If you’ve watched the shoujo manga adaptation films Koisuru Vampire (恋する・ヴァンパイア) and Heroine Shikkaku (ヒロイン失格), then you must be familiar with these two movies’ female lead, Kiritani Mirei (桐谷美玲)! Currently, Mirei is working on a Japanese drama entitled Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto (好きな人がいること) alongside three handsome and popular Japanese actors, Miura Shohei (三浦翔平), Yamazaki Kento (山﨑賢人), and Nomura Shuhei (野村周平).
Kiritani Mirei was born on December 16, 1989. As many people know, Mirei has a very beautiful face. She’s even been included in TC Candler’s The 100 Most Beautiful Faces several times. Mirei started to top the ranks from 2012 at the said beauty ranking. She ranked at the 12th spot in the year 2012, 46th in 2013, 8th in 2014, and 31st in 2015. Not only that, she also topped Oricon’s 6th Ideal Faces Chosen by Women Ranking at the 10th spot and won the Nail Queen 2014 Award (Japanese only).
Before becoming an actress, she was a model for Seventeen Magazine. She’s still an active model now for other Japanese magazines. Aside from being a model, Mirei is also a news anchor. She became a news anchor for Mezamashi TV (めざましテレビ) and a host for Gekimote! Seventeen High School (激モテ!セブンティーン学園). Currently, she’s an anchor for NEWS ZERO every Tuesday.
Koisuru Vampire opened in Japan on April 17, 2015. Kiritani Mirei plays as a young woman vampire named Kiira (キイラ) who conceals her identity even from her best friend. She’s a young lady who is ordinary, loves to talk to her friends and to dress up! She dreams to be the best baker in the world. However, she has a huge secret. She is a vampire. She’s hiding her real identity even from her childhood friend, Tetsu (テツ), whom she secretly likes. When her parents died when she was 12, she lost contact with Tetsu. Eight years later, Tetsu appears in the bakery where Kiira is working part-time. Kiira was excited to see Tetsu again. Soon after, they date and dream to have a family. However, she’s worried because she is a vampire.
Heroine Shikkaku opened in Japan on September 19, 2015. Kiritani Mirei plays as a young high school student named Matsuzaki Hatori (松崎はとり) who has a crush on her childhood friend Terasaka Rita (寺坂利太 – played by Yamazaki Kento). She believes Rita will choose her as his heroine but he ends up dating Adachi Miho (安達未帆). Meanwhile, Hiromitsu Kosuke (弘光廣祐 – played by Sakaguchi Kentaro – 坂口健太郎) takes interest in Matsuzaki Hatori.
Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto
After recently starring in two movie lead roles, Mirei landed in a “Getsu9 (月9)” drama! The Getsu9 drama airs every Monday at 9 in the evening in Japan via Fuji TV. This is a huge thing in the Japanese entertainment industry.
In Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto, Mirei plays as Sakurai Misaki (櫻井美咲) who works as a devoted patissier and who hasn’t dated for a long time. She gets fired from work one day then meets her first love from high school, Shibasaki Chiaki (柴崎千秋 – played by Miura Shohei – 三浦翔平). Misaki decided to work at Chiaki’s restaurant and also planned to stay there. She then realizes that the two younger brothers (played by Yamazaki Kento and Nomura Shuhei) of Chiaki also live in the said restaurant. Other notable actresses in this drama are Ohara Sakurako (大原櫻子) who plays as Nishijima Manami (西島愛海), and Nanao (菜々緒) who plays as Takatsuki Kaede (高月楓).
Mirei appeared in several drama series and films. One notable film is her 2010 Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You (君に届け) wherein she played as a high school student and acted alongside Tabe Mikako (多部未華子) and Miura Haruma (三浦春馬). Also in the same year, she acted with Kato Keisuke as a young high school student again in the film Ongaku-Bito of which the main theme is music. While the former is a film about music, Mirei also starred in a movie about fashion called Runway Beat (ランウェイ☆ビート).
Moreover, Mirei acted for a minor role in the movie Usagi Drop (うさぎドロップ) with Matsuyama Kenichi (松山ケンイチ), Karina (香里奈), and child actress Ashida Mana (芦田愛菜). On top of that, her drama series Arakawa Under the Bridge (荒川 アンダー ザ ブリッジ) was also turned into a movie wherein she starred again. Furthermore, Mirei acted alongside Narimiya Hiroki (成宮寛貴) in the film Ace Attorney (逆転裁判) which was based on a game of the same title.
In Japanese drama series, one unforgettable role for Mirei was in Hana Kimi (花ざかりの君たちへ〜イケメン♂パラダイス〜) wherein she played as a young high school student. She also appeared in the popular drama Ando Lloyd (安堂ロイド) – A.I. Knows Love? alongside popular Johnny’s idol Kimura Takuya (木村拓哉) and Shibasaki Kou (柴咲コウ).
Besides all of that, Mirei acted alongside Arashi (嵐) member Ono Satoshi (大野智) in the drama Shinigami Kun (死神くん). She also acted with Maruyama Ryuhei (丸山隆平), another Johnny’s idol, in the drama series Hell Teacher Nube (地獄先生ぬ～べ～) wherein she played as a teacher. Furthermore, Mirei played as the main character in Sumika Sumire (スミカスミレ) wherein she was the 20-year old version of the main character.
With all her hard work, she won Best Supporting Actress for the series Shinigami Kun in the 18th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (日刊スポーツ・ドラマグランプリ).
Mirei recently joined Instagram! She happily shares about her life on and off camera on the said platform. On the 1st of August, she posted a photo of a double rainbow. On the caption, it says that it’s already the fourth episode of Suki na Hito ga Iru Koto on that night. Mirei is sure promoting her drama on her Instagram, so Mirei fans, better stay tuned!
Many of her fans find Kiritani Mirei pretty so she really deserves to be part of TC Candler’s The 100 Most Beautiful Faces. Not only is she beautiful, but she can act as well! I have watched Sumika Sumire and I found her really nice in that drama. I also remember her appearance in the drama Hana Kimi as I found her really funny there. However, one film that made me annoyed with her role is Kimi ni Todoke wherein she acted as an antagonist so I didn’t like her character very much. I haven’t really followed her career but I’m wishing to watch her other projects soon!
Kiritani Mirei’s Blog *Japanese only