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    Takeshi Hongo (Kamen Rider: 1971 TV Series)

    Takeshi Hongo
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    Gender: Male
    Age: 72 (Born August 15th, 1948)
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Hiroshi Fujioka
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Kamen Rider (1971)

    Takeshi Hongo is the original Kamen Rider. He first appeared in Kamen Rider, the first installment in the long-running Kamen Rider franchise of tokusatsu programs. The primary protagonist of the series, Kamen Rider 1 is a motorcycle-riding superhero modeled after a Grasshopper. One of the most recognizable and iconic characters in Japanese entertainment, Kamen Rider 1 is as irrecoverably burnt into the cultural subconscious as the series itself.

    Why He Rocks

    1. Two words: RIDER... KICK...!
    2. Another two more words: Hiroshi Fujioka.
    3. Fujioka excellently portrays Hongo.
    4. Genius: he has an IQ of 600.
    5. He is a truly heroic man to the point he is very selfless.
    6. While his suit may look funny, it became popular and an instant classic just like his rider kick.
    7. After his actor returned to the show, he and Hayato Ichimonji (Kamen Rider Nigo) teamed up and became the Double Riders.

    Bad Quality

    1. He acts strangely different in later Kamen Rider movies, probably because of him aging, which makes sense.


    • From episodes 14-39, Fujioka was replaced by Takeshi Sasaki, who played Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider 2. This is because Fujioka shatterered his leg during a motorcycle stunt (Fujioka was known for doing his own stunts), which caused him to go on a long hiatus. Once he recovered, he returned to playing as Hongo starting from episode 40.


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