Just some fan reports from Kuroba Mario’s fan meeting in Taiwan that was held on August 19, 2017. In which, he talks about the role that left the biggest impact on him, his admired senior, and the person he considers to be his rival.
The role that left the biggest impact on you?
Mikazuki Munechika! I’ve done various genres, but if I hadn’t done Mikazuki, I think I wouldn’t be here today. That is how much the role has spread my name. I got my start in Tenimyu (the Musical Prince of Tennis) as Kikumaru [Eiji]. The role that spread my name is Mikazuki.
The senior you admire?
If we’re talking about people who are in 2.5D, then it’s Matsuda Ryo. Even personally, I like him. Ah, but it’s not romantic love!!
[MC: It’s too bad that it isn’t BL (Boy’s Love).]
Girls like that! I had the opportunity to co-star with Matsuda Ryo-kun in “Dansui!”, he was like an older brother and was also good at achieving a [personal and professional] balance. He was a zachou  that I wanted to follow.
The person you admire? Your rival?
Sato Ryuji! I think that there are a lot of similarities between us. I think, because we’ve been together for so long and come this far together, our paths are similar.
[MC: Is it admiration? Or rivalry?]
It’s both. I’m very curious as to/interested in how Sato Ryuji will continue from now on.
Another fan report mentioned that Mario was also asked the question of “Who is your biggest rival?”, and his response to that was,
“It would be Sato Ryuji. He [Ryuji] isn’t someone who is an enemy [to me]. He is more like a person whom I can grow and climb to the top with.” 
 “Zachou” - Loosely translated to “stage company leader”.
 This isn’t the first time that Mario has mentioned his rivalry with Ryuji xD Previously, when asked this question, he compared his relationship with Ryuji to Son Goku and Vegeta from Dragon Ball (with him as Goku and Ryuji as Vegeta LOL).
As I’ve expanded my sphere of butai knowledge, I’ve seen five productions containing Matsuda Ryo. Each time, I’ve marveled at his ability to portray such different characters so uniquely. I had been going to create a comparison gifset, but I quickly realized that in order to carry across the nuance he brings to each role, I’d have to clip scenes directly. Ryo-san literally changes the entire way he moves per character, not to mention he’s a left-handed actor playing mostly right-handed roles. (And is talented enough in those roles that some understandably believe him ambidextrous.)
…I own none of these, by the way, in case it needs to be said. If I owned these, I’d probably remember the exact dates and all the character names, you know? Not to mention I’d have stitched them together in anything except the actual clumsiest of ways…
Shirasu Kinjou from Donten Ni Warau (Laughing Under Clouds) ~ with thanks to @tealdeertamer who first introduced me to Hakumyu, Matsuda Ryo and Laughing Under Clouds
~ Played by Matsuda Ryo in the stage play (with apologies to anyone I may have inadvertently gotten the left-most and bottom-most images from since I got these from google but that means somebody here likely posted them).
[DOWNLOAD] Dansui! Pool side episode 1 english subs
So the kind soul of pyromaniacgirl-killer@tumblr heard my plea and managed to time the first episode of Dansui! pool side episode one that I had left untimed for ages. Thank you so much you were amazing help!
I don’t know if I will do the rest of the series yet. I first want to get my next project out the way and done first before deciding but I’ll announce it when I do. Sorry I haven’t actually been doing these ^^;; life and such haha