Also known as
Tanakacchi (田中っち), 07 (Rei-Na), Reina (れいな), Reinya (れいにゃ), Reirei, Tanasatan (たなさたん), Kodomocchi, Souchou (総長)
November 11, 1989 (age 23)
Tanaka Reina (田中れいな, real name 田中麗奈) is one of the sixth generation members of the J-pop group Morning Musume. Her professional first name is spelled in hiragana to differ her from the Japanese actress Tanaka Rena whose name is the same in kanji because their first names can be pronounced both as "Reina" and "Rena" and who is similarly from Fukuoka Prefecture.
In November 18, 2012, it was announced that Tanaka would graduate from both Morning Musume and Hello! Project at Morning Musume's 2013 Spring concert tour in order to focus on her newly formed band, LoVendoЯ. She will be graduating May 21st, 2013 at Nippon Budokan.
Tanaka Reina auditioned for a spot in Morning Musume's 5th Generation in 2001 and passed but had to leave the training camp when it was found out that she was underage. She attempted again in 2002 -- now old enough to audition -- for a position in the 6th Generation and passed along with other members Kamei Eri and Michishige Sayumi. Her audition song was Morning Musume's "Do it! Now". Once the 6th Generation joined, it made it the group's biggest formation yet, with 15 members in total.
In July, she provided the main vocals for the group's nineteenth single Shabondama, making her one of the few members of Morning Musume who was able to lead on her debut single.
In 2003, Tanaka was chosen to become the leader of a new Hello! Project unit named Aa! alongside Hello! Project Kids members Suzuki Airi and Natsuyaki Miyabi. The group released their first and only single, FIRST KISS, in October of the same year. The group later disbanded due to protests about the girls being too young to understand what they were singing about. However, Aa! still occasionally reunited to perform live, though Tanaka is no longer a member of the band.
During her first year in the group, Morning Musume was split into two groups: Morning Musume Otome Gumi and Morning Musume Sakura Gumi. Tanaka was put in Otome Gumi and released two singles with the group before they went on hiatus.
Tanaka was also one of the few members to be selected for the 2005 summer shuffle groups, as a member of Elegies. They contributed the song "Inshouha no Renoir You ni" to the summer shuffle CD that year.
On March 28, it was announced that Tanaka would be voice acting as Kirara, a main character in Sanrio's anime Onegai My Melody Kirara, the fourth My Melody series. The show premiered on April 6.
In 2008, Tanaka became a member and a leader of Hello Project's new unit High-King, formed to promote their new musical, Cinderella the Muscial. The group released one single (C\C (Cinderella\Complex)) and haven't released anything since.
In 2010, it was revealed that Tanaka would be voicing the main/title character of the new anime series, Kaito Reinya. The character, Reinya, had initially been modeled on Tanaka. The show began airing on January 9 and aired a total of 12 episodes.
In 2010, Tanaka opened her first blog with the title Tanaka Reina no Otsukareina.
Tanaka and Michishige Sayumi hosted a premium Christmas dinner show. The date was December 23, and the show was hosted at the Prince Hotels.
On April 18, it was announced that Tanaka and Morning Musume's 9th and 10th Generation members would star in a new stage play titled Stacy's Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki. The musical ran from June 6th through the 12th.
It was announced Tanaka will be the center in a new band with new vocalists and a guitarists. The audition for the new vocalists and a guitarists began on June 17 and continue for 4 weekends consecutively.
On November 18, the winners of Tanaka's band member audition were revealed to be Uozumi Yuki, Miyazawa Marin, and Okada Marina. On the same day, it was announced that Tanaka Reina would be graduating from Morning Musume and Hello! Project. Tsunku and Tanaka made an announcement of her graduation in order to focus on her new band and to present new opportunities for Tanaka.
Comment by Tanaka Reina
Thank you for always giving me your support.
I, Tanaka Reina, will be graduating from Morning Musume with next year’s Spring tour!
Today, as I inform all the fans on stage, together with my 3 bandmates, I feel that for myself, I am beginning my journey to a new stage!
Morning Musume facing it’s 15 year anniversary, and I having joined as a 6th generation member, have reached my 10th year.
I feel like it’s a perfect turning point, as I start new activities with my band, and challenge myself with a full-time music career after graduation.
For my activities with Morning Musume and Hello!Project, I still have half a year left. With what’s left the Fall tour and the New Year’s Hello!Project concert, as well as the Spring tour, I will continue to sing in front of all the fans as Morning Musume’s Tanaka Reina so, please continue to give me your support!
Comment by Tsunku
We thank you for always giving your support to Hello! Project and Morning Musume！
Let’s cut to the chase, this is an Announcement regarding “Tanaka Reina”.
“Tanaka Reina” who joined Morning Musume in January of 2003, presently for 9 years and ten months, It has been decided that she will graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project with the 2013 Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Spring MICHISHIGE ☆ ELEVEN SOUL ～Tanaka Reina Graduation Comemmoration Special～ final tour day.
Her band has been formed, and she is proud to be one of the top 3 vocalists in the history of Morning Musume.
She is going forward with her band activities as well so, this felt like good timing, and we’ve decided on her graduation.
Seeing her mature in her own way, the things she wants to do on her own, her style, and her determination, I feel that from here, if she were to make use of the experience she’s gained with Hello! Project on her band activities and her solo work, it will lead to her progressing even more.
I’ve been talking with her about the matter of her graduation for many years, she’s a girl with a strong competitive spirit, and from here she can become an even cooler “Reina”.
Everyone, please give your a great amount of your support from here on to the “Tanaka Reina” doing her own personal work and bandmember “Tanaka Reina” with her band as well.
Hello! Project Coordinating Producer
Tanaka will graduate from Morning Musume at the end of their 2013 spring concert tour, where she will conclude her activities in both Morning Musume and Hello! Project.
On November 30, it was announced that Tanaka would be joining the M-Line fanclub in June 2013.
On January 19, both Tanaka and Michishige Sayumi officially had 10 full years in Morning Musume.
On January 23, the day their single, Help me!!, was released, it was revealed her graduation date would be May 21, 2013, at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.
On February 3, the name of her new rock band was revealed to be LoVendoЯ.
In February, she revealed in a blog post that she had been diagnosed with Duodenal ulcer and Esophagitis. She will be taking medicines to cure herself rather than recieving surgery.
Due to her illness, she had missed several events.
On March 23, She experienced painful ringing in her ears, and had to leave an event, and on March 24, she missed a concert, as a result, LoVendoЯ had to perform without her.
On May 22, CD&DL Data magazine will release a compilation book of Reina's "Tanakamesen" magazine series that contains all of 73 volumes, from 2006 to 2013.
- Birth Name: Tanaka Reina (田中麗奈)
- Stage Name: Tanaka Reina (田中れいな)
- Nicknames: Tanakacchi (田中っち), 07 (Rei-Na), Reina (れいな), Reinya (れいにゃ), Tanasatan (たなさたん), Souchou (総長)
- Birth Date: November 11, 1989 (age 23)
- Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan
- Blood type O
- Height: 152.5 cm (5'0")
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2003-01-19: Member
- 2003-01-19: Morning Musume Member
- 2013-05-21: Graduating
- UP-FRONT PROMOTION Status:
- 2003-01-19: Member
- Years in Morning Musume: 10 Years
- Morning Musume Color: Light Blue
- Former Otome Gumi Color: Orange
- Hobbies: Observing people, texting, recording TV shows
- Special Skills: Can play without sleep
- Motto: Treat others how you want to be treated!
- Favorite Words: Aa ne!! (あ～ね！！; Ah, hey!!), Ee!? (え～！？; Whaat!?), OtsukaReina (おつかれいな; good work)
- Favorite English Word: "Station"
- Favorite Food: Yakiniku, broccoli, nankotsu, enoki, chocolate, fried chicken, french fries, raw spring rolls
- Disliked Food: Green bell peppers, natto
- Favorite Colors: Yellow, red, pink, black, white
- Favorite Flowers: Sunflowers
- Favorite Seasons: Spring, autumn
- Favorite Morning Musume Singer: Goto Maki, Ishikawa Rika
- Favorite Animal: Cat
- Favorite Morning Musume Songs: Shabondama, SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~, Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan, I WISH, Koi no Dance Site
- Favorite Song in the Past: "Moonlight Densetsu" by DALI, "Kitakaze to Taiyou" by YeLLOW Generation, "Gara Gara Hebi ga Yatte Kuru" by TUNNELS
- Current Favorite Song: Kokuhaku, "Motokare Korosu" by GOLDEN BOMBER, "Dokugumo Onna (Moe-Moe Hen)" by GOLDEN BOMBER
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Morning Musume Otome Gumi (2003–2004)
- Concert Units:
- Shuffle Units:
Singles Participated InEdit
- Shabondama (Debut)
- Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~
- Ai Araba IT'S ALL RIGHT
- Roman ~MY DEAR BOY~
- Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari
- Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago
- THE Manpower!!
- Osaka Koi no Uta
- Iroppoi Jirettai
- Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~
- SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~
- Ambitious! Yashinteki de Ii jan
- Egao YES Nude
- Kanashimi Twilight
- Onna ni Sachi Are
- Resonant Blue
- Pepper Keibu
- Naichau Kamo
- Shouganai Yume Oibito
- Nanchatte Ren'ai
- Kimagure Princess
- Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai
- Seishun Collection
- Appare! Kaiten Zushi (as Muten Musume)
- Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game
- Maji Desu ka Ska!
- Only you
- Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo!/Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai!
- Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku (Mobekimasu)
- Pyocopyoco Ultra
- Ren'ai Hunter
- One•Two•Three/The Matenrou Show
- Wakuteka Take a chance
- Help me!!
- Brainstorming/Kimi Sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai (Last)
Morning Musume Otome GumiEdit
H.P. All StarsEdit
- [2010.12.10] Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru (聖なる鐘がひびく夜) (Tanpopo cover)
- [2011.01.26] Manatsu no Kousen (真夏の光線) (Morning Musume cover)
- [2011.02.16] Egao ni Namida ~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~ (笑顔に涙～THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS～) (Matsuura Aya cover)
- [2011.02.16] Koi no Hana (恋の花) (Abe Natsumi cover)
- [2011.03.02] Onegai Miwaku no Target (お願い魅惑のターゲット) (Melon Kinenbi cover)
- [2011.03.02] Kousui (香水) (Melon Kinenbi cover)
- [2004.12.04] Memory Seishun no Hikari (Memory 青春の光) (Morning Musume Cover)
- [2006.12.13] Kirakira Fuyu no Shiny G (キラキラ冬のシャイニーG)
- [2009.07.15] Heya to Y shirts to Watashi (部屋とYシャツと私) (Hiramatsu Eri Cover)
- [2010.12.01] Ai no Honoo (愛の炎)
- [2012.09.12] Namida Hitoshizuku (涙一滴)
- [2013.04.17] Rock no Teigi (Rockの定義)
- [2007.02.14] Alo Hello! Tanaka Reina DVD (アロハロ！田中れいな DVD)
- [2008.10.29]¨Real Challenge!!
- [2011.03.13] attracted (“e-Hello!” DVD)
- [2012.06.30] Kira★Kira Making DVD ~Special Edition~ (きら☆きら メイキングDVD ～特別編集版～)
- [2013.03.16] Morning Musume. Tanaka Reina Sotsugyou Memorial (モーニング娘。田中れいな卒業メモリアル) (DVD Magazine)
- [2010.11.12] Hello Hello! ~Memories~ (ハロハロ！～Memories～) (with Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina)
- [2013.01.16] Alo-Hello! Momusu 6th Generation DVD (アロハロ！ モーニング娘。6期 DVD) (with Michishige Sayumi)
- [2004.11.11] Tanaka Reina (田中れいな)
- [2005.10.15] Reina (れいな)
- [2006.05.10] Shōjo R (少女Ｒ)
- [2007.02.01] Alo Hello! Tanaka Reina Shashinshū (アロハロ！田中れいな写真集)
- [2007.09.27] Girl (ＧＩＲＬ)
- [2008.02.27] Re:(Return) (Ｒｅ:（リターン）)
- [2008.10.25] VERY REINA (ＶＥＲＹＲＥＩＮＡ)
- [2012.05.09] Kira☆Kira (きら☆きら)
- [2013.05.22] Tanakamesen (タナカめせん) (Comic Compilation Book)
- [2007.01.23] Alo Hello! Tanaka Reina Shashinshū -Pretty Hen- (アロハロ！田中れいな写真集 -Pretty編-)
- [2011.11.18] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume 2011 (アロハロ！モーニング娘。2011) (Reina version)
- [2012.06.01] Kira☆Kira -PINK- (きら☆きら -PINK-)
- [2012.06.08] Kira☆Kira -WHITE- (きら☆きら -WHITE-)
- [2012.06.08] Kira☆Kira -BLUE- (きら☆きら -BLUE-)
- [2012.12.21] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume 2012 (アロハロ！モーニング娘。2012) (Reina version)
- [2003.07.15] Hello Hello! Morning Musume 6th Generation Members Shashinshū (ハロハロ! モーニング娘。6期メンバー写真集)
- [2004.11.17] Alo-Hello! Morning Musume Shashin Shuu (アロハロ!モーニング娘。写真集)
- [2008.12.20] Salt Water
- [2012.03.15] Weekly Famitsu Taiwan
- [2012.04.06-2012.05.08] Goo Bike
- [2012.09.26] Weekly Famitsu Taiwan
- [2013.01.25] Baseball Game Magazine
Featured on the coverEdit
- [2004.12] Up to boy vol.165 (with Kamei Eri & Michishige Sayumi)
- [2008.06.28] Mac Fan (with Takahashi Ai)
- [2010.11.09] Hello! Channel Vol.2 (with Kamei Eri & Michishige Sayumi)
- [2010.11] Peach Magazine Vol.30 (with Kamei Eri & Kusumi Koharu)
- [2011.05.14] Confetti Vol.078 (with Shimizu Saki & Sudou Maasa)
- [2011.11.14] CD&DL Data (with Mano Erina, Yajima Maimi, Tsugunaga Momoko, Suzuki Airi, Wada Ayaka, Sayashi Riho, & Tamura Meimi)
- [2013.04.06] Top Yell (with Michishige Sayumi, Tsugunaga Momoko, Okai Chisato, Iikubo Haruna, Fukuda Kanon, Hagiwara Mai, Fukumura Mizuki, Ishida Ayumi, Sayashi Riho, Oda Sakura)
- [2013.04.11] Weekly Famitsu (with Michishige Sayumi)
- [2013.04.11] Anican R YanYan Vol.5 (with Fukumura Mizuki, Ishida Ayumi, Ikuta Erina, Oda Sakura, & Kudo Haruka)
- [2013.04.22] Hello! Channel Vol.12 (with Michishige Sayumi)
-  Hoshizuna no Shima, Watashi no Shima ~Island Dreamin'~ (星砂の島、私の島 ~アイランド・ドリーミン~) (as Hojo Yoshie)
-  Keitai Deka THE MOVIE 3 Morning Musume Kyuushutsu Daisakusen! ~Pandora no Hako no Himitsu (ケータイ刑事 THE MOVIE3 モーニング娘。救出大作戦！～パンドラの箱の秘密)
-  Vampire Stories (ヴァンパイア・ストーリーズ)
- [2003–2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー! モーニング)
-  Soreyuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ)
-  Futarigoto (二人ゴト)
-  Musume DOKYU! (娘DOKYU!)
- [2007–2008] Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@)
-  Berikyuu! (ベリキュー!)
- [2008–2009] Yorosen! (よろセン!)
- [2010-2011] Bijo Gaku (美女学)
- [2010–2011] Uta no Rakuen (歌の楽園)
- [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ！ＴＩＭＥ)
- [2012-] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー! SATOYAMA ライフ)
-  Hanbun Esper (半分エスパー)
-  Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園) (as Machida Nina)
- [2008–2009] Onegai My Melody Kirara☆ (おねがいマイメロディ きららっ☆) (as Kirara)
-  Yona Yona Penguin (よなよなペンギン) (as Fairy)
-  Kaito Reinya (怪盗レーニャ) (as Kaito Reinya)
-  Ribbon no Kishi The Musical (リッボンの騎士ザ・ミュージカル) (as Riziere)
-  Cinderella the Musical (シンデレラ the ミュージカル) (as Joy)
-  Ojigi de Shape Up! (おじぎでシェイプアップ!) (as Kuroda Reina)
-  Fashionable (ファッショナブル) (as Kusakabe Rui)
-  Taishou Roman Haikara Tantei Aoi Ruby Satsujinjiken (大正浪漫ハイカラ探偵王青いルビー殺人事件)
-  Reborn ~Inochi no Audition~ (リボーン～命のオーディション～) (as Osamu Tezuka)
-  Stacy's Shoujo Saisatsu Kageki (ステーシーズ 少女再殺歌劇)
-  Idol Nihonryuu ~Onna Nichibu~ (アイドル日本流～おんな日舞～)
-  Ojigi 30 Do (おじぎ30度) (as Kuroda Reina)
-  Michishige Sayumi no "Mobekimasutte Nani??" (道重さゆみの『モベキマスってなに？？』)
- [2007–2010] FIVE STARS
- [2012–] Reina Time (れいなたいむ)
- The kanji characters for her name (田中麗奈) are the same as the ones for the Japanese actress Tanaka Rena. To avoid confusion, Tanaka adopted hiragana symbols (れいな) for her first name when she joined Morning Musume.
- She has a younger brother who has now outgrown her.
- She initially auditioned for Morning Musume during the Love Audition 21 auditions for the fifth generation members and was even featured on the MUSIX page.
- Tsunku has said that Tanaka is the closest to being a perfect Idol.
- Tanaka has always had the reputation of a yankii (a rebel) since her first audition for Morning Musume when she had blonde hair. The fact that she also wore shirts with skulls and dragons, and had a tendency to wear a lot of purple clothing, also furthered this yankii image with fans.
- She is known as one of the most fashionable member of Morning Musume.
- Around the time of her debut, purikura photos surfaced that showed her devotion to the boy group FLAME. Rumors went around that she had only joined Morning Musume so that she could become famous and get recognized by FLAME member Izaki Hisato, her crush (based on something that Tanaka herself wrote and made it on the web).
- Niigaki Risa is the one who chiefly calls her "Tanakacchi".
- When asked what part of her makeup she is most particular about, she said that it was her eyelashes.
- Iida Kaori was the first to use "07" to refer to Tanaka (in an episode of Hello! Morning where she wrote her "07" on a flip card to identify Tanaka in a guessing game). Since then, "07" had been printed on her sleeves in some concerts, and other members such as Yoshizawa Hitomi and Fujimoto Miki have used "07" when writing.
- In a 2004 interview, she said that her rival was Goto Maki, but she explained further that she just wants to become like her.
- In a 2008 episode of Music Fighter, she claimed that she hopes to become Morning Musume's leader.
- She, along with former T&C Bomber member Kominato Miwa and the Morning Musume member Ikuta Erina, are the only three Hello! Project members to come from Kyushu.
- When she was younger, she performed Minimoni's "Minimoni. Jankenpyon!" with a group of friends in a school talent show.
- She stated that "Shabondama" is the song that gives her energy in concerts and "NATURE IS GOOD!" is the most suitable song for herself.
- There is a music video of Kamei Eri, Michishige Sayumi, and Tanaka performing their audition song, Do it! Now.
- These are her opinions of the characters of the other Morning Musume members:
- These are the other members' opinions on Tanaka's character:
- Takahashi: Hardworking.
- Niigaki: Ike Ike girl (does what she wants).
- Kamei: Fastidious about everything.
- Michishige: Pure.
- Kusumi: Knowledgeable.
- Mitsui: Osshaa!!!!
- Junjun: Wants/loves to win.
- Linlin: Esthethetic.
- In Yorosen!, she taught other Morning Musume members about Prime Ministers.
- She said that if she could become Hello! Project member, she would be Kumai Yurina because she would like to "watch everyone from a higher line of sight".
- She dropped out of high school.
- She worked most with Hello! Project Kids.
- It was admitted that she and the 6th generation members were problem children.
- After Mitsui Aika's graduation, Tanaka was the only member of Morning Musume to have an Ameba Blog until the 9th generation opened an account.
- Sato Masaki likes to call her "Tanasatan".
- She is the first member of Morning Musume who auditioned twice and passed the second time. She and Kudo Haruka are the only two so far.
- She said the most embarassing moment in her life was when she was out shopping and talked to a stranger for a long period of time thinking it was her mother.
- There was a scandal about her dating the Visual-Kei-Artist Miyavi, but the press dropped the issue when Miyavi announced his marriage.
- She stated that she is very glad that Oda Sakura was added to Morning Mususme. Her comment was "Finally someone was added that has very strong singing capabilities".
- Reina stated that she usually hates when "little kids" clinging onto her, but she doesn't care when Sato Masaki clings onto her. She considers Masaki as a little sister and has a strong sister bond with her.
- She and Oda Sakura both think "station" is their favorite English word.
- Namida ga Tomaranai Houkago and Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~ are the only Morning Musume singles wherein she doesn't have any solo lines.
- Says that she doesn't work well under pressure.
- According to fans she (and Michishige Sayumi) have been in 600 concerts.
- Doesn't like sleeping in places other than home.
- Her phone rang in an interview with a Korean reporter. Her ringtone at that time was 'Shine' by Tohoshinki.
Youngest member of Morning Musume
Leader of Aa!
Leader of High-King