A recent talk event was held at Loft9 Shibuya featuring Producers Shinichiro Shirakura and guest Naomi Takebe on October 27, 2017. Shirakura recalled works he produced. Takebe dicussed discovering now popular actors while in charge of casting, such as Hiro Mizushima (Souji Tendou/Kamen Rider Kabuto) and Takeru Satoh (Ryotaro Nogami/Kamen Rider Den-O).
Now the Heisei Kamen Rider series has established a solid position as a “Young Actor’s Gateway”. At first, there were many good candidates for the audition, but questions from their offices asked “Why should our actors have to go on Kamen Rider?” Takebe explained that the situation changed during the period of Kamen Rider Kabuto and Den-O.
It’s said there are many patterns for newcomers. It was revealed that Shirakura and Takebe were the only ones who decided on Mizushima before other judgements were given for Kamen Rider Kabuto. Shirakura said he told Takebe he would call the office before he got to the first floor by elevator, but ended up getting off at the eighth floor where Mizushima and Toei were.
In addition, for the auditions of Kamen Rider Agito, the company Ultra C said was surprised at the process. Shirakura had passed through the hallway where actors were before the audition. There was a situation where he had to find the cast in that hallway. According to Shirakura, Kashu left an impression that there was no young actor in Japan at that time that could fulfill the role at that time. There were many actors who were inspired by the series, Gokusen. Takebe worked with Shirakura and explained the Gokusen influence.
In accition, Yui Aragaki (Sh15uya) and Gou Ayano (Spider Orphenoch/Aki Sawada of Kamen Rider 555) are now popular actors who are active now and working with Shirakura in dramas. Shirakura said “Even if I don’t find these actors… I’m sure I’m missing some one big.” The interviewer tried to ask about more names in the industry, but was stopped by the moderator.
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