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I'm known as Head Honcho! People love me!

Rantaro Kiyama (黄山 乱太郎, Kiyama Rantaro), also known as The Boss (クミチョー, Kumicho) in the Japanese version and The Head Honcho or Honcho for short in the English version, is a character featured in the anime and manga series, Beyblade Burst. He is a member of the Beigoma Academy BeyClub as well as a member of the Spanish team: BC Sol. He currently battles with his Beyblade, Roktavor R3 4Cross Flugel.

Appearance

Rantaro is tall, comparative to his age, and has blond hair and brown eyes. He is usually seen wearing a black gakuran jacket with a red tank top underneath. His matching gakuran trousers are kept up using a white sash and he keeps comic books around his waistband (In the manga, these are specifically CoroCoro comics). He wears a bandaid on the bridge of his nose and he is almost always seen with a lollipop in his mouth. He also carries with him a large white paper fan.

Personality

Rantaro is highly self-confident, often referring to himself as the Head Honcho and is good at sneaking things in and out of their school's strict regulations. He can be quite simple-minded and clueless, and is shown to not be very insightful (such as when he was unable to tell that Valt was upset over Shu's shoulder injury and when Ken was feeling lonely at Xander's grandpa's dojo). Despite this, he is honest and has a strong sense of justice.

Rantaro has many similar personality traits to Valt Aoi. Being naturally honest, he displays many of his emotions openly, whether it be happiness, anger, sadness or joy. He always wants to be seen as a tough guy, but he is actually a big softie underneath it all. Often times, he is the first to encourage his teammates to do well before a battle and provide moral support whenever they are feeling down. In addition, he is shown to get along very well with younger children.

Rantaro's greatest fear is revealed to be unicorns, though it is unknown how or where he developed this fear from. A couple of his favorite foods are tacos and meat. At one point, he threw a fit when Wakiya stole an entire plate of kabobs meant for the former, leaving him nothing but a single green onion.

As shown a couple of times in the anime, Rantaro doesn't like it when people call his jacket a cape. Rantaro wears his jacket just like how Ryuga wears it.

Biography

Beyblade Burst (anime)

Rantaro was introduced in Let's Go! Valtryek!!, where he is first seen at the start of a battle against Valt Aoi. He won the battle against Valt without commanding his Beyblade once, as Valt's bad launches caused self-knockouts. He was then forced to clean up the mess caused by Valt's Valtryek V2 Boost Variable by Principal Shinoda.

He later registered for the local tournament and faced Valt once again in the first round of the tournament. Despite winning the first battle with a Stadium Out and earning a point, Rantaro lost the second round due to a Burst Finish, resulting in Valt's overall victory. He complimented Valt on his performance afterwards.

Ever since then, Rantaro becomes fast friends with Valt, Ken Midori, and Daigo Kurogami. They eventually go on to form their own school Beyblading Club and train together.

Beyblade Burst (manga)

Rantaro Kiyama debuts in the first chapter as the first person ever to be challenged by Valt Aoi. However, their first battle ended up in disaster as Valt's wrong launch broke the statue of the school's founder. As a result, both Rantaro and Valt were punished by their teacher.

Beyblade Burst Evolution (anime)

Sometime after Valt's battle against Lui in the Individual finals, both Valt and Rantaro are scouted by Spain's team: BC Sol and their beyblades receive upgrades. They do so well that they become official members of BC Sol and battle in the World Tournament.

Beyblades

Special Moves

  • Roktavor Zone: Roktavor takes up the center of the beystadium and uses its strong stamina and defensive properties to repel opponents while reducing stamina loss. This technique is used primarily for Survivor finishes.
  • Stamina Launch: Roktavor now has a higher spin speed and more power thanks to the special Launcher grip that Trad gave to Rantaro. When this launch is executed properly, it allows Roktavor to attack with more power. However, if the launch fails, Roktavor bursts on its own rather easily. The grip changes during the finals at the World League.
  • Ultra Roktavor Zone (True Ragnaruk Zone in Japanese): A stronger version of Roktavor Zone in which Roktavor utilizes its stamina wings to create a miniature cyclone that repels attacks and allows it to spin for longer periods of time.
Beyblade Burst (anime)
Opponent Episode Result
Valt Aoi 01 Win (2-0)
Valt Aoi 01 Lose (2-1)
Valt Aoi 02 Win (2-0)
Valt Aoi 04 Lose (0-2)
Valt Aoi 07 Win (2-0)
Valt Aoi 14 Win
Xander Shakadera 17 Lose (0-2)
Ukyo Ibuki 19 Lose (1-2)
Valt Aoi 22 Unknown
Haruto Aota 23 Win
Daigo Kurogami 23 Unknown
Hoji Konda 24 Unknown
Valt Aoi 24 Lose (1-3)
Valt Aoi 25 Lose (0-2)
Valt Aoi 27 Win
Wakiya Murasaki 27 Win (2-0)
Ken Midori 34 Lose (0-1)
Kyo Sandai 37 Win (1-0)
Beyblade Burst Evolution (anime)
Opponent Episode Result
Valt Aoi 02 Lose (1-2)

Quotes

  • "Keep your cool, Honcho. Come on, inner peace. Think sunshine and tacos."
  • "Cannot survive on green onion alone!"
  • "This is just like the unicorn from my dreams."
  • "With great style comes great responsibility."
  • "Am I boring you?!"
  • "Welcome to Roktavor Zone!"
  • "You don't say? Nothing gets past you."
  • "Unlike some of us, he's [Shu] got the fundamentals down."
  • "Look at him showing off! There's no need for that behavior!"
  • "Can't a guy soak up the sun in peace?!"
  • "It's not a cape!"
  • "What'd you say? My hearing aids can't pick up the frequency of your attitude!" -Rantaro imititating an old man
  • "You're going overboard with whole "Shadow" thing!"

Trivia

  • Rantaro's family name, Kiyama, includes the name of a colour, similar to Valt Aoi and Shu Kurenai, who have "Blue" and "Crimson" in their names respectively. Specifically, his colour is yellow.
  • Rantaro's first name and his bey, Raging Roktavor share the same initials, hinting at the letter R in the center of the bey.

Gallery

For a full gallery of images of Rantaro, see Rantaro Kiyama/Gallery.

References