I'm known as Head Honcho! People love me!

Rantaro Kiyama (黄山 乱太郎, Kiyama Rantaro), also known as The Boss (クミチョー, Kumicho) in the Japanese version and The Head Honcho or Honcho for short in the English version, is a character featured in the anime and manga series, Beyblade Burst. He is a member of the Beigoma Academy BeyClub as well as a member of the Spanish team: BC Sol. He returns in Beyblade Burst Surge as the coach for the protagonists Hikaru Asahi and Hyuga Asahi's team: The Bombers. Rantaro currently battles with his Beyblade, Glide Ragnaruk Wheel Revolve 1S. He is also the older brother of Ranjiro Kiyama.


Rantaro is a tall, comparative to his age, fair-skinned boy, has blonde hair that he wears in a pompadour and brown eyes. He wears a bandage on the bridge of his nose, has a habit of keeping an orange and red lollipop in his mouth, and carries a large white paper fan.

In Burst and Burst Evolution, his attire consists of a black gakuran jacket slung over his shoulders, akin to a cape, a dark-red tank top underneath, black gakuran trousers, a white sash as a belt, and brown laceless shoes. When he battles in Burst, he initially placed his comic books around his waistband (In the manga, these are specifically CoroCoro comics).

In Surge, he retains his full gakuran attire, but the jacket has a red interior and gold buttons, he wears an orange dress shirt, a blue sash as a belt, and brown dress shoes.


Rantaro is highly self-confident, often referring to himself as the Head Honcho and is good at sneaking things in and out of their school's strict regulations. He can be quite simple-minded and clueless, and is shown to not be very insightful (such as when he was unable to tell that Valt was upset over Shu's shoulder injury and when Ken was feeling lonely at Xander's grandpa's dojo). Despite this, he is honest and has a strong sense of justice.

Rantaro has many similar personality traits to Valt Aoi. Being naturally honest, he displays many of his emotions openly, whether it be happiness, anger, sadness or joy. He wants to be seen as a tough guy, but he is actually a big softie underneath it all. Often times, he is the first to encourage his teammates to do well before a battle and provide moral support whenever they are feeling down. In addition, Rantaro is shown to get along very well with younger children, retroactively foreshadowing his close relationship with his younger brother, Ranjiro.

Rantaro's greatest fear is revealed to be unicorns, though it is unknown how or where he developed this fear from. A couple of his favorite foods are tacos and meat. At one point, he threw a fit when Wakiya stole an entire plate of kabobs meant for the former, leaving him nothing but a single green onion.

As seen a couple of times in the anime, Rantaro doesn't like it when people call his jacket a cape.


Beyblade Burst (anime)

Rantaro was introduced in Let's Go! Valtryek!!, where he is first seen at the start of a battle against Valt Aoi. He won the battle against Valt without commanding his Beyblade once, as Valt's bad launches caused self-knockouts. He was then forced to clean up the mess caused by Valt's Victory Valtryek Boost Variable by Principal Shinoda.

He later registered for the local tournament and faced Valt once again in the first round of the tournament. Despite winning the first battle with a Ring-Out Finish and earning a point, Rantaro lost the second round due to a Burst Finish, resulting in Valt's overall victory. He complimented Valt on his performance afterwards.

Ever since then, Rantaro became good friends with Valt, Ken Midori, and Daigo Kurogami. They eventually go on to form their own Beyblading Club and train together.

Beyblade Burst (manga)

Rantaro Kiyama debuts in the first chapter as the first person ever to be challenged by Valt Aoi. However, their first battle ended up in disaster as Valt's failed launch broke the statue of the school's founder. As a result, both Rantaro and Valt were punished by their teacher.

Beyblade Burst Evolution

Sometime after Valt's battle against Lui in the Individual tournament finals, both Valt and Rantaro are scouted by Spain's team; BC Sol and their beyblades receive upgrades. They do so well that they become official members of BC Sol and battle in the World League. At various points, Rantaro and Valt join Wakiya and Daigo in learning more about the Snake Pit and their best blader Red Eye, who turned out to be their friend Shu. In the finals of the World League, he battles in the first round. There, he defeats Richard Yello through his Stamina Launch overpowering Richard's special move. Elated, he thanks Trad for giving him the grip to help him grow. During a flashback before the final match between Silas and Joshua, he gave Silas a lollipop to help him relax as his teammate's efforts to push himself in training.

Beyblade Burst Turbo

Rantaro is not present in Turbo, save for a few appearances in flashbacks. However, his brother Ranjiro is one of the main Bladers. He is also mentioned to have passed down his Raging Roktavor Bey to Ranjiro as well.


Special Moves

  • Roktavor Zone: Roktavor takes up the center of the Beystadium and uses its strong Stamina and Defense to repel opponents while reducing Stamina loss.
  • Stamina Launch: Roktavor now has a higher spin speed and more power thanks to the Knuckle Grip that Trad gave to Rantaro. When this launch is executed properly, it allows Roktavor to attack with more power. However, if the launch fails, Roktavor bursts on its own rather easily. The grip changes during the finals at the World League.
  • Ultra Roktavor Zone: A stronger version of Roktavor Zone in which Roktavor utilizes its Stamina Wings to create a miniature cyclone that repels attacks and allows it to spin for longer periods of time.
  • Sparking Shoot: When a Blader has achieved complete synchronization with his Surge Beyblade, the Launcher will illuminate and sparkle, granting the bey a temporary increase in speed and power.
  • 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 (anime)
Opponent Episode Result
Valt Aoi 01 Win (2-0)
Valt Aoi 01 Lose (1-2)
Valt Aoi 02 Win (2-0)
Valt Aoi 04 Lose (0-2)
Valt Aoi 07 Win (2-0)
Valt Aoi 14 Win
Xander Shakadera 17 Lose (0-2)
Ukyo Ibuki 19 Lose (1-2)
Valt Aoi 22 Unknown
Haruto Aota 23 Win
Daigo Kurogami 23 Unknown
Hoji Konda 24 Unknown
Valt Aoi 24 Lose (1-3)
Valt Aoi 25 Lose (0-2)
Valt Aoi 27 Win
Wakiya Murasaki 27 Win (2-0)
Ken Midori 34 Lose (0-1)
Kyo Sandai 37 Win (1-0)
Beyblade Burst Evolution (anime)
Opponent Episode Result
Paul Orlando 02 Win (2-0)
Several Bladers 02 Win
Valt Aoi 02 Lose (1-2)
Free De La Hoya 03 Lose (0-1)
Wakiya Murasaki 04 Lose (0-3)
Wakiya Murasaki 06 Win (2-0)
Silas Karlisle 06 Lose (0-2)
Silas Karlisle 07 Win (2-0)
Rodrick 09 Lose (0-2)
Rickson Clay 10 No Outcome
Rickson Clay 12 Lose (0-1)
Silas Karlisle 12 Lose (0-2)
Daigo Kurogami 12 Lose (0-2)
George Star 15 Win (2-0)
Yellow Eye 17 Lose (0-3)
Joshua Burns 22 Lose (1-2)
Valt Aoi, Wakiya Murasaki, and Xander Shakadera 27 Lose (0-5-0-0)
Ren Wu Sun ( Tag with Cuza, and Valt) 29 Lose (6-0-0-0)
Richard Yello 33 Win (2-0)
Kurt Baratier 39 Lose (0-2)
Valt Aoi 40 (1-0) Win
Beyblade Burst Turbo (anime)
Opponent Episode Result
Ranjiro Kiyama 03 (Flashback) Win
Beyblade Burst Surge
Opponent Episode Result
Valt Aoi and Silas Karlisle 01 Result Unknown
Hikaru Asahi 02 Win
Hyuga Asahi 02 Win
Hikaru and Hyuga Asahi (with Ranjiro Kiyama) 02 Lose (0-3)
Hikaru Asahi 03 Win
Hyuga Asahi 03 Win
Hikaru Asahi 03 Lose (0-2)
Ranjiro Kiyama 04 Lose (0-1)
Free De La Hoya 04 Lose (0-1)
Aiger Akabane, Valt Aoi, Free De La Hoya & Hyuga Asahi (Battle Royale) 11 Lose (0-4)
Valt Aoi & Free De La Hoya (with Silas Karlisle) 12 Lose (2-3)
Dante Koryu & Lui Shirosagi (with Hikaru Asahi) 13 Lose (0-4)

Anime Appearances

Beyblade Burst (anime)

Beyblade Burst Evolution

Beyblade Burst Turbo

Beyblade Burst Surge


Ranjiro Kiyama

Ranjiro is Rantaro's little brother.


  • "Keep your cool, Honcho. Come on, inner peace. Think sunshine and tacos."
  • "This is just like the unicorn from my dreams."
  • "Nobody, and I mean NOBODY makes my friend sad!"
  • "HEY! ZIP IT!" -yelling at Valt to keep quiet about the number of Bey Club members
  • "With great style comes great responsibility."
  • "Alright, punks, I'm the one you want a piece of! Who wants to go first?!"
  • "Is that arrogance I am detecting in your voice?"
  • "No one pops my happy bubble!"
  • "Time-out! You're wound up tighter than my belt on Thanksgiving! And that's sayin' a lot."
  • "Am I boring you?!"
  • "Please tell me you weren't actually talking to your Bey just now?"
  • "That's okay, just forget about little old me."
  • "Welcome to Roktavor Zone!"
  • "You don't say? Nothing gets past you."
  • "Unlike some of us, he's got the fundamentals down." -talking about Shu
  • "Look at him showing off! There's no need for that behavior!"
  • "Can't a guy soak up the sun in peace?!"
  • "It's not a cape!"
  • "You signed up for this, so stay put!" -telling Valt that he can't back out of giving the Athlete's Pledge
  • "What else did you expect? We're just getting started started! How about I skip the appetizers and serve up the main course!"
  • "What'd you say? My hearing aids can't pick up the frequency of your attitude!" -Rantaro imitating an old man
  • "You're overdoing the whole 'Shadow' thing!"
  • "You won't even let us take a lunch break!?" -getting shouted at by Joshua Burns' director, Terry Trent
  • "Tell us something we don't know, chatterbox!"
  • "I'm too pretty to be an icicle!"
  • "And the award for 'Worst Attitude' goes to..."
  • "There goes the street cred."
  • "He's been living a secret double life this whole time? Why would he do something like this?" -after finding out about Shu being Red Eye
  • (tearing up) "Honcho, keep it together!." -after Valt defeats Shu in the International Blader's Cup final.


  • Rantaro's family name, Kiyama, includes the name of a colour, similar to Valt Aoi and Shu Kurenai, who have "Blue" and "Crimson" in their names respectively. Specifically, his colour is yellow.
  • Rantaro's first name and his bey, Roktavor share the same initials, hinting at the letter R in the center of his bey.
  • Rantaro wears his jacket around his shoulders just like how Ryuga wore his.
  • While everyone else "evolved" their Beyblades in Evolution, Rantaro simply got a new one while giving his old one to his brother.
  • His last name "Kiyama" means "yellow mountain" in Japanese. Coincidentally, it is also sounds like the Arabic word "Qiyamah" which means "apocalypse day", befitting his Beyblade, Roktavor, which was themed after Ragnarok.
  • Rantaro is one of seven characters who did not make an anime debut in Beyblade Burst Rise, but made an appearance in the manga: the six others being Silas KarlisleKristina Kuroda, Trad Vasquez, Shu Kurenai, Lui Shirosagi, Ken Midori, and Daigo Kurogami.
  • Rantaro and his brother are the first characters in the Burst series to use the same Bey together.
  • Rantaro's zodiac is a Taurus.


For a full gallery of images of Rantaro, see Rantaro Kiyama/Gallery.


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