Do you remember Kamen Rider Meteor, also known as Ryusei Sakuta, from Kamen Rider Fourze? He’s played by popular actor Ryo Yoshizawa. The handsome 23-year-old made his debut on the dance J-drama SIGN in 2011, and has been making waves ever since. He appears in the live-action version of Gintama as one of the Shinsengumi Captains, Okita Sougo, although he is not the leader of the entire Shinsengumi.

 

The Popping Post managed to contact the young star (do you know how many adoring fans we had to fend off?) and asked Ryo-san everything you ever wanted to know about him. And some a few other questions, too!

Ryo Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita in Gintama. Credit: Encore Films

Ryo Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita in Gintama. Credit: Encore Films

Who is your favourite character in Gintama? 

Toshiro Hijikata. He’s the manliest out of all the characters.

Hijikata is the chain-smoking, blue-haired vice-captain of the Shinsengumi. In Gintama, the Shinsengumi are the samurai police force, much like their historical counterparts.

 

How did you prepare for your role as Okita Sougo?

I watched the anime and read the manga many times over to understand the character of Okita Sougo.

Since there are 328 anime episodes and 69 manga volumes to date, that’s a lot of reading and watching!

Ryo Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita and Yūya Yagira as Toshiro Hijikata in Gintama. Credit: Encore Films

Ryo Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita and Yūya Yagira as Toshiro Hijikata in Gintama. Credit: Encore Films

Which is your favourite scene in the Gintama movie?

When Shinpachi Shimura boards the Kiheitai’s ship, and Henpeita Takechi (played by Jiro-Sato) adlibs the scene.

 

What is your favourite line of dialogue as Okita Sougo?

“Go buy me yakisoba bread.”

Sadly, it doesn’t appear in the final cut of the movie!

Ryo Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita in Gintama. Credit: Encore Films

Ryo Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita in Gintama. Credit: Encore Films

In your opinion, who would win in a fight – Gintoki or Okita? 

I think Gintoki will win. It feels like Okita will just give up in the end because Gintoki will keep getting back on his feet without giving up.

 

In your opinion, who would win in a fight – Kamen Rider Meteor or Okita Sougo?

Meteor. He’ll kill Okita with one punch.

Ryo Yoshizawa. Credit: Encore Films

Ryo Yoshizawa. Credit: Encore Films

What are your thoughts after playing Okita Sougo?

I thought that the character was absurd. (laughing)

 

Which is the your favourite role so far?

I play Shun Kaidou in Saiki Kusuo no Sainan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K), which I think may be the most well-suited role for me in this life.

Saiki Kusuo no Sainan is an upcoming Japanese sci-fi comedy that’s based on the manga of the same name. It’s directed by Gintama director Yuichi Fukuda, and hits Japanese cinemas in October.

 

What is your favourite anime/manga series?

Aku no Hana (The Flowers of Evil) by Shuzo Oshimi. For some reason, I was really drawn in when the male character was aggravated and could identify with him. Also, the girls were well drawn.

Aku no Hana is a coming-of-age manga and anime series about three high school students.

 

What are your hobbies?

Drinking beer at home.

Gintama. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Gintama. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Catch Ryo Yoshizawa in Gintama, the live-action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series! The movie follows the adventures of samurai-for-hire Gintoki Sakata in a world of aliens, bazookas, and samurai. When a mysterious murder occurs, Gintoki gets caught up in a mad web of cursed swords and flying ships.

Catch Gintama in cinemas today!

 

Credits: Golden Village Cinemas, Encore Films