Friday, October 30, 2015

Going into character: Yui Aragaki enjoys any scene she performs in

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Going into character: Yui Aragaki enjoys any scene she performs in

By Shoji Ichihara / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

Once she puts on a costume and makeup, it is natural for Yui Aragaki to become the character she is about to play.

“I put on roles just like putting on full-body suits of various characters. It’s probably how I prepare for my performances,” said the popular actress, who stars in the TV drama “Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku” (Memos of Kyoko Okitegami), currently broadcast on the NTV network.

The drama begins when Yakusuke (played by Masaki Okada) meets a detective named Kyoko (Aragaki). Yakusuke is a guy with bad luck who is constantly mistaken for a criminal, while Kyoko is dubbed “the fastest detective,” solving cases in just one day regardless of their complexity.

The drama is an adaptation of author Ishin Nishio’s mystery story of the same title. As depicted in illustrations for the novel, Aragaki wears a silver wig and glasses, making her stand out.

“When I saw myself dressed as Kyoko, I realized that I fit the role better than I thought. I was relieved,” Aragaki said with a smile.

In the story, Kyoko can remember a particular day’s events only until she falls asleep at the end of that day. Aragaki does not feel her character’s predicament is anything unusual. “[In my personal life,] I often forget about what I’m going to do, too,” she said.

Asked about her favorite line in the drama, she said, “I’m given only one day, so I want to live each day with no regret.”

Aragaki was born on June 11, 1988, in Okinawa Prefecture, and made her debut in 2001 as a model for “Nicola” fashion magazine for teenage girls. Her acting career started later. Among her roles, she has played the lead in the 2007 film “Koizora” and the 2011 serial TV drama “Zenkai Gaaru” (Full Throttle Girl) aired on the Fuji TV network.

Although her work schedule is tight, she has an effective method of overcoming mental stress and feeling refreshed: sleeping. “On my days off, I just sleep as much as I want. I sometimes sleep 12 hours at a time,” she said.

She always has on hand an orange blanket she got as a gift during filming of the 2009 serial TV drama “Smile.” “Whenever I have some free time during production, I take a nap, even though it’s usually very short. At that time, the blanket is very useful,” she said.

“Eating also refreshes me,” Aragaki said. “For a long time I liked eating yakiniku, but recently, I prefer washoku [Japanese cuisine].”

People often compliment her on the unique bluish tint in the whites of her eyes. Though she says she is “not specially aware of it,” her favorite saying is connected with the eyes: “The eye is as eloquent as the tongue.” One of her acting goals, she said, is “to be able to talk with my eyes.”

Although she has been acclaimed for her performances, she said there are still aspects she can improve on.

“I’ve been particularly worried about my lack of vocal projection for a long time,” she related.
Nevertheless, she promises never to become too gloomy and encourages herself to “enjoy any scene I’m working on 100 percent.”

She probably feels the pressure of playing the lead role in this drama, too, but forgets about it as much as possible — just as the detective Kyoko does.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Japan's Female Talent Popularity in China

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1. Watanabe Mayu
2. Aragaki Yui
3. Kuraki Mai
4. Hamasaki Ayumi
5. Itano Tomomi
6. Horikita Maki
7. Maeda Atsuko
8. Kashiwagi Yuki
9. Oshima Yuko
10. Matsui Rena

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Aragaki Yui to star in “Ranma 1/2″ live-action special

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Aragaki Yui to star in “Ranma 1/2″ live-action special

"Aragaki Yui to star in “Ranma 1/2″ live-action special

The classic manga “Ranma 1/2” is being turned into a live-action drama special this December, starring actress Aragaki Yui (23). The drama will be an original story with Tendo Akane as the main character. The part of Saotome Ranma will be played by actor Kaku Kento (22) and Natsuna (22).

Originally written by Takahashi Rumiko and published by Shogakukan between 1987 and 1996, the manga has had more than 53 million copies printed. The comic has also been adapted as an anime series and has spawned several video games.

In the drama special, Aragaki plays Akane, who is determined to protect the longevity of the Tendo dojo. However, one day her father Soun suddenly declares that the dojo’s successor must be male. This rules out Akane’s intended partner Ranma, who suffers from a curse that turns him into a girl whenever he is splashed with cold water. In order to remove the curse and inherit the dojo, Ranma seeks out a secret hot spring, but he encounters a mysterious enemy.

The announced cast also features Hasegawa Kyoko as Tendo Kasumi, Tanihara Shosuke as Ono Tofu, Furuta Arata as Saotome Genma, and Namase Katsuhisa as Tendo Soun. The casting for the other characters has not yet been revealed.

NTV will broadcast the 2-hour drama sometime in December."