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Oricon News Survey Reveals “The Most Impressive Heisei Kamen Rider”

The Heisei Kamen Rider era began in the year 2000. Currently, Kamen Rider ZI-O is a work that features all of the past Riders of the era. The recent film, Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever has been popular in theaters, so far making an income of over 1.2 billion yen.

Oricon News compiled a ranking from the survey data of “The Most Impressive Heisei Kamen Rider” actor.

In first place is Jo Odagiri (小田切譲), who portrayed Yusuke Godai in Kamen Rider Kuuga. He made a huge impression and could even be considered a symbol of Heisei Riders. He was also part of the line of actors who used the Kamen Rider series as a gateway to other roles.

From looks alone, many believe that he looked stylish and cool. Others commented that he was seen as a “symbol of change.” For some women, they commented that he started the new popularity of the series and it was their first time watching a Kamen Rider series.

Making second place was Takeru Sato (佐藤健), who portrayed Ryotaro Nogami in 2007’s Kamen Rider Den-O. He was only 17 at the time when he accepted the leading role, and it was also his debut. Sato had to play a variety of roles, from the weak Nogami to each Imagin role when they possessed his body.

Fans commented that they thought the interactions between the Imagin and Nogami’s character was funny and entertaining. They also were impressed this was Sato’s first role.

In third place is Sota Fukushi (福士蒼汰), who portrayed Gentaro Kisaragi in 2011’s Kamen Rider Fourze. The youthful drama was the 40th anniversary work of the series.

Kisaragi made a bold impression on fans. His personality made an impact on fans that will always remain in their memories. He was a bright character who quickly became popular among viewers.

Making fourth place was the star of Kamen Rider Kabuto, Hiro Mizushima (水嶋ヒロ). He portrayed Souji Tendou, a man who often referred back to the words of his grandmother.

In fifth place is Ryoma Takeuchi (竹内涼真), who played Shinnosuke Tomari from Kamen Rider Drive. The series made waves due to its use of a car instead of a motorcycle. He also revealed that he wanted to become a Kamen Rider and enter the entertainment industry. In Kamen Rider Drive, he obtained both his goals.

Making sixth place is Masaki Suda (菅田将暉), who made his Kamen Rider W debut at the age of 16. In Kamen Rider W, he worked with Ren Kiriyama as Shotaro Hidari to become two Riders in one. A viewer commented in those days he felt that Suda may not have been the best, but then he became an amazing actor.” Suda has continued to draw attention from his success in the acting world.

The remaining top ten includes:

  • Jun Kaname (要潤) – Makoto Hikawa/Kamen Rider G3 of Kamen Rider Agito
  • Shigeki Hosokawa (細川茂樹) – Hibiki/Kamen Rider Hibiki
  • Toshiki Kashu (賀集利樹) – Shouichi Tsugami/Kamen Rider Agito
  • Kento Handa (半田健人) – Takumi Inui/Kamen Rider Faiz

The survey was held from December 17-25, 2018. A total of 1,000 participants from teenagers to 50-year-olds were surveyed.

Article Sources: Oricon

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