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“I lived on water during Shinkenger” confirms Tori Matsuzaka


“I lived on water during Shinkenger” confirms Tori Matsuzaka


Appearing on a variety show, actor Tori Matsuzaka reveals his hardships during Shinkenger.

Matsuzaka, whose rise to stardom began with his first role as Shiba Takeru / ShinkenRed in the 2009 series Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, revealed that “life was difficult” during his days as a Sentai star.

While on Bananaman no Ketsudan wa Kinyoubi!, a variety show on Fuji TV, Matsuzaka talked about his water-heavy diet. Due to the low wages paid to new actors and hero actors in particular, the star would often find himself subsiding on water and would try to drink more than necessary so as to make his stomach feel full.

The actor has shot to stardom in recent years and mentioned that his usual dinner these days consists of rice and beef ramen bowls, a stark contrast to his early days.

Matsuzaka will next appear on screen as the lead in the upcoming Maestro! movie, based on Akira Saso’s manga about an orchestra hit hard by the economic recession.

Source: NariNari

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  1. Jamie

    January 18, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    And people give Saban shit. Top kek

  2. Mike Matei

    January 18, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    So he drank water for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Heh I drink water as my breakfast everyday. Nothing special.

  3. Aizat Ezri

    January 21, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Mike Matei seriously nothing special…Let’s try he use water to fill his hunger rather than real food most of the time…It is hard believe me I’ve done it…

  4. cvtoku

    December 2, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    reading about how rough his life was during his time on the show makes me really happy for him to have gotten as big as he has, love to see it

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