This article is about a/an rider/ally in Kamen Rider Kiva.
Kamen Rider Ixa
Gender: Male
Series: Kamen Rider Kiva
Motif: Knight/Christian Crusader Cross
Rider Type: Anti-Hero
Homeworld: Earth
First Appearance: Suite: Father and Son Violin
Last Appearance: Cho Kamen Rider Den-O & Decade NEO Generations: The Onigashima Battleship
Number of Episode
39 (Kiva)
2 (Movie)
Actor: Kenji Matsuda
Kamen Rider Ixa
Kamen Rider Ixa Save Mode

Jiro (次狼 Jirō?) is the human form of the violent and impulsive Garulu (ガルル Garuru?), the last surviving member of the Wolfen Race (ウルフェン族 Urufen Zoku?) that were decimated by Rook in one of his Time Plays. He is also one of the IXA Driver users in 1986.


Like those of his kind, Garulu has heightened senses and uses his claws to rip out human souls from their bodies before eating them. He can assume his Garulu Form by scratching the floor, generating blue sparks. In the human guise of Jiro, Garulu sees the world as a place of utter corruption and usually prefers to be with Castle Doran as its lead caretaker. In 1986, Jiro is a regular at the Café mald'amour and attacks regulars in secret to feed on them. Recognizing Yuri as an "ideal wife" to revive the Wolfen Race through, Jiro joins the Fangire Hunters and becomes the first user of the Ixa System, saving Yuri Aso from the Earwig Fangire and also alerting Otoya Kurenai to his true nature, with the two at odds with each other unless Yuri's in any danger. But after Yuri revealed that her heart was for Otoya, Jiro left a lost man after exposing himself for what he truly was and attempts to get his revenge on Rook. But after the attempt, Jiro was forced to ask for Otoya's help, with them, Ramon, Riki, and Yuri defeating a weakened Rook together.

After becoming unable to kill Otoya to save himself (as per the King's offer), Jiro decides to leave town. However, Jiro comes back to unsuccessfully aid Otoya and Maya against Dark Kiva and gets sealed into the Garulu Saber for his efforts. He manages to escape imprisonment along with the other Arms Monsters because of Otoya and runs away after seeing Otoya and King fighting. In the fight's aftermath, before deciding to lead the Arms Monsters in keeping Castle Doran from running amok, Jiro questions Otoya's faith in them as he and the others promise to protect Wataru in his stead. This leads to Jiro now aiding Wataru in 2008, his Garulu Saber form used by Kiva to assume Garulu Form. Out of the Arms Monsters, Jiro supports his current condition as Wataru's ally out of respect for Otoya, even to the point of directly getting involved sometimes to honor his vows.


Jiro and the other Arms Monsters are in 1932. Urataros possesses Jiro as Ramon/Ryutaros hogs the rice.

Other appearancesEdit

Net moviesEdit

In the The Queen of the Castle in the Demon World net spin-off movies, Jiro challenges Wataru to a card game when he accidentally ends up in Castle Doran, losing to him in Hell's Old Maid and suffers a humiliating punishment. He later tracks down Wataru to get back at him, finding Shizuka before she overwhelms his nose with an old fish and manhandles him for threatening Wataru.


In the novel reimagination of the TV series, Jiro/Garulu is a Fangire Hunter, while Bassha and Dogga, as well as Kivat do not exist in this story, as Kiva is Wataru's Fangire form.

Forms Edit

Kamen Rider Ixa Save Mode

Kamen Rider Ixa

"Fist On!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Save Mode (セーブモード Sēbu Mōdo?) is the mode used by Ixa mostly in the year 1986 in one of its early prototypes.

Although the Ixa System prototype was present in 1986, it had only Save Mode as Burst Mode was still in development. As such, technical problems were frequent like the armor shooting out steam, a constant beeping, a different tone of voice for the Ixa Belt, a bronze projection for the Ixa System's transformation and the availability of only one Fuestle: the Knuckle Fuestle. The Ixa Prototype Version exhausts a qualified person's body considerably even if they are not human, as the System still managed to harm Jiro despite being a Wolfen, and it harmed Otoya to the point of total memory loss.


Garulu New


  • Height: 225 cm
  • Weight: 92 kg

Garulu is Jiro's monstrous true form. He is a member of the Wolfen Demon Race. When he shifts to his true form, he gains superhuman strength, agility, razor-sharp claws. Like the Fangire, Jiro (and the other Wolfen for that matter) must feed on life force. But once he went into the service of Wataru, he is sustained by the life energy consumed by Castle Doran. When he was confronted by the King in 1986, his Wolfen form was sealed into the Garulu Saber which was later accessed by the third Kiva, Wataru Kurenai. Jiro eventually regained the ability to shift between his Garulu and human forms.

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Garulu Saber

Ixa and Garulu Sabre

Ixa armed with the Garulu Saber

"Garulu Saber!"
―Kivat's transformation announcement[src]
"Garulu Bite!"
―Kivat's finisher announcement[src]

The Demon-Beast Sword Garulu Saber (魔獣剣ガルルセイバー Majūken Garuru Seibā?) is a weapon that Garulu assumes for Kiva to change into Garulu Form. Though in a statuette form when summoned, the Garulu Saber assumes a Kris form once in Kiva's hand. One of its abilities is to fire a shockwave named Howling Shock (ハウリングショック Hauringu Shokku?) from the hilt. The Garulu Saber can be use for the finishing attack Garulu Howling Slash (ガルル・ハウリングスラッシュ Garuru Hauringu Surasshu?). This is done by first having Kivat perform a Garulu Bite (ガルルバイト Garuru Baito?) on the blade of the Garulu Saber after which Kiva holsters, by way of "biting", the weapon in his mouth as he charges at the Fangire, jumping in the air to slash the Fangire into two as he lands in front of it. [1]

Due to the Garulu Fake Fuestle tracing Garulu's frequency, the Garulu Saber can be used by Ixa. Although it does not cause Ixa to change into a new form as Kiva does, it retains its power and effect regardless. Ixa is capable of doing this with the Bashaa Magnum and Dogga Hammer as well, though it was not shown in the series' run.


There are three Fuestles (フエッスル Fuessuru?) in the possession of Kamen Riders Kiva, Ixa and Dark Kiva respectively, which allow access to Garulu's power.

  • Garulu Fuestle (ガルルフエッスル Garuru Fuessuru?): Kiva uses this Fuestle to summon Garulu from Castle Doran.
  • Garulu Fake Fuestle (ガルルフェイクフエッスル Garuru Feiku Fuessuru?): A Fuestle that copies the frequency of Kiva's Garulu Fuestle, with the Ixa Belt announcing "Garulu Fake" as Ixa hijacks the Garulu Saber when it is summoned by Kiva.
  • Garulu-Seal Fuestle (ガルルシールフエッスル Garuru Shīru Fuessuru?): This Fuestle seals Garulu by emitting a continuous sound, creating an energy sphere that captures Garulu and converts him into the Garulu Saber.

Rider CardEdit

Form Ride Kiva Garulu

Form Ride: Kiva Garulu.

The power Garulu lends Kiva is harnessed in the Kiva Garulu (キバガルル Kiba Garuru?) Form Ride Card (フォームライドカード Fōmu Raido Kādo?), which is used by Decade to transform into Kamen Rider Kiva Garulu Form. Unlike Kiva himself, who is left-handed in this form, Tsukasa prefers his right hand. This card is first used in the World of Ryuki to fight Kamen Rider Knight Battle Trial: Ryuki World and again in the World of Agito to fight Kamen Rider Exceed Gills. Reunion: Project Agito

Behind the scenesEdit


Jiro is portrayed by Kenji Matsuda (松田 賢二 Matsuda Kenji?), who previously portrayed Zaomaru Zaitsuhara (Kamen Rider Zanki) in Kamen Rider Hibiki. As Garulu, his suit actor was Seiji Takaiwa (高岩 成二 Takaiwa Seiji?). As Kamen Rider Ixa, his suit actor was Jiro Okamoto (岡元 次郎 Okamoto Jirō?).


While "garuru" (ガルル?) is a Japanese onomatopoeic sound representation of a wolf's howl, the last syllable in Jiro's name contains the kanji for "wolf" ( ōkami/rō?).



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