Maeda Atsuko, 2014
|Birthdate||July 10, 1991|
|Birthplace||Chiba Prefecture, Japan|
|Years Active||2005-2012 (AKB48, 6 years)|
2012-present (solo career)
|Generation||1st Generation AKB48|
Team Dragon from AKB48
|Blog||Atsuko Maeda Official Website|
- "If the concept of AKB48 had to be summed up into one girl, it would be Maeda Atsuko."
Maeda Atsuko is a Japanese idol singer. She is a former member of AKB48's 'Team A'. Atsuko has consistently been at the group's forefront - earning her the title of "The Face of AKB48" - having had a lead singing role in every single till her graduation. On March 25, 2012, Maeda announced that she would be graduating from AKB48. She graduated on August 27, 2012, at the AKB48 Theater.
She was one of the most prominent members in the group, being voted number one in the 2009 1st Senbatsu Election. However in the 2010 2nd Senbatsu Election, she lost to fellow member Oshima Yuko, who was the lead for their 17th Single: Heavy Rotation. She was part of the "Senbatsu" group in the most recent singles. In 2011 in the 3rd Senbatsu Election was voted number one in the election, winning over Oshima Yuko.
- Name: Maeda Atsuko (前田敦子)
- Nickname: Acchan (あっちゃん)
- Birthdate: July 10, 1991
- Birthplace: Chiba, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Hobbies: Sleeping
- Catchphrase: Konbawana. Maeda Atsuko desu. (こんばんは。前田敦子です; Good evening, I'm Maeda Atsuko)
- Audition song: Shibasaki Kou - Glitter
- Height: 161cm
- Bust: 76cm
- Waist: 60cm
- Hips: 83cm
- Charm point: Eyes
- Agency: Ohta Pro
- Years in AKB48: 6 Years and 8 Months
AKB48's 12th single, "Namida Surprise!", included voting tickets for the 2009 AKB48 Senbatsu Election, where fans can vote for who will be featured in the next single. Maeda won with 4,630 votes, becoming AKB48's most popular member and frontgirl for their 13th single, "Iiwake Maybe". However, in 2010, another election was held and Maeda lost to Yuko Oshima, who had 31,448 votes, whereas Maeda had 30,851 votes, so Yuko became the frontgirl for "Heavy Rotation".
Later that year a different type of election was held (AKB48 Janken Senbatsu Tournament) where any member in the group could be front girl. The members were selected by using the rock-paper-scissors method and Mayumi Uchida received the top spot of AKB48's single "Chance no Junban" which marked the first time a relatively unknown member has been at the front of a single.
In 2011, a third AKB48 senbatsu election was held. During the early results, Yuko Oshima was leading with first place. However in the final results Maeda won first place with 139,892 votes whereas Yuko Oshima had 122,843 votes beating her with 17,049 votes.
On 25 March 2012, during an AKB48 Concert at the Saitama Super Arena, Maeda announced that she would graduate from AKB48.
She graduated from AKB48 on August 27, 2012 in the AKB48 Theater.
On June 15, 2013, it was announced that Maeda will be appearing in AKB48's 5 Dome Tour, on July 31st, at Sapporo Dome.
On April 23, 2011, it was announced by Maeda herself at AKB48's handshake event in Nagoya Dome that she would make her solo debut with her debut single "Flower", released on June 22, 2011. On June 15, 2013, it was announced that she will be releasing her 3rd single.
In 2007, Maeda played the sub-leading role in the film Ashita no Watashi no Tsukurikata, which was her first performance as an actress. She starred in the 2011 film Moshidora and appeared in Nobuhiro Yamashita's 2012 film Kueki Ressha. She also starred in Hideo Nakata's 2013 horror film The Complex. It was announced that she will co-star with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's film 1905.
- [2011.06.22] Flower
- [2012.06.20] Kimi wa Boku da
- [2013.09.18] Time Machine Nante Iranai
- [2014.03.05] Seventh Code
DVDs / Bluray
- Sakura no Hanabiratachi
- Skirt, Hirari
- Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru
- Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou
- Boku no Taiyou
- Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?
- Romance, Irane
- Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008
- Baby! Baby! Baby!
- Oogoe Diamond
- 10nen Zakura
- Namida Surprise!
- Iiwake Maybe
- Sakura no Shiori
- Ponytail to Shushu
- Heavy Rotation
- Chance no Junban
- Sakura no Ki ni Narou
- Everyday, Katyusha
- Flying Get
- Kaze wa Fuiteiru
- GIVE ME FIVE!
- Manatsu no Sounds Good!
- Gingham Check (guest appearance in 1st PV)
- Dear my teacher (Sakura no Hanabiratachi)
- Aozora no Soba ni Ite (Skirt, Hirari)
- Dakedo... (Aitakatta)
- Virgin love (Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru)
- Namida Uri no Shoujo (Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou)
- Only Today (BINGO!)
- Mirai no Kajitsu (Boku no Taiyou)
- Viva! Hurricane (Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?)
- Ai no Moufu (Romance, Irane)
- Saigo no Seifuku (Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008)
- Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai (Baby! Baby! Baby!)
- 109 (Marukyuu) (Oogoe Diamond)
- Sakurairo no Sora no Shita de (10nen Zakura)
- Majisuka Rock'n'Roll (Sakura no Shiori)
- Majijo Teppen Blues (Ponytail to Shushu)
- Yasai Sisters (Heavy Rotation)
- Lucky Seven (Heavy Rotation)
- Kimi ni Tsuite (Beginner)
- Yoyaku Shita Christmas (Chance no Junban)
- Kurumi to Dialogue (Chance no Junban)
- Kiss Made 100 Mile (Sakura no Ki ni Narou)
- Korekara Wonderland (Everyday, Katyusha)
- Yankee Soul (Everyday, Katyusha)
- Ice no Kuchizuke (Flying Get)
- Yasai Uranai (Flying Get)
- Seishun to Kizukanai Mama (Flying Get)
- Noel no Yoru (Ue Kara Mariko)
- Rinjin wa Kizutsukanai (Ue Kara Mariko)
- Sweet & Bitter (GIVE ME FIVE!)
- Choudai, Darling! (Manatsu no Sounds Good!)
- Yume no Kawa (Gingham Check)
- A2 (Aitakatta)
Concert Shuffle Units
Maeda Atsuko Namida no Sotsugyo Sengen! in Saitama Super Arena ~Gyomu Renraku. Tanomuzo, Katayama Bucho!~
- Ashita no Watashi no Tsukurikata (あしたの私のつくり方) (2007)
- Densen Uta (伝染歌) (2007)
- Nasu Shounenki (那須少年記) (2008)
- DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 to be continued "10 Nengo, Shoujo Tachi wa Ima no Jibun ni Nani o Omou Nodarou?" (2011)
- Moshidora (もし高校野球の女子マネージャーがドラッカーの『マネジメント』を読んだら) (2011)
- DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 Show must go on Shoujo-tachi wa Kizutsuki Nagara, Yume wo Miru (2012)
- Kueki Ressha (2012)
- DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 No flower without rain Shoujo Tachi wa Namida no Ato ni Nani wo Miru? (2013)
- 1905 (2013) (Production cancelled February 2013)
- Kuroyuri Danchi (The Complex) (2013)
- Tamako in Moratorium (2013)
- Pikachu and Eevee Friends - Narrator (2013)
- Swan no Baka! (スワンの馬鹿!, 2007)
- Shiori to Shimiko no Kaiki Jikenbo (栞と紙魚子の怪奇事件簿, 2008)
- Taiyou to Umi no Kyoushitsu (太陽と海の教室, 2008)
- Majisuka Gakuen (マジスカ学園, 2010)
- Ryomaden (2010)
- Q10 (2010)
- Sakura Kara no Tegami~AKB48 Sorezore no Sotsugyou Monogatari~ (2011)
- Hanazakari no Kimitachi e 2011 (2011)
- Majisuka Gakuen 2 (マジスカ学園2, 2011)
- Saiko no Jinsei (2012)
- Kasuka na Kanojo (2013)
- Asaki Yumemishi ~Yaoya Oshichi Ibun (2013)
- AKBINGO! (2008-2012)
- Shukan AKB (2009-2012)
- AKB48 Nemōsu TV (2008-2012)
- Gachi Gase (2012)
- 2011: Voce Beauty Awards 2011 Best Cosmetics Grand Prix - The Best Beauty of the Year
- 2012: 35th Japan Academy Awards - Popularity Award - Actor/Actress for "Moshidora"
- 2012: 21st Japan Movie Critics Circle - Best Newcomer for "Moshidora"
- 2012: Japan's Foreign Film Importers and Distributers Association - Foreign Cinema’s Best Supporter
- 2012: 4th Tama Film Awards - Best New and Upcoming Actress for "Kueki Ressha"
- 2012: Vogue Japan Women of the Year
- 2013: 22nd Japanese Film Professional Awards - Best Actress for "Kueki Ressha"
- 2013: 22nd Japanese Professional Movie Award - Best Actress for "Kueki Ressha"
- [2009.01.23] Hai. (はいっ。) amazon.co.jp
- [2010.02.25] Acchan in Hawaii (あっちゃん in Hawaii)
- [2010.04.26] Maeda Atsuko in Tokyo (前田敦子 in Tokyo)
- [2010.06.07] Atsuko in NY
- [2012.03.16] Bukiyō
-  - Toyota CM (Doraemon ver.) (as Jaiko, CMs 4, 8 and 10)
-  - AKB48: Satsujin Jiken Series (Glico's Ice no Mi CMs) (as Detective Maeda Atsuko, FILES 1-5)
-  - AKB49: Ren'ai Kinshi Jōrei (the character, Maeda Atsuko, is based after her)
-  - AKB48: Satsujin Jiken (the character, Detective Maeda Atsuko, is based after her)
- [2010.12.23] - AKB1/48: Idol to koi shitara…
- [2011.10.06] - AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara…
- [2012.12.20] - AKB1/149 Ren'ai Sōsenkyo
- Known as "the face of AKB48".
- She is the second AKB48 member to debut as a soloist.
- Since the beginning of AKB48, she, along with Team A captain Takahashi Minami, have been in the forefront of the group.
- She is close with Minegishi Minami, Takahashi Minami and Shinoda Mariko.
- Her oshimen is Takahashi Minami.
- Wants to be an actress in the future.
- Favourite kind of sushi is shellfish.
- Describes herself as having no talents.
- Greatly admires Shibasaki Kou.
- The first CD she ever bought was LOVE Machine by Morning Musume.
- Has a Guinea Pig named Shokora, and a dog named Cocoa.
- Wears glasses, "but only when I'm at home".
- Says she's bad at enunciation, so practices by just saying vowels (an example is shown in her Private Video).
- As seen on AKB 1ji 59fun! (the AKB48 TV show) she, along with Takahashi Minami, can't skip properly.
- Her first appearance in AKB 1ji 59fun! was in Episode 1, where she appeared as a life-sized cardboard cut-out of her with a sash which reads: "on leave, filming for a drama" (ドラマ収録のため欠席, Dorama shuuroku no tame kesseki). She was the first member to have a cardboard cut-out of herself up until AKBINGO!.
- Is left-handed.
- She is a fan of Yomiuri Giants.
- Donated 1.25 million yen for charity to Green Cross International (2009).
- On May 18, 2010, she took a Picture with Justin Bieber when they were filming for "Music Japan" and posted it on her blog.
- She took a picture with Ke$ha (Picture with Ke$ha) and Taylor Swift with Miyazawa Sae. (Picture with Taylor Swift).
- On March 2, 2011, she talked to Avril Lavigne and took a picture with her
- She makes a cameo appearance in the Aitakatta Kamoshirenai PV of Nogizaka46, briefly encountering Ikoma Rina who played the role that Acchan portrayed in their own Aitakatta PV. This makes her the first AKB member to work with Nogizaka in a PV.
- She is the only victim in AKBINGO!'s AKRangers segment to be covered in flour twice.
- Said in an interview (and in her blog) that if she haven't found her partner in the future, she'll want Takamina to live with her.
- Her favorite Dragon Ball character is Son Gohan.
- Her younger sister's name is Miyuki.
- On March 25, 2012, it was announced that Maeda will be graduating from AKB48.
- She graduated from AKB48 after her last theater performance on August 27th, 2012.
- She was considered by many fans as the most popular member and the face/ace of AKB48.
- Known for her good relationship with Takahashi Minami (AtsuMina).
- She has been the center in most of AKB48's PV's (Only From Skirt, Hirari with Itano Tomomi and Takahashi Minami until Manatsu no Sounds Good! with Watanabe Mayu).
- Her last appearance as a member of AKB48 was in Gingham Check's 1st PV and Yume no Kawa's PV.
Maeda Family Tree
Center of AKB48
|Groups||AKB48 | Team Dragon from AKB48 | AKBIdoling!!! | Team Surprise|
|Singles||1. Flower | 2. Kimi wa Boku da | 3. Time Machine Nante Iranai|
|Solo Songs||Sakura no Hanabira ~Maeda Atsuko solo ver.~|