Ranjiro Kiyama (黄山 乱次郎, Kiyama Ranjiro), also known as Socho (ソーチョー / 総長, President) in Japan, and as Cap'n in the dub, is a character in the anime and manga series, Beyblade Burst Turbo. He is the younger brother of Rantaro Kiyama and the founder and leader of his own team, the Wild Bey Gang. He fights with his Beyblade, Crash Roktavor 11Reach Wedge, which he had upgraded from his brother's Raging Roktavor Gravity Revolve. Ranjiro started Beyblade by the influence of his brother. Ranjiro returns in Beyblade Burst Superking with his newly evolved Bey, Glide Ragnaruk Wheel Revolve 1S.
Ranjiro's appearance looks similar to his brother, Rantaro. He has a huge flattop-style blonde hair, hazel eyes, and a bandage on his left cheek. Like his brother, Ranjiro also has a habit of chewing on a green and yellow lollipop.
In Turbo, his attire consists of a long white jacket with flame designs at the end and on his right shoulder region, an orange shirt, white wrapping around his waist, a pair of pants that are half black and half mahogany, white boots, and a white belt with an R-shaped buckle.
In Superking, he retains his boots, belt and buckle, waist wrapping and jacket, but the flames on the jacket ends are more serrated, a pair of baggy pants now colored half blue and half orange, and a yellow-orange dress shirt. Yet he still has some of his old design with him.
It's noted that Ranjiro seems to take after his brother, Rantaro, in some ways. This included being hot headed, especially when his hair is made fun of, as was noticed by Raul Comas, although Ranjiro seems to be more hot headed than Rantaro. This is further proven when he was easily offended by Hikaru Asahi and Hyuga Asahi calling him Broomhead and even went to the extreme of chasing them to the Bombers Gym. He also demonstrates exceptional leadership skills.
Ranjiro is also very protective of those he cares about, as he accompanied Aiger on his journey to Dread Tower after noticing him being consumed by his obsession with resonance. He is somewhat overconfident as he underestimated Hikaru he was shocked to see Hikaru do a sparking shoot and was angered in disbelief when Hikaru, managed to knock Glide Ragnaruk out in a draw. He is also very competitive as he competed against Hyuga and Silas Karlisle in a series of physical training and was also quick to declare that he would win in a rematch between Hyuga as well as Aiger.
When he was young, Ranjiro always looked up to his older brother, Rantaro and strived to be as good as him one day. After hearing form his friend Tobisuke that Fubuki Sumiye had gotten a Turbo bey, he decided to upgrade his handed-down Raging Roktavor into Crash Roktavor. He then set off to challenge Fubuki and his Bey, Emperor Forneus, which he won with little effort. This win impressed four Bladers: Harumi Hijikawa, Benimaru, Gumita, and Jonji to leave the Beigoma Academy BeyClub and led Ranjiro to form their own team, the Wild Bey Gang.
Ranjiro was first introduced in episode 2, where he punched the wall in anger as his entire beyclub had lost to Aiger Akabane. He planned to confront Aiger to get revenge for the BeyClub's loss.
In episode 3, he challenged Aiger to a battle based on the Wild Bey Gang rule which was that the battle will only conclude once a person gets a burst finish. After 149 battles, after many draws and ring out finishes, both Ranjiro and Aiger were too exhausted to continue battling. They collapsed to the ground and showed respect towards each other before declaring that they both would win, the next time they battle.
In episode 4, he caught Tobisuke red handed trying to smash Aiger's bey. Upset, he reprimanded the enitire Wild Bey Gang. Fubuki who heard the incident, insulted Ranjiro saying that he would never acknowledge the Wild Bey Gang as bladers. Ranjiro responded to Fubuki's insult by challenging Fubuki to a rematch which Ranjiro lost to a burst finish. Following this defeat, Ranjiro decided to train with his beyclub members to get stronger. While training, Tobisuke informed Ranjiro about the rematch between Aiger and Fubuki, so his beyclub and him went to Beigoma Academy to witness the battle in person. After the battle, he watched the announcement of an upcoming title match between Lui Shirasagi and Valt Aoi on Naru's tablet.
In episode 5, he was seen watching the title match between Lui and Valt live. Harumi told him that they would be watching the battle closely and Ranjiro responded that Valt was going to win.
In episode 6, Ranjiro gathers with other Beigoma Academy's students around Aiger's tent to see what the commotion was about, and wakes Aiger up from his dream of beating Valt and Lui. Tobisuke and Gumita runs to inform them of the Luinor Cup, where the blader who wins the tournament gets to challenge Lui. Ranjiro later rendezvous with Aiger and Fubuki and the three challenge Lui to a battle to which Lui decides to take them all on in a 3 vs1 battle. Aiger proposed that the three of them put aside their differences and work together, but Ranjiro declines this offer. After a failed attempt at simulating the battle, he decides to work together with Fubuki and Aiger. The three trained hard till they were exhausted, However their efforts were futile as Lui was able to burst all 3 of them.
In episode 7, Ranjiro trains by doing squats while carrying Benimaru. Tobisuke interrupts the training to tell them of an incident at school and the entire Wild Bey Gang rushes to witness Aiger's new training machine. Later, Ranjiro is the first blader to make it pass the preliminary round of the Luinor Cup and also set the high score on the measurement machine, although the high score was later beaten by Aiger, Koji Konda and finally Hae-jin Oh.
- Raging Roktavor Gravity Revolve: Ranjiro's former Beyblade in Beyblade Burst Turbo. It was given to him by his brother, Rantaro.
- Crash Roktavor 11Reach Wedge: Ranjiro's primary Beyblade in Beyblade Burst Turbo. It was upgraded from his Raging Roktavor.
- Glide Ragnaruk Wheel Revolve 1S: Rantaro's primary Beyblade in the Beyblade Burst Superking anime.
- Roktavor Typhoon: Roktavor uses its metal wings to generate upper force and create a twister that repels its opponents. The move is very similar to Rantaro Kiyama's special move, Roktavor Zone/Ultra Roktavor Zone.
- Hurricane Counter: Roktavoūr uses its Reach Disc Frame’s spikes to counterattack a Bey if it attempts to attack at a lower angle.
- Roktavor Storm: Roktavor's metal wings extend out more then they usually do generated a storm of an upper force and create a twister that repels its opponents.
- Sparking Shoot: When a Blader has achieved complete synchronization with his/her Sparking Beyblade, the Launcher will illuminate and sparkle, granting the bey a temporary increase in speed and power. To activate this special state, a Blader must Launch their Bey at optimum efficiency, which powers the mechanism to release the Sparks.
- Glide Tornado: Like Roktavor Zone and Ultra Roktavor Zone and Roktavor Typhoon Glide Ragnaruk 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 Turbo|
|Rantaro Kiyama||03 (Flashback)||Lose|
|Fubuki Sumiye||03 (Flashback)||Win (2-0)|
|Fubuki Sumiye||04||Lose (0-2)|
|Lui Shirosagi (With Aiger Akabane & Fubuki Sumiye)||06||Lose (0-0-0-6)|
|Unknown Blader||07||Win (2-0)|
|Suoh Genji||08||Lose (0-2)|
|Unknown Blader||09||Win (2-0)|
|Aiger Akabane||10||Lose (1-2)|
|Phi & Hae-jin Oh (Battle Royale)||16||Lose (0-0-2)|
|Kyle Hakim||18||Lose (0-1)|
|Xavier Bogard & Kyle Hakim (With Aiger Akabane)||19||Lose (0-0)|
|Aiger Akabane, Fubuki Sumiye, Hae-jin Oh, Suoh Genji, Phi, Laban Vanot, Xavier Bogard & Kyle Hakim (Battle Royale)||20||Lose (0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-16)|
|Xavier Bogard & Kyle Hakim (With Suoh Genji)||21||Lose (0-4)|
|Kyle Hakim & Phi||22||Win (3-0-2)|
|Xavier Bogard||23||Lose (0-2)|
|Aiger Akabane||26||Win (2-0) (Training)|
|Aiger Akabane||26||Lose (0-9) (Training)|
|Evel Oxford||33||Lose (0-2)|
|Aiger Akabane (With Fubuki Sumiye)||39||Draw|
|Aiger Akabane||40||No Outcome|
|Beyblade Burst Superking|
|Hyuga Asahi||02||Win (0-2)|
|Hyuga and Hikaru Asahi (With Rantaro Kiyama)||02||Lose (0-3)|
|Rantaro Kiyama||04||Win (1-0)|
|Dante Koryu||09||Lose (0-2)|
- Episode 02 - Achilles Vs. Forneus!
- Episode 03 - Duel at Sunset!
- Episode 04 - Land It! Z Breaker!
- Episode 05 - Turbo Match! Valtryek Vs. Lúinor!
- Episode 06 - Winter Knight! Battle Royale
- Episode 07 - Curtains Rise! The Lúinor Cup!
- Episode 08 - Transformation! Heat Salamander!
- Episode 09 - Swirling Inferno!
- Episode 10 - Achilles Vs. Roktavor!
- Episode 11 - Battle of Betrayal!
- Episode 12 - Bull's-Eye! Archer Hercules!
- Episode 13 - Lúinor Cup! Final Battle!
- Episode 14 - Raging Dragon! Brutal Lúinor!
- Episode 15 - Trial By Fire! Defeat Lui!
- Episode 16 - Epic Voyage! Battleship Cruise!
- Episode 17 - Sword of The Legendary Hero!
- Episode 18 - Ghost Ship! Adventure of The High Seas!
- Episode 19 - Super Rumble! Beyathlon!
- Episode 20 - Explosive Flames! Revive Phoenix!
- Episode 21 - Cooperation! Tag-Team Battle!
- Episode 22 - Three-Way Stand-Off!
- Episode 23 - Operation: Protect The Bey Stars!
- Episode 24 - Achilles Vs. Xcalius!
- Episode 25 - Super Dragon! Geist Fafnir!
- Episode 26 - The Battleship Cruise! Final Voyage!
- Episode 27 - Road to Glory!
- Episode 28 - Valt Vs. Aiger!
- Episode 29 - Dark Prince! Dread Hades!
- Episode 30 - Aiger Goes Wild!
- Episode 31 - Rebirth! Turbo Valtryek!
- Episode 32 - Dread Tower! The Dark Citadel!
- Episode 33 - Trapped in The Dread Tower!
- Episode 34 - Secret of The Fused Bey!
- Episode 35 - Spirit of Flame! Turbo Spryzen!
- Episode 36 - The Darkness Within!
- Episode 37 - Turbo Clash! Showdown at The Dark Citadel!
- Episode 38 - Rebirth! Turbo Achilles!
- Episode 39 - Aiger's Rematch! Unbreakable Bond!
- Episode 40 - Master of The Wind! Air Knight!
- Episode 41 - Hyde Vs. Phi!
- Episode 42 - Battle Royale! Beyblade Heroes!
- Episode 43 - Lord of Destruction! Dread Phoenix!
- Episode 46 - Take Flight! Aerial Showdown!
- Episode 47 - Spirit of Flame Vs. Lord of Destruction!
- Episode 48 - Blading Together! Turbo Awakening!
- Episode 49 - Aiger Vs. Phi!
- Episode 50 - Aiger's Turbo Resonance!
- Episode 51 - Bonding! Aiger Vs. Valt!
- Episode 15 - Invasion! The New King! (pictured)
- Episode 02 - Aiming for The Sparking Shoot!/Knock Out Ragnaruk!
- Episode 03 - Do It! King Strike!/Curse Satan's Challenge!
- Episode 04 - Hear the Voice in Your Bey!/Meet the Monster: Free De La Hoya!
- Episode 09 - Heaven!? Hell!!/GT is Here!
- Episode 10 - Storm! Tempest Dragon!/Flare of Tyranny: Lean!
Rantaro is Ranjiro’s older brother. The reason Ranjiro became a Blader was because he was inspired by his brother. In addition to this, Rantaro gave his old Beyblade, Raging Roktavor, to Ranjiro. The two brothers appeared to be very close, as shown in a flashback in the third episode of Turbo and in multiple Superking episodes.
Ranjiro initially head a grudge against Aiger for defeating the members of his team and set out to teach him a lesson. After tying 149 times in a battle, the two eventually came to respect one another. Since then, they have become great friends, with their friendship being similar to that of Valt and Rantaro's. In one instance, when Aiger's Z Achilles was briefly stolen by the Wild Bey Gang, Ranjiro scolded them for it before apologizing to Aiger and returning his bey to him. Later on, when Aiger started becoming obsessed with winning and developed a dark resonance, Ranjiro took notice of this and offered to accompany him on his journey to the mysterious place known as Dread Tower.
Ranjiro and Tobisuke were good friends long before the Wild Bey Gang was formed. Tobisuke often followed Ranjiro everywhere and always praised his strength and Blading skills. If anyone ever insulted or made fun of Ranjiro, Tobisuke would immediately defend him. Their friendship was so strong, that he, along with Naru Akabane and Gumita stowed away on the Battleship Cruise, so they could support and cheer their respective Bladers on.
- "Aw man, the doofus fell asleep!" - After Aiger's match with Xander
- "Akabane will rue the day he messed with the Wild Bey Gang!" -after finding out Aiger defeated his whole team
- "Know what time it is, Fubuki? It's battle 'o' clock!" -in a flashback, challenging Fubuki to a battle with his new Crash Roktavor.
- "What even is that!? Try curry with rice, hamburgers and ramen!" -in response to a disguised Count Nightfell trying to guess his favorite food
- "No need to play it cool. Admit it, you were cheering for us." -upon meeting Fubuki in America
- "The knucklehead had another dream about Phi destroying Achilles."
- "I thought Phi was mean before, but now he's gone way too far." after seeing that Phi with Dread Phoenix
- " So that's why Lord Destructo changed its name to Dread Phoenix."
- "I called that one..." -after finding out that Principal Shinoda got caught up in Aiger's training machine shenanigans again.
- "The sea is bigger than my hair!"- While on the Battleship Cruise
- Ranjiro possessed the very first hand-me-down Beyblade, which originally belonged to his older brother, Rantaro.
- Ranjiro in Superking was initally a B-Tier blader but after defeating his brother Rantaro, the ranked 15th legendary blader, in the National Training centre Tournament, he was promoted to A-tier and was eligible to participate in the legends festival.
- Also, true to his form, Ranjiro plays the same role his brother played in the last two seasons.
- Ranjiro is the first main character to be the founder of a different team.
- Ranjiro owns a blue Level Chip on his bey.
- His birthday is May 1.
- Ranjiro is the only one of the four main protagonists of Beyblade Burst Turbo whose Launch Form didn't change later in the season.
- Ranjiro is the only blader other than Hae-jin Oh who participated on the Battleship Cruise whose Beyblade was a Stamina Type.
- In the 2018 character popularity poll in Japan, Ranjiro was placed last as the least popular character.
- Ranjiro's zodiac is a Taurus.
For a full gallery of images of Ranjiro, see Ranjiro Kiyama/Gallery.