|Native name 板野 友美|
Other names Tomochin (ともちん)
Name Tomomi Itano
|Years active 2005–present|
Height 1.54 m
|Born July 3, 1991 (age 24) (1991-07-03) Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture|
Occupation Japanese idol, actress, singer
Movies and TV shows Majisuka Gakuen, Kamen Rider W
Albums Swag, Team B 3rd Stage "Pajama, Team B 5th Stage "Theater, Team A 1st Stage "Party ga, Team A 5th Stage "Renai Ki
Tomomi Itano ~ 板野 友美
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).
- Tomomi Itano
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- 2005 2013 Early career beginnings and AKB48
- 2013 Graduation from AKB48 and new beginnings
- 2014 present Solo Career Success
- Studio albums
- Additional digital singles
- With AKB48
- As AKB48 subunits
Japanese pop star ms tomomi itano visits browns
2005-2013: Early career beginnings and AKB48
In 2005, Itano joined the Japanese idol girl group AKB48 as part of the first team, Team A. 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. In early 2010, she played Shibuya in AKB48's TV Tokyo drama Majisuka Gakuen. 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. In AKB48's 2010 general election, she placed fourth overall.
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. Her first digital single "Wanna Be Now" reached number 2 on Recochoku's daily charts and number 6 on the weekly charts. 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).
2013: Graduation from AKB48 and new beginnings
On February 1, 2013, during an AKB48 stage greeting, Itano announced she was leaving the group. She released her fourth solo single, "1%", on June 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. Itano had her farewell "graduation" ceremony at the Tokyo Dome on August 25, and a follow-up performance on August 27 at the AKB48 Theater; the performance was streamed live by Nico Nico Namahousou. 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".
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."
In July 2014, Tomomi Itano made her U.S. performance debut at Union Square in San Francisco for J-POP Summit Festival 2014.
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.
- S×W×A×G (July 2, 2014)
- Get Ready (November 2, 2016)
* RIAJ Digital Track Chart was cancelled in July 2012.
Additional digital singles
- Skirt, Hirari (2nd Unit) (スカートひらり)
- Hoshi no Ondo (1st Unit) (星の温度)
- Nageki no Figure (嘆きのフィギュア)
- Garasu no I Love You (ガラスのI Love You)
- Senaka Kara Dakishimete (背中から抱きしめて)
- Rio no Kakumei (リオの革命)
- Nage Kissu de Uchiotose! (投げキッスで撃ち落とせ！)
- Seifuku ga Jama osuru (制服が邪魔をする)
- Itoshisa no defence (愛しさのdefence)
- Idol Nante Yobanaide (アイドルなんて呼ばないで)
- Tsundere! (ツンデレ！)
- Seifuku Resistance (制服レジスタンス)