|Native name 渡辺 麻友|
Labels Sony Music (solo)
Also known as Mayuyu (まゆゆ)
Name Mayu Watanabe
Role Japanese idol
Years active 2006 – present
Music groups AKB48 (Since 2007)
|Born March 26, 1994 (age 21)
Saitama Prefecture, Japan (1994-03-26) |
Origin Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
Albums Team B 5th Stage "Theater no Megami"
Similar People Yuki Kashiwagi, Haruka Shimazaki, Rino Sashihara, Haruna Kojima, Yuko Oshima
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Mayu Watanabe (渡辺 麻友, Watanabe Mayu, born March 26, 1994 in Saitama Prefecture) is a Japanese singer, actress, and a member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48, Team B. She has released five solo singles.
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In the general elections of AKB48, Mayu has consistently ranked among the group's top members. She placed fourth in 2009, fifth in 2010 and 2011, second in 2012, third in 2013. She was the highest vote getter in 2014, placed third in 2015, and second in 2016 and 2017.
Watanabe auditioned for AKB48's 3rd generation and was placed in the newly formed Team B. Her first appearance on an AKB48 single title track was on "Bingo!". She performed in all of the singles except when the lineups were determined by rock-paper-scissors tournaments, she has appeared on all the A-sides for the group's singles since then.
In 2009, she placed fourth overall in the group's first general election to determine the line-up for the group's 13th single. She placed fifth overall the next year for the group's 17th single.
She appeared on the cover of the December 2010 issue of UP to boy magazine together with Airi Suzuki from Cute. That was the first gravure collaboration between Hello! Project and AKB48. On May 13, 2011 she released her photo book, Mayuyu. She commented that the book "is filled with a lot of expressions that I haven’t shown until now, it’s a book I’m really pleased with!” Regarding her cover picture, she said, “Despite being embarrassed, I did my best on the front cover, so I want a lot of people to look at it!” In an episode of the group's variety show AKBingo!, Mayuyu and Haruka Shimazaki's nickname "Paruru" were coined by former teammate Rumi Yonezawa. For AKB48's general election in 2011, she placed fifth overall.
In 2012, Watanabe got her first lead role in the Japanese TV drama Saba Doll, where she played a 38-year-old high school teacher who is hated by her pupils whilst having a hidden life as an idol. On February 29, Watanabe released her debut solo single, "Synchro Tokimeki".
Watanabe participated as a voice actress in the anime series AKB0048. In the anime, she plays a main character Chieri Sono, and is part of the AKB48 subgroup NO NAME, which sings the opening and ending themes for the series. The series features a supporting character, Mayu Watanabe Mark 3, which is modeled after her likeness, and is voiced by Yukari Tamura. She reprised her role as Chieri Sono for the series' second season which aired in 2013.
Watanabe ranked second overall at the 2012 AKB48 general elections with 72,574 votes. On August 24, during the group's reorganization announcement at the AKB48's Tokyo Dome concert, she was moved from Team B to Team A.
On July 25, she released her second solo single, "Otona Jellybeans". which reached number three on the Oricon weekly chart. Her third solo single "Hikaru Monotachi" was released on November 21, 2012, and reached number one in the Oricon singles chart. The single was released in five versions, including one that has an illustration book. Her B-side "Sayonara no Hashi" was the theme song to the anime film Nerawareta Gakuen for which she voiced one of the lead characters. In July 2013, she released her fourth solo single. "Rappa Renshūchū". A contest was held to determine the cover artwork for one of its editions.
Meanwhile, in AKB48, she received her first center position on the group's 30th single "So Long!", which was released on February 20, 2013. On April 19, she released her second photobook Seifuku Zukan Saigo no Seifuku. In the AKB48 election for the members for their 32nd major label single, she placed third overall with 101,210 votes.
In 2014, Watanabe become a regular on the television show Utage!, and semi-regular on the TV show Renai Sosenkyo. In AKB48, she was transferred from Team A to Team B in the "Daisokaku Matsuri". She performed an hour-long solo live concert at AKB48's Natsu matsuri. In the elections to determine the member line-up for AKB48's 37th major label single, she placed first, with 159,854 votes. Thus, she took centre position for the song "Kokoro no Placard".
In 2015, Watanabe received her first leading role in a prime-time TV drama, Tatakau! Shoten Girl, broadcast by Fuji TV and Kansai TV. This drama aired from April 2015, at 10 pm. The theme song for this drama, "Deai no Tsuzuki", is sung by Watanabe, and will also be released as her fifth solo single on June 10, 2015. She will hold solo live concerts to support the single on September 19.
On June 17, 2017, Watanabe announced at the 9th General Election she will graduate from the group.
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- "Ame no Dōbutsuen" (雨の動物園)
- "Fusidara na Natsu" (ふしだらな夏)
- "Nageki no Figure" (嘆きのフィギュア)
- "Nagisa no Cherry" (渚のCHERRY)
- "Senaka Kara Dakishimete" (背中から抱きしめて)
- "Rio no Kakumei" (リオの革命)
- "Skirt, Hirari" (スカート、ひらり)
- "Pajama Drive" (パジャマドライブ)
- "Zannen Shōjo" (残念少女)
- "Hatsukoi yo Konnichiwa" (初恋よ こんにちは)
- "Skirt, Hirari" (スカート、ひらり)
- "Glass no I LOVE YOU" (ガラスの I LOVE YOU)
- "Candy" (キャンディー) (new units)
- "Suiyoubi no Alice" (水曜日のアリス)
- "Kimi no C/W" (君のc/w)
- "Megami wa Doko de Hohoemu?" (女神はどこで微笑む？)
- "Temodemo no Namida" (てもでもの涙)
- "Hatsukoi no Kagi" (初恋の鍵)
- "Youchien no Sensei" (幼稚園の先生)