Wakana Aoi

Wakana Aoi (葵 わかな, Aoi Wakana, born June 30, 1998 in Kanagawa) is a Japanese actress and former idol. In March 2017, she landed the lead role in NHK's 97th Asadora, Warotenka, which aired from October 2017 to March 2018.[1][2]

Wakana Aoi
葵 わかな
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Born (1998-06-30) June 30, 1998 (age 22)
Kanagawa, Japan
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present
AgentStardust Promotion
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
WebsiteOfficial website

CareerEdit

2009–2012: Early careerEdit

Aoi was scouted in Harajuku, Tokyo, in her fifth year of elementary school. She had been taking photos to send with her audition documents at the time.[3][4] She made her television debut in 2009 through a FamilyMart commercial and made her acting debut in the TV series Samurai High School.[5][6] Her next appearance came in January 2010, where she played young Mamako Ino in an episode of the TV series Angel Bank.[3] The following month, she played Caroline Izumi in TV Asahi's 2 hour long television special Kasai Chōsakan Renjirō Kurenai. She reprised her role as Caroline Izumi in November 2010, January 2012, and November 2012. Her character then returned to America.

2013–presentEdit

In December 2012, Aoi was chosen to be a member of the new idol group Otome Shinto, along with Chika Arakawa, Yurika Takahashi, and Ayame Tajiri.[7][8] The group made their CD debut two months later with the single "Mousou☆Koukan Nikki".[9] Aoi left the group in July 2014 to focus on acting.[10][11]

In 2013, she played small roles in Aibō Season 11 and Taberu Dake. Later that year, she played young Mao Waratai in Takahiro Miki's fantasy romance film Girl in the Sunny Place.[12] The film received positive reviews and Aoi gained attention for her performance.[13][14][15][16] The following year, she played a supporting role in the adventure film Samurai Pirates, portraying the main character's classmate.[17] Next, she played small roles in the TV series Divine Retribution: Punisher of Darkness, Aoi Honō, Binta!, and Woman won't allow it. Aoi gained attention for her appearances in commercials for Tokio Marine Nichido and Yamazaki Biscuits.[18] In March 2014, she placed 3rd place in the 35th Kodansha Advertising Awards for the category "New Talent".[19]

In 2015, she played supporting roles in films Kuchibiru ni uta o and Tsumi no Yohaku, and in the TV series Omotesando Koukou Gasshoubu!.[20] In March 2016, she starred alongside Yoko Moriguchi in the TV series Joyu Ochi.[21] The following month, she starred in the horror film Horror no Tenshi.[22] She was named the new "CM queen" in November.[22]

In March 2017, she landed the lead role in NHK's 97th Asadora Warotenka, portraying Ten Fujioka. Warotenka is set during the late Meiji era to post-World War II period. Her character was modelled after Sei Yoshimoto, the founder of entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo.[1][2] On December 12, 2017, she hosted the year-end music program Waga Kokoro no Osaka Melody.[23] From April to June 2018, Aoi played nurse Miwa Hanabusa in the TBS medical drama series Black Pean, appearing alongside Kazunari Ninomiya and Ryoma Takeuchi.[24] Her performance earned her a Television Drama Academy Award nomination.[25]

Aoi will make her stage debut in February 2019 at the Tokyo International Forum, as Juliet in the musical version of Romeo and Juliet.[26] She will then play Anya in the musical Anastasia.

Personal lifeEdit

Aoi was born in Kanagawa, Japan.[4] In January 2017, Aoi was accepted to Keio University. She is studying policy studies.[27]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes Ref.
2013 Girl in the Sunny Place young Mao Watarai Takahiro Miki [12]
2014 Samurai Pirates Aiko Miyamoto Kenichi Ōmori [28]
2015 Kuchibiru ni uta o Chinatsu Sekiya Takahiro Miki [29]
Assassination Classroom Ayaka Saitō Eiichirō Hasumi [30]
Tsumi no Yohaku Nanao Sasagawa Yuki Otsuka [31]
2016 Horror no Tenshi Herself Toshikazu Nagae [32]
[33]
2017 Survival Family Yui Suzuki Shinobu Yaguchi [34]
The Time of Backlights Mikoto Keiichi Kobayashi Lead role with Mahiro Takasugi [35]
[36]
2018 Midnight Bus Akina Takamiya Masao Takeshita [37]
Ramen Kuitee! Kojima Yūki Kumagai [38]
[39]
Ao-Natsu Rio Takeshi Furusawa Lead role with Hayato Sano [40]
2019 Ninkyō Gakuen Chihiro Hisashi Kimura [41]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2009 Samurai High School young Ai Nagasawa AX Episode: "Gakuen Aki no Jin Ijime Manbiki Futodoki Senban" [2]
[6]
2010 Angel Bank young Mamako Ino EX Episode: "Kachi 0-yen no Onna!! Riko Shufu no Sai Shushoku" [3]
2010–2012 Kasai Chōsakan Renjirō Kurenai Caroline Izumi EX Main cast (4 episodes), TV Special
2011 Barairo no Seisen young Sara Nakanishi EX Episode: "Stage.4"
2012 Yōkoso! Higashi Ikebukuro Himawari Sō Herself AX Main cast (12 episodes) [42]
2013 Aibō Season 11 Natsu Takamura EX Episode: "Valentine Keikaku"
Taberu Dake Kazusa Domon TX 2 episodes
2014 Divine Retribution: Punisher of Darkness Kanako Murata CX
Shitemiru Terebi! Kyōkun no Susume Herself CX 19 episodes
Aoi Honō Hiroyuki's sister TX Episode: "Gakuen ka? SF ka?"
100% Takarazuka Herself (guest) NOTTV 1 Episode: "6" [43]
Binta! Aiko Takatsu YTV, AX 2 episodes
Woman won't allow it. Mayu Misawa TBS Episode: "Case 07" [44]
[45]
2015 Kageri Yuku Natsu Mio Wowow [46]
Tsūkai TV Sukatto Japan Herself CX 6 episodes[47][48][49][50]
LIFE! Jinsei ni Sasageru Conte Herself (guest) NHK 2 episodes
Omotesando Kōkō Gasshōbu! Kyoko Hasumi TBS [51]
Itsumo Majika ni Ayaka Hayase IMAGICA BS Main cast, TV special [52]
2016 Money no Tenshi Madoka Sugawara YTV, AX Main cast [53]
Joyu Ochi Rui Kiyoshima BS Asahi Lead role [21]
2016–2017 Vocaburider Herself ETV, NHK Radio 2 16 episodes
2016 Mae! Kagura Hime Sakiko Kodama NHK BS P Lead role [54]
[55]
2017 Kin no Tono Suzu Hoshino CBC [56]
Survival Family Yui Suzuki BS Eiga [57]
Konya mo LL Episode 2 Hikari Tokyo MX Lead role with Boys Republic's Suwoong [58]
& Bishōjo: Next Girl meets Tokyo Misako CX Episode 3: "Akihabara×AM5:42" [59]
2017–2018 Warotenka Ten Fujioka NHK Lead role, Asadora [1]
[2]
2017 17th Waga Kokoro no Osaka Melody Main host NHK G Music program [23]
68th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen Guest NHK Music program [60]
2018 Black Pean Miwa Hanabusa TBS [61]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Kodansha Advertising Awards New Talent 3rd Place [19]
2016 Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Money no Tenshi Nominated [62]
2017 Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Actress (Winter) Warotenka 2nd Place [63]
Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Actress (Final) 9th Place [64]
2018 Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actress 4th Place [65]
Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Supporting Actress (Spring) Black Pean 2nd Place [66]
Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress 2nd Place [25]
2019 43rd Elan d'or Awards Newcomer of the Year Herself Won

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