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  • Doing It for the Art: Despite being rendered in CGI, all the kaiju move and act like tokusatsu giant monsters, that is, people in rubber suits. The fights themselves are rendered and shot like they're being filmed in a sound stage.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Gridmanime, a portmanteau of Gridman and Anime. Do the math.
    • Borr-chan-kun: The Gender Reveal of Borr being a boy leads to this by Japanese fans.
    • "Transformers: Gridman"/"Gridformers", due to the heavy Transformers-based Shout Outs on the show.
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  • Fanwork Ban: Tsuburaya Productions started to strike down every H-doujinshi related to the series' main female characters based on their old policy against such things. Following backlash and a massive amount of fan art introducing people to the show, Tsuburaya revised their guidelines to only restrict direct commercial products. For instance, a creator of fan made body pillows was asked to cease and desist because Tsuburaya was set to release official ones.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Akane being the new Takeshi Todo is this to fans who read the Gridman F draft.
    • Some fans were expecting a yuri moment between Rikka and Akane due to past yuri subtext in other TRIGGER shows like Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia. Akira Amemiya sneaking in two characters from his yuri web novella as side characters probably helped expectations too. Episode 8 reveals that Akane hugged Rikka while requesting her to get along with a god (as in Akane herself) with more yuri moments in the finale.
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    • Before episode 11 came around, many fans had theorized that Yuta is Gridman with amnesia, or at least a fragment of him. Some also predicted that Yuta was possessed by Gridman, given how Ultra series works have that as a common twist.
  • Jossed:
    • There were quite a few fans convinced that the handholding in the opening referred to Rikka and Yuta either before he lost his memories or further down the line of the plot once they've acknowledged their feelings for one another. Turns out it's neither; it was Akane and Rikka when they have their final heart to heart.
    • Likewise, there were quite a few fans theorizing that one of the last voice dramas to be released for the series expanded on what happened between Yuta and Rikka before the former lost his memories. While Utsumi does ask Rikka about their relationship in 12.12, ultimately the focus of the drama goes to an Identical Stranger of Akane moving into the class.
  • Lying Creator:
    • The initial interviews and reports said that the series wasn't connected to the original Gridman series, but an alternate universe. There was even a press release that had both the original and new Gridman side by side with the original costume and new look costume. This was all to hide The Reveal at the end of episode 12.
    • The initial summary for the series put out, even on the official website, says "Yuta's friends — Sho Utsumi, Rikka Takarada, and Akane Shinjō — would always help him and spend their days with him. But, their tranquil days are suddenly and easily crushed with the appearance of Kaiju." In the actual series, Akane is not part of Yuta's main circle of friends and the statement putting her among those who "would always help him" could not be more opposite of what her actual role is.
  • No Export for You: As usual with any title licensed by Funimation, the anime adaptation isn't available in Latin America... and the rest of the world except Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
  • Playing Against Type: Aoi Yuuki confirms that Borr is a boy as opposed to her typecasting as little girls.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Clifford Chapin is a fan of Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, and has several toys on his desk. Robert McCollum has shown himself holding the sword while recording for Gridman.
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  • Role Reprise: Hikaru Midorikawa reprises his role as the titular character from the original Denkou Choujin Gridman.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: The "SSSS" doesn't seem to have a meaning now— the full name it was supposed to reference apparently has been permanently initialed thanks to the fact that Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad is owned by DHX Media (successor to DiC Entertainment, the original producers).
    • It got its meaning in "Special Signature to Save a Soul".
  • Sleeper Hit: In Japan, while reaction from the original series' fans were positive, nobody expected this to be a hit, especially since the original series is usually remembered only by Tokusatsu fans. But as soon as it aired, it quickly gained popularity and its DVD/BD pre-order ranking are easily one of the highest of the Fall Anime season, outranking even anime based on more popular properties and established franchise. The first week of Blu Ray sales put it second only to another Sleeper Hit, Zombie Land Saga.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • When Akira Amemiya first approached Tsuburaya, he proposed to them to make an Ultraman anime, but Tsuburaya told him Ultraman characters are basically off-limits, while giving him a choice between Gridman or Andro Melos. Imagine if he had given the permission for an Ultraman anime or had chosen Andro Melos instead of Gridman, particularly when an adaptation of the Ultraman manga ran on Netflix in 2019.
    • Rikka was supposed to look much more like Akane, but with Rikka's color palette. The crew decided this made certain later revelations and implications too obvious from the start.
    • Tonkawa originally was supposed to be a bully and pick on Yuta before she died like in the actual series.
    • The series as a whole is an interpretation of what was supposed to be a sequel series to the original Gridman called Gridman F.

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