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Mion Mukaichi (向井地 美音, Mukaichi Mion, born 29 January 1998) is a member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48.[1][2] She is a member of AKB48's Team A and is the current AKB48 Group General Manager.

Mion Mukaichi
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Native name
向井地 美音
Born (1998-01-29) 29 January 1998 (age 21)
NationalityJapan
Other namesMīon
Occupation
Years active2002 (2002) – present
AgentMama&Son
Notable work
Unfair, Unfair: The Movie
Home townSaitama Prefecture, Japan
Musical career
GenresJ-pop
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
Years active2013 (2013) – present
LabelsAKS, King Record
Associated actsAKB48
AKB48 Group General Manager
Assumed office
April 1, 2019 (2019-04-01)
Preceded byYui Yokoyama

BiographyEdit

Mukaichi was born in Saitama Prefecture. She played tennis from 1st grade in elementary school right up to 3rd grade in junior high school.[3]

CareerEdit

Before joining the group, Mukaichi was a child actress, represented by the talent agency Central G.[4] She quit in 5th grade to concentrate on her studies,[5] and after entering junior high school, she was represented by talent agency Ii Concept.[6] She has appeared in a number of television dramas, such as Unfair, and movies, such as Unfair: The Movie.

In January 2013, Mukaichi took part and passed the AKB48's 15th generation auditions, joining the group as a trainee member.[7]

In February 2014, during the group's Daisokaku Matsuri, Mukaichi was promoted to Team 4.[8] In April 2014, Mukaichi was selected as the center (lead performer) for the song "Heavy Rotation", after being nominated by Yuko Oshima, who was graduating.[9] She also starred in Sailor Zombie as a guest role in episode 2.[10]

Mukaichi was selected to sing the group's 38th single title track "Kibouteki Refrain".[11] This was her first time as one of the selected members.

Mukaichi starred in the movie Unfair: The End, the final part of the series "Unfair", which was released in September 2015. The producer, who did not know Mukaichi joined AKB48, said Mukaichi's role was a very important one and that even if Mukaichi has quit the entertainment industry, he would want her to return for this role.[12]

She received the center position on the group's 44th single "Tsubasa wa Iranai" which was released on June 1, 2016.[13] In AKB48's general elections in the same year, she placed 13th with 47,094 votes and entered the Senbatsu in AKB48 45th single.[14]

In June 2018, she placed 13th in the Senbatsu Sousenkyo and revealed that she aimed to become the next General Manager of AKB48 Group. In December, during the 13th anniversary celebration of the group at the AKB48 Theater, current General Manager Yui Yokoyama nominated Mukaichi as her successor and stated that she would remain to guide her until she was ready to take over the position. Mukaichi officially assumed the General Manager position on April 1, 2019.[15]

DiscographyEdit

AKB48 singlesEdit

Year No. Title Role Notes
2013 33 "Heart Electric" B-side Sang 'Kimi no Hitomi wa Planetarium' together with the trainee members.
2014 35 "Mae Shika Mukanee" B-side Sang 'Himitsu no Diary' as part of one-shot unit 'Baby Elephants'.
36 "Labrador Retriever" B-side Sang 'Heart no Dasshutsu Game' as part of Team 4.
38 "Kibouteki Refrain" A-side Mukaichi's first A-side. Also sang 'Me wo Akete Mama no First Kiss' as part of Team 4.
2015 39 "Green Flash" B-side Sang "Haru no Hikari Chikadzuita Natsu" and "Yankee Rock".
40 Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai A-side Also sang "Kafka to Dendenmu Chu!"
41 Halloween Night B-side Sang "Mizu no Naka no Dendouritsu", "Ippome Ondo", and "Yankee Machine Gun".
42 Kuchibiru ni Be My Baby B-side Sang "Kimi wo Kimi wo Kimi wo...", "Madonna no Sentaku", "Senaka Kotoba", and "Oneesan no Hitorigoto"
2016 43 "Kimi wa Melody" A-side Marked as the 10th Anniversary Single. Also sang "LALALA Message".
44 "Tsubasa wa Iranai" A-side, Center First solo center. Also sang "Aishū no Trumpeter".
45 "Love Trip / Shiawase wo Wakenasai" A-side Also sang "Black Flower".
46 "High Tension" A-side
2017 47 "Shoot Sign" A-side Also sang on "Accident Chū" as AKB48 U-19 and "Dare no Koto wo Ichiban Aishiteru?" as Sakamichi AKB.
48 "Negaigoto no Mochigusare" A-side
49 "#SukiNanda" B-side Sang "Darashinai Aishikata" and "Give Up wa Shinai"
50 "11gatsu no Anklet" A-side
2018 51 "Jabaja" A-side
52 "Teacher Teacher" A-side
53 "Sentimental Train" A-side Placed 13th in the 2018 Senbatsu Sousenkyo
54 "No Way Man" A-side
2019 55 "Jiwaru Days" A-side
56 "Sustainable" A-side

AppearancesEdit

Stage unitsEdit

AKB48 Kenkyusei Stage "Pajama Drive" (パジャマドライブ)
  1. "Tenshi no Shippo" (天使のしっぽ)
Team 4 3rd Stage "Idol no Yoake" (アイドルの夜明け)
  1. "Zannen Shōjo" (残念少女)

TV varietyEdit

  • SMAP X SMAP (2005)
  • AKBingo! (2013–2019)
  • AKB48 no Anta Dare? (AKB48のあんた、誰?) (2013-2016)
  • Ariyoshi AKB Kyowakoku (有吉AKB共和国) (2014-2016)
  • AKB Nemousu TV (AKBネ申テレビ) (2014– )
  • AKB de Arubaito (AKBでアルバイト) (2014)
  • AKB Shirabe (※AKB調べ) (2014-2015)

TV dramasEdit

  • Toshiie and Matsu (利家とまつ) (2002), young Hatsu
  • Wedding Planner (ウエディングプランナー) (2002), Yumi's Daughter
  • Unfair (2006), Sato Mio[16]
  • Iryu (医龍) (2006), Fujiyoshi Juri
  • Papa no Namida de Ko wa Sodatsu (パパの涙で子は育つ) (2007), Kawamura Kaya
  • Flight Panic (フライトパニック) (2007)
  • Hataraki Man (働きマン) (2007)
  • Sailor Zombie (セーラーゾンビ) (2014), Giant zombie (Ep 2)[17]
  • Majisuka Gakuen 4 (マジすか学園4) (2015), Jisedai (Team Hinabe)[18]
  • Majisuka Gakuen 5 (マジすか学園5) (2015), Jisedai (Team Hinabe)[19]
  • AKB Horror Night: Adrenaline's Night (AKBホラーナイト アドレナリンの夜) Ep.21 - Big Sister (2015), Ikuko
  • Gekijōrei Kara no Shōtaijō (劇場霊からの招待状) Episode 8 (2015) as Mayu Izumi[20]
  • AKB Love Night: Love Factory (AKBラブナイト 恋工場) Ep.37 - Dangerous Two-seaters (2016), Mirai
  • Crow's Blood (クロウズ ブラッド) (2016), Nami Katayama
  • Cabasuka Gakuen (キャバすか学園) (2016), Jisedai (Fugu)
  • Tofu Pro-Wrestling (豆腐プロレス) (2017), Mion Mukaichi/Strawberry Mukaichi, Blackberry Mukaichi
  • Majimuri Gakuen (マジムリ学園) (2018), Bara/Ikumi Kuwabara

MoviesEdit

EducationalEdit

  • NHK Koko Koza (NHK高校講座) (2014- )

MagazinesEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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