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"In this whole world, I love you."
―Ren Amagasaki's motto[src]

"You are no longer a valuable product to me. Toki Meki Crisis is out of print."
Kamen Rider Cronus's final words before killing off Lovelica with his Critical Crews-Aid finisher.[src]

"Lovelica... is dead?"
―Parado's horrifying confirmation of Lovelica's death at the hands of Kamen Rider Cronus.[src]

Ren Amagasaki (天ヶ崎 恋, Amagasaki Ren) was the third CEO of Genm Corp.. His true identity was the Lovelica Bugster (ラヴリカバグスター, Ravurika Bagusutā) from the game Toki Meki Crisis, transforming into it by using the Gashacon Bugvisor.

As recorded by CR, Lovelica is part of the High Tier of Bugsters within Kamen Rider Chronicle alongside Para-DX and Graphite. The Forbidden Continue!?

History

Background

Lovelica is born from the date of the Genm Corp. game, Toki Meki Crisis, conceived by Kuroto Dan. As a Bugster, Lovelica's origin is traced to the Y2K bug, which left what would be known as the Bugster Virus on the younger Dan's computer shortly following New Year's 2000. Secretly incubating the virus by infecting the young Emu Hojo with it, Kuroto Dan would arrange for its matured form to be extracted by Michihiko Zaizen ten years later.

After Lovelica became a Perfected Bugster and assumed a human form, he took on the name "Ren Amagasaki" and also became the third CEO of Genm Corp. following the disappearance of Kuroto Dan. Under his watch, an in-house competition was held, led by Tsukuru Koboshi and his development team, to create a new game to save the company.

Kamen Rider Chronicle

Ren in Genm Corp. office.

Ren Amagasaki arrives at CR and meets Asuna Karino as he explains one of the Game Illness patients, Sora Iwamoto, and her band were auditioning to play the theme song for Genm Corp.'s newest game, lamenting that the company may be forced into bankruptcy if the game is delayed. Not wanting to see her "birthplace" shut down, Asuna reveals her true identity as Poppy Pipopapo, a Bugster from Genm Corp.'s DoReMiFa Beat game. He visits Sora, but tells her that her band wasn't selected; the stress from this causes Motors to reemerge. As Poppy tries to leave, Amagasaki says he wants her to sing the new game's theme song and she complies with singing PEOPLE GAME. It is later revealed to be his strategy to brainwash Poppy while she is separated from the Kamen Riders. Revealing himself and the brainwashed Poppy to Parado and their fellow Bugsters, Amagasaki witnesses the completion of the Kamen Rider Chronicle Gashat.

Sometime afterwards, Kamen Rider Chronicle was released to the public much to the surprise of the Kamen Riders regarding the impromptu release of the game. Hiiro Kagami, Taiga Hanaya, and Nico Saiba went to confront Amagasaki over this, but to no avail.

As customers of the game began to decline following the Ministry of Health's warning, Amagasaki made the public announcement that if there's a victor who clears Kamen Rider Chronicle, all the disappeared victims of the Bugster Virus will be revived. He even transformed into a Ride-Player likely for safety appeal. When confronted by the Doctor Riders, Amagasaki revealed his true nature as the Lovelica Bugster and accompanied by his entourage, the Lovely Girls. While the Kamen Riders had a hard time making a hit against the Bugster due to Toki Meki Crisis' effect that makes him invulnerable to violent attacks, Nico's insults were enough to literally hurt him and caused him to withdraw.

Following his humiliation, Lovelica had remained hidden from his fellow Bugsters as he was trying to recuperate the damage received from Nico's insults. During that time, Ex-Aid was able to free Poppy from Lovelica's brainwashing.

With the low and mid tier Bugsters all bested, Lovelica, Graphite and Para-DX remained as the high tier Bugster left of the game, thus a confrontation against the Doctor Rider trio, now joined by the revived Genm, was inevitable. Haima Kagami was also infected by Lovelica's infection after becoming a Ride-Player himself. After Masamune Dan had finally been released from prison after being acquitted for his crimes, Amagasaki was angered that the original founder reclaimed his office from him and warned him not to use the Gashacon Bugvisor II as Kuroto created it to be used by Bugsters.

Demise

Lovelica, permanently destroyed by Kamen Rider Cronus.

"It's finally time to see who will be crowned as the victors."
―Ren Amagasaki prior to the final battle.[src]

Alongside Graphite Level 99 and Para-DX, Lovelica faced the four Kamen Riders in a final confrontation. Engaging Brave Fantasy Gamer once more, Lovelica summoned his Lovely Girls to support him. Seeing Brave overpowered by Lovelica's charm, after Ex-Aid Maximum Gamer destroy the Lovely Girls to allow Lovelica to be rendered susceptible to Brave's attacks. However, the battle was interupted by the arrival of Masamune Dan, revealing his true intentions to take over Kamen Rider Chronicle. Masamune uses the Gashacon Bugvisor II to become Kamen Rider Cronus and displays his Pause ability to terminate Lovelica in battle, remarking that Toki Meki Crisis is "discontinued". This shocked Parado and Graphite as Lovelica was incapable regenerating due to him being destroyed while time stopped, meaning Lovelica is permamently dead.

Other Events

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Trilogy: Another Ending

Lovelica was revived by Kuroto Dan after he escaped from CR's custody and the Bugster had brainwashed Saki Momose to his disposal. He appears himself to Hiiro Kagami and declares that Saki is now his. Although Lovelica against him as Brave Taddle Fantasy, his advantage of being unable to be harmed allowed him to emerge victorious. He is also revealed to be tied with Saki's lifeline meaning if he is destroyed in battle, Saki's data will erase once more. Lovelica is also the target to Taiga Hanaya due to his infection affecting Luke Kidman. At night, Taiga transformed into Kamen Rider Cronus and use Pause to free Saki from Lovelica's influence. After defeating Cronus in battle, Lovelica was finally vanquished by Brave Legacy Gamer Level 100.

Personality

Returning to his office, Ren confronts Masamune Dan.

He is shown to be somewhat vain, shrewd, and flirtatious, as shown as when he 'fell' for Poppy twice (first while being Asuna and second while she revealed her Bugster form). He also tends to exaggerates his actions and be rather dimwitted. This was shown when he told Sora her audition failed, thereby increasing her stress and precipitating her infection to break out.

In reality, Ren is a manipulative person who could brainwash others with an unknown method, although so far, this only works for Poppy.

Most of his traits are from those of simulation games.

Powers and Abilities

As confirmed that he is a Bugster with a human form, similar to Graphite, Parado and Poppy Pipopapo.

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Mind Alteration/Reset
As shown with Poppy Pipopapo, Ren is able to use mind alteration/reset on women to do his bidding. When he used this ability, his eyes glow in a bluish-indigo color.
Self-Digitization
Much like most Bugsters, Ren is able to traverse between the real world and the digital world.
Voice Disguise
Ren is able to switch between two different voices; one being used when posing as Genm Corp.'s CEO, and another being used when he drops the CEO facade while speaking with the other Bugsters.
Fire Breath
In his human form, Ren can breath fire.

Forms

Lovelica Bugster

Lovelica Bugster

"Infection! Let's Game! Bad Game! Dead Game! What's your name?! The Bugster!"
―Transformation Announcement[src]

By using the Gashacon Bugvisor, he can assume this default monster form, though unlike Graphite, he does not need to attach the Bugvisor to its handle.

Lovelica's Level was never identified, though he was observed to be a match for Level 50 Kamen Riders and was viewed by CR as equal to Level 99 Bugsters Graphite and Para-DX.

Powers and Abilities
Invulnerability
Originating from a dating simulation, any physical attacks and bullet attacks, or any violent attacks as he describes them, do not work against him.
Attack Reversal
Besides his immunity to physical attacks, he can redirect an enemy's bullet attack back to themselves and his surrounding enemies.
Lovely Girls (ラヴリーガールズ, Ravurī Gāruzu)
Lovrica's Bugster Viruses, taking the form of a harem of maids. They can also help him empower his attacks via his charm towards women. However, due of Ex-Aid's reprogramming, his harem is destroyed, allowing him to become vulnerable to physical attacks.
Weaknesses
Women's Rejection
He can take a huge amount of damage when being insulted and rejected by females, to the point of de-transforming himself. Causing Lovelica being 'heartbroken' from love.
Maximum Mighty X
Like all Bugsters, Lovrica is susceptible to being reprogrammed by Maximum Mighty X.

Appearances: Ex-Aid Episode 27, 32


Ride-Player

Ride-Player

"Enter the Game! Ri-Riding the End!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Statistics

  • Height: 198.0 cm.
  • Weight: 96.1 kg.

Ability Perimeters:

  • Punching power: 5.0 t.
  • Kicking power: 9.0 t.
  • Maximum jump height: 25.0 m.
  • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 8.0 sec.

Ride-Players are the "Kamen Rider" form used by civilians to play Kamen Rider Chronicle. To transform into a Ride-Player, a person must activate their Kamen Rider Chronicle Gashat, and press its button again to transform. In this form, all Ride-Players are equipped with the Ride Weapon, which can transform between a sword and a gun.

They also have the ability to use other Gashacon Weapons used by the Riders by stealing their Gashats and activating them, as shown when several Ride-Players stole Emu's Gashats and activated them to summon the Gashacon Key Slasher and Gashacon Sparrow. However, this ability is limited, as if a Ride-Player takes away the Gashacon Weapon for the corresponding Gashat (seen with the Gashacon Breaker of Mighty Action X), no matter how many times another Ride-Player activates the Mighty Action X Gashat, another Gashacon Breaker will not appear.

Ride-Players detransform by pressing the Kamen Rider Chronicle Gashat's button again. Where they store the Gashat while transformed is unclear.

Currently, this form has no formal finisher.

Ren briefly used this form during a live broadcast by Genm Corp. to promote Kamen Rider Chronicle.

This form is exclusive to Ex-Aid Episode 27


Equipment

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

Ren Amagasaki is portrayed by Shinya Kote (小手 伸也, Kote Shinya). His other voice is voiced by Junichi Suwabe (諏訪部 順一 , Suwabe Jun'ichi), who is also the narrator for Ex-Aid. In his initial cameo, he was portrayed by an unidentified stand-in. As the Lovelica Bugster, he is portrayed by suit actor Hajime Kanzaki (神前 元, Kanzaki Hajime).

Concept Art

Lovrica Bugster concept art

Lovrica Bugster was designed by Katsuya Terada (寺田 克也, Terada Katsuya).

Notes

  • Ren is the second double-agent character who possesses a monstrous identity and a secondary voice who is portrayed by their respective narrators, the first being Kuniteru Emoto/Virgo/Tachibana from Kamen Rider Fourze.
    • Furthermore, both kaijin (Lovelica Bugster and Virgo Zodiarts) base color is pink.
  • Ren's role and association with the Bugsters makes him similar to Mitsuhide Nira from Kamen Rider Drive, both of which are comic relief villains. Except the difference are their final TV appearances' status, whereas Ren is dead (Killed by Cronus) while Mitsuhide isn't (Arrested after being K.O'ed by Brain).
  • Ren is the first Bugster to become a temporary Rider, unlike Parado and Poppy becoming permanent Riders. Though unlike previous one-time villain Riders, he only uses his Rider form for non-combat reasons.
  • Lovelica's name, when translated to his Japanese text name "Ravurika" is a pun to "love freak", henced by his home game world and his personality.
  • Lovelica is the only Perfected Bugster whose human host is still unknown.

Appearances

Sources

References

Icon-exaid.png Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
Kamen Riders
Emu Hojo - Hiiro Kagami (Game World) - Taiga Hanaya - Kiriya Kujo - Kuroto Dan - Parado - Asuna Karino/Poppy Pipopapo - Masamune Dan - Ride-Players (Nico Saiba - Haima Kagami) - Genm (Bakusou Treasure) - Kagenari Nagumo - Ninja-Player - Black Parado
Gear
Game Scope - Gamer Driver - Kimewaza Slot Holder - Rider Gashat - Energy Items - Buggle Driver (II) - Bugster Buckle - Gashat Gear Dual (β - Another) - Rider Gauges - Rider Gashat Case - Energy Item Holder
Gashacon Weapons
Gashacon Breaker - Gashacon Sword - Gashacon Magnum - Gashacon Sparrow - Gashacon Bugvisor (II - G) - Gashacon Key Slasher - Gashacon Parabragun
Other Weapons
Flamber Saber - Ride Weapon - Fuma Sōzantō - Genin Weapon
Gamers
Robot Gamer - Beat Gamer - Combat Gamer - Chambara Gamer - Sports Gamer - Hunter Gamer - Bike Gamer - Burger Gamer - Fantasy Gamer - Simulation Gamer - Maximum Gamer - Safari Gamer - Tank Gamer - Legacy Gamer - Pac Gamer - Famista Gamer - Xevious Gamer - Galaxian Gamer
Other
Gashatrophies
Allies
Asuna Karino - Haima Kagami - Kyotaro Hinata - Ginko Yumita - Nico Saiba - Satsuki Ogimachi - Mizuki Nishikikoji - Tsukuru Koboshi
Others: Saki Momose - Sakurako Dan - Eight Kirino - Saiko Yaotome
Locations: Seito University Hospital - CR - Ministry of Health - Hanaya Game Illness Clinic - Genm Corp. - Game World - Machina Vision - Next Genome Institute
Bugsters
Generals: Parado - Graphite - Ren Amagasaki - Gamedeus
Movie-exclusive: Michihiko Zaizen - Pac-Man Virus - Hatena Bugster - Soji Kuruse - Kazushige Ryuzaki - Ageha Takeda - Johnny Maxima - Nebula Bugster
Stageshow-exlusive: Futago Bugster
Regular Bugsters: Bugster Virus - Bugster Union - Salty Bugster - Aranbura Bugster - Revol Bugster - Motors Bugster - Collabos Bugsters (Gekitotsu - DoReMiFa - Giri Giri - Jet - Kamen Rider Genm series) - Burgermon Bugster - Gatton Bugster - Vernier Bugster - Kaiden Bugster - Charlie Bugster
Games
Regular Games: Mighty Action X - Taddle Quest - Bang Bang Shooting - Bakusou Bike - Gekitotsu Robots - DoReMiFa Beat - Giri Giri Chambara - Jet Combat - Shakariki Sports - Drago Knight Hunter Z - Dangerous Zombie - Mighty Brothers XX - Perfect Puzzle - Knock Out Fighter - Perfect Knock Out - Ju Ju Burger - Night of Safari - Bang Bang Tank - Taddle Fantasy - Bang Bang Simulations - Taddle Legacy - Maximum Mighty X - Kamen Rider Chronicle - Toki Meki Crisis - Hyper Muteki - Doctor Mighty XX - Mighty Creator VRX - Hurricane Ninja - God Maximum Mighty X - Knock Out Fighter 2 - Zombie Chronicle - Mighty Novel X
Legend Rider Games: Let's Go Ichi Gou! - Adventure Guy Kuuga - Agito of the Sun - Mirror Labyrinth Ryuki - Moshi Moshi Faiz - King of Poker Blade - Taiko Master Hibiki - Insect Wars Kabuto - Time Express Den-O - DokiDoki Makai Castle Kiva - Barcode Warrior Decade - Detective Double - Jungle OOO - Space Galaxy Fourze - Magic The Wizard - Toukenden Gaim - Full Throttle Drive - Kaigan Ghost - Kamen Rider Build - Ganbarizing
Legend Games: Pac Adventure - Famista - Xevious - Taiko no Tatsujin - Galaxian
Other Games: Hatesate Puzzle - Buddhist Priest of Temple - Chou Super Hero Taisen - Chou Shocker Taisen - Bakusou Treasure - WayoseTUNE - Nazo Toki Labyrinth
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