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Mio Suzuki (鈴木 深央 Suzuki Mio) was a meek and clumsy girl born in 1989 who fell in love with Wataru Kurenai. Her fate becomes intertwined with Wataru as she comes to learn that he is Taiga's younger half-brother. Ultimately being engaged to Taiga, her feelings for Wataru, although requited becomes a problem to Taiga, who also genuinely loves her beyond the fact that it's an arranged marriage. She meets her death to Bishop after taking a direct hit meant for Taiga by Wataru in their duel for Mio's love after she realizes that she essentially sent Taiga to his death sentence. Her true name was A Dress like an Isolation Cell (独房のようなドレス Dokubō no yō na Doresu) and she was from the Aqua Class.
As a member of the Checkmate Four and the successor of Maya, she is tasked with killing traitors, which she has been reluctant to carry out. Mio is given the additional task of killing Kiva to protect their kind from him. Though she was unaware that Wataru is Kiva at first, still having feelings for him in spite of being forced to marry Taiga. After finding Maya and learning she can't rid herself of the title easily, she admits to Taiga she has no love for him before she learns that Wataru is Kiva. Learning that Wataru was half Fangire, she tries to convince him into defeating Taiga and taking his place as the King of Checkmate Four so they can be together. But when Wataru declines her request, Mio attempts to kill Taiga herself after faking that she wants to marry him. However, in spite of this and due to conflicting emotions within her, Mio tries to stop the fight between Kiva and Saga, and is knocked away from the two by Kiva's wake-up fever finisher, as Bishop takes his chance to fatally wound her for her earlier action. On the verge of death, Mio gives Wataru the ring he gave her during their early dating, and he puts it on her finger before she crystallizes and shatters. Wataru never realized that Mio was actually killed by Bishop, not himself, and was never told, at least not on-camera. When Jirou sends Wataru to the past to meet his father and help him decide on how to live his life, Wataru initially tried to interrupt the relationship of his parents, believing that if he was never conceived, he would not exist, and Mio would not have perished in the present day. Mio appears to Wataru as a spirit from the shard he kept as a memento before Wataru traveled to 1986, encouraging him to live on and giving him closure. The shard disappears into thin air after this.
While it is without a doubt that Mio is currently deceased, Fangires have demonstrated that they can restore their dead kin to life, either fully, or as mere puppets. This is traditionally accomplished with human life force drained from the victims. In the series finale, Taiga is leading his company to seek out an alternative to human life force. If discovered, this new energy may also be used to raise Fangires from the dead.
Super Hero Taisen Z
A Pearlshell Fangire, which appeared identical to Mio's form, was one of the revived monsters in the Space Shocker army which fought a combined force of Kamen Riders, Super Sentai teams and Space Sheriffs as they approached the Genmu Castle.
Video Game appearances
Kamen Rider Battle Ganbaride
Pearlshell Fangire appears as an of the many Bosses in this video game with other Kamen Riders and Monters in Kamen Rider Gabanrider.
Kamen Rider Riderbout
Pearlshell Fangire appears as an of the many Bosses, with the other Heisei and Showa kamen Riders in Kamen Rider Riderbout.
Kamen Rider Break Joker
Pearlshell Fangire appears as a playable character with other Riders and monsters in Kamen Rider Break Joker.
Just like her predecessor Maya, Mio can transform into the Pearlshell Fangire (パールシェルファンガイア Pārusheru Fangire) and can utilize all of the previous Queen's powers, though she can turn day into night with a violet moon in the background and her Fangire form is indigo compared to Maya's being a pink color. As the new Pearlshell Fangire, Mio can generate several pearls that act as an extension of her will in attacking her enemies.
Behind the scenes
Pearlshell Fangire was designed by Tamotsu Shinohara (篠原 保 Shinohara Tamotsu).
- Pearlshell Fangire (2008) is the third female fangire seen in Kamen Rider Kiva