Kamen Rider Kuuga
|Kamen Rider Kuuga|
|Writer||Arakawa Naruhisa and others|
|Director||Ishida Hidenori and others|
Kamen Rider Kuuga!|
Singer: Tanaka Masayuki
Aozora ni Naru|
Singer: Hashimoto Jin
|No. of episodes||49|
Shimizu Yumi (TV Asahi)|
Takadera Shigenori (Toei)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Fan Rating||N/A / 5 Stars|
|Original channel||TV Asahi|
|Time||8:00 am Sun|
|Original run||January 30, 2000– January 21, 2001|
|Followed by||Kamen Rider Agito|
|TV Asahi site|
仮面ライダークウガ Masked Rider Kuuga
- A New Hero. A New Legend.
- 1 Series Synopsis
- 2 Characters
- 3 Terms
- 4 Locations
- 5 Chronology
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Staff
- 8 T-N Release List
- 9 Related Links
- 10 External Links
An ancient race, the Grongi, have revived in the modern day. Godai Yuusuke is a young man who discovers the power of Kuuga that dwells within an ancient belt. He is the only one who can fight against the monstrous threat of the Grongi.
The Linto (リント)
Godai Family and Friends
- Godai Yuusuke / Kamen Rider Kuuga - Odagiri Joe → 五代雄介 / 仮面ライダークウガ - オダギリジョー
- Godai Minori - Aoi Wakana → 五代みのり - 葵若菜
- Sawatari Sakurako - Murata Kazumi → 沢渡桜子 - 村田和美
- Jean Michel Sorrel - Vasilov Serge → ジャン・ミッシェル・ソレル - セルジュ・ヴァシロフ
- Oyassan - Kitarou → おやっさん - きたろう
- Asahina Nana - Mizuhara Shio → 朝比奈奈々 - 水原詩生
- Ichijou Kaoru - Katsuyama Shingo → 一条薫 - 葛山信吾
- Sugita Morimichi - Matsuyama Takashi → 杉田守道 - 松山鷹志
- Sakurai Tsuyoshi - Yoneyama Nobuyuki → 桜井剛 - 米山信之
- Sasayama Nozomi - Tanaka Eri → 笹山望見 - 田中恵理
- Police Chief Matsukura Sadao - Ishiyama Yudai → 松倉貞雄 - 石山雄大
Police Related Agencies
Referred by the police as Unidentified Lifeforms (未確認生命体).
- Ra Baruba De (No.B1) - Nanamori Mie → ラ・バルバ・デ (未確認生命体B1号) - 七森美江
- Zu Gooma Gu (No.3) - Fujio Mitsuru → ズ・ゴオマ・グ (未確認生命体3号) - 藤王みつる
- Narration - Tachiki Fumihiko → ナレーション - 立木文彦
- Kamen Rider Kuuga - Tominaga Kenji → 仮面ライダークウガ - 富永研司
- Kamen Rider Kuuga (motorcycle stunts) - Narita Takumi → 仮面ライダークウガ (オートバイスタント) - 成田匠
- Grongi - Ito Makoto → グロンギ怪人 - 伊藤慎
- Grongi - Fukuzawa Hirofumi → グロンギ怪人 - 福沢博文
- Go Zazaru Ba (No.43) - Hachisuka Shoji → ゴ・ザザル・バ (未確認生命体43号) - 蜂須賀昭二
- Go Jaraji Da (No.42) - Ogura Toshihiro → ゴ・ジャラジ・ダ (未確認生命体42号) - おぐらとしひろ
- Go Badaa Ba (No.41) - Narita Ryo → ゴ・バダー・バ (未確認生命体41号) - 成田亮
Ruins of Mountain Kurogatake - The mountain in Nagano where the Unidentified Lifeforms were revived.
- Bunkyou District - Pore-Pore Tea Cafe
- Chiba - Police Science Research Institute
- Jounan University - Archeology Research Lab
- Toshima District - Wakaba Nursery
January 30, 2000- January 21, 2001 (49 episodes)
|Episode 01||Revival||復活||January 30, 2000||Arakawa Naruhisa||Ishida Hidenori||8.9%|
|Episode 02||Henshin||変身||February 6, 2000||9.2%|
|Episode 03||Tokyo||東京||February 13, 2000||Watanabe Katsuya||10.8%|
|Episode 04||Sprint||疾走||February 20, 2000||9.2%|
|Episode 05||Distance||距離||February 27, 2000||Nagaishi Takao||10.3%|
|Episode 06||Blue Dragon||青龍||March 5, 2000||8.6%|
|Episode 07||Grief||傷心||March 12, 2000||Ishida Hidenori||9.7%|
|Episode 08||Archer||射手||March 19, 2000||9.2%|
|Episode 09||Siblings||兄妹||March 26, 2000||Watanabe Katsuya||9.1%|
|Episode 10||Violence||熾烈||April 2, 2000||8.4%|
|Episode 11||A Promise||約束||April 9, 2000||Nagaishi Takao||8.6%|
|Episode 12||Impactful Teacher||恩師||April 16, 2000||8.5%|
|Episode 13||Doubt||不審||April 23, 2000||Inoue Toshiki||Ishida Hidenori||9.3%|
|Episode 14||Omen||前兆||April 30, 2000||9.5%|
|Episode 15||Armored||装甲||May 7, 2000||Arakawa Naruhisa||Watanabe Katsuya|
|Episode 16||Faith||信条||May 14, 2000||10.8%|
|Episode 17||Battle Preparations||臨戦||May 21, 2000||Suzumura Nobuhiro||8.5%|
|Episode 18||Loss||喪失||May 28, 2000||Inoue Toshiki||Nagaishi Takao||10.4%|
|Episode 19||Spirit Stone||霊石||June 4, 2000||Arakawa Naruhisa||Ishida Hidenori||11.0%|
|Episode 20||Smile||笑顔||June 11, 2000||8.1%|
|Episode 21||Secret Maneuvers||暗躍||June 25, 2000||Watanabe Katsuya||10.0%|
|Episode 22||Game||遊戯||July 2, 2000||10.9%|
|Episode 23||Unease||不安||July 9, 2000||Inoue Toshiki||Nagaishi Takao||7.2%|
|Episode 24||Augmentation||強化||July 16, 2000||10.7%|
|Episode 25||Wander||彷徨||July 23, 2000||Arakawa Naruhisa||Ishida Hidenori||8.9%|
|Episode 26||Self||自分||July 30, 2000||10.1%|
|Episode 27||Ripple||波紋||August 6, 2000||Inoue Toshiki||Watanabe Katsuya||8.5%|
|Episode 28||Explanation||解明||August 13, 2000||8.1%|
|Episode 29||Crossroads||岐路||August 20, 2000||Arakawa Naruhisa||Nagaishi Takao||7.6%|
|Episode 30||Fate||運命||August 27, 2000||9.1%|
|Episode 31||Return Fire||応戦||September 3, 2000||Suzumura Nobuhiro||9.7%|
|Episode 32||Obstacle||障害||September 10, 2000||Inoue Toshiki||Kaneda Osamu||11.1%|
|Episode 33||Cooperation||連携||September 17, 2000||9.6%|
|Episode 34||Shudder||戦慄||October 1, 2000||Arakawa Naruhisa||Ishida Hidenori||10.2%|
|Episode 35||Likes and Dislikes||愛憎||October 8, 2000||9.3%|
|Episode 36||Complication||錯綜||October 15, 2000||Watanabe Katsuya||10.4%|
|Episode 37||Approach||接近||October 22, 2000||11.7%|
|Episode 38||Change||変転||October 29, 2000||Nagaishi Takao||11.2%|
|Episode 39||Powerful Demon||強魔||November 12, 2000||11.3%|
|Episode 40||Impulse||衝動||November 19, 2000||Ishida Hidenori||10.4%|
|Episode 41||Control||抑制||November 26, 2000||10.2%|
|Episode 42||Battlefield||戦場||December 3, 2000||Kaneda Osamu||10.9%|
|Episode 43||Reality||現実||December 10, 2000||11.0%|
|Episode 44||Crisis||危機||December 17, 2000||Watanabe Katsuya||11.4%|
|Episode 45||Powerful Enemy||強敵||December 24, 2000||10.9%|
|Episode 46||Persistence||不屈||December 31, 2000||8.1%|
|Episode 46.5||First Dream||初夢||January 2, 2001||Takenaka Kiyoshi||Kofuji Koichi||5.1%|
|Episode 47||Determination||決意||January 7, 2001||Arakawa Naruhisa||Ishida Hidenori||8.4%|
|Episode 48||Kuuga||空我||January 14, 2001||10.5%|
|Episode 49||Yuusuke||雄介||January 21, 2001||11.8%|
|Kamen Rider Kuuga Special Version
|October 21, 2001||N/A|
Average: 9.7% (All Episodes)
Highest: 11.8% (Episode 49)
Lowest: 7.2% (Episode 23)
- Kamen Rider Kuuga 50: 乙彼
- Kamen Rider Kuuga Super Secret DVD: 仮面ライダークウガ超ひみつビデオ「仮面ライダークウガVS剛力怪人ゴ・ジイノ・ダ」
- Kamen Rider Kuuga Novel: released on June 28, 2013 , written by Arakawa Naruhisa.
- Kamen Rider Kuuga Manga vol 1-10: written by Inoue Toshiki.
- vol 1: released on July 4, 2015 .
- vol 2: released on November 5, 2015 .
- vol 3: released on December 4, 2015 .
- vol 4: released on July 5, 2016 .
- vol 5: released on December 5, 2016 .
- vol 6: released on December 29, 2016 .
- vol 7: released on August 5, 2017 .
- vol 8: released on December 29, 2017 .
- vol 9: released on June 5, 2018 .
- vol 10: released on December 5, 2018 .
- vol 11: released on May 2, 2019 .
- vol 12: released on August 5, 2019 .
- vol 13: released on January 10, 2020 .
On the Chronology
Home Video Release
Kuuga was the sixth Heisei Rider to have its TV series rereleased in Blu-ray format.
- The Blu-ray Box 2 includes an interview titled as Inspection Document Kuuga (「検証」～ドキュメント・オブ・クウガ～).
- The interview consists of Odagiri Joe (Godai Yuusuke/Kuuga), Katsuyama Shingo (Ichijou Kaoru), Arakawa Naruhisa (Main Screenwriter), Ishida Hidenori (Main Director), and Takadera Shigenori (a Toei Producer).
- Unlike the Showa Riders, Kuuga was filmed in 16:9, the ratio for widescreen.
- Kuuga is the only series featuring a single Rider in the Heisei era.
- Kuuga aired on Super Hero Time alongside with Super Sentai. This tradition is followed by all Heisei Riders after Kuuga.
- Tominaga Kenji returns as Kuuga's stunt actor on Kamen Rider Decade.
- Toei producer, Shirakura Shinichiro, mentioned that Toei originally planned not to make sequels after the conclusion of Kuuga. They wanted to stop airing the Kamen Rider franchise on TV. However, Kuuga received positive feedbacks from the audiences while airing on TV and the producers changed their minds. A sequel was eventually made, thus starting the trend of Heisei Riders. Shirakura mentioned this discussion when he was interviewed about the Kamen Rider Taisen movie.
- Odagiri Joe himself spoke negatively about his overall experience in playing Godai Yuusuke/Kuuga. Despite passing the audition for the titular role, he didn't like to be involved in such project. He never wanted to play such role aiming at childrens; he wants to be an actor who can instantly become famous in playing roles that are aiming at adults. Throughout filming the Kuuga episodes, Odagiri considered about resigning from being an actor because he couldn't tolerate any longer in playing Godai / Kuuga. Toei producer, Takadera Shigenori, persuaded him that he's just a novice in the entertainment industry; he should be patient and finish Kuuga first if he really wants to be famous. Odagiri reluctantly changed his mind and stayed on until Kuuga finally concluded.
T-N Release List
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- JP Wiki
- TV Asahi site
- Toei site
- Toei Video site
- Wiki on TV ratings
- Kuuga Location Guide
- Kuuga Encyclopedia (JP)