioned below will be similar but focusing on certain heroines.
SSSS.Gridman Comic Anthology Side: Rikka
SSSS.Gridman Comic Anthology Side: Akane
Also additionally while they’re not official merchandise. Akira Amemiya wrote some yuri esque web novels with some of the very very side characters, you can find those online and while they’re not merch I figure it would be worth pointing out.
I will not be covering porn doujins here because the list would run far, as would my patience. Instead I will be bringing up doujin made by staff that also worked on the SSSS.Gridman show as well, as they are some noticeable ones.
SSSS.Gridman Art Fan Book 2018. Another fan related book but something I thought worth mentioning since it’s also on amazon.jp.
SSSS,Gridman Starter Book. This is the first book release for SSSS.Gridman was done by the staff at 2018 Anime Expo as well as at Comiket 94.(?) It includes illustrations and other art from a great deal of the animators that worked on the SSSS.Gridman project. Usually running around $100 so somewhat pricey, but essential to Trigger fans wanting to collect from staff members.
Another staff book with illustrations and comic done by the animators participating on the project. Another worthwhile book to add to the collection of a Studio Trigger collector released at winter Comiket 95.
This is a doujin work created by Mayumi Nakamura who is responsible for the lovely ED sequence of SSSS.Gridman. A book I’m excited to grab when I can.
AAAA. RRRR. Noted because I believe Kengo Saito contributed to this lovely book and his art is lovely. Speaking of Saito…
Kengo Saito 8 should host a number of his great illustrations that also uploaded to remind you of the many illustrations he has uploaded. Generally you can find Kengo at this handle uploading illustrations for currently airing Studio Trigger shows but he took a particular shine to Rikka and has drawn her character dozens upon dozens of times. You can probably expect to find a lot of his online illustrations in this book but honestly I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to own such a collection.
This is where I think it’s undeniable for anyone in the west to deny the popularity of SSSS.Gridman because in addition megahouse/gsc gridman figurines, we’ve also got like 6 or more sets of Akane and Rikka figurines from nendoroids to 1/7 scales, to cheerleader cosplay. There is a great many to cover and I’m writing this for now quickly for another user so for now I will link the MFC link which has just about every announced figurine with pictures and preview images. Special mention to the GSC soft vinyl figures I will collecting of Ghoulghilas, Anti, and I believe Anon B.
A lot of music links perhaps surprisingly to those not in the know. OST release, the singles naturally, and also even character song releases. xD
There’s a fair bit of stuff like acrylic stands, key chains, wall scrolls, ect. There tends to be well….and endless amount so I will just focus on wall scrolls since generally that’s where it’s hard to find genuine versus counterfeit. Besides the wall scrolls on amiami, there was stuff done at comiket, and other spring up stores aside so I will link images of different possible wall scrolls you may come across in case you are ever doubtful of it being legitimate. It’s hard to find what you want sometimes so I understand the feeling and thus with the last part of the blog here we go.
I’ll try updating as I go and hopefully it will be helpful to those seeking out merchandise. As for other readers of mine if they still remain, my apologies, I no longer think I can try much of a seasonal blog I will put down some quick thoughts regarding my thoughts on Spring and I currently have for Summer. Until then I will see you guys once more.