Takeru Satoh

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Takeru Satoh
Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto InfernoThe Legend Ends, Red Carpet Premiere Takeru Sato.jpg
Satoh at a film premiere in June 2014
Native name 佐藤 健
Born (1989-03-21) March 21, 1989 (age 25)
Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

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.


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 was 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] He returned to the role in two sequel films, both of which were released in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Satoh 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]

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]



Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2006 Princess Princess D Toru Kono TV Asahi
2007 Shinigami no Ballad Kantarō Ichihara TV Tokyo Guest Star, Episodes 7 & 8
Kamen Rider Den-O Ryotaro Nogami TV Asahi
2008 Rookies Yuuya Okada TBS
Bloody Monday Otoya Kujo TBS
2009 Mei-chan no Shitsuji Kento Shibata Fuji TV Butler's Apperantice, Younger brother
Mr. Brain Masaru Nakagawa TBS Guest Star, Episodes 4 & 5
MW Chapter 0: Akuma no Game Takashi Morioka NTV
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Fujisawa Shotaro Fuji TV Guest Star, Episode 5: Kao no Michi
2010 Ryōmaden Okada Izō NHK Assassin of the Bakumatsu Period
Bloody Monday 2 Otoya Kujo TBS
Q10 Heita Fukai NTV [8]
2011 Fuyu no Sakura Hajime Inaba TBS
Saigo no Kizuna: Okinawa Hikisakareta Kyodai Agarie Yasuharu Fuji TV
2013 Tonbi Ichikawa Akira TBS [9]
2014 Bitter Blood Sahara Natsuki Fuji TV


Year English title Role Details Ref.
2007 Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born! Ryotaro Nogami
  • Japanese title: 劇場版 仮面ライダー電王 俺、誕生!
  • Romaji: Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Den'ō Ore, Tanjō!
  • Studio: Toei Co. Ltd
2008 Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka
  • Japanese title: 劇場版 仮面ライダー電王&キバ クライマックス刑事(デカ
  • Romaji: Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Den'ō ando Kiba Kuraimakkusu Deka
  • Studio: Toei Co. Ltd
Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown
  • Japanese title: 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
  • Romaji: Gekijōban Saraba Kamen Raidā Den'ō Fainaru Kauntodaun
  • Studio: Toei Co. Ltd
2009 Goemon Young Saizou Kirigakure
Rookies: Graduation Yuya Okada
  • Japanese title: ルーキーズ -卒業-
  • Romaji: Rookies -Sotsugyō-
  • Studio: Toho Co., Ltd.
2010 Trick The Movie: Psychic Battle Royale Shohei Nakamori
  • Japanese title: 劇場版TRICK 霊能力者バトルロイヤル
  • Romaji: Gekijoban Trick: Reinosha Battle Royale
  • Studio: Toho Co., Ltd.
Beck Yukio "Koyuki" Tanaka
2012 Rurouni Kenshin Himura Kenshin
  • Japanese title: るろうに剣心
  • Romaji: Rurōni Kenshin
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
2013 Real Koichi Fujita
  • Japanese title: リアル〜完全なる首長竜の日
  • Romaji: Riaru Kanzen Naru Kubinagaryu no Hi
  • Studio: Toho Co., Ltd.
The Liar and His Lover Aki Ogasawara
  • Japanese Title: カノジョは嘘を愛しすぎてる
  • Romaji: Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru
  • Studio: Toho Co., Ltd.
2014 Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Himura Kenshin
  • Japanese Title: るろうに剣心 京都大火編
  • Romaji: Rurōni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
Rurouni Kenshin: The End of a Legend
  • Japanese Title: るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編
  • Romaji: Rurōni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
2015 Bakuman Moritaka Mashiro TBA [15]
Sekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara TBA TBA [16]

Promotion videos[edit]

  • Bahashishi, Oasis (オアシス)(2007)
  • Bahashishi, Yakusoku (約束)(2007)
  • Bahashishi, Kiseki (キセキ)(2008)
  • Mayday, Do You Ever Shine (2014)



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


  • "My Color" (2008)
  • "HT"(HT 〜N.Y.の中心で、鍋をつつく〜) (2010)
  • "HT2"(赤道の真下で、鍋をつつく~) (2011)


  • 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)
  • Alternative (2014)


Year Award Category Notable Works Result Ref.
2009 60th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Mei-chan no Shitsuji Won
2011 2011 Elan D’or Award Rookie of the Year Won [17]
2012 Japan Action Award Best Action Actor Rurouni Kenshin Won
2014 Hochi Film Award 2014 Best Actor The Liar and His Lover Pending [18]
RK: Kyoto Inferno & The Legend Ends Pending


  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. ^ http://www.tokyograph.com/news/takeru-sato-to-star-in-q10-drama/
  9. ^ http://www.tbs.co.jp/eng/news/201312060000.html
  10. ^ http://asianwiki.com/Rookies_(2009-Japan)
  11. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=13327
  12. ^ http://aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com/4607911.html
  13. ^ http://forums.soompi.com/en/discussion/2025112/movie-2013-the-liar-and-his-lover-kanojo-wa-uso-o-aishisugiteru
  14. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-08-01/live-action-rurouni-kenshin-sequels-summer-compilation-tv-spot-streamed/.77200
  15. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-05-06/kenshin-takeru-satoh-and-ryunosuke-kamiki-stars-in-live-action-bakuman-film
  16. ^ http://www.yesasia.com/us/yumcha/en/entertainment-news.html
  17. ^ http://asianwiki.com/Elan_D%27or_Award#2011_Elan_D.E2.80.99or_Award
  18. ^ http://amusefanbase.tumblr.com/post/102570653491/amuse-in-the-nomination-of-hochi-film-award-2014

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