Virtua Fighter (1993)
Platform of Origin:
Arcade (Sega Model 1)
First Chapter Appearance:
A ninja and master of jujitsu from the village of Hagakure.
In search of his mother, Tsuki Kage, who was captured by J6 (Judgement 6), he joined a fighting tournament they hosted. In the fourth tournament he was finally reunited with his mother, but she had been turned into the cyborg weapon, Dural.
After seeing her twisted form and realizing there was nothing he could do to save her, the heartbroken Kage Maru destroyed her. However, it turned out that Dural wasn't actually Tsuki Kage at all, but merely a mass-produced cyborg.
At that point, he learned of a new scheme by J6 involving Dural, and he vowed to continue to fight in the hopes of saving his mother and stopping J6's plans.
Although he normally conceals his emotions behind a face of stone, he is a warm-hearted person who tears up when he thinks about his mother.
Virtua Fighter Series
Kage is a shinobi that hails from the Hagakure Ninja Clan. Trained by his father, the previous Kage Maru, Kage is a master of Hagakure Ryu Jujutsu (葉隠流柔術; Concealed Leaf style Jujutsu). When his mother was taken by J6, a shadowy terrorist organization, Kage has made it his life's mission to find her and save her.
His theme is "Ai ga tari nai ze", the 2nd opening theme of the Virtua Fighter anime
Kage Maru uses his Hagakure-ryu Jujitsu to swiftly deal damage to his opponents
Gear: Baji Secret Sword (ATK +308, TEC +40, DEX +40, HP +1000)
Accessory: Hagakure Ninja Suit (ATK +30, DEF +257, TEC +10, DEX +10, SP +50)
|Tetsuzankou & Jakenshou||B||Block Crush|
|Chouda Chouchu & Hagaryu||A||None|
|Daiden Housui & Seiryu Koujinkyaku||B||Block Crush|
|Renkantai & Fujin Urasuisha||B||Down|
|Byakko Soushouda & Rairyu Hishoukyaku||A||None|
|Hougeki Unshin Soukoshou & Rairyu Hishoukyaku||S||None|
|Yuki-ryu Hakkyokuken Hiden||S||None|
|Shura Haou Koukazan & Suishageri||C||Stun|
|Hagakure-ryu In Shippuden||50||Self||CRT Damage +50%||Kage Maru lowers his center of gravity, then charges toward his enemy.|
|Stamping||40||Self||Nullifies Block||Akira's Hakkyoku stomp creates a powerful shockwave.|
|Grass Flute||50||Ally||CP Acquired +25%||A flute Kage Maru uses to play a lullaby from his childhood in Hagakure Village.|
|Tighten Hachimaki||30||Self||Block Crush +50%||Akira tightens his headband to focus himself and unleash a powerful attack.|
Auto Skill List
|Name||CP Cost||Activation Rate||Effect||Description|
|Budo Spirit||0||Start of Turn: XP 100 or more||Halves Counterattack SP cost||Akira's budo creed: Do not harm others unless it must be done.|
|Hagakure Jujitsu||0||Start of Turn: 100%||Extends CRT Window||Kage Maru's traditional ninja skills let him easily throw and damage foes.|
|Offensive Move||300||Start of Turn: XP 50 or more||Side Attack +15%||Akira flings himself to the side of foes, boosting the damage he deals.|
|Defensive Move||400||After Action: HP 80% or less||Nullifies Side Attacks||Kage Maru goes up to the side of foes, causing their attacks to miss.|
|Jumonji Kamae||500||Enemy Turn: Damage taken 20% or more of Max HP||Nullifies Down, Stun, and Bind||Kage Maru crosses his arms in a Hagakure stance which resist status ailments.|
|Junho Honko||600||Start of Turn: SP 50% or more||Disables Block Crush||Akira pulls foes forward, throwing them off balance.|
|Maho||700||Start of Turn: 100%||SP Recovery 20%||Akira's arms-forward Hakkyokuken stance makes him impervious as a rock.|
- Kage Maru is the only Virtua Fighter newcomer in Project X Zone 2.
- Kage Maru, Strider Hiryu, Hotsuma, Hibana, Natsu, and Taki are the only playable ninja.
- All but Taki appear in Prologue 3 of Project X Zone 2. Taki is mentioned, though.