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Ikemen, Bright Colors, and Motifs: On the Changes of Heisei Kamen Riders

Kamen Rider ZI-O is the upcoming Kamen Rider show, marking the 20th Heisei Kamen Rider series., and the last. This year also marked the 80th birthday of the late Shotaro Ishinomori. What is the influence that Heisei Riders have given to the world?

Heisei Riders have also had a hand in sending ikemen actors into the world. Director Naomi Takabe has served as a producer for several Kamen Rider series. He looked back at the history of actors in the series.

He commented that ikemen came out as a sensation with Kamen Rider Ryuki. When events occurred, a lot of girls also appeared, cheering. Many were surprised that there were girls turning up for the events.” As more attention turned to the ikemen actors appearing in Kamen Rider and Super Sentai shows, offices had many more young actors.”

The rise of popularity in ikemen actors only increased with Masaki Suda (Kamen Rider W), Sota Fukushi (Kamen Rider Fourze), Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O), Koji Seto (Kamen Rider Kiva), etc.

Even as a first-time performer, he will grow as an actor and person while he is a Kamen Rider for one year. In Kamen Rider Gaim, the cast were always friendly and joking, but while shooting there was a lot of tension. The shooting schedules were also harsh on them physically, as they had to shoot both morning and night, but they naturally adapted.

Takabe said “Even though I want to tell Ishinomori is hasn’t changed, it has changed with the times.”



Since the 11th series Kamen Rider W, the seriousness tones and colors have decreased, while more bright styles have increased. In addition, there were motifs, similar to Super Sentai.

Takabe believes that most people tune in every single week at a rate of 30%, but that is not limited to Kamen Rider. The story can often be understood, even if one missed the previous episode. Thanks to this, more families are turning in.

Kamen Rider has changed over the times, but not children. They are still influenced by the series. In a past survey in January of this year, elementary school students said they were interested in becoming scholars and doctors. The influence may have been from Kamen Rider Build, which stars a Physicist, and Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, which starred Doctors.

So far, Kamen Rider Build has received positive feedback and impressed viewers. Toy sales for Build were some of the strongest last Winter. Movie Version Kamen Rider Build: Be the One was also just released in theaters on August 4th.

Will Kamen Rider ZI-O also impress viewers?



Article Sources: Asahi

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