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Kamen Rider Kurokage
Hekija Inves
Ryoji Hase
Gender: Male
Series: Kamen Rider Gaim
Motif: Pinecone
Ashigaru
Rider Type: Anti-Hero (Series and Movie)
Hero (Movie)
Villain (Hekija Inves)
Homeworld: Earth (Main Timeline Continuity)
First Appearance: Certain Kill! Pine Kick!
Last Appearance: Kamen Rider Gaim: Great Soccer Battle! Golden Fruits Cup!
Number of Episode
Appearances:
12 (Gaim)
2 (Movie)
Actor: Atsushi Shiramata
Yuki Anai (Hekija Inves)
Kamen Rider Kurokage
Hekija Inves
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"I am Armored Rider Kurokage."
―Hase as he named his Armored Rider name[src]
"Armored Rider Kurokage! I swear to be victorious in this duel and be at the top of the rankings."
―Hase swears in his words that he will win in a Christmas Game.[src]

Ryoji Hase (初瀬 亮二 Hase Ryōji?), more commonly referred to by his last name, was the leader of Team Raid Wild and used the Matsubokkuri Lockseed to become Kamen Rider Kurokage (仮面ライダー黒影 [クロカゲ] Kamen Raidā Kurokage?, lit. "Black Shadow").

Character HistoryEdit

Beat Riders SagaEdit

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Hase's broken Sengoku Driver after being defeated by Zangetsu.

Ryoji Hase, a young man in the Inves Game challenges Kaito Kumon to gain territory for Team Raid Wild, however he is swiftly defeated by Kaito's three summoned Inves. Later, Hase along with Hideyasu Jonouchi join Kaito's team alliance, with Kaito being their Lockseed supplier. However, Hase and Jonouchi quickly realize that they're Kaito's pawn and break off the alliance after revealing the fact that they received a Sengoku Driver. Hase, now known as Armored Rider Kurokage backstabs Armored Rider Baron, defeating him in duo with Armored Rider Gridon. Though their victory is short-lived as Gaim manages to gain the upper hand against Kurokage. Ultimately, Hase loses and loses his Matsubokkuri Lockseed. Gaining another Matsubokkuri Lockseed, he trains with Jonouchi to become stronger, while enacting tactical strategies against a dummy. However, this training is proven useless as Oren Pierre Alfonzo challenges the two, defeating them without breaking a sweat.

Hase and Jonouchi become promotional sellers, having no income due to their losing streak in the Inves games. Suddenly, Hase gets a call from Kouta to participate in a new event that Team Gaim is hosting. The next day, Hase enters the Helheim Forest during the event and clashes with the "White Armored Rider", losing to him after the latter erupts in a rage due to Hase's persistant interference. As a result, Hase's Driver is damaged.

Yggdrasill SagaEdit

"Why, why am I afraid, I just want my power back!"
―Hase as he received hallucinations of Inves, Zangetsu, and Bravo.[src]
"Give me power once more!"
―Hase's last human moments before becoming the Hekija Inves.[src]
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Hase's mutated form

After the Helheim Forest event, Hase attempts to return to normal, but discovers his Driver no longer works. After suffering a defeat to Kaito and losing the respect of his team members, Hase begins to feel powerless and paranoid, and starts to suffer from paranoid hallucinations of several Inves, Zangetsu, and Bravo. The paranoid Hase runs from these hallucinations before reaching the inside of a construction site. There, Hase happens upon a battle between Armored Riders Zangetsu-Shin, Gaim, Baron, and an Inves, which evolved after consuming one of the fruits nearby. Seeing the power the Inves gained after consuming the fruit of Helheim, he is drawn to the dangerous flora. Desperate for the power he once had, Hase bites into the fruit and painfully transforms into the Hekija Inves.

Hase's fate would have been swift if not for the intervention of Kouta Kazuraba, who stopped New-Generation Rider Zangetsu-Shin from putting the now-Inves Hase down. Hase ultimately becomes feral, however; after assuming his human form after a talk with Kouta, Hase charges into Drupers, and tries to satiate his now-ravenous appetite. Characteristic to all Inves, the fruit of Earth now taste appalling, and Hase goes on a rampage, injuring Team Gaim member Rat in the process. He eventually re-assumes his Inves form, and Kouta decides to put Hase out of his misery, but cannot bring himself to kill someone he still sees as human. Yggdrasill decides to make the decision for Kouta, and Hase meets his end at the hands of the man who gave him his first taste of power - Sid, A.K.A. New Generation Rider Sigurd.

LegacyEdit

His legacy, along with Yuya's becomes a reference by most of the casts. Three months after the Earth is saved from Helheim invasion, his picture is soon stapled by Jonouchi, on the wall where the Yggdrasill Tower was being demolished, along with the pictures of Yggdrasill's casualties. His Kurokage form is soon used by Jonouchi to honor his death four months after.

Great Soccer Battle! Golden Fruits Cup!Edit

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Hase in Golden Fruit Cup.

Hase is revived through Lapis altering the world to be free of the Inves Invasion. However, Hase, Peko, and Zack end up dying when their minds are tempted to kill other Riders. His death prompts Oren to declare war on Yggdrasill, who he believes is the culprit behind their deaths. Hase returns when Kouta shoots Mars' horse, reviving the deceased Riders, joining up with him to defeat Kougane. However in the aftermath of the battle, the world is returned to normal, meaning Hase meets his original fate once more.

PersonalityEdit

Unlike his former ally Jonouchi, Hase was much more hot-headed. This was shown when he battles Team Gaim, despite having no chance to win and almost declining Team Baron's offer for an alliance, with only Jonouchi stopping him.

However, in battle as Kurokage, Hase was much more confident and experienced than Jonouchi. However, he made rash decisions in battle like using Gridon as a human shield and pushing him toward the opponent to make an opening. Hase also had a bad habit of fighting whoever he saw, regardless of their fighting prowess (which ultimately caused the loss of his powers)

Hase also had some selfish traits; he gave Gridon his name (much to Jonouchi's irritation, who stated that he wanted a cooler one) and often abuses Jonouchi with his combat strategies. Although, Hase revealed that he wanted Jonouchi to be more confident in battle, showing that he did care somewhat about Jonouchi as a friend.

Upon his dance team abandoning him after his belt was destroyed by Zangetsu, Hase went insane, having hallucinations created by his fear and a delusional lust to regain the power he lost. He then decided the only way to regain his power was to eat one of the Lockseeds, resulting in his mutation into an Inves.

ArmsEdit

Like with the other Armored Riders, Kamen Rider Kurokage's forms are called Arms (アームズ Āmuzu?). His Sengoku Driver plays Japanese horagai music and announces "Soiya" (ソイヤ?) before every transformation, while his personal Lockseeds are styled with a mix of Japanese words and English words.

By pressing the Sengoku Driver's Cutting Blade down on the Lockseed after transforming from one to three times, Kurokage can activate one of three finishing moves based on his current Arms form: Squash (スカッシュ Sukasshu?), Au Lait (オーレ Ōre?), or Sparking (スパーキング Supākingu?).

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Pre-Arms

This form is briefly seen during Kurokage's henshin sequence, before the armor attaches. However, this form is completely vulnerable to any incoming attacks when shot at directly in the suit, rather than at the Arms that is descending down on the Rider.

Matsubokkuri Arms
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Matsubokkuri Arms

"Soiya! Matsubokkuri Arms: Ichigeki in the Shadows!"
―Transformation announcement[src]
  • Height: 203 cm.
  • Weight: 102 kg.

Ability Perimeters:

  • Punching power: 6.0 t.
  • Kicking power: 10.2 t.
  • Maximum jump height: 26 m.
  • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 6.0 sec.

Matsubokkuri Arms (マツボックリアームズ Matsubokkuri Āmuzu?, lit. Pinecone Arms) is Kurokage's default pinecone-based armored Japanese Ashigaru form. Accessed through the Matubokkuri Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Kagematsu, while the helmet Kurokage wears is the Matsu Kabuto (マツカブト? lit. "Pine Helmet") with the Comb Eye (コームアイ Kōmu Ai?) visor. This form debuts in episode 5.

In this form, Kurokage's punching power is on par with that of Gaim in Ichigo Arms, and can kick at the same power as Gaim in all of his Arms. He can also jump a tiny bit less, as well as run a tad bit slower, than Gaim in Orange Arms.

Hase lost the ability to use Kurokage Arms after his Sengoku Driver and Matsubokkuri Lockseed were damaged by Armored Rider Zangetsu. Although he managed to replace the Matsubokkuri Lockseed, the damaged Sengoku Driver prevented him from using it.

This Arms' finisher is the Kage Nui Tsuki (影縫い突き? lit."Shadow Sewing Stab"), which has two variations depending on which function Kurokage activates from his Sengoku Driver.

  • Squash: Kurokage jumps and charges with his Kagematsu, forming a giant energy pinecone on the tip to stab the opponent with.
  • Sparking: Kurokage jumps and spins rapidly while diving at his opponent with the Kagematsu.

Appearances: Episodes 5-7, Sengoku Movie Battle, 10-11, Golden Fruits Cup!

These Arms involve Lockseeds that are normally used by a different Armored Rider. All of these forms are exclusive to Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing.

Donguri Arms
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Donguri Arms

"Soiya! Donguri Arms: Never Give Up!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Donguri Arms (ドングリアームズ Donguri Āmuzu?, lit. "Acorn Arms") is Kurokage's acorn-based armored Medieval Squire form. Accessed through the Donguri Lockseed (reserved for Gridon), this form's Arms Weapon is the Donkachi, while the helmet Kurokage wears is the Dome Casque (ドームカスク Dōmu Kasuku?) with the Nut Eye (ナットアイ Natto Ai?) visor.

Kurumi Arms
Kurokage Kurumi

Kurumi Arms

"Soiya! Kurumi Arms: Mr. Knuckleman!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Kurumi Arms (クルミアームズ Kurumi Āmuzu?, lit. "Walnut Arms") is Kurokage's walnut-based armored Medieval Squire form. Accessed through the Kurumi Lockseed (reserved for Knuckle), this form's Arms Weapon is the Kurumi Bombers, while the helmet Kurokage wears is the Knuck Met (ナックメット Nakku Metto?) with the Knuck Eye (ナックアイ Nakku Ai?) visor.


These Arms are based on Kamen Riders from the past. All of these forms are exclusive to Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing. However, some of these forms are also used in the norm by other Armored and New Generation Riders.

Blade Arms
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Blade Arms

"Soiya! Blade Arms: Sword of Spa~de!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Blade Arms (ブレイドアームズ Bureido Āmuzu?) is a Legend Rider Arms based on Kamen Rider Blade's Ace Form. Accessed through the Blade Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Blay Rouzer.


Hase Inves Form

Hekija Inves

Main article: Hekija Inves
  • Height: 241 cm.
  • Weight: 159 kg.

In episode 13, Hase transforms into a Hekija Inves (ヘキジャインベス Hekija Inbesu?, Bixie Inves) after eating a premature Lockseed. In this form, Hekija Inves is armed with sharp claws, like Byakko Inves. He also can spit fireballs from his mouth.

After some hard work, Gaim was able to help Hase to be able to return into human form, but the results were only temporary. In human form, his arms were still mutated and he had red eyes and his mind had regressed to a feral state. Hase soon escapes from the battlefield. Sometime later, he comes to the Drupers and becomes an Inves once again after attempting to eat regular fruit, causing him to hunger for another Lockseed. Moreover, he injured Rat from Team Gaim. He then faces Kouta once again. Despite Gaim having a chance to kill the Hekija Inves, Kouta realizes that he can't kill a human, even if he has already became a monster. However, New Generation Rider Sigurd jumps into the battle and mercilessly beats the Inves. The Hekija Inves was soon destroyed by Sigurd's Sonic Volley, resulting in Hase's death.

Appearances: Episodes 13-14


EquipmentEdit

DevicesEdit

  • Sengoku Driver - Transformation device, destroyed by Zangetsu
  • Lockseeds - Gives access to Kurokage's Arms changes, depending on which lock is used

WeaponsEdit

VehiclesEdit

List of AppearancesEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

PortrayalEdit

Ryoji Hase is portrayed by Atsushi Shiramata (白又 敦 Shiramata Atsushi?).

As Hekija Inves, he was voiced by Yuki Anai (穴井 勇輝 Anai Yūki?).[1]

As Kamen Rider Kurokage, his suit actor is Yasuhiko Imai (今井 靖彦 Imai Yasuhiko?), who is also the suit actor for Kamen Rider Bravo.[2]

NotesEdit

  • Kurokage and Gridon are the first Armored Riders in the series who are the leaders of Beat Rider teams to not be named after their teams.
  • Hase as a Rider is very ironic as his Driver announces "Ichigeki (Single Attack) in the Shadow" when he transforms, yet he tends to jump head-first into battle and keeps fighting even when losing. Additionally, despite his strong desire for power, the Matsubokkuri Lockseed he uses is ironically the weakest usable Lockseed compared to those used by the other Riders, even Jonouchi's Donguri Lockseed.
  • Kurokage is the first Armored Rider with the "Soiya!" standby sound who isn't armed with a Musou Saber, followed by Kamen Rider Kamuro.
  • The costume for the Hekija Inves, Hase's mutated form, is modified from Byakko Inves.
  • Hase is the only Gaim Rider that does not have a solo transformation in the series, as he only transforms 2 times together with Jonouchi, aka Armored Rider Gridon, and once with the other Beat Riders (Gaim, Baron, Ryugen, and Gridon)
    • However, he has a transformation solo in the summer movie.

Legend Rider LockseedsEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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