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Icon-kr.pngThis article is about a series entry (the 10th) in the Kamen Rider Series.
Red alert.jpg WARNING: This series contains scenes of blood, graphic violence, gun violence, and murder. Viewer discretion is advised!

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 drama and the 10th installment of the Kamen Rider Series. Debuting as the first entry of the Heisei Era, the series aired from January 30, 2000 to January 21, 2001 on TV Asahi as a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei Company.

The series is the first to be broadcast in widescreen format (albeit presented in a letterbox format). The catchphrase for the series is "A New Hero, A New Legend".

The average ratings of the series was 9.7%.[1]

Story

Long ago, the Gurongi Tribe terrorized the Rinto (リント, Rinto) until a warrior named Kuuga appeared and defeated the Gurongi, sealing their leader within a cave. In the 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 Rinto, humanity itself.

It is up to Yusuke, along with the assembled Science Police, to use the various powers of Kuuga 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

Kamen Riders

TV Show

Kamen Rider Kuuga RikuYusuke Godai

Novel-exclusive

Kamen Rider Kuuga (Prototype) Ancient KuugaMika Natsume

Manga-exclusive

Kamen Rider Kuuga RikuYusuke Godai
Kamen Rider Agito Yukina TsugamiShoichi Tsugami
Kamen Rider Agito Reiko Takano
Kamen Rider G3 Tetsuya SurugaKaoru Ichijo

Allies

Gurongi

Main article: Gurongi
Stag Beetle Gurongi N·Daguva·Zeba

La Group

Xu Group

Me Group

Go Group

Others

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider Kuuga Episodes

The series is divided into three story arcs[2]:

  • Episode 01-16 - "Rebirth" Arc (「新生」編, "Shinsei"-Hen), this arc introduces most of the main characters and plot. It deals with Yusuke Godai fighting the Gurongi, upon becoming Kuuga.
  • Episode 17-35 - "Evolution" Arc (「進化」編, "Shinka"-Hen), this arc deals with Yusuke upgrading his powers with the Rising forms after being brought back from the dead by the Arcle.
  • Episode 36-49 - "Ends" Arc (「終焉」編, "Shūen"-Hen), this arc builds up Kuuga's further evolution into his Ultimate Form and his final fight against the Gurongi overlord, N·Daguva·Zeba.

The title of each episode of this Kamen Rider Series is written with only two Kanji.

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

Specials

  1. Kamen Rider Kuuga vs. the Strong Monster Go·Jiino·Da (仮面ライダークウガVS剛力怪人ゴ・ジイノ・ダ, Kamen Raidā Kūga Bāsasu Gōriki Kaijin Go·Jiino·Da)
  2. First Dream of the New Year (初夢, Hatsuyume)
  3. Good Job (乙彼, Otsukare)
  4. Kamen Rider Kuuga: Special Chapter (仮面ライダークウガ 特別篇, Kamen Raidā Kūga Tokubetsu-hen) (director's cut of the first two episodes)

Other media

Manga

  1. Kamen Rider Kuuga (Televi-kun manga) (仮面ライダークウガ, Kamen Raidā Kūga)
  2. 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)
  3. Kamen Rider Kuuga (comic) (幪面超人古迦, Mung Min Chiu Yan Gu Gaa)
  4. Kamen Rider Kuuga (manga) (仮面ライダークウガ, Kamen Raidā Kūga)

S.I.C. Hero Saga

  1. Odyssey (オデッセイ, Odessei)
  2. Dark Side

Novels

  1. Kamen Rider Kuuga (novel) (小説 仮面ライダークウガ, Shōsetsu Kamen Raidā Kūga)

Cast

Suit Actors

Songs

Main article: Kamen Rider Kuuga: Song Collection 1
Main article: Kamen Rider Kuuga: Song Collection 2
Opening theme
Ending theme
Insert theme
  • "Blue Higher
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Toshihiko Satou
    • Artist: Jin Hashimoto
  • ""Bara No Okite" (薔薇の掟, The Law of Roses)
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Toshihiko Satou
    • Artist:Mie Nanamori (La·Balva·De)
  • "TRY & CHASE
    • Lyrics: Nagae Kuwabara
    • Composition & Arrangement: Toshihiko Satou
    • Artist: Masayuki Tanaka
  • "Say Alright!"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Toshihiko Satou
    • Artist: Jin Hashimoto
  • "Edge of Green"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Kazunori Miyake
    • Artist: Jin Hashimoto
  • "PURPLE PRIDE"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Kazunori Miyake
    • Artist: Nori Sakai
  • "Kyuukyoku no Yami" (究極の闇, Ultimate Darkness)
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Artist: Norio Sakai
  • "Love is my life
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Toshihiko Satou
    • Artist: Yoshitaka Ootsuka
  • "Soukouki GOURAM" (装甲機GOURAM, Armored Machine GOURAM)
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Keiichi Oku
    • Artist: MICKEY-T.
  • "BEATCHASER 2000
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Toshihiko Satou
    • Artist: Jin Hashimoto

Release

  • Kamen Rider Kuuga premiered in Japan on TV Asahi on January 30, 2000.
  • Kuuga was released on Blu-Ray in several box sets.

  • All episodes of Kuuga were released in North America on TokuSHOUTSU on May 1, 2020[3]
  • A physical Blu-Ray release was announced by Shout! at their panel at Anime Expo 2022, and pre-orders began on July 2, 2022. Containing all episodes with an optional subtitle track for the Gurongi language, the set will be released on September 20, 2022.[4]

  • All episodes of Kuuga were released in Latin America with a Spanish dub on Olympusat's FreeTV streaming app on Spetember 7, 2021

Notes

  • This show is the very first Kamen Rider series to be shot in 1080i, though some broadcast footage and frequent home video releases used the modified component masters (on-air versions with letterboxed 4:3 aspect ratio), which results in standard quality. The HD streaming and Blu-Ray Box releases, however: Uses the modified and upscaled versions of the SD component masters, making the term "remastered" completely null. This practice would continue until the end of Kamen Rider Den-O.
  • There were plans to produce a Kuuga film featuring an overseas tribe of Gurongi led by a Wolf Gurongi, an idea that was scrapped and later reused for Kamen Rider Decade,[5], but it never happened due to the lack of proper funding. [5]. Kuuga would not make his first theatrical film appearance until Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker.
Masked Rider KUUGA first spell.png
  • An alternate version of the logo with both English and Japanese language was used in the 2018 Kamen Rider Exhibition in Macau.


References

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