ironnut77: Giving a shout in the hope of sparking some more activity on here. Thank you Man Alive! for continuing to keep this forum on the Web, despite the shadows of the past activity. As I posted elsewhere, ICJ is not dead yet!
Mar 8, 2018 10:06:06 GMT -5
Post by okonomiyagi on Feb 28, 2018 1:28:32 GMT -5
Check this out! Earlier this month, there was apparently a cast reunion to commemorate the show's 25th anniversary.
In addition to the Iron Chefs (except Morimoto, who's probably busy here in the US, and Ishinabe, who probably had his reasons), also in attendance were Fukui, Hattori, Ohta, and about 100 past challengers--Kandagawa chief among them. Chairman Kaga apparently delivered a pre-taped video message, as well, according to this other article.
Not sure if anyone saw it, i posted it in another thread. There was a new TV special on last year featuring Michiba, Sakai and Chen. www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5-FJy-kfL0 Its posted in 5 separate parts, but it is the full special
Some more photos from the cast reunion. Of note, there was a small portrait tribute set up for those involved with the show who had passed away. From left to right: Shu Tomitoku (the first man to defeat Iron Chef Michiba), Toshihiko Matsuo (the show's producer--he died in 2014), Asako Kishi, and Masaaki Hirano.
It should be noted that the man who challenged Chen in the ostrich egg battle was Koichi Taniguchi, who previously lost to Chen in Battle Prawn in February 1994.
A quick translation of the article reveals that Ishinabe was ill with the flu and could not attend, while Morimoto was overseeing a new restaurant of his in Hawaii.