Mechataro referred to in my yesterday’s post was played by Kenjiro Yoshino (1956-present) while he was a child actor to be known as Kenbo Kaminarimon in later years with great popularity.
Although he seems to have left the show business in the early 1980s, I remember he often appeared in TV shows and movies and voiced some anime characters when I was a kid. Beside being a child actor, he was also a rakugo (Japanese traditional storytelling) performer registered with the Rakugo Art Association after apprenticeship under Sukeroku Kaminarimon.
As I said in yesterday’s post, Mechataro in Booska is portrayed as a mischievous, impudent boy who is mean to Daisaku as he always tries to outdo Daisaku in rivalry along with his buddies who are also at odds with Daisaku’s friends.
Nevertheless, Mechataro is a nice guy at heart and there were times he tried to help Daisaku and Daisaku’s buddies when they were in trouble. Basically, no real bad guys appear in Booska, which makes me feel really at ease when watching it.
While Yoshino impressively acted Mechataro in Booska, he also appeared in Ultraman Episode 23 as a boy who tried to rescue pigeons he had kept in a village attacked by Jamyra.
Yoshino voiced Chibirakun in the show “Chibirakun,” the tokusatsu series produced by Tsuburaya Productions and aired from 1970 to 1971, as well afterwards under the name of Kenbo Kaminarimon.
As his voice was changing at the age of 14 then when he voiced Chibirakun, it is actually hard to associate Mechataro with Chibirakun.
Although he cannot be found in TV shows today anymore, I really wish him good luck and happiness as he made us happy watching the shows in which he appeared when we were kids.