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Shu Kurenai (紅シュウ, Kurenai Shuu) is the deuteragonist of the anime and manga series, Beyblade Burst. He currently battles with his Beyblade, Spriggan Requiem 0 Zeta. Shu Kurenai is also one of the Supreme Four. In Beyblade Burst Evolution, he joins the New York Team, the Raging Bulls, to battle in the World Championships, and later secretly becomes Red Eye, a major antagonist. In the manga, he states that he is Spriggan, implying he is being possessed by his bey.

Appearance

Shu is quite tall for his age and has white hair and blood red eyes. His attire includes a pink dress shirt with a black tie with a red, a black high collared vest over his shirt, long black pants, and black shoes. His tie and vest bear red markings, including a singular line across the lower half of his tie, and an inverted triangle composed of several lines on his vest. His right hand sports a red fingerless glove with yellow accents. He has a scar over his right eye, inflicted by Lui Shirasagi in a previous battle, but it is usually covered by his hair, and therefore unseen until he lifts his hair when he wins a battle.

As Red Eye

As Red Eye, he wears a dark grey mask featuring four long red stripes. It only shows his glowing red eyes and his mouth. He has very pale skin and wears a long white jacket with a high collar. He also has longer white hair and a black shirt under his jacket. Upon donning the mask, his voice is becomes noticeably deeper than before, implying that his mask has a voice-altering feature. In a later episode, his mask breaks during a battle with Lui.

Personality

Described as a genius blader, Shu is a favorite in his hometown. However, he does not rely on talent alone and is very hardworking when it comes to Beyblade. He is one of the best bladers to ever play the sport, managing to surpass Valt Aoi and win his first WBBA tournament in less than a year.
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Shu as Red Eye

Shu is calm and patient, and prefers to be alone most of the time. He maintains a cool exterior in front of others, however underneath this lies a burning hot fighting spirit. He is quite standoffish towards people he doesn't know well, with Valt and Xander Shakadera being exceptions. Because of this, he is sometimes seen as aloof and even as a 'spoiled brat', as described by Rantaro Kiyama in the first episode of the anime.

In the anime, Shu is shown to be a good cook: this is because his parents are often busy and away from home, so he has to take care of himself.

Shu has also demonstrated keen observation skills, such as when he noticed Daigo's guilt in cheating against Yugo, visualizing his opponent's Beys in the stadium while training, and seeing Rantaro finish first when he saw the others racing each other.

Shu was shown to be stubborn when dealing with his shoulder injury. Despite strict orders from the doctor to give his body some time to rest and recover, he still insisted on practicing for his upcoming matches and often denied being in pain. This caused some friction between him and Valt, who out of concern for his friend, suggested that he forfeit their battle.

As Red Eye

Red Eye Unmasked

Red Eye Unmasked

Shu's personality takes a much darker turn in Beyblade Burst Evolution upon becoming Red Eye. He changes into a quiet yet powerful and ruthless blader who is willing to destroy others' beys to win. This drastic personality change is due to Lui Shirasagi breaking his Storm Spryzen and humiliating him in Beyblade Burst, and then later losing to Free de la Hoya, the strongest blader in the world after joining the Raging Bulls, a legendary American team.

Shu in the Requiem Project

Shu in the Requiem Project

He seeks out those who pose a challenge to defeat, scouting the globe for particularly strong bladers. This is an effort to improve his own skills to order defeat Free and Lui one day. However, this leads Shu to push away his friends, most notably Valt, evidenced by him roughly shoving him aside and demanding him to leave after his identity is revealed. When Shu is put through the Requeim Project, one of the tasks he has to accomplish to receive his new Beyblade is eliminate Valt in his imagination. This shows that Shu still cares and that he knows he is being pushed into abandoning the things that made him happy in his 'old life'.

It should be interesting to note that Shu's personality as Red Eye is eerily similar to that of Lui, with his new desire to seek out opponents he views as worthy to face and how he is set on defeating all who stand in his way.

Biography

Background

Beyblade Burst (anime)

Shu was introduced in Lets Go! Valtryek!, where he is first seen on a TV broadcast on Beyblade. He is introduced as one of the strongest Bladers around, and easily defeats his opponent with a single hit. During his journey home, he sees Valt training and questions what he is doing, to which he smiles and encourages him to continue. During Valt's first round match in the local tournament, he is shocked when Valt performs a Rush Launch.

Beyblade Burst (manga)

Beyblades

Special Moves

  • Counter Break: Spryzen utilizes its Unite tip to quickly change its trajectory and slam into the opponent at high speeds. This is Shu's most commonly used technique.
  • Upper Launch: Shu launches Spryzen at a steep angle, allowing it to attack the opponent from below, or Spryzen uses the stadium's slope to send the opposing bey flying.
  • Ultra Upper Launch:
  • Ultra Counter Break: A stronger version of the Counter Break in which Spryzen rides along the stadium's groove to pick up speed and deal heavy damage, similar to Valt's Ultra Flash Launch.
  • Crux Boost: Shu holds his launcher vertically with his right hand, and when he is about to launch he rapidly switches to a horizontal launch. When launched, Spryzen moves around at a very high speed and with great stability and can usually burst beys effortlessly or weaken them enough for another hit to burst the bey.
  • Requiem Slash:
  • Requiem Spin: Spryzen absorbs the opponent's strength and turns it into its own power. This is possible because of the rubber on Spryzen Requiem's layer. This move is similar to Free's Drain Spin.
  • Axe Launch: Shu as Red Eye uses Legend Spryzen's Merge Tip to grind against the edge of the stadium and increase its power. It then comes in for a finishing blow. Typically used when Spryzen is in left-spinning mode.

Battles

Beyblade Burst (anime)
Opponent Episode Result
Unknown Blader 01 Win
Unknown Blader 03 Win (2-0)
Ken Midori 04 Win (2-0)
Atsuto Takagi 06 Win (2-0)
Kyoji Aranami 09 Win (3-0)
Valt Aoi 10 Win (2-0)
Daigo Kurogami 11 Win (2-0)
Orochi Ginba 12-13 Win (3-0)
Valt Aoi 14 Lose (flashback)
Wakiya Murasaki 14 Win (2-0) (flashback)
Valt Aoi 14-15 Win (3-2)
Hoji Konda 27 Win (2-0)
Rantaro Kiyama 28 Win (2-0)
Minen Himuro 30 Win (1-0)
Yugo Nansui 32 Win (2-0)
Valt Aoi 34 Draw (flashback)
Valt Aoi 36 Unknown
Shinki Mikuni 37 Win (2-0)
Lui Shirasagi 39 Lose (0-3) (flashback)
Jin Aizawa 42 Win (4-1)
Unknown Blader 44 Win (2-0)
Wakiya Murasaki 45 Win (3-1)
Lui Shirasagi 48-

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Lose (2-3)
Beyblade Burst Evolution (anime)
Opponent Chapter Result
Valt Aoi 16 Win (3-0)
Lui Shirasagi 36 Lose (1-3)
Free de la Hoya 36 Lose (Flashback) (0-2)
Boa Alcacer 41 Win (3-1)

Relationships

Valt Aoi

Shu and Valt

Valt is Shu's best friend, whom the former idolizes, and the two have known each other since kindergarten. Valt is continually inspired by the hard-work and focus Shu puts into blading, and continually seeks advice from him. Shu tends to drop his cold front in front of Valt and smiles more easily around him. He's also very protective of Valt and constantly looks looks out for him. Shu's faith in Valt is unshakable, and while others may become exasperated with Valt's empty-headed antics, Shu never stops believing in him. He views Valt as a worthy opponent and rival. In Burst Evolution, when he became Red Eye, Shu seemingly abandoned their friendship to create Spriggan Requiem.

Toko Aoi and Nika Aoi

Because they are Valt's younger siblings, Shu also cares about them. In the Japanese version, both siblings refer to Shu as "Shu-kun" despite being younger than him, indicating that they're quite comfortable with each other.

Daigo Kurogami

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Shu and Daigo originally only spoke in passing. Shu was the only one to notice that Daigo cheated during his match with Yugo, and saw how the guilt affected him. He approached Daigo privately and offered some words of comfort, even going out of his way to lie to Daigo's little brother, Ryota, so that the latter wouldn't see his brother in a bad light. This spurred a budding friendship between the two.

In later episodes, Daigo is seen returning the favor by looking out for Shu and worrying about his shoulder injury acting up again.

Xander Shakadera

Like Valt, Shu and Xander are great friends and have been since kindergarten. The two of them have a deep mutual respect for one another and always look out for each other. Shu sees Xander as a trustful friend and worthy rival in terms of Beyblade, given that both are members of the Supreme Four.

Wakiya Murasaki

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Shu respects Wakiya as an equal member of the team, and is willing to accept the other blader's challenges and intense will to surpass him. Shu can also see past Wakiya's blustering and overly-confident exterior to see that he has insecurities about losing as well, which is why he reminds him that losing a battle isn't the end of the world, and teaches him that it is best to be resilient and persistent.

Lui Shirasagi

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Shu after Lui injured his eye

Shu and Lui have a shared hatred for one another: While Shu feels the need to avenge his loss at Lui's hand at the last tournament, Lui wishes to crush Shu's dreams and break his spirit. This causes them to fight their hardest against each other. After his previous loss, which left Shu very shaken, he pushes himself to the limit, ignoring Lui's poisonous taunts to beat him in battle. Even when Shu loses against Lui for the second time and Spryzen is destroyed, he still has the burning desire to win, and promises never to stop trying.

Free de la Hoya

Losing against Free after he joined the Raging Bulls made Shu vulnerable to Ashram's manipulation, allowing Ashram to turn him into Red Eye. Beforehand, Shu also called out Free for abandoning his previous team, BC Sol.

Boa Alcacer

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Shu (as Red Eye) met Boa and encouraged him to not give up in his beytraining. He told him that to get stronger he would have to ditch that mindset; that he would never get as good as Red Eye, and try harder. This led to Boa idolizing Red Eye and following him around as he trains to grow stronger than him.

Shu seems supportive of Boa's training efforts, however can be distant and harsh sometimes.

Quotes

  • "I'm not really a 'club joining' kind of guy."
  • "You know he can't hear you, right? This is how Valt is; he loses his cool."
  • "You're not doing yourself any favors underestimating Valt."
  • "Not cool to smack-talk your own teammates."
  • "We're all bladers here. There's only one way to settle this: with our beys!"
  • "I think I know my own limits here. Don't jump to conclusions!"
  • "What are you? A mindreader?”
  • "I'm sorry. I know I broke our pact. Some day, I'll make it up to you..."
  • "When I win, I realize how much Beyblade has changed my life for the better."
  • (When the others want Shu to tell them who won the race) "(sighs) It was Rantaro."
  • "I will become a Blader worthy of this Spriggan."

Gallery

For a full gallery of images of Shu, see Shu Kurenai/Gallery.

Trivia

  • His first name "Shu" means "top class" in Japanese. This may refer to his expert Beyblading skills.
  • His name, Shu, and his bey, Spriggan Requiem share the same initials, hinting at the letter S in the centre of his bey.
  • He is similar to Toby, in the sense that both are best friends of protagonists and have been brainwashed into becoming their respective evil alter-egos.
  • Shu's personality shift as Red Eye is similar to Brooklyn's dark side taking him over in the Original series, as well as Ryuga and Tsubasa being taken over by the dark power in the Metal Saga, and Daigo briefly being consumed by evil thoughts in the first season of Beyblade Burst.
    • In the manga, Shu became possessed by his bey Spriggan, much like how Ryuga was possessed by L-Drago in the Metal Saga.
  • Whenever Shu wins a battle, he pushes his hair back with his hand to reveal his scar. As episode 14 of Burst shows, he did this even before he had it. However, he stops doing this after adopting the Red Eye alter-ego.
  • Shu is similar to Hiro Granger and Ryo Hagane from the previous series. They all have masked alter-egos that are involved with Beyblade; and also have some sort of relationship with the protagonists.
  • He was the first blader of the series that was able to defeat Lui in the manga.
    • In the manga, Shu breaks Nightmare Longinus, defeating Lui for the first time, much like how Lui broke Spryzen the first time Shu lost in the anime adaptations of Burst and Burst Evolution.

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