Sayaka Akimoto

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Sayaka Akimoto
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Sayaka Akimoto at Japan Expo 2009 in Paris, France
Background information
Native name 秋元 才加
Born (1988-07-26) July 26, 1988 (age 25)
Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupations Japanese idol, singer, actress
Years active 2006 - present
Labels King (AKB48), Avex Trax (Diva), UMG Japan (with Chocolove from AKB48)
Associated acts AKB48, Diva, Chocolove from AKB48
Website www.akimotosayaka.jp

Sayaka Akimoto (秋元 才加 Akimoto Sayaka?, born July 26, 1988 in Chiba Prefecture), is a Japanese idol singer, dancer, actress, television host, and model. She is best known as being a member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48, where she had served as the captain of Team K and has also been involved in the AKB48 sub-unit Diva.

Career[edit]

Akimoto was born and raised in Chiba Prefecture to a Japanese father and a Filipino mother.[1]

Sayaka Akimoto during her live performance at Japan Expo 2009 in Paris

On the last day of the Budoukan concert on August 23, 2009, during the team shuffle, Akimoto was officially made captain of Team K. Akimoto has been featured on every single by the group as she is the Captain of Team K making her a regular featured member for most of their A-side tracks until she was suddenly hit with a scandal in 2010.[2] Since then she has only appeared on A-side tracks from a general election or a rock-paper-scissors tournament. On August 24, 2012, Yuko Oshima replaced her as the captain of Team K.

She is sometimes seen performing with the group during their live appearances on TV when the other featured members are on busy schedules.[vague] She has since been involved with sub-unit group DiVA under Avex.[citation needed] Akimoto is also one of the most well-known members among the public,[peacock term] as she was a regular on the popular noon TV show Waratte Iitomo, and as well as appearing in many variety TV shows.[citation needed]

On April 7, 2013 Akimoto announced on her official blog that she would not be participating in AKB48's 2013 general election, and would be graduating from AKB48 to focus on her acting. She plans to continue in the DiVA group. Her graduation ceremony was held on August 22 at the Tokyo Dome,[3][4] and her final stage performance was held on August 28 at the AKB48 Theater,[5][6] and has been streamed live by Nico Nico Namahousou.[7]

Discography[edit]

With AKB48[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year No. Title Role[8] Notes
2006 1 "Aitakatta" A-side Debut with Team K. Also sang on "Dakedo..."
2007 2 "Seifuku ga Jama o Suru" A-side Also sang on "Virgin Love"
3 "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō" A-side
4 "Bingo!" A-side Also sang on "Only Today"
5 "Boku no Taiyō" A-side Also sang on "Mirai no Kajitsu".
2008 7 "Romance, Irane" A-side Also sang on "Ai no moufu".
8 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008" A-side
9 "Baby! Baby! Baby!" A-side
10 "Ōgoe Diamond" A-side Also sang on "109".
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" A-side Ranked 12th in 2009 General Election.
14 "River" A-side
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" A-side[citation needed] Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" Under Girls Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Nusumareta Kuchibiru" as Under Girls; and "Majijo Teppen Blues"
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side, Yasai Sisters Ranked 17th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters".
18 "Beginner" Diva Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Nakeru Basho" as Diva.
19 "Chance no Junban" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[9] Sang on "Alive" with Team K.
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" Diva Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Area K" as Diva.
-- "Dareka no Tame ni - What can I do for someone?" -- Charity single
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" B-side Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Yankee Soul".
22 "Flying Get" A-side Ranked 17th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Seishun to Kizukanai mama"; and "Yasai Uranai" as Yasai Sisters 2011.
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" Under Girls Yurigumi Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Gondola Lift" as Under Girls Yurigumi.
24 "Ue kara Mariko" A-side Lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament;[10][11] She sang on "Zero-sum Taiyō" as Team K.[citation needed]
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" Special Girls B Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Hitsujikai no Tabi" as Special Girls B.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" Special Girls Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Mitsu no Namida" as Special Girls.
27 "Gingham Check" Under Girls Did not sing on title track. Ranked 20th in 2012 General Election.[12][13] Sang on "Nante Bohemian" as Under Girls.
28 "Uza" New Team K Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Scrap & Build" as New Team K.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Watashitachi no Reason".
2013 30 "So Long!" B-side Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Yuuhi Marie" as Team K.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" B-side Did not sing on title track. Sang on "How Come?" as Team K.[citation needed]

Stage units[edit]

Team K 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaru yo" (PARTYが始まるよ?)
  • Skirt, Hirari (スカート、ひらり?)
  • Hoshi no Ondo (星の温度?)
Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" (青春ガールズ?)
  • Blue Rose
  • Fushidara na Natsu (ふしだらな夏?)
Team K 3rd Stage "Nōnai Paradise" (脳内パラダイス?)
  • Kimi wa Pegasus (君はペガサス?)
Himawari Gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyō" (僕の太陽?)
  • Himawari (向日葵?)
Himawari Gumi 2nd Stage "Yume o Shinaseru Wakeni Ikanai" (夢を死なせるわけにいかない?)
  • Confession
Team K 4th Stage "Saishū Bell ga Naru" (最終ベルが鳴る?)
  • Return Match (リターンマッチ?)
Team K 5th Stage "Sakaagari" (逆上がり?)
  • Mushi no Ballad (虫のバラード?) (Solo Unit)
Team K 6th Stage "Reset"
  • Ashita no Tame ni Kiss o (明日のためにキスを?)
Team K Waiting Stage
  • Anata to Christmas Eve (あなたとクリスマスイブ?)
  • Yuuwaku no Garter (誘惑のガーター?)

With Diva[edit]

  • "Tsuki no Ura gawa"
    • "Fade out"
    • "Information"
    • "Blue rose -Diva ver.-"
  • "Cry"
    • "No way out"
    • "Chika Suidō"
    • "Maria -Diva ver.-"
  • "Lost the Way"
    • "Kanashimi no Mirage"
    • "Kimi wa Pegasus -Diva ver.-"

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year English Title Japanese Title Role
2007 Densen Uta 伝染歌 Matsuda Akari (松田朱里?)
2009 Super Gore Girl 聖白百合騎士団 Takashi Yukie (鷹司有希恵?)
2009 High Kick Girl! ハイキック・ガール! Rika (リカ?)
2012 Ultraman Saga ウルトラマンサーガ Ozaki Anna (アンナ(尾崎杏奈)?)
2014 Doreiku -Boku to 23nin no Dorei- 奴隷区 -僕と23人の奴隷- Arakawa Eia (荒川エイア?)
2014 Mango to Akai Kurumaisu マンゴーと赤い車椅子 Miyasono Ayaka (宮園彩夏?)

Dramas[edit]

Year English Title Japanese Title Role
2008 Tadashii Ouji no Tsukuri Kata 正しい王子のつくり方 Kiryu Natsuki (桐生夏輝?)
2008 Ecogainder 環境超人エコガインダー Mudana-sama (ムダーナ?)
2010 Salary Man Kintaro 2 サラリーマン金太郎2 Torii Madoka (鳥居まどか?)
2010 Arienai! (episode 7) あり得ない! Aihara Kaori (相原香織?)
2010 Majisuka Gakuen マジすか学園 Chokoku (チョウコク?)
2011 Majisuka Gakuen 2 マジすか学園2 Chokoku (チョウコク?)
2011 Kudo Shinichi e no Chosenjo 名探偵コナン 工藤新一への挑戦状 Suzuki Sonoko (鈴木園子?)
2012 Asadora Satsujin Jiken 朝ドラ殺人事件 Niimi Miho (新見美穂?)
2012 Taiga Drama Daisakusen 大河ドラマ大作戦 Niimi Miho (新見美穂?)
2013 Housou Hakubutsukan Kikiippatsu 放送博物館危機一髪 Niimi Miho (新見美穂?)
2013 Discover Dead (episode 1) ディスカバーデッド Mermaid
2014 GARO -Makai no Hana- 牙狼〈GARO〉-魔戒ノ花- Biku (媚空?)

Stage plays[edit]

Year English Title Japanese Title Role
2008 Oishii Timing おいしいタイミング
2010 Space Wars スペース・ウォーズ
2010 ACT Izumi Kyoka 音楽劇 「ACT泉鏡花」 Tomohime (富姫?)
2012 Roman Holiday ローマの休日 Ann Princess (アン王女?)
2014 Kokumin no Eiga 国民の映画 Elsa Veesenmayer (エルザ・フェーゼンマイヤー?)

Musicals[edit]

Year English Title Japanese Title Role
2009 AKB Kagekidan 「∞・Infinity」 AKB歌劇団 「∞・Infinity」 Muraama Ruka (村雨ルカ?)
2010 Minky Momo ~Kagami no Kuni no Princess~ ミンキーモモ〜鏡の国のプリンセス〜 Nightmare (ナイトメアー?)
2011 Super LIVE Show "Double Heroine" スーパーLIVEショー「ダブルヒロイン」 Kinoshita Rachel (木下レイチェル?)
2012 Mozart l'Opéra Rock ロックオペラ モーツァルト Constanze (コンスタンツェ?)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Mujack Self
2008 AKB 0ji 59fun Self
2008–2013 AKBingo! Self
2008–2010 AKB48 Nemosu TV (AKB48ネ申テレビ?) Self
2009–2010 Shukan AKB48 (週刊AKB?) Self
2009 Music Fighter Self
2010 G.I. Goro Self
2010-2012 Waratte Iitomo! Self

Controversy[edit]

Alleged sex scandal[edit]

On October 13, 2010, Akimoto was caught up in an alleged scandal with director Oji Hiroi after Weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun reported that he visited her apartment on October 9, and stayed overnight. According to the magazine, Hiroi visited her place 30 minutes after she came back home. After Ayaka Umeda (another AKB48 member), who at the time was Akimoto's roommate, left the house the next day, Akimoto and Hiroi were seen coming out of the apartment, albeit separately. The magazine asserts that Hiroi visited Akimoto's apartment on the 7th as well. Hiroi was known as the creator of the hit games Tengai Makyo and Sakura Taisen, and also produced the musical AKB Kagekidan. The scandal lay in the fact that Sayaka starred in the AKB48 musical, leading many to speculate whether she landed the part in an honest manner.[14]

Akimoto and Hiroi both denied anything happening between them during that night although Hiroi did admit that he stayed overnight and slept on a sofa and that they were only watching a movie together. Akimoto later on talked about this issue on the radio show AKB48 no all night Nippon which aired on October 16, in which she also apologized for creating a big issue and misunderstanding. She also announced that she would step down as the captain of Team K.[2]

On February 27, 2011, it was announced that Akimoto was re-instated as the captain of Team K after she completed the Tokyo Marathon. Various members of AKB48 showed their support for her by watching the marathon in the studio and leaving kind messages to her.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sayaka Akimoto — EthniCelebs - Celebrity Ethnicity |What Nationality Background Ancestry Race". Ethnicelebs.com. 1988-07-26. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  2. ^ a b "AKB48’s Akimoto Sayaka to resign as captain of team K". Tokyohive.com. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  3. ^ "AKB48's Akimoto Sayaka holds her graduation ceremony". Tokyohive. August 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://mantan-web.jp/2013/08/22/20130822dog00m200049000c.html
  5. ^ "Graduation dates for Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi and Akimoto Sayaka revealed". Tokyohive. June 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "篠田&板野&秋元の卒業日決定 AKB劇場での卒業公演でそれぞれ幕 (篠田麻里子) ニュース-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon.co.jp. 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Itano Tomomi and Akimoto Sayaka's graduation concerts to stream live via Nico Nico Namahousou". Tokyohive. August 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ Center and A-side lineup information provided by "AKB48 歴代シングル選抜メンバー(2006年~2013年)" [(2006-2013) AKB48 successive single member selection]. entamedata.web.fc2.com. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  9. ^ "AKB48、じゃんけん選抜シングルは「チャンスの順番」". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  10. ^ "AKB48 :AKB48 :じゃんけん大会を再び開催 9月に武道館で SKE48、NMB48ら総勢71人参加". Mainichi Shimbun Digital Co., Ltd. (in Japanese). MANTANWEB. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  11. ^ "AKB48’s second "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Tournament confirmed". Tokyohive.com. 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  12. ^ Ozawa, Harumi (2012-06-07). "Oshima's win in AKB48 election big news in Japan". Japan Today. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  13. ^ "AKB48 27thシングル 選抜総選挙を2012年6月6日(水)に日本武道館にて開催". AKB48 Official Site (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  14. ^ "AKB48’s Akimoto Sayaka caught in an alleged sex scandal". Tokyohive.com. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  15. ^ "[Update: Video/Blogs/Statement] AKB48’s Akimoto Sayaka finished marathon & returns as Team K’s captain". Tokyohive.com. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 

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