Kikkawa Yuu (吉川友), often promoted as You Kikkawa, is a soloist under UP-FRONT CREATE. She is a former member of Hello! Project as a member of Hello Pro Egg and MilkyWay. Her highest selling single is "Kikkake wa YOU!" with 17,506 copies sold, and her lowest selling single is "DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through" with 3,183 copies sold.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personal Life
- 3 Profile
- 4 Discography
- 5 Dicography Featured In
- 6 Publications
- 7 Magazines
- 8 Lyrics Credits
- 9 Works
- 10 Rankings
- 11 Trivia
- 12 Total Sales Count
- 13 See Also
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Kikkawa Yuu was born on May 1, 1992 in Ibaraki, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed.
2006[edit | edit source]
Kikkawa took part in the Morning Musume Happy 8ki Audition, but wasn't selected to join the group.
2007[edit | edit source]
On April 7, 2007, she was added to Hello Pro Egg and officially listed on their site.
2008[edit | edit source]
In 2008, she was chosen, along with fellow Egg Kitahara Sayaka, to be part of the anime based group MilkyWay with Morning Musume member Kusumi Koharu. She also provided the voice of the corresponding character in the Kirarin☆Revolution anime series.
2009[edit | edit source]
2010[edit | edit source]
On December 24, it was announced that she had finished her Hello Pro Egg training, and her next activity would be performing as the opening act during the Hello! Project 2011 Winter concert tour, marking the start of her solo career. During the tour the "Kikkawa Yuu Support Project" was announced, and an official website was opened.
2011[edit | edit source]
On January 16, Kikkawa announced that she will be holding a press conference somewhere in Tokyo on January 26. She also had a solo event scheduled in Nagoya, Japan, towards the end of January.
On May 11, her debut single titled "Kikkake wa YOU!" was released under Universal Music Japan. It was originally scheduled to be released March 30, 2011, but due to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the release was pushed back. The single was available in four versions: Regular, Limited A, B, and C and each limited edition featured a different B-side from the 3 different songs she performed as the opening act for H!P’s 2011 winter concert tour, "Sayonara Namida" "Candy Pop" and "Fuyuzora Hanabi."
2012[edit | edit source]
Kikkawa made an appearance in Atlanta for the Anime Weekend event. The event took place from September 28 to September 30.
Kikkawa branded Android-based edenTAB tablet featuring exclusive Kikkawa related apps and wallpapers titled Kikka Tab. There were only 100 available and they were available for pre-order on August 6th at 35,800 Yen. There was two exclusive apps included with the tablet: Kikka Alarm a morning wake-up call app, and Kikka Camera with You.
Kikkawa also made an appearance on Japan Expo in France and Japan Expo Belgium.
2013[edit | edit source]
In March, Kikkawa starred as Chava in a stage production of Fiddler on the Roof.
On May 1, Kikkawa released her second photobook titled "YOU21".
On June 3, it was announced that Kikkawa would collaborate with the group Kimaguren to release a promotional single for Café-ole. Together they were called "Kikkaren".
In July, it was revealed that Kikkawa will be in the Japan Expo in Santa Clara, California from August 23rd through August 25th.
On October 1, she was transferred to UP-FRONT CREATE.
On December 31, Kikkawa announced at Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ that she would release a new song in 2014.
2014[edit | edit source]
On June 25, she released her 7th single titled "URAHARA Temptation / Ii jan".
On October 29, she released her 8th single "Amai Melody / "Suki" no Kazoekata".
2015[edit | edit source]
On May 6, Kikkawa released her 9th single "Hana".
2016[edit | edit source]
From March 30 to April 3, Kikkawa appeared in the stage play "Yuki no Princess".
On June 1, she released her 10th single "Ha wo Kuishibare! / Charming Shoubu Sedai".
2017[edit | edit source]
On May 24, she released her 11th single "Sayonara, Standard".
2018[edit | edit source]
On January 17, she released her 12th single "DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through".
On May 23, Kikkawa released the digital single "NEO SUGAR SUGAR YOU". Her past catalog also became available on digital download and streaming services such as iTunes, Spotify, Recochoku, and LINE MUSIC in over 200 countries.
2019[edit | edit source]
In celebration of her 27th birthday and the start of the Reiwa era on May 1, Kikkawa released the digital single "Koi". It is the first in two-part work that tells different love stories about the same heroine.
On August 16, it was announced that Kikkawa and Sengoku Minami were cast in the stage play "Dare ga Tame no Alchemist Butaiban "Hijiriishi no Tsuioku" ~Yami wo Mitsumeru Mono~". The stage play ran from September 26 to 29 in Tokyo.
On November 5, it was announced that Kikkawa Yuu was cast in the "Cutie Honey Emotional" stage play. It will run from February 6 to February 9, 2020.
2020[edit | edit source]
On January 31, the audio for her original song "Yellow Butterfly" was released through a video uploaded to YouTube. This is the first song that Kikkawa has written the lyrics for.
On March 4, it was announced that events and lives for the month of March were postponed or cancelled for all YU-M Entertainment artists in consideration of a new policy established by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
On March 13, all YU-M Entertainment artists collaborated for a 25 hour-long television program aired through NicoNico Live Broadcast at 7:30 PM JST titled 25jikanhan Television ~Idol to Mirai e Mukau Basho~.
On March 14, after the conclusion of the 25jikanhan Television ~Idol to Mirai e Mukau Basho~, YU-M Entertainment announced a crowdfunding project to help invest in their artists' future to make up for postponed or cancelled events due to the coronavirus.
On April 7, Twitter user @kangfoo4 compiled several Tweets of Kikkawa meticulously picking apart her food and counting the pieces with the caption "This is what idols are up to now that they cannot perform live [due to the coronavirus]". This compilation caused her to go viral in Japan within a day of posting, and it caught the attention of news outlets in Japan and abroad.
In response to becoming a viral sensation, Kikkawa continued posting more tweets with her food disassembly projects, and even held livestreams where she disassembled food live. She also revealed her desire to publish a book about her new food disassembly hobby.
On April 19, Kikkawa posted a tweet with her most ambitious food disassembly project yet: a dragonfruit picked apart into 7709 pieces.
On June 3, she released a digital single titled "#Himatsubushi" inspired by her food disassembly projects.
On October 12, it was announced that Kikkawa would play the part of Nozomi Kasuga in the stage play Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Izayoiki, based on the otome game of the same title. The play began it's run in January 2021.
On December 10, she released a digital single titled "TABOO".
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
When Kikkawa became a soloist under UP-FRONT CREATE, she was 19 years old.
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Kikkawa Yuu:
- You Kikkawa: Official stage name used by members and fans.
- Kikka (きっか): Official nickname used by members and fans.
Profile[edit | edit source]
- Name: Kikkawa Yuu (吉川友)
- Stage Name: You Kikkawa
- Nickname: Kikka (きっか)
- Birthdate: May 1, 1992
- Birthplace: Ibaraki, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Height: 160 cm (5 ft 2.9 in)?
- Western Zodiac: Taurus
- Eastern Zodiac: Monkey
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2007-04-07: Hello Pro Egg member
- 2010-12-24: Graduated
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Former MilkyWay Color: Yellow
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Concert Units:
- Wonderful Hearts (2007-2010)
- Other Groups:
Discography[edit | edit source]
- Note: Kikkawa Yuu is credited as both "Kikkawa Yuu" (吉川友) and "You Kikkawa".
- Studio Albums
- Cover Albums
- [2012.11.07] Vocalist?
- Best Albums
- [2013.08.07] Best Of YOU!
- Major Singles
- [2011.05.11] Kikkake wa YOU!
- [2011.10.05] Hapirapi-Sunrise-
- [2011.12.28] Konna Watashi de Yokattara
- [2012.07.11] Koko Kara Hajimarunda!
- [2012.09.26] Darling to Madonna
- [2013.01.16] Sekaijuu ni Kimi wa Hitori Dake / Valentine's RADIO / Chocolate Damashii
- Indie Singles
- [2014.06.25] URAHARA Temptation / Ii jan
- [2014.10.29] Amai Melody / "Suki" no Kazoekata
- [2015.05.06] Hana
- [2016.06.01] Ha wo Kuishibare! / Charming Shoubu Sedai
- [2017.05.24] Sayonara, Standard
- [2018.01.17] DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through
- Digital Singles
- Original Songs
-  Yellow Butterfly
- Solo DVDs
- [2011.07.13] Eiga "Kikkake wa YOU!" (映画「きっかけはYOU!」)
- [2011.08.17] YOU! ~The DVD~
- [2013.01.16] Live! Dokyu! Kikka! (ライブ！ドキュ！きっか！)
- [2013.04.24] Music Video Clips vol.1
Dicography Featured In[edit | edit source]
- Team Makenki
- Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers
- Kirarin☆Revolution Song Selection 3
- Kirarin☆Revolution Song Selection 4
- Kirari to Fuyu
- Kirarin☆Revolution Song Selection 5
- Hello! Project
- Petit Best 9 (as a member of MilkyWay)
- Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 2 (as a member of MilkyWay)
- Hello! Project
- Hello! Project 2007 Summer 10th Anniversary Dai Kanshasai ~Hello☆Pro Natsu Matsuri~ (as a member of Hello Pro Egg)
- Hello! Project 2008 Summer Wonderful Hearts Kouen ~Hishochi de Date Itashima SHOW~ (as a member of MilkyWay and Hello Pro Egg)
- Hello! Project 2009 Winter Wonderful Hearts Kouen ~Kakumei Gannen~ (as a member of MilkyWay and Hello Pro Egg)
- Hello! Project 2009 SUMMER Kakumei Gannen ~Hello! Chanpuru~ (as a member of Hello Pro Egg)
- Hello! Project 2010 WINTER Kachou Fuugetsu (as a member of Hello Pro Egg)
- Hello! Project 2011 WINTER ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ (as the opening act)
- Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER (as the opening act)
- Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku
- Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2012 Natsu
- Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2013 Fuyu (as a guest)
- Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~
- Hello! Project 2014 SUMMER (as a guest)
- Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2014 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~
- Hello! Project 2015 WINTER (as a guest)
- Morning Musume
- Morning Musume Concert Tour 2008 Aki ~Resonant LIVE~ (as a member of MilkyWay)
- Hello Pro Egg
- Dai 1kai Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen ~Saru no Koku~ / ~Tori no Koku~
- 2007 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 8gatsu ~Yokohama de Aimashou~
- 2008 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 3gatsu ~Kirameki no Yokohama~
- 2008 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 6gatsu ~Akasaka HOP!~
- 2008 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 9gatsu ~Shibakouen STEP!~
- 2008 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 11gatsu ~Yokohama JUMP!~
- 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 4gatsu ~Yokohama HOP!~
- 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 9gatsu ~Yokohama JUMP!~
- 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 11gatsu ~Yokohama FIRE!~
- 2010nen Hello Pro Egg Norimen Live 2gatsu
- 2010 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 3gatsu ~Yokohama GOLD!~
- 2010 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 6gatsu ~Yokohama HOP!~
- 2010 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 9gatsu ~Yokohama STEP!~
- 2010 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 11gatsu ~Yokohama JUMP!~
Publications[edit | edit source]
Solo Photobooks[edit | edit source]
Magazines[edit | edit source]
Cover girl[edit | edit source]
- [2012.01.24] Weekly ASCII
- [2012.05.18] Young Gangan No.11
- [2012.10.05] Young Gangan No.20
- [2013.04.20] CD&DL Data Separate GIRLS-PEDIA (Mook)
- [2013.05.15] EX masses
Lyrics Credits[edit | edit source]
-  Yellow Butterfly
Works[edit | edit source]
Solo Concerts[edit | edit source]
- [2011.02.19] Kikka Fest (きっかフェス)
- [2012.05.04-06] Kikkawa Yuu 1st Anniversary Live (吉川友 1stアニバーサリーライブ)
- [2012.07.28-08.03] Kikka Fest ~Episode 3~ (きっかフェス 〜Episode 3〜)
- [2012.10.05-08] Kikka Fest 4 YOU (きっかフェス4 YOU)
- [2012.11.17] Kikka Fest 5? (きっかフェス5?)
- [2013.01.25] Kikka Fest 6 ~The Request Hour~ (きっかフェス 6 〜ザ・リクエスト・アワー〜)
- [2013.09.23] Kikkawa Yuu SP Live 2013 Aki -Best of YOU!- (吉川 友 SPライブ2013秋 -Best of YOU!-)
- [2014.08.09] Ibaraki Gaisen Special Live ~Ibaraki kka! Daisuki kka!~ (茨城凱旋スペシャルライブ!〜茨城っか!大好きっか!〜)
- [2019.03.02-3] YOU KIKKAWA LIVE TOUR 2019 ~Yuu Totsumoushin~ (YOU KIKKAWA LIVE TOUR 2019 〜友突猛進〜)
Select Concerts[edit | edit source]
- [2007.09.22] Hello Pro Egg Delivery Station! 01 (ハロプロエッグデリバリーステーション！01)
- [2008.08.30] Hello Pro Egg Delivery Station! 05 (ハロプロエッグデリバリーステーション！05)
TV Programs[edit | edit source]
-  Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。) (as a candidate for the Happy 8ki Audition)
- [2008-2009] Oha Star (おはスタ)
- [2010-2017] PINK!SS (as an MC)
- [2011-2012] Hiru Nan Desu! (ヒルナンデス!)
-  Nemurenu Machi no A-Prince (眠れぬ街のアプリンス)
- [2014-2019] The Girls Live
-  BOAT RACE Live (BOAT RACEライブ)
TV Dramas[edit | edit source]
-  Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)(As Aoyama Iroha)
-  Sprout (スプラウト)
-  Hanchou 6 (ハンチョウ6)
-  Saiban Chou! Onaka Aki Mashita! (裁判長っ!おなか空きました!) (1 episode)
-  Kanpai Senshi After V (乾杯戦士 アフターV)
-  Shin★Kanpai Senshi After V (新★乾杯戦士アフターV)
-  Sakura Saku (サクラ咲く)
Movies[edit | edit source]
-  Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro Kaiki (怪談新耳袋怪奇)
-  Kikkake wa YOU! (きっかけはＹＯＵ！)
-  Cheerfu11y (チアフリー)
-  Hatsukoi ~Otou-san, Chibi ga Inaku Narimashita (初恋〜お父さん、チビがいなくなりました)
Anime[edit | edit source]
- [2008-2009] Kirarin☆Revolution (きらりん☆レボリューション) (as Hanasaki Cobeni)
-  Sengoku Collection (戦国コレクション) (as Beethoven)
Commercials[edit | edit source]
-  Kappa Sushi (カッパ寿司)
-  Glico Dairy Cafe Ole (グリコ乳業 カフェオーレ)
-  Pizza LA vs Pizza Black "Blue Hawaii" Hen (ピザーラVSピザブラック「ブルーハワイ」篇)
Theater[edit | edit source]
-  Nekome Club 2
-  Tiger Breathing (タイガーブリージング)
-  Recipient (レシピエント)
- [2012; 2013] Kawaiku Nakuchaikenai Ryu (カワイクなくちゃいけないリユウ)
-  Okashi na Okashi na Tantei Monogatari!... wa, Kore da!! (おかしなおかしな探偵物語!...は、コレだ!!) (as guest)
-  Fiddler on the Roof (屋根の上のバイオリン弾き, Yane no Ue no Violin Hiki) (as Chava)
-  Kurukuru to Shi to Shitto (くるくると死と嫉妬) (as Amemiya Kiho)
-  Shiawase de Nakucha Ikenai Ryu + Kawaiku Nakuchaikenai Ryu (シアワセでなくちゃいけないリユウ＋カワイクなくちゃいけないリユウ)
-  Gakuya ~Makenki~ (楽屋〜負けん気〜)
-  Yuki no Princess (雪のプリンセス)
-  Sanjuushi (三銃士) (as Constance)
-  Yoru no Picnic (夜のピクニック)
-  Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 (遙かなる時空の中で3) (as Nozomi Kasuga)
-  Daihi "story B Daihi 37m" (大悲 [story B 大悲 37m])
-  Cutie Honey Emotional
-  Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Izayoiki (遙かなる時空の中で3 十六夜記) (as Nozomi Kasuga)
Internet[edit | edit source]
- [2013-] Kikkawa Yuu no Teikiteki ni Haishin Shite Mikka! (吉川友の定期的に配信してみっか!)
- [2014-] Kikkawa Yuu no Showroom de Haishin Shite Mikka! (吉川友のShowroomで配信してみっか!)
-  GREEN ROOM
- [2016, 2018] Yaguchi Mari no Kayou The NIGHT (矢口真里の火曜The NIGHT) (AbemaTV) (3 episodes)
- [2016-2017] Girls Night Out
- [2016-] Upcoming (アプカミ)
-  Geinou Gijuku Daigaku #14 (芸能義塾大学♯14) (AbemaTV) (1 episode)
-  Speedwagon no Getsuyou The NIGHT (スピードワゴンの月曜The NIGHT) (AbemaTV) (1 episode)
Music Videos[edit | edit source]
Radio[edit | edit source]
- [2011-] Young Town Doyoubi (ヤングタウン土曜日)
- [2012-2014] Kikkari 10bu Chotto! (きっかり10分ちょっと!)
- [2013-2014] Kikkawa Yuu no Radio Yatte Mikka! (吉川友のラジオやってみっかぁ!)
- [2013.05.06] Shabekuri Icchokusen (しゃべくり一直線)
Rankings[edit | edit source]
- She ranked #14 on BUBKA magazine's Women with the Biggest Breakthrough of 2011.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Eats bread for breakfast.
- Her favorite spot is the toilet.
- Has a grip strength of 31kg.
- Is one of the several Hello! Project members to lose a Morning Musume audition and be added to Hello! Project at a later date.
- Sung Furusato and Memory Seishun no Hikari as her audition songs in the Morning Musume Happy 8ki Audition.
- Made her first concert appearance at Dai 1 Kai Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen ~Saru no Koku~ / ~Tori no Koku~.
- Kikkawa appeared as a backup dancer in the PV for Mano Erina's eighth major single "Genkimono de Ikou!".
- While acting as the opening act during the Hello! Project 2011 Winter concert tour she performed a song titled "Sayonara Namida" (さよなら涙), which was also her debut song.
- Since the 2011 Winter Hello! Project concert, her name is romanized as "You Kikkawa," as a pun for the english word "you." However, her stage name continues to be "Kikkawa Yuu" (吉川友).
- After the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Kikkawa lived briefly with Mano Erina.
- One of Kikkawa's favorite American restaurants is The Cheesecake Factory.
- Kikkawa believes that her toughest opponent in Hello! Project is Yajima Maimi from ℃-ute.
- She is the only Hello! Project member in its history to be from Ibaraki prefecture.
Total Sales Count[edit | edit source]
|Year||Year Sales||Total Sales|
- Note: These sales numbers only include her single and album sales.
See Also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Official Website
- Universal Music Japan Profile
- Official Blog
- Official YouTube channel
- Staff Twitter
- YU-M Entertainment Profile
- Wikipedia Article
|Major Singles||1. Kikkake wa YOU! | 2. Hapirapi-Sunrise- | 3. Konna Watashi de Yokattara | 4. Koko Kara Hajimarunda! | 5. Darling to Madonna | 6. Sekaijuu ni Kimi wa Hitori Dake / Valentine's RADIO / Chocolate Damashii|
|Indie Singles||7. URAHARA Temptation / Ii jan | 8. Amai Melody / "Suki" no Kazoekata | 9. Hana | 10. Ha wo Kuishibare! / Charming Shoubu Sedai | 11. Sayonara, Standard | 12. DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through|
|Digital Singles||1. NEO SUGAR SUGAR YOU | 2. Koi | 3. yoake | 4. #Himatsubushi | 5. TABOO|
|Collaboration Singles||Kikkaren: Café-ole no Uta | Aimai na Kankei|
Team Makenki: Mugen, Fly High!!
Kikkawa Yuu ni Paipai Dekami: Saikou no Onna | Kawaisou na Onna | Tokai no Onna
|DVDs||Music Video Clips vol.1|
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Hello Pro Egg | MilkyWay | Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers | Kikkaren | Team Makenki|
|Solo Acts||Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu (Morning Musume)|
|Kira☆Pika||Kira | Pika|
|MilkyWay||Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu (Morning Musume) | Yukino Noel starring Kitahara Sayaka | Hanasaki Cobeni starring Kikkawa Yuu|
|SHIPS||Kazama Hiroto (Ide Takuya) | Hiwatari Seiji (Kanai Shikou)|
|Singles||Tsukishima Kirari: 1. Koi☆Kana | 2. Balalaika | 3.Happy☆彡 | 4. Chance! | 5. Papancake | 6. Hapi☆Hapi Sunday!|
Kira☆Pika: 1. Hana wo Pu-n / Futari wa NS
MilkyWay: 1. Anataboshi | 2. Tan Tan Taan!
SHIPS: 1. TOKYO FRIEND☆SHIPS | 2. Kimi ga Iru
Other: Ooki na Ai de Motenashite
|Albums||Original: 1. ☆☆☆ (Mitsuboshi) | 2. Kirarin☆Land | 3. Kirari to Fuyu|
Mini: 1. Song Selection | 2. Song Selection 2 | 3. Song Selection 3 | 4. Song Selection 4 | 5. Song Selection 5
|Other||Kirarin☆Revolution Final Stage|
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Morning Musume | ℃-ute | Hello Pro Egg|