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Teppei Koike

is an actor and singer from Japan. His nicknames are Teppei-chan, Teppei-kun, and Te-chan. He was born in Osakasayama, Osaka Prefecture. His blood type is B. He belongs to the production company Burning Productions and is a member of the singer-songwriter duo WaT with his partner, Eiji Wentz.

History

2001

  • Attended Osaka Furitsu Nagano High School.
  • Was the grand prix winner of the 14th Junon Super Boy Contest.

2002

  • Moved to Tokyo in the spring. Changed schools to Horikoshi High (also attended at the same time by NEWS' Tomohisa Yamashita, D-BOYS' Yuu Shirota, Japanese actor and singer Toma Ikuta and KAT-TUN's Koki Tanaka)
  • Met Eiji Wentz while working and formed WaT. Started doing street lives.
  • Debuted as an actor in the drama Tentai Kazoku.

2004

  • WaT released debut indies CD Sotsugyō Time in June.

2005

  • Acted in the drama Gokusen 2, which was part of the reason for his increasing popularity.
  • WaT signs with Universal Music in August, releases first major single Boku no Kimochi in November, reaching 2nd place on the Oricon chart. They are the band with the shortest time gap between debut and appearing on NHK's Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
  • Released his first photobook, First Letter From Teppei.

2006

  • Presented with the Newcomer's 43rd Golden Arrow Award (WaT).
  • Presented with the 20th Gold Disc Award for "Best New Artist".
  • First leading role in the movie Lovely Complex as Atsushi Otani.
  • Official supporter in 2006's International Volleyball Tournament (WaT).
  • Nominated for the Best Supporting Actor in the 49th Drama Academy Award, for his performance in Iryu.
  • Released his second photobook, Kiss me, Kiss me.
  • On New Year's Eve, WaT performed for the second time in NHK's Kōhaku.
  • Acted in the drama Iryu, as Ijyuuin.

2007

  • First music solo project was announced on January 10.
  • His story of leaving his family and hometown to pursue his dream to be a performer was turned into a 52 pages one shot manga entitled Bokura no Ibasho by Nakahara Aya, the author of the manga Lovely Complex.
  • Solo single, Kimi ni Okuru Uta, was released on February 14, Valentine's Day, with Wentz's solo song Lucky de Happy as the B-side song.
  • Solo album, Pieces was released on the 27th of June.

Personal profile

Family

  • His immediate family consists of his father, mother, and a little brother.
  • The name "Teppei" came from his father's favourite manga, Ore wa Teppei.

Eiji Wentz

  • He is really good friends with Eiji Wentz. They often visit each others houses, watch movies and go out to eat together. When they were doing street lives, they often borrowed each others clothes.
  • Teppei calls Wentz "Ei-chan".
  • They have spent Christmas together ever since they met. (The first year, they took purikura in Shinjuku; the second year, they ran a marathon for their indies debut PV; the third year, they ate at a hamburger shop; the fourth year was a WaT event and love*com photoshoot)
  • For Wentz's 20th birthday, Teppei bought him a lot of underwear. (Wentz has showed up on variety TV wearing just underwear a lot of times)
  • In "Bokura no Ibasho" (a manga based on Teppei's life story), Teppei said the only thing he had in common with Wentz was their love of music. Other than that, they are complete opposite. ("If we were in the same class or something, I definitely think we wouldn't be friends" - quote from "Bokura no Ibasho")

TV Dramas

  • Tentai Kazoku (2002)
  • Anata no Jinsei Ohakobishimasu (2003)
  • Okaasan to Isshou (2003)
  • Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru (2003)
  • Houkago - Kaname Komiya (2004)
  • Water Boys 2 - Iwata Iwao (2005)
  • Gokusen 2 - Takeda Keita (2005)
  • Dragon Zakura - Ogata Hideki (2005)
  • Oniyome Nikki - Sawamura Ryousuke (2005)
  • Iryu - Ijuuin Noboru (2006)
  • Iryu 2 - Ijuuin Noboru (2007)
  • Shibatora - Shibata Taketora (2008)

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Variety TV Shows

  • Ame ni mo makezu! (Fuji Terebi) - host along with his partner, Wentz.

Solo Discography

Singles

Albums

  • 2007-06-27: pieces, which contains 12 self-penned songs

Movies

External links

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