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Neon Genesis Junior High Students
NeonGenesisJuniorHigh
Members: Samurai・Calibur
Max
Borr
Vit
Affiliations: Gridman
Gridman Alliance
Designations: To protect the Earth from giant monsters.
First appearance: SSSS.GRIDMAN episode 1 "Awakening"
Latest appearance: TBA

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):

  • Powered Zenon: War God Combine (合体戦人 Gattai Senjin lit. Combined Warrior)

History

The "students" somehow got to know of Gridman before the series started.

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 and then transform into the Assist Weapon, Gridman Calibur, to slay Dévadadan.Restoration

When Anti appeared and defeated Gridman, the rest of the team went to meet up with Samurai・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.

Noticing that the enemy's activity was increasing, the four of them went to Tstsujidai high school too 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

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 slice objects, ranging from a glass ramune bottle to a falling steel beam.
  • 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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Gridman Calibur's default mode. When used by Full Powered Gridman, the Axe Blade (アックスブレード Akkusu Burēdo)[1] 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
  • 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.


GridmanCaliburAxeMode

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)[2] is wielded by Powered Zenon. The Axe Blade part opens up and is moved nearer to the tip of the blade.

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




Main article: Max (SSSS.GRIDMAN)

Max
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Powers and Weapons
  • Spiked Gauntlet: Max wields a spiked gauntlet to punch with.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Terrain Travel Mode (地上走行モード Chijō Sōkō Mōdo Unused)[3]: 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)[4]: 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
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Powers
  • 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 tract targets but 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 Gridman Calibur in Axe Mode (アックスモード Akkusu Mōdo).

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
  • 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)[2]: Powered Zenon wields the Gridman Calibur in its Axe Mode.
    • Powered Axe Jumbo Saber Slash (パワードアックスジャンボセイバースラッシュ Pawādo Akkusu Janbo Seibā Surasshu): Powered Zenon charges the Gridman Calibur (Axe Mode) 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 (アックスブレード Akkusu Burēdo)[1] 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: Through Battle Tracto Max, Full Powered Gridman can use Max Gridman's super strength.
  • Enhanced Durability: Through Buster Borr forming the chestplate, Full Powered Gridman is more protected from attacks.
  • Flight: Through Sky Vitter's boosters, Full Powered Gridman is capable of flight despite its massive size.
Arsenal
  • 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.
  • 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.



Standard Abilities

  • Selective Attention: Something about them blocks out attention from others, allowing them to move freely without the risk of looking suspicious. However, if they do something too drastic, people will notice.
  • Transformation: Each of them has an Access Code which allows them to transform into Assist Weapons to fight alongside Gridman.

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 name of their team is a (rather clear) reference to Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • 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 Tarsnformers' 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.
  • According to the voice drama episodes:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://www.megahobby.jp/blog/?p=1976
    電撃大斬剣グリッドマンキャリバーはアックスブレード部が分離、展開し胸部のプレートに変化。
  2. 2.0 2.1 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!
  3. https://www.megahobby.jp/blog/?p=2082
  4. https://www.megahobby.jp/blog/?p=1972
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