Gen Hoshino

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Gen Hoshino
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Gen Hoshino at the Space Shower Music Awards (2015).
Native name 星野 源
Born (1981-01-28) 28 January 1981 (age 36)
Saitama Prefecture
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Musical career
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Sakerock

Gen Hoshino (星野 源?, Hoshino Gen, born 28 January 1981 in Saitama Prefecture) is a Japanese singer, songwriter, lyricist, actor, and voice actor.


Since 2000, Hoshino has led the instrumental band Sakerock, where he plays marimba and guitar. They released over ten albums. As a solo artist, he debuted with his first album Baka no Uta on 23 June 2010. His first physical single, "Kudaranai no Naka ni" (number 17 on the Oricon charts), was released on 2 March 2011 and the subsequent singles: "Film", "Yume no Soto e", "Shiranai" (2012), and "Gag" (2013) all charted in the top 10. His second album, Episode, released on 28 September 2011, peaked at number 5, while his third album Stranger, released on 1 May 2013, at number 2 of Oricon. Since 2011, he's been co-hosting a program broadcast via Ustream called Sake no Sakana (サケノサカナ?) together with Ichirō Yamaguchi of Sakanaction.[1]

Acting and voice acting[edit]

Hoshino's movie debut, Lee Sang-il's 69, was an adaptation of the Ryū Murakami novel of the same name. He previously acted in various television dramas and stage plays. In 2012, he debuted as a voice actor, voicing Buddha in the original video animation (OVA) adaptation of Hikaru Nakamura's manga Saint Young Men, and also provided a theme song called "Gag" for its 2013 theatrical version, where he reprised his role.[2] He's set to play the lead character in Masahide Ichii's Blindly in Love (箱入り息子の恋?, Hakoiri Musuko no Koi) (to be released on 8 June 2013) alongside Kaho, and star in the new Sion Sono film Why Don't You Play in Hell?, released on 28 September 2013. He also currently stars in TBS's Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu alongside Yui Aragaki as the male lead.

Personal life[edit]

On 22 December 2012, Hoshino was diagnosed with subarachnoid hemorrhage and underwent surgery.[3] He officially returned to public life on 28 February 2013 with his appearance at the Tokyo J-Wave Awards.[4]




Release Day Title Rank
1st 2010/6/23 Baka no Uta (ばかのうた?) 36[5]
2nd 2011/9/28 Episode (エピソード?, Episōdo) 5[6]
3rd 2013/5/1 Stranger 2[7]
4th 2015/12/2 Yellow Dancer 1[8]


Release Day Title Rank
1st 2011/3/2 "Kudaranai no Naka ni" (くだらないの中に?) 17[9]
2nd 2012/2/8 "Film" (フィルム?, Firumu) 4[10]
3rd 2012/7/4 "Yume no Soto e" (夢の外へ?) 8[11]
4th 2012/11/28 "Shiranai" (知らない?) 5[12]
5th 2013/5/8 "Gag" (ギャグ?, Gyagu) 4[13]
6th 2013/5/8 "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" (地獄でなぜ悪い?) 5[14]
7th 2014/6/11 "Crazy Crazy/Sakura no Mori" (Crazy Crazy/桜の森?) 4[15]
8th 2015/5/27 "SUN" 2[16]
9th 2016/10/5 "Koi" (?) 2 [17]

With Sakerock[edit]

See: Sakerock discography




Year Award Category Result
2014 35th Yokohama Film Festival Newcomer of the Year Won
2014 37th Japan Academy Prize Newcomer of the Year Won
2017 41st Elan d'or Awards Newcomer of the Year Won


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