I don't like "fighting". I like "one sided domination"!!!
- Declaring his devilish nature before brutalising Mokichi Robinson
Kure Raian (呉 雷庵, Kure Raian; "Raian Kure"), also known as "The Devil" (魔人, Majin), is an assassin from the infamous Kure Clan. He represented Under Mount, Inc. as their affiliated fighter during the Kengan Annihilation Tournament and was one of the three assassins in the tournament. He has been noted to have gone missing after the tournament.
Raian is an intimidating man, with a muscular well-defined physique. He has short spiked light grey hair with a small widow's peak and notch on the right side of his hairline, the sclera of his eyes are a dark almost-black colour with whitened pupils (a common trait of the Kure Clan) and a sadistic grin that is almost perpetually painted across his face.
Kure Raian appears to be a somewhat unstable individual. Unlike other participating members in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament, he tends to be more aggressive and offensive towards others. He wished to kill all the participants of the tournament to show that he is the "strongest". Raian is also one to pick fights against others and often provokes them to get a rise, such as when he flipped off Mokichi. He is also shown to be somewhat sadistic, enjoying himself as he fought and toyed with Mokichi Robinson.
On the S.S. Kengan, Raian found the situation audibly humorous when Karla returned and revealed she had a crush on someone. With Erioh incensed by her falling for Ohma, Raian was left laughing his head off, before telling his grandfather to calm down as he was releasing his "restraints". Later, Erioh confirmed with the group that Raian would be representing Under Mount, Inc. in the upcoming tournament, causing Raian to excitedly exclaim that he would kill everyone.
On the first day of the Kengan Annihilation Tournament, just before it was time for him to go out for his match, Raian physically harassed Rihito in the toilets. Covered in blood, Raian came out to face Mokichi Robinson in the first round. Despite being evenly matched in the beginning of their fight, Raian soon used the secret Kure Clan technique "Removal" and quickly began to inflict a no-holds barred beatdown upon Mokichi, ending it by ruthlessly breaking the man's neck and fatally smashing him into the ground.
After his fight, he encountered Mikazuchi Rei and the two had a very brief altercation until Erioh arrived and managed to persuade Raian to rein in his savagery.
In the second round of the tournament, Raian fought against Tokita Ohma. Despite seemingly being on the ropes initially, Raian quickly turned it around and began dominating Ohma, telling him to unleash "that form" or he'd kill him. Eventually, Ohma activates the Advance and begins to overwhelm Raian with his unleashed power. Satisfied, Raian then activates his Removal and the two begin clashing ferociously with the fight on even terms. However, Ohma's Advance abruptly ends and Raian knocks him away, satisfied with the fight he had been given. Readying to end it, Ohma suddenly returns to his feet and begins overwhelming Raian with his Niko Style, eventually going on to defeat Raian.
Later, during Hayami Katsumasa's revolution, Raian single-handedly took on a large group of Guardians, ecstatic that he'd be able to go on a slaughter-spree. In the process, he managed to kill Moro and Morooka, two high-ranking Guardians.
After the coup was quelled, Raian continued to watch the rest of the tournament in the stands by himself. During Ohma's fight against Imai Cosmo, he aggressively told some of the audience to stop complaining and watch the fight closely. He then watched the rest of the tournament unfold as Kuroki was crowned winner.
Raian later appeared suddenly behind Yamashita Kazuo, saving the Kazuo from an imminent execution after killing the men about to execute him, before telling his partner that they'd have to kill everyone if they wanted to get away. During their fight against the Worm, Raian killed several of their men, despite Ohma telling him not to do so. Right after killing Kashio Toru, he approached Xia Ji, putting him to the ground. With Xia Ji desperately trying to trick Ohma into sparing his life, Raian ignored his plea and punched him again harder than before. He was stopped from killing him by Ohma and after Katahara Retsudo appeared to calm the two, Xia Ji escaped. He then went to the "meeting point" with Retsudo, leaving Ohma and Kazuo behind. After witnessing the mysterious death of all the Worm captives who survived the attack Raian supposed they were all dying by poisoning due to failing their mission, something, he thought, only a guy like Xia Ji could think of.
The day after, he and Retsudo joined the others at Kure Village.
Whe Ohma visited Narushima Koga and Gaoh Ryuki in hospital Raian was present too. He convinced Koga to stop trying to enter the tournament again Purgatory (for which, apparently, Raian was chosen as a representative).
Power & Abilities
Raian is an extremely powerful combatant and martial artist who has mastered a wide range of Japanese martial arts that have been incorporated into the Kure Clan. To that end, he is well aware of the practices, techniques and capabilities of a vast number of Japanese martial arts styles as well as how to counter and exploit them. He is also more than happy to fight dirty, using tactics such as splashing blood into his opponent's eyes to limit their vision. Raian believes that there is no-one who he cannot dominate with pure physical strength, and therefore uses brute strength alone when he is fighting, instead of proper Kure techniques. To that end, he hasn't used any Kure techniques since he learned them, making him rusty upon his execution of them. Raian was one of the two fighters who Kanoh Agito initially said "outclasses" Wakatsuki Takeshi, the other being Julius Reinhold.
Kure Style: The Kure Clan's set of combat techniques.
- Lion Bite: He first used the technique to kill the men who were about to execute Yamashita Kazuo. Raian's skill and efficiency with the technique enabled him to take down three Worm members at once, much to Xia Ji's surprise.
- Secret Technique: Removal: Raian is able to access 100% of his latent power with no known drawbacks, more than any member of the Kure Clan in generations. He almost always utilises Removal while he is fighting, to maximise how much he can dominate his opponents.
Notes & Trivia
- Raian is both named and modelled after Ryan Gracie, the bad boy of the Gracie family.
- His hobby is killing guys that piss him off; unsurprisingly, he is also particularly skilled at killing guys that piss him off.