Ryūichi Kazama/Dragon (風間 竜一) is Kaio's team captain and star player. Kazama is a pragmatic individual who values winning above all else. He seems to care of nothing but improving at ping pong, disregarding the feelings of his family and friends in order to train. His skill and power tend to overwhelm even high level opponents. Kazama attempts to recruit Smile to the Kaio team upon realizing his potential as a player, but Smile continually refuses his offers.