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Kage-Maru in Virtua Fighter 5
Country Flag of Japan.svg Japan
Fighting Style Hagakure-ryū Jū-Jutsu
Birthday June 6, 1971
Blood Type B
Height 173cm (5’8”) (VF1)
178cm (5’10”) (VF2-onwards)
Weight 64kg (141 lbs) (VF1)
66kg (145 lbs) (VF2-onwards)
B/W/H 100cm/88cm/90cm (VF1)
101cm/89cm/90cm (VF2-onwards)
Job Ninja
Hobby Mahjong
Rival(s) Akira Yuki
Debut Virtua Fighter
Voice Actor Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (all games, except VF2)
Unknown (VF2)
David Rosenthal (Virtua Quest (English)
Kiyoyuki Yanada (anime (Japanese))
Geoff Whitesell (anime (English))

Kage-Maru (影丸, lit. "Pure Shadow") (Kage for short; pronounced as KA-géh-MAH-ru, born June 6, 1971; Japan)[1] is a tenth-generation Hagakure Ninja in the Sega video game series Virtua Fighter. His fighting style, taught to him by his father, the ninth-generation, Hagakure-ryū Jū-Jutsu, a fictional martial arts that's based on Jujutsu. When he lost his mother, the eighth-generation, father and entire village, Kage entered into the first World Tournament to shutdown Judgement 6. While investigating J6, they sent an attack helicopter after him, but Kage was able to destroy it. However, when he learned that his mother was still alive, he was able to rescue her after the 2nd tournament. They were able to live in peace for a short time, but when she transformed back into Dural, he entered into the 5th tournament to end her suffering and stop J6.

Kage is the most decorated competitor having won the 3rd and 4th tournament and has defeated several combatants such as Akira Yuki (twice), Lau Chan, Lion Rafale, Shun Di, and Dural (twice).

Although Kage normally conceals his emotions behind a face of stone, he is a warm-hearted person who tears up when he thinks about his mother. Kage has a Grass Flute that he uses to play a lullaby from his childhood in the Hagakure Village.


Virtua Fighter

He was born in the ninja village of Hagakure. Kage-Maru is the name given to members of the Hagakure clan who work secretly in the shadows of society.

His birthright was to become the tenth-generation Kage-Maru. His father, the ninth-generation Kage-Maru, taught him the fearsome Hagakure-ryū Jū-Jutsu fighting style (葉隠流柔術).

One day, his mother, the eighth-generation Tsukikage, was kidnapped by a mysterious figure. Nothing was heard of her fate.

Several years later, the village of Hagakure was attacked by an unknown force, Kage-Maru and his father were out fishing, but quickly returned when they saw the blazing village. They were too late, however, and the village was destroyed. A bullet from the mystery group killed Kage-Maru’s father.

The next morning, Kage-Maru salvaged a keepsake from his father, donned his costume, and embarked on a journey to prepare him self to take vengeance on those who spilled his father's blood.

Virtua Fighter 2

Kage, whose specialty is Jujutsu, has a vendetta against the Syndicate that killed his father. The Syndicate also took his mother away from him and made her as one of their fighters. He made an impressive showing as a fighter during the first tournament but was not able to find much information on Judgement 6, although he did receive word that his mother is still alive, he hopes to learn more the second time around.

Virtua Fighter 3

Finally, in the 2nd tournament, Kage succeeded in saving his mother (who had been transformed into Dural). For many months, Kage and his mother lived a peaceful life in a small, hidden village. When about a year had passed, though, Kage's mother was suddenly struck by a mysterious illness. Kage's investigation into her ailment revealed that it was an after-effect of her transformation into Dural, and now he is entering the new tournament to find out what connection this has to the new-model Dural.

Virtua Fighter 4

After winning the 3rd world tournament, Kage managed to recover a part from the new type Dural. He used that part on his mother, hoping it would cure her. However, the plan backfired. Not only did his mother not recover, it caused his mother to transform back to Dural. She immediately attacked Kage. Sensing no way out, Kage decides to kill her in order to end her suffering. He was nearly successful but she managed to escape and was ultimately rescued by J6. Kage hears of the 4th world tournament and decides to enter to tournament with every intention of killing Dural.

Virtua Fighter 5

When Kage-Maru's mother was taken by J6, he knew the only hope of saving her was to enter the Fourth Tournament. He fought brilliantly and made it to the final round, when suddenly a mysterious opponent interrupted the match. He worried that this rival was in fact his mother and sadly, he knew there was no hope of saving her soul. He had no choice but to destroy the disguised fighter, and as he held the limp figure in his arms, he realized it wasn't his mother after all, but one of J6's Durals. The top-secret Dural Project was J6's attempt at creating the ultimate fighter based on the superior fighting techniques of their tournament champions. Kage-Maru knew that his mother must still be alive and he entered the fifth tournament to find her and stop the evil organization once and for all.

Virtua Fighter Kids

Kage is a playable character in Virtua Fighter Kids. He is depicted as a young child during this game, around the age of 6 to 9 years old. His ending movie has him playing a game of mahjong with his fellow ninja, but he becomes angry and later devastated when he loses.

Fighting Style

There is a place in Japan called the "Hagakure-no-Sato". It is home to those who disappear (Hagakure), spies, or in other words, ninjas. There is also an ancient martial art called "Tegoi", which is the origin of Sumo Wrestling and is the ultimate art of killing. But this art form called "Tegoi" disappeared from history after a certain time. It was forbidden for the rulers of the time feared its astonishing capability of murdering. This martial art, "Tegoi", and "Hagakure" joined forces at one time and became "Hagakure-ryū Jū-Jutsu".

Other Appearances

Fighters Megamix

Kage appeared with the entire Virtua Fighter 2 cast in the Sega Saturn game Fighters Megamix.

Giant Gram

Kage appeared as an unlockable character in the Dreamcast wrestling game, Giant Gram. His entrance music was his Virtua Fighter 3 theme.

Project X Zone 2

Kage appears with Akira in the crossover sequel, Project X Zone 2, a Nintendo 3DS RPG featuring characters from Capcom, Namco Bandai, and SEGA.

SEGA Heroes

Kage appears as a unlockable character along with Akira, Pai, and Sarah in SEGA Heroes.

Other Media

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Virtua Fighter Anime

Kage is first portrayed as a mercenary who kidnaps Sarah under the orders of Eva Durix and initially clashes with Akira. While Kage is with Sarah they begin to have feelings for each other. In the middle of the series, Kage decides to assist Akira, Pai and their allies after he had a case of guilty conscience over what he had done that resulted in the creation of Dural. He had also left his Hagakure clan village to hunt down Oni-Maru after most of his people had been massacred by him, who had wanted to kill Kage in order to gain the position as the head of the Hagakure clan. Kage was voiced by Kiyoyuki Yanada in Japanese and by Geoff Whitesell in English.

Character Relationships

  • Due to one of J6's Dural's being his mother, he fights to save her.
  • Rival with Akira Yuki. Defeated him in the first and fourth tournament.


  • Seiichi Ishii based Kage's design on a "classic" Ninja.[2]
  • In the original Virtua Fighter game, an early name of Kage in his select screen graphic was Yagyu.[3]
  • Story-wise, Kage is the most decorated competitor in the Virtua Fighter Tournaments, having won the third and fourth tournament.
  • It is unknown how or when Kage received his facial scar.
  • Having won a fight, Kage-Maru sometimes recites the word Namu (南無), a Japanese Buddhist voice of devotion originated from the Sanskrit word Namas (नमस्), meaning "bow", "obeisance" or "adoration". The Sanskrit Namas also appears in the Nembutsu and Namaste phrases, being conjugate as Namō (नमो) in the first one, and as Namaḥ (नमः) in the second one.
  • The kanji on his forehead armor (甲) can mean "shell", "first in rank", "instep", "armor", "treble range" or "the first of the ten heavenly stems (Jp. 十干 Jikkan)".
  • Kage is one of the three fighters to win a Virtua Fighter Tournament. The others being Lau Chan and Akira Yuki.
  • Kage's voice actor, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, is the composer for several Sega titles, including Virtua Fighter, Shenmue, and Daytona USA, which he also did vocals for. He sang the second opening theme for the Virtua Fighter (anime).
  • His trademark ninja outfit called "VF Ninja" also appear in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Extend as module for KAITO.
    • There are 2 module type:normal and AS:
      • Normal: Kaito will be wearing mask just like Kage;
      • AS: The mask will be removed.



  • …参る!(Mairu!) — Here I come!
  • 葉隠流柔術、影丸…参る!(Hagakure-ryū jūjutsu, Kagemaru… Mairu!) — Kage-Maru of the Hagakure-ryū Jū-Jutsu… Here I come!
  • 速きこと風の如し。(Hayaki koto kaze-no-gotoshi.) — My speed is like the wind.

In Battle

  • 行くぞ!(Iku-zo!) — Let's go!
  • 甘い!(Amai!) — Child's play!
  • 未熟!(Mijuku!) — Amateur!
  • いただく!(Itadaku!) — Got you!
  • 温い!(Nurui!) — You seem fearful!
  • 飛翔脚!(Hishōkyaku!) — Soaring Wing Kick!
  • われに敵なし。(Ware-ni teki nashi.) — You are no match for me.


  • 我が道に負けなどない。(Wa-ga michi-ni make nado-nai.) — There is no such thing as defeat in my teachings.
  • 笑止千万!(Shōshisenban!) — Laughably ridiculous!
  • 因果応報なり!南無ー。(Ingaōhō nari! Namu…) — Retribution is mine! Namu…
  • 精進すべし!(Shōjin subeshi!) — You should be more devoted to martial arts! (VF5, VF5R)
  • 我が心久成、くなるが故に無。(Wa-ga kokoro ku-nari, ku-naru-ga yue-ni mu.) — My mind knows nothing but stillness, and thus, has achieved a state of perfect nothingness. (VF5FS, VF5US)

Item Victory

  • 貴様はこのまま散るのだ。(Kisama-wa sono-mama chiru-no-da.) — Perish where you lay. -w/ Twin Shinobi Swords
  • 臨! 闘! 者!…ご無礼!(Rin! To! Sha!… Goburei!) — Strength! Harmony! Healing! …Pardon me!" -w/ Metal Basin
  • さらば。これぞ葉隠流。(Saraba. Kore-zo, Hagakure-ryū.) — Farewell. This is the way of the Hagakure. -w/ Ninja Kite.
  • 義を見て美なり。(Gi-wo mite bi-nari.) — Behold the bringer of justice, and strive towards righteousness. -w/ Improved Throwing Star
  • 精進すべし!(Shōjin subeshi!) — You should be more devoted to martial arts! -w/ Flag
  • 修行が足りん!(Shugyō-ga tarin!) — Your training is lacking! -w/ Ball


  • ここまでか…先代に何を言えばいいのか… (Koko made-ka… Sendai-ni nani-wo ieba ii-no-ka…) — So this is where is ends… How will I explain this to my predecessors…

Second Chance

  • 参る!(Mairu!) — Here I come!






External links

Virtua Fighter Series
Main Series Virtua Fighter (Remix) • 234 (Evolution, Final Tuned) • 5 (R, Final Showdown, Ultimate Showdown)
Related Games Virtua Fighter AnimationVirtua Fighter KidsVirtua Fighter CG Portrait SeriesGG PortraitFighters MegamixVirtua Fighter 10th AnniversaryVirtua Quest
Characters Akira YukiPai ChanLau ChanWolf HawkfieldJeffry McWildKage-MaruSarah BryantJacky BryantDuralSibaShun DiLion RafaleAoi UmenokojiTaka‑ArashiLei‑FeiVanessa LewisBrad BurnsGoh HinogamiEileenEl BlazeJean Kujo
Other Media Virtua Fighter (comic book)Virtua Fighter (anime)