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This article is about a/an series entry (the 10th) in the Kamen Rider Series.
Red alert WARNING: This series contains scenes of blood and graphic violence. 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 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. Kamen Rider Kuuga is the first Kamen Rider Series to be broadcast in widescreen format (albeit presented in a letterbox format). The catchphrase for the series is "A New Hero, A New Legend".

Story

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

It is up to Yusuke, along with the assembled Science Police, to use the various powers of Kuuga in order 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 Proto-Kuuga Mika Natsume

Allies

Gurongi

Main article: Gurongi
N-Daguva-Zeba 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: 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)
  2. Kamen Rider Kuuga: First Dream of the New Year (初夢 Hatsuyume)
  3. Good Job (乙彼 Otsukare)
  4. 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)

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 (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

Opening theme
Ending theme

Notes

  • This is the last Rider Series to have only a Primary Rider overall.
  • There were plans to create a Kamen Rider Kuuga movie. 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).[1]
  • At Japan World Heroes 2017, Noboru KanekoIcon-crosswiki 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.
Masked Rider KUUGA first spell
  • An alternate version of the logo with both English and Japanese language was used in the 2018 Kamen Rider Exhibition in Macau.


References

External links

Icon-kuuga Kamen Rider Kuuga
Kamen Rider Kuuga
Riku - Yusuke Godai
Rider Gear
Arcle | Gouram | TryChaser 2000 | BeatChaser 2000
Tokyo Police Department
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
Gurongi
N-Daguva-Zeba
Nu-Zajio-Re
Ra Group

Ra-Baruba-De | Ra-Dorudo-Gu

Zu Group

Zu-Gumun-Ba | Zu-Gooma-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-Badaa-Ba | Go-Jaraji-Da | Go-Zazaru-Ba | Go-Jaaza-Gi | Go-Baberu-Da | Go-Gadoru-Ba

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