—You're wrong; it's not so I can defeat you, it's so I can destroy your entire being
This is an article about the Anime Character. For the manga counterpart of the same name, see here.
Initially, he was assigned to watching over Gingka Hagane to study his Storm Pegasus 105RF. He later takes part in the Battle Bladers tournament; he follows a strategy of attacking opponents weakly to lower their guard and injecting "poison" , when they become vulnerable to the ultimate assault of his Poison Serpent SW145SD.
Reiji is a noticeably pale, skinny boy with red hair with a blonde streak running through the front of fringe. His eyes are bright yellow, but they seldom show as his fringe covers them. His eyes are also noticeably serpentine when dilated.
He wears a long blue shirt with a snake-scale pattern across the bottom of his shirt along with a scale pattern on the cuffs on the arms. His shirt is tied with a double-crossed dark brown belt. His jeans are black. A notable feature of his appearance is his snake eye styled hair clips. He often walks sloppily, wavering and never actually walking or standing up straight. When talking, he has a habit of pointing with his fingers, and making exaggerated motions.
Reiji is a boy whose personality changes drastically when he enters battle. When outside of Beybattles, he is rarely (if ever) seen talking and seems to be content with observing events that are happening around him. This same behavior is often displayed even when a battle has started - it is only when a battle gets more heated that he begin to speak and show his true colors.
Reiji's battling style is reflects his sadistic personality; he prefers to either playing with his opponents cruelly to ending the battles as fast as he can. If there is one thing Reiji enjoys, it is the fear of others. Therefore, he can't understand a battling style based on enjoyment and friendship; in fact, Gingka having fun during his battle with him is actually highly unsettling to Reiji. It even appears that the concept of the Blader's Spirit causes him physical pain, but in the form of headaches.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion
Reiji first appears at the Battle Bladers tournament, when he is assigned to battle Hyoma. During his introduction, Blader DJ mentions that there is no information on Reiji as a person or on his Beyblade and not having any data competing in the challenge matches.
His battle against Hyoma first appears to be rather one-sided, with Hyoma outmatching him. However, when things appear decided, Reiji finally begins attacking fiercely. While Reiji could end the battle with ease if he wanted, he instead proceeds to slowly torture Hyoma's Rock Aries ED145B and shatter the bey into tiny pieces in the process. After Hyoma tearfully begs him to stop, Reiji finally ends the prolonged fight and wins using the Venom Strike.
Reiji next appears, when he fights Yu Tendo as punishment for Yu's loss against Gingka at Battle Bladers. Yu is told that he'll be set free if he is able to beat Reiji. In their battle, Reiji use the same strategy he used against Hyoma, which he calls the 'Serpent's Poison'. While he appears to be victorious, Yu suddenly orders Libra to use Inferno Blast and takes his chance to escape during the resulting confusion.
Back in Battle Bladers, Reiji has to face Kenta Yumiya. He starts out by following his usual strategy, but then begins to break off Flame Sagittario C145S's claws one by one. However, Sagittario is not defeated this easily; Kenta, who has combined his Beyblade with Flame Libra's Eternal Sharp Performance Tip for this battle, begins speaking of his friendship with Yu and the others, and his experiences with them are makes him this strong. At this point, Reiji finally gets angry for the first time, being unable to stand what Kenta is saying; his rage causes his real eyes to show between his hair. In this state of anger, Reiji begins damaging Sagittario more and wins by stopping Sagittario's rotation with his Dark Move. While this is his formal victory, Reiji declares that he is unsatisfied with his victory and continues to attack Kenta's bey in an effort to break him even more. In an attempt to protect his Beyblade, Kenta enters the arena himself; Reiji might have attacked (or even killed) the young boy, had it not been for Gingka Hagane's interference.
As a result of this sudden turn of events, Gingka is selected as Reiji's next opponent in the semifinals. In this fight, Reiji reveals that the Dark Nebula has watching Gingka's battles in a secret research area filled with numerous screens. He always wanted to defeat Gingka and erase his love of friendship, as a form of proof that even a powerful Blader can be helpless in fear. As their fight goes on, it appears as if Reiji is about to defeat Gingka, who has seemingly turned to stone due to negative emotion. However, Gingka manages to break free and declares that he is still having fun battling Reiji. Reiji can't understand why Gingka is not afraid of him, starting to lose his composure and attack Pegasus again. Gingka finally finds an effective strategy - he blocks Reiji's attacks by successfully mirroring his movements; Reiji finally starts to feel fear himself as he notices that Gingka, who is still smiling, is about to win. He is therefore defeated, and has a complete breakdown, unable to comprehend or believe his loss and was unable to scare the other Blader; he then imagines himself ironically turning to stone by his own negative emotions.
The last time he is seen is on the ending picture of the season, angrily walking away from the other celebrating characters. It is currently unknown what happened to him after the events of Metal Fusion as he isnt seen in Metal Masters or Metal Fury.
Poison Serpent SW145SD: Reiji's primary Beyblade in Beyblade: Metal Fusion. It is a powerful Balance-Type with incredible attack and defense capabilities and precautions. Its Spin Track and Fusion Wheel optimize for its greatest endurance and balance. Being based on a snake, it has the ability to wear the opponent down with every hit, slowly but surely infecting the victim with poison. One feature that Reiji noted about his bey is that the Spin Track has two special sets of "fangs". If the blades are reversed, they are defense fangs that can withstand an opponent's attack; in its original forward motion they become attack fangs which wear down and destroy an opponent's Bey. As the monster Medusa from Greek legend, Poison Serpent can freeze the opposing bey in its tracks through using a spatial field, and it requires enormous willpower in order to break free from its gaze.
- Venom Strike: Serpent unleashes a large flurry of attacks to ultimately poison and defeat the opponent. Like Lightning L-Drago, it is referred to as a "Dark Move".
|Beyblade: Metal Fusion|
|Yu Tendo||MF042-MF043||No Outcome (opponent ran away)|
|Ryutaro Fukami||Offscreen||Unknown (Likely Win)|
|Gingka Hagane||MF044||Lose (due to surprise attack)|
- 'Reiji' is a common name given to people in Japan and 'Mizuchi' was a Dragon that looked like a snake.
- He is the only character from Metal Fusion who did not make an appearance in Metal Masters and Metal Fury. The only hint of him shown is a picture of his lower body when Japan's best Bladers were listed.
- His Beyblade, Poison Serpent SW145SD, is the first to have a bit beast change, the second being "Poison Virgo ED145ES", and the third being "Meteo L-Drago LW105LF".
- He was the second Blader to have a Dark Move, the first one being Ryuga.