Uchu Sentai Kyuranger

Opening theme 「LUCKYSTAR」

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[piano] Uchu Sentai Kyuranger OP / LUCKYSTAR


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Unsung background of Rider’s singing

-Ichiro Mizuki was originally supposed to sing the theme song of Kamen Rider Super1-
(from an interview article with Shunsuke Takasugi)
After the press conference for the new series,Kamen Rider Super1, they threw a party. One of the staff said, “Takasugi-kun is the leading character so we must know about him as much as possible. I guess he should sing Karaoke to make strong impression on us.” The people there cheered up and asked him to sing. Takasugi was reluctant to sing a song in public but he had no choices, so he did his best. One producer of Columbia Record company attended the party and his presence brought Takasugi an unexpected honor. Few days after the party, Takasugi recieved phone call from a producer of Toei company and was told to go to a recording studio of Columbia Record company. At the studio Takasugi got the sheet music on which a notation ‘Opening theme: Kamen Rider Super 1 Singer: Ichiro Mizuki’ was written. He thought he would sing insertion song ohterwise record narration or something for Rider’s LP record.
Soon he was guided into the studio and one musician sitting in front of the piano said “Let’s get start rehearsing for the theme song, and then get on to the real thing.” Takasugi got astonished saying “I don’t have any experience of singing, so I must take a lesson!” One producer said “I don’t think you need to take a lesson. Now let’s get started.” Then after rehearsing he recorded the theme song of Kamen Rider Super 1.








At the recording session of the theme song of Kamen Rider V3, Hiroshi Miyauchi as Shiroh Kazami/V3 got coaching from Ichiro Mizuki a.k.a Aniki. However Miyauchi was unexpectedly tone-deaf, and to make matters worse, he wasn’t an obedient student. To put it bluntly, Miyauchi had serious attitude problem. Consequently Mizuki ran out with his patience with Rider V3’s arrogance, they were locked in conflict. (Later they conciliate each other, and now they keep good friendship.)

The theme song of Kamen Rider Black was composed by Ryudo Uzaki. When he accepted the offer of the composition he thought a professional singer would sing it. So he composed the song which was difficult to sing for an ordinal man. Later Uzaki happened to know that Tetsuo Kurata, who had no experience of training as a singer was supposed to sing the song, he thought he should have made the melody easier to sing. But it’s too late.




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The true story “Who voiced Ultraman first?”

Masao Nakasone, a voice actor was chosen as Ultraman(voice), but on the day of recording, he accidentally couldn’t show up on time because he was late for the recording for episode one. So someone had to do Ultraman’s voice. Hajime Tsuburaya tried acting Ultraman at first, but it wasn’t good. Consequently Hisashi Kondo, the recording engineer read the lines in episode one. Later he played Ultraman (voice) in the final episode.
Rumor has it that Masao Nakasone was scolded by Mr.Tsuburaya harshly later. He consequently missed the chance to act Ultraman’s ‘speaking’ but he could still have chance to act this gigantic hero’s shouting ‘Schwatch!!’.
To get a good reverb, he even put his head into the piano.
Thanks to his unusually effort, the world-wide well-known roar, ‘Schwatch!!’ was created.

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First & Second life in Tokusatsu

The actor who was in suit of ‘Daimajin’ was Chikara Hashimoto, ex-professinal baseball player. Hashimoto tried hard not to blink even though the studio was filled with powder dust and cork powder in the air. His effort made his eyes get bloodshot. Glaring at camera with his bloodshot eyes gave a great impression of anger and furious look. This ‘bloodshot eyes’ got to become his icon. Yoshiyuki Kuroda, SFX director of ‘Daimajin’ highly acclaimed “the power of the eyes”. He cast Hashimoto in the role of ‘Daimon’, main character of villain in ‘Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare’

The late Akira Yamaguchi, who is best known for his role as “Jouji Yuuki/Riderman” was one of the candidate for the leading role of “Kamen Rider V3” at first. He was dying to be V3 so much that he dared to visit the house of Toru Hirayama, a director of Toei to appeal. After quitting an actor, he became an executive of a small food company whose owner was his wife’s father. He was in charge of a restaurant at Toukai-dai Sagami high school. He was popular among the students and was called “Riderman no ojisan (Riderman daddy).”

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Pointer revs up Dan Moroboshi / Ultra Seven and then stalls at the shooting

According to Kazuho Mitsuta, a director and producer of Ultraseven, at planning stage, Dan Moroboshi performed by Koji Moritsugu was a mere driver of Ultra-Keibitai (The Ultra Guard), not a regular member. He was supposed to overcome a lot of hardships and then admitted as a regular member.
However Mr.Moritsugu didn’t have a driver’s license back then, so he was set to be a regular member from the beginning.

For your information
Kazuho Mitsuta played the announcements in The Ultra Guard Base. You can hear his
voice at the scene of Ultra-Hawk’s launching.

Pointer was GREATLY-MODIFIED Chrysler Imperial ’57 South ampton 4Door Hardtop. As you might know, Tsuburaya production bought it as used car but it was terrible condition. It stalled out so frequently. The staff often had to pushed the car up to a slope to film a scene where Pointer runs.
According to Mr.Nakayama as captain Kiriyama, this car was used for transporting actors. When it was used for such a purpose, some of the parts were removed due to Japanese traffic code. Mr.Nakayama recalls : “When we were waiting for green light, I was so embarrassed to ride on this flashy car.”
After all episodes were aired, this cool vehicle was presented to a certain kindergarten in Tokyo.

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