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Atsuko Maeda (Japanese: 前田敦子 Maeda Atsuko) is the narrator of the 25th Pikachu short of the Pokémon anime. She has had no other roles with Pokémon so far.
Maeda was born July 10, 1991 in Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan. She was described as a shy and quiet child growing up, but at 14 years old she auditioned for a new "idol" group in Akihabara, Tokyo. The group, AKB48, was to be produced by the well known lyricist and producer Yasushi Akimoto. In December, 2005, Maeda was accepted to be part of the first generation of AKB48 members along with 20 other girls. Originally, the group had no defined "center", but by 2007 Maeda was named "center" of the group. She appeared on all 27 AKB48 singles that were released while she was a member, and for the vast majority of them she stood in the front position. Further, Maeda was twice voted "most popular AKB48 member" in the group's yearly "election", where fans vote for their favorite member.
During her time as an AKB48 member, she was able to act in various dramas and movies. She won various awards for her acting as well, the most prestigious being the 35th Japan Academy Awards' Popularity Award, for her work in the movie Moshidora.
In March 2012, Maeda announced she would be leaving AKB48 to focus on acting work. She officially "graduated" from AKB48 on August 27, 2012, the day after the group's largest concert to date (at that time) in Tokyo Dome. Since her departure from the group, she has participated in various acting roles, one of which was as narrator for the 25th Pikachu Short.
- Ashita no Watashi no Tsukurikata (2007)
- Densen Uta (2007)
- Nasu Shōnenki (2008)
- Documentary of AKB48: To Be Continued (2011)
- Moshidora (2011)
- Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On (2012)
- Kueki Ressha (2012)
- 1905 (Production cancelled February 2013)
- Documentary of AKB48: No Flower Without Rain (2013)
- The Complex "Kuroyuri danchi" (2013)
- Aki to Fuyu no Tamako (2013)
- Swan no Baka!: Sanmanen no Koi (2007)
- Shiori to Shimiko no Kaiki Jikenbo (2008)
- Taiyō to Umi no Kyōshitsu (2008)
- Majisuka Gakuen (2010)
- Ryōmaden (2010)
- Q10 (2010)
- Sakura Kara no Tegami (2011)
- Hanazakari no Kimitachi e 2011 (2011)
- Majisuka Gakuen 2(2011)
- Saiko no Jinsei (2012)
- Kasuka na Kanojo (2013)
- Maeda is a big Yomiuri Giants fan (baseball team)
- She donated 1.25 million yen to Green Cross International in 2009