“The Coolest Kamen Rider Actor” Merumo Poll Releases Results
Several websites are releasing end-of-the-year data related to Heisei Kamen Riders and their actors. The surveys range from “Who do I want to be my brother?” or general “Who’s the best?” Often, these surveys release surveys with small numbers of participants, from 500 to 1,000.
Merumo has surveyed 3,500 men and women on “Who is the Coolest Kamen Rider,” along with gathering comments on why they chose a particular actor. In total, 3,523 men and women ranging from ages 10-30 were surveyed.
5th Place: Hiro Mizushima (水嶋ヒロ) – Souji Tendou/Kamen Rider Kabuto
Fans commented that they enjoyed the quotes from his grandmother. Not only were children watching him on screen, but also their mothers. Many were also interested in his Kamen Rider design and the insect motif. Mizushima is now devoted to writing and has become a successful novelist after his time on Kamen Rider.
4th Place: Sota Fukushi (福士蒼汰) – Gentaro Kisaragi/Kamen Rider Fourze
Fukushi became a popular actor after his debut in Kamen Rider. His character on the show was bright and friendly, even though he had the look of a “delinquent.” Fans also enjoyed his enthusiastic “Uchu Kita!” after transforming.
3rd Place: Ryoma Takeuchi (竹内涼真) – Shinnosuke Tomari/Kamen Rider Drive
Takeuchi was awarded two “Best Newcomer Actor” awards in 2018. In the show, Kamen Rider Drive, he shocked fans by driving a car instead of a motorcycle. He also portrayed a detective. The show has a mysterious element to it, but it was also combined with humorous stories that kept fans interested.
2nd Place: Joe Odagiri (オダギリジョー) – Yusuke Godai/Kamen Rider Kuuga
Odagiri became popular from his role on Kamen Rider, but he continued on to act in other famous works. Kamen Rider Kuuga was also memorable as the first Heisei Rider work. The story was deep, and children didn’t always understand everything that was going on, but there were impressive special effects used.
1st Place: Takeru Satoh (佐藤健) – Ryotaro Nogami/Kamen Rider Den-O
Satoh became famous from his work in Kamen Rider Den-O but also went on to act as the lead role in the live-action adaptions of Rurouni Kenshin. Kamen Rider Den-O itself was popular, but especially due to all of the different Imagin roles Satoh had to perform. It’s a work that kept fans laughing.
Also making the top 10 list were:
6. Ryo Yoshizawa (吉沢亮) – Ryusei Sakuta/Kamen Rider Meteor of Kamen Rider Fourze
7. Masaki Suda (菅田将暉) – Philip/Kamen Rider W
8. Koji Seto (瀬戸康史) – Wataru Kurenai/Kamen Rider Kiva
9. Mahiro Takasugi (高杉真宙) – Mitsuzane Kureshima/Kamen Rider Ryugen of Kamen Rider Gaim
10. Atsuhiro Inukai (犬飼貴丈) – Sento Kiryu/Kamen Rider Build
Article Sources: Merumo