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Not to be confused with Sho.

Sho Hirano (平野 紫耀 (ひらの しょう) Hirano Sho, born January 29, 1997 in Nagoya, Japan) is a singer and actor. He is a member of the Japanese idol group, King & Prince. Hirano is best known for his lead roles in Shark, Honey, Hana Nochi Hare, and Miman Keisatsu: Midnight Runner.

Hirano played the male lead, Haruto Kaguragi, in Hana Nochi Hare (2018). His group also performed the series' theme song, "Cinderella Girl."

Biography

Early life

Hirano was born on January 29, 1997 in Nagoya, Japan.[1] He began taking dance lessons in elementary school.[2]

Career

Beginnings

Hana Nochi Hare cast celebrating the release of "Cinderella Girl"

Hirano was previously signed with Central Japan Inc. as a member of the group, Boys and Men.[3] In 2010, he appeared in the Boys and Men musical, Straight Drive.[4] He left the group in 2011, before signing with Johnny & Associates in February 2012.[5] Hirano has cited his admiration of Tomohisa Yamashita for his interest in entering Johnny's.[6] He subsequently joined Kansai Johnny's Jr., where he became a member of Kin Kan (King of Kansai). Hirano was also a back-up dancer at Sexy Zone's concerts that fall.[7] In 2014, Hirano made his television debut with a starring role in Shark.[8] He reprised his role in the second season as a special guest.[9] Hirano appeared alongside several Kansai Johnny's Jr. members in the film, Ninjani Sanjo! Mirai e no Tatakai, also in 2014.[10]

In 2016, Johnny & Associates formed the unit Mr.King vs Mr.Prince for TV Asahi's Roppongi Hills Natsu Matsuri Summer Station. Hirano was placed in Mr.King with Ren Nagase and Kaito Takahashi.[11] He starred in the stage production of Johnny's Future World at the Hakataza Theatre in 2016.[12] In January 2018, Mr.King vs Mr.Prince was combined and their name was changed to King & Prince.[13] The group released their debut single "Cinderella Girl" in May on Johnny's Universe, a new label formed by Johnny & Associates and Universal Music.[14][15] In 2018, Hirano starred in the films, Honey[16] and Uirabu (We Love),[17] and the television drama, Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season.[18] Hirano's role as Haruto Kaguragi in Hana Nochi Hare boosted his popularity.[19]

Recent success

King & Prince released their follow-up single, "Memorial", in October 2018.[20] Their self-titled debut album was published in June 2019, which also included their third single "Kimi wo Matteru."[21] Hirano starred in the film, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, as Miyuki Shirogane in September 2019.[22] He reprised his role in the 2021 sequel.[23] In 2020, Hirano starred in the television drama, Miman Keisatsu: Midnight Runner, with Sexy Zone member Kento Nakajima.[24] Later that year, King & Prince released their second studio album L&, containing "Koi wazurai" and "Mazy Night."[25] Their third album, Re:Sense, was published in July 2021 with the singles "I Promise" and "Magic Touch / Beating Hearts."[26] Hirano starred as a new teacher alongside Minami Hamabe in the drama special, Seito ga Jinsei o Yarinaoseru Gakko, the same year.[27]

Filmography

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Shark Mizuki Kurata
Shark 2nd Season Mizuki Kurata Episode 7
2018 Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season Haruto Kaguragi
Sukatto Japan: Kuchi ni Dasenai Omoi Hitoshi Nakanishi Special
2019 Sukatto Japan: Uso Mitai Honto no Hanashi Manato Fujiwara Special
2020 Miman Keisatsu: Midnight Runner Jiro Ichinose
2021 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Mini Miyuki Shirogane
Seito ga Jinsei o Yarinaoseru Gakko Soichi Kiyama Special

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Ninjani Sanjo! Mirai e no Tataka Houji
2018 Honey Taiga Onise
Uirabu Rin Izumi
2019 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Miyuki Shirogane
2021 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Final Miyuki Shirogane

Notes

  • He has cited Shun Oguri, who played Rui Hanazawa in Hana Yori Dango, as an actor he admires.[28]
  • He shares his given name with the child actor who portrayed a younger version of him in Hana Nochi Hare. However, Hirano spells it as 紫耀 while Sho uses a different kanji, .
  • Author Yoko Kamio gave Hirano an illustration of Haruto in March 2018.[29]
  • Hirano and his bandmates appeared in the September 22, 2018 episode of Arashi's variety show, Arashi no Shiyagare.[30]
  • In September 2019, Hirano and Mio Imada appeared in the variety program, Sukatto Japan. It was their first onscreen appearance together since Hana Nochi Hare.[31]

  • Hirano belongs to the same agency, Johnny & Associates, as Jun Matsumoto, Toma Ikuta, Takuya Kimura, and Kaito Miyachika.
  • Hirano reunited with Hana Sugisaki in a commercial for Hulu in January 2021.[32][33]

  • References

    1. http://www.chunichi.co.jp/chuspo/article/entertainment/news/CK2016072002000160.html (Japanese)
    2. https://hiranosho.livejournal.com/14254.html
    3. https://twitter.com/centraljapaninc/status/71140533489250304 (Japanese)
    4. https://ameblo.jp/boysandmen/entry-10743779726.html (Japanese)
    5. http://www.hochi.co.jp/entertainment/20160504-OHT1T50201.html (Japanese)
    6. https://hiranosho.livejournal.com/7810.html
    7. https://hiranosho.livejournal.com/15610.html
    8. https://mantan-web.jp/article/20131205dog00m200081000c.html (Japanese)
    9. http://dogatch.jp/news/ntv/23949 (Japanese)
    10. https://movie.walkerplus.com/news/article/43408/ (Japanese)
    11. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2053852/full/ (Japanese)
    12. http://www.daily.co.jp/gossip/2016/05/05/0009052503.shtml (Japanese)
    13. http://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/20180118/joh18011805050001-n3.html (Japanese)
    14. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2104159/full/ (Japanese)
    15. https://natalie.mu/music/news/274571 (Japanese)
    16. https://natalie.mu/comic/news/231455 (Japanese)
    17. https://www.m-on-music.jp/0000232575/ (Japanese)
    18. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-23/boys-over-flowers-season-2-manga-inspires-live-action-series/.126828
    19. https://mdpr.jp/news/detail/1772615 (Japanese)
    20. https://realsound.jp/movie/2018/08/post-243894.html (Japanese)
    21. https://www.universal-music.co.jp/king-and-prince/products/upcj-1001/ (Japanese)
    22. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-20/kaguya-sama-love-is-war-manga-gets-live-action-film-in-september/.143695
    23. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2021-04-18/live-action-kaguya-sama-love-is-war-sequel-film-teaser-unveils-final-title-more-cast/.171878
    24. https://www.sanspo.com/article/20200215-RAAYTLH4JJLTZEQLPNDAE6V4YQ/ (Japanese)
    25. https://www.johnnys-net.jp/page?id=discoDetail&artist=41&data=2345 (Japanese)
    26. https://www.johnnys-net.jp/page?id=discoDetail&artist=41&data=2445 (Japanese)
    27. https://www.ntv.co.jp/24h-drama2021/ (Japanese)
    28. https://mdpr.jp/interview/detail/1802002 (Japanese)
    29. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg8rYV3HcQp/ (Japanese)
    30. https://mdpr.jp/news/detail/1794172 (Japanese)
    31. https://www.cinematoday.jp/news/N0110901 (Japanese)
    32. https://news.mynavi.jp/article/20210115-1643847/ (Japanese)
    33. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KD0EVRFb7g (Japanese)

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