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Takatora Kureshima

Takatora Full Throttle

Takatora Child

Armored Rider Zangetsu
New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin
Gender: Male
Series: Kamen Rider Gaim
Motif: Fruit, Samurai, Shogun (Zangetsu)
Yubari King Cantaloupe, Samurai, Archer (Zangetsu Shin)
Rider Type: Anti-Hero (former), Hero (current)
Homeworld: Earth (Main Timeline Continuity)
First Appearance: Certain Kill! Pine Kick!
Last Appearance: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero Taisen [1]
Number of Episode
Appearances:
37 (Gaim)
6 (movies)
1 (TV Special)
Full list of appearances
Actor: Yuki Kubota
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Kamen Rider Zangetsu
Kamen Rider Zangetsu Shin

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Armored Rider Zangetsu

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New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin

"Those who own power and privilege have a duty they must fulfill. That's what Noblesse Oblige means. Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty in order to do that. "
―Takatora explaining his importance to Mitsuzane[src]

Takatora Kureshima (呉島 貴虎 Kureshima Takatora) is the older brother of Mitsuzane Kureshima, and the Yggdrasill Corporation Research and Development project leader and overseer.

Referred to as the The White Armored Rider (白いのアーマードライダー Shiroi no Āmādo Raidā) in his initial appearances, Takatora's alter egos are named as Zangetsu (斬月 Zangetsu, lit. "Slaying Moon") and Zangetsu Shin (斬月 真 Zangetsu Shin, lit. "True Slaying Moon") through the Sengoku Driver and Genesis Driver, respectively.

Character History

Young Takatora with Mitsuzane

A teenage Takatora looking after his younger brother.

Growing up under the Kureshima family as a first-born, Takatora was placed with a heavy burden to be successful and powerful like his father, Amagi Kureshima. Takatora also learned of Helheim's existence and started to develop Sengoku Drivers alongside Ryoma Sengoku. Though a finalized Sengoku Driver was complete, Takatora was scarred from the dangers it posed. As a result, Takatora raised his younger brother, Mitsuzane Kureshima in hopes that Mitsuzane would be led down a different path unaware of Helheim. 

Takatora is seen as the mediator of the Helheim Forest, destroying numerous Inves to protect his R&D researchers and allowing them to continue their research. Takatora clashes toe to toe against Kouta Kazuraba and reveals to him the cruelty of the world. Takatora would later defeat all of the Sengoku Driver users in a different encounter to prevent them for lurking within the Helheim Forest, accidentally destroying a Sengoku Driver in the process. Takatora learns that Mitsuzane was a Sengoku Driver user and the two forge a bond to oversee humanity's safety.

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Ryoma presents Takatora with a Watermelon Lockseed.

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Takatora as he finds out the truth surrounding his father.

Afterwards, Takatora gains the Genesis Driver, a transformation device that is stronger than the Sengoku Driver. While meeting Kouta once more in Helheim, he decides to show him the ruins left behind in Helheim and later starts to doubt himself. During this time, he faces against Kamen Rider Idun, an unknown Armored Rider who has incapacitated Sid and Yoko Minato. Takatora reunites with a childhood friend Touka Akatsuki, who was the former Kureshima housemaid. It had seemed so strange to him that Touka appeared at the same time the unknown Armored Rider started attacking. It led to Takatora deducing that it might have had something to do with his father. He visited an old Yggdrasill laboratory that once belonged to his father. It was there that he is horrified on what his father had done to most of the children as Yggdrasill's guinea pigs, then was attacked by Idun and he discovers her identity as Touka, who is Amagi's guinea pig. She reveals that she is doing this as an act of revenge, where Amagi Kureshima experimented on her and on numerous other children to be potential future Yggdrasill members. Since then, she vowed to erase all traces of Kureshima blood off the face of the Earth. However, after a fierce battle with Takatora, he defeats her, sparing her life in the process. However unknown to him, she was later killed by Ryoma Sengoku.

In a later confrontation with Kouta, he crushes the boy's spirit when the two clash once more by revealing that Kouta killed his best friend without realizing it. Though his attempts to push Kouta away from the Helheim conspiracy fails, Takatora is later met with resistance by Kouta as he annihilates an armada of Kurokage Troopers with Dandeliners and destroys the Scalar System, a failsafe that will destroy Zawame City in the event that Inves overrun it.

Takatora eventually learns the truth that Helheim does have sentient beings, prompting him to hold off Project Ark in favor of attempting to negotiate and potentially saving everyone instead of one billion people. However, his new forged alliance with Kouta causes Ryoma to enact his coup d'etat, forcefully throwing Takatora off a cliff in Helheim and erasing his existence from within Yggdrasill's database. Takatora is saved by Rosyuo, the leader of the Over Lords who explains to him Helheim's goal and the Forbidden Fruit that Ryoma is seeking. However, Rosyuo does not care for humanity and kills Sid when the latter attempts to challenge the Over Lord King for the Forbidden Fruit. 

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Takatora opens the case revealed to be his Sengoku Driver and Melon Lockseed.

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Takatora under Zangetsu's helmet after being defeated by Mitsuzane as Zangetsu Shin.

After Sid's death and Rosyuo's ignorance of preventing Helheim from overtaking Earth, Takatora returns back to Zawame, learning that his younger brother, Mitsuzane Kureshima has taken the mantle of Zangetsu Shin and realizes that the way he raised Mitsuzane has made the latter nothing more than his shadow. Takatora regains his original Sengoku Driver and Melon Lockseed, but is ultimately defeated with his Driver and Lockseed both destroyed in a clash against his brother. Takatora is rendered brain damaged and is left in a coma where he is found by boats outside of Zawame City.

A version of Takatora appears in front of Mitsuzane, being the complete opposite of Takatora, taunting his younger brother as the latter attempts to get out of his brother's "shadow".

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Takatora eventually awakens from his coma when Kouta heals him and resumes trying to amend for his sins alongside restoring Zawame and helping Mitsuzane recover from his own experiences. As a precaution, he confiscates and destroys all of the remaining mass-produced Sengoku Drivers and Lockseeds, except for one in case of emergencies. Though the last Sengoku Driver is destroyed during Kougane's invasion of Zawame City, Takatora receives another Sengoku Driver stolen from a Mecha Kurokage during Megahex's invasion on Earth. With Mai able to give Takatora a Melon Lockseed via a Helheim plant left in the Team Gaim Garage, Takatora and Mitsuzane head out to stop Megahex's invasion together.

In an encounter with the revived Ryoma, Takatora defeats his former friend and uses the latter's Genesis Driver with his own Melon Energy Lockseed to become Zangetsu Shin once again. Takatora would later steal the Kiwami Lockseed and helps revive Kouta, allowing him, Kouta, and Mitsuzane to defeat Megahex. However unknown to them, Megahex is simply an avatar and there are thousands more to fight against.

Takatora would soon be aided by a Red Warrior and the recently revived Kaito Kumon to fight against ZZZ Megahex, an empowered Megahex that absorbed the inactive Cyberoid ZZZ body. While Kouta and Shinnosuke head off to fight Megahex, he, Mitsuzane, and Kaito battle an army of artificial Inves and Roidmudes with help from Roidmudes Heart, Brain, and Chase. In the aftermath of the battle, Takatora and company manage to catch up with Kouta and Mai and ask them to give a proper farewell to their friends in Zawame City before they return to their planet.

Movies and other events

The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle

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Takatora was alerted about the existence of another world and followed the other Armored Riders into that world. He unintentionally helps a red-colored version of Gaim to defeat Kamen Rider Bujin Double, and retrieves the Joker Gaia Memory, which was later passed to Ryugen allowing him to access Double Arms. Takatora also retrieved the Rocket Astroswitch belonging to Kamen Rider Bujin Fourze, allowing him to become Zangetsu Fourze Arms during the final battle.

At the end of the movie, Takatora tests out the newly created Genesis Driver made by Ryoma Sengoku.

Kamen Rider Taisen

In the movie event prequel show Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kamen Rider Gaim, he was informed by his little brother that a multiple monster organization called the Badan Empire is attacking Zawame, also feels concerned why there wasn't any data about them in Yggdrasill's record. Takatora was called by some citizens about there being a giant Lion Inves attacking the city and battling a giant robot (a Ressha Gattai ToQ-Oh piloted by ToQgers), he disbelieves that Inves can grow large and of a giant robot however, he wasn't aware that the giant Inves and the robot did fight in front of Yggdrasill Tower in a few minutes disappeared before Takatora turned around. Upon doing so, he sees nothing outside the window. Upon getting an info of the unknown crack that isn't Helheim related comes out of nowhere in Zawame territory, he would call his troops for investigation, but his younger brother, Mitsuzane would do it instead.

Takatora and Mitsuzane transform to aid Kouta and Kaito against the Badan monsters. He was defeated by Kamen Rider Fifteen, turning him into an unseen Lockseed. However, he was revealed to be in the Helheim Forest, and showed up to defeat some of the monsters along with Baron and Ryugen in the climax. Afterwards, Mitsuzane reported to him that all of these events have nothing to do with the Helheim Forest.

The Golden Fruit Cup Event

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All Armored Riders (Alive in AU, except Sigurd and Duke) against Armored Rider Mars.

In this world, the Inves Invasion is no longer present. This Takatora is married with a sick wife, paralleling him with Rosyuo and his queen. Takatora becomes influenced to destroy the other Riders and after learning of Sid's betrayal, slashes him off an elevator pit. He later fights Armored Rider Bravo and Baron with Takatora and Oren both dying in the fight. He is brought back to life by Kouta who shoots down Mars' horse and joins the other Riders to defeat Armored Rider Mars.

Hyper Battle DVD

Sometime before the Lockseed Gathering games, Takatora enters the Helheim Forest to test New Arms, comedically calling Ichigo Arms too cute for him and disregards Budou Arms as he prefers katanas instead of guns. He eventually settles to test out Mango Arms. Sacrificing his defenses and agility granted by the Melon Lockseed in favor for pure strength, Takatora finds himself wide open numerous times to Kouta's attacks and eventually is defeated when he activates a Fresh Orange Sparking on him, knocking him out in disbelief that he was defeated.

Movie War Full Throttle

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While on the job restoring Zawame, he and his construction crew bears witness of Megahex's invasion onto Earth, and Kazuraba's valiant efforts in preventing the robotic assimilator from getting his servos on Earth, only to die in a explosive manner. Megahex lands near Takatora, Kiwami Lockseed in hand, and divulges his plan to Takatora, who is helpless to even sway Megahex's opinion.

Later, he is seen treating Mitsuzane's injuries from fighting a revived Ryoma Sengoku. Being reminded of what Kouta said on his dreams when he is still in coma, Takatora then decides to help Mitsuzane defend the city from Megahex. Luckily for him, Mitsuzane had retrieved a working Sengoku Driver from a Mecha Kurokage that he defeated earlier and he decides to give the Driver to his brother, with Mai giving them a Helheim fruit that turns into a Melon Lockseed, allowing Takatora to transform into Zangetsu once again.

In the next day, the Kureshima brothers returns to fight back, with Takatora confronting and successfully defeating Ryoma. As he is about to get attacked by Megahex, Mitsuzane and Mai returns and Mitsuzane gives him back the Melon Energy Lockseed, which Takatora uses it to become Kamen Rider Zangetsu Shin using the Genesis Driver he obtained from Ryoma's body.

Gaim Gaiden: Duke

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Zangetsu slashes Saver.

Takatora and Ryoma investigate the reappearances of Kugai Kudo, a former researcher of Yggdrasill who was killed during an early test for the Sengoku Driver. As Takatora saves Ryoma from a group of suicide bombers under Kugai's control, both of them recall their past and how they met together in the first place.

Chou Super Hero Taisen

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An iteration of Zangetsu-Shin from the Game World was part of a Sentai-Rider team which was led by Kiriya Kujo/Kamen Rider Lazer. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero Taisen

Personality

Though a ruthless realist, Takatora still loves his family and spoils his younger brother, and especially cares about Mitsuzane's education. He is the most experienced and most powerful Armored Rider to date. In order to teach Gaim a lesson, who entered the Forest without his permission, without knowing that he's only looking for his friend, he brutally attacks him despite Kouta having no intention to fight him to make his point - that power given by the Lockseeds and Sengoku Driver is no game, letting Kouta go after clearly being the winner.

Despite his sense of realism, he can show signs of arrogance and his wealthy upbringing has mildly affected his view of the world. He sometimes refers to the other Armored Riders as "street trash" that are beneath him and not worthy of his attention, the exception being if they directly interfere with his plans.

He also seems to have a bit of a temper when pressured, as seen when Kurokage provokes him while he was trying to reach his staff to rescue them from the Inves swarm. This caused him to have an angry outburst and unintentionally damage Ryoji's Sengoku Driver with a furious blow of sword slashes.

As stated by him back when he first encountered Gaim, he knows the Lockseeds carry a dangerous disease, which is also seen when he tries to warn Hase not to eat the immature fruit.

Under his ruthless realist personality shows that Takatora does have hidden feelings, grieving that he is only able to save about a billion of the Earth's population. More of this side is shown when he takes care of Oren after Oren takes a hit that disrupts his transformation as he falls into his arms. In addition, he finally lightens up, handshaking Kouta and thanking him for giving him an alternative means to save humanity rather than culling the world's population through Project Ark.

His ruthless realist personality was in fact used under the influence of Ryoma when he realized his own friend had been using him all along prior to his betrayal. It is actually start in Gaiden, when he finds out his father's dark secret on experimented a young children as a slave to work Yggdrasill, this cause Takatora realize and feared that he might ended up being as ruthless as his father was in a darkest secret, especially when he finally uncover Touka's identity as Idunn and defeat her, but spared her, reminds him of Kouta's word about his way to save humanity without sacrifice and try to find away to cure the victim from the Helheim infections, thus Takatora trying to restart finding a way to save humanity, following a bit of Kouta's heroic path.

Like his former archenemy Kouta, Takatora can easily feel guilty of himself when witnessing the trouble that he faces that was all of his previous doing. Like Mitsuzane in his first betrayal against Kouta, he was also unable to defeat his own brother due to the happier times they had. When finding out Idunn's identity as his former friend Touka, while attempting to finish her, Takatora was reminded what Kouta said about killing a poor victim who has a tragic life and needs help, especially after Hase's death.

Video Game appearances

Kamen Rider: Battride War Genesis

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Arms

Like the other Armored and New Generation Riders, Kamen Rider Zangetsu/Zangetsu Shin's forms are called Arms (アームズ Āmuzu). His personal Lockseeds are styled in pure Japanese. All of Takatora's Japanese Samurai-themed Arms' helmets share the title Kabuto (カブト lit. "Helmet"), while his visors share the title Eye (アイ Ai).

As Armored Rider Zangetsu, Takatora's Sengoku Driver plays Japanese horagai music and announces "Soiya" (ソイヤ) (or in Gaim Gaiden 2, it announces "Iyo" (いよ)) 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). In addition to the Sengoku Driver's finishing moves, Zangetsu can perform a Fruits Charge (フルーツチャージ Furūtsu Chāji) finishing attack by inserting a Lockseed into the Drive Launch of his Musou Saber.

As New Generation Rider Zangetsu Shin, Takatora'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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Ride Wear

The Ride Wear (ライドウェア Raido Uēa) is Zangetsu's default form undersuit, which is briefly seen during Zangetsu'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.

Zangetsu is one of only a select few Armored Riders who are defaultly equipped with a Musou Saber side weapon, which is held on the left side of his Sengoku Driver with a holster.

The Ride Wear that Zangetsu'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.

When Zangetsu assumes Watermelon Arms, it changes the golden parts of his Ride Wear to red.


Melon Arms
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Melon Arms

"Soiya! (or Iyo!) Melon Arms: Tenka Gomen!"
―Transformation announcement[src]
  • Height: 206 cm.
  • Weight: 109 kg.

Ability Perimeters:

  • Punching power: 10.2 t.
  • Kicking power: 13 t.
  • Maximum jump height: 24 m.
  • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 6.1 sec.

Melon Arms (メロンアームズ Meron Āmuzu) is Zangetsu's default honeydew-melon-based armored Japanese Samurai form. Accessed through the Melon Lockseed, this form bears the Melo Kabuto (メロウカブト Merō Kabuto, lit. "Melo Helmet") helmet with the Pulp Eye (パルプアイ Parupu Ai) visor. This form debuts in episode 2.

While assuming Melon Arms, Zangetsu dons the Melon Armor Part (メロンアーマーパート Meron Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Melon Defender.

In terms of overall power stats, Zangetsu dominates by hitting harder than Gridon's hardest punch and Gaim/Kurokage's fiercest kicks. In terms of agility though, he outjumps Gaim in Pine Arms by two whole meters, and is about as fast as Baron in Banana Arms. Zangetsu moves at blinding speeds in quick succession during close combat. Utility-wise, Zangetsu can also use the Melon Defender as a weapon and can be thrown as a boomerang and also use the Musou Saber at ridiculous swinging speeds with the option of also using it as a firearm weapon, countering even Armored Rider Ryugen, who specializes in gunslinging. As a result, Zangetsu is considered as the strongest Armored Rider among the original seven Sengoku Driver users as he was able to defeat five out of six Armored Riders consecutively without breaking a sweat and was able to withstand Armored Rider Kurokage's Matsubokkuri Sparking.

As the strongest out of the original Sengoku Driver users, Zangetsu is even able to fight toe to toe against Zangetsu Shin, an upgraded form using the superior Genesis Driver and superior Class-S Lockseed despite the fact that not even Armored Rider Bravo could stand a chance against Gaim's Jimber Lemon Arms, a slightly weaker or equivalent to the Genesis Driver's output. Zangetsu is also able to deflect Sonic Arrow shots with relative ease where as Armored Rider Baron and Armored Rider Gaim both struggled against New Generation Rider Sigurd.

This Arms has at least three finishing attacks.

  • Sengoku Driver finisher:
    • Mujin Kick (無刃キック Mujin Kikku, lit. "No-blade Kick"): Unknown, as this finisher was only revealed through the Zangetsu Lockseed and Melon Energy variation.
    • Melon Musou Zan (メロン無双斬 Meron Musō Zan, lit. "Melon Unrivaled Slash"): Zangetsu activates the Squash function on his Sengoku Driver and charges the Musou Saber with melon-shaped energy before slashing the enemy.
    • Melou Blast (メロウブラスト Merou Burasuto): Zangetsu activates the Squash function on his Sengoku Driver and throws his Melon Defender charged with maskmelon-shaped energy at the enemy before slashing them with the Musou Saber.

Takatora retired this form's use when given the new Genesis Driver, transforming into Zangetsu Shin, but recovered his old Sengoku Driver after his Genesis Driver was taken from him. Unfortunately, he permanently lost the ability to transform into Zangetsu when his Sengoku Driver and Melon Lockseed were destroyed while fighting Mitsuzane as Zangetsu Shin. However, in Movie War Full Throttle, he acquires one of Mecha Kurokage's Sengoku Driver after his younger brother destroys the Mecha Kurokages and a new Melon Lockseed which changes from a single Helheim fruit left by Mai's power.

Appearances: Gaim Episodes 2, 4, 9, Sengoku Movie Battle, Gaim Gaiden: Duke, Gaim 10, 11, 27, 36, Movie War Full Throttle

Watermelon Arms
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Watermelon Arms

"Soiya! Watermelon Arms: Midare-dama, Ba-Ba-Ba-Bang!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Ability Perimeters:

  • Punching power:
  • Kicking power:
  • Maximum jump height: 25 m
  • Maximum running speed: 100 m per 6.0 sec.

Watermelon Arms (ウォーターメロンアームズ Uōtāmeron Āmuzu) is Zangetsu's watermelon-based armored Japanese Samurai form, which is accessed through the experimental Watermelon Lockseed.

While assuming Watermelon Arms, Zangetsu dons the Watermelon Armor Part (ウォーターメロンアーマーパート Uōtāmeron Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Watermelon Gatling Gun.

Takatora only used this form once during his final battle with Touka Akatsuki. After that, he never used the Watermelon Lockseed again due to the recoil caused by his Watermelon Gatling Gun weakening him.

This form is exclusive to Kamen Rider Gaim Gaiden: Kamen Rider Zangetsu.

Jimber Melon Arms
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Zangetsu Jimber Melon Arms as it appears in the S.I.C. Hero Saga

"Soiya! Mix: Jimber Melon! Ha-Ha!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Jimber Melon Arms (ジンバーメロンアームズ Jinbā Meron Āmuzu) is Zangetsu's honeydew melon/cantaloupe-based armored Japanese Samurai/Archer form, which is accessed through the simultaneous use of the Melon Lockseed and Melon Energy Lockseed.

While assuming Jimber Melon Arms, Zangetsu's Arms Weapons are the Melon Defender and the Sonic Arrow.

This form first debuted in the Gaim novel, before making an appearance in the S.I.C. Hero Saga.

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 Takatora tests out different Arms to use in his battle against Kouta and his new Fresh Orange Arms.

Ichigo Arms
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Ichigo Arms

"Soiya! Ichigo Arms: Shushutto Spark!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Ichigo Arms (イチゴアームズ Ichigo Āmuzu, lit. "Strawberry Arms") is Zangetsu's strawberry-based armored Japanese Ninja form. Accessed through the Ichigo Lockseed, this form bears the Berry Kabuto (ツブテカブト Tsubute Kabuto, lit. "Berry Helmet") helmet with the Pulp Eye (パルプアイ Parupu Ai) visor.

While assuming Ichigo Arms, Zangetsu dons the Ichigo Armor Part (イチゴアーマーパート Ichigo Āmā Pāto, lit. "Strawberry Armor Part") and his Arms Weapon is the Ichigo Kunai.

Ichigo Arms is normally used by Kamen Rider Gaim, but this is the first of three forms that Takatora tests out in the Hyper Battle DVD. However, he claimed that it was too cute for him to use.

In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing, it is locked to a special Zangetsu Ganbarizing Card, along with Decade Arms.

This form is exclusive to Kamen Rider Gaim Hyper Battle DVD: Fresh Orange Arms is Born!.

Budou Arms
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Budou Arms

"Soiya! Budou Arms: Ryu, Hou, Ha-Ha-Ha!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Budou Arms (ブドウアームズ Budou Āmuzu, lit. "Grape Arms") is Zangetsu's grape-based armored Chinese Soldier form. Accessed through the Budou Lockseed, this form bears the Syoryumen (招龍面 Shōryūmen, lit. "Summoned Dragon Face") helmet with the Ryugan (龍眼 Ryūgan, lit. "Dragon Eye". Doubles as a pun on "Japanese Longan") visor.

While assuming Budou Arms, Zangetsu dons the Budou Armor Part (ブドウアーマーパート Budou Āmā Pāto, lit. "Grape Armor Part") and his Arms Weapon is the Budou Ryuhou.

Budou Arms is normally used by Kamen Rider Ryugen, but this is the second of three forms that Takatora tests out in the Hyper Battle DVD. However, he claimed that a sword is a lot easier to use than a gun.

In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing, it is locked to a special Zangetsu Ganbarizing Card, along with Mango Arms.

This form is exclusive to Kamen Rider Gaim Hyper Battle DVD: Fresh Orange Arms is Born!.

Mango Arms
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Mango Arms

"Soiya! Mango Arms: Fight of Ham~mer!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Mango Arms (マンゴーアームズ Mangō Āmuzu) is Zangetsu's mango-based armored European Knight form. Accessed through the Mango Lockseed, this form bears the Go Casque (バーンカスク Gō Kasuku) helmet with the Go Sight (ゴーサイト Gō Saito) visor.

While assuming Mango Arms, Zangetsu dons the Mango Armor Part (マンゴーアーマーパート Mangō Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Mango Punisher.

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Early promo of Mango Arms.

Mango Arms is normally used by Kamen Rider Baron, but this is the third and final form that Takatora tests out in the Hyper Battle DVD. He commented that this is a power-type form and he will try it.

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

In an earlier promotion, Zangetsu Shin is shown to use the Mango Lockseed in the Genesis Driver, not Zangetsu.

This form is exclusive to Kamen Rider Gaim Hyper Battle DVD: Fresh Orange Arms is Born!.

Suika Arms

"Soiya! Suika Arms: Odama Big Bang! (Bowling pins falling)"
―Transformation announcement[src]

"Yoroi/Odama/Gyro Mode!"
―Mode change announcement[src]

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Suika Arms Yoroi Mode from Arms Change series

  • Height: 311 cm.
  • Weight: 523 kg. (1,153 lbs.)

Original Ability Perimeters:

  • Punching power: 33.2 t.
  • Kicking power: 51.8 t.
  • Maximum jump height: 3 m. (9 ft.)
  • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 9.8 sec.

Suika Arms (スイカアームズ Suika Āmuzu, lit. "Watermelon Arms") is Zangetsu's colossal mecha-like watermelon-based armored Japanese Samurai form. Accessed through the Suika Lockseed, this form bears the Suika Head (スイカヘッド Suika Heddo, lit. "Watermelon Head") helmet with an unspecified visor.

While assuming Suika Arms, Zangetsu dons the Suika Armor Part (スイカアーマーパート Suika Āmā Pāto, lit. "Watermelon Armor Part") and his Arms Weapon is the Suika Sojinto. This form can also interchange into three modes.

  • Yoroi Mode (ヨロイモード Yoroi Mōdo, lit. "Armored Mode"): Suika Arms' warrior mode, which equips Zangetsu with the Suika Sojinto for combat.
  • Odama Mode (大玉モード Ōdama Mōdo, lit. "Big Ball Mode"): Suika Arms' watermelon mode, which encases Zangetsu's entire body to use either for offensive/defensive purposes or as a mode of transportation.
  • Gyro Mode (ジャイロモード Jairo Mōdo): Suika Arms' flight mode, which allows Zangetsu to fire seed-like bullets from the fingertips.

Suika Arms is the most massive Arms Change, and it shows by having the most monstrous punching and kicking power once in Yoroi Mode. Consequentially, it also has the worst jumping height in all of Rider history, and any Rider can practically outrun it. Though this is rendered moot thanks to Odama Mode and Gyro Mode. Also, after a utilization, the Suika Lockseed's color becomes grey, indicating that its energy is low and needs time to recharge back to its green color before it can be used again.

This Arms' finisher is the Twin Bladed Slice (双刃割り Sōba-wari): Zangetsu activates the Squash function on his Sengoku Driver and traps the target in a watermelon energy ball. Then, he slashes the "watermelon" all over until the energy ball blows up, raining fire and "watermelon flesh" as the target is destroyed.

This form is exclusive to Kamen Rider Gaim (novel), though it was originally intended to be used by Zangetsu in the TV series until Mitsuzane stole the Suika Lockseed and gave it to Gaim.


The Rider Arms (ライダーアームズ Raidā Āmuzu) are forms based on past Kamen Riders. With the exception of Fourze 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.

Fourze Arms
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Fourze Arms

"Soiya! 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, which is accessed through the Fourze Lockseed.

While assuming Fourze Arms, Zangetsu dons the Fourze Armor Part (フォーゼアーマーパート Fōze Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Rocket Module.

In this form, Zangetsu is able to perform one of two finishing attacks.

  • Rider Rocket Drill Kick (ライダーロケットドリルキック Raidā Roketto Doriru Kikku): After jumping high up, Zangetsu manifests the Drill Module on his leg as he descends with a side kick.
  • Rider Rocket Punch (ライダーロケットパンチ Raidā Roketto Panchi): A punch attack with the Rocket Module.

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

  • Squash: Limit Break (リミットブレイク Rimitto Bureiku)
  • Au Lait: Drill On (ドリルン Doriru On)
  • Sparking: Rocket On (ロケットン Roketto On)

An apparent side effect of the Legend Rider Lockseeds is channeling the represented Rider's personality, with Takatora almost calling out "Space is Here!" (宇宙キター Uchū Kitā) before stopping himself halfway. Zangetsu is the only Armored Rider to resist as such, likely due to his opposing personality.

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

Kabuto Arms
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Kabuto Arms

"Soiya! Kabuto Arms: Ten no Michi My Way!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Kabuto Arms (カブトアームズ Kabuto Āmuzu) is a Legend Rider Arms based on Kamen Rider Kabuto's Rider Form, which is accessed through the Kabuto Lockseed.

While assuming Kabuto Arms, Zangetsu dons the Kabuto Armor Part (カブトアーマーパート Kabuto Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Kabuto Kunai Gun.

Decade Arms
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Decade Arms

"Soiya! Decade Arms: Hakaisha on the Road!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Decade Arms (ディケイドアームズ Dikeido Āmuzu) is a Legend Rider Arms based on Kamen Rider Decade's default form, which is accessed through the Decade Lockseed.

While assuming Decade Arms, Zangetsu dons the Decade Armor Part (ディケイドアーマーパート Dikeido Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Ride Booker.

In Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbarizing, it is locked to a special Zangetsu Ganbarizing Card, along with Ichigo Arms.



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.

Melon Energy Arms
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Melon Energy Arms

"Soda! Melon Energy Arms! (Japanese techno music)"
―Transformation announcement[src]
  • Height: 206 cm.
  • Weight: 109 kg.

Ability Perimeters:

  • Punching power: 14.3 t.
  • Kicking power: 18.2 t.
  • Maximum jump height: 24 m.
  • Maximum running speed: 100 m. per 6.1 sec.

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, as well as the evolved form of Zangetsu. Accessed through the Melon Energy Lockseed, this form bears the Barilon Kabuto (バリロンカブト Bariron Kabuto, lit. "Barilon Helmet") helmet with the Steering Eye (ステアリングアイ Sutearingu Ai) visor. This form debuts in episode 12.

While assuming Melon Energy Arms, Zangetsu Shin dons the Melon Energy Armor Part (メロンエナジーアーマーパート Meron Enajī Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Sonic Arrow.

As expected, the evolution from Melon Arms to Melon Energy Arms has boosted Zangetsu Shin's power, with his punching and kicking power increased exponentially. The only thing that hasn't changed, however, is the jumping height and the maximum running speed. Compared to his fellow New Generation Riders, Zangetsu Shin can throw the 2nd hardest punch and his kicks are the third strongest. His agility stats, however, are about average.

This Arms has three finishing attacks.

  • Genesis Driver finisher:
    • Mujin Kick (無刃キック Mujin Kikku, lit. "No-blade Kick"): Zangetsu Shin activates the Squash function on his Genesis Driver and fuels all the energy from the Melon Energy Lockseed to its maximum potential before he jumps up and hits the target with his kick.
    • Unnamed Rider Slash: Zangetsu Shin activates the Squash function on his Genesis Driver and 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.
  • Sonic Arrow finishers:
    • Sonic Volley (ソニックボレー Sonikku Borē): Zangetsu Shin locks the Melon Energy Lockseed into the Sonic Arrow and fires a powerful arrow shot that when it hits a target can pierce through their body and slice it into multiple pieces before exploding.

Takatora lost access to this form after he was betrayed by Ryoma and the others. After that, his Genesis Driver would be used by Mitsuzane. Later, Ryoma used the kill switch to disable the Genesis Driver permanently. However, in Movie War Full Throttle, Takatora acquires Mecha Ryoma's Genesis Driver after the latter's defeat.

Appearances: Gaim Gaiden: Duke, Gaim Episodes 12-14, 19, 20, Gaim Gaiden: Zangetsu, Gaim 22, 23, Kamen Rider Taisen, Gaim 27, 28, Golden Fruits Cup!, Movie War Full Throttle, Final Stage

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.

Lemon Energy Arms
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Lemon Energy Arms

"Soda! Lemon Energy Arms: Fight, Power! Fight, Power! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! 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 bears the Lemos Headpiece (レーモスヘッドピース Rēmosu Heddopīsu) helmet with the Steering Eye (ステアリングアイ Sutearingu Ai) visor.

While assuming Lemon Energy Arms, Zangetsu Shin dons the Lemon Energy Armor Part (レモンエナジーアーマーパート Remon Enajī Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Sonic Arrow.

Lemon Energy Arms is normally used by Kamen Rider Duke.

Cherry Energy Arms
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Cherry Energy Arms

"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 bears the Cher Headpiece (チェルヘッドピース Cheru Heddopīsu) helmet with the Steering Eye (ステアリングアイ Sutearingu Ai) visor.

While assuming Cherry Energy Arms, Zangetsu Shin dons the Cherry Energy Armor Part (チェリーエナジーアーマーパート Cherī Enajī Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Sonic Arrow.

Cherry Energy Arms is normally used by Kamen Rider Sigurd.

Peach Energy Arms
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Peach Energy Arms

"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 bears the Momoc Headpiece (モモックヘッドピース Momokku Heddopīsu, lit. "Pink Headpiece") helmet with the Steering Eye (ステアリングアイ Sutearingu Ai) visor.

While assuming Peach Energy Arms, Zangetsu Shin dons the Peach Energy Armor Part (ピーチエナジーアーマーパート Pīchi Enajī Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Sonic Arrow.

Peach Energy Arms is normally used by Kamen Rider Marika.

Dragon Energy Arms
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Dragon Energy Arms

"SODA! Dragon Energy Arms! (Fast techno music)"
―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, which is accessed through the Dragon Fruits Energy Lockseed.

While assuming Dragon Energy Arms, Zangetsu Shin dons the Dragon Energy Armor Part (ドラゴンエナジーアーマーパート Doragon Enajī Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapon is the Sonic Arrow.

Dragon Energy Arms is normally used by Kamen Rider Tyrant.

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.

Agito Arms
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Agito Arms

"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 powers of both Storm Form and Flame Form in the same manner as his Trinity Form, which is accessed through the Agito Lockseed.

While assuming Agito Arms, Zangetsu Shin dons the Agito Armor Part (アギトアーマーパート Agito Āmā Pāto) and his Arms Weapons are the Storm Halberd and Flame Saber.


Equipment

Devices

Weapons

Vehicles

Lockseed

Zangetsu Lockseed (斬月ロックシード Zangetsu Rokkushīdo): Allows the user to transform into Zangetsu Arms. The core image depicts Zangetsu's Sengoku Driver in Melon Arms while the lid backside image depicts the Melon Lockseed. Uniquely-styled Lockseed.

  • Transformation: Zangetsu Arms: Melon Gomen!
    • Squash: Mujin Kick (無刃キック Mujin Kikku, lit. "No-blade Kick")
    • Au Lait: Melon Defender (メロンディフェンダー Meron Difendā)
    • Sparking: Melou Blast (メロウブラスト Merou Burasuto)

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

Takatora Kureshima is portrayed by Yuki Kubota (久保田 悠来 Kubota Yūki), who would later go on to play ScorpioIcon-crosswiki in Uchu Sentai KyurangerIcon-crosswiki. He previously portrayed KakashiIcon-crosswiki in Garo: Soukoku no MaryuIcon-crosswiki. He also had a cameo in Kamen Rider The Next.[2]

As Kamen Rider Zangetsu (Shin), his suit actor is Jun Watanabe (渡辺 淳 Watanabe Jun), who was previously the suit actor for Kamen Rider Beast, Phoenix and White Wizard in Kamen Rider Wizard.[3]

Notes

  • Gen Urobuchi, the head writer of Kamen Rider Gaim, has referred to Zangetsu as the "Ouja" of this series, possibly referring to his status as either a counterpart to the main Rider, Ouja's homicidal tendencies, or both. [4]
  • As the series moves on, it is a high possibility that Zangetsu resembles Ouja in the way he is involved in battle. Ouja followed the rule of the Rider Battle by killing the other riders, while Zangetsu followed the rule of Yggdrasill to protect people's humanity and killed people who turned into Inves without hesitation.
    • Though, it is implied Urobuchi meant that Zangetsu being compared to Ouja is meant for the second user of Zangetsu Shin, Mitsuzane Kureshima, rather than Takatora. Mitsuzane, like Asakura, shared a sense of homicidal tendencies during their own respective series.
    • In the end, Takatora more resembled Hideyuki Kagawa. Both were well-intentioned extremists who were willing to kill people to do good. They even had student figures (Micchy and Satoru Tojo) who became mentally crazed and twisted their teachings in the worst way possible, even to the point of killing their mentors (Though Takatora survived). To add to this, they even have the same transformation sequence: Throwing the Advent Deck/Lockseed into the air and catching it.
  • Takatora having the Fourze Lockseed during the Movie War film is a sense of irony as his personality is the exact opposite of Fourze. This is why he's the only Rider not to complete his transformation counterpart's catchphrase.
    • Though, Zangetsu Fourze Arms has a similar appearance to Zangetsu Shin's Genetic Ride Wear.
  • Zangetsu Melon Arms' transformation announcement phrase, "Tenka Gomen" (天下御免 "Authorized by Divine Providence"), is also part of the final line of the ShinkengersIcon-crosswiki' roll call phrase.
  • Takatora is the first to be both an Armored Rider and a New Generation Rider.
  • Despite the fact he is mainly represented as Zangetsu in promotional materials, Takatora switched to Zangetsu Shin at an early point in the series, and was more prominently featured as such compared to Zangetsu.
  • Depending on the Rider form, Takatora has a distinction from each group of Kamen Riders in the Gaim series:
    • As Zangetsu, he is the only Armored Rider with the "Soiya!" standby sound whose standard transformation phrases are entirely in Japanese instead of being a mix of Japanese and English words.
    • As Zangetsu Shin, he is the only New Generation Rider to not have an ulterior motive.
  • Takatora is the only Rider in Gaim to have two headshot transformations, in which we see the Arms Helmet form over his head inside the Armor Part, with his transformation into Zangetsu and Zangetsu Shin. While Mitsuzane has also transformed into two different Riders (Ryugen and Zangetsu Shin), and Kaito's (Baron) usage of both the Sengoku Driver and Genesis Driver technically counts as different Riders, they do not share this distinction.
  • Takatora is the first Armored Rider who uses a shield as a personal weapon in his default Rider Form. The second one is Kougane as Mars, followed by Touka Akatsuki as Idun.
  • Out of all the three Armored turned New Generation Riders (Duke, Zangetsu and Baron), Zangetsu is the only one to have different Ride Wears while using different Drivers, and also to have a change in his Rider designation (Zangetsu to Zangetsu Shin).
  • By production, Takatora is the first Armored turned New Generation Rider who use an upgrade primary Lockseed of the original ones. Chronogically, he's the second one after Ryoma.
  • Although Takatora is 25 years old, his actor, Yuki Kubota, was 32 by the time he portrayed Takatora.
  • The majority of the time the suit actor is the one manning the suit, with the actor providing ADR and is never seen wearing the suit itself. Takatora is one of two Gaim riders, the other being Kouta in Kamen Rider Taisen, to have been seen onscreen wearing the Ride Wear without the helmet. Minami Tsukui does not count because she plays her character both in and out of suit, and she's never seen without a helmet on.

Legend Rider Lockseeds

Appearances

Main article: Takatora Kureshima/Appearances

References

Icon-gaim Kamen Rider Gaim
Kamen Riders
Armored Riders: Takatora Kureshima - Ryoma Sengoku - Kouta Kazuraba - Kaito Kumon - Mitsuzane Kureshima - Ryoji Hase - Hideyasu Jonouchi - Oren Pierre Alfonzo - Zack - Kurokage Troopers - Kougane - Bujin Gaim - Lapis - Ren Aoi

Armored Riders (Gaim Gaiden): Kugai Kudo - Touka Akatsuki - Shura


New Generation Riders: Takatora Kureshima - Ryoma Sengoku - Yoko Minato - Lock Dealer Sid - Alfred - Kaito Kumon - Mitsuzane Kureshima - Peko (alternate) - Mecha Ryoma


Femushinmu (Over Lords)
Rosyuo - Demushu - Redyue - Dyudyuonshu - Grinsha - Shinmugurun

Lapis - Kougane


Helheim

Badan Empire
Ren Aoi - Ambassador Darkness - Tiger-Roid - Gorgom - Orphnoch - Dopant - Yummy - Greeed - Zodiarts
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