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Shoko Nakagawa
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Shoko Nakagawa on 9 June 2013
Background information
Also known as Shokotan, Shokotasu
Born (1985-05-05) May 5, 1985 (age 29)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop, rock, Anison
Occupations Model, Comedienne, Singer, TV Personality, Presenter, Voice actress
Years active 2001-present
Labels Sony Records
Associated acts Katsuhiko Nakagawa, DECO*27
Website Official website

Shoko Nakagawa (中川 翔子 Nakagawa Shōko?, born May 5, 1985 in Tokyo) is a tarento (media personality), actress, voice actress, illustrator, and singer. She is best known as the presenter of Pokémon Sunday. She is the daughter of Katsuhiko Nakagawa, a celebrity in Japan in the 1980s.

She is represented by the Watanabe Entertainment talent agency. Her nickname is Shokotan (しょこたん?). (In the blog by Mika Kaneda, who appeared with her on "Ōsama no Brunch", she is called Shokotasu).

Life[edit]

Born to entertainer Katsuhiko Nakagawa as Shiyōko Nakagawa (中川 しようこ Nakagawa Shiyōko?, her name was not registered in a koseki as Shoko (しょうこ Shōko?) as she had been using for most of her life), she was raised by her mother in Nakano (Katsuhiko Nakagawa died in 1994). She made her entertainment debut in 2001, winning the Grand Prix award at the Popolo Girl Audition[1] and representing the Jackie Chan talent agency. Later, on the "Yume-Ga-Oka Residence" programme on SKY PerfecTV!, she was given a Jackie Chan photobook by Midorikawa Shobō, who were guests on the show. She commented "I thought he was an enemy of Bruce Lee's", apparently referring to Enter the Dragon. In 2002, she was chosen as Miss Shōnen Magazine.[1] She appeared in a brief section of "Kangaeru Hito" ("People who think") on the Fuji TV network in 2004 and showed her ability as an illustrator; this won her a regular place on the later version of the programme which started with minor changes in early 2005, "Kangaeru Hitokoma" ("Thinking about one frame [of a cartoon strip]"). For one year starting in May 2005, she appeared as a regular on the TBS programme "Ōsama no Brunch",[1] which made her well-known among the general public. In July 2006, she released her debut single "Brilliant Dream". It entered the Oricon chart at number 29, with initial sales of 6313 copies. Nakagawa performed at Anime Expo 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.[1]

Personality[edit]

Nakagawa is a fan of the Super Sentai series, and in particular looks up to the character Yūri/Time Pink of Mirai Sentai Timeranger.[2] At the time, she stood in line all night to watch the live Timeranger show at Kōrakuen Fairground (now Tokyo Dome City Attractions) in the front row. In 2004, she achieved a longstanding ambition by putting in a guest appearance in the 38th episode of Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (she had previously appeared as a child in Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman). She has always wanted to become the next Pink Ranger, and has gone out for auditions four times, but failed each time because "she does not have good athletic ability". She has said that she was drawn to the entertainment world out of admiration not for her father but for Mika Katsumura, who played the role of Yūri, and that during gravure work she uses Katsumura's photobooks and DVDs as a guide. She later appeared with Katsumura on Men B, and the two are now as friendly as if they were sisters. She is also a fan of the Metal Hero Series and Heisei Kamen Rider Series, particularly the series written by Yasuko Kobayashi, and sees Shigeki Hosokawa who played the titular character of Kamen Rider Hibiki as an ideal man. She is also fond of fellow entertainer and gravure idol Natsuki Katō for playing the first female Kamen Rider Kamen Rider Femme (both share a love of anime, tokusatsu, and video games).

Nakagawa is also a fan of Bruce Lee, and has a wide knowledge of kung fu films.[1] She has studied Cantonese, and visited Hong Kong many times with her mother (However, she confessed on TV that in fact she soon gave up Cantonese, and hardly speaks it at all, although she keeps it on her profile.) She got to know Jackie Chan when she met him by chance at a restaurant he runs. Jackie Chan now keeps a picture she drew on display at his offices in Hong Kong. She has her own tracksuit and nunchaku she made herself, which are decorated with pink fur.

Nakagawa is skilled as a manga cartoonist and illustrator.[citation needed] She worships CLAMP and Kazuo Umezu, and wants to become a manga artist. On the Fuji TV show Kangaeru Hitokoma, on which she is a semi-regular guest, she showed this side of herself by drawing in the style of Kazuo Umezu. Some of her work was shown on the May 11, 2006 edition of Downtown Deluxe on the Nippon TV network, and was much praised. As of 2006, her manga "SHOCOTAN * QUEST" is being serialised on her official website. The fact that even after becoming a celebrity she has not given up on drawing led to her being selected as a member of the judging panel in the "Jump Damashii" section of the Shūeisha publication Weekly Shōnen Jump, starting from Jump number 13 of 2006.

Nakagawa does not like cooking. In a special version of Koi no Apron (TV Asahi) in August 2005, she disappointed the judges with her cabbage roll. She appeared on Koi no Apron again in November, this time making cream puffs and coffee jelly, but gave another poor showing, with the lowest ranking of any of the Apron Girls for that day. In July 2006, Nakagawa confessed to having a weak digestion, but managed to keep the situation light-hearted with jokes, while wearing a serious expression on her face.

Nakagawa is also enthusiastic about the Wikipedia Project. In a blog entry dated November 25, 2006 she praised the free online encyclopedia for its articles, especially those related to the otaku culture. She is especially fond of the collaborative writing aspect the project incorporates and has even jokingly said she wanted to jumble her own article.[3]

Cosplay[edit]

Nakagawa is also known for loving cosplay, and buys up many clothes at auction, (particularly costumes for Neon Genesis Evangelion, the Final Fantasy series and Sailor Moon).

On the May 30, 2006 airing of Kasupe!, in the section entitled Fuji Ginkō Geinōjin Satei-Gakari (フジ銀行 芸能人査定係?), "Fuji Bank Celebrity Evaluator", it was discovered that she liked the manga Kachō Shima Kōsaku, eliciting a comment from the host, Sayaka Aoki, that she had pretty "grown-up tastes".

On Private Lesson - Tadashii Wada Akiko no Tsukurikata (個人授業(プライベートレッスン)~正しい和田アキ子の作り方~?), "Private Lesson - The Right Way to Make an Akiko Wada", shown on October 4, 2006, when she appeared as a tutor, she entered dressed as Haruhi Suzumiya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, dancing to the end theme from that anime. Immersed in the role of Haruhi, she expounded passionately on "otaku studies" in a disrespectful tone, bewildering her student, Akiko Wada, from start to finish. She showed off her cosplay versions of Misato from Evangelion (which she filmed herself), Doremi from Ojamajo Doremi, and Vegeta from Dragon Ball, and to finish, got Wada to join in, with Wada playing Rei to her Asuka, and even gave acting directions.

Blog[edit]

Her official blog, Shokotan * Blog opened in 2004, and by April 2006 it had received a total of 100 million hits. On February 2, 2008, the daily Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun reported that her blog had been accessed 1 billion times.[1] There are very many otaku-style entries, and she updates it extremely regularly: in the month of April 2005, there were 600 updates, and on January 28, 2006, there were 70 updates, a record number for a single day. She has become known as the "New Queen of the Blogs",[1] after the original "Queen of the Blog", Kaori Manabe.

The blog sometimes took liberties with copyright, but as of 2006, these entries have been deleted. (see JASRAC.)

From September 2004, posters on 2 Channel took note of her otaku-style interests. She started to use board slang in her blog, including ASCII art imitating Raizon Naitō.

After her appearance on a telethon, the number of accesses to her blog increased, leading to continual trackback spamming. The trackback function was suspended. At present, fans can only send her messages in real time via her mobile phone guestbook.

Other Work[edit]

In 2009, she appeared in a series of commercials for Norton AntiVirus.

Filmography[edit]

TV[edit]

Live[edit]

  • January 2008 1st Concert Donyoku Matsuri
  • September 2008 Concert Tour 2008 - Donyoku Matsuri
  • September 2009 Magical Tour 2009 ~Welcome to The Shoko Land~
  • January 2010 Cho Donyoku Matsuri In Nippon Budokan
  • August 2010 Prism Tour 2010
  • July–September 2012: Nakagawa Shoko Asia Tour (10th anniversary of her debut)

Discography[edit]

Shoko Nakagawa is signed to Sony Japan.

Singles[edit]

# Title Release Date First week sales Total sales Information
1 "Brilliant Dream" July 5, 2006 6,313 10,459 Opening theme for Yoshimune
2 "Strawberry Melody" (ストロベリmelody Sutoroberi Merodi?) February 14, 2007 10,023 15,784 Theme for TBS's program Pokémon Sunday theme song and Wanagona theme song.
3 "Sorairo Days" (空色デイズ Sorairo Deizu?,
"Sky Blue Days")
June 27, 2007 30,517 67,453 Opening theme for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
4 "Snow Tears" January 30, 2008 26,068 43,450 Ending theme for Hakaba Kitaro
5 "Shiny Gate" August 6, 2008 13,564 20,316 Theme song for Tokyo OnlyPic 2008
6 "Tsuzuku Sekai" (続く世界?,
"The World Continues")
September 10, 2008 32,906 49,368 Ending Song of the anime film Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Guren-hen
7 "Kirei à la Mode" (綺麗ア・ラ・モード Kirei A Ra Mōdo?,
"Beautiful à la Mode")
October 22, 2008 13,758 20,236 CM song for Fujiya Look Royal Mode
8 "Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana" (涙の種、笑顔の花?,
"Seed of Tears, Flower of Smile")
April 29, 2009 23,383 38,932 Ending Song of Gekijoban Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Lagann Hen
9 "Kokoro no Antenna" (心のアンテナ Kokoro no Antena?,
"Antenna of the Heart")
July 15, 2009 13,533 21,954 Ending Song of Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

A special edition of the single features "Moe yo, Gizamimi Pichu!" (もえよ ギザみみピチュー! Moeyo Gizamimi Pichū!?, "Get Fired Up, Spiky-Eared Pichu!"), an ending song for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

10 "Arigatō no Egao" (「ありがとうの笑顔」?,
"Thank you Smile")
October 14, 2009 12,407 - Contains the Ending Song of the Japanese Version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ("Rainbow Forecast") and Shokotan's version of Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl second opening song ("Ame ni Kiss no Hanataba o").
11 "Ray of Light" April 28, 2010 12,977 - Fifth ending theme for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
12 "Flying Humanoid" (フライングヒューマノイド Furaingu Hyūmanoido?) August 18, 2010 13,217 - Opening theme for Occult Academy
13 "Sakurairo" (桜色?,
"Cherry Blossom Pink")
April 6, 2011 - Original song
14 "Tsuyogari" (つよがり?,
"Show of Courage")
June 8, 2011 - Second ending theme for Beelzebub
15 "Horoscope" (ホロスコープ?,
"Horosukōpu")
January 11, 2012 - Theme Song for TV Show Uchikuru!?
16 "Pegasus Fantasy ver. Ω" (ペガサス幻想(ファンタジー) ver. Ω?,
"Pegasasu Fantajī ver.Ω")
- - Theme Song for TV Show Saint Seiya Omega
Featured artist with MAKE-UP

Cover albums[edit]

# Title Release Date First week sales Total sales
1 Shokotan Cover: Anison ni Koi o Shite. (しょこたん☆かばー ~アニソンに恋をして。~ Shokotan Kabā ~Anison ni Koi o Shite.~?,
"In Love with Anime Songs.")
May 2, 2007 12,579 31,501
2 Shokotan Cover Cover: Anison ni Ai o Komete!! (しょこたん☆かばー×2 ~アニソンに愛を込めて!!~ Shokotan Kabā Kabā ~Anison ni Ai o Komete~?,
"Full of Love for Anime Songs!!")
September 19, 2007 17,836 23,964
3 Shokotan Cover 3: Anison wa Jinrui o Tsunagu (しょこたん☆かばー 3 ~アニソンは人類をつなぐ~ Shokotan Kabā 3 ~Anison wa Jinrui o Tsunagu~?,
"Anime Songs Connect Mankind")
March 10, 2010 15,343 -
4 Shokotan Cover 4-1: Shoko Idol Hen (しょこたん☆かばー4-1 ~しょこ☆ドル篇~ Shokotan Kabā 4-1 ~Shoko Doru Hen~?,
"Shoko Idol Part")
October 12, 2011
5 Shokotan Cover 4-2: Shoko Rock Hen (しょこたん☆かばー4-2 ~しょこ☆ロック篇~ Shokotan Kabā 4-2 ~Shoko Rokku Hen~?,
"Shoko Rock Part")
October 12, 2011

Albums[edit]

# Title Release Date First week sales Total sales
1 Big☆Bang!!! March 19, 2008 32,612 45,793
2 Magic Time January 1, 2009 26,197 40,015
3 Cosmic Inflation October 6, 2010 14,453 21,459

1.Angel Night ~Tenshi no Iru Basho~ (Angel Night ~天使のいる場所~) (original: PSY・S) 2.GOD KNOWS... (original: Hirano Aya) 3.Seikan Hikou (星間飛行) (original: Nakajima Megumi) 4.Yuzurenai Negai (ゆずれない願い) (original: Tamura Naomi) 5.Sobakasu (そばかす) (original: JUDY AND MARY) 6.Ame ni Kiss no Hanabata wo (雨にキッスの花束を) (original: Imai Miki) 7.Hohoemi no Bakudan (微笑みの爆弾) (original: Mawatari Matsuko) 8.Tokimeki no Doukasen (ときめきの導火線) (original: Konno Yukari) 9.Give a reason (original: Hayashibara Megumi) 10.Tamashii no Refrain (魂のルフラン) (original: Takahashi Yoko) 11.Detekoi Tobikiri ZENKAI Power! (でてこいとびきりZENKAIパワー!) (original: MANNA) 12.Precure 5, Full Throttle GO GO! (プリキュア5、フル・スロットル GO GO!) (original: Kudo Mayu with Precure 5) 13.DAN DAN Kokoro Hikareteku -short ver.- (DAN DAN 心魅かれてく) (original: FIELD OF VIEW) (CD+DVD bonus track) 14.Don't say "lazy" -short ver.- (original: Sakurakou K-ON Bu) (CD+DVD bonus track) 15.Moonlight Densetsu -short ver.- (ムーンライト伝説) (original: DALI) (CD+DVD bonus track) 16.Sailor Star Song -short ver.- (セーラースターソング) (original: Hanazawa Kae) (CD+DVD bonus track) 17.Fushigi Shoku Happiness -short ver.- (不思議色ハピネス) (original: Obata Yoko) (CD+DVD bonus track) 18.DON'T YOU...? -short ver.- (original: Horie Mitsuko) (CD+DVD bonus track)

Printed media[edit]

Photobooks[edit]

# Title Release date Publisher ISBN Price Photobook information
1 JEWEL BOX April 1, 2004 Ascom ISBN 978-4-7762-0147-2 3,000 yen First photobook
2 In a mysterious daze (不思議に夢中 Fushigi ni Muchū?) July 25, 2005 Wani Magazine ISBN 978-4-89829-798-8 2,800 yen Second Photobook
3 SHOKO et MIKANNE (中川翔子x蜷川実花(しょこれみかんぬ) Shokoremikanu?) April 15, 2007 Wani Books ISBN 978-4-8470-3000-0 2,800 yen Third photobook
4 Shoko a la mode (しょこア・ラ・モード― Shokoa ra mōdō?) November 25, 2008 SHUFU-TO-SEIKATSU-SHA ISBN 978-4-391-13707-1 1,800 yen Guide on how to use cosmetics/dress up doll

Blog[edit]

# Title Release date Publisher ISBN MSRP Photobook information
1 Shokotan Official Blog (しょこたんぶろぐ・中川翔子*オフィシャル BLOG*?) October 10, 2005 Goma Books ISBN 4-7771-0210-6 1,300 yen Entries from November 2004 to August 2005
2 Shokotan Official Blog 2 (しょこたんぶろぐ・中川翔子*オフィシャル BLOG 2 *?) November 10, 2006 Goma Books ISBN 4-7771-0487-7 1,300 yen Entries from September 2005 to August 2006
3 Shokotan Blog Days of Desire (しょこたんぶろぐ貪欲デイズ中川翔子?) January 30, 2008 Kadokawa Group Publishing ISBN 978-4-04-895012-1 1,300 yen

Filmography[edit]

Voice Casting[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Galbraith, Patrick W. (2009). The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan. Kodansha International. p. 206. ISBN 978-4-7700-3101-3. 
  2. ^ Galbraith, Patrick W. (2009). The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan. Kodansha International. pp. 214–216. ISBN 978-4-7700-3101-3. 
  3. ^ Shokotan Blog November 25, 2006

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