Shoko Nakagawa (中川 翔子 Nakagawa Shōko?, born May 5, 1985 in Tokyo) is a Japanese idol, tarento, actress, seiyū (voice actor), illustrator and singer. She is best known as the presenter of Pokémon Sunday. She is the daughter of Katsuhiko Nakagawa, a celebrity in Japan in the 1980s.
She is represented by the Watanabe Entertainment talent agency. Her nickname is Shokotan (In the blog by Mika Kaneda, who appeared with her on "Ōsama no Brunch", she is called Shokotasu).
Born to entertainer Katsuhiko Nakagawa as Nakagawa Shiyōko (中川 しようこ?), she was raised by her mother in Nakano (Katsuhiko Nakagawa died in 1994). She made her entertainment debut in 2001, winning the Grand Prix award at the Popolo Girl Audition and representing the Jackie Chan talent agency. Later, on the "Yume-Ga-Oka Residence" programme on SKY PerfecTV!, she was given a Jackie Chan photobook by Midorikawa Shobō, who were guests on the show. She commented "I thought he was an enemy of Bruce Lee's", apparently referring to Enter the Dragon. In 2002, she was chosen as Miss Shōnen Magazine. She appeared in a brief section of "Kangaeru Hito" ("People who think") on the Fuji TV network in 2004 and showed her ability as an illustrator; this won her a regular place on the later version of the programme which started with minor changes in early 2005, "Kangaeru Hitokoma" ("Thinking about one frame [of a cartoon strip]"). For one year starting in May 2005, she appeared as a regular on the TBS programme "Ōsama no Brunch", which made her well-known among the general public. In July 2006, she released her debut single "Brilliant Dream". It entered the Oricon chart at number 29, with initial sales of 6313 copies. Nakagawa performed at Anime Expo 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Nakagawa is a fan of the Super Sentai series, and in particular looks up to the character Yūri/Time Pink of Mirai Sentai Timeranger. At the time, she stood in line all night to watch the live Timeranger show at Kōrakuen Fairground (now Tokyo Dome City Attractions) in the front row. In 2004, she achieved a longstanding ambition by putting in a guest appearance in the 38th episode of Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (she had previously appeared as a child in Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman). She has always wanted to become the next Pink Ranger, and has gone out for auditions four times, but failed each time because "she does not have good athletic ability". She has said that she was drawn to the entertainment world out of admiration not for her father but for Mika Katsumura, who played the role of Yūri, and that during gravure work she uses Katsumura's photobooks and DVDs as a guide. She later appeared with Katsumura on Men B, and the two are now as friendly as if they were sisters. She is also a fan of the Metal Hero Series and Heisei Kamen Rider Series, particularly the series written by Yasuko Kobayashi, and sees Shigeki Hosokawa who played the titular character of Kamen Rider Hibiki as an ideal man. She is also fond of fellow entertainer and gravure idol Natsuki Katō for playing the first female Kamen Rider Kamen Rider Femme (both share a love of anime, tokusatsu, and video games).
Nakagawa is also a fan of Bruce Lee, and has a wide knowledge of kung fu films. She has studied Cantonese, and visited Hong Kong many times with her mother (However, she confessed on TV that in fact she soon gave up Cantonese, and hardly speaks it at all, although she keeps it on her profile.) She got to know Jackie Chan when she met him by chance at a restaurant he runs. Jackie Chan now keeps a picture she drew on display at his offices in Hong Kong. She has her own tracksuit and nunchaku she made herself, which are decorated with pink fur.
Nakagawa is skilled as a manga cartoonist and illustrator. She worships Kazuo Umezu, and wants to become a mangaka. On the Fuji TV show Kangaeru Hitokoma, on which she is a semi-regular guest, she showed this side of herself by drawing in the style of Kazuo Umezu. Some of her work was shown on the May 11, 2006 edition of Downtown Deluxe on the Nippon TV network, and was much praised. As of 2006, her manga "SHOCOTAN * QUEST" is being serialised on her official website. The fact that even after becoming a celebrity she has not given up on drawing led to her being selected as a member of the judging panel in the "Jump Damashii" section of the Shūeisha publication Weekly Shōnen Jump, starting from Jump number 13 of 2006.
Nakagawa does not like cooking. In a special version of Koi no Apron (TV Asahi) in August 2005, she disappointed the judges with her cabbage roll. She appeared on Koi no Apron again in November, this time making cream puffs and coffee jelly, but gave another poor showing, with the lowest ranking of any of the Apron Girls for that day. In July 2006, Nakagawa confessed to having a weak digestion, but managed to keep the situation light-hearted with jokes, while wearing a serious expression on her face.
Nakagawa is also enthusiastic about the Wikipedia Project. In a blog entry dated November 25, 2006 she praised the free online encyclopedia for its articles, especially those related to the otaku culture. She is especially fond of the collaborative writing aspect the project incorporates and has even jokingly said she wanted to jumble her own article.
On the May 30, 2006 airing of Kasupe!, in the section entitled Fuji Ginkō Geinōjin Satei-Gakari (フジ銀行 芸能人査定係?), "Fuji Bank Celebrity Evaluator", it was discovered that she liked the manga Kachō Shima Kōsaku, eliciting a comment from the host, Sayaka Aoki, that she had pretty "grown-up tastes".
On Private Lesson - Tadashii Wada Akiko no Tsukurikata (個人授業(プライベートレッスン)～正しい和田アキ子の作り方～?), "Private Lesson - The Right Way to Make an Akiko Wada", shown on October 4, 2006, when she appeared as a tutor, she entered dressed as Haruhi Suzumiya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, dancing to the end theme from that anime. Immersed in the role of Haruhi, she expounded passionately on "otaku studies" in a disrespectful tone, bewildering her student, Akiko Wada, from start to finish. She showed off her cosplay versions of Misato from Evangelion (which she filmed herself), Doremi from Ojamajo Doremi, and Vegeta from Dragon Ball, and to finish, got Wada to join in, with Wada playing Rei to her Asuka, and even gave acting directions.
Her official blog, Shokotan * Blog opened in 2004, and by April 2006 it had received a total of 100 million hits. On February 2, 2008, the daily Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun reported that her blog had been accessed 1 billion times. There are very many otaku-style entries, and she updates it extremely regularly: in the month of April 2005, there were 600 updates, and on January 28, 2006, there were 70 updates, a record number for a single day. She has become known as the "New Queen of the Blogs", after the original "Queen of the Blog", Kaori Manabe.
After her appearance on a telethon, the number of accesses to her blog increased, leading to continual trackback spamming. The trackback function was suspended. At present, fans can only send her messages in real time via her mobile phone guestbook.
- Pokémon Sunday (ポケモン☆サンデー Pokemon☆Sandē?)
- Waraiga Ichiban (笑いがいちばん Waraiga Ichiban?)
- Shūmatsu no Cinderella Sekai! Dangan Traveler (週末のシンデレラ 世界!弾丸トラベラー Shūmatsu-no-shinderera Sekai! DanganToraberā?)
Shoko Nakagawa is signed to Sony Japan.
|#||Title||Release Date||First week sales||Total sales||Information|
|1||"Brilliant Dream"||July 5, 2006||6,313||10,459||First single|
(ストロベリmelody Sutoroberi Merodi?)
|February 14, 2007||10,023||15,784||Second single|
(空色デイズ Sorairo Deizu?,
|June 27, 2007||30,517||67,453||Opening theme for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann|
|4||"Snow Tears"||January 30, 2008||26,068||43,450||Ending theme for Hakaba Kitaro|
|5||"Shiny Gate"||August 6, 2008||13,564||20,316||Theme song for Tokyo OnlyPic 2008|
"The World Continues")
|September 10, 2008||32,906||49,368||Ending Song of the anime film Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Guren-hen|
|7||"Kirei à la Mode"
(綺麗ア・ラ・モード Kirei A Ra Mōdo?,
"Beautiful à la Mode")
|October 22, 2008||13,758||20,236||CM song for "Fujiya Look Royal Mode|
|8||"Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana"
"Seed of Tears, Flower of Smile")
|April 29, 2009||23,383||38,932||Ending Song of Gekijoban Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Lagann Hen|
|9||"Kokoro no Antenna"
(心のアンテナ Kokoro no Antena?,
"Antenna of the Heart")
|July 15, 2009||13,533||21,954||Ending Song of Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life.|
|10||"Arigatō no Egao"
"'Thank you Smile'")
|October 14, 2009||12,407||-||Contains the Ending Song of the Japanese Version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ("Rainbow Forecast") and Shokotan's version of Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl second opening song ("Ame ni Kiss no Hanataba o").|
|11||"Ray of Light"||April 28, 2010||-||-||Fifth ending theme for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood|
|12||"Flying Humanoid/Sen no Kotoba to Futari no Himitsu"
(フライングヒューマノイド/千の言葉と二人の秘密 Furaingu Hyūmanoido/Sen no Kotoba to Futari no Himitsu?,
"Flying Humanoid/A Thousand Words and Two People's Secret")
|August 18, 2010||-||-||Opening theme for Occult Academy|
|#||Title||Release Date||First week sales||Total sales|
|1||Shoko-tan Cover: Anison ni Koi o Shite.
Shokotan Kabā ~Anison ni Koi o Shite.~?,
"In Love with Anime Songs.")
|May 2, 2007||12,579||31,501|
|2||Shoko-tan Cover Cover: Anison ni Ai o Komete!!
Shokotan Kabā Kabā ~Anison ni Ai o Komete~?,
"Full of Love for Anime Songs!!")
|September 19, 2007||17,836||23,964|
|3||Shoko-tan Cover 3: Anison wa Jinrui o Tsunagu
(しょこたん☆かばー 3 ～アニソンは人類をつなぐ～
Shokotan Kabā Surī ~Anison wa Jinrui o Tsunagu~?,
"Anime Songs Connect Mankind")
|March 10, 2010||-||-|
|#||Title||Release Date||First week sales||Total sales||Information|
|1||Big☆Bang!!!||March 19, 2008||32,612||45,793||1st album|
|2||Magic Time||January 1, 2009||26,197||40,015||2nd album|
|#||Title||Release date||Publisher||ISBN||Price||Photobook information|
|1||JEWEL BOX||April 1, 2004||Ascom||ISBN 978-4-7762-0147-2||3,000 yen||First photobook|
|2||In a mysterious daze (不思議に夢中 Fushigi Muchū?)||July 25, 2005||Wani Magazine||ISBN 978-4-89829-798-8||2,800 yen||Second Photobook|
|3||SHOKO et MIKANNE (中川翔子ｘ蜷川実花（しょこれみかんぬ） Shokoremikanu?)||April 15, 2007||Wani Books||ISBN 978-4-8470-3000-0||2,800 yen||Third photobook|
|4||Shoko a la mode (しょこア・ラ・モード― Shokoa ra mōdō?)||November 25, 2008||SHUFU-TO-SEIKATSU-SHA||ISBN 978-4-391-13707-1||1,800 yen||Guide on how to use cosmetics/dress up doll|
|#||Title||Release date||Publisher||ISBN||MSRP||Photobook information|
|1||Shokotan Official Blog (しょこたんぶろぐ・中川翔子＊オフィシャル BLOG＊?)||October 10, 2005||Goma Books||ISBN 4-7771-0210-6||1,300 yen||Entries from November 2004 to August 2005|
|2||Shokotan Official Blog 2 (しょこたんぶろぐ・中川翔子＊オフィシャル BLOG 2 ＊?)||November 10, 2006||Goma Books||ISBN 4-7771-0487-7||1,300 yen||Entries from September 2005 to August 2006|
|3||Shokotan Blog Days of Desire (しょこたんぶろぐ貪欲デイズ中川翔子?)||January 30, 2008||Kadokawa Group Publishing||ISBN 978-4-04-895012-1||1,300 yen|
- X-Cross (2007)
- Galbraith, Patrick W. (2009). The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan. Kodansha International. p. 206. ISBN 978-4770031013.
- Galbraith, Patrick W. (2009). The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan. Kodansha International. pp. 214–216. ISBN 978-4770031013.
- Shokotan Blog November 25, 2006
- Web page by Watanabe Entertainment (Japanese)
- Official web page Shokotime (Japanese)
- Shokotan blog (Japanese)
- Go Sukashi!, a web video series being produced by WestHavenBrook in association with Watanabe Entertainment, based on a character she created.