Masato Wada

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Masato Wada (和田正人)
Born (1979-08-25) August 25, 1979 (age 37)
Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 2004–present
Website Wada's Official Blog

Masato Wada (和田 正人?, Wada Masato) is a Japanese actor and singer. He is known for his role as Sengoku Kiyosumi in The Prince of Tennis musical series, Tenimyu (and making a cameo in the Prince of Tennis live action film adaptation). He is also part of a young men's stage acting troupe, D-BOYS, which perform in various skit-like performances. He starred as Nobuo Akagi/Akiba Red in the 2012 Super Sentai parody series Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger.

Career[edit]

He has appeared in a various number of TV shows.

Wada portrayed the real-life Keijiro Yamashita, in the TV drama special, The Hit Parade,[1] starring fellow D-BOYS members Yuu Shirota, Masaki Kaji, Hiroki Suzuki, Hirofumi Araki, Yuya Endo and Kōji Seto. The show aired May 26, 2006 on Fuji TV.

On January 1, 2007, Wada appeared on the 44th annual broadcast of the Secret New Years' Performance Tournament's "Chinese Lion Dance" segment, with fellow D-BOYS members Yuya Endo, Masaki Kaji, Hiroki Suzuki and former D-Boys member, Yuuma Minakawa.

With the D-BOYS[edit]

In October 2004, Wada joined the Watanabe Entertainment group named the D-BOYS. He is currently, the oldest member in the group. As a member of the D-BOYS, Wada also keeps a blog, which he updates regularly. Being a part of the D-BOYS provides Wada with a lot of opportunities. Among them is to perform with the group of boys and expand his experience as a performer. The D-BOYS so far have released two photobooks. The first photobook released on April 27, 2005, was self-titled D-Boys, while the second, released on March 15, 2006, was called Start, both which contain many photos of Wada.

The D-BOYS starred in their own drama documentary variety series called, DD-Boys[2] in which Wada's appeared in many episodes as himself. The show was 24 episodes long and ran from April 10 to September 25, 2006. In June 2007, the D-BOYS starred in their very own musical together called, D-BOYS STAGE,[3] which ran from June 3 to June 10 at the Space Zero theater in Tokyo. Wada only appeared in the musical as a guest performer, making select appearances on June 4 and June 7.

As Sengoku Kiyosumi in The Prince of Tennis Musicals[edit]

In 2005, Wada won the role of Sengoku Kiyosumi, the "lucky" 3rd year regular of Yamabuki Middle School's tennis club in the Prince of Tennis musical series, Tenimyu. From 2005 to 2007, he was the first and only actor to play Sengoku. He made his debut on January 8, 2005 in the Side Yamabuki performance in Osaka. The musical marked his first major debut on stage. During his run in the musicals, he was able to work with fellow D-BOYS members Yuya Endo, Kotaro Yanagi, Masaki Kaji, Hiroki Suzuki, Hirofumi Araki, Osamu Adachi, Tomo Yanagishita, Kōji Seto, and former member Yuu Shirota. His last musical appearance as Sengoku was in the fourth Dream Live concert in 2007.

As Kintarou Tooyama in the Prince of Tennis Live-Action Film[edit]

Wada was not able to carry on his role from the musicals to the live-adaptation film of the manga series, because the character of Sengoku, as well as the entire Yamabuki team, does not appear in the film; however, he was able to make a small cameo in the film as Kintarou Tooyama, a member of Seigaku's rival team, Shintenhouji. The cameo appearance marked Wada's first film debut.

The Prince of Tennis was released on May 13, 2006 and opened in the tenth spot in the Japanese Box Office.

As Nogami Toshiya in Fushin no toki -Woman Wars-[edit]

Then, Wada appeared in the TV drama, Fushin no toki -Woman Wars (だめんず・うぉ~か~)[4] as a minor character, named Nogami Toshiya, which premiered on Fuji TV July 6, 2006 and broadcast until September 21, 2006.

As Fukuyama Ichitarou in Damens Walker[edit]

Afterwards, Wada appeared in the TV drama, Damens Walkers (だめんず・うぉ~か~)[5] as a businessman, named Fukuyama Ichitarou, which premiered on TV Asahi October 12, 2006 and broadcast until December 7, 2006. The drama was based on a popular comic book by Mayumi Kurata, about beautiful women that end up having relationships with worthless men that cheat and lie.

As Baba Atsushi in Konshuu, Tsuma ga Uwaki Shimasu[edit]

Wada appeared as a businessman, named Baba Atsushi, in the TV drama, Konshuu, Tsuma ga Uwaki Shimasu (今週、妻が浮気します?),[6] which premiered on Fuji TV, January 16, 2007.

In the Hit Parade Musical[edit]

In 2006, Wada had appeared in the TV drama special, The Hit Parade,[1] starring as Keijiro Yamashita.

Then, in 2007, it was announced that Wada would also be starring in the Watanabe special musical, The Hit Parade,[7] the musical version of the TV drama special, Hit Parade that Wada had starred in. Performances will run from July 10–31, 2007 at the Aoyama Theater in Tokyo and will also run from March 31, 2007 to April 1, 2007 at the Le Theatre Ginza in Tokyo.

As Mamiya Shinjuro in Shigeshoshi[edit]

Shigeshoshi (a.k.a. The Embalmer) became Wada's first opportunity to take the lead role in a television serial. Based on the manga of the same name by Mihara Mitsukazu, the series centered around embalmer Mamiya Shinjuro, and the understanding of the nature of life and death that he gains through his work. Shigeshoshi aired on TV Tokyo from October to December 2007, and also featured fellow D-Boys, Igarashi Shunji and Kaji Masaki.

Personal life[edit]

Wada keeps a blog on his D-BOYS webpage, which he updates regularly. In his blog entries he often writes about his personal thoughts and feelings on various subjects in his life. Despite the fact that he has stated in his blog that he does not often connect his work relationships with private relationships, he is very close friends with fellow D-BOYS members, Masaki Kaji (often regarding Kaji as a best friend and younger brother) and Hiroki Suzuki.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Other notes
2006 The Prince of Tennis Kintarou Tooyama
2008 Ashinmetorî Hokuto
2016 14 no Yoru
2017 Hana Ikusa Senbu
Sekigahara Kuroda Nagamasa
Television
Year Title Role Other notes
2006 DD-BOYS as Himself Appears in Episodes 1-2, 6, 14, 20-23
The Hit Parade Keijiro Yamashita
Fushin no toki -Woman Wars- Nogami Toshiya
Damens Walker Fukuyama Ichitarou
2007 Konshuu, Tsuma ga Uwaki Shimasu Baba Atsushi
Shigeshoshi Mamiya Shinjuro
2012 Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger Nobuo Akagi/Akiba Red Japanese tokusatsu series
2016 Specialist Nozomu Nogata [8]
2017 Onna jōshu Naotora Matsushita Jōkei Taiga drama

Stage[edit]

  • March 21, March 23, and March 26, 2007 as a guest performer in the Out of Order Live Entertainment Show

Musicals[edit]

TENIMYU: THE PRINCE OF TENNIS MUSICAL SERIES (as Sengoku Kiyosumi)

  • The Prince of Tennis Musical: Side Yamabuki feat. St. Rudolph (In Winter of 2004-2005)
  • The Prince of Tennis Musical: Dream Live 2nd (2005)
  • The Prince of Tennis Musical: The Imperial Match Hyotei Gakuen (2005)
  • The Prince of Tennis Musical: The Imperial Match Hyotei Gakuen in Winter (In Winter of 2005-2006)
  • The Prince of Tennis Musical: Dream Live 4th ~Extra~ (2007)

Plays[edit]

  • April 2005 in Putting a Ribbon on the Little Box of Dreams
  • June 4 and June 7, 2007 as a guest performer in the D-BOYS STAGE Musical
  • July 10 to July 31, 2007 in the Watanabe special Musical The Hit Parade
  • June 2008 as a performer in "D-BOYS STAGE vol 2: The Last Game"
  • October 2009 as a performer in "D-BOYS STAGE vol 3: Karasu 10"
  • April 2010 as performer in "D-BOYS STAGE vol 4: Now Loading"
  • April 29 to May 15, 2011, played as Antonio in "D-BOYS STAGE: The Merchant of Venice"

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