Aki Takajo

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Aki Takajo
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Aki Takajo at Japan Expo 2009, Paris
Background information
Native name 高城 亜樹
Born (1991-10-03) 3 October 1991 (age 24)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupation(s)
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008-present
Associated acts

Aki Takajo (高城 亜樹 Takajō Aki?, born October 3, 1991 in Tokyo) is a Japanese idol singer who is a member of the girl groups AKB48 and a former member of JKT48.[1] She auditioned for AKB48's sixth generation and was promoted to member of Team A.[2] Her talent agency is Watanabe Productions.[3] She is also a former member of the sub-unit French Kiss.[4] She is a former member of AKB48's Team K.[5] Formerly from Team B.

Career[edit]

Takajo auditioned for AKB48 and was chosen in the group's sixth generation, also known as the third generation of Kenkyusei (trainees). She debuted on August 23, 2008 in the concert "Live DVD wa Derudarou kedo, Yappari Nama ni Kagiruze". On October 19, she substituted for Haruna Kojima on the Team A Fifth Stage, "Renai Kinshi Jorei". On December 29, Takajo was promoted to AKB48's Team A; she only spent 71 days from theater debut to full member, and it was the fastest promotion in AKB48 history at the time, until Azuma Rion from SKE48 was promoted in 2013.[citation needed]

Takajo's first A-side with AKB48 was in 2010 for the single "Ponytail to Shushu". In the 2010 AKB48 general elections, she placed 13th and landed a spot on the title track for "Heavy Rotation". She and AKB48 members Yuki Kashiwagi and Asuka Kuramochi formed a sub-unit, "French Kiss" and the group released the single "Zutto Mae Kara" which peaked at number five on the Oricon charts.

On August 24, 2012, the first day of its Tokyo Dome concert series, AKB48 announced a reorganization of its teams. Takajo and Haruka Nakagawa were sent to Jakarta to help AKB48's sister group JKT48.[6][7] On April 28, 2013, it was announced that she would hold a concurrent position in AKB48 Team B.[8] On February 24, 2014, during the Grand Reformation Festival, it was announced that she was released from her concurrent positions in JKT48. In 2015, she was transferred to AKB48 Team K.[9]

On December 15, 2015, she announced her graduation from the group during AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2015. On February 23, 2016, she graduated from the group.

Discography[edit]

Singles with AKB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role[10] Notes
2009 13 "Iiwake Maybe" Under Girls Ranked 23rd in 2009 general election. Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Tobenai Agehacho". Debut single with Team A.
14 "River" Under Girls Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara".
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" Team PB Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Enkyori Poster" as Team PB.
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" A-side First A-side. Also sang on "Majijo Teppen Blues"
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side Ranked 13th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters" and "Lucky Seven".
18 "Beginner" A-side
19 "Chance no Junban" A-side Placed 8th in rock-paper-scissors tournament.[11] Also sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Kurumi to Dialogue" as Team A.
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 12th in 2011 General Election.
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament;[12][13] She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Rinjin wa Kizutsukanai" as Team A.
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-side (Baby Blossom), Special Girls B Sang in chorus with Baby Blossom; She also sang on "Hitsujikai no Tabi" as part of Special Girls B.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side She also sang on "Gugutasu no Sora".
27 "Gingham Check" Under Girls Ranked 17th in 2012 General Election. Did not sing on title track. She sang on "Nante Bohemian".
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas" and "Watashitachi no Reason". She is now part of JKT48.
2013 31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side She is credited as JKT48 Team J and AKB48 Team B for this single.
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" Under Girls Did not sing on title track. Ranked 20th in 2013 General Election.[14] Sang on "Ai no Imi wo Kangaete Mita".
33 "Heart Electric" Under Girls Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Kaisoku to Doutai Shiryoku" and on "Tiny T-shirt" as Team B.
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 Nannichi 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.[15] Sang on "Mosh & Dive".[16]
2014 35 "Mae Shika Mukanee" Beauty Giraffes Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Kimi no Uso wo Shitteita "
36 "Labrador Retriever" Team B Did not sing on title track. Sang on "B Garden". She is now a full-time member of AKB48.
37 "Kokoro no Placard" Under Girls Ranked 26th in 2014 General Election. Sang on "Dareka ga Nageta Ball"
38 "Kibōteki Refrain" Katareagumi (Cattleya Group) Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Utaitai"
2015 41 "Halloween Night" Under Girls Ranked 30th in 2015 General Election. Sang on "Sayonara Surfboard"
42 "Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby" Team K Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Oneesan no Hitorigoto"

Singles with JKT48[edit]

Year No. Title Role Notes
2013 1 "River" A-side Debut with Team J.
2013 2 "Yuuhi wo miteiru ka?-Apakah Kau Melihat Mentari Senja?-" B-side Did not sing on title track. Sang on " Nagai Hikari- Cahaya Panjang -"
2013 3 "Fortune Cookie In Love -Fortune Cookie Yang Mencinta-" A-side Also sang on "First Rabbit"
2013 4 "Manatsu no Sounds Good! - Musim Panas Sounds Good!"

Stage Units[edit]

Team A 5th Stage (Renai Kinshi Jorei)
  1. Kuroi Tenshi
  2. Heart Gata Virus (backup for Haruna Kojima)
Team K 4th Stage (Saishuu Bell ga Naru) (backup for Sae Miyazawa)
Team K 5th Stage (Sakaagari)
  1. Ai no Iro (backup for Sae Miyazawa)
Himawari Gumi 2nd Stage (Yume o Shinaseru wake ni wa Ikanai) in Theater G-Rosso
  1. Tonari no Banana (Standby for Tomomi Kasai, Reina Fujie, Haruka Nakagawa, Misaki Iwasa)
  1. Hajimete no Jelly Beans

(Standby for Sae Miyazawa, Reina Fujie, Haruka Nakagawa, Mariya Suzuki)

Team A 6th Stage (Mokugekisha)
  1. Enjo Rosen
Team J 1st Stage (Renai Kinshi Jourei/Aturan Anti Cinta)
  1. Renai Kinshi Jourei (Aturan Arti Cinta)

Appearances[edit]

Movie[edit]

  • Majisuka Gakuen (2010)
  • Majisuka Gakuen 2 (2011)

Television[edit]

  • AKB0ji59fun (28 July – 18 August 2008, Nippon Television)
  • AKBINGO (August 2008 –, Nippon Television)
  • Shukan AKB (July 2009 –, TV Tokyo)
  • Suiensaa (28 April, 5 May, 12 May 2009, 5 January 2010, NHK)
  • Majisuka Gakuen (January 8 – March 26, 2010, TV Tokyo)[17]
  • Majisuka Gakuen 2(April 15–29, May 27, June 3, 17, 2011 TV Tokyo) [18]
  • SAVEPOINT (June 2014 -, TV Tokyo)
  • Kasane (May 2015, TV Tokyo), Kayoi Tatarami[19]

Radio[edit]

Publications[edit]

Photobooks[edit]

  • B.L.T.U-17 Vol.9 Sizzleful Girl 2009 Winter (5 February 2009, Tokyo News Service) ISBN 4863360401[20]
  • B.L.T.U-17 Vol.11 Sizzleful Girl 2009 Summer (5 August 2009, Tokyo News Service) ISBN 4863360606[21]

DVDs[edit]

  • Takajo Aki Akicha to Kaerō (2010)[22]
  • Takajo Aki 2nd DVD Wonderland (2011)[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ JKT48、海外初の総選挙が開催決定! (in Japanese). Cinematoday Inc. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  2. ^ "AKB48 Members". akb48.co.jp. 
  3. ^ "Watanabe Entertainment Profile". Watanabepro.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Profile | フレンチ・キス". Mv.avex.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  5. ^ "AKB48 announces reshuffling of personnel + Kawaei Rina's graduation". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Reformation of AKB48 in Tokyo Dome Concert" (in Japanese). 2012-08-24. 
  7. ^ Green, Scott (August 24, 2012). "AKB48 Announces Tectonic Line-Up Shift". Crunchyroll. 
  8. ^ AKB48、夏に5大ドーム公演決定&新たなグループ兼任発表 (in Japanese). Natasha,Inc. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  9. ^ "AKB48 announces reshuffling of personnel + Kawaei Rina's graduation". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ "AKB48's second "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Tournament confirmed". Tokyohive.com. 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  14. ^ "AKB48 32ndシングル 選抜総選挙" [32nd single selection elections]. AKB48 Official Site (in Japanese). 2013-06-08. 
  15. ^ Suskin, Jeremy (September 18, 2013). "Jurina Matsui Wins Jankenpyon Tournament to Lead AKB48′s 34th Single". Nihongogo. 
  16. ^ "鈴懸(すずかけ)の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの <Type A>【通常盤】(マキシ+DVD複合)" (in Japanese). King Records. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  17. ^ "ドラマ24「マジすか学園」:テレビ東京 公式サイト". Tv-tokyo.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  18. ^ "ドラマ24「マジすか学園2」:テレビ東京 公式サイト". Tv-tokyo.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  19. ^ 高城亜樹(AKB48)& 遠藤雄弥 W主演ドラマ「カサネ」2015年3月3日スタート!:テレビ東京 (in Japanese). TV Tokyo Corporation. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  20. ^ AKB48『B.L.T. U-17 sizzleful girl』Vol.9 発売記念イベント (in Japanese). Scramble-Egg Inc. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  21. ^ B.L.T.U-17 Vol.11発売記念イベント (in Japanese). Tokyo News Service, Ltd. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  22. ^ "あきちゃと帰ろー/高城亜樹] DVD通販". Dmm.com. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  23. ^ "WE!インフォメーション: 高城亜樹 2ndDVD『わんだーらんど』3/30(水)発売!". Watanabepro.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 

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