All About The Multitalented Japanese Actress Yui Aragaki and Her Career

  • If you have watched Miura Haruma’s Sky of Love (Koizora) or Sakai Masato’s Legal High, then you must be familiar with the actress Aragaki Yui. Aragaki Yui will star in the drama adaptation of the manga series “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu,” We Married as Job.

    We Married as Job

    The drama We Married as Job has recently started airing this October on TBS Channel and can be watched on Tuesdays at 10 pm. This is the first time in three and a half years that Aragaki Yui will star in a TBS drama series again. Her last one was Public Affairs Office in the Sky that aired in 2013.

    The manga version of the We Married as Job was written by Umino Tsunami and is a love comedy that revolves around a contract marriage between the two leading characters. Aragaki Yui will play as Moriyama Mikuri who has a master’s degree yet unemployed and has no boyfriend. Mikuri feels that she is not needed anywhere and doesn’t have a place she belongs to. She then works as a housekeeper for Tsuzaki Hiramasa (played by Hoshino Gen), a 36-year-old who suggests that they get into a “contract marriage.” They don’t have feelings for each other at first, but they gradually start to develop a relationship as the story goes on.

    The manga “Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu” won the Best Shoujo Manga Award at the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards last 2015. The drama script is written by Nogi Akiko, the same person who is responsible for the drama Sleepeeer Hit! and the movie Library Wars. This drama adaptation will question the norms of love, marriage, and work through the secret relationship of Mikuri and Hiramasa.

    Let’s get to know more about Aragaki Yui!

    Aragaki Yui, also known as “Gakky” to her fans, is not only an actress but also a model and a singer. She has modeled for several magazines in Japan and has already released four singles entitled “Make My Day,” “Akai Ito,” “Piece,” and “Utsushie.” Moreover, she also released three albums entitled “Sora,” “Hug,” and “Niji.” Her song “Heavenly Days” is memorable to most of her fans because of the touching story of her film Sky of Love (Koizora). On top of her music career, she also performed at Budokan!

    Aragaki Yui’s Drama Series Career

    Aragaki Yui’s first ever drama series project is Shibuya Fifteen (Sh15uya) in 2005. It was followed by Dragon Zakura which she co-starred with Abe Hiroshi, Yamashita Tomohisa, Nagasawa Masami, Nakao Akiyoshi, Koike Teppei, Saeko, etc. In this drama, Gakky played as a high school student who needs to improve her studies.

    In 2006, Gakky starred in two more drama series, namely My Boss, My Hero and Galcir. In the year 2007, she acted alongside Tachi Hiroshi and portrayed as his daughter in the drama Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter (Papa to Musume no Nanokakan) wherein the souls of the father and the daughter are switched.

    Come year 2008, Gakky acted alongside Yamashita Tomohisa again in the medical drama series Code Blue and in its second season in 2010. Before Code Blue Season 2, she played as a young woman who lost her ability to speak in the 2009 drama series Smile.

    Moreover, in the year 2011, Gakky acted alongside popular Johnny’s idol Nishikido Ryo in Full Throttle Girl (Zenkai Girl) wherein her role was a young international lawyer who dreams of earning 10 billion yen per year. She also played as a young lawyer in Legal High Seasons 1 and 2 alongside popular and great actor Sakai Masato.

    In year 2013, Gakky portrayed as a young reporter in the drama series Public Affairs Office in the Sky (Soratobu Kouhoushitsu) and in 2014, she played as a policeman in the last two episodes of S: The Last Policeman. Lastly, her project just before We Married as Job is The Memorandum of Kyoko Okitegami wherein she played a private detective who loses her memory every time she sleeps.

    Aragaki Yui’s Film/Movie Career

    Aragaki Yui started with voice acting in a 2006 anime movie entitled Cho Gekijo-ban Keroro Gunso. Her first real starring film, Tokyo Serendipity (Koisuru Madori), was released in the year 2007 wherein she played as Aoki Yui who is a young art student suddenly facing the real world on her own.

    Gakky’s popular movie both in Japan and overseas, Sky of Love (Koizora) (2007), earned her the Best Newcomer Award at the 50th Blue Ribbon Awards. Also in the same year, she played as a student named Yamada in the film Waruboro.

    In year 2008, Gakky played as a young, quiet, and lonely high school student whose only passion is traditional cheer squad in the movie Cheer Cheer Cheer! Came year 2009, she played as a young princess in the movie Ballad: Namonaki Koi no Uta.

    In year 2010, Gakky played alongside Ikuta Toma as his lover in the film Hanamizuki which is about hope and hardships resulting from a long distance relationship. It is based on a 2004 pop song of the same title by Hitoto You. This was also the first time that Gakky played as an adult character.

    In 2011, Gakky played alongside Abe Hiroshi again in the film The Wings of the Kirin. Came 2014, she played as a young mother for the first time in the movie Twilight: Saya in Sasara with Oizumi Yo. In 2015, she portrayed as a piano teacher in Have a Song on Your Lips and as a young policewoman in the film S: The Last Policeman: Recovery of Our Future.

    Aragaki Yui’s Awards

    Aragaki Yui is absolutely a talented actress since she won several awards! She won the Best Newcomer Award at the 20th Nikkan Sports Film Awards in 2007 and the Rookie of the Year at the 2008 Elan D’or Award. She again won Best Newcomer for the films Waruboro, Sky of Love (Koizora), and Tokyo Serendipity (Koisuru Madori) at the 50th Blue Ribbon Awards. On top of all that, Gakky won Most Popular Actor for the film Sky of Love (Koizora) and Rookie of the Year at the 31st Japan Academy Prize in 2008.

    Personal Thoughts About Aragaki Yui

    I first learned about Aragaki Yui when I watched her in Sky of Love (Koizora). I really loved her acting there and the film was very moving for me. I haven’t completely followed her showbiz career and I haven’t seen some of her projects yet. But based on what I’ve seen so far, I can already say that she’s a great actress and that she’s one of the pretty faces in Japan. She has won so many awards that prove her talent! I wish to see her more so I hope LesPros Entertainment, her agency, will give her more projects!

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