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Aguri Kusugami (楠神 哀空吏 Kusugami Aguri) is latest in his line to inherit the title of Gai the Sky Bow Knight (天弓騎士・牙射（ガイ） Tenkyū Kishi Gai), who secretly worries that he cannot live up to his family's prestige. His family is known for skills in archery and as noted by Ryuga, being able shoot arrows rapidly is one of the basics of the Kusugami Style Archery Techniques. Although his combat skills lies predominantly in archery, like any other Knights, he is capable of fighting in closed quarters. As such, he wields a large bladed bow which also serves as a closed quarter weapon. He does not see much in Ryuga and initially adopts a rather antagonistic attitude towards the newcomer. Cool-headed and standoffish, Aguri favors careful and meticulous planning over rushing into battles like the knights are usually known for, and he does not mind using unwilling people as bait if it means getting the job done. As such, despite being the brains of the group, he does not mingle well with the other two knights and often comes into clashes with them. After Takeru mellows down due to affection for Rui and Ryuga showing kindness over time, he gradually warms up to both of them. Despite seemingly stoic-looking, he is not devoid of compassion, shown during a mission in the Kaneshiro Foods Factory (which has a plant for packaging human souls into capsules) where he opts to trigger the emergency alarm to have the human staffs evacuated, despite the possibility of jeopardizing the mission due to SG1 arriving in minutes, after being shown the lives devastated in the harvesting of human souls. While he is shown earlier to be unable to shoot arrows capable of piercing through Madō Horrors, he eventually becomes skilled enough through rigorous training to be able to accomplish the feat.
After the disastrous mission and hearing of Ryuga's prison break, he correctly predicts that Ryuga would head straight for the Garoken despite unfavorable odds. He promptly sets out to Ryuga's aid despite the group being in no shape to fight after their last ordeal. His bow is broken by Sonshi in the fight to help Ryuga get his sword back. The bow is repaired soon after, but is now capable of being separated in the middle and used as a nunchaku as well as a pair of swords. Aguri also receives a special arrowhead from Burai that enables him to further weaken Zedom during the final battle. Once Vol City is saved, Aguri parts ways with his friends to join the Senate. However, wanting to hone his skills further before going, Aguri takes over Rian's duty as Vol City's protector so she can travel with Ryuga.
Personality & Character
Aguri comes from the famous Kusugami Clan, a well-known bloodline of Makai Archers. Although trained as a knight, he's an intellectual and prefers to resolve matters with his mind over brute force; he regards other knights in a less respectful manner as he presumes they're unable to grasp the depths of his intellectual intentions.
Skills & Abilities
Aguri is a trained Makai Knight, however, he's trained in bow & arrow tactics (Kusugami Clan martial arts) versus traditional blades. Beyond his archer skills, he's an intellectual, a problem-solver, and has some knowledge over makai astrology.
Gai, the Sky Bow Knight
As a Makai Knight, Aguri is given the title of The Sky Bow Knight. With this, he can don the blue Gai Makai Armor. He does this by holding his bladed bow in front of him and twirling it twice, forming two circles at his side. The circles open the portals where the armor equips on him, completing the transformation. A notable trait is that Aguri often removes his glasses when he dons the armor.
- Makai Bow & Arrows - Unique amongst Makai Knights, Aguri wields a dual-bladed bow; he can engage a target in melee combat when he can't utilize his arrows. Because Aguri can't carry a container for his arrows on missions (thus, imiting his mobility and makes him visible to the public), he hides a small number of arrows under his duster coat. The arrows themselves are of modern design, fashioned with jagged metal blades on the arrow head. His arrows can pierce through weak walls and most windows for long-range attacks.
- Glasses - Aguri requires glasses to correct his vision for accurate firing. However, the glasses are magically enhanced. The left side of the glasses, when tapped, reveals a secondary function that overlaps the lens like shades to detect certain discrepancies beyond regular human vision; its full capabilities and functions were never clearly defined.
Behind the Scenes
- Aguri Kusugami was portrayed by Tsunenori Aoki. He would later portray Professor Ryoma Sengoku/Kamen Rider Duke in Kamen Rider Gaim.