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"But the kind of officer I strive to be... is one who can lay his life on the line... to protect one of his own at a time like this!!"
— Reno, determined to protect Iharu Furuhashi against Kaiju No. 9

Reno Ichikawa ( (いち) (かわ) レノ, Ichikawa Reno) is the deuteragonist of the Kaiju No. 8 series.

He briefly worked at Monster Sweeper Inc. where he met and befriended Kafka Hibino.[1] After witnessing Kafka's transformation, Reno helped him enter the Defense Force and joined with him.[4][5] He was a member of the Third Division and after destruction of Tachikawa Base he was transferred to the Fourth Division.[6]

Appearance

Reno is a tall, slender young man with short silver hair and big violet eyes. He usually shows a neutral unfazed look on his face, but this expression usually changes to exasperation or incredulity when around Kafka.

Earlier in the series, Reno wore the usual Defense Force combat suit when on the battlefield. Reno's new combat suit is unique compared to the regular combat suit's worn by other Defense Force members, being the Numbers Weapon forged from Kaiju No. 6's corpse. It is a dark-blue armory suit with pipes and pistons on the back and shoulders, the Izumo Tech logo on the left side of the chest plate and the 006 insignia on the chest.[7]

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Personality

Reno is a calm and collected person. Despite initially antagonizing Kafka for giving up on his dream, he later shows a softer and more caring side towards his friend and his condition and goals. As their bond grows, Reno begins to show his protective side, not only towards Kafka but towards any of his comrades. His resolve in fighting in order to protect his peers brings him to completely ignore Iharu Furuhashi's one-sided rivalrly towards him and still put his safety first.

In battle, Reno is a determined and straightforward person, being a natural thinker on his own. Due to his immense sense of resposibility towards his colleagues and his desire in becoming stronger, an extended usage of his Numbers Weapon can bring Reno to spiral out of control and push himself past his limits in order to be strong enough to save those around him.

Powers & Abilities

Overall Abilities: Reno is a strong troop member with great potential. He is noted by Soshiro Hoshina to have the potential to become a captain,[8] proven when he was able to momentarily stall a kaiju as strong as Kaiju No. 9.[9] Jugo Ogata states that he is a prodigy.[7]

After becoming compatible with Numbers Weapons 6, the Defense Force's most powerful and dangerous weapon made from the corpse of Kaiju No. 6, Reno's combat skills and abilities have drastically improved, allowing him to move much faster and neutralizing a pack of kaiju on his own.[7] However, despite drastically agumenting his fighting prowess, it seems that the suit has a negative influence on Reno's behavior, bringing him to fight out of control in order to defeat his opponent. In fact, due to his immense sense of resposibility, Reno is able to draw a lot of power out of his suit but brings his human body past his limit, to the point of tearing his muscles and breaking his bones just to beat his enemy.[10]

Powers

  • High Unleashed Combat Power: When Reno first tries on his Defense Force combat suit, he is able to initially release 8% of the suit's power.[11] After shooting training, he is able to release 18%, having drastically improved as noted by Iharu.[12] Currently, while wearing Numbers Weapon 6, Reno's full released force has risen to 43% and he can further increase his suit's power to 51%.[13]
    • Enhanced Speed and Reflexes: Reno is incredibly fast, surprising Kafka with how fast he can move while carrying him.[14] He also has incredible reflexes, able to dodge Kaiju No. 9's extremely fast attacks.[15] His speed is greatly agumented when wearing Numbers Weapon 6.[13]
    • Enhanced Endurance: Reno has incredible levels of physical endurance, able to continue fighting after Kaiju No. 9 shot him multiple times.[15] When wearing Numbers Weapon 6, Reno is able to keep fighting even with fractured bones and muscle tears.[10]
  • Cryokinesis: By using Numbers Weapon 6, Reno is able to released high amounts of ice and freezing energy from his body, replicating Kaiju No. 6's late powers.[7] Reno can use it to stick to his surroundings by releasing ice from his feet, to stabilize his footing. The suit also includes freezing rounds.[7] Reno can also freeze his enemies with a simple touch of his hand.[13] After training his skills even further, Reno can now manage to freeze a whole horde of Daikaiju in one single attack.[16]

Abilities

  • Expert Marksman: Reno is a very skilled marksman.[12][9]
  • Advanced Growth Rate: After only one month of training, Reno is able to use Numbers Weapon 6 in combat with great proficiency. According to Toko, Reno's ability to improve far surpasses that of Kikoru Shinomiya's even though his current released force is lower than hers.[7]

Battles

Equipment

Respirator Mask: Reno wears a respirator mask in combat.[11]

Rifle: Reno uses a rifle in combat as his main weapon of choice, equipped with brust rounds and freeze rounds.[11][7]

Numbers Weapon 6 (識別怪獣兵器 (ナンバーズ) 6 (ごう) , Nanbāzu Roku-gō): Marked EC-0115 and provided by Izumo Tech, Reno's personal Numbers weapon is a special combat suit, recognized as the Defense Force's most powerful and dangerous weapon, made from the corpse of Kaiju No. 6. This suit allows the user to release ice.[7] The suit also increases his overall skill and physical abilities far beyond that of the standard combat suits of the Defense Force.[7]

Cannons: Reno earned sixteen smaller cannons, marked FN-0006 and provided by Izumo Tech, to go with his Numbers Weapon. The cannons allow him to better control his freezing attack and easily freeze multiple giant-size Daikaiju with no effort.[16]

Combat Suit (formerly): Before being given Numbers Weapon 6, Reno would wears the usual combat suit of the Defense Force.[11]

Etymology

  • Reno's last name Ichikawa contains the kanji for "city, market, town, municipality, fair" (市, ichi) and "river, stream" (川, kawa).

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Third Division
Captain
Mina Ashiro
Vice-Captain
Soshiro Hoshina
Ebina Platoon
Ebina
Ikaruga Platoon
Ryo Ikaruga
Itakura Platoon
Itakura
Nakanoshima Platoon
Tae Nakanoshima
Takao Platoon
Takao
Officers
Aoi Kaguragi · Haruichi Izumo · Iharu Furuhashi · Akari Minase · Hakua Igarashi · Toma Takanashi
Other members
Konomi Okonogi · Bakko · Kaiju No. 10
Former members
Kikoru Shinomiya · Leno Ichikawa · Kafka Hibino
Fourth Division
Captain
Jugo Ogata
Officers
Toko · Reno Ichikawa
Former members
Iharu Furuhashi
Monster Sweeper Inc.
Workers
Masahide Tokuda · Ichitaka Mitsuike · Hiroto Mori
Former workers
Kafka Hibino · Reno Ichikawa · Takamichi Hotaka
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