Kanata Hongō

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Kanata Hongō
Native name
本郷 奏多
Born (1990-11-15) November 15, 1990 (age 28)
Other namesKaabo
OccupationActor, model
Years active2002–present
AgentStardust Promotion
WebsiteOfficial website

Kanata Hongō (本郷 奏多, Hongō Kanata, born November 15, 1990) is a Japanese actor and model. He is part of Stardust Talent agency and has appeared several times in music videos, movies, TV series, and magazines. His major breakthrough role was as Ryoma Echizen in the live-action film adaptation of The Prince of Tennis, and became even more widely known when he was cast as Shin in Nana 2. In television, his most notable role was as Hinata in Himitsu no Hanazono and he starred in Seigi no Mikata. For the live-action feature film adaptation of Attack on Titan he portrayed Armin Arlert. He has also been involved in anime voice acting as the lead character Ryōta Sakamoto in Btooom!.


Hongō has appeared in several movies, including Moon Child, which also starred Gackt, Hyde and Leehom Wang. Hongō played the role of Sho as a child, while the adult role was played by Gackt. He appeared in a movie called Hinokio which was released in July 2005 in Japan. Hongō is also the young boy in the singer Yui's music video for her song "Tomorrow's Way." In 2006, Kanata was cast as the popular anime character Ryoma Echizen in the live-action adaptation film of The Prince of Tennis. He joined the majority of the Seigaku Regulars of the Prince of Tennis musicals as he was replacing Kotaro Yanagi, who couldn't play the role due to a car accident he was involved in.

Hongō also portrayed the young bassist Shinichi Okazaki in the movie Nana 2, which was released in Japan on December 9, 2006. He had replaced Kenichi Matsuyama[1] who had previously played Shin in the first Nana film. His next feature film was alongside Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley in Silk which was screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. This marked Hongō's first appearance in an English language film, where he played a Japanese servant boy. He also starred in another music video, B'zs "Eien no Tsubasa" along with Tsubasa Honda and in GReeeeN's music video of "Namida Sora".

In television, Hongō's first major role was as major supporting character Hinata in Himitsu no Hanazono and performed a wonderful tear jerking moment in one of the later episodes. His superb job in acting lead him to being another major supporting character in the drama Seito Shokun! as rebellious student Kohei Aoki. Later, he appeared as a guest in two other shows. In 2008, he starred as Riku Okamoto in Seigi no Mikata, broadcast by NTV. He said Okamoto was probably his most normal role to date. He was then featured in the music video for The Gospellers' "Sky High", which was the opening to the second season of anime Nodame Cantabile.

Hongō starred in three films in late 2008. They included Aoi Tori, K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces and Goth. The latter two were released in Japan on the same day, December 20. Goth is based on a Japanese novel with the same name, written by Otsuichi.[2]

In 2011, he portray the role of Jōichiro Nishi in Gantz (live action movie) and Gantz Perfect Answer.

Last January 27, 2012, Shirato Osamu No Jikenbo was aired at TBS every Friday. In this drama, Hongo Kanata played the role of Kurosaki Hitoshi, the childhood friend of Shirato Osamu (Chiba Yudai) and Shirato Osamu's life changed after meeting Kurosaki Hitoshi (Hongo Kanata).

In October 2012, he starts his debut as anime voice actor in Btooom! as the lead character Ryōta Sakamoto.



List of acting performances in television dramas
Year Title Role Notes, broadcast Source
2005 Aikurushii (あいくるしい) Shu Nagumo TBS  
2006 Kiraware Matsuko no Issho (嫌われ松子の一生) Youichi Ryu (15 years old) TBS  
2007 Himitsu no Hanazono Hinata Kataoka Fuji TV, KTV  
2007 Seito Shokun! Kohei Aoki TV Asahi  
2007 Detective School Q Daisuke Makino Ep. 2, NTV  
2007 Iryu 2 (医龍 Team Medical Dragon 2)   Ep. 8, Fuji TV  
2008 Seigi no Mikata Riku Okamoto NTV  
2009 Reset Ep. 14, NTV  
2010 Yankee-kun to Megane-chan Gaku Izumi TBS  
2010 Tokyo23: Survival City (TOKYO23~サバイバルシティ) Dan Komori WOWOW  
2012 Shirato Osamu No Jikenbo (白戸修の事件簿) Kurosaki Hitoshi TBS  
2012 Mirai Nikki Another: World Moriguchi Rui Fuji TV
2013 Real Onigokko: "The Origin” (リアル鬼ごっこ THE ORIGIN) Sato Tsubasa TVS, CTC, and tvk  
2013 All Esper Dayo! (みんな!エスパーだよ!)   Ep. 9, TV Tokyo  
2013 Yubikoi Kimi No Okuru Message   UULA  
2014 Nazo no Tenkosei (なぞの転校生) Transfer student (Norio Yamasawa) TV Tokyo  
2014 Yowakutemo Katemasu Shunichi Kamezawa NTV  
2015 Akagi Shigeru Akagi BS SKY PerfecTV!  


List of acting performances in television dramas
Year Title Role Notes Source
2002 Returner Young Miyamoto
2004 Moon Child Young Sho
2005 Hinokio: Inter Galactic Love Satoru Iwamoto
2005 Until the Lights Come Back (大停電の夜に, Daiteiden no yoru ni) Shota
2005 Fururi The Boy
2006 The Prince Of Tennis Ryoma Echizen
2006 Nana 2 Shinichi "Shin" Okizaki
2007 Silk Japanese Servant Boy
2008 The Blue Bird (青い鳥, Aoi Tori) Shinichi Sonobe
2008 K-20: Legend of the Mask Yoshio Kobayashi
2008 Goth Itsuki Kamiyama
2011 Gantz Jōichiro Nishi [3]
2011 Gantz: Another Gantz Jōichiro Nishi [3]
2011 Gantz: Perfect Answer Jōichiro Nishi [3]
2011 Saigo no Bansan (最後の晩餐 刑事・遠野一行と七人の容疑者) Shunta Tatematsu
2014 Tokyo Slaves Yuuga Oda
2015 Attack on Titan Armin Arlert [4]
2017 Fullmetal Alchemist Envy
2017 Hyōka Jun Sekitani
2018 Inuyashiki Naoyuki Andō
2018 Rin Lead role
2019 Kingdom Chengjiao

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2000 "Lovibe" The Boom
2005 "Tomorrow's Way" Yui
"Zutto Yomikake no Natsu" Tomita Lab
2006 "Hitoiro" Nana starring Mika Nakashima
2007 "Eien no Tsubasa" B'z
"Namida Sora" GReeeeN
2008 "Sky High" The Gospellers

Voice acting[edit]

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source
2012 Btooom! Ryōta Sakamoto
2014 Gundam Build Fighters Julian Ayers Mackenzie
2016 Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School Ryota Mitarai/Ultimate Imposter [5]
2017 Inuyashiki Naoyuki Andō


  • Boy Actor vol.1 (September 2005 and PIA)
  • "Nana2" Novelization (2006 and Shueisha Cobalt)
  • Real G vol.1 (January 2007 and SDP)
  • Real G vol.2 (May 2007 and SDP)
  • Junon Magazine (June 2014)


  • Concert Costarring "Gackt Live Tour 2003 The Month Of The Upper Chord"
  • The Radio Play "At Night Of A Big Blackout" – Shota Tazawa


  1. ^ http://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/cinema/f-et-tp1-20060915-90124.html Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  2. ^ http://www.goth-movie.jp/ Goth Movie website. Retrieved on 2009-11-08
  3. ^ a b c "実写版『GANTZ』最重要キャラクター・西丈一郎は本郷奏多に決定!二宮や松山を罵倒し薄ら笑い" (in Japanese). Cinema Today. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  4. ^ "Live-Action Attack on Titan Confirmed for 2 Films". animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Danganronpa 3 Anime to Premiere on July 11 & July 14". animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 29 September 2016.

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