Shinshi Okajima’s GIRL’S NEWSING Vol.1: Natsumi Ikema, Hiyori Sakurada, and Arisa Sonohara

岡島紳士のGIRL'S NEWSING 第1回 池間夏海 桜田ひより 其原有沙
Shinshi Okajima’s GIRL’S NEWSING Vol.1: Natsumi Ikema, Hiyori Sakurada, and Arisa Sonohara

Sponsored Links

GIRL’S NEWSING is a series which will introduce noteworthy GIRLS, regardless of the genre, working as actresses, models, artists, idols, gravure models, and so on. In this first volume, we’ll be introducing Natsumi Ikema, who plays the heroine in the film “Nisekoi”, Hiyori Sakurada, starring in the TV drama “Anata ni wa Kaeru Ie ga Aru”, and Arisa Sonohara, who appears in popular commercial “JK no LINE Aru Aru”.

Natsumi Ikema

Natsumi Ikema_AS_201805

Serialized in Weekly Shonen JUMP, and selling a total of more than 12 million books, the anime adaptation of the popular love comedy comic Nisekoi was produced as a live action film in April, 2018. While Kento Nakajima from Sexy Zone and actress Ayami Nakajo starred as the two leads, Okinawan actress and model Natsumi Ikema, just 16 at the time, landed the role of the series’ herorine, Kosaki Onodera.

Not only starring in film, she’s also made appearances in FT Shiseido’s “Sea Breeze Deo & Water/Body Sheet” and McDonald’s “McDonald’s Real Take Waffle Cone” commercials. Despite being virtually unknown, Ikema was suddenly headed to become a next big star.

Contributor Wanted!!

Contributor Wanted!!

Originally she belonged to entertainment agency, Production Office Color’s, until junior high school, and was active as a member of dance vocal unit Lollipop. After graduating junior high, she separated from her parents and recently moved to Tokyo spring of 2018. She now belongs to Rising Production, the same agency other entertainment professionals like Daichi Miura, w-inds., and Arisa Mizuki belong to, and she’s building a steady track record to success.

Tracing back to the 90s, there has been a steady stream of short-haired actresses, like Ryoko Hirosue, Aya Ueto, Rena Nonen (Non), and Suzu Hirose, regularly achieving breakthrough success. Natsumi Ikeda is now at its forefront, just waiting to catch her big global break.

Natsumi Ikeda
Born on July 10, 2002, in Okinawa Prefecture
She belongs to Rising Production
Official Website:
Official Blog:

Hiyori Sakurada

Hiyori Sakurada_AS_201805

She stars in the ongoing TV drama broadcast of “Anata ni wa Kaeru Ie ga Aru“, as the daughter of lead actress Miki Nakatani. Currently 15 years old, Sakurada is a noteable young actress.

Though still young, she has a long work history, working as a kids model from a young age and in entertainment industry starring in children’s roles. In 2014, while she was in the fifth grade of elementary school, she received much attention for her role as Piami in the TV drama “Ashita, Mama ga Inai“, starring Mana Ashida. Since then she has appeared as the heroine of the TV drama “Wild Heroes” (2015), TV drama and movie “Saki –Achigahen episode of side-A” (2017 & 2018), as well as the film “Nigakute Amai” (2016), and the “Tokyo Ghoul” movie (2017), steadily building her career as an actress.

Sakurada belongs to the Ken-On Group. A professional entertainment group with famous names like Naomi Zaizen, Nana Eikura, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Toshiaki Karasawa, Mokomichi Hayami, and Sota Fukushi under its belt, it wouldn’t be wrong to say she might just be their next big hope. Her path seems to follow in the footsteps of Mirai Shida, who was also an active actress since childhood and joined Ken-On in 2006 before leaping to success. Sakurada also released her first photo album, Hiyori Biyori, in 2016. Expanding into a gravure-like foray while gaining notariety as a popular performance actress just goes to showcase her uniqueness.

Hiyori Sakurada_Hiyori Biyori

Hiyori Sakurada
Born on December 19, 2002, in Chiba Prefecture
Height: 158 cm Hobbies: Collecting stuffed animals
She belongs to the Ken-On Group
Hiyori Sakurada Official site:
Hiyori Sakurada Official Twitter:
Hiyori Sakurada Official Blog:

Arisa Sonohara

In July 2017, LINE Corporation uploaded an online commercial video called “JK no LINE Aru Aru”. When Arisa Sonohara appeared in the highly buzzed video that has now broken over 3 million views, she was just 16 years old in her second year of high school, and her ever-changing cute expressions had everyone talking.

Contributor Wanted!!

She appears regularly in the fashion magazine “LOVE berry” as an exclusive model. Besides that, she appears on the NHK educational variety program “Suiensaa” as well as the TV drama “Saki –Achigahen episode of side-A“, and has proved to be successful regardless of genre, working as a model, and on variety programming and informational shows.

Sonohara is affiliated with the SpaceCraft Group, which includes Narimi Arimori, Uno Kanda, and Chiaki Kuriyama. The group has also been long well-known for child actors including Yumi Adachi, Yuka Nomura, and Mayuko Fukuda. Sonohara herself began performing in the entertainment industry when she was two years old, and has been raised as a child talent. From July 2014 to July 2016 she was a member of the idol group Otome Shinto, singing and dancing on stage for a part of her career.

Sonohara Arisa_AS_201805

When I previously interviewed her for a magazine, she told me, “Where it’s part of a commercial or a play, I like expressing myself and hope to reach whoever is watching,” and in that vein, she seems unable to decide which genre to make her main one. For this reason as well, she is one of the GIRLS that mainstream trends are sure not to overlook.

Arisa Sonohara
Born on August 24, 2001, in Tokyo
Skills: Ballet
She’s worked in entertainment since she was 2 years old. For two years from July 2014, she was an active member of the idol group Otome Shinto. She’s also an exclusive model for the fashion magazine LOVE berry (Tokuma Shoten). She regularly appears in Suiensaa (NHK E-TV) as part of the Suiensaa Girls. She belongs to the SpaceCraft Group.
Arisa Sonohara Official site:
Arisa Sonohara Official Twitter:
Arisa Sonohara Official Blog:

Author Profile

Shinshi Okajima
Born in 1980
Expert writer on idols
Co-authored titles include The Group Idol Evolution Theory, A Serious Study of AKB48, 10 Years of Idol History, and The Idol Music Disc Guide, among others. He has made appearances on television and radio, on ZIP, Sukkiri!, Good! Morning, 5-ji ni Muchu!, dig, and more. He is the main advisor for the Media/Idol Museum, sponsored by Saitama Prefecture.
He oversaw the girls’ culture media work VIDEOTHINK, and produced Rinne Yoshida’s “Rinne’s Rap”, included on the ETICKET PRODUCTON E TICKET RAP SHOW series. This DVD magazine was ranked number one in its genre on Amazon.
Shinshi Okajima Official site:
Shinshi Okajima Official Twitter:

Translated by Jamie Koide

Sponsored Links

Shinshi Okajima

Born in 1980. Idol writer. His works (includes joint works) : "Group Idol Shinka-ron" "AKB48 Saikou Kousatsu" "Idol Gakkyoku Disc Guide" and so on. Worked as a main adviser for "Media/Idol Museum" exhibition organized by Saitama prefecture. Manager of the idol contents website "IDOL NEWSING".

No related post found.

comments powered by Disqus