Mashin Sentai Kiramager star Rio Komiya has given an encouraging update on his health after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
On April 9th, an announcement was posted on Rio Komiya’s Twitter giving fans an update on his condition. Rio Komiya currently plays Juuru Atsuta/KiramaRed in Mashin Sentai Kiramager. Toei had held a press conference at the end of March in regards to Komiya’s health after the initial confirmation of Komiya’s COVID-19 diagnosis. They also confirmed production on the current Sentai season was on hold until the lead had made a recovery.
The post on Rio Komiya’s Twitter reads as follows:
— 小宮璃央 (@komiyario_1119) April 9, 2020
I, Rio Komiya, was discharged today, April 9th. I’m going to spend the next two weeks on standby at home.
I’m sorry for making my fans worry so much. I’m also sorry to those who were inconvenienced. I was incredibly encouraged by all of the warm messages from everyone supporting and looking forward to Kiramager. In particular, all of the kids who have always supported Kiramager. I received a lot of power and strength from the text messages and letters I got. Thank you!
I saw news of Fujinami (Shintaro Fujinami, the first Japanese pro baseball player to test positive for the Coronavirus) and I think seeing this allowed me to realize the symptoms I felt and made me able to convey my concerns.
In my case, my nose wasn’t clogged, but I could not smell or taste and it felt like everything I ate was solid. Even the bitter taste of coffee seemed like water. Although I had no fever, it became difficult to move my body, it was as if I was carrying heavy luggage. Even though I’m young, I was infected, so I hope this serves as a reminder that everyone is at risk of infection.
Everyone, please stay indoors, remember to wash your hands and gargle! Please wait just a bit longer and I’ll definitely be back as a healthy KiramaRed once again!
– Rio Komiya
It is expected for filming of Kiramager to be delayed for another two weeks until Komiya is able to come back to work. No official statement from Toei has been released at this time regarding this new update. Other tokusatsu actors have been keeping children’s spirits high during this difficult time by posting encouraging messages in-character on their respective Twitter accounts.