Sora (Yui Aragaki)

Yui Aragaki

is a Japanese model, actress, seiyū and occasional radio show host. She is a well-loved Japanese idol.

Born in Naha, Okinawa, she is popularly known as Gakky (ガッキー Gakkī), a nickname given by Ayako Enomoto in 2001.

Because of her fashion sense and logical personality, she gained a large fanbase in and out of Japan. Her beauty is well-regarded in her home country, being considered as one of the local celebrities who possess beautiful faces.

Along with U-20 idol Maki Horikita, she is regarded as one of the most prominent actresses in Japan who are below twenty years of age.

She has also been involved in the music industry, having released an album, "Sora", in December 2007, and has recently released her debut single, "Make My Day", on July 16, 2008.

Profile

  • Full Name: Yui Aragaki
  • Nickname(s): Gakky, Yuibo
  • Date of Birth: 11th June 1988
  • Place of Birth: Naha, Okinawa, Japan
  • Vital Statistics
  • Height: 167 cm
  • Bust: 80 cm
  • Waist: 62 cm
  • Hips: 87 cm
  • Blood Type: A
  • Family: Parents, two older sisters
  • Hobbies: Karaoke, reading manga and drawing
  • Favorite Manga: Lovely Complex
  • Favorite Artist: DA PUMP
  • Best Friend: Konan Yuka
  • Talent Agency: Les Pros Entertainment

Personality

Aragaki was very shy as a child. Until now she is shy around strangers, which is uncommon for most celebrities who appear on-screen as outgoing personalities. She and then-popular U-15 idol Ishida Miku belonged to the same agency.

Career

Overview

After seeing an audition notice for the junior fashion magazine nicola, Aragaki applied for and won the Grand Prix award for the audition. After that, she became a model for the said magazine or popularly called as a nicomo.

In 2004 she put her modeling in nicola on hold to expand her current modeling career into gravure, appearing on variety shows, and acting.

Came 2005, she officially graduated from the magazine. The same year, she was in the TBS drama Dragon Zakura. This began her entrance into the acting world and she has gone on to appear in other shows since. Even though she has graduated from nicola, she still appears in the magazine occasionally.

Currently, Aragaki holds the record for most covers of nicola at 15 covers.

She constantly appears in TV commercials, her Pocky commercials being the most popular ones.

Just recently, Aragaki made her singing debut. The ballad called Memories , the theme song for her first lead role movie, Koisuru Madori, marked the beginning of her career as a singer. She will also release a song called "Heavenly Days" for the movie "Koizora". It is confirmed that Aragaki will be releasing an album on December 5th, 2007 and will perform a debut performance in Budoukan. If this event pushes through, she would be the third song artist to debut in the said location. Aragaki's situation where an album is to be released before a single is very rare to female idols like her.

Besides modeling, acting and singing, Aragaki occasionally hosts a segment in the radio show, SCHOOL OF LOCKS!. GIRLS LOCKS!, the segment where certain young female idols switch slots in hosting, is also hosted by the likes of Maki Horikita, Nana Eikura and Erika Toda.

She debuted as a singer after releasing her debut album "Sora" on December 5,2007. The album features two songs, "Memories" and "heavenly days", which she sang as theme songs for the movie Koizora. She had her first live concert taken place at Nippon Budoukan on December 22,2007. She did not participate in singing at the 58th Annual Kōhaku Uta Gassen, but she attended as a guest judge along with actress Aoi Miyazaki and 9 people who took an active part in 2007.

On February 12, 2008, she was awarded the New Actor Award of the 50th Blue Ribbon Awards. She has already been awarded with 4 different new actor awards for starring in three movies in 2007 (Koisuru Madori, Waru Boro, and Koizora). On March 3, 2008, she was awarded the Golden Arrow Award. This award became her 6th award from starring in three movies in 2007.

Television

Year Title
2005 Sh15uya
2005 Dragon Zakura
Onna no Ichidaiki!
2006 True Love
2006 Kanojo no Koibumi
2006 Gal Circle
2006 My Boss, My Hero
2007 Papa to Musume no Nanokakan
2008 Code Blue

Films

Year Title
2007 Waruboro
Koisuru Madori
Koizora

Voice acting

Year Title Type Character
2006 Digimon Savers Anime series Yoshino Fujieda
Digimon World Data Squad Video game Yoshino Fujieda
Sgt. Keroro Anime film mirara

Commercials

Photobooks

  • Chura Chura
  • Masshiro

Recognitions

  • nicola Grand Prix: Winner
  • Japanese U-20 Idol Scholar Ranking: Placed 9th
  • Oricon: Best Face: Tied with Sawajiri Erika for First Place
  • Oricon: Who would you spend the Tanabata Festival with?: Placed 3rd (Female)
  • Oricon: Cutest Lively Voice: Placed 6th
  • Oricon: Most Prominent Eighteen-Year-Old: Placed 1st
  • Oricon: Best Black Hair: Placed 5th

Discography

Singles

  1. Make My Day (2008.07.16)
  2. (2008.10.15)

Albums

See also

References

External links

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