While the articles featured in the sporting paper were, of course, centered on “Ultraseven,” it also included “Ultraman Ace” and “Ultraman Dyna,” each of which has marked the 45th and 20th anniversary this year respectively with the interviews made with Keiji Takamine (for Seiji Hokuto in “Ace”) and Takeshi Tsuruno (for Shin Asuka in “Dyna”).
Expressing his pleasure about the longstanding popularity of “Ultraman Ace” with a lot of fans, Takamine says he was very much impressed to find out an increasing number of younger fans abroad while they have come to like the show over the last decade.
He adds that (the attraction of) period dramas and tokusatsu shows remain unchanged no matter how many years have passed although modern dramas get outdated in 10 years.
Takamine says he wanted to say the last words Ultraman Ace uttered while he dimly remembers his request to do so was refused by the director (the quote should have been spoken by Goro Naya who voiced Ultraman Ace). Takamine jokingly admits he can’t resist feeling jealous of Koji Moritsugu because “Ultraseven” has won the highest reputation among the series.
Takeshi Tsuruno also says he still likes the quote uttered by Asuka in the show “although it may be reckless/unreasonable, it’s not impossible (muchakamo shirenaikedo murijanai)” and that he speaks the line to himself even now every time he faces difficulties in his daily life.
He says Asuka who was a hot-blooded and clumsy guy reflected his own character just as it is. And he states he still keeps the transformation item Reflasher by enshrining it in the household shinto altar (kamidana) in his home.
As the youngest actor who was given the protagonist role for the latest show “Ultraman Jeed,” Tatsuomi Hamada modestly says records are made to be broken and that he hopes his play will encourage younger viewers to follow him to become the youngest hero flaring up a competitive spirit (yeah, even an elementary school kid may not be impossible although it may be unreasonable).
He seems to be from the generation who were excited with Ultraman Nexus, Max and Mebius aired on TV when he was a child. I may have to retire now…