Kurata Tetsuo, the star of Kamen Rider Black who played Minami Kotaro, has recently celebrated his 20th anniversary in breaking into the entertainment industry. After completing Black and RX (which is still the only Kamen Rider sequel in history), he continued to work in television and film, concentrating on drama and period dramas (or jidaigeki).
After all these years Kurata now has his own official website, which came online on 9/1/07. You can join his fan club (6,500 yen a year, roughly $56) and receive exclusive goodies listed below:
What you get when you join:
- Membership card
- Access to members-only website content
- Members-only magazine
- Membership anniversary 2008 calendar (limited to first 300)
- Birthday card with Kurata Tetsuo’s autograph
Members-only website includes:
- News and rare information on Kurata Tetsuo
- Video messages from Kurata Tetsuo
- Kurata Tetsuo’s online journal that includes secret information about Kamen Rider Black
- Downloadable content such as wallpapers
- Exclusive goods only purchasable by members
The site embraces his Kamen Rider Black roots, which I think is great. The remade red Golgom symbol is pretty awesome, which Kurata himself designed for this website. The design is also available as a shirt (in the Goods section). I’ve read on an unofficial fansite before on how fans should skip Kamen Rider altogether and rent his other works, which I thought was idiotic and ignorant, considering that was his groundbreaking role. You can even see the masked hero proudly represented in the Gallery section!
Visit the Official Kurata Tetsuo WebsiteSorry, there are no polls available at the moment.