Article: Top 10 Rising Stars Of Japanese Drama

Whenever we talk about Japan, we automatically switch to either manga or anime, and there is a less percentage of Japanese drama watchers. But ever since the release of thrillers and mind-blowing series like Alice in Borderland, which has gained a lot of fame worldwide, more people are interested in their acting skills. Many of the animes are being adapted into movies or dramas in Japan, which might not be as popularly known as their counterpart, and therefore it’s time to appreciate the actors and drama and the effort that goes behind in the making. Here are some actors that are being recognized and have done a commendable job at acting.


1. Toma Ikuta

The fame of Hana Kim has been seen in multiple dramas, one of them being adapted from a Korean drama that goes by the name of Mawang. In his personal life, he is a romantic who would love to spend time with his girlfriend and go on night drives.


2. Jin Akanishi

He was previously a part of the J-pop boy band and was the lead vocalist for the group named KAT-TUN. He is also famous for his role in the 47 Ronin and Bandage. He made his debut in Hollywood, opposite Keanu Reeves in the lead role in 47 Ronin.


3. Kenichi Matsuyama

Also known as the Japanese Johnny Depp, Kenichi is famous for his role as L in the film adaptation of the anime, “Death Note” and “L: Change the world.” He even won awards for the same as the Best Actor for the performance in the movie. He debuted in 2002 with Gokusen.


4. Shimizu Hiroya

Also known as one of the rising stars of Japan, he gave a commendable performance in The World of Kanako, where he was noticed as an actor. Still, his best performance so far has to be the movie series, “Solomon’s Perjury,” and the three-part movie franchise, Chihayafuru.


5. Kitamura Takumi

The very popular and award-winning movie “I want to eat your Pancreas,” fame, Kitamura Takumi is only twenty-one and has been gaining a lot of fame after the release of his movie and series such as “Aogeba Toutoshi,” and “Tonari no Kazoku wa Aoku Mieru.”


6. Ayami Nakajo

Ayami Nakajo is of a mixed-race, with a Japanese mother and British father. Her first lead role was in the movie “Fatal Frame,” and ever since, she has been awarded as the best newcomer at the 41st Japan Academy Award for; “Let’s Go, Jets!”


7. Nana Komatsu

The young model turned actor has been modeling from a very young age, but what is impressive about her is her rise to fame by winning the Rising Star Award at the New York Asian Film Festival for Samurai Marathon.


8. Tao Tsuchiya

Tao Tsuchiya, who recently rose to fame after her role in the manga adaptation of “Alice in Borderland,” is a model and an impressive actress, and a dancer who has won many awards. She debuted back in 2008 with the film Tokyo Sonata.


9. Yokohama Ryusei

Yokohama Ryusei was seen in the Japanese Adaption of a Korean movie, “Your eyes tell,” whose main soundtrack was sung by BTS, by the same name. He is an actor and model and has made TV appearances since 2013.


10. Kento Yamazaki

The actor and model were seen in Alice in Borderland, a thriller series, but that is not his only drama worth watching. He has been seen in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable – Chapter 1, back in 2017. He previously wanted to be a soccer player and had acted as a backup option.