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Shu Watanabe & Ryosuke Miura to star in the first “Hero Next” movie

Shu Watanabe & Ryosuke Miura to star in the first “Hero Next” movie

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Toei, the company that makes the popular Kamen Rider and Super Sentai series, has revealed the start of a new project, "Toei Hero Next," using the actors that have starred in those series.  PIECE ~Kioku no Kakera~ (directed by Ten Shimoyama) is the first film and features Shu Watanabe (20) and Ryosuke Miura (25) who starred in the popular Kamen Rider OOO.  From now on, the series will feature young actors who have graduated from Toei's tokusatsu series. (more…)
Super Hero War Second Weekend Ranking

Super Hero War Second Weekend Ranking

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Super Hero War ranked 3rd in its second weekend at the box office.  Here's the full ranking, new movies in bold: Thermae Romae Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Super Hero War We Were There (part 2) Chronicle of My Mother SPEC ~Heaven~ Crayon Shin-chan: Me and the Space Princess Battleship Clash of the Titans HOME Black & White Sources: Movie Enter, Eiga.com Image source
Super Hero War Opens At #1

Super Hero War Opens At #1

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Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Super Hero War topped the Japanese box office in its opening weekend.  355,985 people saw it on 292 screens for a total of ï¿¥41,0038,450. The full ranking (movies that opened this week in bold): Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Super Hero War Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker We Were There Part 2 SPEC ~Heaven~ Battleship Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called! Me and the Space Princess Clash of the Titans Black & White A Letter to Momo John Carter (more…)
Shigeru Araki wake report

Shigeru Araki wake report

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The wake for actor Shigeru Araki (63), who died April 14 from pneumonia,  was held on April 17 in a funeral hall in Tokyo.  He was known for his role in Kamen Rider Sronger, among others.  He was the drummer for his college rock band Four Saints, and it was revealed that he was had a great desire to fully reform the group. (more…)
Noriko Araki (wife of Shigeru Araki) – his last moments

Noriko Araki (wife of Shigeru Araki) – his last moments

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Papa's family nickname in the Kagoshima dialect was Ikunchan.  They called him by it, and he went to meet them. Papa was mischevious, full of himself, clumsy. The last time he spoke when he was awake, he said, "Maybe, maybe it's too late, but I don't want to leave you and Masami.  Masami is my greatest achievement.  Please, please, please.  Do you understand?  Please."  Over and over. "Make sure you live a long time," he had said to me recently.  He sounded so weak and frail then, I couldn't refuse. (more…)
Koichi Uenoyama (Dr. Daima from Chojin Bibyun) – Araki’s passing

Koichi Uenoyama (Dr. Daima from Chojin Bibyun) – Araki’s passing

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Shigeru Araki, Kamen Rider Stronger, passed away. The last time we met was when he invited me to be a guest at his concert. We hadn't seen each other in about 2 years then. We took this picture when he stopped by my hotel a couple of years ago. In the Toei show Chojin Bibyun he played Bibyun while I played Dr. Daima.  We worked each other for half a year.  My son was in elementary school at that time, Araki was quite kind to him. 6 or 7 years ago he was a guest in one of my theater troupe's productions.  I had just been thinking lately that I wanted to seem him perform, and had called him on the phone. He was 63 years old.  May he rest in peace. Translated from the original entry.
Ryo Hayami (Keisuke Jin/Kamen Rider X) – Araki’s passing

Ryo Hayami (Keisuke Jin/Kamen Rider X) – Araki’s passing

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Heaven called Stronger. He was 63 years old... born in 1943, he was the same age as me. I wonder what Stronger was thinking about when he moved on.  Did he have regrets? Were there things he wished he'd done? Did he think, "It's my time, I've done all I wanted"? We didn't really speak all that deeply, so I don't know.  It was last year, or maybe the year before, that I saw him at the Rider event that Okada from Oono Kenyuukai arranged. (more…)
Hiroshi Fujioka on Shigeru Araki’s passing

Hiroshi Fujioka on Shigeru Araki’s passing

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On April 15, Sports Houchi asked Hiroshi Fujioka (66) for comment on the passing of Shigeru Araki (63) on the 14th.  He responded, "He was like a younger brother to me.  It was far too soon." Fujioka loved Araki like a younger brother from before Araki's debut.  "He was always cheerful and positive, and he would always do his best.  He was full of energy.  We were friends who worked together many times, so my heart hurts very much.  It was far too soon.  I'm very sorry to lose him," Fujioka said of the man with whom he had worked hard to become an action actor. (more…)