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Icon-kr.png This article is about a/an 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".

Kuuga also began airing on Shout! Factory's TokuSHOUTsu channel on May 1, 2020[1], making it the 2nd series to come to America.

The average ratings of the series was 9.7%.[2]

Story

Long ago, the Grongi Tribe terrorized the Lynt (リント Rinto) until a warrior named Kuuga appeared and defeated the Grongi, 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 Lynt, 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 Grongi 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 Grongis' leader.

Characters

Kamen Riders

TV Show

Kamen Rider Kuuga RikuYusuke Godai

Novel-exclusive

Kamen Rider Kuuga (Prototype) Ancient KuugaMika Natsume

Allies

Gurongi

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

Ra Group

Zu Group

Me Group

Go Group

Others

Episodes

Main article: Kamen Rider Kuuga Episodes
  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. Gooma (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 (Ra-Baruba-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

Notes

  • This is the last Kamen Rider series and the only Heisei series to feature a single Rider.
  • This show is the very first Kamen Rider series to be shot in 1080i.
    • Despite this, the broadcast, frequent home video releases of the show used the modified component masters (on-air versions with letterboxed 4:3 aspect ratio), which results in standard quality. This is also shared with Agito to Den-O.
      • 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.
  • There were plans to create a Kamen Rider Kuuga movie.[3] Due to funding issues, it did not come to pass, leaving Kamen Rider Agito as the first Heisei Kamen Rider series to get a movie and for Kuuga to not appear in a film until Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker (which featured a different Kuuga than from the series).
  • At Japan World Heroes 2017, Noboru KanekoIcon-crosswiki.png revealed at a panel that before getting the role as GaoRed, he auditioned to be Kuuga in 1999, but was not picked in the final round of auditions and Joe Odagiri got the part instead.

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  • An alternate version of the logo with both English and Japanese language was used in the 2018 Kamen Rider Exhibition in Macau.
  • Not counting Kuuga and the Gurongi themselves, this is the only series in the Heisei Era that does not have any characters appearing in later series.


References

External links

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Kamen Rider Kuuga
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Rider Gear
Arcle - Amadam - Gouram - TryChaser 2000 - BeatChaser 2000 - Dragon Rod - Pegasus Bowgun - Titan Sword - Mighty Anklet
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Kaoru Ichijo - Hikari Enokida - Sadao Matsukura - Morimichi Sugita - Tsuyoshi Sakurai - Nozomi Sasayama
Other Allies and Characters
Sakurako Sawatari - Minori Godai - Shuichi Tsubaki - Tamasaburo Kazari - Nana Asahina - Jean Michel Sorrel - Mika Natsume - Shoji Kanzaki - Junichi Chono
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Ra Group

Ra-Baruba-De - Ra-Dorudo-Gu

Zu Group

Zu-Gumun-Ba - Zu-Goma-Gu - Zu-Mebio-Da - Zu-Badzu-Ba - Zu-Zain-Da

Me Group

Me-Badjisu-Ba - Me-Giiga-Gi - Me-Biran-Gi - Me-Gyarido-Gi - Me-Gadora-Da - Me-Ginoga-De - Me-Garume-Re - Me-Garima-Ba

Go Group

Go-Buuro-Gu - Go-Bemiu-Gi - Go-Gamego-Re - Go-Bada-Ba - Go-Jaraji-Da - Go-Zazaru-Ba - Go-Jaaza-Gi - Go-Baberu-Da - Go-Gadoru-Ba

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