Kamen Rider

Kouhei Takeda: The Man Who Returned to Kamen Rider After a Decade

Akira Shinomiya, who has previously appeared in a cameo role on Kamen Rider Den-O and Decade, gave his opinion on Kouhei Takeda’s return to Kamen Rider.

This article contains spoilers for Kamen Rider Kiva.

In 2018, Kamen Rider Build is continuing to be fun. It’s a heavy and hard story.

The fans continue to be intereted in the deepening bond between Kiryu and Banjo. The story is building to show betrayals and the true nature of Kiryu.

There has been more interesting good news for Kamen Rider Build recently.

A man that recently came back to Kamen Rider.

Ten years ago, he played the fascinating role as Otoya Kurenai in Kamen Rider Kiva.

With the explosive hit Kamen Rider Den-O premiering a year before Kiva, I was concerned about fans wouldn’t remember Otoya so clearly. Kouhei Takeda returned to the franchise as the intense character Kazumi Sawatari, who transforms into Kamen Rider Grease.



Kouhei, welcome back!

Seeing Kouhei on Sunday morning after 10 years is still the best.

What a makeover.

His previous character, Otoya, was a hero of the past. He captivated the audience with a breakthrough story that combined the past and modern year at the same time. He was also the father of the hero, Wataru Kurenai/Kamen Rider Kiva.

The charm of Kamen Rider Kiva was an interesting story. I was immersed in Kiva every week, especially to witness Otoya’s behavior.

His violin playing was top-notch, and even though there were comedic pars, Otoya had a wide range of acting.

During an interview at the time, he stated that he was excited to play the part. The crew would scold him every time he improvised.



There was excitement every time Otoya transformed into a Kamen Rider, no matter how many times he did it. The image was burned into my eyelids.

The transformation post that he designed was also cool again.

I wanted to transform like him, so I bought an Ixa driver immediately.

It’s due to Otoya’s romantic ways that a love triangle is formed from the beginning, but the story has another love triangle in the second half.

Since Otoya didn’t appear in the modern half of the show, I knew that he would die sometime.

That ended up being at the end of episode 46.

I didn’t mind, even if it was too painful.

Farewell Otoya.



However, it was also a time where Koukei Takeda attracted a lot of attention due to the charm he displayed as Otoya.

I can’t help but expect the same from his character Kazumi Sawatari.

At the time he appeared, I thought that Otoya’s version in Kamen Rider Decade was cool. After his debut on Kamen Rider Build, I didn’t expect he would be a fan of Miitan.

While looking forward to his character Kazumi Sawatari, if you haven’t gotten to experience Otoya, please also remember to check out the Blu-ray version of Kamen Rider Kiva, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Oh, not only Otoya but also Masao [Kurenai].


Article Sources: Cinema by Shochiku

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