Kamen Rider Kiva (character)
Kamen Rider Kiva (仮面ライダーキバ Kamen Raidā Kiba?) is the primary protagonist and eponymous character of the 2008 Kamen Rider Series, Kamen Rider Kiva. "Kiva" is an abbreviation for "KING OF VAMPIRE", which plays in Kiva's connections to the Fangire King. The Japanese name also comes from a reading for the word "fang" (牙 kiba?).
- 1 Wataru Kurenai
- 2 Kamen Rider Kiva
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Castle Doran
- 5 References
Wataru Kurenai (紅 渡 Kurenai Wataru?, portrayed by Koji Seto) is a shy young man who never lies, keeping to himself due to his hygiene obsession. He works at an atelier to continue his father's legacy of violin making with a dream to create the ultimate violin, using strange methods to accomplish it. But, Wataru is destined from birth to become the current Kamen Rider Kiva as his mother is Maya of the Checkmate Four, receiving a button with a diamond encrusted crown on it from her as a baby. He is in fact the younger half-brother of Taiga Nobori. As a boy, Maya left him in the European-style manor that his father lived in to protect him from retribution from their enemies. However, as the building has since said to be haunted, Wataru was referred to by his neighbors as "Obaketaro" (お化け太郎 Obaketarō?, literally "Ghost Boy"). He teams up with Kivat to fight the Fangire race and protect humanity from them, only because the Bloody Rose orders him to "fight". But in time, Wataru learns of his family legacy and nature as a Fangire, as well as desiring to change into someone just like his father. Evidently, Wataru is the one who inherited the mantle of Kiva from his mother, as his full-blooded predecessor was the previous King of the Checkmate Four who attempted to destroy humanity in 1986 with Otoya taking his power and using it to take him down at the cost of his life.
Wataru has possessed a unique violin called the Bloody Rose (ブラッディ・ローズ Buraddi Rōzu?), it was created by Otoya and Maya as the "ultimate violin", later rumored to be a product of Otoya selling his soul to the devil himself, which is not entirely false, in a sense. The Bloody Rose only sounds whenever a Fangire is detected in the area, its music only heard by Kivat and Wataru, who hears it as a voice commanding him to "Fight", as it pinpoints the exact location the Fangire could be found. When played, the Bloody Rose can also disrupt a Fangire's activity. However, the Bloody Rose is sympathic to Wataru's mentality as it cracked when he fell into a deep depression. However, after repairing it, Wataru learns the Bloody Rose holds the desires of his father, placing in it his own desire to assume Flight-Style.
Over the series, Wataru starts to overcome his fear of the outside world, meeting Mio and falling in love with her while reunited with his childhood friend Taiga. But after gaining the Zanvat Sword, Wataru learns Mio and Taiga are Fangires while they learn his identity as Kiva. Soon after, Wataru learns that he is Taiga's younger half-brother. Wataru slowly accepts this with intentions of building a world where both Fangires and humans can coexist peacefully. Though hardships from being used by Taiga to attack his friends to Mio's death, Wataru's trip back in time to meet his father opens his eyes. With a stronger resolve, Wataru defeats Taiga to become the new Fangire King as his way of protecting him. After the two finally put their differences aside and defeat the revived Bat Fangire, Wataru and Taiga go into a friendly fight to see who becomes the new King. Days later, just as he is about to play the violin at Nago and Megumi's wedding, a young man wearing a Kivat Belt named Masao Kurenai bursts into the reception claiming to be Wataru's son from 22 years in the future. He warns his father of a new threat to humanity and shows him, Taiga, Nago, the Arms Monsters, and the rest of the reception a portal in the sky. In the end, Wataru, with Masao as Kiva, Rising Ixa, Dark Kiva, and the Arms Monsters at his side, transforms into Emperor Form and confronts this new evil.
Kamen Rider Decade
The character of Wataru Kurenai later appears in Kamen Rider Decade, appearing before Tsukasa Kadoya as a representative of the Kamen Riders, explaining to him that something is forcibly merging the parallel worlds of the Kamen Riders and causing their destruction. The Riders give Tsukasa the task of traveling the worlds and saving them as Kamen Rider Decade, while they prevent the destruction of Natsumi Hikari's world by freezing it in time. At the end of Decade's journey, however, Wataru reappears and tells Tsukasa that his mission was to destroy the alternate Heisei Kamen Riders, rather than befriending them as he did, and his actions hastened the catastrophe rather than preventing it. Wataru transforms into Kiva once more in order to fight Decade and force him into the right direction to end the chaos. In Movie War 2010, following Tsukasa's destruction, Wataru explains to Natsumi and Daiki Kaito that Decade had no story of his own, instead fulfilling whatever role the Riders' worlds needed him to be, and that his death has undone the destruction of the multiverse.
Kamen Rider Kiva
Similar to several Kamen Riders before him, Kiva has multiple forms that provide him with different weapons and abilities. Kiva's characteristics was a vampire and his motif is that of a bat along with his visors were inspired by a Jack o' lantern, with his final attacks inherited from Maya. However, unlike his predecessor, Wataru's nature as a human-fangire hybrid leaves him unable to fully utilize Kiva's full power with the Catena (カテナ Katena?) Chains. Additionally, Tatsulot and Zanvat serve as restraints to keep the power of Kiva from taking complete control of Wataru.
Kiva Form (キバフォーム Kiba Fōmu?) is Kiva's ruby red default form, accessed through a bite from Kivat, whose status determines Kiva's ability in a battle. He is able to see in the dark with his visor called the Omnilens (オムニレンズ Omunirenzu?). In this form, Kiva can use any of the Fuestles, with the Wake Up Fuestle to open up the Catena Chains on his right leg known as the Hell's Gate (ヘルズゲート Heruzu Gēto?) made of Lucifer Metal (ルシファーメタル Rushifā Metaru?) so Kiva can use his Rider Kick the Darkness Moon Break (ダークネスムーンブレイク Dākunesu Mūn Bureiku?). The kick has an impact of 30,000 kg, enough to leave a crater in the shape of a bat's wings (Kiva's insignia) on any surface upon contact; the glass body of a Fangire shatters instantly. Kiva can also perform a stronger variation of the Darkness Moon Break when engulfed in Castle Doran's fire. When the Darkness Moon Break is performed, day turns into night and a crescent moon appears in the sky. Its motif is that of a Vampire bat.
Garulu Form (ガルルフォーム Garuru Fōmu?) is Kiva's blue form accessed from the Garulu Fuestle and being energized by the Garulu Saber. In this form, the Omnilens and Kiva's chest/left arm armor turn a shade of blue called Garulu Cobalt (ガルルコバルト Garuru Kobaruto?) which places Kiva under the influence of Garulu. This form's power is linked to the phases of the moon, and is at its peak when the moon is full. The Garulu Form is capable of manipulating sound, has increased speed and cunning due to the form's animalistic ferocity and is able to perform the Garulu Howling Slash. When it is performed, day turns to night and a full moon appears in the sky, as it references a human's transformation into a werewolf. Its motif is that of a werewolf (狼男 ōkami-otoko?).
Basshaa Form (バッシャーフォーム Basshā Fōmu?) is Kiva's green form accessed from the Basshaa Fuestle and granting him access to the Basshaa Magnum. In this form, the Omnilens and Kiva's chest/right arm armor turn a shade of green called Basshaa Emerald (バッシャーエメラルド Basshā Emerarudo?) which places Kiva under the influence of Basshaa. While in this state, Kiva loses most of his strength and ability, but gains a mastery of long range combat and is able to analyze an opponent's weak point to target with accurate marksmanship. Basshaa Form can also manipulate water, able to create rain as well as a pool of water necessary to perform the Basshaa Aqua Tornado. When it is performed, day turns to night and a half moon forms in the sky, as it references the change ebb and flow of the tides during its phase. Its motif is that of the Gill-man (半魚人 Hangyojin?).
Dogga Form (ドッガフォーム Dogga Fōmu?) is Kiva's purple form accessed from the Dogga Fuestle and granting him access to the massive Dogga Hammer. In this form, Kiva's entire upper body gains bulky armor and the Omnilens turn a shade of violet called Dogga Purple (ドッガパープル Dogga Pāpuru?), under Dogga's influence. In this form, Kiva loses most of his speed but gains unbelievable strength, able to overpower a Fangire easily. Dogga Form is able to manipulate electricity, using it as part of his finisher, the Dogga Thunder Slap. The Dogga Hammer can see through the invisibility of Fangires. When it is performed, day turns to night while a hazy moon and thunderbolt form in the sky, the latter referencing its motif of Frankenstein's monster (フランケンシュタインの人造人間 Furankenshutain no jinzō ningen?) and how it was brought to life.
DoGaBaKi Form (ドガバキフォーム Dogabaki Fōmu?), shortened from "Dogga/Garulu/Basshaa/Kiva Form" (ドッガ・ガルル・バッシャー・キバフォーム Dogga Garuru Basshā Kiba Fōmu?), is Kiva's rarely seen form accessed by the summoning of all three Arms Monsters. In this form, Kiva's left arm turns into the Garulu Arm (ガルルアーム Garuru Āmu?), his right arm turns into the Basshaa Arm (バッシャーアーム Basshā Āmu?), and his upper body turns into the Dogga Breast (ドッガブレスト Dogga Buresuto?). In this form, Kiva can use all three Arms Monster weapons at once and execute the Darkness Moon Break finisher. However, due to the danger it presents to Kiva and the Arms Monsters, Kiva can only assume this form for five minutes before its power becomes lethal.
Emperor Form (エンペラーフォーム Enperā Fōmu?) is the true form of Kiva referred to as the Golden Kiva (黄金のキバ Ōgon no Kiba?) and the most powerful form at Wataru's disposal. The fifth form accessed, the first emergence of Emperor Form comes from the reaction to Wataru's rage from the harm coming to Mio, his girlfriend, which summons Tatsulot to awaken the form. By pulling the switch on Tatsulot, Wataru can activate Tatsulot's Imperial Slot (インペリアルスロット Inperiaru Surotto?) and activate one of several "Fever" finishing attacks through a roulette system. With this form, Kiva can destroy both the body and the soul of a Fangire. Soon after gaining this form, Wataru gradually abandoned the use of his other forms. It was revealed in episode 43 that the Fangire Form of Wataru is the Kiva Emperor Form. Emperor Form initially appeared in promotions for Kamen Rider Kiva: King of the Castle in the Demon World at the Tokyo Toy Show 2008. On the album SUPERNOVA by TETRA-FANG, Emperor Form is referred to as "Empire form."
Resulting from infusing his own desire into the Bloody Rose, Wataru's Fangire nature is triggered as Kiva transforms from Emperor Form into Flight Style (飛翔態 Hishōtai?), a dragon-like form called the Emperor Bat (エンペラーバット Enperā Batto?) which is similar to the Fangires' ability to become Sabbats. In Kamen Rider Kiva: King of the Castle in the Demon World, Arc forces Wataru to assume the form in an attempt to kill his father, Otoya Kurenai, only for Wataru to access Flight Style later to defeat him. Flight Style uses the blades on its wings called the Sonic Claws (ソニッククロー Sonikku Kurō?) to perform the Demon Pliers (デモンプライヤー Demon Puraiyā?) attack and breathes the Hell's Flame (ヘルズフレイム Heruzu Fureimu?) from its Big Jaw (ビッグジョー Biggu Jō?). These abilities come into play for its finishing attack, the Bloody Strike (ブラッディストライク Buraddi Sutoraiku?).
DoGaBaKi Emperor Form
DoGaBaKi Emperor Form (ドガバキエンペラーフォーム Dogabaki Enperā Fōmu?) is an actual true form of Kiva Emperor Form seen only in the Adventure Battle DVD, when Kiva accesses Emperor Form while in DoGaBaKi Form. In this form, Kiva can use all three Arms Monster weapons and execute an attack called the DoGaBaKi Emperor Break.
The Kivat Belt (キバットベルト Kibatto Beruto?) is Wataru's means of transforming into Kiva. To summon and use the belt, Kivat-bat the 3rd says "Let's go Kiva!" (キバっていくぜ！ Kiba tte ikuze!?) as Wataru catches him in his right hand and then Kivat bites Wataru's free hand, causing his Fangire nature to surface as the belt materializes out of several ghostly chains. Wataru then perches Kivat upside down on the Power Roost (パワールースト Pawā Rūsuto?) of the belt's Kibuckle (キバックル Kibakkuru?) to complete the transformation, separating from the belt when certain conditions demand for it like Fuestle-blowing or attacking the Fangire on his own. The Kivat Belt also has six Fueslots (フエッスロット Fuessurotto?) to hold the six Fuestles.
Kiva accesses his arsenal through whistles on his belt called Fuestles (フエッスル Fuessuru?), which he gives to Kivat to blow into to evoke a power-up. Their name is likely a portmanteau of fue (笛?, "flute") and "Whistle". Three of the Fuestles serve to summon an allied Arms Monster from Castle Doran, who allows for Kiva to Form Change and turns into a weapon. These three Fuestles' powers can be evoked immediately before Wataru transforms, enabling him to transform to the respective form directly without going through Kiva Form.
- Wake Up (ウエイクアップ Ueiku Appu?): This Fuestle allow Kiva to perform his Darkness Moon Break attack.
- A different Wake Up Fuestle for the Zanvat Sword is attached to the hilt like a mask and is used to initiate its Final Zanvat Slash attack.
- Garulu (ガルル Garuru?): This Fuestle summons Garulu from Castle Doran.
- Basshaa (バッシャー Basshā?): This Fuestle summons Basshaa from Castle Doran.
- Dogga (ドッガ?): This Fuestle summons Dogga from Castle Doran.
- Doran (ドラン?): This Fuestle summons Castle Doran.
- Buroon (ブロン Buron?): This Fuestle summons Buroon from Castle Doran and turns the Machine Kivaa into the Buroon Booster.
- Tatsulot (タツロット Tatsurotto?): This Fuestle summons Tatsulot from Castle Doran. It is different from Kiva's other fuestles in that it is red instead of transparent and does not appear to be stored on Kiva's belt.
The Garulu Saber (ガルルセイバー Garuru Seibā?) is a weapon that Garulu assumes for Kiva to change into Garulu Form. Though in a statuette form when summoned, the Garulu Saber assumes a Kris form once in Kiva's hand. One of its abilities is to fire a shock wave attack called the Howling Shock (ハウリングショック Hauringu Shokku?) from the hilt. The Garulu Saber can be use for the finishing attack Garulu Howling Slash (ガルル・ハウリングスラッシュ Garuru Hauringu Surasshu?). This is done by first having Kivat perform a Garulu Bite (ガルルバイト Garuru Baito?) on the blade of the Garulu Saber after which Kiva holsters, by way of "biting", the weapon in his mouth as he charges at the Fangire, jumping in the air to slash the Fangire into two as he lands in front of it.
The Basshaa Magnum (バッシャーマグナム Basshā Magunamu?) is a gun-like weapon that Basshaa assumes for Kiva to change into Basshaa Form. The Basshaa Magnum's turbine spins to generate bullets made of high pressure water. The finishing attack is Basshaa Aqua Tornado (バッシャー・アクアトルネード Basshā Akua Torunēdo?). This is done by first having Kivat perform a Basshaa Bite (バッシャーバイト Basshā Baito?) on the hammer of the Basshaa Magnum. From there, the gun's turbines spin, surrounding Kiva with water as the weapon creates a pressurized ball of water that can home on to enemies upon firing, leaving Fangire in an extremely fragile state where even the slightest touch can shatter them.
The Dogga Hammer (ドッガハンマー Dogga Hanmā?) is a fist-like war hammer that Dogga assumes for Kiva to change into Dogga Form. The finishing attack is Dogga Thunder Slap (ドッガ・サンダースラップ Dogga Sandā Surappu?), before which Kivat must perform a Dogga Bite (ドッガバイト Dogga Baito?) on the shaft of the hammer. The ball of the hammer opens up like a hand to reveal the True Eye (トゥルーアイ Turū Ai?) in the palm, which can pinpoint a Fangire's exact location or release a shock wave that weakens the opponent Fangire's glass skin, rendering it immobile. Then the head of the hammer produces a giant energy duplicate of itself called the Phantom Hand (ファントムハンド Fantomu Hando?), which follows Kiva's swings and crushes the enemy with massive collateral damage.
The Buroon (ブロン Buron?) is a Golem (ゴーレム Gōremu?) made of Lucifer Gold (ルシファーゴールド Rushifā Gōrudo?) which is a tool made by the Fangire. It can merge with the Machine Kivaa and become the Buroon Booster.
Tatsulot (タツロット Tatsurotto?) unleashes Kiva's Final Wake Up (ファイナルウエイクアップ Fainaru Ueiku Appu?), evoking his transformation to Emperor Form. While Kiva is in Emperor Form, Tatsulot's Imperial Slot (インペリアルスロット Inperiaru Surotto?) utilizes a roulette system to use one of four Fever themed attacks, with Tatsulot able to attach to each of the Arms Monster weapons for more power.
- Wake Up Fever (ウエイクアップフィーバー Ueiku Appu Fībā?) activates Emperor Form's Rider Kick the Emperor Moon Break (エンペラームーンブレイク Enperā Mūn Bureiku?) or DoGaBaKi Emperor Form's DoGaBaKi Emperor Break (ドガバキエンペラーブレイク Dogabaki Enperā Bureiku?). Kiva's legs are surrounded by energy blades similar in shape to the "wings" of Kiva's insignia. With these blades, Kiva can hit a variety of kicks, including a bicycle kick with the blades stabbing through the target, an attack sometimes preceded by a front dropkick, or a jumping spinning heel kick. As DoGaBaKi Emperor Form, Kiva can hit the Emperor Moon Break combined with fire, water and lightning.
- Garulu Fever (ガルルフィーバー Garuru Fībā?) summons the Garulu Saber as Tatsulot connects to the hilt, allowing Kiva to be shot into the air for the Emperor Howling Slash (エンペラーハウリングスラッシュ Enperā Hauringu Surasshu?) overhead slash attack. This attack can also allow both ends of the Garulu Saber to become fiery twin blade for an alternative finisher.
- Basshaa Fever (バッシャーフィーバー Basshā Fībā?) summons the Basshaa Magnum as it connects to Tatsulot, allowing Kiva to execute the Emperor Aqua Tornado (エンペラーアクアトルネード Enperā Akua Torunēdo?) attack. This attack was the only finisher not demonstrated throughout the course of the show.
- Dogga Fever (ドッガフィーバー Dogga Fībā?) summons the Dogga Hammer as it connects to Tatsulot, allowing Kiva to execute the Emperor Thunder Slap (エンペラーサンダースラップ Enperā Sandā Surappu?) attack, with Tatsulot creating an orb of electricity that Kiva bashes with the hammer to put a Fangire in its fragile state before executing a smashing deathblow.
The Zanvat Sword (ザンバットソード Zanbatto Sōdo?) was a sword of great power crafted and used by the previous King until he tossed the weapon into Castle Doran's wall. By 2008, after sensing the power of Wataru as he evokes Kiva's Flight Style, the sword forced itself out of Castle Doran's walls. The Zanvat Sword is soon after modified with a living hilt named Zanvat-bat (ザンバットバット Zanbattobatto?), called "Zanvat" for short, who was created from the Life Energies of the Arms Monsters to control the unstable powers of the blade from evoking Wataru's Fangire blood. Though Wataru is accepted as an ideal user, he has yet to fully master the Zanvat Sword's true power. When used by Kiva in Emperor form, its finishing attack is the Final Zanvat Slash (ファイナルザンバット斬 Fainaru Zanbatto Zan?) where Kiva's power is focused into the Imperial Blade (インペリアルブレード Inperiaru Burēdo?).  The attack is powerful enough to destroy giant monsters such as Sabbats and even a Mother Sagarc.
The Machine Kivaa (マシンキバー Mashin Kibā?) is Kiva's personal Honda Shadow 750 motorcycle given by Kivat and is said to have been made by Motobat the 16th (モトバット１６世 Motobatto Jūrokusei?), master craftsman of the Kivat Race. The Kivaa is a living motorcycle, possessing the brain of a horse monster in its upper cowl. When running at high speed, it generates the Shadow Veil (シャドーベール Shadō Bēru?) to hide itself from plain sight. The Kivaa can be powered up through the use of the Buroon Fuestle.
The Buroon Booster (ブロンブースター Buron Būsutā?) is what happens when Buroon envelopes the Kivaa, allowing it to perform wheelies and reach greater speeds. When running at high speed, it generates the Air Break Field (エアブレイクフィールド Ea Bureiku Fīrudo?) with the Shadow Veil and reduces air resistance to almost 0.
Castle Doran (キャッスルドラン Kyassuru Doran?) is Kiva's base of operations which is of the Wyvern-like Doran Race (ドラン族 Doran Zoku?). Though originally called the Great Wyvern (グレートワイバーン Gurēto Waibān?), the Fangires captured it and bonded it to the mold of a castle so it would serve as the base of the Checkmate Four. Wataru eventually became its master through Kivat from his mother Maya. While dormant, it assumes the form of a building to conceal itself in plain sight, invisible to ordinary people. When exposed to moonlight, or when Kiva performs his finishing move or uses the Doran Fuestle, Castle Doran awakens and assumes its true form. Due to its unique abilities of sealing defeated Fangires, Castle Doran is home to the Arm Monsters, who are in now servitude of Wataru while being maintained on the Life Energy of the sealed Fangires that Castle Doran devours. In battle, Castle Doran can use Magic Missiles (マジックミサイル Majikku Misairu?), firing the towers on its castle, and spit out Pod Shoots (ポッドシュート Poddo Shūto?) from its mouth. Castle Doran also possesses the power to transcend time and space, first showing the ability in Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka when aiding Kiva, Den-O and Zeronos in the battle against the Nega Den-Liner. Castle Doran can use this very same power in the form of the Time Door, which is rarely used as it would summon or send any person from or into any moment in the past, serving as a bridge between the two timelines of 1986 and 2008.
Shoodoran (シュードラン Shūdoran?) is a smaller dragon that is hidden in nature as a windmill until summoned by a distress roar of Castle Doran, since it is too young to hear the sound of a Fuestle. Although it was originally a child of the Great Wyvern, the Fangires captured it and bonded it to the mold of a windmill as a scout and bomber. When it comes to battle, Shoodoran perches atop Castle Doran, allowing it to fight at full power. Like Castle Doran, Shoodoran seals the souls of defeated Fangire Race members by eating their bodiless souls. Its attacks are Pod Batting (ポッドバッティング Poddo Battingu?), Doran Bomb Shoot (ドランボムシュート Doran Bomu Shūto?), and Doran Blow (ドランブロウ Doran Burō?).
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