Whether it is a heartthrob from ‘Koizora‘ to a mischievous young guy in ‘Last Cinderella,’ we saw Haruma Miura play numerous avatars on-screen. Not to mention, his work in the live action-thriller movie, Attack on Titan brought him significant international stardom(not that he was not already).
However, it was heartbreaking to know, one of the promising and famous Japanese actors is no longer with us. And as a fan, many of us will miss watching him on-screen, just doing his things, only better!
Hence, in memory of him, we thought it would be befitting to take a closer look at his career and note some of his memorable performances to date.
Koizora (Sky of Love)- 2007
Now, when we talk about Miura, we can absolutely in no way forget his movie, Koizora, also known as Sky of Love. From what we know, Haruma captured the hearts of the many female fans from this very successful movie.
For his role as Hiro, the bad boy with a heart of gold and looks that is just perfection, Miura received Best Newcomer of the Year award at the Japanese Academy Awards.
Moreover, it was also a break-through performance of Haruma, which helped him establish as an actor.
The movie is based on a cell phone novel of the same name by Mika was a huge hit both in Japan and other foreign countries. With pure coincidence, love between Mika, a timid high schooler, and Hiro, a blonde, heartthrob of school, blossoms unexpectedly. Until tragedy struck, that changes their lives forever.
For the fans of Haruma Miura, this movie is a must-watch. This movie also made Miura, the first crush of many fans.
Kimi ni Todoke ( From Me to You)
Kimi ni Todoke or From Me to You is a live-action movie based on a popular shoujo manga of the same name, written by Karuho Shiina. In the film, Haruma plays the role of Shota Kazehaya, an outgoing and popular high school boy in school.
The only thing missing from his role compared to his previous role as Hiro is his bleached hair and bad boy demeanor. Nonetheless, Miura delivers the part of a young boy in love perfectly. It is hard not to fall for him.
Crows Zero II- 2008
Okay, this is the movie that defined gangster and bad-a** appeal in the industry dominated by romance and fluffy genre. One of the most famous films with commercial success in both Japan and outside, the movie showcased a different side of high school boys.
If you are looking for a romance, lovey-dovey feel, then this movie might not be for you. Even though some clips are showcasing the same feeling, the viewers might not stick around till that part.
Nonetheless, in the movie, Miura sheds his goody shoes popular boy and opts for more grungy yet appealing vibes.
In the movie, he plays Tatsuya, a headstrong and vengeful leader of the Housen gang seeking confrontation with the protagonist, Genji Takiya (Shun Oguri).
Violence aside, this movie is truly a masterpiece that is deliberately imperfect with full testosterone spike and showcases a passionate yet comical relationship with high school friends.
Last Cinderella- 2013
We already know that Haruma Miura is a versatile actor and can portray numerous characters. Here in this Japanese series, Miura showed his yet another versatile acting from his role of Hiroto.
In contrast to his past roles, where he played a gentle and timid high school boy, in this drama, Haruma portrayed a young aspiring BMX rider who is competitive in concrete by the day and player by night.
Likewise, we can clearly see Miura’s mischievous and flamboyant side, where she seduces girls with his charm. That aside, it is fun to watch, which ends on a happy note.
Eien no Zero (The Eternal Zero)- 2013
Unlike his younger high school roles, Haruma comes as a present-day law student in this movie. Takashi Yamazaki‘s wartime smash hit not only swept the board at the Japanese Academy Awards but also landed Miura a nomination for the best supporting actor.
Moreover, the story tells how a brother-sister duo are eager to discover the truth about their grandfather (Junichi Okada), a heroic Zero fighter who died during World War II.
The movie will definitely make you tear up as the story starts to unfold, and history is uncovered.
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)- 2015
One of the recent hit that garnered a lot of media attention both in Japan and overseas is Attack on Titan or Shingeki no Kyojin. It is based on Hajime Isayama‘s post-apocalyptic manga title of the same name, which is nearing its end soon.
Similarly, in this action-packed fantasy movie, Haruma Miura appears as the protagonist, Eren Jaeger, a young hero from the wall whose sole purpose is to eliminate monstrous and destructive giant called Titans.
This thrilling movie amazes fans with its actions, stunning CGI, and of course, heart-stopping moments. Make sure to give this one a go.
(Just to make sure, the list is entirely based on personal opinion and may contradict from others)