Yuko Oshima

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Yuko Oshima
Yūko Ōshima at Yamaha Tricity launching event, July 1, 2014.jpg
Oshima at Yamaha Tricity launching event, on July 1, 2014
Background information
Native name 大島 優子
Born (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 (age 25)
Yokohama, Japan
Origin Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupations Japanese idol, singer, actress
Instruments vocals
Years active 2005 - present
Labels King (AKB48), Nippon Columbia (Not Yet)
Associated acts AKB48, Not yet
Website www.ohtapro.co.jp/ohta_pro/profile/OhshimaYuko/

Yuko Oshima (大島 優子 Ōshima Yūko?, born October 17, 1988 in Tochigi Prefecture) is a former member of Japanese idol girl group AKB48, of which she was the captain of Team K.[1] She is also a member of the AKB48 subunit Not Yet. Outside of singles that involved rock-paper-scissors tournaments, she has sung on the title tracks for all of AKB48's singles since "Aitakatta" in October 2006. She has placed among the top two for the annual AKB48 general elections from 2009-2013.

Biography[edit]

Oshima was born in Yokohama, and was raised in Tochigi Prefecture.[2] Her mother is from Hokkaido.[3] In 1996, she signed as a child actor with Central Kodomo Gekidan. In 2005, she began working as a junior idol in a short-lived idol project Doll's Vox, which was produced by The Alfee vocalist Toshihiko Takamizawa. In 2006, at the AKB48's second audition to form Team K, she was selected out of a pool of 12,000 applicants to join the team. In April, she began working full-time with the group, which debuted with the single, "Aitakatta", in October 2006.[citation needed]

On August 24, 2012, AKB48 announced a reorganization of the teams, and appointed Oshima to be the captain of Team K.[4]

On December 31, 2013, Oshima announced on Kohaku Uta Gassen that she would be leaving the group.[5]

AKB48 general elections[edit]

Oshima has placed in the top two in the past five AKB48 general elections. In 2009 she placed second overall, losing only to Atsuko Maeda. In 2010, she received the most votes and became the center performer in the single "Heavy Rotation".[6] In the 2011 general election, she placed second to Maeda once again. In the 2012 general election, she placed first with 108,837 votes. for the 2013 general election, she was voted second overall with 136,503 votes and lost to Sashihara Rino with 150,570 votes.

Discography[edit]

Singles with AKB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role[7] Notes
2006 1 "Aitakatta" A-side Debut with Team K.
2007 2 "Seifuku ga Jama o Suru" A-side
3 "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō" A-side
4 "Bingo!" A-side
5 "Boku no Taiyō" A-side
6 "Yūhi o Miteiru ka?" A-side
2008 7 "Romance, Irane" A-side
8 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008" A-side
9 "Baby! Baby! Baby!" A-side
10 "Ōgoe Diamond" A-side
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-side Also sang on "Sakurairo no Sora no Shita de"
12 "Namida Surprise!" A-side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" A-side Ranked 2nd in 2009 General Election.
14 "River" A-side
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" A-side Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" A-side Also sang on "Majijo Teppen Blues"
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side, Center Ranked 1st in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters" and "Lucky Seven".
18 "Beginner" A-side
19 "Chance no Junban" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[8] Sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Alive" with Team K.
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" A-side
-- "Dareka no Tame ni - What can I do for someone?" -- charity single
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" A-side Also sang on "Korekara Wonderland" and "Yankee Soul".
22 "Flying Get" A-side Ranked 2nd in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Seishun to Kizukanai Mama", "Ice no Kuchizuke", and "Yasai Uranai".
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" A-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament;[9][10] She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Zero-sum Taiyō" as Team K.[citation needed]
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-side (Baby Blossom), Selection 6 Played bass in Baby Blossom;[11] She also sang on "Sweet & Bitter" as Selection 6.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side, AKB48 Stage Fighters Also sang on "Choudai, Darling!"; and "Kimi no Tame ni Boku wa..." as AKB48 Stage Fighters
27 "Gingham Check" A-side, Center Ranked 1st in 2012 General Election.[12][13] Also sang on "Yume no Kawa".
28 "Uza" A-side, Center,[14] New Team K Also sang on "Scrap & Build" as New Team K.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side, OKL48 Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas"; and "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yō ni" as part of OKL48.
2013 30 "So Long!" A-side Also sang on "Yuuhi Marie" as Team K.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side, Center Also sang on "How come?" as Team K. One of four centers for the single.[15]
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" A-side Ranked 2nd in 2013 General Election.[16] Also sang on "Namida no Sei Janai" and "Saigo no Door".
33 "Heart Electric" A-side Given an English nickname Lucy. Also sang on "Sasameyuki Regret" as Team K.
2013 34 "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de "Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru" to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Mosh & Dive" and "Party is over".
2014 35 "Mae shika Mukanee" A-side, Center
36 "Labrador Retriever" B-side Did not participate in title song. Participated in "Kyō made no Melody" which was also her graduation song.

Singles with Not Yet[edit]

Main article: Not yet (band)

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?)
Team K 2nd Stage Seishun Girls (青春ガールズ?)
  • "Kinjirareta Futari" (禁じられた二人?)
  • "Fusidara na Natsu" (ふしだらな夏?)
Team K 3rd Stage Nōnai Paradise (脳内パラダイス?)
  • "Nakinagara Hohoende" (泣きながら微笑んで?) (Solo Unit)
Himawarigumi 1st Stage Boku no Taiyō (僕の太陽?)
  • "Boku to Juliet to Jet Coaster" (僕とジュリエットとジェットコースター?)
Himawarigumi 2nd Stage Yume o Shinaseru Wake ni 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?)
  • "Gomen ne Jewel" (ごめんねジュエル?)
Team K 5th Stage Sakaagari (逆上がり?)
  • "End Roll"
Team K 6th Stage Reset
  • "Kokoro no Hashi no Sofa" (心の端のソファー?)
Team K Waiting Stage
  • "Glory Days"
  • "Higurashi no Koi" (new units)

Filmography[edit]

  • Daikaiju Tōkyō ni Arawareru (大怪獣東京に現れる?) (1998) (as a festival girl)
  • Senrigan (千里眼?) (2000) (as young Miyuki Misaki)
  • ICE (anime) (2007) (as Rinne)
  • Densen Uta (2007) (as Anzu Natsuno)
  • Sakura no Sono (2008) (as Midori Sawa)
  • Teketeke (テケテケ?) (2009) (as Kana Ōhashi)
  • Teketeke 2 (テケテケ2?) (2009) (as Kana Ōhashi)
  • Giniro no Ame (銀色の雨?) (2009) (as Minori)
  • Shibuya (渋谷?) (2010) (as Yū)
  • Sweet Little Lies (2010) (スイートリトルライズ?) (2010) (as Aya Iwamoto)
  • Sankaku (2010) (as a friend)
  • Documentary of AKB48: To Be Continued (2011) (as Self)
  • Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On (2012) (as Self)
  • Brave (2012) (as Mérida)
  • Yamikin Ushijima-kun (2012) (as Suzuki Miko)
  • Documentary of AKB48: No Flower Without Rain (2013) (as Self)
  • Documentary of AKB48: The Time Has Come (2014) (as Self)

Dramas[edit]

  • Hiyokotachi no Tenshi (ひよこたちの天使?) (1996)
  • Love no Okurimono (ラブの贈りもの?) (1996) (as a friend)
  • Virgin Road (バージンロード?) (1997) (as young Kazuki Sakurai)
  • DxD (1997) (as young Sonoko Enjōji)
  • Denji Sentai Megaranger (電磁戦隊メガレンジャー?) (1997, ep. 40) (as a girl)
  • Love & Peace (1998) (as Asuka Ōta)
  • Sennen Ōkoku III Jūshi Vanny Knights (千年王国III銃士ヴァニーナイツ?) (1999, ep. 2)
  • Rasen (らせん?) (1999, eps. 6, 7) (as Aya/Satomi)
  • Antique: Seiyō Kottō Yōgashiten (アンティーク 〜西洋骨董洋菓子店〜?) (2001, ep. 4) (as Kayoko Ōhashi)
  • Tōkyō Niwatsuki Ikko Date (東京庭付き一戸建て?) (2002) (regular role as Natsumi Fukuda)
  • Mystery Gekijō Ōkamionna no Komoriuta (ミステリー劇場 狼女の子守唄?) (2002) (as young Ōkamionna)
  • Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi (ほんとにあった怖い話?) (2004) (as Akiko Kinoshita)
  • Kyōto Kui Dōraku! Furuhon'ya Tantei Mystery 2 (京都食い道楽!古本屋探偵ミステリー2?) (2004) (as Yukari Asamura)
  • Kiken na Aneki (2005, ep. 3) (as Ai's friend)
  • Akujo ni Issei: Shibai to Kekkon Shita Joyū Haruko Sugimura no Shōgai (悪女の一生~芝居と結婚した女優・杉村春子の生涯~?) (2005)
  • Shiori to Shimiko no Kaigi Jikenbo (栞と紙魚子の怪奇事件簿?) (2008, ep.12—13) (as Rie Kahara)
  • Bengoshi Rinko Ichinose (弁護士 一之瀬凛子?) (2008—2010) (as Megumi Ōya)
  • Cat Street (2008, eps. 2—4) (as Yumi Hirano)
  • Cafe Kichijoji de (2008, eps. 8—10) (as Misato Shinohara)
  • Ware wa Gogh ni Naru! (我はゴッホになる!?) (2008)
  • Sangi in Giin Kōho Mami (参議院候補マミ?) (2008)
  • Kaze ni Maiagaru Vinyl Sheet (風に舞いあがるビニールシート?) (2009) (as Chizu Kawai)
  • Majisuka Gakuen (マジすか学園?) (2010) (as herself)
  • Angel Bank: Tenshoku Dairinin (エンゼルバンク〜転職代理人?) (2010) (as Manami Ogasawara)
  • Sandaime Kogorō Akechi (三代目明智小五郎?) (2010, ep. 4) (as Momoko)
  • Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi (ほんとにあった怖い話 夏の特別編2010 AKB48まるごと浄霊スペシャル?)
  • Reinoryokusha Odagiri Kyoko no Uso (霊能力者 小田霧響子の嘘?) (2010) (as Ibushi Kaoru)
  • Majisuka Gakuen 2 (マジスカ学園2?) (2011 January–March) (as herself: ep 8, 10; as Yuka Oshima: ep 1,2,10,12; as Yuki Oshima: ep 1,2,10,12)
  • Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu (私が恋愛できない理由?) (2011) (as Mako Hanzawa)
  • Burakkubōdo 〜 jidai to tatakatta kyōshi-tachi 〜 dai 1 yoru (ブラックボード〜時代と戦った教師たち〜 第1夜?) (2012) (as Takami Ichihara)
  • Kaeru no Ōjo Sama (カエルの王女さま?) (2012) (as Mahiru Nonomura)
  • Galileo (ガリレオ?) Season 2 (2013, ep.3) (as Mutsumi Wakizaka)
  • Ando Lloyd〜A.I. knows LOVE?〜 (安堂ロイド〜A.I. knows LOVE?〜?) (2013) (as Nanase Matsushima)

Variety shows[edit]

  • AKBingo!
  • Shūkan AKB (週刊AKB?)
  • AKB48 Nemōsu TV (AKB48ネ申テレビ?)
  • Hoko x Tate
  • Naruhodo High School

Other media[edit]

Photobooks[edit]

  • [2001.07.10] Charm (with Tajima Honami)
  • [2003.10.18] かがやくきもち (Kagayaku Kimochi)
  • [2008.12.19] ゆうらりゆうこ (Yuurari Yuuko)
  • [2009.10.17] 優子のありえない日常 (Yuko no Arienai Nichijou)
  • [2010.08.25] 大島優子L.A. (Oshima Yuko L.A.)
  • [2011.06.17] 優子 (Yuko)

Radio shows[edit]

  • AKB48 Ashita Made Mō Chotto. (AKB48明日までもうちょっと。?)
  • AKB48 no All Night Nippon (AKB48のオールナイトニッポン?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AKB48公式サイト|メンバー情報" (in Japanese). 
  2. ^ "AKB48 no All Night Nippon" (2011-12-23)
  3. ^ "北の大地へ" (in Japanese). Yūko Ōshima's Official blog. 2013-05-18. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  4. ^ "組閣後新体制" (in Japanese). AKB48 official site. 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Idol Yuko Oshima Graduates From AKB48 - News". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  6. ^ "AKB48、女性グループ史上初の2作連続初週売上50万枚超え (AKB48) ニュース-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "AKB48’s second "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Tournament confirmed". Tokyohive.com. 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  11. ^ ""AKBバンド"が新曲ジャケ写解禁 前田&大島の2トップ". Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  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. ^ "<速報>AKB48、28thシングルセンター決定" (in Japanese). modelpress. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  15. ^ "AKB48′s "Sayonara Crawl" To Have 4 Centers". Japanverse. 2013-04-28. 
  16. ^ "[Completed] AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election results!". 8 June 2013. Tokyohive. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 

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