Hirofumi Araki

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 Hirofumi Araki's Career

He has appeared in a various number of TV shows.

Araki acted in the TV drama ,The Hit Parade, as a member of The Tigers . The show, which aired May 26, 2006 on Fuji TV , also starred fellow D-Boys members Masato Wada , Yuu Shirota , Masaki Kaji , Hiroki Suzuki , Yuuya Endo and Koji Seto .

Appeared on a Japanese radio program for BAY FM with fellow D-Boys member, Kouji Seto on October 14, 2006.

With the D-BOYS

In October 2004, Araki joined the Watanabe Entertainment group named the D-BOYS .

As a member of the D-BOYS, Araki also keeps a blog , which he updates occasionally and includes a personal video greeting from Araki.

The D-BOYS so far have released two Photobooks. The first photobook released on April 27, 2005, was self-titledD-Boys, while the second, released on March 15, 2006, was calledStart, both which contain many photos of Araki.

The D-BOYS have also starred in their own drama documentary variety series called,DD-Boysin which Araki's appeared in a few episodes as himself. The show was 24 episodes long and ran from April 10 to September 25, 2006.

In June 2007, the D-BOYS starred in their very own musical together called,D-BOYS STAGE, which ran from June 3 to June 10 at the Space Zero theater in Tokyo. Araki appeared in the musical as a guest performer, making select appearances on June 6 and June 9.

As Sadaharu Inui in The Prince of Tennis Musicals

Araki's acting career took off when he won the role of Sadaharu Inui, the "data-tennis" regular of Seigaku Middle School's tennis club in theThe Prince of Tennismusicals, Tenimyu . He became the second actor to play Inui, as part of the second generation Seigaku cast. He made his first debut on January 8, 2005 in theSide Yamabukiperformance in Osaka . During his run in the musicals, he was able to work with fellow D-BOYS members Yuya Endo , Kotaro Yanagi , Masaki Kaji , Hiroki Suzuki , Osamu Adachi , Masato Wada , and former member Yuu Shirota .

On March 29, 2006, at the end of the finalDream Live 3rdshow, he along with the majority of the Seigaku cast, graduated from their roles. Since his graduation, the role of Inui has been played by Masei Nakayama , and currently by actors Yuuta Takahashi and Yusuke Arai .

As Sadaharu Inui in The Prince of Tennis Live-Action Film

Araki was able to carry on his role from the musicals to the live-adaptation film of the manga series ofThe Prince of Tennis. He, along with most of the principal cast members for the Seigaku Regulars, were able to reprise their roles in the movie. The only major casting change was the casting of Kanata Hongo as Ryoma Echizen , the main protagonist.

The Prince of Tenniswas released on May 13, 2006 and opened on the tenth spot in the Japanese Box Office.

InJune Bride

Araki's next movie, theJune Bride(Jyun Bride)opened on May 27, 2006. He played one of the supporting characters, costarring with fellow D-Boys members, Shirota Yuu and Suzuki Hiroki . The movie's based on the original mangaJyun Bride, by Yoshida Satoshi.

InLimit~ What's Your Story?

In June 2006, Araki started rehearsing, with fellow D-BOYS Hiroki Suzuki and Yuichi Nakamura , for his next on-stage production, in a play calledLimit~ What's Your Story?(limit~あなたの物語は何ですか?Limit~ no monogatari wa nani desu ka??).

As Rio inJūken Sentai Gekiranger

On February 18, 2007, Araki starred as the main villain Rio, a former student of the Fierce Beast Fist who turned his back on his teacher and becomes leader of the Confrontation Beast Hall, all in his quest to become strong in theSuper SentaiseriesJuken Sentai Gekiranger. The show also costars Hirofumi's fellow D-BOYS member, Hiroki Suzuki , as Rio's rival, Jan Kandou/GekiRed.

Photobooks and Idol DVD

It was announced in early 2007 that Araki, along with D-BOYS Hiroki Suzuki and Koji Seto , would be getting solo photobooks and DVDs called the "Prince Series." Araki's solo photobook was released on April 19, 2007, while his solo idol DVD was released on May 16, 2007. A "Prince Series" trading card set featuring all three boys shortly followed the release of the books and DVDs.

Araki's second photobook, entitled "Always By Your Side" was released in May 2008. It was brought out simultaneously with Hiroki Suzuki 's second photobook, despite being separate from the "Prince Series"; perhaps to highlight on the boys' success inJuken Sentai Gekiranger. A limited-edition trading card set featuring both Araki and Suzuki was released on September 27, 2008 to coincide with their recent books.

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 Hirofumi Araki's Personal life

Araki keeps a blog on his D-BOYS webpage, which he updates frequently. He is very close friends with fellow D-BOYS members Hiroki Suzuki , Koji Seto , Masaki Kaji , Masato Wada and Osamu Adachi .

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 Hirofumi Araki's Selected filmography

YearTitleRoleOther notes
N/A Italy Uemon Whom You Laugh N/A N/A
2006 The Prince of Tennis (Live Action Film) Sadaharu Inui Feature Film
Jun Bride N/A Feature Film
DD-BOYS Himself/Various Characters Docudrama / Variety Series - Appears in Episodes 3-4, 10-11, 15-17, 20, 22-23
The Hit Parade Member of The Tigers TV Drama
Regatta N/A TV Drama
The Prince of Tennis Zaizen Hikaru OVA Series
2007 Jūken Sentai Gekiranger Rio Tokusatsu / Super Sentai Series
Jūken Sentai Gekiranger: The Movie - Nei-Nei! Hou-Hou! Hong Kong Decisive Battle Rio Tokusatsu / Super Sentai ( Feature Film )
2008 Koshonin ~ The Negotiator Takashi Sakai TV Drama - Appears in Episodes 7 & 8
Gekiranger vs. Boukenger Rio Tokusatsu / Super Sentai Special
Asymmetry Shinichiro Tatsumi Feature Film
Taiga Roman - Ooku Ukie Hiren N/A TV/DVD Film
Natsuyasumi no you na Ikkagetsu N/A Feature Film
2009 Love17 N/A Mini-Series
Beatrock☆Love Aki Feature Film
Go-onger Vs. Gekiranger Rio Tokusatsu / Super Sentai Special
Hissatsu Shigotonin 2009 N/A TV Drama - Appears in Episode 2
Godhand Teru Manabu Nishimura TV Drama
Hanaoni N/A N/A
2010 Shinsengumi Peacemaker Yoshida Toshimaro TV Drama

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 Hirofumi Araki's Stage

  • March 24, 2007 as a guest performer in theOut of OrderLive Entertainment Show



  • The Prince of Tennis Musical: Side Yamabuki feat. St. Rudolph (In Winter of 2004-2005)
  • The Prince of Tennis Musical: Dream Live 2nd (2005)
  • The Prince of Tennis Musical: The Imperial Match Hyotei Gakuen (2005)
  • The Prince of Tennis Musical: The Imperial Match Hyotei Gakuen in Winter (In Winter of 2005-2006)
  • The Prince of Tennis Musical: Dream Live 3rd (2006)


  • June 6 and June 9, 2007 as a guest performer in theD-BOYS Stage Vol. 1Musical
  • June 20-26th & July 5-6th 2008 - starred in theD-BOYS Stage Vol. 2 ~ The Last GameMusical


  • June 2 to June 4, 2006 inLimit ~ What is Your Story?
  • October 27 to November 2, 2008 inShatou

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 Hirofumi Araki's Official DVDs

YearDVDDVD CoverRelease DateJPN certification
2007 Prince Series D-BOYS Collection - Hirofumi Araki May 16, 2007

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 Hirofumi Araki's See also

  • D-BOYS
  • Tenimyu
  • The Prince of Tennis (film)
  • The Prince of Tennis
  • Sadaharu Inui
  • Juken Sentai Gekiranger

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