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Kamen Rider Kuuga
Number 11
Number of episodes: 49
First episode: Revival
Last episode: Yusuke
Intro: Kamen Rider Kuuga!
Original airing: January 30, 2000-January 21, 2001
Producer: Toei Company
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For the series' main character, Kuuga, see Yusuke Godai.

Kamen Rider Kuuga (仮面ライダークウガ Kamen Raidā Kūga?, Masked Rider Kuuga) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. It is the tenth installment of the popular Kamen Rider Series of tokusatsu shows and the first of the series to air entirely in the Heisei period. It was a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei, and was shown on TV Asahi from January 30, 2000 to January 21, 2001. Kamen Rider Kuuga is the first Kamen Rider Series to be broadcast in widescreen format (albeit presented in a letterbox format). The catchphrase for the series is "A New Hero, A New Legend".

StoryEdit

Long ago, the Gurongi Tribe terrorized the Linto (リント Rinto?) until a warrior named Kuuga appeared and defeated the Gurongi, sealing their leader within a cave. In present day, a multi-talented man named Yusuke Godai finds himself linked to the mysterious stoned belt that was found within the excavated cave as the Gurongi are resurrected and resume their murderous game on the descendants of the Linto, humanity itself.

It is up to Yusuke, along with the assembled Science Police, to use the various powers of Kuuga in order to stop and defeat the Gurongi Tribesmen from their continuous killing and ensure the happiness of others. However, as the endgame draws near, Yusuke learns that there is a horrible revelation behind Kuuga and the Gurongis' leader.

Characters Edit

Kamen Rider Kuuga RikuYusuke Godai
  • Kaoru Ichijo (一条 薫 Ichijō Kaoru?): The police inspector who is leading operative of the Science Police force formed for fighting the Gurongi. Like his father, who died on his tenth birthday, Ichijo is a model policeman who firmly believes in doing the right thing. Though he is very strict with himself, he will do everything he can, even bend police rules, to help Yusuke fight the Gurongi. He was born in Nagoya City in Aichi Prefecture on April 18, 1974. After the Gurongi were defeated, Ichijo returns to Nagano.
  • Sakurako Sawatari (沢渡 桜子 Sawatari Sakurako?): A friend of Yusuke who translates the ancient "Lintonese" transcripts that tell of Kuuga and the Gurongi. At first she was against helping because she was worried about Yusuke, but now she believes in him fully and works hard to help Yusuke understand his powers by deciphering the writings. She was born in Gunma Prefecture on October 30, 1976.
  • Minori Godai (五代 みのり Godai Minori?): Yusuke's younger sister who works as a teacher at a local daycare. Yusuke will occasionally visit her there to entertain the kids. Like Sakurako, she was at first apprehensive about her brother transforming into Kuuga, but she believes in Yusuke and helps out however she can. She was born in Hokkaidō Prefecture on September 4, 1977.
  • Shuichi Tsubaki (椿 秀一 Tsubaki Shūichi?): A trusted friend of Ichijo, he is the doctor that looks after Yusuke and treats him when he becomes injured, while also researching the effects of Yusuke's fusion with the Arcle. Though he's a light-hearted person, he was very serious and worried when talking about Yusuke's future transformations because of the constant dangers that surrounded the Kuuga legend. He also performs the autopsies of the Gurongi victims in order to determine causes of death.
  • Hikari Enokida (榎田 ひかり Enokida Hikari?): Another old friend of Ichijo, she is in charge of the Science Division of the Police Department. She studies the biology of the Gurongi in order to develop effective weapons against them. She also assists in the study of Kuuga and the Gouram. Because of the massive amount of work required of her to fight the Gurongi, she was away from home quite often and her child felt alone and neglected.
  • Tamasaburo Kazari (飾 玉三郎 Kazari Tamasaburō?): He was friends with the father of Yusuke and Minori, who affectionately refer to him as Oyassan (おやっさん?) like everyone else. He owns and runs the Pore-Pore Tea Cafe. He is a goofy, light-hearted character that keeps a scrap book of all of Kuuga's exploits from the newspaper, though unaware of Yusuke being "Number 4" and thinks that the name "Kuuga" is some nonsensical word made up by Yusuke. After learning the truth, however, he dons the Kuuga mark on his apron in the series epilogue. He was born on June 9, 1955.
  • Nana Asahina (朝比奈 奈々 Asahina Nana?, 11-49): Tamasaburo's niece, who helps out at the Pore-Pore Tea while aspringing her dream to be an actress. However, since the death of her acting teacher at the hands of Gurongi, Nana has been troubled until Yusuke finally helps her overcome her sadness.
  • Jean Michel Sorrel (ジャン・ミッシェル・ソレル Jan Missheru Soreru?): A university student from America that shares the work office with Sakurako. He researched the broken fragments that later formed into Gouram. He has a crush on Enokida and hoped to help her reconnect with her child.
  • Sadao Matsukura (松倉 貞雄 Matsukura Sadao?): The head of the security department of the Metropolitan Police Department with the head of the unidentified life forms joint investigation headquarters.
  • Morimichi Sugita (杉田 守道 Sugita Morimichi?): A detective of the investigation dept 1 of the Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Tsuyoshi Sakurai (桜井 剛 Sakurai Tsuyoshi?): A detective of the investigation dept 1 of the Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Nozomi Sasayama (笹山 望見 Sasayama Nozomi?): A policewoman of the unidentified life forms joint investigation headquarters who sends communication from headquarters.
  • Mika Natsume (夏目 実加 Natsume Mika?, 2, 7-8, 13-14, 29, 42-43, 49): The daughter of Prof. Natsume, one of Daguva's victims, she was greatly depressed when her father's murder was being overlooked for the Gurongi attacks, taking the findings her father had at their house. But after Yusuke reasons with her, Mika decides to aid in the Gurongi matter as Jean's assistant. However, she is unable to follow and decides to take up playing the flute her father gave her. But while attending the 12th Arikawa Group Flute Competition, a hostage situation by a disgrunted government working trumatizes Mika as Yusuke tells her to not to run from her fear and continue. Three months later, Mika is attending a special college.
  • Shoji Kanzaki (神崎 昭二 Kanzaki Shōji?, 25-26, 47, 49): Yusuke's elementary school teacher, he served as an inspiration to Yusuke, and the two of them visit on certain occasions.
  • Junichi Chono (蝶野 潤一 Chōno Jun'ichi?, 13-14, 29-30): A young troubled man, he saw the Gurongi as a salvation until he was saved by Kuuga. He later researched trying to make a living until he was knocked out by Gamego while on his way to a job interview.

The GurongiEdit

Main article: Gurongi

The Gurongi Tribe (グロンギ族 Gurongi Zoku?) is a mysterious ancient civilization that can transform into monsters to kill people for their ruthless game, referred to in their language as the "Gegeru".

EpisodesEdit

Main article: Kamen Rider Kuuga Episodes

Kamen Rider Kuuga Episodes

S.I.C. Hero SagaEdit

Kuuga had two S.I.C. Hero Saga stories published in Monthly Hobby Japan magazine. The first titled Kamen Rider Kuuga: Odyssey (仮面ライダークウガ -オデッセイ- Kamen Raidā Kūga: Odessei?) written by series producer Shigenori Takatera expands upon the mythology of Kuuga featuring original characters Riku (リク?), the previous Kuuga chosen by the Linto, and the original N-Daguva-Zeba (Incomplete) (ン・ダグバ・ゼバ(不完全体) N Daguba Zeba (Fukanzentai)?). The second story Kamen Rider Kuuga: Dark Side (仮面ライダークウガ -DARK SIDE- Kamen Raidā Kūga: DARK SIDE?) continues the expansion of the series mythology. Odyssey ran from February to May 2002. Dark Side ran in a separate special issue titles Hobby Japan Mook S.I.C. Official Diorama Story S.I.C. Hero Saga vol.2.

Odyssey chapter titles
  1. Linto (リント Rinto?)
  2. Gurongi (グロンギ Gurongi?)
  3. Gouram (ゴウラム Gōramu?)
  4. Daguva (ダグバ Daguba?)

NovelEdit

Main article: Kamen Rider Kuuga (novel)

Kamen Rider Kuuga (仮面ライダークウガ Kamen Raidā Kūga?), written by Naruhisa Arakawa, is part of a series of spin-off novel adaptations of the Heisei Era Kamen Riders. The story takes place 12 years after the series, where Yusuke Godai defeated the Gurongi as Kamen Rider Kuuga. Ichijou is still trying to research the remains of the Gurongi Tribe until rumors of a mysterious "white warrior" (白い戦士 shiroi senshi?) surfaces the internet, which reminds Ichijou of Godai. The novel was originally planned to be released on November 30, 2012, however it was delayed.

CastEdit

Suit actorsEdit

Songs Edit

Opening theme
Ending theme

TriviaEdit

  • This is the last Rider Series to have only a Primary Rider.

External links Edit

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