Kamen Rider Kuuga

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Kamen Rider Kuuga
Kamen Rider Kuuga, Blu-ray BOX 1.jpg
Cover of the first Blu-ray Box.
GenreTokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Science fiction
Action
Drama
Horror
Created byShotaro Ishimori
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Narrated byFumihiko Tachiki
Opening theme"Kamen Rider Kuuga!" by Masayuki Tanaka
Ending theme"Aozora ni Naru" by Jin Hashimoto
Composer(s)Toshihiko Sahashi
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes49 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
  • Yūmi Shimizu (TV Asahi)
  • Takeyuki Suzuki (Toei)
  • Shigenori Takatera (Toei)
Running time23–25 minutes per episode
Production company(s)Toei Company
Release
Original networkTV Asahi
Original releaseJanuary 30, 2000 (2000-01-30) –
January 21, 2001 (2001-01-21)
Chronology
Preceded byKamen Rider J
Followed byKamen Rider Agito

Kamen Rider Kuuga (Japanese: 仮面ライダークウガ, Hepburn: Kamen Raidā Kūga, stylized in English as 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, replacing Moero!! Robocon in its timeslot. Kamen Rider Kuuga is the first Kamen Rider Series to be broadcast in widescreen presented in a letterbox format.

Synopsis[edit]

Long ago, the Gurongi Tribe terrorized the Linto (リント, Rinto) Tribe until a warrior acquired the power of Kuuga and defeated the Gurongi, sealing their leader within a cave. In the present day, Kuuga's mysterious stone belt is excavated, freeing the Gurongi as they resume their murderous game on the Linto Tribe's descendants: humanity itself. But a multi-talented man named Yusuke Godai finds himself drawn to the belt and becomes the new Kuuga he helps assembled Science Police fight the Gurongi to ensure the happiness and safety of others. But as the endgame draws near, Yusuke learns of a horrible revelation between Kuuga and the Gurongis' leader.

Characters[edit]

Main and supporting characters[edit]

  • Yusuke Godai (五代 雄介, Godai Yūsuke): A young, multi-talented man who dons the Arcle belt, which turns him into Kuuga. He is a happy-go-lucky and honest person that fights to "protect everyone's smiles". Yusuke works at the Pore-Pore Tea Cafe, and continuously attempts to master 2000 different skills and talents which he uses to help others. He and his sister, Minori, lost their mother while they were both young and their father when they were older. He was born in Hokkaidō Prefecture on March 18, 1975.
  • 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 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): Tamasaburo's niece, who helps out at the Pore-Pore Tea while aspiring 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 Investigation Department 1 of the Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Tsuyoshi Sakurai (桜井 剛, Sakurai Tsuyoshi): A detective of Investigation Department 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): 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 disgruntled government worker traumatizes Mika as Yusuke tells her to not to run from her fear and continue. Three months later, Mika is attending a special college.
  • Akiji Kanzaki (神崎 昭二, Kanzaki Akiji): 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): 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.

Gurongi Tribe[edit]

The Gurongi Tribe (グロンギ族, Gurongi Zoku) is a mysterious ancient civilization whose members can transform into monsters to kill people for their ruthless game, referred to in their language as the "Gegeru" (ゲゲル, Gegeru, Game). The two hundred members of the Gurongi made their rival civilization the Linto (リント, Rinto), humanity's ancestors were protected by the Lords, before they were defeated and sealed by the original Kuuga Riku. However, the seal was undone with 2000 with the Gurongi resuming their Gegeru on the human race that are the Linto's descendants to bring about the "Ultimate Darkness" (究極の闇, Kyūkyoku no Yami), when humanity will become as violent as the Gurongi.

The Gurongi are classified as Unidentified Life Forms (also known as "Unidentified Creatures") (未確認生命体, Mikakunin Seimeitai), with those that have human form are labeled "B" (B群, Bīgun). Each of the Gurongi possesses a stylized Gedoruudo (ゲドルード, Gedorūdo) with a Geburon (ゲブロン, Geburon) stone. The naming pattern of the Gurongi is "Group-Species-Creature type": the first part denoting their rank, the second part is the personal name, and third part indicates the type of animal they resemble. Only 25 out of the 200 Gurongi appeared in the course of the series.

In the series, the Gurongi speak in their own Native language (originally created by the producers as a cipher of Japanese language) which was left purposely unsubtitled during the original broadcast in order to prevent the audience from learning the series' mysteries and plot twists (as it was referred by them in the early episodes). The Zu Group are the first to play in the Gegeru, then the Me, and finally the Go in the Zagibasu Gegeru (ザギバスゲゲル, Zagibasu Gegeru, Final Game). The game is overseen by the two Ra Gurongi, and the winner of the Zagibasu Gegeru receives the right to challenge their leader, N-Daguva-Zeba, for leadership of the Gurongi.

N-Daguva-Zeba[edit]

N-Daguva-Zeba (ン・ダグバ・ゼバ, N Daguba Zeba) is the stag beetle-like lord of the Gurongi and primary antagonist of the series, called by his kin as the "One who brings the Ultimate Darkness" (究極の闇をもたらす者, Kyūkyoku no Yami o motarasu mono). Sealed away by the previous Kuuga Riku, Daguva was resurrected in modern times in his Imperfect Form (不完全体, Fukanzentai), labeled as "Unidentified Life Form #0" (未確認生命体第0号, Mikakunin Seimeitai Dai Zerogō) by the police, slaughtering Riku's sleeping body and the archaeologists who broke the seal. Spending most of the series killing 152 of his own kind he deemed unworthy to participate in the Gegeru, Daguva resurfaces in his fully restored Perfect Form (完全体, Kanzentai). By the time he resurfaces after killing Gooma, Daguva assumes the guise of a white-suited young man with an aura whom the police labeled as "Unidentified Life Form B13" (未確認生命体B群13号, Mikakunin Seimeitai Bīgun Jūsangō). After Gadoru's death, Daguva begins his endgame with an endless heavy rain and initiates a systematic genocide of all people in Japan. He is eventually killed by Yusuke after an epic fight that pulled the other to his limits, Daguva dying from his injuries while mocking Yusuke would become as violent as he is.

N-Daguva-Zeba is portrayed by Kenji Urai (浦井 健治, Urai Kenji), while his Imperfect Form in episode 1 is voiced by Takahiro Natsui (夏井 貴浩, Natsui Takahiro).

Ra Group[edit]

The Ra Group are the judges of the Gegeru and are Daguva's right hand men.

  • Ra-Baruba-De (ラ・バルバ・デ, Ra Baruba De): A Rose-based Gurongi who is only seen in her disguise as a rose-tattooed woman (バラのタトゥの女, Bara no Tatu no Onna) wearing the Gegeru Ring (ゲゲルリング, Gegeru Ringu), labeled "Unidentified Life Form B1" (未確認生命体B群1号, Mikakunin Seimeitai Bīgun Ichigō). She serves as the judge for both Zu and Me Group Gurongi, authorizing any member of the Gurongi to enter the Gegeru. Following her many encounters with Kaoru Ichijo, including one where he injured her, Baruda realizes the humans can no longer be underestimated. Once Daguva begins his rampage, she is encountered by Ichijo and hints that humans will soon become like the Gurongi before running off, with Ichijo being forced to shoot her with eight Nerve-Breaking Bullets. Her body falls into the sea and is never found. Ra-Baruba-De is portrayed by Mie Nanamori (七森 美江, Nanamori Mie).
  • Ra-Dorudo-Gu (ラ・ドルド・グ, Ra Dorudo Gu) a condor Gurongi armed with a pair of tonfa, assuming the form of a man in black with white robes on him while labeled "Unidentified Life Form #47" (未確認生命体第47号, Mikakunin Seimeitai Dai Yonjūnanagō) and "B9" (B群9号, Bīgun Kyūgō). He carries an abacus called the Bagundada (バグンダダ, Bagundada, Counter) which he uses to count the number of kills by the Go Group Gurongi until Ichijo destroyed it with a marking bullet. This forces the purposeless Dorudo to fight for his life against Gadoru as Ichijo arrives to the scene, Dorudo ending up being killed by the Sugita and Sakurai using the completed Nerve-Breaking Bullets. Ra-Dorudo-Gu is portrayed by Tenmei Basara (婆裟羅 天明, Basara Tenmei).

Nu-Zajio-Re[edit]

Nu-Zajio-Re (ヌ・ザジオ・レ, Kaijin Nu Zajio Re) is a salamander Gurongi who is labeled "Unidentified Life Form B14" (未確認生命体B群14号, Mikakunin Seimeitai Bīgun Jūyongō). He is the last of the Nu Group, Gurongi who craft the artifacts used by the other groups. Posing as middle aged man, Zajio manages to remain in hiding with his existence unknown to the police while creating the items used by the Gurongi. With Gooma's aid, Zajio obtains discarded pieces of Daguva's buckle and refines them to create a means for a Gurongi to have the same abilities as Daguva and Kuuga, so those in the game can defend themselves against Daguva. In the end, Zajio is eventually killed by Daguva just as he finished his final work. Like Baruba, Zajio's true form was never revealed.

Nu-Zaijo-Re is portrayed by Tadashi Takatsuki (高月 忠, Takatsuki Tadashi), initially portrayed by Ryohei Takaoka (高岡 良平, Takaoka Ryōhei) in episode 5.

Zu Group[edit]

The Zu Group contains lower tier Gurongi under Zu-Zain-Da, most of their kin slaughtered by Daguva as they failed to acquire the right to participate. Those who did qualify are brought into the game by writing their names on the portable Dodozo (ドドゾ, Dodozo, Board) black board and using the beads of their Guzepa (グゼパ, Guzepa) bracelets to mark the number of people they have killed.

  • Zu-Gooma-Gu (ズ・ゴオマ・グ, Zu Gōma Gu): A photophobic vampire bat Gurongi labeled Unidentified Life Form #3 (未確認生命体第3号 Mikakunin, Seimeitai Dai Sangō) and "B2" (B群2号, Bīgun Nigō), Gooma initially murdered a preacher named Father Jose and disguised himself to use a church as a base of operations before Ichijo uncovered the truth and the Grongi is ultimately forced to retreated. Folloing the Zu being removed from play, wearing a treachcoat and fedora to protect himself, Gooma becomes Baruba's underling. But Gooma retrieved discarded piece of Daguva's buckle and had it refine before using it evolve himself into his Strengthened Form (強化体, Kyōkatai) to have freedom of movement in daylight. But it also increased Gooma's bloodlust as he turns on Baruba and intended to kill Daguva to gain his power, driven off by Gadoru as he final stages of his evolution take effect. Fully evolved into his armored Ultimate Form (究極体, Kyūkyokutai), Gooma nearly kills Kuuga when Daguva finally arrives. Gooma runs off to fight Daguva, only to be slaughtered by him with his corpse used to develop of the Nerve-Breaking Bullets. Gooma's name in Japanese comes from the readings for "fiend" (強魔, Gōma). Zu-Gooma-Gu is portrayed by Mitsuru Fujio (藤王 みつる, Fujiō Mitsuru).
  • Zu-Gumun-Ba (ズ・グムン・バ, Zu Gumun Ba): A spider-like Gurongi labeled Unidentified Life Form #1 (未確認生命体1号, Mikakunin Seimeitai Ichigō), the first of the Gurongi that Yusuke battled as Kuuga in Growing Form. Surviving being being knocked out of a helicopter several feet in the air, Gumun helped Gooma to get revenge before being killed with Kuuga accesses Mighty Form. Zu-Gumun-Ba is voiced by Tetsuo Sakaguchi (坂口 哲夫, Sakaguchi Tetsuo) and Kōichi Sakaguchi (坂口 候一, Sakaguchi Kōichi) in Special Chapter.
  • Zu-Mebio-Da (ズ・メビオ・ダ, Zu Mebio Da): A leopard-like Gurongi labeled Unidentified Life Form #5 (未確認生命体第5号 Mikakunin Seimeitai Dai Gogō), able to run up to 270 km/h, she assumes the form of a woman dressed in black and is one of the first Gurongi that appeared in Tokyo. Mebio fought Kuuga and ended up losing her eye to gunshots by the police, later destroyed by Kuuga's Mighty Kick after recovering from her wound. Zu-Mebio-Da is portrayed by Chikako Shiratori (白鳥 智香子, Shiratori Chikako), while her monster form is voiced by Kumiko Saijo (西條 久美子, Saijō Kumiko).
  • Zu-Baduu-Ba (ズ・バヅー・バ, Zu Bazū Ba): An arrogant grasshopper-like Gurongi labeled Unidentified Life Form #6 (未確認生命体第6号, Mikakunin Seimeitai Dai Rokugō) and "B5" (B群5号 Bīgun Gogō), assuming the form of a young man with a scarf. His Gegeru involves him grabs unsuspecting people where the smoke from a factory doesn't point, leaping high enough so his victims can fall to their death. While Baduu overpowered Kuuga's Mighty Form with his jumping abilities, he is destroyed with Kuuga masters his Dragon Form's power. Zu-Baduu-Ba is portrayed by Nobuyuki Ogawa (小川 信行, Ogawa Nobuyuki).
  • Zu-Zain-Da (ズ・ザイン・ダ, Zu Zain Da): The rhinoceros-like leader of the Zu, labeled Unidentified Life Form #22 (未確認生命体第22号 Mikakunin Seimeitai Dai Nijūnigō) and "B3" (B群3号 Bīgun Sangō), assuming the form of a hulking strongman with a temper. Soon after his group are removed from the Gegeru in favor of the Me group, Zain starts acting on his own after the Gurongis' first lair was raided, attacking trucks and impaling drivers with his horn. He overpowered Kuuga in both human and Gurongi forms when Biran intervened as Zain stole his turn. While Zain resumes his attack on large motor vehicles, Yusuke manages to perfect his Mighty Kick to finally kill the Gurongi. Zu-Zain-Da is portrayed by Akira Nogami (野上 彰, Nogami Akira).
Other Zu Gurongi[edit]
  • Zu-Gujiru-Gi (ズ・グジル・ギ, Zu Gujiru Gi)
  • Zu-Garuga-Da (ズ・ガルガ・ダ, Zu Garuga Da)
  • Zu-Miuji-Gi (ズ・ミウジ・ギ, Zu Miuji Gi)
  • Zu-Gazubo-De (ズ・ガズボ・デ, Zu Gazubo De)
  • Zu-Daago-Gi (ズ・ダーゴ・ギ, Zu Dāgo Gi)
  • Zu-Nezuma-Da (ズ・ネズマ・ダ, Zu Nezuma Da)
  • Zu-Nezumo-Da (ズ・ネズモ・ダ, Zu Nezumo Da)
  • Zu-Jamoru-Re (ズ・ジャモル・レ, Zu Jamoru Re)

Me Group[edit]

The Middle tier of Gurongi led by Me-Garima-Ba, its members brought into the game by using the Bagundada abacus to predict the number of people they are to kill and the time period to accomplish that.

  • Me-Badjisu-Ba (メ・バヂス・バ, Me Bajisu Ba): A wasp-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #14.
  • Me-Giiga-Gi (メ・ギイガ・ギ, Me Giiga Gi): A squid-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #21.
  • Me-Biran-Gi (メ・ビラン・ギ, Me Biran Gi): A piranha-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #23 and #B7.
  • Me-Gyarido-Gi (メ・ギャリド・ギ, Me Gyarido Gi): A hermit crab-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #24.
  • Me-Gadora-Da (メ・ガドラ・ダ, Me Gadora Da): A tiger-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #25.
  • Me-Ginoga-De (メ・ギノガ・デ, Me Ginoga De): A mushroom-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #26.
  • Me-Garume-Re (メ・ガルメ・レ, Me Garume Re): A chameleon-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #31 and #B4.
  • Me-Gaberi-Gu (メ・ガベリ・グ, Me Gaberi Gu): A manga-exclusive pelican-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #34.
  • Me-Garima-Ba (メ・ガリマ・バ, Me Garima Ba): The mantis-like leader of the Me, labeled Unidentified Life Form #36 and #B6.
Other Me Gurongi[edit]
  • Me-Agon-Gi (メ・アゴン・ギ, Me Agon Gi)
  • Me-Aguri-Da (メ・アグリ・ダ, Me Aguri Da)
  • Me-Ibae-Ba (メ・イバエ・バ, Me Ibae Ba)
  • Me-Gaage-Re (メ・ガーゲ・レ, Me Gāge Re)
  • Me-Mugado-Ba (メ・ムガド・バ, Me Mugado Ba)
  • Me-Gorigi-Ba (メ・ゴリギ・バ, Me Gorigi Ba)
  • Me-Gaera-Re (メ・ガエラ・レ, Me Gaera Re)
  • Me-Zoebi-Gi (メ・ゾエビ・ギ, Me Zoebi Gi)
  • Me-Uzaa-Da (メ・ウザー・ダ, Me Uzā Da)
  • Me-Demudo-Ba (メ・デムド・バ, Me Bemudo Ba)
  • Me-Ginee-Da (メ・ギネー・ダ, Me Ginē Da)
  • Me-Gegura-Gi (メ・ゲグラ・ギ, Me Gegura Gi)
  • Me-Juuma-Da (メ・ジュウマ・ダ, Me Jūma Da)

Go Group[edit]

The Go Group are high tier Gurongi who can transmute their ornaments into weapons like Kuuga displays while in his Pegasus, Dragon, and Titan forms. Unlike the lesser tiers, the Go having Ra-Dorudo-Gu tally their kills for them while creating their personal rules of conducting their kills. The Go who completes the Gegeru, or the one who can defeat all the Go class Gurongi, earns the right to fight Daguva for control of the entire Gurongi Tribe. Their leader is Go-Gadoru-Ba, one of the three strongest Go-type Gurongi who had modified themselves to alter their forms like Kuuga and Daguva.

  • Go-Buuro-Gu (ゴ・ブウロ・グ, Go Būro Gu): An owl-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #37.
  • Go-Bemiu-Gi (ゴ・ベミウ・ギ, Go Bemiu Gi): A sea snake-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #38.
  • Go-Gamego-Re (ゴ・ガメゴ・レ, Go Gamego Re): A tortoise-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #39.
  • Go-Jiino-Da (ゴ・ジイノ・ダ, Go Jiino Da): A special video-exclusive wild boar-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #40.
  • Go-Badaa-Ba (ゴ・バダー・バ, Go Badā Ba): A grasshopper-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #41 and #B8.
  • Go-Jaraji-Da (ゴ・ジャラジ・ダ, Go Jaraji Da): A porcupine-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #42.
  • Go-Zazaru-Ba (ゴ・ザザル・バ, Go Zazaru Ba): A scorpion-like Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #43.
  • Go-Jaaza-Gi (ゴ・ジャーザ・ギ, Go Jāza Gi): A hammerhead shark-like Gurongi and one of the three strongest Go Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #44 and #B10.
  • Go-Baberu-Da (ゴ・バベル・ダ, Go Baberu Da): A buffalo-like Gurongi and one of the three strongest Go Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #45 and #B12.
  • Go-Gadoru-Ba (ゴ・ガドル・バ, Go Gadoru Ba): The rhinoceros beetle-like leader of the Go and one of the three strongest Go Gurongi, labeled Unidentified Life Form #46 and #B11.

Be Group[edit]

  • Be-Jimin-Ba (ベ・ジミン・バ, Be Jimin Ba)

Episodes[edit]

The title of each episode is written with only two kanji.

  1. Revival (復活, Fukkatsu, 1/30/2000)
  2. Transformation (変身, Henshin, 2/6/2000)
  3. Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō, 2/13/2000)
  4. Sprint (疾走, Shissō, 2/20/2000)
  5. Distance (距離, Kyori, 2/27/2000)
  6. Azure Dragon (青龍, Seiryū, 3/5/2000)
  7. Grief (傷心, Shōshin, 3/12/2000)
  8. Archer (射手, Shashu, 3/19/2000)
  9. Siblings (兄妹, Kyōdai, 3/26/2000)
  10. Fierceness (熾烈, Shiretsu, 4/2/2000)
  11. Promise (約束, Yakusoku, 4/9/2000)
  12. Teacher (恩師, Onshi, 4/16/2000)
  13. Suspicion (不審, Fushin, 4/23/2000)
  14. Omen (前兆, Zenchō, 4/30/2000)
  15. Armor (装甲, Sōkō, 5/7/2000)
  16. Creed (信条, Shinjō, 5/14/2000)
  17. Preparation (臨戦, Rinsen, 5/21/2000)
  18. Loss (喪失, Sōshitsu, 5/28/2000)
  19. Artifact (霊石, Reiseki, 6/4/2000)
  20. Smile (笑顔, Egao, 6/11/2000)
  21. Secrets (暗躍, An'yaku, 6/25/2000)
  22. Game (遊戯, Yūgi, 7/2/2000)
  23. Uneasiness (不安, Fuan, 7/9/2000)
  24. Strengthening (強化, Kyōka, 7/16/2000)
  25. Wandering (彷徨, Hōkō, 7/23/2000)
  26. Myself (自分, Jibun, 7/30/2000)
  27. Ripple (波紋, Hamon, 8/6/2000)
  28. Clarification (解明, Kaimei, 8/13/2000)
  29. Crossroads (岐路, Kiro, 8/20/2000)
  30. Fate (運命, Unmei, 8/27/2000)
  31. Retaliation (応戦, Ōsen, 9/3/2000)
  32. Obstacle (障害, Shōgai, 9/10/2000)
  33. Cooperation (連携, Renkei, 9/17/2000)
  34. Tremble (戦慄, Senritsu, 10/1/2000)
  35. Emotion (愛憎, Aizō, 10/8/2000)
  36. Complication (錯綜, Sakusō, 10/15/2000)
  37. Approach (接近, Sekkin, 10/22/2000)
  38. Transition (変転, Henten, 10/29/2000)
  39. Gooma (強魔, Gōma, 11/12/2000)
  40. Impulse (衝動, Shōdō, 11/19/2000)
  41. Control (抑制, Yokusei, 11/26/2000)
  42. Battlefield (戦場, Senjō, 12/3/2000)
  43. Reality (現実, Genjitsu, 12/10/2000)
  44. Crisis (危機, Kiki, 12/17/2000)
  45. Archenemy (強敵, Kyōteki, 12/24/2000)
  46. Indomitable (不屈, Fukutsu, 12/31/2000)
  47. Decision (決意, Ketsui, 1/7/2001)
  48. Kuuga (空我, Kūga, 1/14/2001)
  49. Yusuke (雄介, Yūsuke, 1/21/2001)

Specials[edit]

  • Kamen Rider Kuuga Super Secret Video: Kamen Rider Kuuga vs. the Strong Monster Go-Jiino-Da (仮面ライダークウガ 超ひみつビデオ 仮面ライダークウガVS剛力怪人ゴ・ジイノ・ダ, Kamen Raidā Kūga Chō Himitsu Bideo Kamen Raidā Kūga Bui Esu Gōriki Kaijin Go Jiino Da): Televi-Kun's special video. In the episode, Yusuke reads through newspaper clippings of his actions as Kuuga before he is called upon to fight a new Gurongi called Go-Jiino-Da. The video also previews Kuuga Rising Mighty Form.
  • Kamen Rider Kuuga: New Year Special (仮面ライダークウガ 新春スペシャル, Kamen Raidā Kūga Shinshun Supesharu, 1/2/2001): A rerun of Episodes 17 and 31, and an extra episode, labelled as Episode 46.5 First Dream of the New Year (初夢, Hatsuyume).
  • Good Job (乙彼(お疲れ), Otsukare): A short extra episode, jokingly labelled as "Episode 50".
  • Special Chapter (特別篇, Tokubetsuhen): It is compiled from the first two episodes with extra footage.

Manga[edit]

Kamen Rider Kuuga: Extra Episode "Trust" (仮面ライダークウガ エクストラエピソード「信頼」, Kamen Raidā Kūga Ekusutora Episōdo Shinrai) is a manga adaptation, published in the TeleCoro Comic magazine. It takes place between Episodes 22 and 23.

In 2014, an manga adaptation of Kuuga is published, written by Toshiki Inoue and drawn by Hitotsu Yokoshima with the cast of Kamen Rider Agito added.

S.I.C. Hero Saga[edit]

Kuuga had two S.I.C. Hero Saga stories published in Monthly Hobby Japan magazine. The first titled Masked Rider Kuuga: Odyssey (MASKED RIDER KUUGA -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 Masked Rider Kuuga: Dark Side (MASKED RIDER KUUGA -DARK SIDE-, Kamen Raidā Kūga: Dāku Saido) 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)

Novel[edit]

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 adaptions 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. Ichijo 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 Ichijo of Godai. The novel was originally planned to be released on November 30, 2012, however it was delayed until June 2013.

Video game[edit]

A video game based on the series, developed by KAZe and published by Bandai, was released in Japan on December 21, 2000 for the PlayStation. It is a fighting game similar to Tekken.

Cast[edit]

  • Yusuke Godai (五代 雄介, Godai Yūsuke): Joe Odagiri (オダギリ ジョー, Odagiri Jō)
  • Kaoru Ichijo (一条 薫, Ichijō Kaoru): Shingo Katsurayama (葛山 信吾, Katsurayama Shingo)
  • Sakurako Sawatari (沢渡 桜子, Sawatari Sakurako): Kazumi Murata (村田 和美, Murata Kazumi)
  • Oyassan (Tamasaburo Kazari) (おやっさん(飾 玉三郎), Oyassan (Kazari Tamasaburō)): Kitaro (きたろう, Kitarō)
  • Minori Godai (五代 みのり, Godai Minori): Wakana Chizaki (千崎 若菜, Chizaki Wakana) (Played as Wakana Aoi (葵 若菜, Aoi Wakana))
  • Shuichi Tsubaki (椿 秀一, Tsubaki Shūichi): Yoshitaka Otsuka (大塚 よしたか, Ōtsuka Yoshitaka)
  • Hikari Enokida (榎田 ひかり, Enokida Hikari): Kaori Mizushima (水島 かおり, Kaori Mizushima)
  • Nana Asahina (朝比奈 奈々, Asahina Nana): Shio Mizuhara (水原 詩生, Mizuhara Shio)
  • Jean Michel Sorrel (ジャン・ミッシェル・ソレル, Jan Missheru Soreru): Serge Vasilov (セルジュ・ヴァシロフ, Seruju Vashirofu)
  • Mika Natsume (夏目 実加, Natsume Mika): Yuka Takeshima (竹島 由夏, Takeshima Yuka)
  • Sadao Matsukura (松倉 貞雄, Matsukura Sadao): Yudai Ishiyama (石山 雄大, Ishiyama Yūdai)
  • Morimichi Sugita (杉田 守道, Sugita Morimichi): Takashi Matsuyama (松山 鷹志, Matsuyama Takashi)
  • Tsuyoshi Sakurai (桜井 剛, Sakurai Tsuyoshi): Nobuyuki Yoneyama (米山 信之, Yoneyama Nobuyuki)
  • Nozomi Sasayama (笹山 望見, Sasayama Nozomi): Eri Tanaka (田中 恵理, Tanaka Eri)
  • Hitoshi Kashiwabara (柏原 仁, Kashiwabara Hitoshi): Takashi Kikuchi (菊池 隆志, Kikuchi Takashi)
  • Junichi Shiina (椎名 純一, Shiina Jun'ichi): Makoto Hatayama (畠山 真, Hatayama Makoto)
  • Tatsuhiko Ebisawa (海老沢 達彦, Ebisawa Tatsuhiko): Fujio Mori (森 富士夫, Mori Fujio)
  • Tsurumaru Kameyama (亀山 鶴丸, Kameyama Tsurumaru): Katsuaki Nishide (西手 勝秋, Nishide Katsuaki)
  • Akiji Kanzaki (神崎 昭二, Kanzaki Akiji): Takashi Inoue (井上 高志, Inoue Takashi)
  • Junichi Chono (蝶野 潤一, Chōno Jun'ichi): Daisuke Uchida (内田 大介, Uchida Daisuke)
  • Keiko Motoki (元城 恵子, Motoki Keiko): Rie Okada (岡田 理江, Okada Rie)
  • Atsuko Enokida (榎田 篤子, Enokida Atsuko): Machiko Naka (中 真千子, Naka Machiko)
  • Sayuru Enokida (榎田 冴, Enokida Sayuru): Kentaro Niibo (新穂 健太郎, Niibo Kentarō)
  • Hiroyuki Yashiro (社 広之, Yashiro Hiroyuki): Yutaro Kamata (鎌田 雄太郎, Kamata Yūtarō)
  • Shuto Terashima (寺島 周斗, Terashima Shūto): Tomoaki Takagi (高木 智晃, Takagi Tomoaki)
  • Ra-Baruba-De (Rose-Tattooed Woman) (ラ・バルバ・デ(バラのタトゥの女), Ra Baruba De (Bara no Tatu no On'na)): Mie Nanamori (七森 美江, Nanamori Mie)
  • Ra-Dorudo-Gu (ラ・ドルド・グ, Ra Dorudo Gu): Tenmei Basara (婆裟羅 天明, Basara Tenmei)
  • Zu-Zain-Da (ズ・ザイン・ダ, Zu Zain Da): Akira Nogami (野上 彰, Nogami Akira)
  • Zu-Gooma-Gu (ズ・ゴオマ・グ, Zu Gōma Gu): Mitsuru Fujio (藤生 みつる, Fujiō Mitsuru)
  • Zu-Baduu-Ba (ズ・バヅー・バ, Zu Bazū Ba), Go-Badaa-Ba (ゴ・バダー・バ, Go Badā Ba): Nobuyuki Ogawa (小川 信行, Ogawa Nobuyuki)
  • Nu-Zajio-Re (ヌ・ザジオ・レ, Nu Zajio Re): Tadashi Takatsuki (高月 忠, Takatsuki Tadashi)
  • Me-Biran-Gi (メ・ビラン・ギ, Me Biran Gi): Hironobu Ohashi (大橋 寛展, Ōhashi Hironobu)
  • Me-Garume-Re (メ・ガルメ・レ, Me Garume Re): Masaharu Mori (森 雅晴, Mori Masaharu)
  • Me-Garima-Ba (メ・ガリマ・バ, Me Garima Ba): Miho Kido (木戸 美歩, Kido Miho) (Played as Miho Iijima (飯島 美穂, Iijima Miho))
  • Go-Buuro-Gu (ゴ・ブウロ・グ, Go Būro Gu): Koichi Takao (高尾 晃市, Takao Kōichi)
  • Go-Bemiu-Gi (ゴ・ベミウ・ギ, Go Bemiu Gi): Seiko Ito (伊藤 聖子, Itō Seiko)
  • Go-Gamego-Re (ゴ・ガメゴ・レ, Go Gamego Re): Kazuyoshi Sakai (酒井 一圭, Sakai Kazuyoshi)
  • Go-Jaraji-Da (ゴ・ジャラジ・ダ, Go Jaraji Da): Masayoshi Okawa (大川 征義, Ōkawa Masayoshi)
  • Go-Zazaru-Ba (ゴ・ザザル・バ, Go Zazaru Ba): Chiaki Sato (佐藤 千秋, Satō Chiaki) (Played as Chiaki Asakura (朝倉 ちあき, Asakura Chiaki))
  • Go-Jaaza-Gi (ゴ・ジャーザ・ギ, Go Jāza Gi): Sumire Arai (あらい すみれ, Arai Sumire)
  • Go-Baberu-Da (ゴ・バベル・ダ, Go Baberu Da): Kensho Sakurai (桜井 顕生, Sakurai Kenshō)
  • Go-Gadoru-Ba (ゴ・ガドル・バ, Go Gadoru Ba): Masato Gunji (軍司 眞人, Gunji Masato)
  • N-Daguva-Zeba (ン・ダグバ・ゼバ, N Daguba Zeba): Kenji Urai (浦井 健治, Urai Kenji)
  • Narration: Fumihiko Tachiki (立木 文彦, Tachiki Fumihiko)

Songs[edit]

Opening theme
Ending theme
  • "Aozora ni Naru" (青空になる, "Into the Blue Sky")
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: Toshihiko Sahashi
    • Artist: Jin Hashimoto (橋本 仁, Hashimoto Jin)

See also[edit]

  • Odagiri effect - a television phenomenon named after Joe Odagiri which first occurred in Kamen Rider Kuuga.

References[edit]

External links[edit]