Takeru Satoh

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Takeru Satoh
佐藤 健
Born (1989-03-21) March 21, 1989 (age 25)
Iwatsuki, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Website
http://satohtakeru.com

Takeru Satoh (佐藤 健 Satō Takeru?, born 21 March 1989) is a Japanese actor. He is best known for his lead acting roles in the Kamen Rider Den-O television series, its subsequent films, and as Himura Kenshin in the Rurouni Kenshin film and its sequels.

Career[edit]

Satoh's first drama was in Princess Princess D (TV Asahi) where he appeared as Toru Kouno. In 2007, he appeared in Shinigami no Ballad as a guest (Kentarō Ishihara) and gained popularity in the seventeenth installment of the Kamen Rider series as Ryotaro Nogami. Satoh claims that Den-O became popular because of its comedic timing.[1]

Following the success and popularity of Kamen Rider Den-O and a further two films, in spring 2008 Satoh starred in award-winning drama Rookies (TBS) with the role of supporting character Yuya Okada. Okada belongs to a group of delinquents who belong to a baseball club but are no longer able to play due to suspension from a previously violent match. The arrival of new teacher, Koichi Kawato, finds that the club members left (the delinquents) are only interested in women, smoking and doing nothing until, under Kawato's guidance, they discover their dream of going to the Koshien high school baseball tournament.

Satoh considers his role in Rookies to be his "break out role" even though it was only a minor part.[2] However, as Rookies was shown at 8 pm on a Saturday, during primetime, it reached a much larger audience than any of his previous works. Satoh also featured in the special episode of Rookies and starred in the film version in the summer of 2009.

He reprised his role in the third film of Kamen Rider Den-O in October 2008. This movie would be Satoh's last time playing Ryotaro.

During the same month, he starred in the drama Bloody Monday, based on the manga with the same name. For this drama, Satoh co-starred with fellow Amuse member, Haruma Miura[3] and their characters, Otoya Kujo and Fujimaru Takagi respectively, are best friends like Miura and Satoh are in real life.

In early 2009, Satoh starred in Mei-chan no Shitsuji as Kento Shibata. Shibata decides to enroll in a butler school so that he can stay close to childhood friend Mei Shinonome, who attends St. Lucia Girls' Academy, where all the students have butlers. His role in this drama is a firm favorite with fans. He starred in Goemon and the film for Rookies in summer 2009. Later on he guest starred on TV shows, Mr. Brain and True Horror Stories and starred in MW Dai-0-sho. For 2010, he is set to star in TV show Ryōmaden and has a major supporting role in the film BECK co-starring Hiro Mizushima and Osamu Mukai,[4] both of them being his co-stars from Mei-chan no Shitsuji.

On June 28, 2011 he was confirmed to star as Himura Kenshin in the live action adaptation of the Rurouni Kenshin manga, which was released in 2012.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Takeru graduated from North High School in Koshigaya, Saitama prefecture on March 2007, weeks before his 18th birthday. On his blog, he has talked about the stress and loneliness sometimes felt in being the star of a television show. His hobbies include playing with his pet cats, b-boying and Rubik's Cube.[6] Besides, He is a big fan of Mr. Children .

He celebrated his 20th birthday with a festival in Odaiba, called "Takeru Festival 2009". Fans gathered and watched montages of Satoh's previous and current works and even the commercial for Lotte's Fits mint. It also included a live chat between Satoh and an MC and ended with Satoh singing.[7]
On 18 June 2011, he decided not to update his blog anymore because of the burden. He will begin to use an official website.[8] He officially announced his website address in 30 June 2011 which accessible in 1 July 2011.[9]

Filmography[edit]

  • Bold denotes major roles


Dramas[edit]

Year Broadcast Network English Title Japanese Title English Translation Role
2006 TV Asahi Princess Princess D プリンセス・プリンセス D Princess Princess D Tooru Kouno
2007 TV Tokyo Shinigami no Ballad しにがみのバラッド Ballad of a Shinigami Kantarō Ichihara (Guest Starring in Episodes 7 & 8)
TV Asahi Kamen Rider Den-O 仮面ライダー電王 Masked Rider Den-O Ryotaro Nogami
2008 TBS Rookies ルーキーズ Rookies Yuuya Okada
TBS Bloody Monday ブラッディ・マンデイ Bloody Monday Otoya Kujo
2009 Fuji TV Mei-chan no Shitsuji メイちゃんの執事 Mei-chan's Butler Kento Shibata
TBS MR. BRAIN ミスターブレイン MR. BRAIN Masaru Nakagawa (Guest Starring in Episodes 4 & 5)
NTV MW Dai-0-sho: Akuma no Game MW―ムウ― 第0章 ~悪魔のゲーム~ MW Chapter 0: The Devil's Game Takashi Morioka
Fuji TV Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi — Kao no Michi ほんとにあった怖い話 ~顔の道~ True Horror Stories: The Road of Face Shoutaro (Guest Starring in Episode 5 "Kao no Michi" Story)
2010 NHK Ryōmaden 龍馬伝 - Okada Izō
TBS Bloody Monday 2 ブラッディ・マンデイ 2 Bloody Monday 2 Otoya Kujo
NTV Q10 Q10 (キュート) Q10 (cute) Heita Fukai
2011 TBS Fuyu no Sakura 冬のサクラ Sakura of winter Hajime Inaba
Fuji TV Saigo no Kizuna: Okinawa Hikisakareta Kyodai 最後の絆 沖縄 引き裂かれた兄弟 The Truth Behind the Tekketsu Kinnotai and American Soldiers Agarie Yasuharu
2013 TBS Tonbi とんび Kites Ichikawa Akira

Movies[edit]

Year English Title Japanese Title Romanization Role
2007 Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born! 劇場版 仮面ライダー電王 俺、誕生 Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Den'ō Ore, Tanjō! Ryotaro Nogami
2008 Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka 劇場版 仮面ライダー電王&キバ クライマックス刑事(デカ Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Den'ō ando Kiba Kuraimakkusu Deka Ryotaro Nogami
Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown 劇場版 さらば仮面ライダー電王 ファイナル・カウントダウン Gekijōban Saraba Kamen Raidā Den'ō Fainaru Kauntodaun Ryotaro Nogami
2009 Goemon GOEMON Goemon Young Saizou Kirigakure
Rookies -Graduation- ルーキーズ -卒業- Rookies -Sotsugyō- Yuya Okada
2010 TRICK 3 劇場版TRICK 霊能力者バトルロイヤル Gekijyōban TRICK Reinōryokusha Batoruroiyaru Shohei Nakamori
BECK BECK BECK Yukio "Koyuki" Tanaka
2012 Rurouni Kenshin るろうに剣心 Rurōni Kenshin Himura Kenshin
2013 Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru カノジョは嘘を愛しすぎてる Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru Aki Ogasawara
2014 Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire るろうに剣心 京都大火編 Rurōni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen Himura Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編 Rurōni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen Himura Kenshin
2015 Bakuman バクマン。 Moritaka Mashiro

PV[edit]

  • Bahashishi, Oasis(オアシス)(2007)
  • Bahashishi, Yakusoku (約束)(2007)
  • Bahashishi, Kiseki (キセキ)(2008)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Pre-go ~ZERO~" (2007)
  • "Double-Action" (2007)
  • "Perfect-Action ~Double-Action Complete Collection~" (2007)
  • "Real-Action" (2007)
  • "Double-Action Wing form" (2008)

DVD[edit]

  • "My Color" (2008)
  • "HT"(HT 〜N.Y.の中心で、鍋をつつく〜) (2010)

CM[edit]

  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.「Oronamin C」 (2007)
  • Bandai Namco Group「DX Den O Belt Den Gasher」(2007)
  • Nike「Jersey」(2007–2008)
  • Hudson Soft Company「Mezase Tsuri Master」(2008)
  • Itōen
    • 「W BLACK」(2009)
    • 「MINERAL SPARKIES」(2009)
  • LOTTE
    • 「Fit's」(2009–)
    • 「Ghana chocolate」(2009)
    • 「Coolish」(2009)
  • Sony Music Japan International Inc.「Time Flies...1994–2009(Oasis)」(2010)
  • KOSÉ「Cosmagic」(2010–)
  • Suntory Holdings Limited「Horoyoi」(2010–)
  • NTT Communications Corp「Hikari Portable」(2010–)
  • Japan Post Bank「Family Yū-cho」(2010–)
  • Acecook「JANJAN Yakisoba」(2010–)
  • Panasonic「LUMIX DF2」(2010–)
  • Japan Racing Association「CLUB KEIBA」(2011)
  • New BalancePF Flyers」(2011)

Photobooks[edit]

  • Pre-go ~ZERO~ (2007)
  • "Intently" First Photobook (2008)
  • "400 Days" Photo Album/Diary (2008)
  • TAKERU MAGAZINE/TAKERU MAGAZINE PLUS (2008–)
  • Deep Breathing/「深呼吸。」Second Photobook (2009)
  • "So Far So Good!" TAKERU SATOH PROFILE 2007–2010 (2010)
  • "NOUVELLES" (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "佐藤健、「仮面ライダー電王」人気の秘密は... - 芸能 - SANSPO.COM". Retrieved 2009-04-26. [dead link]
  2. ^ Takeru considers his role in Rookies his breakout role during chat with an MC in the Takeru Festival 2009 (2009-03-21). Retrieved on 2009-04-27.
  3. ^ http://www.tbs.co.jp/bloody-monday/cast/ Retrieved on 2009-04-26.
  4. ^ http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/entertainment/news/20090601-OHT1T00254.htm Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  5. ^ ""Rurouni Kenshin" to get film adaptation starring Satoh Takeru!". Tokyohive.com. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.amuse.co.jp/artist/sato_takeru/ Retrieved on 2009-04-26.
  7. ^ "Takeru Satoh celebrates his 20th birthday with fans". 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  8. ^ Takeru Satoh announced his closing blog, 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  9. ^ Takeru Satoh announced his website address, 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-07-02.

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