|Kanji:||呉 雷庵 (くれらいあん)|
Kure Erioh (unspecified relation)
|Ashura Debut:||Chapter 7|
Kure Raian (呉 雷庵, Kure Raian; "Raian Kure"), also known as "The Devil", is the affiliated fighter for Under Mount, Inc. in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament and one of the three assassins in 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.
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 is one of the two fighters who Kanoh Agito said "outclasses" Wakatsuki Takeshi, the other being Julius Reinhold.
Kure Clan Ability: Removal: The most unique ability of the Kure Clan, this involves removing the mental limiter which keeps humans from using more than 30% of their body's physical capacity. Using this technique makes his skin turn red with his blood vessels bulging on the surface, as he breaks the limits of his body to access "demonic" strength, speed, endurance and power. Raian is able to access 100% of his latent power with no known drawbacks, more than any member of the Kure Clan in generations. However, he cannot maintain this state for very long.
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.