This article is about a/an actor in Kamen Rider Kuuga.

Jō Odagiri (小田切 譲 Odagiri Jō)[1], better known by his stage name Joe Odagiri (オダギリ ジョー Odagiri Jō) (same pronunciation but in full katakana), played Yusuke Godai, the titular rider of Kamen Rider Kuuga (2000). Kamen Rider Kuuga being the first show in the Heisei era and marking the revival of the Kamen Rider Series. Joe Odagiri is also the first actor who has played a Kamen Rider to have been born after the premiere of the original Kamen Rider in 1971.

Despite Kuuga going on to make later minor appearances, including in recent crossover movies, Joe Odagiri has yet to reprise his role.

Unfortunately, his second son passed away at one year of age due to intestinal illus (a disruption in the intestinal movement) on April 20, 2015.


  • While on an episode of King’s Brunch, a late morning and afternoon news talk show on the Japanese channel TBS, Joe Odagiri was questioned about his role on Kamen Rider Kuuga. He revealed that he hated working in the show due to him not liking tokusatsu as a genre. However, producer Shigenori Takatera told him that they wanted to “destroy the image that Kamen Rider had until then”. Joe Odagiri then thought that was something he was good at and it became his motivation to take on the role of Yusuke Godai. The episode was aired on April 26th, 2014.[2]
    • Despite Odagiri being vocal of his distaste towards tokusatsu and didn't enjoy working on the show, he ultimately did not dislike how the show turned out. In an interview published in the May 2009 issue of Tokusatsu Newtype magazine, he said, “looking back at Kuuga, I think it was a great show.” Odagiri remained close friends fellow staff and cast members who worked on the show.[3]
  • Prior to Kuuga, Joe originally auditioned for a part in Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFiveIcon-crosswiki, but failed to land a role in it.[4]
  • He and Saki Kagami (Maya in Kamen Rider Kiva) are main actors of the Platonic Sex, the biographical movie of AV idol, Ai Ijima.
  • The television phenomenon known as the "Odagiri effect" is named after Joe Odagiri himself, specifically in reference to the casting of him as the lead in Kuuga.[5]
  • At present, Joe and Hiro Mizushima are currently the main Heisei rider actors to not reprise their roles in any form of media after their series end.


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