“The heavens call… The earth cries out… The crowds roar… All calling on me to strike back against evil! Now listen up, villains! I am the warrior of justice, The Kamen Rider Stronger!” -Shigeru Jō
(Kamen Rider Stronger)
Today I would like to honor Shigeru Araki, the brilliant actor who portrayed Shigeru Jō, aka Kamen Rider Stronger. Shigeru Araki died of pneumonia at the age of 63 yesterday, on April 14th 2012 at 5:02pm. In my eyes, and many others, he was a hero of justice, someone to look up to. Shortly before his passing on the 13th his heart stopped, and his family was recalling happy memories of the past. His wife said, “My dear, you were so cool as a Kamen Rider.” Suddenly, Shigeru miraculously started breathing again, and fought for his life until his passing the next day. Shigeru fought until the very end, finding the strength within himself. As an ally of justice, he refused to die, and fought a valiant battle.
Thank you for becoming a hero, an ally of justice, and fighting for us both in fiction and reality. Thank you for inspiring us to stand up for what is right. Thank you for being brave. I promise I will become stronger for you and everyone else around me.
Just like you did for us.
R.I.P. Shigeru Araki April 14th 2012