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Curtain Raising: Kiva's Identity (開演・キバの正体 Kaien: Kiba no Shōtai) is the thirtieth episode of Kamen Rider Kiva.
In 1986, the Rook nearly kills Yuri when Jiro intervenes to finish their game, mocking the Rook with a new pair of sunglasses before Yuri is taken the hospital. Otoya visits her with flowers and advises her not to get back to work so quickly, but she remains adamant as she cannot rest until she avenges her mother. After Otoya & Jiro trick her to go to Ryokuchi Park,with Riki acting as a decoy Rook, Otoya tracks down the Rook and summons Jiro, Ramon, and Riki to battle, becoming Ixa as the trio assume their true forms. Using sunglasses as bait, Ixa and the Arms Monsters fight the Lion Fangire as Yuri arrives, with the Rook winning the game.
In 2008, after the Warthog Fangire walks off after defeating Kiva, vowing to kill him once he becomes the King, Wataru is depressed that Mio is not answering his calls, due to Shizuka's meddling. Things get worse as his friendship with Kengo also gets strained when Wataru learned that Kengo could never play guitar again and hid the truth until Kengo left. Keisuke decides to offer his aid to excuse to investigate his thoughts on Wataru, as Shizuka realizes the consequences of her actions, setting Wataru & Mio on a date. While this all occurred, after Megumi is wounded from her own fight with Rook, Mitsuhide pleas his sister to leave the Fangire Hunters with Megumi refusing as she vows to finish what her mother started. However, Mitsuhide goes over his sister's head to have Shima relieve her of her duties. But refusing to let that stop her, Megumi poses as an assistant to Red Man, a potential Fangire target. Though the Rook arrived to offer his aid, he knocked Megumi out as Aberu arrives to kill Red Man, resulting with a battle between the two Fangires. Keisuke arrives to intervene, becoming Rising Ixa until Wataru shows up to even the odds. While Keisuke deals with Aberu, Wataru battles the Rook in Emperor Form. But during the fight, the Fangires take their leave as Keisuke witnesses Kiva regress back to Wataru, with the Bishop showing interest in the revelation.
- Wataru Kurenai (紅 渡 Kurenai Wataru): Koji Seto (瀬戸 康史 Seto Kōji)
- Otoya Kurenai (紅 音也 Kurenai Otoya): Kouhei Takeda (武田 航平 Takeda Kōhei)
- Keisuke Nago (名護 啓介 Nago Keisuke): Keisuke Kato (加藤 慶祐 Katō Keisuke)
- Megumi Aso (麻生 恵 Asō Megumi): Nana Yanagisawa (柳沢 なな Yanagisawa Nana)
- Yuri Aso (麻生 ゆり Asō Yuri): Yu Takahashi (高橋 優 Takahashi Yū)
- Kengo Eritate (襟立 健吾 Eritate Kengo): Kouhei Kumai (熊井 幸平 Kumai Kōhei)
- Shizuka Nomura (野村 静香 Nomura Shizuka): Rina Koike (小池 里奈 Koike Rina)
- Kivat-Bat the 3rd (キバットバットⅢ世 Kibattobatto Sansei, Voice): Tomokazu Sugita (杉田 智和 Sugita Tomokazu)
- Tatsulot (タツロット Tatsurotto, Voice): Akira Ishida (石田 彰 Ishida Akira)
- Jiro (次狼 Jirō): Kenji Matsuda (松田 賢二 Matsuda Kenji)
- Ramon (ラモン Ramon): Yuuki Ogoe (小越 勇輝 Ogoe Yūki)
- Riki (力 Riki): Eiji Takigawa (滝川 英治 Takigawa Eiji)
- Maya (真夜 Maya): Saki Kagami (加賀美 早紀 Kagami Saki)
- Mio Suzuki (鈴木 深央 Suzuki Mio): Yuria Haga (芳賀 優里亜 Haga Yuria)
- Rook (ルーク Rūku): Tomohide Takahara (高原 知秀 Takahara Tomohide)
- Bishop (ビショップ Bishoppu): Mitsu Murata (村田 充 Murata Mitsu)
- Mamoru Shima (嶋 護 Shima Mamoru): Kazuhiko Kanayama (金山 一彦 Kanayama Kazuhiko)
- Mitsuhide Aso (麻生 光秀 Asō Mitsuhide): Masei Nakayama (中山 麻聖 Nakayama Masei)
- Aberu (阿鐘 Aberu): Akira Kubodera (窪寺 昭 Kubodera Akira)
- Nurse: Otoko Kobayashi (小林 音子 Kobayashi Otoko), Yuki Tono (遠野 祐紀 Tōno Yuki)
- Doctor: Saburo Tamura (田村 三郎 Tamura Saburō)
- Couple: Yuki Asano (浅野 有貴 Asano Yūki), Akiko Nakano (中野 亜紀子 Nakano Akiko)
- Old Woman: Shigeko Tsuchiya (土屋 茂子 Tsuchiya Shigeko)
- Magician: Yoshihiro Ishizuka (石塚 良博 Ishizuka Yoshihiro)
- MC: Kota Suzuki (鈴木 コウタ Suzuki Kōta)
Kiva: Kiva Form, Emperor Form
Ixa: Save Mode, Burst Mode, Rising Ixa
- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Engine Sentai Go-Onger episode 28, GP 28: Partner Gunpei.
- Viewership: 5.8%
Kamen Rider Kiva Volume 8 features episodes 29-32: When the Saints Go Marching In: I Am King, Curtain Raising: Kiva's Identity, Applause: Motherly Dedicated Transformation and New World: Another Kiva.
Blu-ray Box 2 comes with 16 episodes.