|Affiliations:||SF Cold Storage|
Yoshitake Real Estate (former)
|Total Assets Acquired:||¥8,665,000,000|
|Ashura Debut:||Chapter 3|
|Anime Debut:||Episode 1|
Rihito (理人, Lihito; "Rihito"), also known as "The Superman" (超人, Chōjin) or by his real name Nakata Ichiro (中田 一郎, Nakata Ichirō; "Ichiro Nakata"), is an affiliated fighter in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament (as the President of his own corporation, SF Cold Storage) and the first person Tokita Ohma fought in the Kengan matches.
Rihito is a brute of a man with a bulky, powerful build, a hairless face, messy blonde hair and small blonde eyebrows. He has an animated facial expression, usually beaming with confidence.
Rihito is a very self-confident person. He doesn't have much in the way of nous, being easily tricked into becoming part of Nogi's team to try and win the Kengan Annihilation Tournament. He is also a shameless pervert who is always trying it on with women.
At the age of 11, Rihito tore apart his first coin with his incredible grip strength. During his time at Bakata High School, Rihito encountered Sawada Keizaburo for the first time, starting their vitriolic rivalry.
Rihito was originally an affiliated fighter for Yoshitake Real Estate, and was hired for their match against Nogi Group. Upon hearing that their original fighter, Komada Shigeru, had been replaced by Tokita Ohma, Rihito broke into Ohma's home with Ivan Karaev to scope out the new fighter. As Karaev kept fighting despite the clear disadvantage, Rihito slashed his throat and revealed himself as Ohma's opponent.
During the early match, Rihito and Ohma both appeared even, with Ohma having the slight edge. However, Rihito turned the tables by revealing his ability, the Razor's Edge, slashing Ohma in the chest and ankle. While Ohma seemingly struggled to cope with the Razor's Edge, he soon revealed his countermeasure against it, and toyed with Rihito before defeating him.
After losing to Ohma, Rihito was fired by Yoshitake Yoshiro, and got a part-time job at a shipping company under the Nogi Group (which had good pay). A month after starting, Nogi Hideki came down and made him the president of a shell company under the Nogi Group, SF Cold Storage, telling him he could be the first boss-fighter in the history of the Kengan matches.
Representing himself as a boss-fighter of SF Cold Storage in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament, Rihito successfully passed through the preliminaries defeating Shimoda Saji in the process. After arriving on Ganryu Island, he made quick friends with Okubo Naoya, bonding over their mutual appreciation of beautiful women. They in turn watched the first-round tournament matches with Kaneda Suekichi and Himuro Ryo, forming a group some referred to as the "four stooges". During a brief visit to the bathroom, he was accosted and assaulted by Kure Raian before the latter's match, who used his Removal to trounce Rihito as a warm-up. While he was treated by Kurayoshi Rino, the wound to his pride remained.
In the main tournament, he fought Kuroki Gensai in the first round but was overwhelmingly outclassed and defeated by the older fighter. Waking up in the medical office from his defeat to Okubo Naoya greeting him, he left the room and began shedding tears.
Having recovered from his injuries, Rihito then became interested in learning under Kuroki, forcibly making himself the man's disciple despite Kuroki's statements that he didn't take on students. Rihito continued to follow around Kuroki for the rest of the tournament, taking words of wisdom from the experienced fighter and cheering him on during his fights.
After the Kengan Annihilation Tournament's conclusion, Rihito went away to train under Kuroki.
Power & Abilities
Rihito is a physically powerful combatant with impressive physical strength, durability and endurance, being able to continue fighting after Ohma's initial pummelling of him. His brute strength was shown when he managed to break free from Shimoda Saji's supposedly unbreakable submission hold.
Razor's Edge: This is Rihito's special technique that came about due to his superhuman pinch grip. Using this immense pinch grip strength on top of his naturally incredible physical prowess, Rihito is able to tear through flesh and bone just like a razor. However, the drawback to the technique is that it requires a large range of motion to allow for the necessary acceleration needed to tear through things; as such, closing the distance or simply blocking the slicing movement is enough to nullify the Razor's Edge. Since his fight with Ohma, he has improved on this aspect, now being able to tear through things with a much smaller range of motion.
Notes & Trivia
- Rihito's real name is Nakata Ichiro (中田 一朗, Nakata Ichirō; "Ichiro Nakata"). But because of his idolization of superheroes and the fact that they go by a 'hero name' instead, as a self-proclaimed superman, he decided to go by a hero name too: "Rihito", the man that "surpasses human reason".
- He has a high stress on physical looks when it comes to women.