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"Your heart wasn't in it, but that's alright. I am a person with a large heart."
―Toru to Sumiko after the G3-X went out of control[src]

Toru Hojo (北條 透 Hōjō Tōru) is a 25-year-old police officer and has a rivalry with Makoto and Sumiko. Toru is brilliant and talented in his profession as well as crafty and underhanded, such as his first attempt to capture Agito which nearly got him killed by Aki.

History

Initially, Toru firmly believed that Makoto Hikawa was unsuited to be G3's user and while he thought he was an excellent cop and detective, he was "selected" because of the Akatsuki incident.

Some time after, Toru managed to become G3's user, but was quickly re-evaluated and lost rights to the G3 to Makoto once more. This starts a feud as Toru slowly attempts to find ways to make Makoto lose his position as G3's user. He was the mastermind behind the Agito Capture Plan, though the one caught in the crossfire during the operation would be Ryo Ashihara/Kamen Rider Gills instead. When Ryo met Toru again much later, he would punch the latter as a form of retribution.

Eventually, he creates the Victory One System to combat the G3/G3-X, however during a competition to demonstrate which system was better, G3-X's AI went haywire and destroyed the V-1 beyond repair and also demonstrated that the system was able to destroy the Unknowns with ease.

Toru would later attempt to become the G3-X's user, but instead shifts his focus onto discovering why the Unknowns are targeting people. Toru was the first person to learn of Shoichi's identity as the masked vigilante known as Agito. Eventually with the help of Mana Kazaya, he discovers that Yukina Sawaki, Shoichi's sister, was the first Agito and could not control its power, causing her to accidentally kill Mana's father, Nobuyuki Kazaya.

When Toru learns that Makoto's eyesight started to deteriorate, Toru aids Makoto through microphone to fight against the Unknowns as the latter is unable to see.

After the defeat of the El of the Water, a month passes without any Unknown attacks. With the assumption that the Unknown have finally been defeated, Toru sees the increasing number of humans developing the power of Agito as a threat and believes that without the Unknown, Agito would eventually grow to take over humanity as its ruler. When the Unknown re-emerge again with the appearance of the other El Lords, Toru is once again reassigned to the G3 Unit, which was repurposed to protect the remaining Unknown and target the Agitos instead. Becoming the user of G3-X, he along with Takahiro Omuro as G3, sets his sights on Shoichi. However, the G3 Unit is forcefully reclaimed by Ozawa and Hikawa, as Hikawa becomes G3-X once more to face the remaining El Lords alongside Agito and Gills.

A year after the Overlord's defeat, Toru would reunite with Ozawa again whilst working on a case in London.

Video Game appearances

Kamen Rider Break Joker

V1 Break Joker card

V-1 appears as a playable character with other Riders and monsters in Kamen Rider Break Joker.

Forms

G3

Kamen Rider G3

Rider Statistics:[1]

  • Rider Height: 192 cm
  • Rider Weight: 150 kg

Rider Senses:[1]

  • Eyesight: 5 km
  • Hearing: 5 km

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 1 t[1]
  • Lifting Power: 20 t with GA-04 Antoures[2]
  • Kicking Power: 3 t[1]
  • Resistance: Hardness 8[1]
  • Maximum Jump Height: 10 m[1]
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100 m per 10 seconds[1]

The Generation-3 System was developed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Squad Against Unidentified Lifeforms division. SAUL had received funding from the city government to develop a reinforced exo-suit to combat the Gurongi, which were known to the police as Unindetified Lifeforms. Their design was based on Kuuga, who was thought to be the fourth Unidentified Lifeform to appear. However, because the Gurongi were eliminated before its completion, research on the project was postponed indefinitely. By this time, the data acquired from the first two phases of the project had been implemented into the Generation-3 System, which was entering its final phase of development and ready for deployment. With the emergence of the Lords, the police's G3 unit was commissioned to contend with the threat.

Despite using advanced technology, G3 is vastly outclassed by the Lords and those that possess a Seed of Agito, leading to it being overwhelmed in its first battles.

G3 is equipped with conventional ballistic weapons. His primary armament is the GM-01 Scorpion, which is holstered on his right hip. The Scorpion can be augmented with the GG-02 Salamander grenade launcher, which serves as G3's main method of destroying Lords. For close combat, he can equip the GS-03 Destroyer on his left arm. The Guardacceler, which is used to access the Guard Chaser or can function as a backup weapon, is stored on the left thigh.

Appearances: Agito Episodes 9-11


Kamen Rider G3-X

G3-X

Rider Statistics:[1]

  • Rider Height: 192 cm
  • Rider Weight: 176 kg

Rider Senses:[1]

  • Eyesight: 15 km
  • Hearing: 15 km

Ability Parameters:

  • Punching Power: 2.5 t[1]
  • Lifting Power: 20 t with GA-04 Antoures[2]
  • Kicking Power: 7.5 t[1]
  • Resistance: Hardness 10[1]
  • Maximum Jump Height: 20 m[1]
  • Maximum Running Speed: 100 m per 8 seconds[1]

Special Attacks:

The Generation-3 eXtension is an upgrade to the G3-System developed by Sumiko Ozawa in order to address G3's failure to effectively combat Lords. G3-X offers a drastic improvement in combat ability, allowing it to fight on more even ground. However, its most notable addition is an on-board AI to assist the operator. However, the AI's implementation was revealed to be seriously flawed. The AI's calculations, though perfect, required precise coordination and synchronization with the suit's motor functions. If the operator could not coordinate with the AI, G3-X would act erratically by itself and damage the user's body in the process. To address this issue, a new control chip with a less advanced AI was installed to make the suit less demanding.

In addition to the standard GM-01 Scorpion, G3-X's main armament is the new GX-05 Kerberos, a powerful vulcan gun that allows for modular customization. It can be equipped with a scope or docked with the Scorpion and converted to a missile launcher. For close combat, G3-X replaces the Destroyer with the GK-06 Unicorn, an electromagnetic combat knife stored on the left arm.

Appearances: Agito Episodes 49-50


V-1

V-1 System

Statistics:[3][4][5][6]

  • Height: 185 cm
  • Weight: 130 kg.

Senses:[3][4][6]

  • Eyesight: 8 km
  • Hearing: 10 km

Ability Parameters:

The Victory-1 System (V-1システム Bui Wan Shisutemu) was commissioned by Toru to rival the G3-X system as the new replacement for the obsolete G3-System. This suit only saw action once, where Toru used it to chase away Apis Mellitus, preventing the monster from killing its victim. It was damaged beyond repair during a test round against G3-X, as the AI of G3-X interpreted Toru aiming a gun at Makoto as a hostile act, thus marking him as an enemy. This caused the AI to go haywire, causing G3-X to attack Toru.

Since the AI of G3-X was fixed, the police decided to discontinue the V-1 project, as G3-X proved to be more than capable of handling Unknowns.

Appearances: Agito Episode 23, Project G1.


Equipment

Weapon

Behind the scenes

Portrayal

Toru Hojo was portrayed by Jun Yamasaki (山崎 潤 Yamasaki Jun), who later played as Itsuro Takuma/Centipede Orphnoch in Kamen Rider 555. As Kamen Rider G3, his suit actor was Makoto Itō (伊藤 慎 Itō Makoto). As V-1, his suit actor was Seiji Takaiwa (高岩 成二 Takaiwa Seiji)[7].

V-1 Rider status

The V-1 System's Kamen Rider status is debatable since the system was never referenced or designated as a Kamen Rider. Design-wise, V-1 has no resemblance to previous Kamen Riders and is much more reminiscent of a Metal HeroIcon-crosswiki.png.

V-1 Design

As noted, the V-1 System looks very similar to the protagonists of the Metal Hero SeriesIcon-crosswiki.png. This is due to the fact that V-1's costume is made up of various props from various Metal Heroes. The V-1 System's composed of SolbraverIcon-crosswiki.png's helmet, JibanIcon-crosswiki.png's body (with Kamen Rider G3-X's chestplates), a Try JacketIcon-crosswiki.png's legs, and the BW-01 DictatorIcon-crosswiki.png for the sidearm. With the completed costume painted metallic silver, V-1 resembles GavanIcon-crosswiki.png, the original Metal Hero and the first of the Space SheriffsIcon-crosswiki.png.

Appearances

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 TV Asahi. (2001). Kamen Rider G3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kamen Rider Official Data/Perfect File.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Shogakukan. (2001). Masked Rider Agito: Complete Works. First Volume. p. 31. ISBN 978-4091014788
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 MediaWorks. (2002). Masked Rider Agito: Hybrid File. p. 67. ISBN 978-4840221719.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Hobby Japan. (2007). S.I.C. Official Diorama Story: S.I.C. Hero Saga. Vol. 2. p. 39. ISBN 978-4894256309.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Kodansha. (2015). Kamen Rider Official Mook. Heisei Vol. 02. p. 15. ISBN 978-4063535525.
  7. Super Complete Works Volume 1 2001, p. 69

Footnotes

  1. Equivalent to Agito's Rider Kick[2][3][4]

See also

Icon-agito.png Kamen Rider Agito
Shoichi Tsugami - Makoto Hikawa - Ryo Ashihara - Kaoru Kino - Shiro Mizuki (Movie Exclusive) - Yukina Sawaki
Allies
Mana Kazaya - Professor Yoshihiko Misugi - Taichi Misugi - Dr. Higashi Kunieda
Tokyo Police Department
SAUL Team: Sumiko Ozawa - Takahiro Omuro
Police: Toru Hojo
The Akatsuki Survivors
Tomoko Miura - Saeko Shinohara - Aki Sakaki - Katsuhiko Sagara - Masumi Sekiya - Koji Majima - Jun Tachibana - Masahide Takashima - Kazuo Ashihara
The Lords
OverLord
The Els: El of the Water - El of the Wind - El of the Ground
Jaguar Lords - Tortoise Lords - Snake Lords - Crow Lords - Zebra Lords -Jackal Lords - Bee Lords - Stingray Lords - Fish Lords - Lizard Lords - Ant Lords
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