Rena Kato

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Rena Katō
Native name 加藤 玲奈
Also known as Renacchi (れなっち?)
Born (1997-07-10) July 10, 1997 (age 17)
Origin Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupations idol, singer
Years active 2010–present
Labels King Records (AKB48)
Avex Trax (Anrire)
Associated acts AKB48, Anrire

Rena Katō (加藤 玲奈 Katō Rena?, born July 10, 1997 in Chiba Prefecture) is a Japanese singer, dancer, model, and an actress. She is a member of the Japanese female idol group AKB48, and is in Team 4.[1]

Along with Anna Iriyama and Rina Kawaei, they form the special unit Anrire, which was created in 2012.[2] In 2012, the unit released the single "Ikujinashi Masquerade" with Rino Sashihara from HKT48, charting at number 1, topping the Oricon weekly singles chart.[3]

Biography/Trivia[edit]

She was born on July 10, 1997 at Chiba Prefecture, Japan, entirely the same as the 1st Generation member and the considered ace of AKB48, Atsuko Maeda. Since childhood, she appeared in many magazines as a model, and she joined AKB48, aspiring to become a famous model someday. She decided to join AKB48 to pursue that dream, along with the push and recommendation by her friends. Her current profile shows her height is 160 cm, and her bloodtype is B. She has a little sister. According to Togasaki Tomonobu, the current manager of the AKB48 Theater, he founds her singing attractive, likes how she is always poise and able to show enriched performances, which heals his heart. She is also notified as one of the girls to be watched out for in the next generation of AKB48.[4]

Her hobbies are playing instruments, espcially piano and violin, and also has a hobby of reading books, particularly romance novels. Her special skills are playing the piano and unicycling. She considers herself mature, yet sometimes annoying, and also always wants to go camping with her family. Her favorite food are peach and gratin, and considers swimming as her favorite sport. She's close friends with fellow AKB members Anna Iriyama, Rina Kawaei, Natsuki Kojima, Yuka Tano, Ryoka Oshima, and Juri Takahashi. She's pretty known to have good relationship with Anna Iriyama & Natsuki Kojima, and is often called RenAnnin couple with Anna Iriyama, and ReNattsun couple with Natsuki Kojima by fans. She aspires to be like Tomomi Itano and Atsuko Maeda. Her current agency is AKS.

Career[edit]

Rena participated in the 10th generation auditions held by AKB48, and was officially announced that she managed to pass the auditions, along with ten more members, and will be joining in as a kenkyusei trainee in March, 2010. She officially participated on AKB48 singles on Chance no Junban's coupling song, titled "Fruits Snow", as part of Team Kenkyusei. On December 17, 2011, Rena Katō, together with two other members of AKB48, Ami Maeda and Anna Iriyama, held a large autograph-signing event in Hong Kong.[5]

At the end of 2011, while still an AKB48 trainee, she appeared on the cover of the Japanese magazine Weekly Playboy with seven other top members of AKB48 and SKE48. It was the last issue of 2011.[6] In 2012, she participated in the AKB48 drama Majisuka Gakuen 3, which was a sequel to the series, but with a different storyline completely unrelated to the previous adaptations. She was also promoted to Team 4 on March 23, 2012. Soon after the TV series Shiritsu Bakaleya Kōkō ended on June 30, 2012, it was announced that Rena Katō would participate in its film adaptation. The movie would star several Johnny's Jr. and AKB48 members.[7][8] She participated on her very first A-side in AKB48 on the summer single entitled "Manatsu No Sounds Good!".

She was transferred to Team B after the AKB48 Tokyo Dome Shuffle which happened on August 24, 2012, where her then-team, the first version of Team 4, was disbanded. In 2013, she participated on her second A-side in AKB48 on the summer single "Sayonara Crawl", which included 38 members. She got her very first center song in "Heart Electric", the 33rd single's B-side, "Kaisoku To Doutai Shiryoku", as the center of Undergirls, a duo center with SKE48 member Suda Akari. On 2014, she got a knee injury and had to temporarily postpone her AKB48 activities, resulting for her to not join the Unit Matsuri 2014, as well as the AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 200, not including the last day. Even with an injury, she and Yuki Kashiwagi held a large autograph-signing and handshake event in Hongkong with thousands of fans. She resumed her activities on February 16, 2014.[9] She was transferred to Team 4 during the AKB48 Group Daisokaku Matsuri.[10] She joined the Senbatsu for the 3rd time in the 37th single's A-side, entitled "Labrador Retriever", which is set to be released on May 21, 2014. On the 37th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo, which is known as the 6th election of AKB48, which is also the 5th election she participated in, she ranked at 32nd place, with 21,877 votes, earning her a place on Undergirls.[11]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

With AKB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role[12] Notes
2010 19 "Chance no Junban" B-side Her very first single appearance in AKB48. Did not participate in title track. Sang on the track "Fruits Snow" as Team Kenkyuusei.
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" B-side Did not participate in title track. Sang on the track "Ougon Center" as Team Kenkyuusei.
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" B-side Did not participate in title track. Sang on the track "Anti" as Team Kenkyuusei.
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" B-side Did not participate in title track. Sang on the track "Kimi No Senaka" as Undergirls, and on "Tsubomitachi" as Team 4 + Kenkyuusei.
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" Special Girls A Did not participate in title track. Sang on the track "New Ship" as part of Special Girls A.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side, Selection 10 Her very first participation on an A-side. Also sang on the track "Choudai, Darling!" as part of Selection 10.
27 "Gingham Check" B-side Did not rank on the election. Sang on the track "Ano Hi No Fuurin" as Waiting Girls.
28 "Uza" B-side, New Team B Did not participate on title track. Sang on the track "Tsugi No Season" as Undergirls, and on "Seigi No Mikata Janai Hero" as New Team B. She is now part of Team B.
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side, OKL48 Did not participate on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Watashitachi No Reason"; and on "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yōu Ni" as part of OKL48.
2013 30 "So Long!" B-side Did not participate on title track. Sang on the track "Waiting Room" as Undergirls, and on "Sokode Inu no Unchi Funjau Kane?" as Team B.
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side Also sang on "Romance Kenjuu" as Team B.
33 "Heart Electric" B-side, Center Did not participate on title track. Sang on the track "Kaisoku To Doutai Shiryoku" as the center of Undergirls, a duo center with Suda Akari.
34 "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de "Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru" to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dō Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Yō na Mono" B-side Did not participate on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[13] Sang on the track "Mosh & Dive" as Undergirls, and "Party Is Over" as AKB48 Senbatsu.[14]
2014 35 "Mae Shika Mukanee" B-side Did not participate on title track. Sang on the track "Kino Yori Motto Suki" as Undergirls.
36 "Labrador Retriever" A-side Also sang on "Heart no Dasshutsu Game" as New Team 4. She is now part of Team 4.
37 "Kokoro no Placard" B-side Ranked 32nd on 2014 General Election. Sang on "Dareka ga Nageta Ball" as Undergirls.

Albums[edit]

With AKB48[edit]

Year Title Album Notes
2011 High School Days Koko ni Ita Koto Her very first album appearance in AKB48. She participated as an AKB48 trainee.
Koko ni Ita Koto Sang with AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and SDN48 members.
2012 Itsuka Mita Umi no Soko 1830m Sang as Up-And-Coming Girls.
Chokkaku Sunshine Sang by Team 4 members.
Yasashisa no Chizu Sang by Selection 10. The song was used for a campaign with AKB48 and the Japanese Red Cross.
Aozora yo Sabishikunai ka? Sang with AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and the HKT48 members.
2014 Watashi Leaf Tsugi no Ashiato Sang with Rina Kawaei, Anna Iriyama, and Jurina Matsui.
Ponkotsu Blues Sang by Majisuka Gakuen 3 main cast.
Kanashiki Kinkyori Renai Sang with Team B.

With Sashihara Rino with Anrire[edit]

Chart performance[edit]
Title Release date Chart position Oricon sales Notes
Oricon
Weekly
Singles
Chart
Billboard
Japan

Hot
100
First
week
Total
"Ikujinashi Masquerade"
(意気地なしマスカレード?,
"Sissy Masquerade")
[3]
October 17, 2012 1 4 68,403 81,769 Single by Sashihara Rino with Anrire

Stage Units[edit]

Team Kenkyūusei 4th Stage "Theater no Megami"
  1. "Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa" (初恋よ こんにちは?)
Team B 5th Stage "Theater no Megami"
  1. "Romance Kakurenbo (Zenza Girls)" (ロマンスかくれんぼ?)
Team K 6th Stage "RESET"
  1. "Lemon No Toshigoro (Zenza Girls)" (檸檬の年頃?)
Team A 5th Stage "Mokugekisha"
  1. "Miniskirt No Yosei (Zenza Girls)" (ミニスカートの妖精?)
Team 4 1st Stage "Boku No Taiyou"
  1. "Idol Nante Yobanaide" (アイドルなんて呼ばないで?)
Team B Waiting Stage
  1. "Dakishimeraretara" (抱きしめられたら?)
Team 4 3rd Stage "Idol No Yoake"
  1. "Kataomoi No Taikakusen (Center)" (片思いの対角線?)

Appearances[edit]

Movies[edit]

TV dramas[edit]

  • Majisuka Gakuen 2 (Final episode, July 1, 2011, TV Tokyo) - Rena
  • Majisuka Gakuen 3 (Episode 2 — final episode, July 20 — October 5, 2012, TV Tokyo) - Shokkaku
  • So Long! (Team B episode - February 13, 2013, TV Tokyo) - Yuka

Variety Shows[edit]

  • AKBingo! (April 2, 2011 - ongoing, TV Tokyo)
  • Shukan AKB (June 1, 2011 - May 25, 2012, TV Tokyo)
  • Ariyoshi AKB Kyowakoku (January 20, 2011 - ongoing, TBS)
  • AKB Nemousu TV (Season 8 - 9, Family Gekijo)
  • AKB Konto, Bimyo (October 20, 2011 - November 3, 2011, Hikari TV)
  • AKB48 to Chome Chome! (Yomiuri TV)
  • AKB48 no Anta, Dare? (NotTV)
  • AKB Kousagi Dojo (December 7, 2012 - March 28, 2014, TV Tokyo)
  • Saturday Night Child Machine (April 13, 2013 - June 29, 2013, TV Tokyo)
  • AKB Kanko Taishi (April 10, 2014, FujiTV)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AKB48公式サイト|メンバー情報" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  2. ^ "さしこは端っこ…ソロなのに後輩ユニットと一緒" (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  3. ^ a b "【オリコン】さしこ、ソロ2作目で初首位 AKB関連ソロ3人目" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  4. ^ "Who is Kato Rena? Introduction to the cutest newface of AKB48". AKB48Wrapup. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2014-07-06. 
  5. ^ "AKB48前田亜美、入山杏奈、加藤玲奈が登場!ファン6000人が詰めかけ―香港" (in Japanese). Record China. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  6. ^ "AKB48研究生の加藤玲奈が『週刊プレイボーイ』の表紙選抜8人に大抜擢!" (in Japanese). Livedoor News. 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  7. ^ "映画『バカレア』、追加キャストにジャニーズJr.岩本照、AKB48市川美織ら決定" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  8. ^ "映画版『私立バカレア高校』の新キャスト発表、岩本照、加藤玲奈、竹内美宥らが出演" (in Japanese). Movie Collection (Mubicore) News. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  9. ^ "Kato Rena to suspend performances due to knee injury". 
  10. ^ "Results of AKB48's Daisokaku Matsuri". 
  11. ^ "37th Single Senbatsu Sousenkyo Final Results". 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 
  12. ^ Center and A-side lineup information provided by "AKB48 歴代シングル選抜メンバー(2006年~2013年)" [(2006-2013) AKB48 successive single member selection]. entamedata.web.fc2.com. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  13. ^ Suskin, Jeremy (September 18, 2013). "Jurina Matsui Wins Jankenpyon Tournament to Lead AKB48′s 34th Single". Nihongogo. 
  14. ^ "鈴懸(すずかけ)の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの <Type A>【通常盤】(マキシ+DVD複合)" (in Japanese). King Records. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  15. ^ "初!ジャニーズJr.×AKB48が両者登壇 映画「バカレア高校 劇場版」前夜祭" (in Japanese). Walker Plus. 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 

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