Tomomi Itano Biography

Tomomi Itano (板野 友美, Itano Tomomi, born July 3, 1991) is a Japanese recording artist, songwriter, dancer, model, and actress. She is a former member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. She was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. In 2011 she debuted solo with a single titled "Dear J", which was followed the same year by "Fui ni" (number 1 in Japan), and later by "10nen Go no Kimi e" (2012) and "1%" (2013).

Contents

  • 1 Life and career
    • 1.1 2005–2013: Early career beginnings and AKB48
    • 1.2 2010-2013: Solo Singles and Majisuka Gakuen 2
    • 1.3 2013: Graduation from AKB48 and new beginnings
    • 1.4 2014–present: Solo career success
  • 2 Discography
    • 2.1 Studio albums
    • 2.2 Extended plays
    • 2.3 Singles
    • 2.4 Additional digital singles
    • 2.5 Singles with AKB48
    • 2.6 AKB48
  • 3 Theater performances
    • 3.1 With AKB48
    • 3.2 As AKB48 subunits
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Movies
    • 4.2 Dramas
    • 4.3 Radio
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Life and career

2005–2013: Early career beginnings and AKB48

In 2005, Itano joined the Japanese idol girl group AKB48 as part of the first team, Team A. She also modeled for the women's fashion magazine Cawaii!, and released her first photo book titled T.O.M.O.row in April 2009. In early 2010, she played Shibuya in AKB48's TV Tokyo drama Majisuka Gakuen. She had a recurring role on Kamen Rider W as Queen, alongside fellow AKB48 performer Tomomi Kasai, until the show ended in late 2010. Together, they made up the sub-unit Queen & Elizabeth. In AKB48's 2010 general election, she placed fourth overall.

2010-2013: Solo Singles and Majisuka Gakuen 2

Tomomi Itano in an AKB48 presentation at the 2010 Anime Expo, in Los Angeles.

Itano released her first single, "Dear J", on January 26, 2011. It reached number 1 on the Oricon daily ranking and number 2 on the Oricon weekly ranking, selling 204,981 copies. In April, she reprised her role as Shibuya in Majisuka Gakuen 2. Her first digital single "Wanna Be Now" reached number 2 on Recochoku's daily charts and number 6 on the weekly charts. She placed eighth overall in AKB48's 2011 general election held in June. Her second single, "Fui ni", was released on July 13 and sold 90,103 copies, and reached number one on the Oricon weekly chart.

In 2012, Itano was cited as the "Queen of TV commercials" for having more contracts with companies than any other female tarento (although her count of 20 was technically a tie with those of fellow AKB48 member Mariko Shinoda).

2013: Graduation from AKB48 and new beginnings

On February 1, 2013, during an AKB48 stage greeting, Itano announced she was leaving the group. She released her fourth solo single, "1%", on June 12. The title track was used in television commercials for Samantha Vega. The music video was shot in New York, and includes an appearance by the American actress and model Taylor Momsen. Itano had her farewell "graduation" ceremony at the Tokyo Dome on August 25, and a follow-up performance on August 27 at the AKB48 Theater; the performance was streamed live by Nico Nico Namahousou. Her graduation song is "Saigo no Door", which was released as a B-side on one of the editions of AKB48's single "Koisuru Fortune Cookie".

2014–present: Solo career success

In an interview with Japanese entertainment website Nihongogo, Itano shared her thoughts on transitioning to a solo artist "In a group you perform as a unit with each member playing a certain character role, however as a solo artist you have to be able to play all the roles at once. You have to take on the roles of being cool, sexy, and cute and although it’s definitely a challenge, it’s something I have to strive for achieving."

In July 2014, Tomomi Itano made her U.S. performance debut at Union Square in San Francisco for J-POP Summit Festival 2014.

Tomomi Itano has been cast the lead role of a Japanese foreign student based in China alongside Taiwanese singer-actor Dino Lee in the Chinese romance movie Raincoat (雨衣), as revealed in a press conference the duo appeared in on 29 September 2015. The projected 2-month filming period for the movie that takes place in Shanghai and Tokyo is ongoing. The film is expected for a release in Spring 2016 in three countries.

Discography

Studio albums

  1. Swag (July 2, 2014)
  2. Get Ready (November 2, 2016)

Extended plays

  1. Loca (October 16, 2019)

Singles

* RIAJ Digital Track Chart was cancelled in July 2012.

Additional digital singles

  • "Wanna Be Now" (May 11, 2011)
  • "Ai ni Pierce" (愛にピアス, Ai ni Piasu, "Pierced in Love") (June 1, 2011)
  • "Clone" (March 28, 2012)
  • ”1%” (Dance Trial Edit) (May 15, 2013)
  • “BRIGHTER” (December 4, 2013)
  • “Crush” (June 18, 2014)
  • ”COME PARTY” (December 10, 2014)
  • “HIDE AND SEEK” (April 13, 2016)
  • “OMG” (October 26, 2016)
  • “Imagination Game” (July 25, 2018)
  • “Kimi no Okuru Uta” (君に贈るうた, Kimi ni okuru uta, "Song to give to you") (August 7, 2019)


Singles with AKB48

AKB48

Theater performances

With AKB48

Team A 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaruyo" (Partyが始まるよ)
  1. Skirt, Hirari (2nd Unit) (スカートひらり)
  2. Hoshi no Ondo (1st Unit) (星の温度)
Team A 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (会いたかった)
  1. Nageki no Figure (嘆きのフィギュア)
  2. Garasu no I Love You (ガラスのI Love You)
  3. Senaka Kara Dakishimete (背中から抱きしめて)
  4. Rio no Kakumei (リオの革命)
Team A 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tameni" (誰かのために)
  1. Nage Kissu de Uchiotose! (投げキッスで撃ち落とせ!)
  2. Seifuku ga Jama osuru (制服が邪魔をする)
Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Rennai Chū" (ただいま恋愛中)
  1. Faint
Himawarigumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyō" (僕の太陽)
  1. Itoshisa no defence (愛しさのdefence)
  2. Idol Nante Yobanaide (アイドルなんて呼ばないで)
Himawarigumi 2nd Stage "Yumewo Shinaseru Wakeni Ikanai" (夢を死なせるわけにいかない)
  1. Confession
Team A 5th Stage "Rennai Kinshi Jōrei" (恋愛禁止条例)
  1. Tsundere! (ツンデレ!)
Team K 6th Stage "Reset"
  1. Seifuku Resistance (制服レジスタンス)

As AKB48 subunits

  • Honegumi from AKB48
  • Natto Angels
  • Queen & Elizabeth
  • Team Dragon from AKB48
  • AKB Idoling:!!:!

Filmography

Movies

  • Densen Uta (2007)
  • Ai Ryutsu Centre (2008)
  • Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010 (2009) as Queen
  • Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate (2010) as Queen
  • Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W Featuring Skull: Movie War Core (2010) as Queen
  • Bad Boys J: Saigo ni Mamoru Mono (2013)
  • The Virgin Psychics (2015) as Eri
  • The Stare (2016)
  • Raincoat (2016)
  • 星くず兄弟の新たな伝説 (2018)
  • Imagination Game (2018)
  • Diner (2019)
  • Prison 13 (2019)
  • Katsu Fūtarō!! (2019)

Dramas

  • Kamen Rider W (TV Asahi, 2009) (as Queen)
  • Majisuka Gakuen (TV Tokyo, 2010) (as Shibuya)
  • Sakura kara no Tegami (NTV, 2011) (as herself)
  • Majisuka Gakuen 2 (TV Tokyo, 2011) (as Shibuya)
  • So Long! (NTV, 2013)
  • Bad Boys J (NTV, 2013) (as Nakai Kaori)
  • Cook Keibu (TBS, 2016)
  • FRINGE-MAN (TV Tokyo, 2017)
  • Mikaiketsu (TV Asahi, 2018)

Radio

  • AKB48 Ashita made Mou Chotto (明日までもうちょっと。) (2007-10-15, JOQR-AM)
  • TomoTomo no Yagi-san, Oide (ともとものヤギさん、おいで~♪) (2008-04-07 – present, JOKR-AM)
  • AKB48 no All Night Nippon (AKB48のオールナイトニッポン7) (2010-04-09 –, JOLF-AM)

References

    External links

    • Official website (in Japanese)
    • Tomomi Itano on King Records (in Japanese)
    • Tomomi Itano on Ameba (in Japanese)
    • Tomomi Itano (English page) on Google+
    Former
    • Aika Ota
    • Aki Deguchi
    • Aki Takajō
    • Amina Sato
    • Asuka Kuramochi
    • Atsuko Maeda
    • Ayaka Kikuchi
    • Ayaka Umeda
    • Erena Ono
    • Fuuko Yagura
    • Haruka Kodama
    • Haruka Kohara
    • Haruka Ishida
    • Haruka Nakagawa
    • Haruka Shimada
    • Haruka Shimazaki
    • Haruna Kojima
    • Juri Takahashi
    • Jurina Matsui
    • Kana Kobayashi
    • Karen Iwata
    • Kayo Noro
    • Kaoru Mitsumune
    • Kazumi Urano
    • Mai Oshima
    • Mako Kojima
    • Manami Oku
    • Mariko Shinoda
    • Mariya Nagao
    • Mariya Suzuki
    • Mayu Watanabe
    • Megumi Ohori
    • Miki Nishino
    • Miku Tanabe
    • Mina Oba
    • Minami Minegishi
    • Minami Takahashi
    • Mio Tomonaga
    • Miori Ichikawa
    • Misaki Iwasa
    • Miyu Takeuchi
    • Miyuki Watanabe
    • Nagisa Shibuya
    • Nako Yabuki
    • Nana Owada
    • Nao Furuhata
    • Natsuki Uchiyama
    • Natsumi Hirajima
    • Nozomi Kawasaki
    • Reina Fujie
    • Rie Kitahara
    • Riho Kotani
    • Rina Ikoma
    • Rina Izuta
    • Rina Kawaei
    • Rino Sashihara
    • Ryoha Kitagawa
    • Ryoka Oshima
    • Sae Miyazawa
    • Sakiko Matsui
    • Sakura Miyawaki
    • Sayaka Akimoto
    • Saya Kawamoto
    • Sayaka Nakaya
    • Sayaka Yamamoto
    • Sumire Sato
    • Suzuran Yamauchi
    • Tomomi Itano
    • Tomomi Kasai
    • Yūka Tano
    • Yuko Oshima
    • Yuria Kizaki
    • Yui Hiwatashi
    Albums
    • Set List: Greatest Songs 2006–2007
    • Kamikyokutachi
    • Koko ni Ita Koto
    • 1830m
    • Tsugi no Ashiato
    • Koko ga Rhodes da, Koko de Tobe!
    • 0 to 1 no Aida
    • Thumbnail
    • Bokutachi wa, Ano Hi no Yoake o Shitteiru
    Former units
    • Chocolove from AKB48
    • Diva
    • French Kiss
    • no3b
    • Not Yet
    • Queen & Elizabeth
    • Watarirouka Hashiritai 7
    Television
    • AKBingo!
    • Majisuka Gakuen
    • AKB0048
      • episodes
    • AKB48 Show!
    • Crow's Blood
    • AKB48 Fes 2016
    • Cabasuka Gakuen
    • Produce 48
      • contestants
      • 30 Girls 6 Concepts
    • Majimuri Gakuen
    Solo acts
    • Tomomi Itano
    • Misaki Iwasa
    • Tomomi Kasai
    • Yuki Kashiwagi
    • Asuka Kuramochi
    • Atsuko Maeda
    • Sakiko Matsui
    • Rino Sashihara
    • Amina Sato
    • Minami Takahashi
    • Mayu Watanabe
    • Mai Oshima
    • Megumi Ohori
    • Yuka Masuda
    AKB48 Group
    • SKE48
    • NMB48
    • HKT48
    • JKT48
    • NGT48
    • STU48
    • BNK48
    • MNL48
    • SGO48
    • CGM48
    • AKB48 Team SH
    • AKB48 Team TP
    Former groups
    • SDN48
    • SNH48
    • DEL48
    • MUB48
    • Iz*One
    Related articles
    • AKB48 Group
    • Discography
    • Videography
    • AKB49: Ren'ai Kinshi Jōrei
    • AKB1/149 Ren'ai Sōsenkyo
    • 2014 AKB48 handsaw assault
    • Yasushi Akimoto
    • Defstar Records
    • King Records
    • Aimi Eguchi
    • Sakamichi Series
    • 22/7
    • Vernalossom
    Tomomi Itano