Robert Baldwin to Portray KyoryuCyan

It’s difficult to report this without stepping on racial sensitivities, but I’ll do my best: in general, the main actors in Japanese hero shows tend to be ethnically Japanese. Exceptions to this tend to get noticed, such as Robert Scott Field portraying Ultraseven 21 (a lot of actors played Ultraseven 21, being a shapeshifter and all), so I think it’s worth noting that for the first time, a predominantly Caucasian actor is playing a Super Sentai hero: Robert Baldwin (best known as Gordo from Sazer X)will play the extra ranger KyoryuCyan (a character named Ramires) in an upcoming Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger episode. Baldwin was born in Japan, so I won’t refer to him as a “gaijin” (as some sites are reporting), especially while American-borns like Diane Martin, Sotaro Yasuda, and Kane Kosugi get a treated as unquestionably Japanese, but this is, to my knowledge, the first time with an ethnically non-Japanese actor who gets more than honorary (see: ShinkenBrown) status. Then again, I don’t know much about the actor; he might be of some Japanese ancestry and simply not look it.

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