Hiroshi Fuijoka is a treasure. Thanks in part to his charisma and athleticism, we have Kamen Rider as an on-going money making endeavor for Toei and Bandai. I don’t know if Ishimori Productions gets a cut, but fans of the Kamen Rider franchise have been benefiting from his work for decades. Even in the Western Toei Tokusatsu fandom, where there is a fair amount of turn over as the years go on, every modern era Rider owes a lot to what Hiroshi Fujioka helped start 45 years ago. And viewers have benifited from the continuation of Kamen Rider even if they only get to enjoy a year or two of shows that work for them.
In honor of the legacy of Riders to come after him and in anticipation for the Kamen Rider 1 movie coming out in the spring and staring Hiroshi Fujioka as Takeshi Hongo we decided to watch the Rider 1 trailer and have a little talk about it