Ikuta Erika, Hadashi de Summer 2016
|Former Stage Name||Ikegami Kai (池上花衣?)|
|Birthdate||January 22, 1997|
(currently lives in Tokyo, Japan)
|Occupation||Singer, Idol, Actress|
|Generation||1st Generation Nogizaka46|
|Associated Acts||Nogizaka46, AKB48, HKT48, SKE48|
(Nogizaka46 Official Blog)
(1st Gen Nogizaka46 Official Ameba Blog)
Ikuta Erika (生田絵梨花?) is a Japanese singer from the idol group Nogizaka46. Akimoto Yasushi stated that her aura reminded him of Acchan from AKB48, and that he had the idea to put Ikuta in the center position. However, Akimoto-sensei decided not to, because it would be too similar to how become AKB48 started.
Ikuta Erika was one of the 36 selected among the 56 final participant auditioned for the 1st Generation Members. Later on she was chosen as one of the Shichi Fukujin (七福神 - 7 Deities of Good Luck) on Nogizaka46's 1st Single, Guru Guru Curtain. On Nogizaka46's 2nd Single, Oide Shampoo, Ikuta Erika was chosen as one of the Senbatsu Members. She then once again was chosen as the Shichi Fukujin on Nogizaka46's 3rd Single, Hashire! Bycicle. For the 4th single, Seifuku no Mannequin, Ikuta Erika was also chosen but it was changed into Hachi Fukujin (八福神 - 8 Deities of Good Luck).
Erika Ikuta played the role of Cosette in the 30th Anniversary tour of Les Miserables in 2017. She will reprise the role in 2019.
- Abilities: Playing Piano, Balet
- Favourite Food: Udon and Apples
- Guru Guru Curtain (ぐるぐるカーテン?) - Shichi Fukujin
- Oide, Shampoo (おいでシャンプー?) - Senbatsu
- Hashire! Bicycle (走れ! Bicycle?) - Shichi Fukujin
- Seifuku no Mannequin (制服のマネキン?) - Hachi Fukujin
- Kimi no Na wa Kibou (君の名は希望?) - Hachi Fukujin
- Girl's Rule (ガールズルール?) - Hachi Fukujin
- Barrette (バレッタ?) - Hachi Fukujin+1
- Kizuitara Kataomoi (気づいたら片想い?) - Go Fukujin
- Nandome no Aozora Ka? (何度目の青空か??) - Center
- Coco Smile: Asu e no Rock 'n' Roll (August 2007), Coco
- Heidi (2009), Clara
- Rainbow Prelude (Tennōzu Ginga Theater, 2 October 2014 - 5 October 2015), Louise
- Princess Knight (Akasaka ACT Theater, 12 November 2015 - 17 November 2015), Princess Sapphire
- Roméo et Juliette (Akasaka ACT Theater, 2017 - 2019), Juliet
- Les Misérables (Imperial Theatre, 2017 - 2019), Cosette
- Mozart (Imperial Theatre, 2018 - ), Constanze
- Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (January 2019), Natasha Rostova
- Whistle Down the Wind (March 2020), Swallow
- In the Aitakatta Kamoshirenai PV, she played the role that Oshima Yuko portrayed in AKB48's own Aitakatta PV.
- Shares the same last name (and the names are similar) as Morning Musume Member Ikuta Erina.