Anna Ishii

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Anna Ishii
Native name
石井 杏奈
Born (1998-07-11) 11 July 1998 (age 20)
Tokyo, Japan[1]
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Dancer, actress
Years active 2010–
Agent LDH
Known for
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Awards 58th Blue Ribbon Best Newcomer Award (Girls Step, Solomon's Perjury

Anna Ishii (石井 杏奈, Ishii Anna, born July 11, 1998)[1] is a Japanese dancer and actress. She is a member of E-girls and is represented by LDH.

Early life

Ishii was born in Tokyo, Japan. She has an elder brother, a younger brother, and a younger sister named Chino Ishii, who is currently listed under Kizzy, an all-female dance group under LDH management, composed of EXPG students. Ishii started dancing when she was in her second year of primary school at her mother's encouragement.[2] She was later scouted to join the Exile Professional Gym (EXPG) in her fifth grade when she took part in a dance competition.[2][3][4][5] She debuted as a model in the U-15 fashion magazine nico puchi in 2010 before joining E-girls.


Music career

In 2011, she was chosen through a nationwide audition process called "EXILE Presents VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION 3 ~For Girls~" in the dance performance category to be a member of a yet-to-debut dance and vocal group, bunny.

In October 2012, she officially joined E-girls line-up for their third single "Follow me".

In June 2014, due to scheduling conflicts with filming for Solomon's Perjury, Ishii announced that she would not participate in E-girls' first national tour, which was held between July and August that year.[6]

Acting career

Ishii's acting debut was a cameo appearance in the first episode of Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou, a Nippon TV drama which premiered in April 2012.

In 2014, she portrayed a blind piano prodigy in Koibumi Biyori, a drama starring 10 members of E-girls and a live-action adaptation of a manga of the same name authored by George Asakura. She then auditioned for a role in Solomon's Perjury, a 2015 film directed by Izuru Narushima. The audition was held nationwide and attracted approximately 10,000 aspiring young actors and actresses.[7][8] Ishii was chosen to play the role of Miyake Juri, a vengeful and low self-esteemed girl who was bullied by a group of school delinquents for having bad skin.

Ishii landed her first starring role in a film, Girls Step which hit theaters in September 2015.[9] This marked the first time that a member of E-girls had a lead role in a film.[10] For her roles in Girls Step and Solomon's Perjury, Ishii won the 58th Blue Ribbon Best Newcomer Award.[11] In 2016, her portrayal of Nagisa Arima, the passionate and earnest leader of the brass band club in Aogeba Tōtoshi, earned her the 5th Confidence Drama Best Newcomer Award.[12] She also appeared in a live-action adaptation of Your lie in April where she played the role of Tsubaki Sawabe. The film was released on September 10, 2016.

In 2017, Ishii took on the role of Ayami Gotō, a problematic 17-year-old youth with family problems in an NHK drama, Okāsan, Musume wo Yamete ii desu ka?. Her next project was a four-episode NHK BS Premium mini drama starring Kenta Suga, Uso nante Hitotsu mo nai no.[13] Kyota Fujimoto and Kentaro Hagiwara, who had previously teamed up for Shiseido's Maquillage face powder commercial short movie "Snow Beauty" starring Fumi Nikaido and Gen Hoshino, were respectively in charge of the screenplay and the direction of the drama.[14] She also starred alongside Takayuki Yamada in a short film directed by Naomi Kawase, Parallel World, which premiered at Short Shorts Film Festival & ASIA on June 1,[15] and took on the role of Natsuki Nitō in a live-action adaptation of The Anthem of the Heart, which hit theaters on July 22.[16]


Ishii has appeared in a number of commercials, the most notable ones being her appearance as a countryside girl alongside Nana Komatsu in NTT DoCoMo d-Video CM[17] directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, and in Japan Post CM[18] with Masataka Kubota and Yoshiyoshi Arakawa.[19]


TV series

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2012 Shiritsu Bakaleya Kōkō NTV Episode 1
Papadol! Rui TBS Episode 4
GTO Mayuko Asano KTV
Piece Natsuki NTV Episode 1
2014 A Perfect Day for Love Letters Sawako Asaka NTV Episode 3; Lead role
2015 Live! Love! Sing! Ikite Itoshite Utau Koto Asami Mizushima NHK Lead role [20]
2016 Aogeba Tōtoshi Nagisa Arima TBS [21]
2017 Okāsan, Musume wo Yamete ii desu ka? Ayami Gotō NHK [22]
Uso nante Hitotsu mo nai no Makoto Yamazaki NHK BS Premium [23]
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi: Summer Special Ayami Fuji TV [24]
2018 We Are Rockets! Shiori Kiryū TBS [25][26]


Year Title Role Notes Director Ref.
2012 Gekijō-ban Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou Takashi Kubota
2013 Daijōbu 3-kumi Anna Kinoshita Ryūichi Hiroki
2015 Solomon's Perjury 1: Suspicion Juri Miyake Izuru Narushima [27][28][29]
Solomon's Perjury 2: Judgment Juri Miyake Izuru Narushima [27][28][29]
Girls Step Azusa Nishihara Lead role Yasuhiro Kawamura [10][30]
2016 Live! Love! Sing! Ikite Itoshite Utau Koto Gekijō-ban Asami Mizushima Lead role Tsuyoshi Inoue [31]
If Cats Disappeared from the World Mika Akira Nagai
Your Lie in April Tsubaki Sawabe Takehiko Shinjō [32]
2017 Spring Has Come Riko Tokita Lead role Ryūhei Yoshino [33]
Blue Hearts ga Kikoeru "1001 Violins" Anna Akiyama Lee Sang-il [34][35]
Tatara Samurai O-kuni Yoshinari Nishikori [36]
The Anthem of the Heart Natsuki Nitō Naoto Kumazawa [37][16]
Parallel World Maya Naomi Kawase [15][38]
2018 Utamonogatari "Kuu" Isamu Hirabayashi [39][40]


Year Title Ref.
2012 Otsuka Pocari Sweat [2][4]
2013 ABC-Mart adidas adihoney in heel
NTT DoCoMo d-Video powered by BeeTV [41][17]
2014 Benesse Shinken Zemi [2]
Benesse Shinken Zemi Kōkōkoza [2]
Sekisui House
2015 Recruit Rikunabi
2017 Japan Post [18]
Nissin Foods' Cup Noodle "Hungry Days" Girls of the Alps (as Heidi) [42][43]
2018 JT Omouta "Aisuru hito wo omou" [44]

Music videos

Year Song Artist
2011 Rising Sun Exile
Each Other's Way ~Tabi no Tochū~ Exile
2012 Follow Me E-girls
2013 The Never Ending Story E-girls
Just in Love E-girls
Candy Smile E-girls
Gomennasai no Kissing You E-girls
Kurukuru E-girls
2014 Diamond Only E-girls
E.G. Anthem: We Are Venus E-girls
Odoru Ponpokorin E-girls
Highschool Love E-girls
Mr. Snowman E-girls
Move It! (Dream & E-girls Time) E-girls
2015 Anniversary E-girls
Dance Dance Dance E-girls
Merry x Merry Xmas E-girls
Unfair World Sandaime J Soul Brothers
2016 Dance With Me Now! E-girls
E.G. Summer Rider E-girls
STRAWBERRY Sadistic E-girls
Pink Champagne E-girls
Go! Go! Let's Go! E-girls
2017 All Day Long Lady E-girls
Love ☆ Queen E-girls
Kitakaze to Taiyō E-girls
Y.M.C.A. Generations from Exile Tribe
2018 Aishiteru to Itte Yokatta E-girls
Pain, pain E-girls
Y.M.C.A (E-girls Version) E-girls
Show Time E-girls
My Way feat. FIRE BALL, MIGHTY CROWN & PKCZ® E-girls
Let’s Feel High feat. MIGHTY CROWN & PKCZ® E-girls
Perfect World E-girls
E.G. ENERGY E-girls


Year Award Category Work Result
2015 58th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Newcomer Solomon's Perjury,Girls Step Won
2016 5th Confidence Drama Awards Best Newcomer Aogeba Tōtoshi Won


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External links

  • Official website (in Japanese)
  • E-girls profile (in Japanese)
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