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Shoko Nakagawa
中川 翔子
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Shiyōko Nakagawa

(1985-05-05) May 5, 1985 (age 37)
Other names Shokotan (しょこたん)
  • Tarento
  • actress
  • voice actress
  • singer
  • model
  • cartoonist
Years active 1990–present
Agent Watanabe Entertainment
Height 155 cm (5 ft 1 in)
  • Katsuhiko Nakagawa (father)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–present
  • Sony Records
Associated acts
  • Katsuhiko Nakagawa
  • Deco*27

Shoko Nakagawa (中川 翔子, Nakagawa Shōko, born May 5, 1985) is a Japanese tarento (media personality), actress, voice actress, illustrator, and singer. Also known by her nickname Shokotan (しょこたん), she is best known as the presenter of Pokémon Sunday, and as the performer of the opening theme from the anime Gurren Lagann.


Born to actor and musician Katsuhiko Nakagawa, a celebrity in Japan in the 1980s, she was raised in Nakano by her mother after her father's death from leukemia in 1994. Nakagawa found escape from bullies by connecting with Pokémon when she was in 5th grade. "When I was a kid, I didn't have friends, but I did have Pokémon."

In the 2006 book Shokotan Manual (しょこ☆まにゅ, Shoko Manyu), she wrote that her legal name was Shiyōko (しようこ) rather than Shōko (しょうこ), which she had been using for most of her life. At the time of her birth, she and her mother had to remain in the hospital, and her maternal aunt was left with registering her in the koseki. Her mother's intended name of "Shōko" (薔子) was declined due to not being included in the list of jōyō kanji or jinmeiyō kanji that are approved for use in Japanese names. The aunt wrote Shōko (しょうこ) in hiragana instead, but because she wrote very quickly, the small yo appeared larger than intended and the name was recorded as Shiyōko (しようこ).

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.

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Nakagawa in 2013

In 2002, she was chosen as Miss Shōnen Magazine.

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.

In 2004, she made a guest appearance in the 38th episode of Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger, after having previously appeared as a child in Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman. She later appeared with Katsumura on Men B.

She appeared in a brief section of "Kangaeru Hito" ("People who think") on the Fuji TV network in 2004 as an illustrator, after which she appeared regularly 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]"). On the Fuji TV show Kangaeru Hitokoma, on which she is an occasional guest, she drew in the style of Kazuo Umezu.

For one year starting in May 2005, she appeared as a regular on the TBS programme "Ōsama no Brunch". 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.

Some of her work was shown on the May 11, 2006, edition of Downtown Deluxe on the Nippon TV network, She was 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.

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".

In 2009, she opened a store called "mmts" with the theme of her hobby in Nakano Broadway.

In 2009–2010, she appeared in a series of commercials for Norton AntiVirus.

In March 2014, Nakagawa's book of autobiographical essays, Neko no Ashiato ("Cats' Pawprints"), was published by Magazine House. In March 2015, the book was adapted as an anime series titled Omakase Mamitasu ("Leave It to Mamitasu") on NHK, which featured characters based on Nakagawa's cat and her late father and grandfather.

In 2018, Nakagawa returned to Anime Expo to perform as part of Anisong World Matsuri.

In 2019, Nakagawa performed the song "Kaze to Issho ni" (風といっしょに) with Sachiko Kobayashi, which was used as the theme song to the theatrical film Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution; it is a cover of a song originally performed by Kobayashi, which was used as the theme song to the 1998 film Pokémon: The First Movie.



  • AX MUSIC-TV 00 (2003–2004)
  • Pokémon Sunday (ポケモン☆サンデー, Pokemon☆Sandē) (2006–2010)
  • Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (特捜戦隊デカレンジャー, Tokusō Sentai Dekarenjā) (2004) as Falupian Yaako (guest appearance) Episode 38
  • Isshukan no Koi (一週間の恋) (2006)
  • Hou no Niwa (法の庭) (2007)
  • Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi (ほんとにあった怖い話) (2007)
  • 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) (2007–2012)
  • Waraiga Ichiban (笑いがいちばん, Waraiga Ichiban) (2007–2010)
  • Anmitsu Hime (あんみつ姫) (2008)
  • Anmitsu Hime 2 (あんみつ姫2) (2009)
  • Pokémon Smash! (ポケモンスマッシュ!, Pokemon Sumasshu!) (2010–2013)
  • Pokémon Get TV (ポケモンゲット☆TV, Pokemon Getto Terebi) (2013–2015)
  • Gunshi Kanbei (軍師官兵衛) (2014) as Okita
  • Mare (まれ) (2015)
  • Meet Up at the Pokémon House? (ポケモンの家あつまる?, Pokémon no Uchi Atsumaru?) (2015-present)
  • Yuusha Yoshihiko to Michibikareshi 7-nin (勇者ヨシヒコと導かれし七人) (2016)
  • Anata no Koto wa sore hodo (あなたのことはそれほど) (2017)
  • Tokyo Vampire Hotel (東京ヴァンパイアホテル) (2017)


  • Kabuto-O Beetle (2005)
  • Umezu Kazuo: Kyofu Gekijo – Zesshoku (2005)
  • Koala Kacho / Executive Koala (2005)
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
  • X-Cross (2007)
  • Gothic Lolita Battle Bear (2013)


  • Maybe Happy Ending (2020)


Year Title Role Note
2005 Eyeshield 21 Suzuna Taki
2012 Saint Seiya Omega Saori Kido/Athena
2013 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Yogen-gyo Film
Majocco Shimai no Yoyo to Nene Bahiku
2015 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Yogen-gyo Film
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Diana ONA
Season 2
Dragon Ball Super Yogen-gyo
2016 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Season III Diana TV Anime
Season 3
2017 Akiba's Trip: The Animation Risa Deiba
2021 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie -Part 1&2- Diana 2-Part film
Season 4 of Sailor Moon Crystal

Pokémon films

Year Title Role
2007 Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai Maki
2008 Pokémon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior Infy
2009 Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life Notched-Ear Pichu
2010 Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions Proof
2011 Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom Aude
2012 Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice Keldeo
2014 Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction Millis Steele
2015 Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages Mary
2016 Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel Racel
2017 Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! Nurse Joy
2018 Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Riku
2020 Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle Karen

Video games

  • Dragon Quest Heroes (2015) – Alena
  • Dragon Quest Heroes II (2016) – Alena
  • Toukiden 2 (2016) – Gwen
  • Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary (2017) – Alena
  • Kingdom Hearts III (2019) – Rapunzel

Japanese dub


  • Moon Geun-young
    • Innocent Steps – Jang Chae-min
    • My Little Bride – Bo-eun
  • Silent Hill (2006) – Alessa Gillespie (voice-over for Jodelle Ferland)
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) – Tessa Yeager (voice-over for Nicola Peltz)
  • Ra.One (2015) – Desi/Dawsal (voice-over for Priyanka Chopra)
  • Venom (2018) – Anne Weying (voice-over for Michelle Williams)
  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) – Anne Weying (voice-over for Michelle Williams)



Shoko Nakagawa is signed to Sony Japan.


Title Release date First week sales Total sales Information
"Brilliant Dream" July 5, 2006 6,313 10,459 Opening theme for Yoshimune
"Strawberry Melody"
(ストロベリmelody, Sutoroberi Merodi)
February 14, 2007 10,023 15,784 Theme for TBS's program Pokémon Sunday theme song and Wanagona theme song.
"Sorairo Days"
(空色デイズ, Sorairo Deizu, "Sky Blue Days")
June 27, 2007 30,517 67,453 Opening theme for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
"Snow Tears" January 30, 2008 26,068 43,450 Ending theme for Hakaba Kitaro
"Shiny Gate" August 6, 2008 13,564 20,316 Theme song for Tokyo OnlyPic 2008
"Tsuzuku Sekai"
(続く世界, "The World Continues")
September 10, 2008 32,906 49,368 Ending Song of the anime film Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Guren-hen
"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 Commercial song for Fujiya Look Royal Mode
"Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana"
(涙の種、笑顔の花, "Seed of Tears, Flower of Smile")
April 29, 2009 23,383 38,932 Ending Song of Gekijoban Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Lagann Hen
"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.

A special edition of the single features "Moe yo, Gizamimi Pichu!" (もえよ ギザみみピチュー!, Moeyo Gizamimi Pichū!, "Get Fired Up, Spiky-Eared Pichu!"), an ending song for Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

"Arigatō no Egao"
(「ありがとうの笑顔」, "Thank you Smile")
October 14, 2009 12,407 15,027 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").
"RAY OF LIGHT" April 28, 2010 12,977 22,637 Fifth ending theme for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
"Flying Humanoid"
(フライングヒューマノイド, Furaingu Hyūmanoido)
August 18, 2010 13,217 17,729 Opening theme for Occult Academy
(桜色, "Cherry Blossom Pink")
April 6, 2011 6,506 9,006 Original song
(つよがり, "Show of Courage")
June 8, 2011 12,729 15,212 Second ending theme for Beelzebub
(ホロスコープ, Horosukōpu)
January 11, 2012 8,156 Theme song for TV show Uchikuru!?
"Zoku Konton"
(続混沌, "Continued Chaos")
June 5, 2013 Theme song for game Sennen Yusha: Tokiwatari no Tomoshibito
"Sakasama Sekai/Once Upon a Time (Kibō no Uta)"
(さかさま世界/Once Upon a Time -キボウノウタ-, "Upsidedown World/Once Upon a Time (Song of Hope)")
December 11, 2013 "Sakasama Sekai" as theme song for game Puzzle & Dragons Z and "Once Upon a Time (Kibō no Uta)" as the opening for the Japanese broadcast of Once Upon a Time
(ドリドリ, "Dream Dream")
February 18, 2015 16,180 Ending theme for Pokémon XY anime
"Blue Moon" November 28, 2018 19,183 Second ending theme for Zoids Wild
"Furefure" September 9, 2020 3,275 Second ending theme for Genie Family 2020

Collaboration Singles

Title Release date First week sales Total sales Information
"Love Letter From Canada"
(カナダからの手紙, Kanada Kara no tegami)
March 10, 2013 Theme song of Uchikuru!?
Featured artist with Hideyuki Nakayama
"Nuigulumar Z"
(ヌイグルマーZ, Nuigurumā Zetto)
January 22, 2014 For the movie Gothic Lolita Battle Bear
Featured artist with Tokusatsu
"Kira-kira Go Around"
July 23, 2014 For the movie Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace
Featured artist with angela
"PUNCH LINE!" April 29, 2015 15,838 22,754 Collaboration with Opening theme for Punch Line
"Mugen Blanc/Noir"
(無限∞ブランノワール, Mugen ∞ Buran Nowāru)
October 28, 2015 11,958 Collaboration with Sachiko Kobayashi. Theme song for game Mugen Knights
"Magical Circle" November 17, 2017 Collaboration with Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund. Second Ending Song for the third series of Magical Circle Guru Guru.
"Mister Darlin'"
November 7, 2018 Featuring artist CHiCO with HoneyWorks
"Kaze to Issho ni"
July 10, 2019 Collaboration with Sachiko Kobayashi. A theme song for the anime movie Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION

Cover albums

Title Release date First week sales Total sales
Shokotan Cover: Anison ni Koi o Shite.
(しょこたん☆かばー ~アニソンに恋をして。~, Shokotan Kabā ~Anison ni Koi o Shite.~,
"In Love with Anime Songs.")
May 2, 2007 12,579 31,501
Shokotan Cover Cover: Anison ni Ai o Komete!!
(しょこたん☆かばー×2 ~アニソンに愛を込めて!!~, Shokotan Kabā Kabā ~Anison ni Ai o Komete~,
"Full of Love for Anime Songs!!")
September 19, 2007 17,836 23,964
Shokotan 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 3 ~Anison wa Jinrui o Tsunagu~,
"Anime Songs Connect Mankind")
March 10, 2010 15,343
Shokotan Cover 4-1: Shoko Idol Hen
(しょこたん☆かばー4-1 ~しょこ☆ドル篇~, Shokotan Kabā 4-1 ~Shoko Doru Hen~,
"Shoko Idol Part")
October 12, 2011
Shokotan Cover 4-2: Shoko Rock Hen
(しょこたん☆かばー4-2 ~しょこ☆ロック篇~, Shokotan Kabā 4-2 ~Shoko Rokku Hen~,
"Shoko Rock Part")
October 12, 2011
"Tokyo Shoko Land 2014: RPG-teki Michi no Kioku" Shokotan Cover Bangaihen Produced by Kohei Tanaka
(「TOKYO SHOKO☆LAND 2014 ~RPG的 未知の記憶~」しょこたん☆かばー番外編 Produced by Kohei Tanaka,
"Tokyo Shoko Land 2014: RPG with Unknown Memories" Shokotan Cover Extra Version Produced by Kohei Tanaka)
September 24, 2014

Mini albums

Title Release date First week sales Total sales
nsum: Shoko Nakagawa has Been Tried in Singing!
(nsum~中川翔子がうたってみた!~, nsum ~Nakagawa Shoko ga Utatte Mita!~)
August 15, 2012 7,775

Best albums

Title Release date First week sales Total sales
Shokotan Best
((しょこたん☆べすと——(°∀°) ——!!), Shokotan☆Besuto)
May 2, 2012 14,203


Title Release date First week sales Total sales
Big Bang!!! March 19, 2008 32,612 45,793
Magic Time January 1, 2009 26,197 40,015
Cosmic Inflation October 6, 2010 14,453 21,459
9lives April 2, 2014
RGB ~True Color~ December 4, 2019

Other songs

  • "Moeyo Giza Mimi Pichū!" (Ending for Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl)
  • "Dori Dori" (Ending for Pokémon the Series: XY)
  • "Kaze to isshu ni" (Ending for Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution)
  • "Taipu: Wairudo" (Ending for Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon)

Printed media


Title Issue date Publisher ISBN Photobook information
Jewel Box April 1, 2004 Ascom ISBN: 978-4-7762-0147-2 First photobook
In a mysterious daze (不思議に夢中, Fushigi ni Muchū) July 25, 2005 Wani Magazine ISBN: 978-4-89829-798-8 Second photobook
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 Third photobook
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 Guide on how to use cosmetics/dress up doll
Miracle Sketch – Nakagawa Shoko Illust Sakuhinshu (ミラクルスケッチ 中川翔子イラスト作品集, Miracle Sketch – Nakagawa Shoko Illust Sakuhinshu) January 23, 2010 Yosensha ISBN: 978-4862485137 A collection of illustrations by Shoko Nakagawa
Nakagawa Shoko Monogatari – Sorairo Days (中川翔子物語~空色デイズ~) July 16, 2010 Kodansha ISBN: 978-4063642742 A manga about the life of Shoko Nakagawa from her childhood. The limited edition contains an extra book with pictures and a pencil box.
Shoko Nakagawa x Mika Ninagawa Photobook "Shoko et Mikanne2 " (中川翔子×蜷川実花写真集 『 しょこれみかんぬ 2 』) January 28, 2011 Wani Books ISBN: 978-4847043390 Second collaboration with Mika Ninagawa.
Saipan hatsu, Nakano keiyu Mirai iki-Nakagawa Shoko Giza 10- (サイパン発、中野経由、未来行き 中川翔子 ギザ10) May 30, 2012 Kodansha ISBN: 978-4-06-364889-8
Shoko-Pedia Nakagawa Shoko Ongakukatsudo Dai Ikki Kiroku Shu (中川翔子音楽活動第一期記録集10) January 25, 2013 Enterbrain ISBN: 978-4047287440 Contains Interviews from the beginning of her career until 2013 and many pictures.
Nakagawa Shoko Pokemon ga Ikiru Imi o Oshietekureta Shogakkan Visual Mook (ポケモンが生きる意味を教えてくれた) July 10, 2013 Shogakukan ISBN: 978-4091032287


Title Issue date Publisher ISBN Notes
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 Entries from November 2004 to August 2005
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 Entries from September 2005 to August 2006
Shokotan Blog Days of Desire (しょこたんぶろぐ貪欲デイズ) January 25, 2008 Kadokawa Group Publishing ISBN: 978-4-04-895012-1 Entries from October 2006 to December 2007
Shokotan Blog Cho Donyoku Days (しょこたんぶろぐ 超貪欲デイズ) January 16, 2010 Kadokawa Group Publishing ISBN: 978-4-04-895069-5 Entries from March 2008 to October 2009
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