|Debut:||Manga: Chapter 4|
Strider Matic Unit
Kubira (クビラ) is a character exclusive to the Strider Hiryu manga, as one of two enemy Striders under Matic's orders. Though it appears he's absent from the NES adaptation, there are swamp areas on the Africa stage who have crocodile enemies coming out of the water. Given the area also has Arana's cameo as a generic enemy, it's safe to assume the crocodile are related to him, if they're not representing Kubira himself.
Member of Matic's Strider Unit, Kubira was a fellow student with Hiryu in training school. Ever since then, he got his body genetically reconstructed and physically altered, giving him fishlike scales to increase his battle abilities underwater, allowing him to spring ambushes while hiding on water, and dragging his enemies under with him, where he has the advantage. He has also increased strength and stamina (being able to swim all the way from Africa to the Amazon) and can breath underwater.
Kubira is well aware of Hiryu's superhuman strength and mastery of the Cypher, as he witnessed during their time in training school, and even confessed to have feared Hiryu back then. He's, apparently, confident now that his new skills will make up for that, though.
StoryEditKain as they traveled the Amazon jungle aiming to reach one of Enterprise's institutes. After Arana's defeat, Kubira awaited for them on the Amazons river. Just as Hiryu and Kain are crossing through the waters, Kubira snatch Kain from below and knocks him by slashing his stomach, spreading blood on the water so the nearby crocodiles would react to its scent and devour him. With the crocodiles on their way towards Kain, Kubira stops Hiryu on his tracks and attacks him. Kubira drags Hiryu underwater on a chokehold, where Hiryu is unable to use the Cypher due to its electric properties. He has planned it this way, knowing Hiryu's mastery of the weapon.
However, just as he's about to attack, Hiryu is able to break free of his hold and return to surface. Forced to resurface too, Kubira looks around for Hiryu. Taking his chance, Hiryu jumps onto him and stabs him in the chest with his Cypher and then activates it, sending an electric discharge through Kubira while at the same time stopping his alligators from reaching Kain. Before dying, Kubira calls Hiryu a fool, believing he'll die with him now that he used the Cypher in the middle of the river. Hiryu, however, used a wire he picked up from his battle with Arana earlier to cling onto a nearby tree, avoiding the current surge.
|Strider Manga/NES Series|
|Main Articles||Strider Hiryu (Manga) • Strider (NES) • Moto Kikaku • Tatsumi Wada • Masahiko Kurokawa|
|Characters|| Arana • Commander • Faceas Clay • Hiryu • Kain • Kubira • Kuramoto • Matic • Police Chief • Sheena|
Game Exclusives: Badger • Dragon Fiend • Flash Blade • Kodiak • Ryuzaki
Manga Exclusives: Captain Keith • Kazakh Institute Scientist • Mariya • Rin • Yuri
|Stage Enemies|| Doberman • Egypt Soldier • Giant Robot • Hunchback • Machine Cannon • Mechanical Snail|
Robot Frong • Russian Infantryman • Scuba Soldier • Sharkman • Sky Wing • Spark Machine
|Technology||Cypher • Kali • Phantom Train • Shadowtag Bullets • Stealth Chopper • T-48 • ZAIN Project • Yggdrasil|
|Locations||Africa • Australia • China • Egypt • Japan • Kazakh • Los Angeles • Red Dragon|
|Groups||Enterprise • Kazakh Secret Police • Striders • Strider Matic Unit|