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BR4reijiICON Reiji Takigawa, is a fictional character from the Bloody Roar series. His beast form is the Crow as his surname the "Yatagarasu" refers. He first appears in Bloody Roar 4.


Reiji the Crow
Reiji in Bloody Roar 4
Full Name Reiji Takigawa
Known As Reiji, The Black Shadow
Beast Form Crow
Fighting Style Ninjutsu
Age 19 (BR4)
Status Alive
Height 174cm (5'8) / 170cm in beast form
Weight 62kg / 67kg in beast form
Relations Yugo - Rival
Likes Killing
Dislikes Weak opponents
Debut Bloody Roar 4
Japanese Voice Actors Masakazu Suzuki (BR4)
English Voice Actors Eric Kelso (BR4)

"Relaaax, relax... You'll never wake up again after this!"
— Reiji in Bloody Roar 4

Reiji Takigawa (滝川澪爾), is a fictional character from the Bloody Roar series. His beast form is the Crow as his surname the "Yatagarasu" refers. He is Yugo's main rival.

He first appears in Bloody Roar 4.


Bloody Roar 4[]

Deep in the mountains, there are four clans of fighting monks known as the 'Yatagarasu'. Within these clans, the power of the beast transformation is passed down, though it is sealed until the inheritor is judged an adult. However, one of the heirs to the families, Reiji, had his seal broken prematurely before the coming of age ceremony because of the Tabula incident in Bloody Roar 3. Reiji, who deep down harbored destructive tendencies, used these newfound powers and killed his father, a member of the four clans, and fled the temple. Reiji went out in search of strong Zoanthropes, finding great pleasure in killing a powerful opponent, though now he is on the run from the remaining Yatagarasu who pursue him.

Reiji ends up disappointed after fighting what could have been his greatest opponent, the dragon. His thoughts drift upon the dragon and the Unborn, unhappy that his life was controlled to have such worthless dealings with. Mana kneels over Ryoho, sadly apologizing to him for being so weak. Reiji tells her to stop sniveling. Mana cowers in his presence. Then, Reiji's rivals from the Yatagarasu arrive. He seems pleased to see the three as he asks if they want to play and their defeat will stay in his mind forever. He transforms and attacks them.


Personality []

Reiji is cocky and devious. He likes to insult people at every chance he gets and disregards everyone as being weaker than himself, usually treating them to kill them. His brashness and cruel attitude make him very much the antagonistic force that he is.


Also see: Reiji Outfits


Reiji has a slightly tanned complexion, he has spiky silver-tainted hair, small brown eyes, and width-short pointy eyebrows. He shows a muscular build, which is apparent as he always appears chest exposed, he has a lean and muscular body.

One other noticeable feature is his tattoos. He has tribal-inspired tattoos on both of his shoulders, line with spikes on each wrist. He has also what seems to be blazoned from the Yatagarasu clan, one on his chest and another, much larger, on his back. The blazons seem to assemble symbols like wings, feathers, arrows, and spears.

He is usually seen wearing baggy pants, black finger-less gloves, bracelets, and earrings with a dangling silver cross.

In his beast form, a Crow, he often has very dark blue feathers and red eyes. His pants and his gloves get shredded. His beast form has a lot of similitude with the Northwestern crow, a crow species.

During a fight, in his beast form, Reiji loses feathers which slowly fall on the ground.



After the earthquake, the only clues that Yugo had on what could be the source of this disaster were two peoples called "The Black Shadow" and "The Spurious". As he investigates, Yugo comes across Reiji which was the Black Shadow (The Spurious being Nagi). Reiji already knew Yugo for his fighting skills reputation (and allegedly his boxing career), calling him "famous". Reiji, with his competitive temper, fights Yugo as soon as he can but he is finally beaten by his opponent who, quickly, moves on.


See also: Reji's Command Lists


As a flying Zoanthrope, Reiji is one of the few fighters able to do air dash in his Beast form with Jenny. As long as he is airborne, Reiji can repeatedly do air dash but will lose height doing so but, in comparison, the loss will be less important than during Jenny's air dash.

Despite the information being absent from official documents, as a Hyperbeast, Reiji seems to gain Counter Hit Effect and Rave as his two Abilities Plus. Respectively, the ability to have all of her attack working as counterattacks and all of her special damage attacks increased and, also, the ability to increase his speed and defense ability and, also, to cancel any of his attacks.

Beast Drives[]


Official Artworks[]

Bloody Roar 4


See all quotes: Reiji's Quotes
"Relaaax, relax... You'll never wake up again after this!"
— Bloody Roar 4
"Die quietly! YOU FILTH!"
— Bloody Roar 4


  • Reiji is part of a Yatagarasu clan. In reference to the three-legged crow from Asia and North Africa mythological. In his Japanese version, Yatagarasu is the crow yokai himself.
  • When Reiji is in his Beast Form, in Bloody Roar 4, mostly if he is the AI, the game may begin to lag. The reason is still unknown.
Bloody Roar Series
Main Series Bloody RoarBloody Roar 2Bloody Roar 3Bloody Roar 4
Related Games Bloody Roar: Extreme/Primal FuryDreamMix TV World Fighters
Characters Alice the RabbitBakuryu (Ryuzo) the MoleBakuryu (Kenji) the MoleBusuzima the ChameleonCronos the PenguinFang the WolfGado the LionGanesha the ElephantGreg the GorillaHans the FoxJenny the BatKohryu the Iron MoleLong the TigerMana the NinetailMitsuko the BoarNagi the SpuriousReiji the CrowRyoho the DragonShenlong the TigerShina the LeopardStun the InsectUranus the ChimeraUriko the Half-BeastXion the UnbornYugo the Wolf
Other Media Bloody Roar: The Fang (manga)