|“||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 returns in Beyblade Burst Surge as the coach for the protagonists' team: The Bombers. Rantaro currently battles with his Beyblade, Glide Roktavor Wheel Revolve 1S. He is also the older brother of Ranjiro Kiyama.
Rantaro is a tall, comparative to his age, fair-skinned boy, has blonde hair that he wears in a pompadour and brown eyes. He wears a bandage on the bridge of his nose, has a habit of keeping an orange and red lollipop in his mouth, and carries a large white paper fan.
In Burst and Burst Evolution, his attire consists of a black gakuran jacket slung over his shoulders, akin to a cape, a dark-red tank top underneath, black gakuran trousers, a white sash as a belt, and brown laceless shoes. When he battles in Burst, he initially placed his comic books around his waistband (In the manga, these are specifically CoroCoro comics).
In Surge, he retains his full gakuran attire, but the jacket has a red interior and gold buttons, he wears an orange dress shirt, a blue sash as a belt, and brown dress shoes.
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 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, Rantaro is shown to get along very well with younger children, retroactively foreshadowing his close relationship with his younger brother, Ranjiro.
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 seen a couple of times in the anime, Rantaro doesn't like it when people call his jacket a cape.
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 Victory Valtryek 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 Ring-Out Finish 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.
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 failed launch broke the statue of the school's founder. As a result, both Rantaro and Valt were punished by their teacher.
Sometime after Valt's battle against Lui in the Individual tournament 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 League. At various points, Rantaro and Valt join Wakiya and Daigo in learning more about the Snake Pit and their best blader Red Eye, who turned out to be their friend Shu. In the finals of the World League, he battles in the first round. There, he defeats Richard Yello through his Stamina Launch overpowering Richard's special move. Elated, he thanks Trad for giving him the grip to help him grow. During a flashback before the final match between Silas and Joshua, he gave Silas a lollipop to help him relax as his teammate's efforts to push himself in training.
Rantaro is not present in Turbo, save for a few appearances in flashbacks. However, his brother Ranjiro is one of the main Bladers. He is also mentioned to have passed down his Raging Roktavor Bey to Ranjiro as well.
- Roktavor Heavy Survive: Rantaro's primary Beyblade in the Beyblade Burst manga.
- Raging Roktavor Gravity Revolve: Rantaro's primary Beyblade in the Beyblade Burst anime. He would later give it to his younger brother, Ranjiro.
- Berserk Roktavor 4Cross Flugel: Rantaro's primary Beyblade in the Beyblade Burst Evolution anime.
- Glide Roktavor Wheel Revolve 1S: Rantaro's primary Beyblade in the Beyblade Burst Surge anime. His brother, Ranjiro also uses this Bey, albeit in different colors.
- Roktavor Zone: Roktavor takes up the center of the Beystadium and uses its strong Stamina and Defense to repel opponents while reducing Stamina loss.
- Stamina Launch: Roktavor now has a higher spin speed and more power thanks to the Knuckle 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: 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.
- Sparking Shoot: When a Blader has achieved complete synchronization with his Surge Beyblade, the Launcher will illuminate and sparkle, granting the bey a temporary increase in speed and power.
- Glide Tornado: Like Roktavor Zone and Ultra Roktavor Zone and Roktavor Typhoon, Glide Roktavor uses it wings to generate an upper force.
- Double Tornado: Both Glide Ragnaruk combine their Glide Tornado moves to form one large tornado as they spin in complete synchronization.
|Beyblade Burst (anime)|
|Valt Aoi||01||Win (2-0)|
|Valt Aoi||01||Lose (1-2)|
|Valt Aoi||02||Win (2-0)|
|Valt Aoi||04||Lose (0-2)|
|Valt Aoi||07||Win (2-0)|
|Xander Shakadera||17||Lose (0-2)|
|Ukyo Ibuki||19||Lose (1-2)|
|Valt Aoi||24||Lose (1-3)|
|Valt Aoi||25||Lose (0-2)|
|Wakiya Murasaki||27||Win (2-0)|
|Ken Midori||34||Lose (0-1)|
|Kyo Sandai||37||Win (1-0)|
|Beyblade Burst Evolution (anime)|
|Paul Orlando||02||Win (2-0)|
|Valt Aoi||02||Lose (1-2)|
|Free De La Hoya||03||Lose (0-1)|
|Wakiya Murasaki||04||Lose (0-3)|
|Wakiya Murasaki||06||Win (2-0)|
|Silas Karlisle||06||Lose (0-2)|
|Silas Karlisle||07||Win (2-0)|
|Rickson Clay||10||No Outcome|
|Rickson Clay||12||Lose (0-1)|
|Silas Karlisle||12||Lose (0-2)|
|Daigo Kurogami||12||Lose (0-2)|
|George Star||15||Win (2-0)|
|Yellow Eye||17||Lose (0-3)|
|Joshua Burns||22||Lose (1-2)|
|Valt Aoi, Wakiya Murasaki, and Xander Shakadera||27||Lose (0-5-0-0)|
|Ren Wu Sun ( Tag with Cuza, and Valt)||29||Lose (6-0-0-0)|
|Richard Yello||33||Win (2-0)|
|Kurt Baratier||39||Lose (0-2)|
|Valt Aoi||40||(1-0) Win|
|Beyblade Burst Turbo (anime)|
|Ranjiro Kiyama||03 (Flashback)||Win|
|Beyblade Burst Surge|
|Valt Aoi and Silas Karlisle||01||Result Unknown|
|Hikaru and Hyuga Asahi (with Ranjiro Kiyama)||02||Lose (0-3)|
|Hikaru Asahi||03||Lose (0-2)|
|Ranjiro Kiyama||04||Lose (0-1)|
|Free De La Hoya||04||Lose (0-1)|
|Aiger Akabane, Valt Aoi, Free De La Hoya & Hyuga Asahi (Battle Royale)||11||Lose (0-4)|
|Valt Aoi & Free De La Hoya (with Silas Karlisle)||12||Lose (2-3)|
|Dante Koryu & Lui Shirosagi (with Hikaru Asahi)||13||Lose (0-4)|