Yukimura Akari’s (A.K.A. Kayano Kaede’s) Graduation Album Character Profile
Interestingly, Kayano has two profiles in the Graduation Album! One profile is for her identity as a 3-E student, Kayano Kaede, but another is for her identity prior to entering 3-E, as an actress and as a sister to Aguri. I was initially planning on releasing the Yukimura sisters’ profiles together, like I did for the Asano family, but Akari’s profile required so much extra research and notes that I decided her profile alone is enough for a single post ^^;
The Hugely Popular Former Child Acting Prodigy – Yukimura Akari
Section 1: A former acting prodigy burning with vengeance
She is popularly known under the stage name “Haruna Mase” as a genius child actress. She is also Aguri’s younger sister. When her older sister died, she obtained some tentacle seeds, and she resolved to take revenge upon the “monster” who killed her. Armed with innate acting ability and a strong will, she performed her role as “Kayano Kaede” for an extended period of time as she endured the severe pain inflicted by the tentacles.
Section 2: Photo captions
Though they were many years apart, Akari would happily chat away on the phone with her older sister. They had a great relationship.
“Once I decide something, I move straight toward it”. That is Akari’s primary nature. If it’s for the sake of her goal, she will show no concern for her own wellbeing.
Section 3: Yukimura Akari’s Hidden Side!!
She was going to take a break from performing and live life as a normal junior high school student. She was able to easily gain admission to Kunugigaoka Junior High, indicating that her natural aptitude for studying is quite high.
Section 4: List of roles as Haruna Mase
Orphan, honor student, delinquent, ghost… no matter how difficult the role, she could perform it perfectly. She dominated the market as a genius child actress. Currently, she has voluntarily suspended business.
- 9 years-old: History of the Unusual (Drama)
- 10 years-old: Pops (Drama)
- 11 years-old: Over a
Large Roof (Drama); Kids (Movie)
- 12 years-old: Sister Game (Movie); From Nankoku (Drama), Nuclear
- 13 years-old: Yokai School – The Final Chapter (Movie); Santa,
The Worker (Drama); Mama Disappeared Yesterday (Drama)
Translation Notes (In this case, my attempt to explain all the drama and movie references):
History of the Unusual: Probably a reference to the 1990 Japanese drama “Tales of the Unusual” (世にも不思議な物語)
Pops: The original word used was “oton”, a way to say “father” in the Kansai dialect. It’s hard to translate the connotation Kansai words carry, but since it’s non-standard, regional Japanese, I opted for a word with a southern connotation. Possibly a reference to the 1953 drama “Father” (お父さん)
Over a Large Roof: Probably a reference to the 1962 Japanese drama “Under a Small Roof” (小さな屋根の下).
Kids: Possibly a reference to the 1995 American movie “Kids” since it’s the only movie I can find when I google “Kids movie” in Japanese.
Sister Game: Possibly a reference to the 1959 drama “Family game” (家庭ゲーム).
From Nankoku: Nankoku is a city in Japan spelled with the kanji for “south” and “country” (南国). This is probably a reference to the Japanese drama “From the North” (北の国から).
Nuclear Family: There’s too many dramas with “family” in its title, so I have no clue…
Yokai School – The Final Chapter: Not sure about this one either because there’s a ton of results for yokai and schools…
Santa, The Worker: The original word is 仕事人 , or “Shigotonin”, which doesn’t seem to have an English equivalent. It describes a person who excels at their work, making zero mistakes and doing things orderly and punctually. This is probably a reference to the Japanese drama “Hissatsu Shigotonin”( 必殺仕事人). The wiki synopsis is:
“A violent fire one evening kills a husband and wife couple and burns their Kazusaya rice shop to ashes. Their daughter Sachi manages to make it out alive, but she claims the fire was set by henchmen from the rival Harimaya shop who abducted her sister. After policeman Watanabe Shogoro hears her story, he begins investigating the case, but, desperate to avenge her parents’ deaths, Sachi later enlists the aid of a mysterious woman who offers to kill Harimaya for a price.”
Which I find interesting, because this sounds like what Class E was watching when they learned the truth about Kayano.
Mama Disappeared Yesterday: I’m not sure what this is referencing because there’s a ton of dramas about people disappearing, but possibly “The Day Papa Disappeared” (パパが消えた日)?
So yeah, Kayano has been in quite the range of films. These are all guesses from a non-native speaker who doesn’t really watch dramas, though, so I can’t guarantee my guesses are accurate.