We know him as Touta Matsuda in TV's Death Note drama, wherein he delighted, charmed and downright became our character. I mean look at him! Can you imagine anyone else now being Matsuda in live-action adaptations of the story?
We've been spoiled.
But more than that, he's the kind of celebrity who constantly reaches out to fans, letting us share in his experiences and his world. Throughout the drama's run, Goki was forever Tweeting, Tumblr-ing, Instagramming and whatever other word I've probably just made up to describe his fabulous ubiquity online.
He's been a great source of behind the scenes Death Note sneak previews and fun. Like ninja-ing in to take pictures of colleagues between takes, then apparently copying their stance for his own photographs:
Maeda Goki captured in the mirror photographing L actor Kento Yamazaki
between takes at Death Note (2015) - before posing in Kento's position
Source: Instagram @gokimaeda
Or giving us close up images of props from Death Note TV drama:
During Maeda Goki's spell on Death Note, folk asked him to cosplay Death Note characters other than his own. He did. This was the result: