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Musical Prince of Tennis, The Starting Point of Toku Actors?

Prince of Tennis
Most of the emerging tokusatsu actors of today are not really that known in the drama or movie world at first because they started acting in theaters into which these theater plays are not very much well-known in other countries. One of them is the Prince of Tennis Musicals.

Musical Prince of Tennis or TeniMyu is an on-going musical series directed by Ueshima Yukio which is adapted from the popular manga under the same name, The Prince of Tennis by Konomi Takeshi. It is one of the most popular manga-adapted all male musical series not only in Japan but also in other parts of the world.

Musical Prince of Tennis, The Starting Point of Toku Actors?
In connection with tokusatsu, the trend was started by Konishi Hiroki (known more by the name of Konishi Ryosei during his TeniMyu days) with GARO way back in 2005, followed by Kawai Ryunosuke and Kotani Yoshikazu in ZanSaber in 2006 then, Suzuki Hiroki and Araki Hirofumi in Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger in 2007. Many TeniMyu fans came to love toku after that.

In line with the actors mentioned above, Takigawa Eiji (KR Kiva), Seto Koji (Kiva), Aiba Hiroki (Shinkenger), Inoue Masahiro (KR Decade), Murai Ryouta (KR Decade), Kiriyama Renn (KR W), Gong Teyu (KR W), Hashimoto Taito (KR OOO), Hosogai Kei (Gokaiger), Shindo Gaku (Sazer X, Gokaiger) and Takahashi Ryuki (KR Fouze).

Musical Prince of Tennis, The Starting Point of Toku Actors?
Yasuka Saito (Boukenger) and Watanabe Daisuke (Ultraman Mebius) on the other hand, appeared in toku even before taking their respective roles in TeniMyu. Miyano Mamoru (Ultraman Zero) is already a voice actor back then.

However, we could consider Takagi Shinpei (Gekiranger) and Okuchi Kengo (KR OOO) as special cases for they appeared as guests. Shinpei is the twin brother of Takagi Manpei who played Retsu in Gekiranger who appeared as Retsu's evil mirror side. Meanwhile, Okuchi appeared in Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Movie War Core as Nobunaga.

Now, let us consider their transformations. First stop, Seigaku!

Cast 1:

Takigawa Eiji as Kunimitsu Tezuka
Riki/Dogga (Kiva)

Okuchi Kengo as Kunimitsu Tezuka
Nobunaga (Movie Wars CORE)

Cast 2:

Aiba Hiroki as Fuji Syuusuke
Ikenami Ryuunosuke/ShinkenBlue (Shinkenger)

Suzuki Hiroki as Oishi Shuichiro
Kandou Jan/GekiRed (Gekiranger)

Araki Hirofumi as Inui Sadaharu
Black Lion Rio (Gekiranger)

Kotani Yoshikazu as Kawamura Takashi
Izumo Tatsuya (ZanSaber)

Cast 3:

Sakurada Doori as Echizen Ryoma
Nogami Kotarou/Kamen Rider NEW Den-O (Den-O)

Seto Koji as Kikumaru Eiji
Kurenai Wataru/Kamen Rider Kiva (Kiva)

Takagi Shinpei as Momoshiro Takeshi
Evil Retsu (Gekiranger)

Cast 4:

Watanabe Daisuke as Kunimitsu Tezuka
Ikaruga George (Ultraman Mebius)

Hamao Kyousuke as Kikumaru Eiji
Agri/GoseiBlack (Goseiger)

Gong Teyu as Kwamura Takashi
Kazu/Utopia Dopant (W)

Cast 5:

Takahashi Ryuki as Echizen Ryoma
Utaroshi Kengo (Fourze)

Hashimoto Taito as Fuji Syuusuke
Kazari (OOO)

Let's move on to the rival teams.

Fudomine, Cast 1:

Konishi Hiroki as Ibu Shinji
Saezima Kouga (GARO)

Miyano Mamoru as Ishida Tetsu
Ultraman Zero (Ultraman Zero)

Hyoutei Gakuen, Cast 1/A:

Kato Kazuki as Atobe Keigo
Kazama Daisuke/Drake (Kabuto); Shiro Kazari/V3 (The Next)

Kawai Ryunosuke as Hiyoshi Wakashi
Hyuga Masaki (ZanSaber)

Hyoutei Gakuen, Cast B:

Inoue Masahiro as Atobe Keigo
Kadoya Tsukasa/Kamen Rider Decade (Decade)

Hosogai Kei as Hiyoshi Wakashi
Basco Ta Jorokia (Gokaiger)

Murai Ryouta as Shishido Ryo
Onodera Yuusuke/Kamen Rider Kuuga (Decade)

Rokkaku:

Shindo Gaku as Kurobane Harukaze
Eagle Sazer (Sazer X); Cid/Barizorg (Gokaiger)

RikkaiDai:

Kiriyama Renn as Marui Bunta
Hidari Shoutaro/Kamen Rider W (W)

And last but not the least,

Higa:

Yasuka Saito as Hirakoba Rin
Inou Masumi/BoukenBlack (Boukenger)

With this, we could conclude that because of the help of tokusatsu, not only TeniMyu but also other musical plays, adapted or not, started to shout their names around the world.

Thanks to most popular form of entertainment in Japan, the theater, that there are more aspiring and amazing actors sprouted in the industry!

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13 Responses
  1. amamiyarin Says:

    Hi~! Awesome article, especially as a fan of both tokusatsu and TeniMyu. ^^ If I may, I'd like to add a few more? :)

    - Ogoe Yuuki/2nd Season's Echizen Ryouma (Ramon - Kamen Rider Kiva)
    - Aoyama Souta/1st Cast Inui Sadaharu (Kaito Touma - Ultraman Max)
    - Furukawa Yuuta/4th Cast Fuji Shuusuke (Kurosaki Reiji - Kamen Rider Den-O Trilogy: Episode Yellow)
    - Morimoto Ryouji/1st Cast Kawamura Takashi (Aikawa Hajime - Kamen Rider Blade)
    - Makita Tetsuya/4th Cast Momoshiro Takeshi (Arata - Kamen Rider Decade)
    - Sugawara Takuma/1st Tachibana Kippei (Mikami - Gransazer)
    - Ono Kento/1st Yanagi Renji (Hyde - Goseiger)

    Thanks for the article. ^^


  2. GekiDan Says:

    ^Rest assured that the article will be updated.


  3. holy shit, Kazu in a musical?? hahaha


  4. Magnum Says:

    ^^^As far as I know, the two Kawamura Takashi on the 1st cast were Yoshitsugu Abe and the other who I can't remember...

    Btw, thanks for the additional info. I'll update it as soon as possible...


  5. Anonymous Says:

    And there's a typo there. Kato Kazuki's chara in The Next is Shiro Kazami not KazaRi


  6. there's 3 Kawamura Takashi on the 1st cast TeniMyu :

    - Yoshitsugu Abe
    - Kitamura Eiki
    - Morimoto Ryouji

    ^^ just an additional information


  7. kai Says:

    i remember sazer glen is from bleach musical...


  8. Anonymous Says:

    Naoya Goumoto as Cast 1 Kaidoh Kaoru did Vino in Dekaranger ep. 11


  9. Post favorited! Thanks for the info, GekiDan; and also those who added more info.


  10. Anonymous Says:

    A new cast member has joined the list. Baba Ryoma (5th Seigaku's Kunimitsu Tezuka) will be Go-Buster Blue in the upcoming season of Super Sentai


  11. Gottis Says:

    Wonderful post! :0 And I say this as a fan of both KR and Tenimyu. ^^ However, doesn't the latest Fourze episode have 1st!Akito/Agito/2nd!Juliet from the Air Gear musical as well? :D


  12. Anonymous Says:

    "In connection with tokusatsu, the trend was started by Konishi Hiroki (known more by the name of Konishi Ryosei during his TeniMyu days)"

    I think you got it backward. Konitan was using his real name Konishi Hiroki during Tenimyu and Garo 1st season, and change it into Konishi Ryosei in 2007 :D


  13. Anonymous Says:

    This and the other article is pretty soul-crushing . NOOO!


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