Hagiwara Mai’s Profile

Hagiwara Mai, February 2014

History

Hagiwara joined Hello! Project after passing the 2002 Hello! Project Kids audition alongside 14 other girls. She made her debut as one of the 4KIDS featured in Mini Moni’s movie “Mini Moni ja Movie: Okashi na Daibouken! as well as on Mini Moni’s single, Genki Jirushi no Oomori Song.

In 2005 the group Berryz Kobo was formed, and consisted of eight original members. The idea of the group was the rotate the group’s line-p amongst the girls to teach them about being in a group. Hagiwara Mai did not make the original pick, and the idea of rotating the group was eventually dropped. In 2005, she and the other seven H!P Kids not chosen for Berryz formed  °C-ute. After 4 indie singles as preparation for their major debut, they made their major debut with their first major single “Sakura Chiari” in 2007.

Hagiwara Mai was a member of Little Gatas, but was not added to the other Gatas teams. In 2007, she formed a duo unit with now ex-Morning Musume member Kusumi Koharu called Kira☆Pika. They only released one single, “Hana o Pūn/Futari wa NS”, on August 1, 2007.

Hagiwara used to hold the record for the youngest participant on NHK’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen, when she appeared on the 2007 edition at the age of 11, dethroning Morning Musume’s Kago Ai (who previously held the record for her appearance at the age of 12). However Mai record was broken in the 2008 edition when 9-year-old Ohashi Nozomi sang the theme song to Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

Along with 4 other members of C-ute and Berryz, Mai left the Hello! Project futsal team, Gatas Brilhantes H.P. in 2009. The members left of their own violition due to feeling that they could not perform as high level players due to their level of ability.

Hagiwara’s first photobook, titled Hagiwara Mai, was released October 10th 2009. Her first solo DVD, Hagiwara Mai in Hachijojima, followed shortly after with a October 21st 2009 release date. Hagiwara’s second solo DVD, Mizuiro was released June 14th 2011.

In December of 2011 her Ustream show, titled “Mai Desu ga…Nani ka?”, was announced.

Hagiwara announced on her Ustream show that she would have an MV for her solo song on C-ute new 7th album that was released Feburary 8th. The MV was put up on Youtube a few days later and was a big hit with viewers. She also will recive her own e-linuep Single V version, which will was released April 2012.

Hagiwara appeared in the horror movie Ousama Game, with her fellow C-ute members as well as the members of Berryz Kobo, and Dori Sakurada who also starred in Suugaku Joshi Gakuen. The movie is based on the novel of the same name. The movie was released in theaters December 17th 2011.

Alongside several Hello! Project members, Hagiwara appeared in the comedy drama Suugaku Joshi Gakuen, which ran from January 11, 2012 — March 28, 2012.

Hagiwara, along with Okai Chisato and Nakajima Saki, starred in a stage play titled Stronger. The play started March 14th 2012.

Hagiwara, alongside fellow C-ute members Yajima Maimi and Nakajima Saki and Berryz members Shimizu Saki, Kumai Yurina and Sugaya Risako starred in the first adaption of the Cat’s Eye manga/anime. The group also formed a new unit, Cat’s Eye 7, and sang the theme song for the stage play.

In February 2013 at a special event for the SATOYAMA Movement, Hagiwara was announced to be a member of the new unit, HI-FIN (then called Plumeria, until the name change on June 10th 2013).

Her second photobook, Mai② was released August 5th 2013.

She also was in the stage play Sakura no Hanatabe in 2013.

Profile:

Name: Hagiwara Mai
Birth Date: Feburary 7th 1996 (Age 18)
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
Nickname: Maimai, Hagitty, Mai-chan
Blood Type: AB
Height: 158cm (5’1″)
Audition Song: Te wo Nigitte Arukitai (by Goto Maki)
Strong Point: Bright, laugh easily, natural airhead
Weak Point: I love pranks
Habit: Easily holding hands or linking arms with someone
Special Skill: Riding a unicycle
Hobby: Riding a unicycle
Favourite Color: Pink, light blue, orange
Favourite Flower: Lavender
Disliked Thing/Thing to do: Studying, cleaning up.
Scared of: Cats, ghosts
Favourite Movie: “Harry Potter,” “Jurassic Park”
Favourite Book: “Nezumi-kun no Chokki”
Favourite Word: “Daisuki” (I love you/it)
Favourite Season: Summer
Favourite Food: Strawberries, curry rice
Least Favourite Food:: Melon, watermelon, green bell peppers
Favourite Song: Genki Jirushi no Oomori Song
Charm Point: Dimples
Hello! Project Groups:

Current

  • Hello! Project Kids (2002-)
  • °C-ute (2005–)
  • Petitmoni V (2009-)
  • Hello! Project Mobekimasu (2011-)
  • HI-FIN (2013-)

Past

  • 4KIDS (2002)
  • H.P. All Stars (2004)
  • Kira☆Pika (2007)
  • Cat’s Eye 7 (2012)

Other:

  • Little Gatas (2004–2007)

Trivia:

  • A Japanese AV star shares her name with Mai (also Hagiwara Mai). However, there is no relation.
  • Her sister tried out for the Hello! Project Kids, but didn’t make it.
  • Is good friends with Okai Chisato, Mitsui Aika and Suzuki Airi.
  • Mai became a member of the Hello! Project Kids shortly before turning 7 years old, making her the youngest member at the time of joining in Hello! Project’s history. Mai held this distinction for nearly 7 years until Aiko (Frances&Aiko) joined shortly after her 6th birthday in 2009.
  • She has stated that Ogawa Makoto and Tanaka Reina are the Hello! Project members she respects the most.
  • She shares the same birthday as Yajima Maimi (who is also in C-ute) and Kago Ai, February 7th.
  • Occasionally, she has been seen to be disrespectful to the older members of Hello! Project.
  • She provided the voice for Mizuki Hikaru in the anime Kirarin Revolution.
  • Hagiwara’s number while she was in Gatas Brillhantes H.P. was 14.
  • In Episode 36 of Gintama, 3 members of °C-ute — Okai Chisato, Hagiwara Mai and Suzuki Airi — appear at 14:40 when they start to do the same movements that the dojo does (“Dream Catcher”).
  • She is good friends with Okai Chisato, Mitsui Aika, Nakajima Saki and Suzuki Airi.
  • She wore Sunglasses in early PVs and Concerts. It was said she got an eye surgery when starting out in Hello! Project.
  • She is the only current member of ℃-ute with Type AB blood.
  • She became a lot more popular after her time in the one shot group Kira☆Pika.
  • She is currently growing out her bangs, but claimed that she bought a fringe wig so she can decide whether she wants to have bangs or not.

Responses

  1. She is so cute!!


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