|Real Name||Teramoto Yukika (寺本來可)|
|Other Name(s)||YUKIKA (ユキカ / 유키카)|
|Born||February 16, 1993|
|Years Active||2006–2012, 2015–present|
|Genre(s)||J-pop, K-pop, City pop|
Teramoto Yukika, more known by her mononym YUKIKA, is a Japanese singer and voice actress currently active in South Korea. Starting out her career as a child actress, YUKIKA would later found her breakthrough in South Korea after landing a role in [email protected] drama series.
YUKIKA began her career in 2006 as a model for pre-teen fashion magazine Nicola after winning their 10th audition and beating out 5,986 other participants. While working as a model, YUKIKA starred in a few commercials for Pocari Sweat, Baskin Robbins, and Bandai Namco's Happy Dance Collection. YUKIKA also debuted as an actress in the live-action adaptation of ChocoMimi in 2007. YUKIKA starred alongside Masuyama Kayano as the lead characters Choco and Mimi, while also releasing music under the unit Choco & Mimi. Their first single, Happy Happy!, was released in 2008 and peaked at #175 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.
After graduating from her model job, YUKIKA signed with I'm Enterprise to debut as a voice actress. Her debut role is a minor part in anime series K-ON!, and would continue to provide voices for various anime and video game titles. Perhaps her most famous and recurring roles are Nakazato Chiri from Seitokai Yakuindomo and Rouge Clafoutis from Dog Days. In 2012, YUKIKA announced hiatus from voice acting duty to attend university and effectively resigned from I'm Enterprise on December 28, 2011.
YUKIKA returned to the entertainment business in August 2015 and starred in few commercials and stage plays. 2016 perhaps becomes her breakthrough year as she auditioned and accepted to star in South Korean drama series [email protected], an adaptation of Bandai Namco's long and successful series of idol video games. YUKIKA is the only Japanese accepted to the series. Besides playing as herself in the drama series, YUKIKA also becomes a member of unit group Real Girls Project for the drama series. In 2017, Yukika and some RGP members participated in MIXNINE, a survival reality show produced by YG Entertainment to seek out up-and-coming idol star. YUKIKA finished in 34th place, being eliminated in the second round.
After RGP disbanded, YUKIKA left Mole Entertainment and signed instead with ESTIMATE Entertainment, an agency formed by ESTi. Along with ESTIMATE, YUKIKA starred in web drama series Hello, Stranger!; and also provide voice acting and theme song performance for Destiny Child video game. On February 22, 2019, YUKIKA finally made her debut as a solo singer with the song NEON, and then followed by second single Cherries Jubiles.