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- Not to be confused with the episode of the same name.
|Full Name||Kuniko Kasahara|
|Nickname||Paper Fold-up Man|
|Base of Operations||France|
|Debut/Closing||Season 2 Episode 14|
"The way I heard it told, he was just a small-timer; vending machines, picking pockets, little penny-ante heists. Until, one day, he found an enchanted square of paper with the power to transform. The paper, well, let's just say it remade him."
Kuniko Kasahara is the owner of the Paris-based company Kasahara Exports, known for possessing "more Far East art than the Far East itself". Secretly, Kasahara is also the true identity of Origami, an infamous thief with the magical ability to transform into a shape-shifting origami figure which he uses to steal the art pieces he sells in an efficient and stealthy manner. His calling card after every successful heist was a small origami figure left in place of whatever he stole.
According to legend, Kasahara was originally a small-time thief that stole from vending machines and pick-pocketed, until he found an enchanted piece of paper that bonded with him, endowing him the magical ability to transform. He used his newfound powers to commit robberies of much grander scales.
Kasahara came into conflict with Jackie Chan when the latter caught him stealing a valuable 11th Century Chinese painting from a Parisian gallery. Attempting to stop him, Jackie corned Origami on the roof, only for the latter to evade him by assuming the form of a falcon, flying away with the painting to Jackie's bewilderment. Jackie and Jade then teamed up with Viper in order to retrieve the painting.
Due to Origami's penchant for stealing the finest art from the Far East, the three proceeded to stakeout Kasahara's home, suspecting that he may be Origami's next target. Since Kasahara declined his offer for protection, Jackie joined Jade and Viper on the roof of the building, overlooking Kasahara's private gallery where they witnessed him placing the stolen painting into his secret vault after folding his finger into a key. Jackie confronted Kasahara who then alerted the authorities to his home before changing into his origami form. Finding Kasahara's folding abilities too overwhelming, Jackie and Viper resorted to using his own antique swords against him, effectively creating a pair of makeshift scissors to defeat the paper being. Kasahara then transformed back into human form just as the police arrived, making it seem as though Jackie and Viper were the aggressors.
After escaping from the authorities, the three deduced that in order to apprehend Origami, they had to catch him in the act. Jackie, Jade and Viper proceeded to sneak into the Louvre Museum where Origami intended to steal a large urn from the Ming Exhibit. Whilst successfully managing to escape with the urn, it ultimately proved too heavy for Origami to carry in his falcon form, forcing him to change back into his human form before the police's very eyes. Kasahara attempted to flee in a stolen car, only for Jackie to catch up to him and reclaim the urn, prompting the former to chase after him. Jackie managed to lure Kasahara to the top of the Eiffel Tower, only to find himself cornered. Jackie then proceeded to throw the urn to the ground, prompting Kasahara to desperately dive over and catch it before it could break, whereupon Jackie pounced on him as he laid on the ground before folding him into a small package and stuffing him in the urn.
Kasahara is last seen in prison creating an origami figure of Jackie before crushing it in his hand.
Powers and Abilities
As Origami, Kasahara possessed shape-shifting powers, able to fold his body into various shapes. He can utilize this to a small scale, such as transforming only his finger into a key, but can also change his whole body and use his paper form to fit through small spaces such as bars. His preferred form is of a humanoid figure, but can also transform into a samurai, a swan, a falcon, a giant spider, a parachute, a rhinoceros, or a pterodactyl. He could also stretch his paper appendages very far away and, despite being made of paper, can cut anything with the sharp edges of his body, including solid wall, the hood of an ambulance and the steel parts of tower.
Kasahara appears to be especially vulnerable to bladed weapons, as he cowered in fear when Jackie and Viper equipped swords against him. Kasahara is also vulnerable to being folded into helpless positions by others, as Jackie could fold him into a hand-sized package with great effort.