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TokuNet Anniversary Week: Lead Translator, K.D. Komiyama

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TokuNet Anniversary Week: Lead Translator, K.D. Komiyama


From January 5th to 10th, the Tokusatsu Network celebrates its One Year Anniversary. Throughout the week, the members of Team TokuNet looks back on their first year together.

Better known among Team TokuNet members as “Kuni,” K.D. Komiyama is the Japanese-Mexican, trilingual Lead Translator and one of the founders of the Tokusatsu Network. K.D’s fondest moments were watching Fiveman with his younger brother in Japan and he would go on to join Senior Editor, Tom Constantine, as a fellow background extra for various tokusatsu shows and movies.

Did you feel nervous or worried in the weeks leading up the launch date?

Not nervous, but excited and expectant. I knew it would be a success because I believe in each of the founders, their work and their commitment.

The Tokusatsu Network had such an overwhelmingly positive response its first week, how did it feel getting that much attention so quickly? How would it compare to any previous projects you’ve done?

I had never participated in a project of this nature or scale so I can’t compare. Though I had expected a good result, the response was overwhelming. It was like those celebrations you see in movies when a space mission goes well.

Interviewing GARO actor, Ray Fujita

Interviewing GARO actor, Ray Fujita

There were a lot of really positive tweets and messages from the tokusatsu community when TokuNet launched, do you remember how you felt reading those messages? 

I felt a satisfaction I had never felt before. It was the first time I got such great feedback in such a big scale .

The Tokusatsu Network grew quite exponentially in its first year, considering this, do you have a sense of nervousness or excitement? 

We have been fortunate in being able to keep up with the growth of the site. Communication and a commitment to quality have been essential. Each step had its proper planning and work invested in so I just look forward to the opportunities that may arise in the future and the continued growth of the existing projects.

What is your personal hope and goals for TokuNet’s future and as a team?

I want TokuNet to become the go to source for tokusatsu news and make it become a vehicle through which the genre can expand and reach more people as well as being a channel for people already in the fandom to enrich it.

What continues to inspire you to move forward creatively?

It is very simple. Teamwork and doing things right pay off. We have set a standard and we will keep building upon it to make our project an important part of the Tokusatsu loving community.

Library professional, co-host of the Comfort Society podcast, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Tokusatsu Network from 2014 to 2018.

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