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 leader and founder of his own team, the Wild Bey Gang. He fights with his Beyblade, Roktavor R4 11Reach Wedge, although his first Beyblade was his brother's Roktavor R2 Gravity Revolve. Ranjiro started Beyblade by the influence of his brother.
Ranjiro's appearance looks similar to his brother, Rantaro. Just like his brother, Ranjiro often has a lollipop in his mouth. He has hazel eyes, and a bandage on his left cheek. He wears a long white jacket with flame designs at the end. He has an orange shirt and pants that are half black and half red. His boots are white, and he has a belt with an R-shaped buckle. His most noticeable feature is his huge blonde hair.
It's noted that Ranjiro seems to take after his brother, Rantaro, in some ways. 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.
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.
- Roktavor R2 Gravity Revolve: Ranjiro's former Beyblade in Beyblade Burst Turbo. It was given to him by his brother, Rantaro.
- Roktavor R4 11Reach Wedge: Ranjiro's primary Beyblade in Beyblade Burst Turbo. It was upgraded from his Roktavor R2.
- 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: Roktavor 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.
|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|
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.
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 named to Dread Phoenix."
- Ranjiro possessed the very first hand-me-down Beyblade, which originally belonged to his older brother, Rantaro.
- 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 character popularity poll in Japan, Ranjiro was placed last as the least popular character.
For a full gallery of images of Ranjiro, see Ranjiro Kiyama/Gallery.