Actress Fuka Koshiba (26) is going strong.
Koshiba made her drama debut in Fuji Television’s “Breathless Summer” in 2012. Since her first starring role in a commercial drama series in 2008 with “Yokai Share House” (TV Asahi), she has steadily built up her career, winning the The Television Award for Best Actress for “She Was Beautiful” (Fuji Television) in 2009.
This year, she has been further boosted by the announcement that she will appear in “Fermat’s Cooking” (TBS) from October, following “Nami yo Kikimete” (TV Asahi) in the April season and “Shokujo no Maou-sama” (Kantele and Fuji TV) in the July season, and will play the lead and heroine in three consecutive drama series. In “Wave, Listen to Me!
In “Nami yo Kikimete,” she played a difficult role with a huge amount of lines and machine-gun talk, but she performed it well. She played a character that was the complete opposite of her past work and showed a wide range of roles and acting ability, which led to an increase in the number of people in the industry who wanted to use her. In addition, since a drama series is held up for more than three months from crank-in to crank-up, it is highly unusual for her to appear in a drama series for three consecutive seasons. It is a sign of the high level of trust placed in her,” said a source in the entertainment industry.
(A source close to the entertainment industry) Her expression also shows a sense of fulfillment. At the presentation of the new commercial for “Nissin MCT Oil,” in which she is currently starring, she appeared in a green one-piece dress and a white sleeveless jacket. A representative of the company said, “We asked her to appear in the commercial because she has a very bright and energetic personality, and we thought she was the only one for the job. In addition to her acting ability, her good personality and likability are probably part of her appeal.
She has been known as a purist, so I had the impression that her acting was always somewhat pretty, and as a result, she didn’t have the color that only Fuka Koshiba could bring to the role. However, in her starring roles, most notably in “Nami yo Kikimete” (Listen to Me, Wave), she has proven that her naivete, in a good way, allows her to get into comical, silly, and straightforward characters. She is very well-liked by both men and women of her age group, and some in the industry are already calling her a ‘second Kanna Hashimoto.
Koshiba’s success is likely to continue.
PHOTO： Kazuhiko Nakamura