|Kai Hiwatari 火渡カイ|
|Kai as of the events of The new boy in town.|
|Function||Analog Interface (Virgil)|
Kai Hiwatari is the captain of the Bladebreakers and his Bit-Beast is Dranzer.
Kai is the son of a noble family and heir to the huge Japanese military company "Hiwatari Enterprise". He is a hard worker who is a cool, serious and rather unsociable person, but is full of ability in beyblading and is one of the greatest bladers to ever play the sport. He is the captain of the Bladebreakers throughout most of the original series and the possessor of the Bit-Beast Dranzer.
Kai is a proud and very confident blader who is willing to sacrifice everything to get what he wants, which he usually gets through hard work, sweat or steel-hard determination, though he doesn't seem to mind stepping on some toes on his way up. He is also a quiet and mysterious person. However if he at any time doesn't succeed in what he wants to do, he is very likely to feel down, and stay down for a while, in a depressed state, even willing to give up what he holds so dear, beyblading. However when time comes he overcomes his defeat and rises stronger and even more determined than before.
Although rather introverted, Kai is one of the most emotionally driven beybladers in the series and far more emotional when he beyblades, depicting the great importance that beyblading holds over his life. Even as a the captain of the Bladebreakers, he always kept a certain distance from his teammates. According toEmily, Kai was afraid to get to know them as he might start to like them which, eventually, happens. He has always acted alone without making friends and appeared to not know the meaning of friendship after being alone and friendless most of his life, only caring for his abusive grandfather who continuously used him. But when Kai was stuck in the ice at Lake Baikal and his teammates, whom he had betrayed and insulted, desperately tried to save him, he was appalled to realize that they liked him and never stopped being his friends, finally shattering the 'invisible wall' he had created as stated by Kenny. As the series progresses, he matures and becomes more open with his teammates and grows more comfortable around them. In the end, despite his differences with many of his peers in the beyblade community, Kai sacrifices a great deal to free the world of the influence of Boris and his BEGA company.
It is revealed that Kai really cares about his teammates. He saved Max from being smashed under a meter thick glass in Beyblade, brought Driger back to Ray during a fight with Dunga, he saved Tyson, Hilary, Ray and Kenny from Team Psykick's headquarters in V-Force, he saved Hilary couple of times on the island in V-Force, he saved his teammates from the cage that was falling due to Sickle Weasel and risked his life to destroy the BEGAleague.
His most distinguished trait is his sense of pride and fairness.
Although a tough guy, he is shown to be feeding a cat with milk, bringing food for a family of cats, sitting with a cat in an alley and worrying over the safety of a cat whilst training near it. This indicates he has a soft spot for animals, showing the more human side of his nature than the cool, collected and silent front he usually has.
Personality as of The new boy in town: Edit
The events of G-revolutions, had taken a toll on Kai, by reminding him of his time in the abbey and about Minami’s (Wyatt) death. Because of this he does not eat enough, he has nightmares which prevent him from sleeping, and he stops exercising regularly. The result, Kai lost his visible muscle mass, has fallen into a deep depression and has become a little more antisocial. Beyblading helps take his mind off of it, but its not really that big of a help. Kai still likes to feed animals though now his reasons for doing so is now more to "get away from it" all rather than enjoying it, more evidence of his depression. Some positive aspects have arisen from these events though. He values life and others well being more, and has gotten more active in protecting it. An example of this is when he found out Yuuta and Kenta were homeless, so he let them stay with him to get them off the dangerous streets, even providing them with free food.
Takao "Tyson" Kinomiya (Granger): Kai's main rival throughout the series. Though Kai is initially antagonistic with Tyson and thinks of him as a rank amateur, he later accepts him as a friend, though this does not diminish the rivalry between them in any way. In V-Force he appears to have great understanding of the bond between Tyson and Dragoon stating the following "The bond between Tyson and Dragoon is almost impossible to explain. When one is hurt so is the other." In G-Revolution, Kai becomes obsessed with fighting Tyson as he believes this as the only way through which he can have faith in his own abilities. It can also be argued that even though Kai doesn't show it, he actually has a lot of respect for Tyson, as he was the first one to beat him. Their bond is supernatural, as seen when they fight during Beyblade G-Revolution, they can actually read each others thoughts. Kai's attitude toward Tyson after G-Revolution has become a little more relaxed. Less fights, less tension and he now accepts how Tyson acts may never fully change for the better and deals with it.
(Ray) Rei "Raymond" Kon: Rei is closest to Kai in age and mentality in the Bladebreakers. In the 1st series Ray is probably the closest thing Kai has to a friend (being rivals with Tyson at the start and generally mutual to Max and Kenny) as despite that he criticizes Rei for losing Drigger he also seems to have some respect for him, telling Tyson and Max to leave him alone when the white tiger team 1st appear . As the series develops they develop more of a friendship which becomes especially apparent in V-Force when Kai even talks to Rei about trouble with Salima when he fights determinedly to help him get Drigger back from the saint shields. Even after their battle in G-Revolution, Kai acknowledges that Rei was an excellent opponent. After G-Revolution his relationship with Rei has become closer, some could even say brotherly. Kai is willing to go to him when he needs to vent and he sincerely cares how Rei thinks of him.
Max Mizuhara (Tate): Though Kai initially barely interacts with Max, in the American Tournament he appears to have a bit of a soft spot for him. After the battle on Lake Baikal, Kai reveals that he has a deep respect for and faith in Max's defensive style. In G-Revolution, Kai is the first to come to Max's defense when the crowd insults him and his team.
Hiromi "Hilary" Tachibana: Kai is indifferent to Hilary. He is the one who got Hilary a job on the team in the first place. He has saved her life countless times. Whenever Kai is missing, Hilary is always the one to go and find him so she could talk to him and make him feel better. Hilary was revealed to have a crush on Kai.
Tala Valkov: When they first encountered one another in the Russia, they disliked each other intensely. It is only in G-Revolution that Kai begins to be a little warmer to him, though until Tala's fall at the hands of Garland, Kai claims that Tala is not his friend. However, after both suffer painfully at the hands of BEGA, they develop a sense of understanding that many see to be a form of friendship.
Yuuta "Yuu" Saito: Yuu is an enigma to Kai. He feels like Yuu is familiar to him but can't seem to figure out why. Kai cares for Yuu and see's him as a life to be saved after finding out he is homeless and living on the dangerous streets of New Kyoto he feels its his duty to protect him. They seem to get closer and closer as time goes on.
Kenta "Ken" Saito: Kai cares for Ken and see's him as a life to be saved after finding out he is homeless and living on the dangerous streets of New Kyoto he feels its his duty to protect him.
Voltaire Hiwatari: Voltaire is Kai's grandfather and one of the main antagonists in the first season of Beyblade, alongside his partner, Boris. He runs the abbey where Kai was raised and is part of BIOVOLT. He is the source of all Kai's misery. He made Kai's father leave in the manga when Susumu chose beyblading over Hiwatari Enterprise. He is very evil, and his raising is the cause of Kai's other side.
Susumu Hiwatari: He is Kai's father, who is only mentioned once in the Japanese version of V-Force, episode 5, but he is shown in the manga. He was made to leave by his father Voltaire, when he chose to beyblade and bring happiness to children rather than inherit a large company. Kai tried to run after him, but was restrained by his grandfather.
He's seen wearing purple pants with a purple top , and a black jacket/vest above with red stripes and yellow buttons. His scarf and he's wearing black gloves and black shoes. His eyes are light red, he wears a red stud earring in his right ear.
Beyblade 2000: Edit
In episode 1, Kai Hiwatari made his first appearance. When Carlos lost his Beybattle against Tyson, Kai, the team captain of the Blade Sharks mysteriously appeared to punish member Carlos for losing, thus damaging the Blade Sharks' reputation. He slapped Carlos across his face, making him fall to the ground. Kai then received a challenge from Tyson who did not like this and Kai accepted the Beybattle.
In episode 2, Kai used his Dranzer S Blade against Tyson's Dragoon Grip Attacker Blade. Kai won and ended up destroying Tyson's Blade as well. Later in the Blade Sharks headquarters, he continued his punishment for Carlos by commanding other Blade Sharks to destroy Carlos' Blade, Kid Dragoon in front of him. He also commanded them to kidnap Kenny, a friend of Tyson's so they could lure Tyson in to see if he owns "the ultimate Bit-Beast" they are searching for. Tyson and Andrew appeared, this time with a new Blade, Dragoon S. Kai and Tyson fought but it ended in a draw and it also summoned their Bit-Beasts, Dranzer and Dragoon for the first time. As Tyson leaves rescuing Kenny, Kai warns him that the battle is not over.
In episode 3, it is revealed Kai is entering the Beyblade Battle Tournament and is the returning champion. While at the Blade Sharks headquarters, he undergoes training by commanding three members to attack his Dranzer S Blade but he wins easily.
In episode 4, Kai participated in the Beyblade Main Event regional qualifying tournament. Kai was placed in the C Block and as the returning champion, had his work cut out for him. With his Dranzer S Blade, he easily wiped out most of the competition, including Kenny's Dizzi Blade which had its spring mechanism broken. After this, Tyson came close to assaulting Kai for defeating Kenny but Kenny stopped him from doing so, instead telling him to challenge Kai in the next round.Kai appears in the end of the very first episode of the show; at the time Kai is the team captain of the Blade Sharks (a group of beybladers that terrorize others who play the game by defeating them and stealing their blades who has the following team members Carlos, Stuart and Trevor), as well as the Beyblade World Champion. Kinomiya Takao, the main protagonist of Beyblade and Kai meet after one of Kai's 'underlings', Carlos, loses to him. Kai defeats Tyson as easily as Tyson did Carlos, though he does not use his Bit-Beast for this victory. Later on, Kai kidnaps Tyson's genius friend Kenny, and is challenged by Tyson for his freedom. The fierce battle ends in a tie thanks to Tyson's new Bit-Beast, Dragoon. Kai releases Kenny anyway and leaves. No further confrontation occurs between Kai and Tyson until the Regional Tournament, in which Kai participates and defeats both Kenny and Max among others on his way to
In the finals, Kai and Tyson battle a close match but Tyson wins. After the battle the director of the BBA, Mr. Daitokuji (Dickenson), offers Kai a position as team captain of the Bladebreakers, due to Kai's position as regional champion and his great experience in the sport. Though Kai is unconvinced, his pride pushes him into accepting leadership. The team goes on to win the Asian and American tournaments, although with little participation from Kai, At Robert's Castle Kai is challenged by Johnny although he is seemingly unconvinced at first he decides to challenges him and unexceptionally loses to Johnny. However Kai settles the score with Johnny in the European Tournament in which he defeats Johnny.
At the World Championship however after visiting Balkov Abbey, Kai begins acting strangely. In a bold step, he leaves the Bladebreakers and joins with his grandfather Voltaire, and his team, the Demolition Boys. Here, Kai reunites with a powerful bit beast he had become enraptured with as a child; the seemingly perfect Black Dranzer. With this new Bit-Beast Kai is able to get the Demolition Boys all the way to the finals. Before these finals commence though, Kai issues a challenge to his former team, even sending a helicopter to escort them to the frozen Lake Baikal. There, Kai battles Tyson, Ray, and Kenny, overwhelming them all with his power. Just when Tyson's Dragoon blade seems about to be demolished, Max arrives on the scene with his brand new, much stronger Draciel blade. Tyson takes the opportunity to launch Kai's abandoned Dranzer blade, and Dranzer's anger, as well as the combined determination of Ray, Tyson and Max manages to defeat Black Dranzer, pushing Kai into realizing the true power of friendship. The ice on the lake they're standing on begins to crack, but Kai, frozen in realization of his pride, refuses to move. It is only after a few words of support from his team that he sheds a tear and allows them to pull him back onto solid ground. After this, Kai accepts his Dranzer Beyblade from Tyson and head's back to the Boris HQ unleashing Black Dranzer destroying there machine's after that he acknowledges his role as leader of a great team and rejoins the Bladebreakers for the championships.
He reveals the profound impact that the encounter upon the ice has had on him when he loses against Spencer of the Demolition Boys. Proving his newfound team spirit over the last few episodes of the season, Kai offers Ray the words of advice and support needed to ensure the Bladebreakers the win they desperately need, before later helping Tyson to prepare for his final confrontation with Tala, along with the other team captains they have met throughout the season.
Kai's beyblades for this season were: Dranzer Spiral and Dranzer Flame.
Kai lost Dranzer for the first time against Spencer, but his Bit-Beast was later returned.
Beyblade V-Force: Edit
After the events of Beyblade, Kai decides to retire from Beyblading since he had already topped the world. He goes to a boarding school. During his time there, though, he is attacked by a mysterious blader and saves a fellow classmate and a fanboy of course, Wyatt, in the process. The intense fight Kai has with this blader rekindles his interest in beyblading and inspires him to return to the Bladebreakers. To his surprise, all of his former team-mates have been attacked by mysterious bladers too. These turn out to be the Saint Shields, a group that wish to capture the four sacred Bit-Beasts. Later, Kai and the team encounter strange cybernetic Bit-Beasts that are exact copies of their own Bit-Beasts. One of those to wield a prototype of these beasts is Wyatt, who challenges Kai, but is instead fought by Dunga, the Saint Shields member who attacked Kai earlier. Wyatt loses and falls into madness and later dies (though this is not revealed in the English dub, instead he is treated in hospital). Kai blames himself for Wyatt's suffering, since he had previously refused to acknowledge him as worthwhile competition, driving the boy to seek other ways of gaining Kai's attention. Later, the Bladebreakers finally fight a team that can survive the awesome power of the Cyber Bit-Beasts: The Psykicks. They are former friends, but their minds are taken over by their bit-beasts. Kai manages to break the bit-beast's hold over Goki, the user of Cyber Dranzer, despite having hallucinations of battling Wyatt. With Team Psykick freed from the hold of the Cyber Bit-Beasts through the efforts of the Bladebreakers, the friendships are restored.
The next danger was the final confrontation with the Saint Shields. In this, Kai once again takes on Dunga in an effort to return Driger to Ray, as he had lost it in a previous episode. Kai and Ray fight in a 2-on-2 battle against Dunga and Joseph, eventually reclaiming Driger and defeating half of the Saint Shields.
For this season's world championship the tournament is a 2-on-2 tag-team-style format, meaning that the Bladebreakers must compete in pairs. Kai gets paired with Ray for the competition and they make it all the way to championship. During Kai's battle with Zeo, his Bit-Beast Dranzer was taken by Zeo. This upsets Kai greatly and he thinks of quitting beyblading.
Overall, Kai seems, surprisingly, at his most mature in this season. While still quiet, he is happy to voice his opinion and not shy of offering support and even comfort when needed. He also seems to develop a lot more in personality.
Kai's beyblades in this season were Dranzer Flame, Dranzer Volcano and Dranzer Volcano 2.
This was the second time Kai lost Dranzer, both his Bit-Beast and Draciel were taken away be Zeo, but when Tyson beats Zeo, Dranzer was returned to his Beyblade alongside Draciel who returned to Max's beyblade.
Beyblade G-Revolution: Edit
At the start of this season, Kai competes with Daichi for a position on the BBA Revolution team and despite trailing behind in the match on purpose he manages to assert his dominance by claiming victory. Later he follows Ray and Max's lead and, in an effort to prove to himself that he is a better blader than Tyson, leaves the team. He joins the newly re-formed team, Blitzkrieg Boyz, which is now out of Boris's control. His team progress through the World Championships only losing once and that too because Kai purposely threw away the match. He also confonts his former teammates Ray and Max but even this does not faze him and he wins the matches for his team. Later the Blitzkrieg Boyz and BBA Revolution make it to the finals where he faces off against Tyson to decide the champion. The battle is more fierce,extreme and intense than any of their past fights against each other and was semmingly the best battle in beyblade history according to the commentators. It ends in a draw. Mr. Dickenson asks that the two call it a tie and share the title for their own safety.
Ray votes for the match to continue, quickly joined by Max and many other fans and bladers. After some coaxing the two are allowed to finish their battle. Kai and Tyson match each other blow for blow, eventually releasing powerful attacks. The battle rises to a level never seen before as Kai and Tyson seem to be able to read each others minds. Finally Kai loses but by a very close margin and he congratulates Tyson on the victory albeit he asks him to wait until next year.
Kai is missing for some time and does not reappear again until the qualifiers for the BEGA Justice 5 Team, meaning that he won't battle with Tyson and the others in order to get rid of the BEGA League.. He stays in this tournament until the final round where he goes up against the top class blader Brooklyn. Kai does his best at overpowering Brooklyn's natural talent but is badly crushed and his beyblade completely destroyed. Kai goes into hiding once again, only to emerge as the G-Revolutions' fifth member. He battles Brooklyn using his upgraded Dranzer MS blade. It is a hard and torturing battle for Brooklyn, and in the end Kai emerges as the winner.
The victory does not come without a heavy price, however. After the battle, Kai walks into the hallways where he falls on his knees while Dranzer dies because he sacrificed himself to win the battle.
He soon returns to support Tyson in his final battle against Brooklyn. At the end he and Tyson battle one last time and release their Bit-Beasts.
Kai's Beyblade's: Dranzer Volcano 2, Dranzer Gigs, Dranzer Gigs Turbo, &Dranzer Metal Spiral.
The new boy in town (Fanfiction): Edit
Chapter 1: UPDATING GROUP Edit
Kai meets Yuu and Ken Saito at the park in Old Kyoto after almost getting hit by Ken's soccer ball but Yuu used his beyblade to knock it away all without popping the ball. Impressed by his precision, accuracy and skill Kai challenges Yuu to a beybattle. Surprisingly for Kai the battle didn't last long though Yuu quickly calculated a strategy to defeat him and Kai lost, blown away by this Kai makes the quick decision to let Yuu join the bladebreakers. Later Kai goes to his family companies warehouse (reasons unknown) to find Yuu and Ken camping there, Yuu informs Kai that he and Ken are homeless and had nowhere else to go so Kai insists that they come stay with him.
Chapter 2: B.S.O.D Edit
Kai gets to know Yuuta and Kenta and why they are on the streets as they spend the night. Providing them with a bath, food and beds. Kai later discovers the existence of the subroutine Virgil within the Superintendent A.I construct from Yuu and agrees to watch after his brother Kenta while he leaves to talk to Aomori about fixing the A.I. The next day Kai escorts Yuu and Ken to Tyson's Dojo for training when they arrived he and the rest of the group heard Virgil's cry for help in binary as an EMP was being primed within the Superintendent's core.
Kai Follows Yuuta along with the rest of the BladeBreakers as he ran to the nearest pay phone just before the EMP detonated taking the Superintendent and by extension Virgil Offline and damaging its hardware. It was then he learned there is a backup core dubbed "Backup Superintendent" or ("Backupintendent" for short) for the A.I incase of emergencies or maintenance that the A.I has now transferred its memories and data to. In the end they just agree to go back to the Dojo and practice beyblading as there was nothing they could do. Virgil seems to reactivate and warn them of Boris and Gideon's escape from prison through the speaker of the payphones receiver but Kai have just walked far enough away to not hear.
- Kai's phone/chatter is a edited LG Optimus.
- Kai has a tumblr blog called Frozen in flames. (http://the-kai-hiwatari.tumblr.com/)
- In The new boy in town Animations with Kai in them he is voiced by Media Lisaman.
- Kai seems to be the only one categorized with a Yellow Box with black corners.
- This may be something unique to his function as Virgil's "Analog Interface"