Boy Heroes 1

Episode 16

As I have posted in my recent articles, we had some boy heroes in our childhood including the characters acted by the two Kanekos.

They should have been truly heartthrobs for kid viewers watching the shows in which they appeared back then with Hoshino-kun (kun is an honorific title for boys and juniors) who appeared in Ultraman included as another unforgettable kid character.

As to Hoshino-kun, he disappeared in the midst of the series after his appearance in Episode 25 without any explanation about it in the episodes.

Akihide Tsuzawa (1954-present) who played Hoshino-kun says he pulled out of the show as he broke his leg while skiing on the artificial slope in the amusement park Yomiuri Land still existing in the suburb of Tokyo he visited privately.

The Triangle VTOL flown by Hoshino managed to get through the crisis of being attacked by Kemlar with the monster closing in (Episode 21)

Tsuzawa says he was forcibly invited by his older brother who wanted to show his brother with great popularity as Hoshino-kun to his girlfriend, and, after the injury which required two months to heal, he says he quit his acting career as he was.

As expected it seems that he gained enormous popularity as a kid actor while playing Hoshino-kun then.

In spite of a kid character, Hoshino-kun often played an important role in many episodes as an excellent apprentice member of the SSSP, and I think Tsuzawa got to act Hoshino-kun impressively enough such as in Episode 21 while I find it most impressive that Alien Zarab’s restraints that left Hayata tied up easily came apart with Hoshino-kun’s tears (of innocence) falling on them in Episode 18.

Episode 18

4 thoughts on “Boy Heroes 1”

  1. Kids in tokusatsu like Hoshino and U7 (and even earlier like in Tetsujin 28) were meant to be audience surrogates, and later became the actual protagonists of mecha anime like in Mazinger Z, Jeeg and many others. Then came Gundam that started to analyze how an actual child would react to such dangers, and 20 years later Evangelion based the entire show around such psychological drama, also re-introucing typical tokusatsu things like giant monsters and giant humanoid heroes.
    I like both kinds of treatments of kids in fiction since they offer different experiences. It’s only bad when the kid exists solely to provide a reason for the protagonists to act, and is not an actual character but just a plot device.

    1. Thank you for sharing your view! Do you come up with any specific example of the last case you mentioned?
      I’m glad to hear the name of Tetsujin that also originated from the manga drawn by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, the same author as Giant Robo!

      1. I was thinking about American movies like The Lost World (1997). Maybe some Gamera movies do that too though. The kids in them are just kind of obnoxious and most of the time they put themselves into trouble, only for Gamera to swoop in and save them. Sometimes it’s the kids who save Gamera (like in Vs Jiger) though. Still, they are part of the charm of the Gamera series nonetheless.

        1. I see. I remember being friendly with kids was certainly one of the greatest features of Gamera which made the series fully distinctive from those of Godzilla for better or worse.
          Thanks for your further explanation!

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