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Mackenyu Arata (新田 真剣佑 (あらた まっけんゆう) Arata Makkenyū, born November 16, 1996 in Los Angeles, California), formerly known mononymously as Mackenyu, is a Japanese-American actor. He became well known in Japan for his role in the Chihayafuru film trilogy. Arata is known internationally for playing Roronoa Zoro in One Piece.

Mackenyu co-starred in Hana Yori Dango: The Musical as Sojiro Nishikado.


Early life[]

Arata was born as Mackenyu Maeda (前田 真剣佑 (まえだ まっけんゆう) Maeda Mackenyu) on November 16, 1996 in Los Angeles, California.[1] He is the first son of martial artist Sonny Chiba and his second wife Tamami Chiba. Arata has an older half-sister Juri Manase and a younger brother Gordon Maeda.[2][3] At eight-years-old, Arata began practicing Kyokushin Karate and competed in tournaments.[4] He graduated from Beverly Hills High School.[5] In 2015, Arata's parents divorced.[3] His father passed away in August 2021 at the age of eighty-two.[6]



As a child, Arata appeared in two episodes of the television drama, Team Astro (2005), with his father. He was credited at J.J. Jr. Mackenyu.[7] He also had a small role in his father's film Oyaji (2007). Arata focused on his schooling until deciding to act seriously in 2013.[8] He went on to star in two American short films, Space Man (2013),[9] California Life (2014), and Tadaima (2014),[10][11] and the feature-length film, Take a Chance (2015), with his father.[12] In 2014, Arata became a hot topic in Japan when he attended the preview for his father's film Kabukicho High School. This lead to several appearances on the variety show, Viking.[13] Arata subsequently signed with Asai Kikaku. He appeared in his father's film Buzz[14] and Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future (both 2015).[15]


Arata at the musical's press conference

Arata began 2016 playing Sojiro Nishikado in Hana Yori Dango: The Musical.[16] The same year, he portrayed Arata Wataya in Chihayafuru Part 1 and Part 2, for which he won Newcomer of the Year Award at the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize.[17] A third Chihayafuru film was released in 2018.[18] In 2016, he also had supporting roles in the films, Night's Tightrope[19] and Nigakute Amai,[20] and a main role in the television drama, Aogeba Totoshi.[21] The next year, he transferred to Top Coat and changed his stage name to Mackenyu Arata. He borrowed the name from his Chihayafuru character and received permission from the original author to use it.[22] That year, he had major roles in three films, Let's Go, Jets!,[23] Peach Girl,[24] and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable,[25] and the drama Bokutachi ga Yarimashita.[26]

Going international[]

In 2018, Arata landed his first role in Hollywood as Ryoichi Hatayama in Pacific Rim Uprising.[27] He also had roles in the television drama, Todome no Kiss,[28] and the film, Over Drive, that year.[29] Arata went on to appear in the office drama Doki no Sakura[30] and the films, Juninin no Shinitai Kodomotachi[31] and Tokyo Ghoul S, the following year.[32] His next roles were in two films, Kaiji: Final Game and Sayonara Made no Sanjubun, which were released in early 2020.[33][34] At the end of the year, Arata announced his decision to amicably leave Top Coat. He also suspended his activities in Japan in order to focus on filming projects overseas.[35] Three movies starring Arata were released in 2021, including The Master Plan,[36] Brave: Gunjo Senki,[37] and Rurouni Kenshin: The Final.[38]

In 2022, Arata portrayed Scar in the two-part live-action film adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist.[39] The following year, he starred in the Hollywood film, Knights of the Zodiac, as Pegasus Seiya.[40] The film, an adaptation of a Japanese manga, was a box office bomb.[41] Later the same year, Arata shot to international fame for his portrayal of Roronoa Zoro in Netflix's One Piece.[42]

Personal life[]

On January 22, 2023, Arata and his younger brother Gordon announced their marriages to non-celebrities. The brothers consulted their partners to make the joint announcement on what would have been their father's eighty-fourth birthday.[43]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 Hana Yori Dango: The Musical Sojiro Nishikado
2018 Zerotopia Atlas
2020 Hoshi no Daichi ni Furu Namida: The Musical Shachi

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Team Astro Shin-chan Episodes 9-10
2014 Yonimo Kimyo na Monogatari: Shadow Boxing Special
2015 Hoiku Tantei 25-ji: Hanasaki Shinichiro wa Nemurenai!! Hitoshi Kamose
Yume wo Ataeru Masaki
Hatsumori Bemars Sasaki Kojiro Episode 8
2016 Sakurasaku Ippei Takemiya Web series
Ashita mo Kitto Kimi ni Koi wo Suru. Shota Natsuki
Aogeba Totoshi Ren Kitora
Tokumei Shikikan Goma Ayaka Tatsuya Suzuki Special
2017 Bokutachi ga Yarimashita Tetsuto Ichihashi
Keiji Yugami Kappei Kaitori Episode 6
2018 Todome no Kiss Takauji Namiki
Todome no Parallel Takauji Namiki Web series
Chihayafuru: Tsunagu Arata Wataya Web series
2019 Two Homelands Isamu Amoh
Doki no Sakura Aoi Kijima
2020 Remote de Korosareru Yusaku Nomura Special
2021 Re: Na mo Naki Sekai no End Roll: Half a Year Later Makoto Web series
Ichikei no Karasu Bunta Ishikura
2023 Ichikei no Karasu Special Bunta Ishikura Special
One Piece Roronoa Zoro Web series


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Oyaji
2013 Space Man Short film
2015 Tadaima Short film
Take a Chance Masataro
Buzz Professor's son
Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future Eiji Tomari
2016 Chihayafuru Part 1 Arata Wataya
Chihayafuru Part 2 Arata Wataya
Night's Tightrope Hikaru Makise
Nigakute Amai Atsushi Babazono
2017 Let's Go, Jets! Kosuke Yamashita
Peach Girl Kazuya Tojigamori
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I Okuyasu Nijimura
2018 Impossibility Defense Asao Momose
Chihayafuru Part 3 Arata Wataya
Pacific Rim Uprising Ryoichi Hatayama
Over Drive Naozumi Hiyama
Code Blue: The Movie Akio Kishida
2019 Juninin no Shinitai Kodomotachi No.5
Tokyo Ghoul S Sota
NiNoKuni Haru Voice
2020 Kaiji: Final Game Minato Hirose
Sayonara Made no Sanjubun Aki Miyata
Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro VIP guest Cameo
2021 The Master Plan Makoto
Brave: Gunjo Senki Aoi Nishino
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Yukishiro Enishi
2022 Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar Scar
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Last Transmutation Scar
2023 Knights of the Zodiac Pegasus Seiya


  • Arata is friends with fellow actors Taishi Nakagawa and Kento Yamazaki.[46][47]

  • David Ito also appeared in Team Astro (2005).
  • Mariko Kaga had a guest role in Hoiku Tantei 25-ji: Hanasaki Shinichiro wa Nemurenai!! (2015).
  • Arata and Tatsuomi Hamada both had supporting roles in Yume wo Ataeru (2015).
  • Shugo Oshinari also appeared in the 2015 film Buzz.
  • He and Kenta Hamano had supporting roles in Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future (2015).
  • Arata reunited with Ryotaro Sakaguchi in Chihayafuru Part 1, Part 2 (both 2016), and Part 3 (2018).
  • Mako Ishino also appeared in Nigakute Amai (2016).
  • He and Momoko Kikuchi both had supporting roles in the 2017 film Peach Girl.
  • Mio Imada also appeared in the drama Bokutachi ga Yarimashita (2017).
  • Arata, Imada, Hana Sugisaki, Taishi Nakagawa, Marie Iitoyo, and Akira had guest roles in Keiji Yugami (2017), though all in different episodes.
  • Oshinari and Tet Wada also had supporting roles in Impossibility Defense (2018).
  • The late Kotaro Shiga also appeared in Chihayafuru Part 3 (2018).
  • Arata had a supporting role in Code Blue: The Movie (2018), which starred Erika Toda.
  • He and Sugisaki both starred in the film Juninin no Shinitai Kodomotachi (2019).
  • Shun Oguri starred in Two Homelands (2019), in which Arata had a supporting role.
  • Arata appeared in Tokyo Ghoul S (2019) with Shota Matsuda.
  • He reunited with Ryo Kimura for an episode of the 2019 drama Doki no Sakura.
  • Hamada and Jin Suzuki both had supporting roles in Brave: Gunjo Senki (2021) starring Arata.
  • Koji Yamamoto, Naohito Fujiki, and Keiko Horiuchi also appeared in Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar and The Last Transmutation (both 2022).

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