Yui Aragaki

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Yui Aragaki
Native name 新垣結衣
Born (1988-06-11) June 11, 1988 (age 28)
Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Occupation
Musical career
Genres
Years active 2001–present
Labels Warner Music Japan
Website Official Site

Yui Aragaki (新垣 結衣 Aragaki Yui?, born June 11, 1988) is a Japanese actress, model, singer and occasional radio show host.

She is known for her beauty[1] as well as her movie projects.[2]

Early life[edit]

Yui Aragaki was born in Naha-shi, Okinawa on June 11, 1988 and has two older sisters. After seeing an audition notice for the junior fashion magazine Nicola (ニコラ Nikora), she applied for it and won the Grand Prix award for the audition. In 2001, at the age of 13, she began her Nicola modelling career and was very well received as a Nicola model, having set a record for appearing on cover for 15 times.[3] A fellow Nicola model Ayako Enamoto gave her the popular nickname "Gakky."

At the age of 15, Aragaki moved to Tokyo and enrolled in Horikoshi High School, a private high school popular for being attended by many Japanese celebrities. In 2004, she decided to put her Nicola career on hold and expand her career path into gravure and acting, and she also appeared in variety shows and commercials, with her Pocky commercials being the most popular.[4] A year later, she officially graduated from Nicola. Even so, she still appears in the magazine occasionally.

Career[edit]

In 2005, Aragaki took up a role in the TBS drama, Dragon Zakura, starring alongside Japanese idol like Tomohisa Yamashita and Masami Nagasawa.[5] This marked a breakthrough in her acting career. Since then, she has been cast in many other dramas, like My Boss, My Hero and Gal Circle. She also starred in the 2007 tragic love story movie hit Koizora, for which she won her first award, the Nikkan Sports Film Award for Best Newcomer.[6] Currently, she has 5 newcomer awards.

Aragaki won the Film prize at the 45th Golden Arrow Awards in 2008.[7] Her tremendous number of movie shoots as well as the preparation for her debut album resulted in her suffering from work-related stress[8][9] in 2007.

Outside acting she also released her first album, Sora, and the single "Heavenly Days", a song from Koizora. "Memories", the theme song for Tokyo Serendipity, was included in her debut album. She also performed at Budokan.[10]

She was also the co-hosts for popular radio program Girls Locks in 2010-2012.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Japanese Title English Title Role Film Production Notes With
2007 ワルボロ Waruboro Yamada Toei Company Lead Role Seiji Fukushi
恋するマドリ Koisuru Madori Yui Aoki Cinequanon Ryuhei Matsuda
恋空 Koizora Mika Tahara Toho Haruma Miura
2008 フレフレ少女 Fure Fure Shojo Momoyama Momoko Shochiku Kento Nagayama
2009 Ballad: Namonaki Koi no Uta (Ballad) Princess Renheme
2010 ハナミズキ Hanamizuki Sae Hirasawa Toho Toma Ikuta
2012 麒麟の翼 〜劇場版・新参者 The Wings of the Kirin Kaori Nakahara Hiroshi Abe
2014 TWILIGHT ささらさや Twilight: Saya in Sasara Saya Warner Bros. Yo Oizumi
2015 くちびるに歌を Kuchibiru ni uta o Yuri Kashiwagi Asmik Ace Entertainment None
2015 S -最後の警官- 奪還 RECOVERY OF OUR FUTURE S The Last Policeman - Recovery of Our Future

Television dramas[edit]

Year Japanese Title English Title Role Network Notes With
2005 シブヤフィフティーン Sh15uya Ema TV Asahi Lead Role None
ドラゴン桜 Dragon Zakura Yoshino Kosaka TBS Supporting Role
越路吹雪・愛の生涯~この命燃えつきるまで私は歌う Onna no Ichidaiki! Koshiji Fubuki (child) Fuji TV Guest
2006 トゥルーラブ True Love
彼女の恋文 Kanojo no Koibumi TV Asahi
ギャルサー Gal Circle Nagisa NTV Main Cast
マイ★ボス マイ★ヒーロー My Boss My Hero Hikari Umemura
2007 パパとムスメの7日間 Papa to Musume no Nanokakan Kawahara Kome TBS Lead Role
2008 コード・ブルー Code Blue Dr. Megumi Shiraishi Fuji TV Yamashita Tomohisa
2009 コード・ブルー SP Code Blue Special Episode
スマイル Smile Mishima Hana TBS Matsumoto Jun
2010 エンゼルバンク Angel Bank Kaoru Kitashiro TV Asahi Cameo (episode 1) None
コード・ブルー 2 Code Blue 2 Dr. Megumi Shiraishi Fuji TV Lead Role Yamashita Tomohisa
2011 全開ガール Zenkai Girl Ayukawa Wakaba Ryo Nishikido
らんま1/2 Ranma ½ Akane Tendo NTV None
2012 もう誘拐なんてしない Mou Yuukai Nante Shinai Hanazono Erika Fuji TV Satoshi Ohno
リーガルハイ Legal High Machiko Mayuzumi Masato Sakai
2013 空飛ぶ広報室 Public Affairs Office in the Sky Rika Inaba TBS Gō Ayano
リーガルハイ Legal High SP Machiko Mayuzumi Fuji TV Masato Sakai
リーガルハイ 2 Legal High 2
2014 S -最後の警官 S - Saigo no Keikan Iruma Hayashi TBS Main Cast None
2015 掟上今日子の備忘録 Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku Okitegami Kyōko NTV Lead Role Masaki Okada
2016 逃げるは恥だが役に立つ Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu Mikuri Moriyama TBS Lead Role
2017 絆~走れ奇跡の子馬~ Kizuna: Hashire Kiseki no Kouma 将子 NHK Main Cast Kōji Yakusho

Voice acting[edit]

Year Title Type Character
2006 Digimon Data Squad Anime series Yoshino Fujieda
Digimon World Data Squad Video game
Keroro Gunso Anime film Mirara

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release Title Oricon Single charts peak positions and sales Album
Daily Weekly Debut Overall
2008/07/16 "Make My Day" 1 2 53,471 85,341 Hug
2008/10/15 "Akai Ito" 1 3 34,236 64,461
2009/02/25 "Piece" 6 7 18,204 25,283
2009/05/27 "Utsushie" 9 10 15,946 22,048

Albums[edit]

Release Title Oricon Album charts peak positions and sales
Daily Weekly Debut Overall
2007/12/05 Sora 2 3 72,879 133,086
2009/06/17 Hug 3 5 22,540 40,704
2010/09/22 Niji 2 4 19,888 29,902

See also[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2007 20th Nikkan Sports Film Award Best Newcomer Award Koizora Won
2008 50th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Newcomer Award Won
29th Yokohama Film Festival Best Newcomer Award Won
2009 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Supporting Actress Smile Won
61st Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Won

Commercials[edit]

Official photobooks[edit]

  • Chura Chura (2006)
  • A Happy New Gakky (2006)
  • Masshiro (2007)
  • Koisuru Madori (2007)
  • Gekkan Aragaki Yui Special (2010)
  • Hanamizuki Official Photostory Book (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Female Oricon Readers Rank Celebrities With the Ideal Face - Nihongogo". nihongogo.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  2. ^ "Entertainment News from Japan: Aragaki Yui a Rising Star". Japan Zone. 2006-10-29. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Aragaki Yui". mydramalist.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Aragaki Yui". mydramalist.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Aragaki Yui". mydramalist.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  6. ^ "Aragaki Yui". mydramalist.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  7. ^ "Golden Arrow Awards: Aragaki wins big". Tokyograph. 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 5, 2006. Retrieved February 5, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Yui Aragaki Planet: Aragaki Yui by NewPaper". Aragaki-yui.blogspot.com. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  10. ^ "Yui Aragaki to debut at Budokan". Tokyograph. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  11. ^ "Yui Aragaki Profile". 

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