Tomomi Itano

Tomomi Itano

Tomomi Itano at the J-POP Summit Festival 2014 press conference in San Francisco, USA
Native name 板野 友美
Born (1991-07-03) July 3, 1991[1]
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture[1]
Other names Tomochin (ともちん)[2]
Occupation Japanese idol, actress, singer
Years active 2005–present

Musical career

Genres J-pop
Instruments Vocals
Labels You, Be Cool! / King
Associated acts AKB48

Tomomi Itano (板野 友美 Itano Tomomi, born July 3, 1991 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture) is a Japanese actress and singer. She is a former member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. Her talent agent is Horipro. In 2011 she debuted solo with a single titled "Dear J", which was followed the same year by "Fui ni" (number 1 in Japan), and later by "10nen Go no Kimi e" (2012) and "1%" (2013).

Life and career

2005-2013: Early career beginnings and AKB48

In 2005, Itano joined the Japanese idol girl group AKB48[3] as part of the first team, Team A.[4] She also modeled for the women's fashion magazine Cawaii!, and released her first photo book titled T.O.M.O.row in April 2009.[5] In early 2010, she played Shibuya in AKB48's TV Tokyo drama Majisuka Gakuen.[6] She had a recurring role on Kamen Rider W as Queen, alongside fellow AKB48 performer Tomomi Kasai, until the show ended in late 2010. Together, they made up the sub-unit Queen & Elizabeth.[7] In AKB48's 2010 general election, she placed fourth overall.

Tomomi Itano performing at the Anime Expo AKB48 live in Los Angeles, 2010

Itano released her first single, "Dear J", on January 26, 2011. It reached number 1 on the Oricon daily ranking and number 2 on the Oricon weekly ranking, selling 204,981 copies. In April, she reprised her role as Shibuya in Majisuka Gakuen 2.[8] Her first digital single "Wanna Be Now" reached number 2 on Recochoku's daily charts and number 6 on the weekly charts.[9] She placed eighth overall in AKB48's 2011 general election held in June. Her second single, "Fui ni", was released on July 13 and sold 90,103 copies, and reached number one on the Oricon weekly chart.

In 2012, Itano was cited as the "Queen of TV commercials" for having more contracts with companies than any other female tarento (although her count of 20 was technically a tie with those of fellow AKB48 member Mariko Shinoda).[10]

2013: Graduation from AKB48 and new beginnings

On February 1, 2013, during an AKB48 stage greeting, Itano announced she was leaving the group.[11] She released her fourth solo single, "1%", on June 12.[12] The title track was used in television commercials for Samantha Vega. The music video was shot in New York, and includes an appearance by the American actress and model Taylor Momsen.[13] Itano had her farewell "graduation" ceremony at the Tokyo Dome on August 25,[4][14][15] and a follow-up performance on August 27 at the AKB48 Theater;[16][17] the performance was streamed live by Nico Nico Namahousou.[18] Her graduation song is "Saigo no Door", which was released as a B-side on one of the editions of AKB48's single "Koisuru Fortune Cookie".[4]

2014 - present: Solo Career Success

In an interview with Japanese entertainment website Nihongogo, Itano shared her thoughts on transitioning to a solo artist "In a group you perform as a unit with each member playing a certain character role, however as a solo artist you have to be able to play all the roles at once. You have to take on the roles of being cool, sexy, and cute and although it’s definitely a challenge, it’s something I have to strive for achieving." [19]

In July 2014, Tomomi Itano made her U.S. performance debut at Union Square in San Francisco for J-POP Summit Festival 2014.[20]

Tomomi Itano has been cast the lead role of a Japanese foreign student based in China alongside Taiwanese singer-actor Dino Lee in the Chinese romance movie Raincoat (雨衣), as revealed in a press conference the duo appeared in on 29 September 2015. The projected 2-month filming period for the movie that takes in Shanghai and Tokyo is ongoing. The film is expected for a release in Spring 2016 in three countries.


Solo albums

  1. S×W×A×G (July 2, 2014)
  2. Get Ready (November 2, 2016)

Solo singles

Title Release date Chart positions Sales

"Dear J"[23] January 26, 2011 2 2 1 162,871 216,781
"Fui ni" (ふいに, "Unexpectedly")[24][25] July 13, 2011 1 1 8 90,103 115,497
"10nen Go no Kimi e" (10年後の君へ Jūnen Go no Kimi e,
"To You, After 10 Years")
April 26, 2012 2 2 3 72,911 94,059
"1%" (Ichi Pāsento, "One Percent") June 12, 2013 4 4 44,630 56,094[26]
"Little"[27] February 5, 2014 3 34,037 42,497
"COME PARTY!" December 17, 2014 6 15,058 19,500
"Gimme Gimme Luv" July 1, 2015 6 14,803
"HIDE & SEEK" April 20, 2016 11 9,019

* RIAJ Digital Track Chart was cancelled in July 2012.

Additional digital singles


Year No. Title Role[28] Notes
2006 Ind-1 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" A-side Debut with Team A.
Ind-2 "Skirt, Hirari" A-side
1 "Aitakatta" A-side
2007 2 "Seifuku ga Jama o Suru" A-side
3 "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō" A-side
4 "Bingo!" A-side
5 "Boku no Taiyō" A-side
6 "Yūhi o Miteiru ka?" A-side
2008 7 "Romance, Irane" A-side
8 "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008" A-side
9 "Baby! Baby! Baby!" A-side
10 "Ōgoe Diamond" A-side
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-side
12 "Namida Surprise!" A-side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" A-side Ranked 7th in 2009 General Election.
14 "River" A-side
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" A-side Debut with Team K. Also sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll".
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" A-side Also sang on "Majijo Teppen Blues"
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side Ranked 4th in 2010 General Election. Also sang on "Yasai Sisters" and "Lucky Seven".
18 "Beginner" A-side
19 "Chance no Junban" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[29] Sang on "Yoyakushita Christmas"; and "Alive" with Team K.
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" A-side
"Dareka no Tame ni – What can I do for someone?" charity single
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" A-side Also sang on "Korekara Wonderland" and "Yankee Soul".
22 "Flying Get" A-side, Yasai Sisters 2011 Ranked 8th in 2011 General Election. Also sang on "Seishun to Kizukanai Mama"; "Yasai Uranai" as Yasai Sisters 2011; and "Ice no Kuchizuke".
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament;[30][31] She sang on "Noël no Yoru"; and on "Zero-sum Taiyō" as Team K.
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-side (Baby Blossom), Selection 6 Played shaker in Baby Blossom;[32] She also sang on "Sweet & Bitter" as Selection 6.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side Also sang on "Choudai, Darling!"
27 "Gingham Check" A-side Ranked 8th in 2012 General Election.[33][34] Also sang on "Yume no Kawa".
28 "Uza" A-side, New Team K Also sang on "Scrap & Build" as New Team K.
29 "Eien Pressure" A-side Placed 13th in rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas"
2013 30 "So Long!" A-side Also sang on "Yuuhi Marie" as Team K.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side, Center[35] Also sang on "How Come?" as Team K.
32 "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" A-side Ranked 11th in 2013 General Election.[36] Also sang on "Namida no Sei Janai" and "Saigo no Door", the latter of which was her graduation song.
2016 43 "Kimi wa Melody" A-side Marked as the 10th Anniversary Single. Participated as graduated member.

Theater performances

With AKB48

Team A 1st Stage "Party ga Hajimaruyo" (Partyが始まるよ)
  1. Skirt, Hirari (2nd Unit) (スカートひらり)
  2. Hoshi no Ondo (1st Unit) (星の温度)
Team A 2nd Stage "Aitakatta" (会いたかった)
  1. Nageki no Figure (嘆きのフィギュア)
  2. Garasu no I Love You (ガラスのI Love You)
  3. Senaka Kara Dakishimete (背中から抱きしめて)
  4. Rio no Kakumei (リオの革命)
Team A 3rd Stage "Dareka no Tameni" (誰かのために)
  1. Nage Kissu de Uchiotose! (投げキッスで撃ち落とせ!)
  2. Seifuku ga Jama osuru (制服が邪魔をする)
Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Rennai Chū" (ただいま恋愛中)
  1. Faint
Himawarigumi 1st Stage "Boku no Taiyō" (僕の太陽)
  1. Itoshisa no defence (愛しさのdefence)
  2. Idol Nante Yobanaide (アイドルなんて呼ばないで)
Himawarigumi 2nd Stage "Yumewo Shinaseru Wakeni Ikanai" (夢を死なせるわけにいかない)
  1. Confession
Team A 5th Stage "Rennai Kinshi Jōrei" (恋愛禁止条例)
  1. Tsundere! (ツンデレ!)
Team K 6th Stage "Reset"
  1. Seifuku Resistance (制服レジスタンス)

As AKB48 subunits






  1. 1 2 "板野友美 – プロフィール – Yahoo!人物名鑑".
  2. ともちんソロ歌手デビュー!! 来年1月26日シングル発売 (in Japanese).
  3. "板野友美のプロフィール・ヒストリーならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese).
  4. 1 2 3 "AKB48 holds Itano Tomomi's graduation ceremony". Tokyohive. August 26, 2013. – sources Mantan web 2013-08-25
  5. "AKB48メンバーでCawaii!専属モデルの板野友美、編集会議まで開いた写真集を発売" (in Japanese).
  6. "Majisuka" (in Japanese).
  7. "最強アイドルと最強ヒーローが合体! AKB48板野友美&河西智美と仮面ライダーWがコラボシングルリリース" (in Japanese).
  8. 現在の時刻. ドラマ24「マジすか学園2」:テレビ東京 公式サイト (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  9. "RIAJ Digital Track Weekly for 2011 week 20". generasia. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  10. 今年のCM女王は、麻里子さま&ともちん ともに20社ずつ. Sankei Nyūsu (in Japanese). Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  11. "Itano Tomomi to graduate from AKB48 this year". Tokyohive. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  13. "Itano Tomomi To Release Next Single June 12th". Japanverse. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  14. "板野友美:AKB48卒業セレモニーで涙「8年間ありがとう」 – MANTANWEB(まんたんウェブ)" (in Japanese). 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  15. "板野友美:卒業セレモニーにあっちゃん&篠田「2人がいる中で卒業したかった」 – MANTANWEB(まんたんウェブ)" (in Japanese). 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  16. "Graduation dates for Shinoda Mariko, Itano Tomomi and Akimoto Sayaka revealed". Tokyohive. June 24, 2013.
  17. "篠田&板野&秋元の卒業日決定 AKB劇場での卒業公演でそれぞれ幕 (篠田麻里子) ニュース-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  18. "Itano Tomomi and Akimoto Sayaka's graduation concerts to stream live via Nico Nico Namahousou". Tokyohive. August 17, 2013.
  19. To, Jeffrey (July 20, 2014). "An Interview with Tomomi Itano at the J-Pop Summit Festival 2014". Nihongogo. Nihongogo. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  20. "J!-ENT Showcases Tomomi Itano: Press Q&A" (PDF). J!-ENT. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  21. "Billboard Japan Hot 100 Charts" (in Japanese). Billboard.
  22. 有料音楽配信チャート (in Japanese). RIAJ.
  23. " Japan Top 100. Week of February 12, 2011".
  24. "板野友美、2作目でソロ初首位". Oricon. Archived from the original on 2012-07-06.
  25. "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Billboard. 2011-07-30.
  26. "1%". generasia. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  28. Center and A-side lineup information provided by "AKB48 歴代シングル選抜メンバー(2006年~2013年)" [(2006–2013) AKB48 successive single member selection]. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
  29. "AKB48、じゃんけん選抜シングルは「チャンスの順番」". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  30. "AKB48 :AKB48 :じゃんけん大会を再び開催 9月に武道館で SKE48、NMB48ら総勢71人参加". Mainichi Shimbun Digital Co., Ltd. (in Japanese). MANTANWEB. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-03.
  31. "AKB48's second "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Tournament confirmed". 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  32. ""AKBバンド"が新曲ジャケ写解禁 前田&大島の2トップ". Oricon (in Japanese). 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  33. Ozawa, Harumi (2012-06-07). "Oshima's win in AKB48 election big news in Japan". Japan Today. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  34. "AKB48 27thシングル 選抜総選挙を2012年6月6日(水)に日本武道館にて開催". AKB48 Official Site (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-08-09.
  35. "AKB48′s "Sayonara Crawl" To Have 4 Centers". Japanverse. 2013-04-28.
  36. "[Completed] AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election results!". 8 June 2013. Tokyohive. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
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