Sunday marked the last day of the convention. Even though it was Sunday, it didn’t start any later but ended at 5PM.
- Convention Overview
- Friday, August 16, 2019 (Preview Night) 4PM-8PM
- Saturday, August 17, 2019 – 9 AM (VIPs Only) 10AM-6PM
- Sunday, August 18, 2019 – 9 AM (VIPs Only) 10AM-5PM
My first stop of the day was visiting Kamen Rider Blade’s Takayuki Tsubaki’s table. I was his first visitor of the day and got an autograph and mobile photo with him. One of the staff saw my Kamen Rider lanyard and after a brief discussion, I gave a lanyard one to everyone, including Tsubaki as a gift. It was a really happy moment for me.
Sunday was the ideal time to get in any last-minute shopping around the con since crowds had gone down by this point. A few of the special guests and some artists were also gone by this point, so the con was really winding down.
This ended up being a nice time to take a break and visit other of the Japanese restaurants in the area. Tokyo Wako is nice, but there are other nice places like Gyu-Kanu (where you can grill your own beef or get some other great Japanese food) or Taco Libre.
The next, and final, panel I visited was “Drawing Kamen Rider Spirits Featuring Kenichi Muraeda.” There was an easel set up where he took requests from the audience but drew Kamen Rider Amazon. As he drew, he answered various questions from the audience.
Muraeda discussed how when he was a child, he read the shounen manga in his family’s barbershop. He took an interest in drawing, creating his own series and eventually working on Kamen Rider Spirits. He had the opportunity to meet the creator of Kamen Rider, Shotaro Ishinomori, but wanted to wait until after the first part of the series was complete to show him, but unfortunately, Ishinomori passed before doing so. Now, Muraeda feels that Ishinomori is “guiding him” as he creates Kamen Rider.
Muraeda is skilled at drawing Kamen Riders, but informed the audience that he does have several Kamen Rider helmets to use as references. He can look at them from any angle for his work. At the same time, he also owns several bikes that the Rider Machines were based on. He buys the bikes and hires someone to restore them. What started as one bike in his garage soon turned into twelve.
For other aspiring artists in the audience, Muraeda encouraged us not to give up and keep going. The panel ended with a speedy ink drawing of Kamen Rider 1, which he gave to the audience member who defeated him in a round of “Jankan,” which is the Japanese equivalent of “rock, paper, scissors.” It was a very lively, fun panel. After the end of this panel, there was only one more hour until the con ended. I walked a few more circles around the con to see if there were any vendors or Kamen Rider Ryuki items I missed, then said my goodbyes to Japan World Heroes 2019.