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"Pain... and sadness... will never disappear. That's why... I'd rather get hurt than let it happen to those dear to me. Isn't that right? Kouta?"
―Mitsuzane before transforming for the first time.[src]



"It's true he was a hero. But...Kouta isn't here now. That's why we have to be the heroes!"
―Post-Helheim invasion redeemed Mitsuzane before transforming to fight Jam[src]



Mitsuzane "Mitchy" Kureshima (呉島 "ミッチ" 光実 Kureshima "Mitchi" Mitsuzane?) is a member of the Kureshima Family and is the younger brother of Takatora Kureshima. Mitsuzane, initially a member of Team Gaim and a close friend of Kouta Kazuraba becomes Kamen Rider Ryugen (仮面ライダー龍玄 [リュウゲン] Kamen Raidā Ryūgen?, lit. "Dragon Mystery") to protect his team and his friends during the Inves Games.



Hidden from his friends is his Kureshima background where he was forced to live in an environment with a heavy burden from his brother, who wants him to exceed in life, likewise the same from his father, Amagi Kureshima. Mitsuzane eventually joins his brother's goal of trying to save humanity from the Helheim Invasion through Project Ark, but when his brother allies himself with Kouta, he becomes a victim of a coup d'état causing Mitsuzane to blame Kouta for his brother's "death" and causing his crush, Mai Takatsukasa to lash out at him. Through Kouta and Mai's "death", Mitsuzane is unable to see his other friends eye to eye and views himself as someone who is incapable of their friendship.



For a short time, Mitsuzane takes up the mantle of Kamen Rider Zangetsu Shin (仮面ライダー斬月 真 [ザンゲツ シン] Kamen Raidā Zangetsu Shin?, lit "True Slaying Moon") until it is destroyed by Ryoma Sengoku and also became the lethal Kamen Rider Ryugen Yomi (仮面ライダー龍玄・黄泉 [リュウゲン・ヨミ] Kamen Raidā Ryūgen Yomi?, lit "Dragon Mystery Underworld").

At the end of the TV series, Mitsuzane is the last person with the Sengoku Driver and strives to become a hero in Kouta's stead now that he and Mai are gone.



Character HistoryEdit

As a young child, Mitsuzane was raised by his older brother, Takatora Kureshima. His parents were typically overseas, causing him to never have any bond with his parents. Growing up, Takatora tried his best to have Mitsuzane go down a path of education and success in hopes that Mitsuzane will not learn of the Helheim conspiracy.



Mitsuzane in his teenage years was a member of Team Gaim becoming Armored Rider Ryugen to protect his team alongside Armored Rider Gaim in the Inves Games. Quickly, they rise to the top of the rankings and Mitsuzane learns firsthand of a conspiracy going with the White Armored Rider, the "forest", and the Inves. He learns that the White Armored Rider is in fact Takatora.



When Inves starts to attack humans in broad daylight, Mitsuzane quickly realizes that Yggdrasill has made the Beat Rider Teams scapegoats in the Helheim conspiracy and chooses to discard his Sengoku Driver. However, he is forced to pick it up once more to save Kouta and Kaito when they are captured by Yggdrasill and accidentally shows on the camera feed to his brother that he is an Armored Rider as well.



Takatora confronts Mitsuzane and reveals to him the truth of Helheim, causing Mitsuzane to prioritize his friends happiness by leaving them in the shadow. This ultimately causes him to betray his friends numerous times and results into his crush, Mai to lash out at him for attempting to blame Kouta for an Inves attack (planned by Mitsuzane on his own friends to prevent confidential information from being leaked).

Mitsuzane takes the mantle of New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin when his brother is forcefully stripped of his rank and thrown into Helheim by his peers when the latter decides to ally himself with Kouta. Mitsuzane blames Kouta for all of the "miserable" things that have been happening to him and decides to use Zangetsu Shin as a way to destroy the bond between Takatora and Kouta. Though this fails, Mitsuzane allies himself with the Over Lords once Project Ark fails and becomes more sadistic as everyone continues to protect Kouta.



When his brother turns out to be alive, Takatora and Mitsuzane clash with the former being defeated and thrown into the water with his Sengoku Driver being permanently destroyed. After this battle, Mitsuzane suffers from hallucinations of his brother taunting him as Mitsuzane believes that he's nothing more than his brother's shadow. He later learns after the death of the last Over Lord, Rosyuo, that Mai is now the bearer of the Forbidden Fruit and rushes to her side with Ryoma Sengoku.



He is tricked by Ryoma on a suicide mission to kill Kouta and returns victorious, but realizes that Ryoma dissected Mai alive to steal the Forbidden Fruit and breaks down with the revelation that Kouta and Mai are both "dead". In the aftermath, Takatora returns alive, helping his brother cope.



Mitsuzane, after the Helheim Invasion, strives to be a hero in Kouta's stead as the last Sengoku Driver user in Zawame City. Kouta temporarily returns helping Mitsuzane defeat Kougane, but shortly leaves afterwards.



The Golden Fruit Cup EventEdit

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Set sometime after Ryoma Sengoku presents to Kouta a way to enter the Yggdrasill Tower through a back entrance, Mitsuzane's tragic memory of defeating Takatora is kept after the world is transitioned into the Soccer World, prompting him to realize that the current world he's in is fake, even though its really peaceful having no Inves invasion. He did remember that his brother has never been married. He acts alone for most of the film, such as after witnessing Takatora becomes insane and Sid's demise, investigating the disappearance of Ryoma Sengoku, and most luckily, noticed and kills the small hopper that causes all Riders to go insane like his brother and Sid had. Once he watches the last record, he goes to Lapis and confronts him. At the same time, all the Riders are eliminated which leaves Mitsuzane as the last surviving Rider. He suspects Lapis as a threat until Sagara reveals the true mastermind behind the recent event, and what will happen to Kouta. When Kouta is brainwashed by Kougane, Mitsuzane steps up to snap him out of it, with the help of Lapis. Later, surviving Riders Marika and Baron helpget Mai away from their brainwashed friend and Kougane. The Riders gather to stop Kougane once and for all. However, Kougane survives his encounter and returns to the real world seven months later.



Movie War: Full ThrottleEdit

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Set sometime after the events of the finale episode, Mitsuzane has finally reconciled with his brother Takatora and redeemed from his past sins. However, when Megahex's invasion and Ryoma's return threatens the peace, Mitsuzane becomes Ryugen once again, fighting alongside his brother to protect Zawame.



In the final portion of Movie War, Mitsuzane later teams up with Gaim, the returning Baron, Zangetsu Shin and Drive to fight Megahex ZZZ and the remaining Roimudes and Inves.




PersonalityEdit

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Initially a member of Team Gaim, Kouta views Mitsuzane as a younger brother. Mitsuzane is the son of the director of the Yggdrasill Corporation and attended an elite high school, a side of himself that he keeps hidden. Living under his brother's shadow, he wants to live freely and break free from the path established for him, as such he sees Team Gaim as family due to him being able to be himself while there once. Because of this, he falls in love with Mai Takatsukasa, the co-leader of Team Gaim.



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During the Beat Riders Saga, Mitsuzane eagerly follows Kouta into dangers and shapes his own beliefs around Kouta's to always wanting to help others if possible. By doing so, after discovering Yggdrasill's goals and the only logical option to save humanity, he focuses less time with his friends to a more calculated person to ensure that his best friend Kouta doesn't interfere with humanity's overall safety. In addition to this, Mitsuzane hid from Kouta the truth about Yuya because he couldn't bear to see his friend crushed and expose his identity as the younger brother of the White Armored Rider.



During the Yggdrasill Saga to the Forbidden Fruit Saga, Mitsuzane transitions from the safety of humanity to focus on eliminating Kouta for involving Mai into danger's way. As a logical thinker, Mitsuzane uses his status as a Kureshima to his advantage to coerce and manipulate others to achieve his own ends. This ultimately plays the downfall of many, including his loved one: Mai Takatsukasa and temporarily Kouta as Mitsuzane stabs him. As he adopts this more crude and sinister outlook on life as humanity is close to falling, Mitsuzane appears in a suit for the remainder of the Helheim Invasion, and will eliminate those who also interfere his desires, such as Kaito Kumon mostly. In the end on what he did after supposed killing Kouta, and having Mai falls into a true wrong hands twice from Rosyou after fusing the Golden Fruit on her then Ryoma after apparently kills her by taking her heart that is fused with the Golden Fruit, all he accomplish is more of nothingness for siding with a villain sides.



After realizing that he's accomplished nothing in life, Mitsuzane attempts to atone for his sins as the last Armored Rider in Zawame City and protect it from enemies. In a final confrontation against Kougane, Mitsuzane temporarily adopts Kouta's Amekaji clothing style to honor his friend's memory as he stands alone against Kougane's attack on the city. Afterwards, he returns to his original look during Megahex's invasion.



ArmsEdit

Like with the other Armored Riders and New Generation Riders, Kamen Rider Ryugen/Ryugen Yomi/Zangetsu Shin's forms are called Arms (アームズ Āmuzu?). His personal Lockseeds are styled either dividing into three parts or ending with a fighting grunt ("Ha-Ha-Ha" or "Sei-ya Ha"). As Ryugen, all of Mitsuzane's Chinese Soldier-themed Arms' helmets share the suffix Men (? lit. "Face") as their title, while his visors are called Ryugan (龍眼 Ryūgan?, lit. "Dragon Eye". Doubles as a pun on "Japanese Longan").



As Armored Rider Ryugen/Ryugen Yomi, Mitsuzane's Sengoku Driver plays Chinese erhu & gong music and announces "Hai" (ハイー Haī?) before every transformation. By pressing the Sengoku Driver's Cutting Blade down on the Lockseed after transforming from one to three times, he can activate one of three finishing moves based on his current Arms form: Squash (スカッシュ Sukasshu?), Au Lait (オーレ Ōre?), or Sparking (スパーキング Supākingu?).



As New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin, Mitsuzane's Genesis Driver announces "Soda" (ソーダ Sōda?) before every transformation. By pushing the Genesis Driver's Seaboll Compressor into the Energy Lockseed after transforming from one to two times, he can activate one of two finishing moves based on his current Arms form: Squash (スカッシュ Sukasshu?) or Sparking (スパーキング Supākingu?). In addition to the Genesis Driver's finishing moves, Zangetsu Shin can perform a Sonic Volley (ソニックボレー Sonikku Borē?) finishing attack by inserting an Energy Lockseed into the Energy Drive Bay of his Sonic Arrow.



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The Ride Wear (ライドウェア Raido Uēa?) is Ryugen's default form undersuit, which is briefly seen during Ryugen's transformation sequence before the Armor Part attaches or when he changes Arms. However, this form is completely vulnerable to any incoming attacks when shot at directly in the suit rather than at the Arms that is descending down on the Rider.



The Ride Wear that Ryugen's Sengoku Driver has is easily identifiable through its Rider Indicator (ライダーインジケーター Raidā Injikētā?) faceplate. The Rider Indicator only identifies what Ride Wear a Sengoku Driver contains for simplicity and can be replaced with extensions such as the Genesis Core or Senyo Joint.


Kamen Rider Ryugen's standard Arms' ending theme is entitled "Point Of No Return".

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Budou Arms

"Hai! Budou Arms: Ryu, Hou, Ha-Ha-Ha!"
―Transformation announcement[src]
  • Height: 206 cm.
  • Weight: 105 kg.

Ability Perimeters:

  • Punching power: 6.7 t.
  • Kicking power: 10.2 t.
  • Maximum jump height: 28 m.
  • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 5.9 sec.

Budou Arms (ブドウアームズ Budou Āmuzu?, lit. "Grape Arms") is Ryugen's default grape-based armored Chinese Soldier form. Accessed through the Budou Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Budou Ryuhou, while the helmet Ryugen wears is the Syoryumen (招龍面 Shōryūmen?, lit. "Summoned Dragon Face"). This form debuts in episode 4.



In this form, Ryugen's statistics are the same as Gaim's Orange Arms, making Ryugen, in theory, a good substitution for Gaim. However, the downside of this form is that, as a gunslinger, it lacks close combat abilities.



When Ryugen activates his Sengoku Driver's Squash function, he can execute one of two finishing attacks.

  • Dragon Shot (ドラゴンショット Doragon Shotto?): Ryugen pulls the hammer once, making violet-hued energy shaped after grapes expel from the sides of the Ryuhou, with golden Asian lung energy coils circling the barrel. The energy balls then move to the muzzle of the gun, pooling into one big sphere. Once the charge is complete, seconds before the trigger is pulled, the ball takes the form of an Asian lung's head, and shots are fired at high speeds, with each shot taking the form of a flying Asian lung.
  • Ryugen Kyaku (龍玄脚? lit. "Dragon Mystery Kick"): Ryugen jumps into the air while purple energy surrounds his right foot that releases grape-shaped energy as he strikes the target with a powerful kick.



Appearances: Episodes 4-9, Sengoku Movie Battle, 10-11, 15-17, 20-22, ToQger Vs. Gaim, Kamen Rider Taisen, 25-27, 29, Golden Fruits Cup!, 47, Movie War Full Throttle


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Kiwi Arms

"Hai! Kiwi Arms: Geki, Rin, Sei-ya Ha!"
―Transformation announcement[src]
  • Height: 206 cm.
  • Weight: 100 kg.

Ability Perimeters:

  • Punching power: 8.4 t.
  • Kicking power: 11.8 t.
  • Maximum jump height: 28 m.
  • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 5.7 sec.

Kiwi Arms (キウィアームズ Kiui Āmuzu?) is Ryugen's kiwi-based armored Chinese Soldier form. Accessed through the Kiwi Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Kiwi Gekirin, while the helmet Ryugen wears is the Kiuimen (急威面? lit. "Urgent Domination Face". Doubles as a pun on "Kiwi"). This form debuts in episode 10.



In this form, Ryugen's offensive stats have increased enough to almost rival Baron in Banana Arms, making him very dangerous to face against with his Kiwi Gekirin in hand, and unlike other Arm Changes of similar caliber (such as Gaim's Pine Arms and Baron's Mango Arms), Ryugen's jumping height in Kiwi Arms hasn't taken a hit, allowing him to jump as well as he could in Budou Arms, as well as a slightly faster running speed, though this can be easily looked over.



This Arms' finisher is the Spinning Hoop (スピニングフープ Supiningu Hūpu?), which is activated via the Au Lait function on the Sengoku Driver. Ryugen charges the Kiwi Gekirin with kiwi-shaped energy before slashing the enemy.



Appearances: Sengoku Movie Battle, Episodes 10-11, ToQger Vs. Gaim, Kamen Rider Taisen, Golden Fruits Cup!, Movie War Full Throttle



These Arms involve Lockseeds that are normally used by a different Armored Rider. All of these forms are exclusive to Kamen Rider Gaim Hyper Battle DVD: Fresh Orange Arms is Born!, where Mitsuzane tests out different Arms to use in his battle against Kouta and his new Fresh Orange Arms.

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"Hai! Melon Arms: Tenka Gomen!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Melon Arms (メロンアームズ Meron Āmuzu?) is Ryugen's muskmelon-based armored Japanese Samurai form. Accessed through the Melon Lockseed (reserved for Zangetsu), this form's Arms Weapon is the Melon Defender, while the helmet Ryugen wears is the Melo Kabuto (メロウカブト Merō Kabuto?, lit. "Melo Helmet") with the Pulp Eye (パルプアイ Parupu Ai?) visor.



This is the first of three Arms that Mitsuzane tested. However, he was embarrassed to use it because it is the same Arms his brother uses.



In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing, it is locked to a special Ryugen Budou Arms Ganbarizing Card.



Appearances: Fresh Orange Arms is Born!


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Banana Arms

"Hai! Banana Arms: Knight of Spe~ar!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Banana Arms (バナナアームズ Banana Āmuzu?) is Ryugen's banana-based armored European Knight form. Accessed through the Banana Lockseed (reserved for Baron), this form's Arms Weapon is the Banaspear, while the helmet Ryugen wears is the Burn Casque (バーンカスク Bān Kasuku?, a pun on "Banana") with the Burn Sight (バーンサイト Bān Saito?, see "Burn Casque") visor.



This is the second of three Arms that Mitsuzane tested. However, he complained that it is really hard to balance with asymmetrical shoulder pads.



In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing, it is locked to a special Ryugen Budou Arms Ganbarizing Card.



Appearances: Fresh Orange Arms is Born!


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Pine Arms

"Hai! Pine Arms: Funsai Destroy!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Pine Arms (パインアームズ Pain Āmuzu?, short for "Pineapple Arms") is Ryugen's pineapple-based armored Japanese Samurai form. Accessed through the Pine Lockseed (reserved for Gaim), this form's Arms Weapon is the Pine Iron, while the helmet Ryugen wears is the Spine Kabuto (スパインカブト Supain Kabuto?, lit. "Spine Helmet") with the Pulp Eye (パルプアイ Parupu Ai?) visor.



This is the third and final Arms that Mitsuzane tested. He commented that the Arms seems to be strong and he will try it. Unlike Gaim, whenever Ryugen swings the Pine Iron, he summons a golden energy projection of a Chinese dragon that can attack the enemy.



In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing, it is locked to a special Ryugen Kiwi Arms Ganbarizing Card.



Appearances: Fresh Orange Arms is Born!



The Rider Arms (ライダーアームズ Raidā Āmuzu?) are forms based on past Kamen Riders. With the exception of Double Arms, all of these forms are exclusive to Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing. However, some of these forms are also used in the norm by other Armored and New Generation Riders.

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"Hai! Double Arms: Cyclone, Joker, Ha-Ha-Ha!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Double Arms (ダブルアームズ Daburu Āmuzu?) is a Legend Rider Arms based on Kamen Rider Double's CycloneJoker form. Accessed through the Double Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Trigger Magnum.



In this form, Ryugen is able to perform a Rider Shooting finishing attack with the Trigger Magnum, as well as CycloneJoker's Joker Extreme (ジョーカーエクストリーム Jōkā Ekustorīmu?) Maximum Drive, during which Ryugen Double Arms' body splits down the middle as the halves descend on their target.



He was not, however, shown to activate a function on his Sengoku Driver beforehand for either finisher. The Double Lockseed's phrases for the Sengoku Driver functions are in the toyline.

  • Squash: Maximum Drive (マキシマムドライブ Makishimamu Doraibu?)
  • Au Lait: Cyclone (サイクロン Saikuron?)
  • Sparking: Joker (ジョーカー Jōkā?)



An apparent side effect of the Legend Rider Lockseeds is channeling the represented Rider's personality, with Mitsuzane proclaiming "Now, count up your sins!" (さあ、お前の罪を数えろ! Saa, omae no tsumi o kazoero!?) before executing the Maximum Drive, which actually is a misplacement of Double's signature pre-battle catchphrase.





This form is exclusive to Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle.


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"Hai! Faiz Arms: Mr. Justifaiz!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Faiz Arms (ファイズアームズ Faizu Āmuzu?) is a Legend Rider Arms based on Kamen Rider Faiz's default form. Accessed through the Faiz Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Faiz Edge.


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"Hai! Fourze Arms: Seishun Switch On!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Fourze Arms (フォーゼアームズ Fōze Āmuzu?) is a Legend Rider Arms based on Kamen Rider Fourze's Base States. Accessed through the Fourze Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Rocket Module



In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing, it is locked to a special Ryugen Kiwi Arms Ganbarizing Card.




Zangetsu-Shin Pre-Arms

Genetic Ride Wear

The Genetic Ride Wear (ゲネティックライドウェア Genetikku Raido Uēa?) is Zangetsu Shin's default form undersuit, which is briefly seen during Zangetsu Shin's transformation sequence before the Armor Part attaches. However, this form is completely vulnerable to any incoming attacks when shot at directly in the suit rather than at the Arms that is descending down on the Rider.


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Melon Energy Arms

"Soda! Melon Energy Arms! (Japanese techno music)"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Ability Perimeters:

  • Punching power: Unknown
  • Kicking power: Unknown
  • Maximum jump height: Unknown
  • Maximum running speed: Unknown

Melon Energy Arms (メロンエナジーアームズ Meron Enajī Āmuzu?) is Zangetsu Shin's default Yubari King cantaloupe-based armored Japanese Samurai/Archer form. Accessed through the Melon Energy Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Sonic Arrow, while the helmet Zangetsu Shin wears is the Barilon Kabuto (バリロンカブト Bariron Kabuto?, lit. "Barilon Helmet") with the Steering Eye (ステアリングアイ Sutearingu Ai?) visor. This form debuts in episode 28.



Compared to his fellow New Generation Riders, Mitsuzane as Zangetsu Shin is less formidable than the Original Zangetsu Shin. Though the stat increase compared to a Sengoku Driver is more noticeable, Mitsuzane as Zangetsu Shin resorts to using his environment to gain the upper advantage and cannot take on other Energy Lockseed Riders by himself. However, when Mitsuzane throws away all his doubts and becomes focused, Mitsuzane is regarded to be even stronger than Takatora, defeating the undefeated Gaim Kachidoki Arms singlehandedly and forcing Gaim Kiwami Arms and a Lemon Energy Arms Baron to retreat.



Mitsuzane loses the ability to transform into Zangetsu Shin when his Genesis Driver is disabled due to Ryoma activating its kill switch.



This Arms has two finishing attacks.

  • Sonic Volley (ソニックボレー Sonikku Borē?): After Zangetsu Shin locks the Melon Energy Lockseed into the Sonic Arrow, he fires a volley of arrow shots.
  • Unnamed Rider Slash: After Zangetsu Shin activates his Genesis Driver's Squash function, he fuels all the energy from the Melon Energy Lockseed into his body, which is then converted into his Sonic Arrow before he slashes the target.



Appearances: Episodes 28-29, 31, 33, 35-36, 38, 40-41


These Arms involve Lockseeds that are normally used by a different New Generation Rider. None of these Arms were assumed on-screen, but can be simulated via the Arms Change toyline.

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"Soda! Lemon Energy Arms: Fight, Power! Fight, Power! Fi-Fi-Fi-Fi-Fight!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Lemon Energy Arms (レモンエナジーアームズ Remon Enajī Āmuzu?) is Zangetsu-Shin's lemon-based armored European Knight/Archer form. Accessed through the Lemon Energy Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Sonic Arrow, while the helmet Zangetsu-Shin wears is the Lemos Headpiece (レーモスヘッドピース Rēmosu Heddopīsu?) with the Steering Eye (ステアリングアイ Sutearingu Ai?) visor.


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"Soda! Cherry Energy Arms! (Techno beat music)"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Cherry Energy Arms (チェリーエナジーアームズ Cherī Enajī Āmuzu?) is Zangetsu-Shin's cherry-based armored European Viking/Archer form. Accessed through the Cherry Energy Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Sonic Arrow, while the helmet Zangetsu-Shin wears is the Cher Headpiece (チェルヘッドピース Cheru Heddopīsu?) with the Steering Eye (ステアリングアイ Sutearingu Ai?) visor.


<div style="Peach Energy Arms</div>

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"Soda! Peach Energy Arms! (Arabian techno music)"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Peach Energy Arms (ピーチエナジーアームズ Pīchi Enajī Āmuzu?) is Zangetsu-Shin's peach-based armored Arabian Soldier/Archer form. Accessed through the Peach Energy Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Sonic Arrow, while the helmet Zangetsu-Shin wears is the Momoc Headpiece (モモックヘッドピース Momokku Heddopīsu?, lit. "Pink Headpiece") with the Steering Eye (ステアリングアイ Sutearingu Ai?) visor.


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"SODA! Dragon Energy Arms!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Dragon Energy Arms (ドラゴンエナジーアームズ Doragon Enajī Āmuzu?) is Zangetsu-Shin's pitaya-based (specifically the Pitahaya blanca) armored European Knight/Archer form, as well as his ultimate form. Accessed through the Dragon Fruits Energy Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapon is the Sonic Arrow.


The Rider Arms (ライダーアームズ Raidā Āmuzu?) are forms based on past Kamen Riders. Inexplicably, the New Generation Riders are capable of using the Legend Rider Lockseeds despite none of them being Class S Energy Lockseeds. All of these forms are exclusive to Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing. However, some of these forms are also used in the norm by other Armored and New Generation Riders.

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"Liquid! Agito Arms: Mezamero, Sono Tamashii!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Agito Arms (アギトアームズ Agito Āmuzu?) is a Legend Rider Arms based on Kamen Rider Agito's Ground Form, as well as utilizing the power of Storm Form and Flame Form in the same manner as his Trinity Form. Accessed through the Agito Lockseed, this form's Arms Weapons are the Storm Halberd and Flame Saber.


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The Yomotsu Ride Wear (ヨモツライドウェア Yomotsu Raido Uēa?) is Ryugen Yomi's default form undersuit, which is briefly seen during Ryugen Yomi's transformation sequence before the Armor Part attaches. However, this form is completely vulnerable to any incoming attacks when shot at directly in the suit rather than at the Arms that is descending down on the Rider.



While the Sengoku Driver that Mitsuzane uses is the same as the original Ryugen, its Rider Indicator (ライダーインジケーター Raidā Injikētā?) faceplate becomes red once the Yomotsuheguri Lockseed is inserted into the Driver. However, it still only identifies what Ride Wear a Sengoku Driver contains for simplicity and can be replaced with extensions such as the Genesis Core or Senyo Joint.


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"Hai! Yomotsuheguri Arms: Mei, Kai, Yomi, Yomi, Yomi!"
―Transformation announcement[src]
  • Height: 206 cm.
  • Weight: 96 kg.

Ability Perimeters:

  • Punching power: 17.5 t.
  • Kicking power: 22.8 t.
  • Maximum jump height: 35 m. (115 ft.)
  • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 5.0 sec. (224 MPH)

Yomotsuheguri Arms (ヨモツヘグリアームズ Yomotsuheguri Āmuzu?) is an upgraded version of Ryugen's Budou Arms. Accessed through the Yomotsuheguri Lockseed, the helmet Ryugen Yomi wears is a variation of the Kiuimen helmet from Kiwi Arms known as the Yomi Kabuto (ヨミカブト? lit. "Underworld Helmet"). This form debuts in episode 42.



In this form, his under-armor suit changes color from green to dark red, and he is able to wield all the weapons of the Femushinmu Over Lords, in addition to his own Budou Ryuhou and Kiwi Gekirin. Though it is as powerful as Gaim Kiwami Arms, this form drains its user's life force and causes them great suffering.



Compared to Kiwami Arms, Ryugen Yomi actually performs better, hitting harder, moving faster and jumping higher than Kiwami Arms.  However, its performance is crippled by the continuous spasming fits caused whenever the Lockseed drains more of the user's life, and even between these fits the user is left continuously staggered and trembling with pain, with the result that even an untransformed Kouta is able to hold off Ryugen Yomi for over a minute simply by evading the majority of Ryugen's attacks.  Ryugen Yomi is thus not an especially dangerous opponent despite its overwhelming power, if not for Kouta's desire to keep Mitsuzane from coming to further harm.



The Yomotsuheguri Arms Armor does not appear from a Helheim Crack, but instead from a dark cloud. Once the armor attaches, a crimson colored steam will emit instead of the usual fruit juice like liquid.  In addition, activating this form changes the Rider Indicator's color from the Ryugen palette to the Ryugen Yomi palette, the only form besides Kiwami Arms to alter the Rider Indicator directly.



Mitsuzane loses access to this form when Kouta destroys the Yomotsuheguri Lockseed by crushing it with his hands.



Similar to Budou Arms, when Ryugen Yomi activates his Sengoku Driver's Squash function, he can execute one of three finishing attacks.

  • An unnamed Rider Thrust, where he charges Redyue's halberd tip with the Yomotsuheguri Lockseed's energy and jumps before charging and impaling the enemy.



Appearances: Episodes 42-43






EquipmentEdit

DevicesEdit

  • Transformation devices:
  • Lockseeds - Gives access to Ryugen/Ryugen Yomi/Zangetsu Shin's Arms changes, depending on which lock is used



WeaponsEdit

    • Ryugen:
      • Banaspear - Ryugen Banana Arms' personal weapon
      • Pine Iron - Ryugen Pine Arms' personal weapon
    • Ryugen Yomi:
      • Budou Ryuhou - One of Ryugen Yomi Yomotsuheguri Arms' personal weapons
      • Kiwi Gekirin - One of Ryugen Yomi Yomotsuheguri Arms' personal weapons
      • Dau (Redyue's halberd) - One of Ryugen Yomi Yomotsuheguri Arms' personal weapons
      • Dimubu (Shinmugurun's axe) - One of Ryugen Yomi Yomotsuheguri Arms' personal weapons
    • Zangetsu Shin:
      • Sonic Arrow - Zangetsu Shin Melon Energy Arms' personal weapon
      • Flame Saber - One of Zangetsu Shin Agito Arms' personal weapons



VehiclesEdit



List of AppearancesEdit

    • Kamen Rider Gaim: Sengoku Battle Royale
    • Sengoku Movie Battle



Behind the ScenesEdit

PortrayalEdit

Mitsuzane Kureshima is portrayed by Mahiro Takasugi (高杉 真宙 Takasugi Mahiro?).[1] He was also a guest star in Episode 10 of Template:Garo.



His suit actor is Daisuke Satō (佐藤 太輔 Satō Daisuke?), who was previously the suit actor for Gokai Silver in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and Beet J Stag/Stag Buster in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters.[2]



NotesEdit

  • Mitsuzane is the only Armored Rider with a unique body type, as Gaim's body type is used by Zangetsu, Kurokage, and Knuckle, while Baron's is used by Gridon and Bravo. This also means that only his Sengoku Driver has a unique standby sound that isn't used by anyone else. With the exception of Bravo and Knuckle, as well as the non-summer Movie Armored Riders, all the Riders that share a body type also use the same standby sound.
  • The writer of Kamen Rider Gaim, Gen Urobuchi described Zangetsu as the Ouja of the series. In reality, he specifically meant Mitsuzane when he becomes Zangetsu Shin as his mental stability deteroriates throughout the series.
  • Despite using the Double Lockseed in the Movie War and announcing Double's catchphrase of "Now, count up your crimes!", Mitsuzane commits numerous questionable acts that tarnishes his honor and loyalty to his friends and causing his own city to fall apart in fear of Inves and using the other Beat Rider Teams as scapegoats in Yggdrasill's overarching plan to initiate Project Ark.
  • Due to not actually receiving his own Energy Lockseed through conventional means, the Ride Wear associated with the Melon Energy Lockseed is the one made for Takatora. This means that unlike Kaito, whose Lockseed was designed to retain his Ride Wear, Mitsuzane utilizes Zangetsu Shin's Genetic Ride Wear, allowing him to masquerade as the original Zangetsu Shin and still also pose as Ryugen whenever he pleases.
  • Unlike most Riders in the Gaim series, whom went from being an Anti-Hero/Villain to Hero, Mitsuzane seems to be the complete opposite, as he changes from Hero to Anti-Hero, and later to a Villain Rider.
  • Mitsuzane has the most Rider identities out of any other character in Gaim.
    • Mitsuzane is also one the few, along with Shotaro Hidari and Philip, Riders who actively uses more than one Rider identity. Others, such as Taiga Nobori and the TheBee users, gave up their first Rider persona for another or Kusaka (and the other 555 Riders) temporarily used other Rider powers from their series.
  • Ryugen Yomi's side effect is similar to previous Rider powers'/systems' more dangerous side effects, such as the G4 system (without the master unit host) and the Kiva powers (as Kiva is meant to be used to those with Fangire blood in them), with the early versions of the Ixa system in 1980 and the Purple Core Medals also being potentially lethal.
  • In the final episode of the series, Mitsuzane comments that his Budou Lockseed is the last Lockseed left (barring Kougane's Black Ringo Lockseed). This however leaves Mitsuzane's Kiwi, Blood Orange, and Suika Lockseeds unaccounted for, as well as the Melon Energy Lockseed formally used by Takatora.
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  • An unused model of Ryugen using the Genesis Driver to transform into Melon Energy Arms can be found by browsing through the ROM files of Kamen Rider: Battride War II.
  • In Japanese mythology, "Yomotsu" refers to the Shikome, a hag sent by Izanami to kill Izanagi for breaking his promise of not seeing her within Yomi no Kuni. One of the items Izanagi used to stall the hag from killing him as he ran back to the surface was his black headdress, which took the form of grapes.
  • Ryugen has notably utilised an Arms Weapon from another Arms temporarily on two occasions via acquiring them from another Rider. On both occasions he was in his default Budou Arms.



Legend Rider LockseedsEdit

    • V3 - "Chikara, Waza, Double Typhoon!"
    • Skyrider - "Sky, Henshin, Sail-ing Jump!"
    • Super-1 - "Seki, Shin, Sho-rin Ken!"
    • Kuuga - "Chō Henshin, Ha-Ha-Ha!"
    • Double - "Cyclone, Joker, Ha-Ha-Ha!"
      • Joker - "Joker, Kirifuda, Sei-ya Ha!"
    • Ryugen - "Bu-dou, Ha-Ha-Ha!"



ReferencesEdit

 

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