Erina Mano (真野恵里菜, Mano Erina), born April 11, 1991 in Kanagawa, Japan is a Japanese pop singer and actress formerly associated with Hello! Project. She joined in 2006 as a member of Hello Pro Egg, as a trainee. In 2007, she became a member of the Hello! Project futsal team Gatas Brilhantes H.P. and its musical group Ongaku Gatas. On March 29, 2008 she became a soloist after graduating from Ongaku Gatas, working under the management and promotion of J.P Room, and later under Just Production. Mano graduated from Hello! Project on February 23, 2013.
Mano Erina joined Hello! Project as a Hello! Pro Egg in 2006 after passing the Up-Front Group "Egg" Audition. In 2007, she was one of the six members of the Hello! Pro Egg to be added to Ongaku Gatas and became a reserve player for Gatas Brilhantes H.P.. She graduated from Ongaku Gatas on March 2, 2008 and Hello! Pro Egg on March 29, 2008 to debut as a soloist. On June 29, 2008 she released her debut indie, "Manopiano".
She's been featured as the opening act in various of her Senpai's concerts (Natsumi Abe, Morning Musume, Berryz Kobo and Cute), starting in August 2008.
Having received piano lessons since kindergarten, Mano's solo work within Hello! Project prominently features her playing the piano parts of her musical releases and providing the vocal and piano parts of her songs while performing in concerts and at live events. In 2008, Mano released three singles under an independent label. She has debuted under a major label Hachama with the single "Otome no Inori", released on March 18, 2009. It reached a number three position on the Oricon charts the first day of release and reached number five on the weekly chart. In 2009, Erina was announced as being one of the members of the new version of Pucchi Moni, also known as Petit Moni or PucchiMoni V.
Mano's songs are usually composed by KAN. Aya Matsuura has told her via a video comment in April 2009 that she "...needs to be the best singer in H!P, and in order to do that, she'll need to be a better singer than Ai Takahashi."
Mano, along with S/mileage and Morning Musume will star in the CS-Fuji TV-TWO dorama Half Esper which will begin broadcasting on January 2010. Mano's role is a half-trained esper that left a secret government esper research organization known as Kokueken, without being able to fully control her supernatural powers. In 2010 as well, the TBS drama Mano Spy will begin, where Mano plays herself, under the fictional premise that she's an undercover agent. She's sent to Japan as a spy for the Queen of England, and ends up passing an idol audition, so she has trouble with her espionage duties. The theme song of the show is "Matsuge no Saki ni Kimi ga Iru" (from Mano's first album). The show will begin streaming on the internet on January 26 and will be broadcast on BS-TBS on February 27.
She also was in a new drama called DEATH GAME PARK.
On July 1, 2010, Mano made her US debut in Los Angeles. Kai-Ki: Tales of Terror from Tokyo, a Japanese horror film in which she starred and had its world premiere at Club Nokia. Mano also had a short mini concert, a mini Q and A, and an autograph session for the fans who attended the event.
In 2011, Mano Erina's radio show, "Mano-Deli", was replaced by Morning Musume 9th gen member Sayashi Riho's "Riho-Deli" Also in 2011, It was announced that Mano would star in a short film called "Miyuki's Wind Bell".
In 2011 Mano Erina had her another solo concert named, Mano Erina's Concert Tour 2011〜Hatachi no Otome 801DAYS.
In July Mano Erina made a public appearance at South Korea to attend the Puchon International Fantastic Film which would film her movie.
In 2012 July, 21, Mano announced that she'll be graduating from Hello!Project on last day of her last solo concert.
Activities outside Japan:
On July 1, 2010 Mano Erina gave her first appearance outside Japan, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, for her movie debut, Kai-Ki: Tales of Horror. Erina Mano sang two songs before the screening and held a Q&A and autograph session for her fans.
In July 2011 Mano Erina made her second appearance outside Japan in South Korea. Just like her USA debut Mano went to attend the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival which would screen her movie Kai-Ki: Tales of Horror. During her stay Mano was highly welcomed and even had fans waiting for her at the airport to greet her.