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Sudo Maasa (須藤茉麻) is a Japanese pop singer, idol, actress and model currently under the talent agency J.P ROOM. She is a former member of Hello! Project, having joined as a member of Hello! Project Kids in 2002 and later debuting as a member of Berryz Koubou in 2004. During her time in Hello! Project, she was also a member of 4KIDS, ZYX-α, BeriKyuu, and Cat's♥Eye 7. She graduated from Hello! Project on March 3, 2015 in a joint graduation concert with the other members of Berryz Koubou.

Sudo has since been working in theater, and is currently the playing manager of Hello! Project's acting club Engeki Joshibu.


Sudo Maasa, April 2017

Sudo Maasa, January 2016

Sudo Maasa, March 2015

Sudo Maasa, January 2015

Sudo Maasa, November 2014

Sudo Maasa, June 2014

Sudo Maasa, October 2013

Sudo Maasa, January 2013

Sudo Maasa, December 2012

Sudo Maasa, March 2012

Sudo Maasa, August 2011

Sudo Maasa, January 2011

Sudo Maasa, November 2010

Sudo Maasa, March 2010

Sudo Maasa, November 2009

Sudo Maasa, January 2009

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Early Life[]

Sudo Maasa was born on July 3, 1992 in Tokyo, Japan.


On June 30, 2002, Sudo Maasa joined Hello! Project as one of the fifteen Hello! Project Kids.[2] She made her debut as a member of 4KIDS in the movie Minimoni the Movie Okashi na Daibouken! as well as the accompanying Minimoni single Genki Jirushi no Oomori Song / Okashi Tsukutte Okkasui~! on the second A-side track.

In 2003, Sudo appeared in the music video for Fujimoto Miki's single Boogie Train '03 alongside fellow Hello! Project Kids members Tokunaga Chinami, Tsugunaga Momoko, and Umeda Erika.

On January 14, 2004, Sudo was one of the eight members selected to form Berryz Koubou. Their official debut was their first single Anata Nashide wa Ikite Yukenai in March. [3]

In 2004, Sudo became a member of the Hello!Project futsal team Gatas Youth. The group was later revived in 2006 Little Gatas, joining with Gatas Brilhantes H.P. to form Mix Gatas the same year.

In late 2004, Sudo joined H.P. All Stars to perform ALL FOR ONE & ONE FOR ALL!.

In 2005, Sudo joined Hello! Project Shirogumi for Hello! Project 2005 Winter All-Stars Dairanbu ~A HAPPY NEW POWER! Iida Kaori Sotsugyou Special~

In 2006, Sudo joined Wonderful Hearts, a splinter concert group consisting of the younger members of Hello! Project. Wonderful Hearts continued to perform as a concert unit until 2010.

In 2007, Sudo joined Gatas Brilhantes H.P. as a full member.

On May 21, 2008, Sudo held her first solo event. Her second solo event took place later that year, on September 11.


On April 29, Sudo held her third solo event. She performed an acoustic version of Munasawagi Scarlet in which she played the guitar.

In 2009, Sudo was assigned to be a part of the new revived shuffle group ZYX-α along with Niigaki Risa, Kusumi Koharu, Umeda Erika, Tsugunaga Momoko, Tokunaga Chinami, Wada Ayaka, and Ogawa Saki.

Sudo, along with four other members of ℃-ute and Berryz Koubou, left Gatas Brilhantes H.P., the Hello! Project futsal team. The members left of their own volition due to feeling that their own level of ability could not match the high level players.


On January 19, Sudo held her fourth and last solo event as a member of Hello! Project. It had the longest setlist out of all her solo events.

In late 2010, Sudo performed in the lead role of the live action movie Light Novel no Tanoshii Kakikata as Yabusame Tsurugi (流鏑馬剣). The movie is an adaptation of a manga of the same name.


Sudo performed in the live action movie Ousama Game with her fellow members of Hello! Project Kids.


On May 15, Sudo, Natsuyaki Miyabi and Yasuda Kei performed in a comedy play titled B・B ~bumpy buddy~.

On July 25, it was announced that Sudo, along with Berryz Koubou's Shimizu Saki, Kumai Yurina, Sugaya Risako and ℃-ute's Yajima Maimi, Nakajima Saki and Hagiwara Mai, would be performing in the stage play CAT'S♥EYE. The members all formed a group Cat's♥Eye 7 to promote the stage play and perform the theme song. The stage play ran from September 22 to September 30.


On July 3, Sudo celebrated her 21st birthday. The special event was called Sudo Maasa Birthday Event ~21sai no Watashi~. The event featured two performances in Tokyo.


On July 8, Sudo celebrated her 22nd birthday. The special event was called Berryz Koubou Birthday Event 2014 "Sudo Maasa, Kumai Yurina & Natsuyaki Miyabi"|Berryz Koubou ~Sudo Maasa Birthday Event 2014~. The event featured two performances in Tokyo.

On episode #84 of Hello! Project Station uploaded on September 17, Sudo announced to the passing members of the Engeki Joshibu Auditions that she would be appointed playing manager of Engeki Joshibu after Berryz Koubou goes on hiatus.[4]


On March 3, Berryz Koubou began their indefinite hiatus and Sudo effectively graduated from the group and Hello! Project. She had been with Hello! Project for nearly 13 years. After her graduation, she became a member of the agency J.P. Room alongside former fellow Berryz Koubou member Kumai Yurina, and officially became Engeki Joshibu's playing manager.[5]

From March 26 to April 5, Sudo participated in the musical Week End Survivor with the newly formed Kobushi Factory. The musical was performed at the Big Tree Theater.

From June 18 through June 28 , Sudo performed in the musical TRIANGLE alongside Morning Musume '15. The musical was performed at Ikebukuro Sunshine Theater.

On July 4, Sudo celebrated her birthday at her first M-Line event titled Sudo Maasa Birthday Event. Three shows were featured throughout the day.

In late July, Sudo opened a new personal Twitter account.[6]

From August 5 to August 8, Sudo performed in the Tambourine stage-play Kizame, Gaga Hada Ni-Kun no Ibuki o.[7].

From October 8 to October 18, Sudo performed in a musical remake of the Berryz Koubou stage play Thank You Very Berry, alongside Tsubaki Factory. This musical was also directed by Sudo, which was her first venture in doing so.

On October 27, Sudo appeared on Nakajima Saki's radio show Nakajima Saki no Cute na Jikan.

On November 2, Sudo appeared in the TV drama Minami-kin no Koibito my little lover (南くんの恋人my little lover).

From December 3 to December 13, Sudo performed in Super Danganronpa ~Sayonara Zetsubou Gakuen~ THE STAGE. as Tsumiki Mikan. She will be performing alongside former Hello! Project Kansai and SI☆NA member Nakayama Nana and Suzuki Hiroko, with whom she previously acted with in the movie Light Novel no Tanoshii Kakikata.[8]


From January 6 to January 11, Sudo performed in Quantum Dolls as Randgrith, a figure from Norse Mythology, alongside fellow former Hello! Project member Arihara Kanna.[9][10]

From March 25 to April 3, Sudo performed in the Engeki Joshibu musical Kizetsu Suru Hodo Aishiteru! alongside Tsubaki Factory and Country Girls (sans Tsugunaga Momoko).

From November 3 to November 20, Sudo participated in Nega Poji Poji, an Engeki Joshibu musical once again starring Tsubaki Factory and Hello Pro Kenshuusei members.


From October 5 to October 15, Sudo performed in the Engeki Joshibu musical Yumemiru Television starring ANGERME.


From March 15 to March 17, she and Kumai Yurina held the Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina Fanclub Tour KuMaaz to Ikou! in Okinawa.

On July 6, she celebrated her 27th birthday at a fanclub event titled Sudo Maasa Birthday Event with three shows at Pacific Heaven.

From November 20 to November 24, she performed in the stage play Okusuri no Kusuri.[11]


On January 19, she and Kumai Yurina held fanclub event titled Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina FC Event "KuMaaz ~Koufuku Kangei!~", featuring three shows at Shibuya SHiDAX Culture Hall.

On March 24, it was announced that her fanclub event with Shimizu Saki and Kumai Yurina titled Shimizu Saki・Sudo Maasa・Kumai Yurina FC Event "Futsuu, Kono Hi Nashi de wa Yatterannai Desho!?", which was originally scheduled for March 3, would be postponed to May 26 in consideration of a new policy established by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.[12] It was eventually cancelled.[13]

On July 4, she celebrated her 28th birthday at a fanclub event titled Sudo Maasa Birthday Event 2020 with three shows at Pacific Heaven.[14] In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.

On July 13, it was announced that she would be one of several current and former Hello! Project members starring in a new horror television drama based on the book, Hobonichi no Kaidan. The drama began airing in August 2020.[15][16][17]

On October 14, tabloid magazine Bunshun published photos of Sudo Maasa allegedly on a date with Inaba Hikaru, former leader of former Johnny's male idol group, MADE.[18] Both of them are now active as theatre actors, which is how they were rumored to have met.

Personal Life[]

Her mother's name is Maki and was born on February 4th.[19]

She has an older brother and a younger sister.

She has a nephew, born in 2012, who is the son of her younger sister.

Sudo has three pet dogs named Candy, Ururu, and Cross. She also has a pet rabbit named Taremi.

When Sudo joined Hello! Project Kids, she was a fourth year elementary school student.[2] She graduated from high school in March 2011.

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Sudo Maasa:

  • Maasa (まあさ): Official nickname, given her since joining Berryz Koubou. Used by members and fans.
  • Maa (まぁ): Second official nickname, given her since joining Berryz Koubou. Used by members and fans.


  • Favorite English Word: "Baseball"
  • Favorite Anime: InuYasha, Meitantei Conan, Shaman King.
  • Favorite Manga: Ao Haru Ride.
  • Special Skill: Being able to sleep with her eyes open.
  • Strong Points: Being a sore loser.
  • Weak Points: Being on her own, pace too much.
  • Favorite Subject: Japanese.
  • Favorite Color: Light Blue, Blue.
  • Favorite Animal: Dogs.
  • Favorite Song in the Past: "Dango 3 Kyoudai" by Hayami Kentarou and Shigemori Ayumi (with Hidamari Kids and Dango Chorus).

  • Hello! Project Daihyakka (2004) Details
    • Hobby: Making cookies, collecting stickers
    • Special skill: Drawing charcter art!!
    • Strong point: Good at looking after younger kids?
    • Weak point: Spacing out.
    • Habit: It's gone now
    • Favorite color: Blue, red
    • Favorite flower: Violet
    • Disliked thing to do: Bugs (all)
    • Scared of: Bugs
    • Favorite movie: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
    • Favorite book: Ranma 1/2, Candy Candy
    • Favorite word: "LOVE"
    • Favorite season: Fall.
    • Favorite food: Sushi, umeboshi, fish
    • Least favorite food: Eggplant
    • Favorite song: "Shabondama" by Morning Musume
    • Charm point: Eyes
    • [2010.01] Nation Junior Magazine (Thailand)
    3. What are your goals?:
    I like to watch movies and go to the theatre so I'd like to try acting if possible.
    4. Where do you see yourself in 50 years?:
    Taking care of my grandchildren.


    Main article: Sudo Maasa/Discography



    Main article: Sudo Maasa/Publications

    Solo Photobooks[]

    1. [2009.03.11] maasa



    TV Programs[]

    TV Dramas[]


    • [2009] Inazuma Eleven (イナズマイレブン) (voice of Mido Reika)



    • [2004–2009] Berryz Koubou Kiritsu! Rei! Chakuseki! (Berryz工房 起立! 礼! 着席!)
    • [2009–2012] Berryz Koubou Beritsuu! (Berryz工房 べりつぅ!)
    • [2014–2015] Hello! SATOYAMA&SATOUMI Club



    • She was considered one of the best actresses in Hello! Project. This is supplemented by the fact that her post-Berryz Koubou career includes leading the Hello! Project acting club, Engeki Joshibu, her appearance in various plays both inside and outside of Hello! Project, and a foray into directing theater works.
    • She was once known for her height when Berryz Koubou was first formed, but she was surpassed in height in 2004 by Kumai Yurina.
    • She was known for her "my pace" character and for her cool presence.
    • Once had a very noticeable lisp, but it faded with time.
    • She auditioned for H!P Kids with dyed brown hair.
    • Was known as the most natural member of Berryz Koubou.
    • In 2013, she shocked fans by cutting off over 30 centimeters of her hair for the single Motto Zutto Issho ni Itakatta / ROCK Erotic.
    • At the time of their indefinite hiatus, she was the only remaining Berryz Koubou member that had not changed her member color throughout the history of the group.
    • Haga Akane and Fukuda Kanon think that Maasa is the coolest member of Hello! Project.
    • She is a fan of many manga and anime, such as InuYasha, Detective Conan, and Shaman King. This is credited to her history of watching various shounen anime with her brother when she was younger, including The Prince of Tennis, Digimon, Hagane no Renkin Jutsushi, and Yu-Gi-Oh.
    • Sudo, alongside Fukumura Mizuki, Mano Erina, and Iikubo Haruna, are fans of the manga Ao Haru Ride.
    • Sudo said that she would love to meet voice actor Yamaguchi Kappei.
    • Was known as 'the Mother of Berryz Koubou,' which got her the nickname 'Mama.'
    • She is very good with kanji.
    • Can play the guitar.
    • She was the first and only Berryz Koubou member confirmed to have received a driver's licence. She got the license in June 2014. [1]
    • Her favorite artists are Sakurazuka Yakkun and SUMMERS.
    • In 2008 she said that she was going to read 10 books before the end of that year.
    • In a Berryz Koubou DVD Magazine, she said her favorite Berryz member was Tsugunaga Momoko.
    • Was the 5th Berryz member to get a Photobook.
    • In Yorosen!, she taught Berryz Koubou how to play ping pong.
    • Both Sudo and Sato Masaki have used the nickname "Maachan," only spelled differently. Sudo has recently only been called that by Shimizu Saki.
    • She is the only member of Berryz Koubou to be good at waking up in the morning, as the rest of the members said that they're bad at doing so. Sudo commented that she wakes up even before her alarm rings.
    • She and Kumai Yurina were known for performing a handshake before live events, where they tap their arms in an "x" then clasp each others hands. They performed this handshake at Berryz Koubou's first Budokan concert and a final time at Berryz Koubou's final concert.
    • She was the first member of Hello! Project to perform in both the original and remake of a play.

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Playing Manager of Engeki Joshibu
    March 3, 2015 – Present
    Succeeded by


    1. 1.0 1.1 When Sudo measured her height in April 2006, she was 170cm. After re-measuring her height in March 2011, she found out she was actually 166cm.
    2. 2.0 2.1 Hello! Morning. Broadcast Date: 2002-06-30.
    3. Tsunku. "『Berryz工房』(ベリーズこうぼう)誕生について" (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Website. 2003-01-15.
    4. "モー娘。'14新曲初披露!J=Jツアー、ベリキュー武道館、演劇女子部 MC:須藤茉麻・工藤遥 【ハロ!ステ#84】" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Station (via YouTube). 2015-09-17.
    5. "Berryz工房について" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2015-02-27.
    6. https://twitter.com/maasa_0703
    7. http://www.tambourine.co.jp/stage/
    8. http://cornflakes.jp/dangan/2015/cast/
    9. M-Line Fanclub Ticket Sales Announcement
    10. Quantum Dolls Official Website
    11. "【更新】舞台『お薬のクスリ』出演!" (in Japanese). UP-FRONT CREATE. 2019-08-06.
    12. "3月3日(火) 清水佐紀・須藤茉麻・熊井友理奈FCイベント「普通、この日なしではやってらんないでしょ!?」振替公演のお知らせ" (in Japanese). M-line club. 2020-03-24.
    13. "「普通、この日なしではやってらんないでしょ!?」中止のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Sudo Maasa Official Blog. 2020-04-14.
    14. "★ファンクラブ会員限定イベント★「須藤茉麻バースデーイベント2020」開催決定!" (in Japanese). M-line club. 2020-06-24.
    15. "新旧ハロプロメンバー主演で「ほぼ日の怪談。」ドラマ化、8月に配信・放送" (in Japanese). natalie. 2020-07-13.
    16. "ドラマ「ほぼ日の怪談。」出演決定!" (in Japanese). 2020-07-14.
    17. "新旧ハロプロメンバー主演のドラマ「ほぼ日の怪談。」予告、全12話の場面写真も解禁" (in Japanese). natalie. 2020-08-19.
    18. https://bunshun.jp/articles/-/40869
    19. http://youtu.be/qJH1e6ZCxGc

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