Each year around this time ORICON STYLE asks 1,000 people in their teens, 20’s, 30’s and 40’s the questions ‘Which actor/actress had his/her big break in the first half of 2013?’. The votes have been tallied and now revealed.
For the first half of this year the top spot went to Fukushi Sota, who made his acting debut as the lovable Gen-chan of the Kamen Rider Fourze fame (I dare you to find someone who hated Gen-chan) and had since gained more attention and popularity with the drama “Amachan“. His first movie “Library War” got the attention of film goers, but his next movie “Enoshima Prism” is much anticipated and already picked as a winner.
Catch Fukushi Sota in his newest role as Hoshi if the KTV drama Starman, as a young man with amnesia tricked into playing the role of father to three boys. This human-comedy is heart-warming, touching and hilarious – A Must watch this season (so far).
The 2nd rank spot went to Kanjani8 member Okura Tadayoshi who is not only active with Kanjani8 at the moment, but also is focused on his acting career, proving the critics of him wrong. Recently Okura starred in the drama “Otenki Oneesan” and debuts as a leading man in the romance film “100-Kai Naku Koto“.
3rd on the list is Hoshino Gen – who you ask. Gen has been on the backburner for a while, but he came into his own starring as social outcast Kentaro in “Hakoiri Musuko no Koi“. Oh and he is lead guitarist and front man of the band SAKEROCK.
Ranked 4th is new Johnny heartthrob (move over Mastumoto Jun) Tamamori Yuta. Tamamori has once again won over the fans of Japan with his good looks and boy-next door acting, this year he stole hearts in “Nobunaga no Chef” and is set to do it again in the new drama “Pin to Konta”
In 5th spot on this list is…..Sometani Shota! yes you read correctly, Sometani was voted in a popularity contest and ranked high. Its fair to say that Sometani has really impressed a number of people this year, and many of which didn’t even know he existed. This year he also proved that he can lead a drama with “Minna! Esper Dayo” and continued to remain on the best younger actors out there with “The Intermission” and 9 other films in cinema in 2013.
Coming 6th is Ayano Go who captured the hearts of many in both dramas “Saikou no Rikon” and “Soratobu Kouhoushitsu“. Go also had a busy first half of the year with the taiga drama “Yae no Sakura” and his debut movie as leading male in “Shanidaru no Hana“.
7th on the list is the poster boy for boy-next door acting Miura Haruma. Once again Miura makes another popularity list this time with the drama “Last Cinderella” winning him the hearts of Japanese fangirls and fanboys alike. Can Miura do no wrong?
Number 8 the list is Hamada Gaku, a man not necessary loved for his looks but his talent. Hamada had a busy year the first of 2013, with even more to come. Start of the year he acted in the drama “Shuden Bye Bye“, as well as, in the movies “Haijimari no Michi” and “Minna-san, Sayonara“. He has already three films in the works come 2014.
As the only child actor on the list, Suzuki Fuku is ranked in 9th spot. He might be only ten years old but watch out for Suzuki! It was once again a great first half of the year for the small tott with the drama “Ikkyu-san 2” and the “Kodomo Kesiatsu” movie.
And finally in 10th spot, but not a reflection on talent is Suda Masaki, who each and every year since 2009 has improved. Finally having disassociated himself from ‘Philip’ Suda has continued to choose non-type cast roles and succeeded going from strength to strength in such roles as you find in the dramas “Nakuna, Harachan” and “35 sai no Koukousei“. Suda also acts in one of my most anticipated moves this year (behind “Jellyfish Eyes”) “Tomogui“.