Umika Kawashima

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Umika Kawashima
川島 海荷
Born (1994-03-03) March 3, 1994 (age 23)
Origin Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Occupation(s) Actress, voice actress, singer
Years active 2006–present
Labels Sony Music Japan
Associated acts 9nine
meg rock
Website ameblo.jp/kawashima-umika-official/

Umika Kawashima (born March 3, 1994 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese idol, singer, actress and voice actress.[1][2] She is a former member of the Japanese girl group 9nine. Her solo single "Maji de Koi Suru 5 Byō Mae/Ichigo Iro no Kimochi", on the Watashi no Yasashikunai Senpai soundtrack, reached #46 on the Oricon chart.[3] As an actress, she played in numerous Japanese TV series and movies.

Biography[edit]

Umika Kawashima was born in the Saitama Prefecture. She was scouted in Shibuya when she was in 6th grade and joined Lespros Entertainment. The actresses she idolizes are Aoi Miyazaki, Yui Aragaki and Kou Shibasaki. She has stated that she would like to collaborate with Masaharu Fukuyama.[4] She graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Letters at Meiji University with a degree in psychology in 2016.[5]

Career[edit]

Since 2006, Kawashima has appeared in numerous television dramas and movies. In 2007 she joined the female idol group 9nine, however she announced her graduation from the group in 2016 to focus on her acting career. She appeared for her final performance with the group during "9nine LIVE 2016," BEST 9 Tour" after being with the group for nine and a half years.[6] Early 2016, it was announced that Kawashima would become a regular alongside Masu Taichi on the television program ZIP!. Kawashima commented, "Now is the time to move forward. I want to present an exciting program without any accidents."[7] She receives her first leading role as a voice actress in the 2017 summer anime series, Nana Maru San Batsu.[8]

Filmography[edit]

TV dramas[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 Dare Yorimo Mama wo Ai su Sanada Tomo
Yakusha Damashii Fukada Sakurako
2007 Iryu 2 Takami Kana
Code Blue Kuriyama Miki
2008 Bloody Monday Takagi Haruka
2009 Kiina Fukada Yukino
Aishiteru Ozawa Mihoko
2010 Bloody Monday 2 Takagi Haruka
Kaibutsu-kun Ichikawa Utako
99-nen no Ai ~ Japanese Americans Hiramatsu Sachie
2011 Heaven's Flower Ai
Hanawake no Yon Shimai Yonemoto Mai
Kokosei Restaurant Hanawa Ume
Kaibutsu-kun Special Ichikawa Utako
2012 Hanayome Katakura Yoko
Papadol! Hanamura Mei
2013 Pin to Kona Chiba Ayame
Keizoku 2: SPEC~Rei Maho Ueno
2014 Kabuka Boraku Yuki Todo
2016 Arechi no Koi Yuariko Kitazawa
Asa ga Kuru Katakura Hikari

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Life Tengoku de Kimi ni Aetara Iijima Konatsu
2009 Keitai Kareshi Satomi Ueno
2010 Watashi no Yasashikunai Senpai Yamako Iriomote
2011 Hoshi Mamoru Inu Yuki Kawamura
Kaibutsu-kun The Movie Pirari / Utako Ichikawa

Television animation[edit]

Year Title Role
2017 Nana Maru San Batsu Mari Fukami

Awards[edit]

  • INTERNATIONAL DRAMA AWARD in TOKYO 2009 The Rookie of the Year Award
  • Tokyo Drama Awards: Best Newcomer Award (The 3rd Tokyo Drama Awards, 2009)[2][9]
  • 23th Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards Special Prize
  • INTERNATIONAL DRAMA AWARD in TOKYO 2011 GrandPrix "99 years LOVE ~JAPANESE AMERICANS~"
  • 19th Hashida Award GrandPrix "99 years LOVE ~JAPANESE AMERICANS~"
  • 2013 24th BEST JEWERY DRESSER in Japan (section of teens)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "胸キュン美少女"川島海荷が新カルピスキャラ (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. 2009-03-18. Archived from the original on 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  2. ^ a b 【川島海荷】あどけない"つぼみ" (in Japanese). ZAKZAK. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  3. ^ MajiでKoiする5秒前の歌詞. Oricon Style. Oricon. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  4. ^ ""胸キュン美少女"川島海荷が新カルピスキャラ" (in Japanese). Sponichi Annex. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ "川島海荷、明治大学を卒業「青春を謳歌した」キャンパスライフを語る" (in Japanese). Modelpress.jp. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "9nine川島海荷、7月にグループ卒業" (in Japanese). Natalie. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ "川島海荷が「ZIP!」新司会に 「社会に対して敏感でいたい」" (in Japanese). Huffington Post. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Nana Maru San Batsu Anime Reveals Cast, Visual, July Premiere". Anime News Network. March 1, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ 『東京ドラマアウォード』“世界基準”グランプリに『アイシテル~海容~』 [Tokyo Drama Award is becoming a world standards grand prix.] (in Japanese). Oricon ME Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 

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