Sayaka Akimoto

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Sayaka Akimoto
Akimoto Sayaka "Bikuu The Movie" at Opening Ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (22439115431).jpg
Sayaka Akimoto at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, in October 2015
Native name 秋元 才加
Born (1988-07-26) July 26, 1988 (age 28)
Matsudo, Chiba, Japan
Occupation
Years active 2006–present
Agent Flave Entertainment
Height 166 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Website www.akimotosayaka.jp
Musical career
Genres J-pop
Labels
Associated acts

Sayaka Akimoto (秋元 才加, Akimoto Sayaka?, born July 26, 1988[1] in Matsudo, Chiba),[2] is a Filipino–Japanese actress and singer who was a member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48, where she had served as the captain of Team K and the AKB48 sub-unit Diva.

Background[edit]

Early career in Philippines[edit]

Akimoto has a Filipino mother, and in 2012 ran the Tokyo Marathon for the second year in a row and donated the money to the Philippines.[3] Her solo book of photographs is entitled Ari no Mama.[4] On June 26, 2014, Akimoto was appointed as the Goodwill Philippine Tourism Ambassador in order to promote the Philippines as a tourist destination in Japan.[5] She was also assigned as a narrator in the collaboration drama of PTV-4 and Nippon TV entitled "Halo Halo House-Jose's Nippon Diary"[6]

2006-2013: AKB48 member[edit]

Sayaka Akimoto at the Japan Expo 2009 in Paris, France

Akimoto began her career in AKB48 as one of the members of the second generation, the Original Team K. On the last day of the Budokan concert on August 23, 2009, during the first team shuffle, Akimoto was officially made captain of Team K. She resigned after a scandal in 2010[7] but after completing the Tokyo Marathon in 2011, she was reappointed the position.[citation needed] On August 24, 2012, in the Tokyo Dome~1830m no Yume~ concert, Yuko Oshima replaced her as the captain of Team K via team shuffle.[citation needed]

She has since been involved with sub-unit group Diva under Avex. She became a regular on the popular noon TV show Waratte Iitomo from 2010 to 2012. She was also featured as one of the members in AKB48's own anime TV show alongside other members Minami Takahashi, Yuko Oshima, Tomomi Itano, Atsuko Maeda and others.

On April 7, 2013, Akimoto announced on her official blog that she would not be participating in AKB48's 2013 general election, and would be graduating from AKB48 to focus on her acting. Her graduation ceremony was held on August 22 at the Tokyo Dome,[8][9] and her final stage performance was held on August 28 at the AKB48 Theater,[10][11] and has been streamed live by Nico Nico Namahousou.[12]

2014-present: Solo career[edit]

In 2014, she reunited with her sub-unit group DIVA to release their final single "Discovery", an album, and a tour before disbandment.

She composed and sang "Little Witch" which was the NHK 2014 Spring Campaign Theme Song.[13]

Since leaving AKB48 she has starred in four movies. She has a recurring role as Bikuu in Garo which led to a solo movie spin off in 2015. She sang the theme song of the movie entitled "Sengetsu ~Hikari to Yami no Soba de~".[14]

Akimoto was a co-host for Team Japan in the reality competition show Ultimate Beastmaster which was released on Netflix on February 24, 2017.[15][16]

Discography[edit]

With AKB48[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year No. Title Role[17] Notes
2006 1 "Aitakatta" A-side Debut with Team K. Also sang on "Dakedo..."
2007 2 "Seifuku ga Jama o Suru" A-side Also sang on "Virgin Love"
3 "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō" A-side
4 "Bingo!" A-side Also sang on "Only Today"
5 "Boku no Taiyō" A-side Also sang on "Mirai no Kajitsu".
2008 7 "Romance, Irane" A-side Also sang on "Ai no moufu".
8 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008" A-side
9 "Baby! Baby! Baby!" A-side
10 "Ōgoe Diamond" A-side Also sang on "109".
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" A-side Ranked 12th in 2009 General Election.
14 "River" A-side
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" A-side[citation needed] Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" Under Girls Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Nusumareta Kuchibiru" as Under Girls; and "Majijo Teppen Blues"
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side, Yasai Sisters Ranked 17th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters".
18 "Beginner" Diva Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Nakeru Basho" as Diva.
19 "Chance no Junban" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[18] Sang on "Alive" with Team K.
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" Diva Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Area K" as Diva.
-- "Dareka no Tame ni - What can I do for someone?" -- Charity single
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" B-side Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Yankee Soul".
22 "Flying Get" A-side Ranked 17th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Seishun to Kizukanai mama"; and "Yasai Uranai" as Yasai Sisters 2011.
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" Under Girls Yurigumi Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Gondola Lift" as Under Girls Yurigumi.
24 "Ue kara Mariko" A-side Lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament;[19][20] She sang on "Zero-sum Taiyō" as Team K.[citation needed]
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" Special Girls B Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Hitsujikai no Tabi" as Special Girls B.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" Special Girls Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Mitsu no Namida" as Special Girls.
27 "Gingham Check" Under Girls Did not sing on title track. Ranked 20th in 2012 General Election.[21][22] She sang on "Nante Bohemian" as Under Girls.[citation needed]
28 "Uza" New Team K Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Scrap & Build" as New Team K.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Watashitachi no Reason".
2013 30 "So Long!" B-side Did not sing on title track. Sang on "Yuuhi Marie" as Team K.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" B-side Did not sing on title track. Sang on "How Come?" as Team K.[citation needed]
2014 36 "Labrador Retriever" B-side Did not participate in title song. Participated in "Kyō made no Melody" as graduated member.

Singles with SKE48[edit]

Year No. Title Role Notes
2016 19 "Chicken Line" B-side Sang on "Tabi no Tochū". Participated as graduated member.

Stage units[edit]

Team K 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaru yo" (PARTYが始まるよ?)
  • Skirt, Hirari (スカート、ひらり?)
  • Hoshi no Ondo (星の温度?)
Team K 2nd Stage "Seishun Girls" (青春ガールズ?)
  • Blue Rose
  • Fushidara na Natsu (ふしだらな夏?)
Team K 3rd Stage "Nōnai Paradise" (脳内パラダイス?)
  • Kimi wa Pegasus (君はペガサス?)
Himawari Gumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyō" (僕の太陽?)
  • Himawari (向日葵?)
Himawari Gumi 2nd Stage "Yume o Shinaseru Wakeni Ikanai" (夢を死なせるわけにいかない?)
  • Confession
Team K 4th Stage "Saishū Bell ga Naru" (最終ベルが鳴る?)
  • Return Match (リターンマッチ?)
Team K 5th Stage "Sakaagari" (逆上がり?)
  • Mushi no Ballad (虫のバラード?) (Solo Unit)
Team K 6th Stage "Reset"
  • Ashita no Tame ni Kiss o (明日のためにキスを?)
Team K Waiting Stage
  • Anata to Christmas Eve (あなたとクリスマスイブ?)
  • Yuuwaku no Garter (誘惑のガーター?)

With Diva[edit]

  • "Tsuki no Ura gawa"
    • "Fade out"
    • "Information"
    • "Blue rose -Diva ver.-"
  • "Cry"
    • "No way out"
    • "Chika Suidō"
    • "Maria -Diva ver.-"
  • "Lost the Way"
    • "Kanashimi no Mirage"
    • "Kimi wa Pegasus -Diva ver.-"

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year English title Japanese title Role
2007 Densen Uta 伝染歌 Matsuda Shuri (松田朱里?)
2009 Super Gore Girl 聖白百合騎士団 Takashi Yukie (鷹司有希恵?)
2009 High Kick Girl! ハイキック・ガール! Rika (リカ?)
2012 Ultraman Saga ウルトラマンサーガ Ozaki Anna (アンナ(尾崎杏奈)?)
2014 Tokyo Slaves 奴隷区 -僕と23人の奴隷- Arakawa Eia (荒川エイア?)
2015 BIKUU 媚空-ビクウ- Biku (媚空?)
2015 Mango to Akai Kurumaisu マンゴーと赤い車椅子 Miyasono Ayaka (宮園彩夏?)
2015 Galaxy Turnpike ギャラクシー街道 Manmo (マンモ?)

Dramas[edit]

Year English title Japanese title Role
2008 Tadashii Ouji no Tsukuri Kata 正しい王子のつくり方 Kiryu Natsuki (桐生夏輝?)
2008 Ecogainder 環境超人エコガインダー Mudana-sama (ムダーナ?)
2010 Salary Man Kintaro 2 サラリーマン金太郎2 Torii Madoka (鳥居まどか?)
2010 Arienai! (episode 7) あり得ない! Aihara Kaori (相原香織?)
2010 Majisuka Gakuen マジすか学園 Chokoku (チョウコク?)
2011 Majisuka Gakuen 2 マジすか学園2 Chokoku (チョウコク?)
2011 Kudo Shinichi e no Chosenjo 名探偵コナン 工藤新一への挑戦状 Suzuki Sonoko (鈴木園子?)
2012 Asadora Satsujin Jiken 朝ドラ殺人事件 Niimi Miho (新見美穂?)
2012 Taiga Drama Daisakusen 大河ドラマ大作戦 Niimi Miho (新見美穂?)
2013 Hosou Hakubutsukan Kikiippatsu 放送博物館危機一髪 Niimi Miho (新見美穂?)
2013 Discover Dead (episode 1) ディスカバーデッド Mermaid
2014 Garo: Makai no Hana 牙狼〈GARO〉-魔戒ノ花- Biku (媚空?)
2014 Oyaji no Senaka (episode 10) おやじの背中 Ueda (上田?)
2014 Senkan Yamato no Curry Rice 戦艦大和のカレイライス Kureha Saori (呉羽沙織?)
2015 Orange: 1.17 Inochigake de Tatakatta Shoboshi no Tamashi no Monogatari ORANGE〜1.17 命懸けで闘った消防士の魂の物語〜 Yukimura Hana (雪村華?)
2015 Kouncho Kohiya Koyomi 紅雲町珈琲屋こよみ
2015 Wakaretara Sukina Hito 別れたら好きな人 Kihara Megumi (木原めぐみ?)
2016 Gūddo Mōningu Kōru グッドモーニング・コール Yukari (ゆかり)
2016 Sumika Sumire スミカスミレ Chiaki Yoshinogo

Stage plays[edit]

Year English title Japanese title Role
2008 Oishii Timing おいしいタイミング
2010 Space Wars スペース・ウォーズ
2010 Act Izumi Kyoka 音楽劇 「ACT泉鏡花」 Tomohime (富姫?)
2012 Roman Holiday ローマの休日 Ann Princess (アン王女?)
2014 Kokumin no Eiga 国民の映画 Elsa Veesenmayer (エルザ・フェーゼンマイヤー?)

Musicals[edit]

Year English title Japanese title Role
2009 AKB Kagekidan Infinity AKB歌劇団 「∞・Infinity」 Muraama Ruka (村雨ルカ?)
2010 Minky Momo: Kagami no Kuni no Princess ミンキーモモ〜鏡の国のプリンセス〜 Nightmare (ナイトメアー?)
2011 Super Live Show "Double Heroine" スーパーLIVEショー「ダブルヒロイン」 Kinoshita Rachel (木下レイチェル?)
2012 Mozart l'Opéra Rock ロックオペラ モーツァルト Constanze (コンスタンツェ?)
2015 Shelock Holmes 2: Bloody Game シャーロック ホームズ2 ~ブラッディ・ゲーム~ Maria Clara (マリア・クララ?)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Mujack Self
2008 AKB 0ji 59fun Self
2008–2013 AKBingo! Self
2008–2010 AKB48 Nemosu TV (AKB48ネ申テレビ?) Self
2009–2010 Shukan AKB48 (週刊AKB?) Self
2009 Music Fighter Self
2010 G.I. Goro Self
2010-2012 Waratte Iitomo! Self
2017 Ultimate Beastmaster Host for Team Japan[15][16]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Nippon TV's drama "Halo Halo House-Jose's Nippon Diary" aims to revitalize Ichinomiya and is set to broadcast in the Philippines beginning January 2016". Nippon TV. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
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  9. ^ http://mantan-web.jp/2013/08/22/20130822dog00m200049000c.html
  10. ^ "Graduation dates for Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi and Akimoto Sayaka revealed". TokyoHive.com. June 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "篠田&板野&秋元の卒業日決定 AKB劇場での卒業公演でそれぞれ幕 (篠田麻里子) ニュース-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon.co.jp. 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
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  15. ^ a b Prudon, Laura (May 9, 2016). "Netflix Orders Global Competition Series 'Ultimate Beastmaster' from Sylvester Stallone, Dave Broome". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
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  18. ^ "AKB48、じゃんけん選抜シングルは「チャンスの順番」". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  19. ^ "AKB48 :AKB48 :じゃんけん大会を再び開催 9月に武道館で SKE48、NMB48ら総勢71人参加" (in Japanese). Mantan-Web.jp (Mainichi Shimbun Digital). 3 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
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  22. ^ "AKB48 27thシングル 選抜総選挙を2012年6月6日(水)に日本武道館にて開催" (in Japanese). AKB48 Official Site. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 

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