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The Neon Genesis Junior High Students (新世紀中学生 Shinseki Chūgakusei lit. New Century Middle School Students) is a team of four in SSSS.GRIDMAN. They have some connection to Gridman prior to the start of the series and are really his Assist Weapons in human form.

Subtitle(s):

  • Gridman Calibur: Electrifying Great Sword (電撃大斬剣 Dengeki Dai Zan Ken)
  • Max Gridman: Heracles Combine (剛力合体超人 Gōriki Gattai Chōjin lit. Herculean Strength Combined Superman)
  • Buster Gridman: Full Armor Combine (武装合体超人 Busō Gattai Chōjin lit. Armed Combined Superman)
  • Sky Gridman: Empyrean Combine (大空合体超人 Daikū Gattai Chōjin lit. Great Sky Combined Superman)
  • Full Powered Gridman: Hyperlink Combine (超合体超人 Chō Gattai Chōjin lit. Super Combined Superman)
  • Powered Zenon: War God Combine (合体戦人 Gattai Senjin lit. Combined Warrior)

History

Pre-SSSS.GRIDMAN

After Gridman lost to Alexis・Kerib prior to the series, his consciousness was split into five parts. Excluding one that possessed Gridman's chosen host Yuta Hibiki, those parts became self-aware and formed into their own entities who later known as the Neon Genesis Junior High Students, who made it their mission to help Gridman against the coming challenges. Even so, the group later revealed to still carry fragments of Gridman that spawned them inside their very being before eventually returned said fragments to Gridman so he can regain his true form.

SSSS.GRIDMAN

The first of the team to come in contact with the Gridman Alliance was Samurai・Calibur, who watched over Yuta, and then visited Gridman in the Junk Shop to give him an optimization upgrade. He then transforms into the Assist Weapon, Gridman Calibur, to help Gridman slay Dévadadan.Restoration

When Anti appeared and defeated Gridman, the rest of the team went to meet up with Calibur, who was previously defeated along with Gridman. When the battle was over, Gridman revealed their identities to Yuta and Sho.Defeat They continue to help Gridman and Yuta throughout the course of the series. They also watch over the Gridman Alliance when they are off duty.Contact

Noticing that the enemy's activity was increasing, the four of them went to Tstsujidai high school to keep a lookout, but they were chased out and reported. They later sortied together to form Full Powered Gridman to put an end to Mecha Ghoulghilas.Confrontation They later formed Powered Zenon, which made quick work of Bujack.Dream

After watching over Yuta, who was stabbed Akane and hospitalized, the Neon Genesis Junior High Students realize that they and Yuta were all parts of Gridman, and helped to restore Junk so that Yuta can wake up. Once Yuta awakens, they, along with Yuta who had been taken over by Gridman, merged into Full Powered Gridman just in time to aid Gridknight in defeating the many kaiju that Alexis resurrected.Decisive Battle In the final battle against Alexis, the Neon Genesis Junior High Students, along with Anti and Yuta, gained Acceptors which allowed them all to restore Gridman's true form and ultimately defeat Alexis, reducing him into a single fragment and was later sealed by Gridman. Once the battle ends, the fully restored Gridman, along with the Neon Genesis Junior High Students who now are completely separate entities to the Hyper Agent, say their final words to Rikka and Sho before departing back to the Hyper World, having completed their mission.Awakening (Finale)

Members

Main article: Samurai・Calibur

Samurai・Calibur
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Powers and Weapons
  • Swords: Calibur has four swords stored on his back. He can use these to slice objects, ranging from a glass ramune bottle to a falling steel beam. Initially, they are hiltless katanas but change into black, serrated blades upon unsheathing.
  • Transformation: By shouting the Access Code, Calibur can transform into Gridman Calibur to aid Gridman in battle.
  • Superhuman Ability: Samurai・Calibur can easily jump on top of buildings and travel by rooftop. He also possesses enhanced reflexes, able to slice a steel beam with short notice before it falls on the Gridman Alliance. He is also capable of jumping up several floors high while smashing through a window unharmed, picking up all of the Gridman Alliance at once while travelling a long distance and throwing the trio around with little to no effort.


Gridman Calibur

"Access Code: Gridman Calibur!"

―Calibur's transformation call.

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w/ Axe Blade


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w/out Axe Blade


Blade Mode (ブレードモード Burēdo Mōdo) is the Gridman Calibur's default mode. When used by Full Powered Gridman, the Axe Blade (アックスブレード Akkusu Burēdo) is detached and combines with Buster Borr to form a more developed chestplate.

Abilities
  • Flight: The Gridman Calibur is somehow capable of flight, for at least a short duration.
  • Beam Blocking: The Gridman Calibur is capable of, to some extent, blocking enemy attacks.
  • Shield: According to the Nendoroid toy, the Axe Blade, when detached, can be used as a shield. This is reminiscent of the Gridman Sword's separated weapons; Plasma Blade and Barrier Shield.
  • Grid Calibur End (グリッドキャリバーエンド Guriddo Kyaribā Endo): While using the Gridman Calibur, Gridman moves towards his enemy via the thrusters on his back, and slashes with his sword.
  • Full Power Charge (フルパワーチャージ Furu Pawā Chāji): Full Powered Gridman holds the Gridman Calibur upwards, charging energy as his armor becomes covered in a golden aura.
    • Grid Full Power Finish (グリッドフルパワーフィニッシュ Guriddo Furu Pawā Finisshu): Using the Full Power Charge, Full Powered Gridman covers the Gridman Calibur with a golden aura, which becomes a large beam fired at the enemy.


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Gridman Calibur Axe Mode (グリッドマンキャリバー・アックスモード Guriddoman Kyaribā Akkusu Mōdo)[1] is wielded by Powered Zenon. The Axe Blade part opens up and is moved nearer to the tip of the blade.

Abilities
  • Powered Axe (パワードアックス Pawādo Akkusu): Powered Zenon charges the Gridman Calibur with blue energy, increasing its power.
    • Jumbo Saber Slash (ジャンボセイバースラッシュ Janbo Seibā Surasshu): Powered Zenon strikes the opponent with enough energy to cleave them in half.



Gridknight Calibur
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Gridman Calibur can alter its color to be utilized by Gridknight, who wields it in reverse-sword grip.

Abilities
  • Knight Calibur End (ナイトキャリバーエンド Naito Kyaribā Endo): Gridknight moves towards his enemy via the thrusters on his back, and slashes with his sword in a reverse grip.



Main article: Max (SSSS.GRIDMAN)

Max
GridmanMax
Powers and Weapons
  • Dragon Tooth Spike (ドラゴントゥーススパイク Doragon Tūsu Supaiku)
  • Transformation: By shouting the Access Code, Max can transform into Battle Tracto Max to aid Gridman in battle.
  • Strength: Max has great strength, being able to send Anti's human form flying with a single punch.


Battle Tracto Max

"Access Code: Battle Tracto Max!"

―Max's transformation call.
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Arsenal
  • Tanker Cannon (タンカーキャノン Tankā Kyanon): The Battle Tracto Max can shoot explosive shells out of the twin barrels on its back.


Max Gridman

"Heracles Combine! Max Gridman!"

―Combination announcement
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Max Gridman (マックスグリッドマン Makkusu Guriddoman) is Gridman's form when he combines with Battle Tracto Max. While wearing this Assist Weapon, Gridman gains additional arm strength. Despite the added weight to his upper body, Gridman is still capable of performing acrobatic maneuvers.

Abilities
  • Rocket Thrusters: The wheels of Battle Tracto Max recede to reveal rocket thrusters.
Arsenal
  • Tanker Cannon (タンカーキャノン Tankā Kyanon): Just like the Assist Weapon he combines with, Gridman can shoot explosive shells out of the twin barrels on his shoulders.
Techniques
  • Max Grid Beam (マックスグリッドビーム Makkusu Guriddo Bīmu): An enhanced form of his Grid Beam, it is a beam with a diameter similar to or bigger than Gridman's height, fired from the Battle Tracto Max's clasped hands and shoulder cannons.
  • Super Lightning Kick (超電撃キック Chō Dengeki Kikku): Gridman delivers a powerful finisher kick while being boosted by Battle Tracto Max's rocket thrusters.



Main article: Borr

Borr
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Powers and Weapons
  • Knife: Borr has a combat knife.
  • Transformation: By shouting the Access Code, Borr can transform into Buster Borr to aid Gridman in battle.


Buster Borr

"Access Code: Buster Borr!"

―Borr's transformation call.
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Arsenal
  • Twin Drills (ツインドリル Tsuin Doriru): Buster Borr's twin drills. They can be used to drill into and out of the ground.
  • Missiles: Borr is able to launch missiles with different effects.
    • Forest Extinguisher Missile (フォレスター消火弾 Foresutā Shōka-dan lit. Forrester Fire Extinguishing Missile): These missiles explode into a burst of water to douse fires.
    • Sydney Super Adhesive Missile (シドニー凝固弾頭弾 Shidonī Gyōko Dantō-dan lit. Sydney Coagulative Warhead Bullet): Missiles which explode into a pink goop, upon impact, acting as glue to keep the enemy locked in place.


Buster Gridman

"Full Armor Combine! Buster Gridman!"

―Combination announcement
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Buster Gridman (バスターグリッドマン Basutā Guriddoman) is Gridman's form when he combines with Buster Borr. While wearing this Assist Weapon, Gridman gains additional firepower and enhanced durability.

Abilities
  • Drill Attack Mode (ドリルアタックモード Doriru Atakku Mōdo)/Terrain Travel Mode (地上走行モード Chijō Sōkō Mōdo Unused)[2]: Although never used in the series proper, appearing only in the opening, Gridman can use Buster Borr's wheels to gain additional speed on land.
Arsenal
  • Guns: Gridman can use the wheels of Buster Borr to launch rapid-fire bullets, similar to a Gatling gun.
  • Forest Extinguisher Missile (フォレスター消火弾 Foresutā Shōka-dan lit. Forrester Fire Extinguishing Missile): One of Buster Borr's abilities, Gridman can use these to put out fires over a wide area.
  • Buster Grid Missile (バスターグリッドミサイル Basutā Guriddo Misairu): Conventional missiles fired from Buster Borr's treads.
  • Twin Drills (ツインドリル Tsuin Doriru)[3]: The drills of Buster Borr, their default mode is the Driller Mode (ドリラーモード Dorirā Mōdo), and can open up to reveal plasma cannons in Buster Mode (バスターモード Basutā Mōdo).
    • Twin Buster Grid Beam (ツインバスターグリッドビーム Tsuin Basutā Guriddo Bīmu): Buster Gridman's enhanced Grid Beam, fired from the Twin Drills in Buster Mode.



Main article: Vit

Vit
GridmanVitt
Powers and Weapons
  • Spear Gauntlet: Vit owns a two-pronged spear gauntlet. It is never used throughout the series and only appears in the opening.
  • Transformation: By shouting the Access Code, Vit can transform into Sky Vitter to aid Gridman in battle.


Sky Vitter

"Access Code: Sky Vitter!"

―Vit's transformation call.
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Arsenal
  • Guns: Being a fighter plane, Sky Vitter has guns to shoot with.
  • Laser Circus Amp (アンプレーザーサーカス Anpu Rēzā Sākasu lit. Amp Laser Circus): Sky Vitter unleashes a barrage of homing energy bullets.


Sky Gridman

"Empyrean Combine! Sky Gridman!"

―Combination announcement
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Sky Gridman (スカイグリッドマン Sukai Guriddoman) is Gridman's form when he combines with Sky Vitter. While wearing this Assist Weapon, Gridman gains an increase in flight speed and aerial combat proficiency.

Abilities
  • Flight: This combination provides Gridman with rocket propelled high speed flight.
  • Reaction Time: Through his helmet's visor, Gridman can better track and thus anticipate the movements of high speed objects.
Arsenal
  • Visor: Sky Gridman's visor not only allows him to track targets; its HUD can zoom in, allowing Gridman to see things in greater detail.
  • Beam Cannon: After locking on to an enemy using the visor HUD, Sky Gridman can fire energy beams from both guns on the back thrusters.
  • Lucky Smoke Screen (ラッキースモークスクリーン Rakkī Sumōku Sukurīn): Smoke bombs fired from the back of the legs, to evade opponents or temporarily blind them.
Techniques
  • Grid Beam (グリッドビーム Guriddo Bīmu): Though he never actually uses it, Gridman is still capable of firing his normal Grid Beam.



When all the Neon Genesis Junior High Students transform and gather, they can combine into more powerful forms.

Powered Zenon

"War God Combine! Powered Zenon!"

―Combination announcement
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Powered Zenon (パワードゼノン Pawādo Zenon) is the combined form form of the Assist Weapons without utilizing Gridman. In this combination, Buster Borr forms the head and main body, Sky Vitter forms the arms, Battle Tracto Max forms the legs, and wields the Powered Axe (パワードアックス Pawādo Akkusu).

Abilities
  • Super Strength: Powered Zenon possesses enough strength to send an opponent flying with one strike.
  • Enhanced Durability: Powered Zenon is capable of taking attacks without residual aftereffects.
Weapon
  • Powered Axe (パワードアックス Pawādo Akkusu)/Gridman Calibur Axe Mode (グリッドマンキャリバー・アックスモード Guriddoman Kyaribā Akkusu Mōdo): Powered Zenon wields the Gridman Calibur in its Axe Mode.
    • Jumbo Saber Slash (ジャンボセイバースラッシュ Janbo Seibā Surasshu): Powered Zenon charges the Powered Axe with blue lightning before striking an opponent with enough energy to cleave them in half.
Techniques
  • Powered Breaker (パワードブレーカ Pawādo Burēka): Powered Zenon delivers an uppercut to send the opponent flying high in the air.


Full Powered Gridman

"Hyperlink Combine! Full Powered Gridman!"

―Combination announcement
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Full Powered Gridman (フルパワーグリッドマン Furu Pawā Guriddoman lit. Full Power Gridman) is Gridman's greatest combined form. Buster Borr forms the main body, Sky Vitter forms the legs and Battle Tracto Max forms the arms while he wields the Gridman Calibur, with the Axe Blade jettisoned, joining Buster Borr as a chestplate, essentially making it a combination of all his other combined forms. However, due to the strain on Junk, Gridman and the Assist Weapons manifest at a fraction of their normal size though when combined, this form stands at a height comparable to Gridman's normal stature.

Abilities
  • Super Strength: Full Powered Gridman can exert Max Gridman's super strength through his arms.
  • Enhanced Durability: Full Powered Gridman is more protected from attacks.
  • Flight: Full Powered Gridman is capable of flight despite its massive size, assisted by Sky Vitter's parts.
Arsenal
  • Twin Drills (ツインドリル Tsuin Doriru): Full Powered Gridman can make use of Buster Borr's Twin Drills.
    • Twin Drill Break (ツインドリルブレイク Tsuin Doriru Bureiku): Gridman fires Buster Borr's Twin Drills as missiles. Despite how they are used, they return to Gridman's shoulders.
    • Twin Buster Grid Beam (ツインバスターグリッドビーム Tsuin Basutā Guriddo Bīmu): Twin Grid Beams fired from the Twin Drills.
  • Buster Grid Missile (バスターグリッドミサイル Basutā Guriddo Misairu): Gridman fires a barrage of missiles from Buster Borr's treads.
Techniques
  • Full Power Charge (フルパワーチャージ Furu Pawā Chāji): Full Powered Gridman holds the Gridman Calibur upwards, charging energy as his armor becomes covered in a golden aura.
    • Grid Full Power Finish (グリッドフルパワーフィニッシュ Guriddo Furu Pawā Finisshu): Using the Full Power Charge, Full Powered Gridman covers the Gridman Calibur with a golden aura, which becomes a large beam fired at the enemy.
  • Breast Spark (ブレストスパーク Buresuto Supāku): Gridman fires a green electrical beam from the crystal on his chestplate.


This section is for combinations that are used only in supplementary media.

Sky Buster Gridman
SkyBusterGridman

Sky Buster Gridman (スカイバスターグリッドマン Sukai Basutā Guriddoman) is Gridman's form when he combines with Sky Vitter and Buster Borr, manifesting at 85% power compared to Full Powered Gridman's 50%. This form is used in SSSS.GRIDMAN NOVELIZATIONS Volume 1 ~Another God~.

Abilities
  • Flight: This combination provides Gridman with rocket propelled high speed flight.
  • Reaction Time: Through his helmet's visor, Gridman can better track and thus anticipate the movements of high speed objects.
Arsenal
  • Visor: Sky Gridman's visor not only allows him to track targets; its HUD can zoom in, allowing Gridman to see things in greater detail.
  • Lucky Smoke Screen (ラッキースモークスクリーン Rakkī Sumōku Sukurīn): Smoke bombs fired from the back of the legs, to evade opponents or temporarily blind them.
  • Laser Circus Amp (アンプレーザーサーカス Anpu Rēzā Sākasu lit. Amp Laser Circus): Sky Buster Gridman unleashes a barrage of homing energy bullets.
  • Sydney Super Adhesive Missile (シドニー凝固弾頭弾 Shidonī Gyōko Dantō-dan lit. Sydney Coagulative Warhead Bullet): Missiles which explode into a pink goop upon impact, acting as glue to keep the enemy locked in place.
  • Buster Grid Missile (バスターグリッドミサイル Basutā Guriddo Misairu): Conventional missiles fired from Buster Borr's treads.
  • Twin Drills (ツインドリル Tsuin Doriru): The drills of Buster Borr. They can be removed and used as tonfa weapons for melee combat.
Techniques
  • Sky Grid Beam (スカイグリッドビーム Sukai Guriddo Bīmu): Gridman flies at high speed and fires his Grid Beam, which is released in a diffused fan-shape.


Full Powered Gridman Initial Fighter
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Full Powered Gridman Initial Fighter (フルパワーグリッドマン Initial Fighterイニシャルファイター Furu Pawā Guriddoman Inisharu Faitā) is a form that Gridman takes in SSSS.GRIDMAN NOVELIZATIONS Volume 2. It presumably has all the same powers as the normal Full Powered Gridman, but weakened.

Its design is based on a limited-edition toy produced by Good Smile Company.[4]




Standard Abilities

  • Transformation: Being originated from fragments of Gridman, each members has an Access Code which allows them to transform into Assist Weapons to fight alongside Gridman.
  • Selective Attention: A passive ability to block out attention from others as long as they avoid doing something too drastic, allowing them to move freely without the risk of looking suspicious.
  • Intelligence: Neon Genesis Junior High Students are shown to possess a surprisingly keen intellect.
    • Technological Acuity: They also shown to be skilled in the use of technology, as demonstrated through how they restore and even improved Junk after Akane broke it.

Trivia

  • Assist Weapon Designer: Takeshi Nonaka
  • All their names are based off of the English names of the Assist Weapons in Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad.
  • The English name of their team is potentially a reference to Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shinseiki Evangelion). While the Funimation Sub/Dub made such the official translation, a proper translation of the term "Shinseki" more directly means "New Century", "New Era", "New Generation", or "Next Generation", all which bear a far clearer intended meaning with regards to the group being the next generation of support programs allied with Gridman, whereas "Neon Genesis" is a Greek phrase meaning "new origin", which was originally chosen as a localized name to release Evangelion under due to it "sounding cooler". Whether this was an intentional nod by Studio Trigger's staff passed on to Funimation or the result of a mistranslation on Funimation's behalf however is unknown.
  • The brooches on their vests are references to patterns on the Dinobots from Transformers Age of Extinction, mainly patterns that appear on their toys. Their weapons are also styled similar to the aforementioned Transformers' weapons.
  • Unlike the original Assist Weapons, each of them is capable of combining with Gridman individually, with the exception of the Gridman Sword/Gridman Calibur due to their nature as hand-wielded weapons.
  • The tunnel of light that they travel through to get to Gridman is reminiscent of the same path that the original Gridman and Assist Weapons use to enter combat.
  • Powered Zenon takes elements from various mecha:
    • It is God Zenon's counterpart, with the components arranged in a different order.
    • The faceplate resembles Goldymarg's from GaoGaiGar.
    • The Jumbo Saber Slash's name is a reference to Jumbo Saber from The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn. It should be noted that a repainted Jumbo Saber figure served as Ippei Baba's inspiration for God Zenon's design.
    • The word 'Powered' in its name may have come from Powered Convoy, the original name for the toy that would become Ultra Magnus from the Transformers franchise.
      • The real life inspiration for God Zenon's design was Optimus Prime, who was known in Japan as Battle Convoy, or just Convoy. Additionally, Max's voice actor had once voiced an incarnation of Optimus Prime (called Grand Convoy in Japanese) in Transformers Energon (ja: Superlink).
  • According to the voice drama episodes:

References

  1. https://www.megahobby.jp/blog/?p=1978
    アックスブレードが分離、展開し「グリッドマンキャリバー・アックスモード」に変化!
  2. https://www.megahobby.jp/blog/?p=2082
  3. https://www.megahobby.jp/blog/?p=1972
  4. https://twitter.com/gagaga_bunko/status/1224316631708356608?s=20
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