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Mayu Watanabe is a 22 year old AKB48 singer born on March 26th 1994 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Her blood type is ‘AB’ and she stands at 154 cm’s in height. Her body measurements are a 71 cm bust, a 55 cm waist, and 82 cm hips. Watanabe auditioned for AKB48’s 3rd generation and was placed in the newly formed Team B. Her first appearance on an AKB48 single title track was on “Bingo!”. With the exception of singles whose lineups were determined by rock-paper-scissors tournaments, she has appeared on all the A-sides for the group’s singles since then.
In 2009, she placed fourth overall in the group’s first general election to determine the line-up for the group’s 13th single. She placed fifth overall the next year for the group’s 17th single. For AKB48’s general election in 2011, she placed fifth overall. Watanabe ranked second overall at the 2012 AKB48 general elections with 72,574 votes. On August 24, during the group’s reorganization announcement at the AKB48’s Tokyo Dome concert, she was moved from Team B to Team A.
She appeared on the cover of the December 2010 issue of UP to boy magazine together with Airi Suzuki from Cute. That was the first gravure collaboration between Hello! Project and AKB48. On May 13, 2011 she released her photo book, Mayuyu. She commented that the book “is filled with a lot of expressions that I haven’t shown until now, it’s a book I’m really pleased with!” Regarding her cover picture, she said, “Despite being embarrassed, I did my best on the front cover, so I want a lot of people to look at it!” In an episode of the group’s variety show AKBingo!, Mayuyu and Haruka Shimazaki’s nickname “Paruru” were coined by former teammate Rumi Yonezawa.
Watanabe participated as a voice actress in the anime series AKB0048. In the anime, she plays a main character Chieri Sono, and is part of the AKB48 subgroup NO NAME, which sings the opening and ending themes for the series. The series features a supporting character, Mayu Watanabe Mark 3, which is modeled after her likeness, and is voiced by Yukari Tamura. She reprised her role as Chieri Sono for the series’ second season which aired in 2013.
In 2012, Watanabe got her first lead role in the Japanese TV drama Saba Doll, where she played a 38-year-old high school teacher who is hated by her pupils whilst having a hidden life as an idol. On February 29, Watanabe released her debut solo single, “Synchro Tokimeki”. In 2014, Watanabe become a regular on the television show Utage!, and semi-regular on the TV show Renai Sosenkyo. In 2015, Watanabe received her first leading role in a prime-time TV drama, Tatakau! Shoten Girl, broadcast by Fuji TV and Kansai TV. This drama aired from April 2015, at 10 pm. The theme song for this drama, “Deai no Tsuzuki”, is sung by Watanabe, and was also released as her fifth solo single on June 10, 2015.
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