|Epithet:||"The Black Phantom"|
|Ashura Debut:||Chapter 31|
Inaba Ryo (因幡 良, Inaba Ryō; "Ryo Inaba"), also known as "The Black Phantom", is the affiliated fighter of Penasonic in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament. He is one of three assassins in the tournament.
Inaba Ryo is one of the smallest fighters in the tournament, with a slight yet well-defined frame, notably pale skin, dead-looking eyes with his most distinguishing feature being his extremely long, flailing black hair that he usually lets drape over his face and on to the ground, but under the hair, Inaba has a very cute face. Ryo tends to wear a plain black vest and plain black bottoms, also going barefoot.
Ryo is particular known for his eccentric behaviour, such as his tendency to walk on all fours like an animal. Despite this, he has a surprisingly agreeable side. Because of the relationship he has with his friend and employer Urita Sukizo, Ryo subdued his true sense of identity: the bloodstained karma of his assassin's blood and the fact that assassins could only really live in the heart of battle, something which he regained after his fight with Tokita Ohma.
Because the assassins of the Inaba Clan had served the Uritas for generations, as the current head of the household, Inaba Ryo was no exception. Because he was always at Urita Sukizo's side as his bodyguard ever since they were children, they had a bizarre relationship that was not of master and servant but more like that of close friends. To that end, Sukizo never ordered Ryo to commit any assassinations.
Inaba was first seen walking around creepily on the S.S. Kengan.
On the first day of the Kengan Annihilation Tournament, Inaba represented Penasonic, fighting against Tokita Ohma in the first round. Initially overwhelmed by Ohma, Inaba turned the tables when he began using his prehensile hair. However, Inaba was defeated when Ohma activated "the Advance" and dominated him.
Power & Abilities
Ryo comes from the Inaba Clan of assassins, in which they have a special treatment for their hair to be used as a weapon. Apart from this, Ryo is a fast and agile combatant, albeit not as fast as Ohma. He is shown to be capable of matching Ohma's blows for a short while, before being overwhelmed. Despite being small, Inaba is stronger than he looks: using his big toe he can both propel himself quickly and can easily root himself to the ground; when wrapping Ohma's leg with his hair, Inaba easily swings him around like a ball on a chain using his arm or his neck.
Inaba Style: A martial arts style created and utilised by the Inaba Clan. Heirs to the Inaba Style begin strengthening their hair from childhood, lathering it in a wondrous compound drug far more effective than any modern hair growth formula. Their strengthened hair is then refined, enabling it to be freely manipulated through years of training.
- Edging: A special form of movement used by the Inaba Clan involving the user propelling themselves using nothing but their toes. The user also keeps their movement speed out of sync to make it harder for opponents to predict their movements.
- Somersault Kick: A downward axe kick thrown after somersaulting forwards.
- Spider's Hair: A special technique within the Inaba Clan that enables them to use their incredibly strong hair as a weapon. Because of how flexible his hair is, he can use it akin to a whip with the phrase, "It wraps like a steel wire, and strikes like a whip" aptly fitting its usage.
Notes & Trivia
- Inaba Ryo usually has his hair bonded with a special drug, but he left it undone for the purposes of the Kengan Annihilation Tournament. To that end, he enjoys getting his hair groomed and dislikes getting haircuts.