Kanata Hongo Official Website – Kanata Hong is a model and actress from Japan. He is a member of Stardust Promotion and has featured in many music videos, films, television programs, and publications. His breakout performance as Ryoma Echizen in the live-action film version of The Prince of Tennis established him as a household name. He gained even more notoriety as Shin in Nana 2.
Hong’s breakthrough performance came in the 2005 film Hinoki. He also featured in two music videos in 2005, playing the little kid in YUI’s “Tomorrow’s Way” music video and Keiichi Tomita’s “Zutto Yomikake no Natsu” starring the pop duet CHEMISTRY.
In 2006, Hong was cast in the live-action adaption film of The Prince of Tennis as the famous anime character Ryoma Echizen. He became a member of the majority of the Seigaku Regulars in the Prince of Tennis musicals when he took over for Kotaro Yanagi, who could not perform the part after a car accident.
Hong also starred as Shinichi Okazaki, a teenage bassist, in the 2006 Japanese film Nana 2. He had taken the position of Kenichi Matsuyama, who had portrayed Shin in the first Nana film. He also featured in three episodes of Memories of Matsuko, a 2006 TBS series.
In 2011, he starred as Jichiro Nishi in Gantz and repeated the character in Gantz: Perfect Answer and the television series Gantz: Another Gantz. He also featured in the drama special Saigo no Bansan: Keiji Tono Kazuyuki to Shichinin no Yougisha, where he played the role of a suspect. Additionally, he appeared as a guest star in an episode of NHK’s Shibuya Deep A. In June 2011, he made his stage debut in Dotto25th !’s anniversary production, Kinema no Kami-same.
Shirato Osamu no Jikenbo premiered on TBS in January 2012, with Hong starring alongside Yudai Chiba in the role of Kurosaki Hitoshi. Additionally, he appeared in Mirai Nikki Another: World, a drama version of the same-titled Japanese television series. He made his voice acting debut in October of the same year as Ryta Sakamoto in the anime Btooom!
Additionally, Hong made his radio debut in the NHK FM Theater radio drama Mayu. He also appeared onstage in September 2012 at Ebina SA’s Roku geki Fuki no Hatsukoi. He made his online drama debut in October 2012 with his appearance in Umi Made Nan-Kiro, the third short film in the Heather LOVE Short Movies web drama.
In 2013, Hong co-starred with Korean actor Seungri and Japanese actress Miori Takimoto in Real Onigokko: The Origin as one of the main characters, Tsubasa Sato, and in the UULA original online drama Yubikoi: Kimi ni Okuru Message. Hong also featured in August 2013 on WOWOW’s KAZEOKE series and in February 2014 on the radio drama Izanagi.
His most notable television appearance was as Hinata in Himitsu no Hanazono, and he also appeared in Seigi no Mikata. He played Armin Arlert in Attack on Titan: Alive, a live-action feature film adaptation. He has also lent his voice to anime, most notably as Ryta Sakamoto in Btooom!