Reina Tanaka

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This article is about Reina Tanaka, the Japanese singer. For the actress of a similar name, see Rena Tanaka.
Reina Tanaka
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Background information
Native name 田中 れいな
Birth name 田中麗奈 (Tanaka Reina)
Born (1989-11-11) November 11, 1989 (age 24)
Origin Fukuoka,[1] Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Genres Pop, Rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2003–present
Labels Zetima, Piccolo Town
Associated acts LoVendoЯ, Morning Musume, Aa!, Morning Musume Otomegumi, H.P. All Stars, Elegies, High-King,

Reina Tanaka (田中 れいな Tanaka Reina?, real name 田中 麗奈, born November 11, 1989) is a Japanese singer and a member of the Japanese rock band LoVendoЯ. Her professional first name is written in hiragana to distinguish her from the Japanese actress Rena Tanaka, whose name is written using the same kanji (though with a slightly different reading), who is also from Fukuoka Prefecture.

Overview[edit]

Tanaka was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Her brother is seven years younger than her.[2]

Tanaka 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 that she was underage. She attempted again in 2002 for a position in the 6th Generation and passed along with members Eri Kamei and Sayumi Michishige, making Tanaka the only member who auditioned twice to get in. She provided the main vocals for the single Shabondama. She was featured in two solo versions of Memory Seishun no Hikari on a fan club release CD.

In 2003, Tanaka was chosen as a member of new unit Aa!, along with Miyabi Natsuyaki and Airi Suzuki, two Hello! Project Kids members . They released one single, "First Kiss", before going on an indefinite hiatus. The group reformed in 2009, only this time without Tanaka, as she was already in the group High-King. Her place in the group was instead taken by Hello! Pro Egg member Akari Saho.

On March 28, 2008, it was announced that Tanaka would be taking on the voice acting role of Kirara, a main character in Sanrio's anime Onegai My Melody Kirara, the fourth My Melody series. The show premiered on April 6, 2008.[3]

In 2008, Tanaka became the leader of Hello Project's new unit High-King.

It was revealed in late 2009 that Tanaka would be voicing the main/title character of the new anime series, Kaitō Reinya ("Phantom Thief Reinya"). The main character, Reinya, had initially been modeled on Tanaka. The show began airing on January 8, 2010.

On 18 November, Tanaka announced that she would graduate from idol group Morning Musume at the end of the 2013 Spring Tour and has finally graduated on May 21st, 2013. She will now concentrate her activities on her Japanese rock band called 'LoVendoЯ'.

Releases[edit]

Digital singles[edit]

Title Release date
Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru (聖なる鐘がひびく夜; The Night the Holy Bell Rings (Tanpopo cover)?) December 10, 2010
Manatsu no Kōsen (真夏の光線; A Ray of Light in the Midsummer (Morning Musume cover) ?) January 27, 2011
Egao ni Namida: Thank You! Dear My Friends (笑顔に涙~THANK YOU! DEAR MY FRIENDS~; Smiles and Tears ~Thank You! My Dear Friends~ (Aya Matsuura cover)?) February 16, 2011
Koi no Hana (恋の花; Flower of Love (Natsumi Abe cover) ?) February 16, 2011
Onegai Miwaku no Target (お願い魅惑のターゲット; Please, Attracting Target (Melon Kinenbi cover) ?) March 2, 2011
Kōsui (香水; Perfume (Melon Kinenbi cover) ?) March 2, 2011

Collaborations/others[edit]

Title Release date
H.P. All Stars - All for One & One for All! (#3 Suki ni Naccha Ikenai Hito (Reina Tanaka, Megumi Murakami, Airi Suzuki) ?) December 1, 2004
Champloo 1: Happy Marriage Song Cover Shū (#6 Heya to Y Shirt to Watashi ?) July 15, 2009
Petit Best 11 (#12 Mesunda Heart wa Koko Desu ka? (Reina Tanaka with Chorus: Yui Ogura and Buruburuiyaan (Arisa Noto and SachikaMisawa )?) December 15, 2010

Photobooks[edit]

Title Release date Publisher ISBN Information
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?) July 15, 2003 Kadokawa Shoten ISBN 4-04-894251-4 Photobook with Eri Kamei and Sayumi Michishige.
Reina Tanaka (田中れいな写真集「田中れいな」?) November 11, 2004 Wani Books ISBN 4-8470-2834-1 First solo photobook.
Reina (田中れいな写真集「れいな」?) October 15, 2005 Wani Books ISBN 4-8470-2890-2 Second solo photobook.
Shōjo R (田中れいな写真集「少女R」?) May 10, 2006 Wani Books ISBN 4-8470-2932-1 Third solo photobook.
Alo Hello! Reina Tanaka Shashinshū (アロハロ!田中れいな写真集?) February 1, 2007 Kadokawa Shoten ISBN 4-04-894483-5
ISBN 978-4-04-894483-0
Fourth solo photobook. Photographed in Hawaii.
Girl (田中れいな写真集「GIRL」?) September 27, 2007 Wani Books ISBN 978-4-8470-4041-2 Fifth solo photobook.
Re:(Return) (田中れいな写真集全集『Re:(リターン)』?) February 27, 2008 Wani Books ISBN 978-4-8470-4067-2 Compilation photobook.
Very Reina (田中れいな写真集「VERY REINA」?) October 25, 2008 Wani Books ISBN 978-4-8470-4129-7 Sixth solo photobook.
Kira Kira (田中れいな写真集「きら★きら」?) May 9, 2012 Kids Net ISBN 978-4-0489-5448-8 Seventh solo photobook. Photographed in Guam.

DVDs[edit]

  • Alo Hello! Reina Tanaka DVD (アロハロ!田中れいな DVD Released February 14, 2007?)
  • Real Challenge!! (Released October 2008)
  • e-Hello! "Attracted" DVD (e-Hello! 「Attracted」 DVD Released March 11, 2011?)

Acting[edit]

Movies[edit]

Theatre[edit]

  • Ribbon no Kishi: The Musical (リボンの騎士 ザ ミュージカル?, 2006)
  • Cinderella the Musical (シンデレラtheミュージカル?, 2008) – as Stepsister Joy
  • Ojigi de Shape Up! (おじぎでシェイプアップ!?, 2009) – as Reina Kuroda
  • Fashionable (ファッショナブル?, 2010) - as Rui Kusakabe
  • Taisho Romance of the Stylish Detective King Blue Ruby Murder Case (大正浪漫ハイカラ探偵王 青いルビー殺人事件?, 2011)
  • Reborn: Inochi no Audition (リボーン~命のオーディション~?, 2011) - as Bebe
  • Stacy's Shojo Saisatsu Kageki (ステーシーズ 少女再殺歌劇?, 2012) - as Eiko

TV shows[edit]

All shows listed were broadcast by TV Tokyo, with the exception of Kaitō Reinya, which was aired on ANN's KBC TV channel, Hanbun ESPer which aired on FujiTVTWO and Sūgaku Joshi Gakuen which aired on Nippon Television.

Show Start date End date
Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。?) 2003 April 1, 2007
Sore Yuke! Gorokkies (それゆけ!ゴロッキーズ?) September 29, 2003 December 26, 2003
Futarigoto (二人ゴト?) June 1, 2004 June 4, 2004
August 18, 2004 August 26, 2004
Musume Dokyu! (娘DOKYU!?) May 13, 2005 September 29, 2006
Uta Doki! Pop Classics (歌ドキッ!POP CLASSICS?) October 2, 2006 March 17, 2008
Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@?) April 8, 2007 September 28, 2008
Onegai My Melody Kirara (Voice) (おねがい♪マイメロディ きららっ☆?) April 6, 2008 March 29, 2009
Yorosen! (よろせん!?) October 6, 2008 March 27, 2009
Kaitō Reinya (怪盗レーニャ?) (Voice) January 8, 2010 March 26, 2010
Hanbun ESPer (半分エスパー?) (Guest) January 15, 2010 March 19, 2010
Sūgaku Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園?) January 11, 2012 March 28, 2012

Radio[edit]

Program Start date End date Station
TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu (TBC Funふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ?) April 18, 2005 April 29, 2005 TBC Radio
May 16, 2005 April 27, 2005
Hello Pro Yanen!! (ハロプロやねん!!?) June 26, 2005 September 22, 2008 ABC Radio
Five Stars October 3, 2007 Feb 25, 2010 InterFM
ReinaTime (れいなたいむ?) April 4, 2012 (Ongoing) RKB Radio

Publications[edit]

Title Start date End date Publication
Tanaka(me)sen (タナカ(め)せん?) June 12, 2006 (Ongoing) -- CD&DL Data

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reina Tanaka's profile" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. Retrieved May 21, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Morning Musume’s Tanaka Reina goes on a date". Tokyohive. January 2011.
  3. ^ "TVO "Onegai My Melody Kirara" 番組サイトオープン" (in Japanese). Saishin Anime Jōhō. March 28, 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2008. 

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