Fumiya Takahashi talks about the challenges of playing Aruto, the creation of the transformation pose, and his chef-life.
Fumiya Takahashi was born on March 12, 2001, in Saitama Prefecture. When he received a signboard that said “Reiwa Era’s First Kamen Rider”, he was “filled with immense joy and astonishment”. In addition to that, he also felt and the intensity of landing his first ever big role. He continues talking about how he’s happy that there’s now an expectation of him and, of course, the feeling of meeting those expectations.
Even if I play Aruto while carrying the pressure and anxiousness, the audience won’t know that. Be that as it may, I want to take this challenge head on. At first, I was fed up with myself for not being able to perform during filming well. However, now Aruto has become a part of me, and I’d love for everyone to get to know and love him.
Takahashi talks about the transformation pose being based off of a grasshopper’s legs, in addition to the costume being based on a grasshopper visually.
The transformation pose was the result of the director, suit actor, and me talking about what it would look like, so it has an emotional attachment for me. The development moved in a direction where it would slightly resemble a Kamen Rider of old.
When he was a child, he loved 2009’s Samurai Sentai Shinkenger of the Super Sentai series, and presently, he likes Kamen Rider Woz from the most recent show, Kamen Rider Zi-O.
I love Woz. The actor who portrays him, Keisuke Watanabe, was so very nice to me. He gave me advice while we were both doing the filming for Over Quartzer. Woz’s transformation pose is very future-like, so it wouldn’t be strange if he were to appear in Zero-One.
Takahashi then talks about one aspect of his life proudly as a ryouri danshi, a term that refers to a male who enjoys cooking.
When I was a child, I jumped at the chance to cook my mother dishes for her birthday. When I looked at her happy face, I thought to myself, I want to land a job where I can make people smile like this. I want to find a job where I can make people smile through my acting and cooking.
It’s a great feature to be able to make people smile as myself and as Aruto, and if anyone ever hits a wall in life, they can cheer up by looking at Aruto. So I want everyone to watch Kamen Rider Zero-One and smile.
Fumiya Takahashi has a cooking blog found here.