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October 2018
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genre Japanese Pop
Years Active 2018–present
Labels UP-FRONT WORKS (2018–)
Associated Acts Hello Pro Kenshuusei, Ame no Mori Kawa Umi, Hello! Project "ONLY YOU" Audition Winner Group, BEYOOOOONDS
Current Members Ichioka Reina (2017–)
Shimakura Rika (2018–)
Nishida Shiori (2018–)
Eguchi Saya (2018–)

CHICA#TETSU is a Japanese pop group under Hello! Project composed of Hello Pro Kenshuusei, which is set to debut sometime in 2018. The group was initially announced on June 26, 2017 with the founding member and leader being Ichioka Reina. It is part of the combined group BEYOOOOONDS with Ame no Mori Kawa Umi and a future group.


Main article: CHICA#TETSU Members


2017-2018: FormationEdit

On May 5, 2017, Hello Pro Kenshuusei held their annual test event where UP-FRONT PROMOTION representative director Nishiguchi Takeshi suddenly decided that several members including Ichioka Reina would debut from the trainee program, although no further details were available at the time.[1][2]

On June 26, 2017, through a special episode of Hello! Project Station, it was revealed that Ichioka would debut as the leader of a new group, and that additional members would be found in the future.[3][4][5]

On March 30, 2018, an update on the group was posted to the official Hello! Project website, announcing that it would be a "performance group" that aims to elevate singing and dancing through physical expression, and they would begin activities sometime in the summer or fall alongside a second new group with a theatrical concept featuring Takase Kurumi and Kiyono Momohime.[6] The same day, it was announced that an audition to find members for the new groups was slated to begin in late April.[7] Following a postponement, the Hello! Project "ONLY YOU" Audition finally began on May 11.[8]

On June 9, 2018, during the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2018 6gatsu ~Niji~ at Zepp Tokyo, it was announced that Shimakura Rika, Nishida Shiori, and Eguchi Saya would be joining the group, with the possibility of more members being added following the conclusion of the ongoing audition.[9] Two days later, it was announced that the group would make its stage debut in the Hello! Project 20th Anniversary!! Hello! Project 2018 SUMMER concert tour, beginning on July 14.[10]

On July 14, 2018, the group members' profiles were removed from the Hello Pro Kenshuusei page on the official Hello! Project site, indicating they are no longer trainees.

On October 19, 2018, it was revealed that the group would be named CHICA#TETSU. It was also announced that the group would be part of the combined group BEYOOOOONDS alongside Ame no Mori Kawa Umi and an upcoming group formed with the Hello! Project "ONLY YOU" Audition winners.[11][12]

Group Name OriginEdit

Chica is Spanish for "girl" and tetsu (哲) means "philosophy". The two words were brought together to create a group name that means "girls who think deeply of things".[11]


Main article: CHICA#TETSU Discography

Original Songs
  • [2018] Megane no Otoko no Ko (眼鏡の男の子; The Boy with Glasses) - BEYOOOOONDS
  • [2018] Bunkasai Jikkou Iinchou no Koi (文化祭実行委員長の恋; Cultural Festival Committee Executive Chairman's Love) - BEYOOOOONDS





  • Ichioka Reina has been in Hello Pro Kenshuusei the longest out of all the members, having joined the program in December 2012.
  • All the members are born between 1999 and 2003, making this the second group to have all members born after Hello! Project's formation.

See AlsoEdit

Total Sales CountEdit

Year Group Sales Collaboration Sales Total Sales
2019 N/A N/A N/A


  1. "『Hello! Project 研修生発表会2017 ~春の公開実力診断テスト~』" (in Japanese). Araken Official Blog. 2017-05-05.
  2. Hirose Ayaka. "涙、涙に包まれて。、大好き♡広瀬彩海" (in Japanese). Kobushi Factory Official Blog. 2017-05-05.
  3. "ハロ!ステ号外 ~ハロー!プロジェクト2017新体制決定スペシャル~" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Station (via YouTube). 2017-06-26.
  4. "ハロー!プロジェクト 新体制について" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2017-06-26.
  5. "[EN] Concerning the new organization in Hello! Project." UP-FRONT LINK. 2017-06-26.
  6. "​「一岡伶奈がリーダーの新グループ」「高瀬くるみ・清野桃々姫の新セクション」について" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-03-30.
  7. "オーディション開催のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-03-30.
  8. "ハロー!プロジェクト“ONLY YOU”オーディション開催のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-05-11.
  9. Yamagishi Riko. ""発表!"山岸理子" (in Japanese). Tsubaki Factory Official Blog. 2018-06-09.
  10. "「一岡伶奈がリーダーを務める新グループ」「高瀬くるみ・清野桃々姫の在籍する新セクションのグループ」にハロプロ研修生から第一次メンバーの加入が決定!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "新グループ、グループ名決定のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-10-19.
  12. "ハロー!プロジェクト新グループ、グループ名決定のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project Station (via YouTube). 2018-10-19.

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