by fanitha, December 22, 2017
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Oricon News announced their top 10 of breakthrough actors on December 12th. Let's see the ranking's outcome.

From 10th place to 5th place we’ll found “actors who boldly challenged unique roles” (Oricon News, 2017)


10. Nomura Shuhei

This year he appeared in 5 movies and 4 dramas.

Some comments mentioned on Oricon’s poll:

“You can often see him acting different genres”

“His conversations are interesting!"


9. Chiba Yudai

This year he appeared in 6 movies and 8 dramas.

Some comments mentioned on Oricon’s poll:

“I discovered a new side of him through variety shows”

“He continuously appeared on dramas, movies and stage plays”


8. Mamiya Shotaro

This year he appeared in 4 movies and 3 dramas.

Some comment mentioned in Oricon’s poll:

“He’s a good looking man”


7. Narita Ryo

This year he appeared in 3 movies and 3 dramas.

Some comments mentioned on Oricon’s poll:

“I saw him frequently in dramas and TV commercials”

“From We married as a job up to Code Blue, he challenged various roles”


6. Kudo Asuka

This year he appeared in 2 movies and 6 dramas.

Some comment mentioned on Oricon’s poll:

"He’s neat, nice young man”


5. Kaku Kento

This year he appeared in 2 movies and 5 dramas.

Some comment mentioned on Oricon’s poll:

“I see him frequently on TV”

“He often appeared on movies, dramas and variety shows”


4. Sakaguchi Kentaro

This year he appeared in 2 movies and 3 dramas.

Some comment mentioned in Oricon’s poll:

“He was widely active on movies, TV, commercials and more”

“He moved my heart with his acting skills”

“He always appeared on TV commercials and such, there was not a day I didn’t see him”


3. Yamazaki Kento

This year he appeared in 4 movies and 1 drama.

“He’s also called the 2.5 dimension prince; he skillfully plays any role, a chameleon actor. Aside from the prince character he has previously shown us in romance movies he has expanded his acting in abilities.” (Oricon News, 2017)

Some comment mentioned in Oricon’s poll:

“He was always on dramas and movies”

“He’s not only cool but charming as well”

“I think the number of leading roles in movies he had was overwhelming”

“We saw him in several movies, TV commercials, dramas. I’m under the impression that his appearances on VS Arashi were very frequent”


2. Takahashi Issei

This year he appeared in 4 movies and 5 dramas.

“He ranked 1st place on the first half of the year’s poll. Aside from acting he has been active on other fields, like appearing on magazine AnAn. His popularity is due to his smile and voice.” (Oricon News, 2017)

Some comment mentioned in Oricon’s poll:

“I fall in love due to Quartet’s perfection”

“He gained popularity due to his wide range of roles, from Quartet to a Taiga (annual, year-long historical fiction television drama series)”


1. Takeuchi Ryoma

This year he appeared in 2 movies and 4 dramas.

“He’s called by his fans ‘Nation’s boyfriend’. He started playing soccer at the age of 5 and continued up to university when he retired due to an injury on his knee. He’s popular due to his friendly smile.” (Oricon News, 2017)

Some comment mentioned in Oricon’s poll:

“Cool and his good personality is felt”

“All his works left good impressions due to his good acting”

“The conversations between ladies get hyped-up when talking about Takeuchi Ryoma”


Personal Comments


I found really interesting that 4 (1st, 8th, 9th and 10th place) of the 10 actors within this ranking where together on Teiichi no Kuni movie, that may have helped them for being more on the spotlight. Though I have been paying close attention to Nomura, since I saw him in Suki na hito ga iru koto, and Chiba has been on my radar since Ouran High School Host Club, he was perfect as Honey-senpai!

From within this ranking, only one actor was a totally new face for me and that was Kudo Asuka, I haven’t seen anything from him so far and didn’t know anything about him.

I do agree with this ranking’s first place, Takeuchi Ryoma was splendid in Kahogo no Kahoko, I loved his character and his development, his relationship with Kahoko was so sweet at the end. I’m happy he acted in that drama since I first saw him on the movie Aozora Yell and was very displeased with his character there, though I fell in love with his smile. And I will definitely follow closely his career from now on and will check his dramas.

For Yamazaki’s 3rd place I think it was no surprise whatsoever since his been appearing lately on almost every manga movie adaptation, and is very popular as a leading man. I find him cute but I’ve yet to see a strong performance from him, so I’m definitely looking forward to watching Rikuo since it was mentioned on Oricon’s article as one of his strongest roles so far.

Kaku Kento is another actor which I do think had his breakthrough this year. I know him from N no tame ni (where I didn’t like his character that much, therefore was very pleased with the drama’s ending) and Asuko March! (Where his character was sweet but overall that drama was very forgettable for me) but this year I found him very interesting in Akira to Akira and Aishite tatte, Himitsu wa Aru (It took me about 3 minutes to recognize it was him! So I do think he did a good job playing his character)

Sakaguchi has been getting more attention lately and appearing in more dramas (I did watch 2 of the 3 he did this year) but for me his breakthrough year will be when he gets to starred as the main lead in a romance drama because he has been on several movies but no dramas so far T.T


I hope you enjoy reading this article, share your opinions about this ranking, do you agree or disagree with Oricon’s top 10?


Source: Oricon

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