Monday, January 28, 2013
Kamen Rider episode 35!
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This episode has one of my favorite Shocker Cyborg name puns, a vicious knife fight, killer ants, and a string of fart jokes. What more could you ask for?
It's a fun coincidence that this episode is very Taki-centric, because earlier this month was actor Jiro Chiba's birthday. Although he retired from acting in 1982, he has nothing but good things to say about his time in Shotaro Ishinomori's universe.
He was born Mitsuho Maeda, and after Kamen Rider he would go by the name Jiro Yabuki, only to re-adopt the name Jiro Chiba again as of 2006. Jiro is a bit of action star royalty. His brother is the baddest hero in the whole damn town, Sonny Chiba. The Street Fighter, Hattori Hanzo. But Jiro has a pretty impressive list of credits too. He was the trusted friend and comrade to TWO Kamen Riders, a detective with a good heart but lot to learn about equality in Robot Detective K, the human ambassador to the demons with the hearts of gold in Akumaizer-3, as well as appearing in the Bijinda arc of Kikaider 01. He also guest starred alongside his brother in the definitely not for kids cult samurai film Makai Tensho, directed by Kinji Fukusaku of Battle Royale fame. And not to mention an impressive list of action movies and detective dramas.
Although he hasn't acted since 1982, he has appeared in interviews where he has had nothing but positive things to say about his time on Kamen Rider. In 2006 he appeared at an event for Kamen Rider's 35th anniversary, and has recently met with Takeshi Sasaki to reminisce about their roles as action heroes, and revisiting some familiar locations from Kamen Rider's history.
Also celebrating a birthday this month, although unfortunately posthumously, is the big man himself; Shotaro Ishinomori. His legacy is more than well known, but we'd still like to talk about some of his contributions to tokusatsu, comics, and the influence he had on many of us. But we'll save that for the next post!
So enjoy the episode, come back soon for more trivia, and stay tuned for more episodes coming much sooner than our recent erratic schedule would have you expect!