For Immediate Release
April 25, 2006
Kamen Rider V3 Comes to Maui
Last year it was Kikaida, this year it's Kamen Rider V3! JN Productions and Generation Kikaida are pleased to visit the island of Maui again this May.
An all-star cast of tokusatsu heroes headed by V3's Miyauchi Hiroshi will be at Borders Maui on Saturday, May 20 2006, between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon. Kamen Rider V3, Kikaida, and an android or two will be available for picture taking, and Miyauchi and Ban Daisuke will sign autographs on copyright cleared items. No purchase necessary.
After the Borders appearance, the group will head on over to the Maui Community College for the annual Maui Matsuri sponsored by the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui. Showtimes for Kamen Rider V3 and Kikaida are at 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Admission to the grounds is free.
The "Kamen RiderV3" series first aired in Japan from 19731974. The show was the second installment of Tokyo-based Toei Company's hit "Kamen Rider" live-action superhero series. "V3" debuted in Hawaii in 1975 on the original KIKU-TV. With the success of "Kikaida," then KIKU TV general manager, Joanne Ninomiya decided to ride the wave of popularity with Japanese super heroes, and placed her bets on "Kamen Rider V3" to be another hit series. "V3" is geared toward hardcore live-action enthusiasts, while "Kikaida" is a gentler hero for a mainstream audience. The V3 DVD Boxset produced by JN Proudctions was released in fall, 2005, and has garnered rave reviews from major publications and tokusatsu/anime websites in the U.S.
Another 'first' for Hawaii audiences was the appearance of Japan's two top tokusatsu stars of the 70's Miyauchi Hiroshi and Ban Daisuke, in fall, 2004 when Generation Kikaida celebrated 30 years of Japanese Superheroes in Hawaii. It rarely happens, even in Japan when these two icons are seen on the same stage. Miyauchi has starred in "Kamen Rider V3" and "Kaiketsu Zubatto," while Ban had leading roles in "Kikaida," "Inazuman," and "Ninja Captor."
Major Sponsors for the Maui Matsuri are:
County of Maui, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Island Honda, Lahaina Galleries, JN Productions, Inc., Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, Kiwanis Club of Kahului, Maui Taiko, Japan Airlines, Sony Hawaii, Maui Community College, ResortQuest Hawaii, Linn Nishikawa & Associates
For more information contact Maui Matsuri Hotline 808-283-9999 or www.jcsmaui.com, Maui Borders (808)877-6160, JN Productions in Honolulu (808)845-8567 or www.generationkikaida.com