The Toei Tokusatsu Fan Thanksgiving was held on October 1, 2017 to commemorate the second anniversary of the Toei Tokusatsu Fan Club app. It was divided into a morning and afternoon festival.
Part 1 will celebrated the “Super Sentai Times” and Part 2 featured the “Kamen Rider Circuit”.
Masahiro Inoue who portrayed Tsukasa Kadoya/Kamen Rider Decade and Shu Watanabe who was Eiji Hino/Kamen Rider OOO appeared alongside pro-wrestling star Hiroshi Tanahashi, who goes by the stage name “Kamen Rider”, was in attendance.
The Kamen Rider GIRLS began the ceremony with a live performance.
Inoue was greeted with cheers from the audience. He said “This is the first time I’ve felt the excitement from each person at an event” and was overwhelmed with the response.
The moderator of the talk show panel was comedian Akira Shinomiya. During the talk, they spoke about which Kamen Rider work that inspired them.
Watanabe answered “All Riders, especially Kuuga. I love it. My longing to be a Kamen Rider goes back to my elementary school days. I knew I wanted to be a Kamen Rider actor in Junior High School. During the audition for OOO, I was so tense. I arrived to the waiting room two hours before my audition”. The audience reacted with excitement.
Inoue said he liked Kamen Rider Kiva. He enjoyed it so much he neglected his university entrance exam. “I kept going back and forth between Kiva and Ryuki. One day, I noticed there was an audition for Kamen Rider.” When he said he was “Just an actor passing by”, a reference to his Decade catch phrase, the fans were very excited.
Inoue also said as a hero, he wanted to give children a dream. He and his wife welcomed their first child into the world in 2017. He doesn’t plan to tell his son upfront about his work as a Rider, but rather wants to record his reaction when he shows him Kamen Rider Decade for the first time.
Tanahashi impressed the audience with his strength and expressed that he would never give up in his line of work. Inoue, Watanabe, and Tanahashi showed off their signature poses.
In addition, Watanabe and Inoue enjoyed the event as they spoke about their favorite scenes and their experiences being a Kamen Rider.
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