Karen Iwata

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Karen Iwata
Native name 岩田 華怜
Born (1998-05-13) May 13, 1998 (age 17)[1]
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Origin Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupation(s) Japanese idol, singer, voice actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Associated acts AKB48

Karen Iwata (岩田 華怜 Iwata Karen?, born May 13, 1998 in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture) is a Japanese singer. She is a member of the Japanese female idol group AKB48. Currently, she is in Team A.[2]


Iwata grew up in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. She auditioned for AKB48 and was selected to join as a kenkyusei (trainee) in April 2011.[3] In December 2011, Iwata auditioned for a role in the TV animated series AKB0048 and was selected to play the main character, Nagisa Motomiya.[4] As part of the anime project, she sang with eight other AKB48 members in the subunit No Name on the show's theme songs.[5][6]

In March 2012, during the Saitama Super Arena concert, Iwata was one of the trainee members who were promoted to full AKB48 members in the new Team 4. She also participated on her first A-side, on the AKB48 single Manatsu no Sounds Good!.[7] In July 2012, Iwata was selected to host a TV program on NHK as part of a series to support the areas affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which included Sendai. She mentioned that she had lived in a shelter for a while before auditioning for AKB48.[3] On August 24, 2012, AKB48 had a major restructuring, in which Team 4 was dissolved, and Iwata was moved to Team A.[8][9]



With AKB48[edit]

A sides[edit]
B sides[edit]

With Hana wa Saku Project[edit]

Title Release date Chart
"Hana wa Saku" (花は咲く?) May 23, 2012 17 Single by Hana wa Saku Project
Participated in the main single and "Hana wa Saku Iwata Karen ver."

With No Name[edit]

  • "Kibō ni Tsuite" (August 1, 2012)
  • "Kono Namida o Kimi ni Sasagu" (April 10, 2013)


TV dramas[edit]


  • AKB0048 (April 29, 2012 — July 22, 2012), as Nagisa Motomiya
  • AKB0048 Next Stage (January 5, 2013 - March 30, 2013), as Nagisa Motomiya/Atsuko Maeda the 14th

TV variety shows[edit]


  1. ^ "AKB48公式プロフィール". AKB48. AKS. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  2. ^ "AKB48公式サイト|メンバー情報" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  3. ^ a b c "AKB岩田華怜、中2でNHK冠番組 被災地支援番組ナビゲーターに決定" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  4. ^ "アニメ「AKB0048」公開オーディションで声優選抜9名決定" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  5. ^ "AKBまゆゆら"声優選抜"が新ユニット「NO NAME」結成! アニメ主題歌デビュー" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  6. ^ "TVアニメ『AKB0048』、主題歌は声優選抜メンバーのユニット"NO NAME"が担当" (in Japanese). My Navi. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  7. ^ a b "AKB48、新曲選抜メンバーは過去最多36人 まゆゆ筆頭に次世代エース候補が台頭" (in Japanese). Oricon. March 25, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Reformation of AKB48 in Tokyo Dome Concert" (in Japanese). 2012-08-24. 
  9. ^ Green, Scott (August 24, 2012). "AKB48 Announces Tectonic Line-Up Shift". Crunchyroll. 
  10. ^ "AKB48、過去最多36人で新曲初披露 HKT兒玉ら15人が初選抜". Oricon Style (in Japanese). 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 

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