Manatsu Akimoto

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Manatsu Akimoto
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Akimoto in 2018
Native name
秋元 真夏
Born (1993-08-20) August 20, 1993 (age 26)
Tokyo, Japan
  • Singer
  • Actress
  • Television personality
Years active2011–
Known forNogizaka46

Manatsu Akimoto (秋元 真夏, Akimoto Manatsu, born August 20, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese idol, actress, and television personality. She is a member of the Japanese girl group Nogizaka46, and is also active in various variety programs on television.

Life and career[edit]

Akimoto was born in Tokyo on August 20, 1993.[1] Her family moved to Saitama Prefecture when she was 7 months old, where she was raised.[2] She was the vice-president of the student council in middle school and was active in home economics and cooking clubs. In high school, she was the student council president.[3] In her 3rd year of high school, she was informed about Nogizaka46 1st Generation member auditions and recruitment. However, Akimoto's career goals at the time were closer towards a television presenter or actress and she was not actively interested in becoming an idol.[3] She ended up signing for the auditions on the final deadline date when she stumbled upon the news on her phone.[4]

Akimoto passed the auditions on August 21, 2011, becoming one of the 1st Generation members and temporary main selection member.[5][6] However, due to her studies and obligations, she was not active with the rest of the members until she graduated from high school in April 2012.[7][8] Akimoto enrolled in university, but against her parents' wishes she returned to join Nogizaka46, enrolling in training to prepare for her debut.[9] She was present at almost all Nogizakatte, Doko? studio recordings and Nogizaka46 live concerts as a trainee.[10][11]

In October 2012, Akimoto was selected as a main selection member for the 4th single Seifuku no Mannequin during the recording of a Nogizakatte, Doko? episode, marking her unexpected debut as an official member of Nogizaka46.[12][11] She debuted as an actress in the television drama Bad Boys J in April 2013.[13] As of 2019, Akimoto is active as a regular main selection member of Nogizaka46. She is also active as a television personality, with numerous appearances on variety shows as a panelist, guest and assistant MC.[14][15]

On August 14, 2019, Akimoto was named the next captain of Nogizaka46 effective following the graduation of fellow member and the first captain, Reika Sakurai.[16]


Nogizaka46 Singles


  1. ^ "乃木坂46白石麻衣、サプライズの誕生日祝いに感涙 生駒「下着をプレゼント」". マイナビニュース. マイナビ. 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  2. ^ 秋元真夏 (2013-04-02). "100回記念なのに...(´°ω°`)100". 乃木坂46 秋元真夏 公式ブログ. 乃木坂46運営委員会. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  3. ^ a b "あなたのハートにずっきゅん♥". FLASHスペシャル-グラビアBEST. 2014年夏号 (A4版 ed.). 光文社. 2014-07-04. pp. 89–97. ASIN B00J5CLZO4.CS1 maint: Date and year (link)
  4. ^ "砂糖細工ができるまで". UTB+. vol.11 (2013年1月号 ed.). ワニブックス. 2012-11-22. p. 72. ASIN B009VT3LVG.CS1 maint: Date and year (link)
  5. ^ "「乃木坂46」最終オーディション取材レポート(2)【合格者一覧(前半)】". スクランブルエッグ on the Web. スクランブルエッグ. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  6. ^ "AKB48公式ライバル「乃木坂46」最終オーディション【速報ダイジェスト】". スクランブルエッグ on the Web. スクランブルエッグ. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  7. ^ BUBKA編集部, ed. (2012-10-31). "打倒AKB、やれんのか? 乃木坂の乱! vol.12-秋元真夏って…誰? 史上最速インタビュー". BUBKA. 2012年12月号. 白夜書房. ASIN B009S9ZM6Q.CS1 maint: Date and year (link)
  8. ^ 秋元真夏 (2012-12-18). "乃木坂46「制服のマネキン」特集 - 秋元真夏に訊きたい46のコト (7-10)" (Interview). Interviewed by 西廣智一. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  9. ^ 鈴木繁 (2013-11-03). "秋元真夏さん(乃木坂46)と読む『とんび』". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  10. ^ "乃木坂46 4thシングル『制服のマネキン』発売記念グラビア". BOMB. 2013年1月号 (月刊版 ed.). 学研マーケティング. 2012-12-08. p. 45. ASIN B00AAGOXYI.CS1 maint: Date and year (link)
  11. ^ a b "1年休止の秋元真夏が乃木坂「八福神」に". 日刊スポーツ新聞社. 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
    秋元真夏 (2012-10-12). "アメイジングな発表♪4". 乃木坂46 秋元真夏 公式ブログ. 乃木坂46運営委員会. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  12. ^ "聖☆福神". GIRLPOP. M-ON! ANNEX. 561号 (2013 WINTER ed.). エムオン・エンタテインメント. 2012-12-01. p. 110. ISBN 978-4-7897-7182-5.CS1 maint: Date and year (link)
  13. ^ "伝説のヤンキーマンガドラマ化でAKB板野、乃木坂橋本共演". ナタリー. ナターシャ. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
    秋元真夏 (2013-04-30). "乃木坂46「BAD BOYS J」特集 (3/4)" (Interview). Interviewed by 西廣智一. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  14. ^ "ひねくれ3". TV Tokyo. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  15. ^ "乃木坂46・秋元真夏が陣内智則とMCタッグ!". ザテレビジョン. KADOKAWA. 2019-03-14. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  16. ^ "乃木坂新キャプテンに秋元真夏「人たらし」涙バトン - 坂道 : 日刊スポーツ". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-08-19.

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