Rena Matsui

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Rena Matsui
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Rena Matsui in Paris, 2009
Background information
Born (1991-07-27) July 27, 1991 (age 23)
Origin Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan
Genres J-pop
Years active 2008-present
Labels Grick

Rena Matsui (松井 玲奈 Matsui Rena?, born July 27, 1991 in Toyohashi, Aichi) is a member of the Japanese idol girl group SKE48 and held a concurrent position in Nogizaka46. She originally joined as a member of SKE48's Team S but on April 2013, she became the leader of team E.[1] She has participated in the main lineup of not only SKE48 but also AKB48 singles.


Rena Matsui participated in the first SKE48 audition held in July 2008, and was selected to join the group. Team S made its debut on October 5, 2008.[2] She was also chosen to be in the main lineup for AKB48's single "10nen Zakura".

In April 2013, SKE48 reorganized the teams, and Matsui was appointed the captain of Team E.[1] In AKB48's 2013 General Election, she placed seventh overall with 73,173 votes.[3][4]

Matsui Rena released her 2nd photobook titled, "Hemeretto" on April 1, 2014.[5] In AKB48's 2014 General Election, she placed fifth overall with 69,790 votes. In 2014, she landed one of the lead role in a movie entitled "Gift" alongside actor Kenichi Endo. The movie was released on the 12th of June 2014 at several theaters in Nagoya but soon expand to Tokyo as the movie was very well perceived.


Singles with SKE48[edit]

Year No. Title Role Notes
2009 1 "Tsuyoki Mono yo" A-side Debut with Team S.
2010 2 "Aozora Kataomoi" A-side
3 "Gomen ne, Summer" A-side
4 "1! 2! 3! 4! Yoroshiku!" A-side
2011 5 "Banzai Venus" A-side, Akagumi, Center Also sang on "Dareka no Sei ni wa Shinai" as subgroup Akagumi.
6 "Pareo wa Emerald" A-side, Akagumi, Selection 8 Also sang on "Tsumiki no Jikan"; "Papa wa Kirai" as Akagumi; "Hanabi wa Owaranai" as Selection 8.
7 "Okey Dokey" A-side, Akagumi, Selection 8 Also sang on "Hatsukoi no Fumikiri"; "Hohoemi no Positive Thinking" as Akagumi; "Utaōyo, Bokutachi no Kōka" as Selection 8
2012 8 "Kataomoi Finally" A-side, Akagumi, Selection 8 Also sang on "Kyō made no Koto, Korekara no koto"; "Koe ga Kasureru Kurai" as Akagumi; "Kamoki no Tsuki" as Selection 8.
9 "Aishite-love-ru!" A-side Also sang on "Nante Ginga wa Arui no Darou".
10 "Kiss datte Hidarikiki" A-side,Center
2013 11 "Choco no Dorei" A-side Also sang on "Bike to Sidecar".
12 "Utsukushii Inazuma" A-side, Center,[citation needed] Boat Pier Senbatsu First single as member of Team E. Also sang on ""Seishun no Mizushibuki" as Boat Pier Senbatsu; "Shalala na Calendar" as Team E.
13 "Sansei Kawaii!" A-side, Center[citation needed]
2014 14 "Mirai to wa?" A-side Also sang on "GALAXY of DREAMS"; "Machiawasetai"
15 "Bukiyō Taiyō" A-side

Singles with AKB48[edit]

Year No. Title Role[6] Notes
2009 11 "10nen Sakura" A-side First single with AKB48 as member of SKE48.
12 "Namida Surprise!" A-side
13 "Iiwake Maybe" Under Girls Ranked 29th in 2009 General Election. Sang on "Tobenai Agehachō".
14 "River" Under Girls Sang on "Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara".
2010 15 "Sakura no Shiori" B-side Sang on "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll"
16 "Ponytail to Shushu" Under Girls Sang on "Nusumareta Kuchibiru" and "Majijo Teppen Blues".
17 "Heavy Rotation" A-side Ranked 11th in 2010 General Election.[7] Also sang on "Yasai Sisters".
18 "Beginner" A-side
2011 20 "Sakura no Ki ni Narō" A-side
-- "Dareka no Tame ni - What can I do for someone?" -- charity single
21 "Everyday, Katyusha" A-side Also sang on "Yankee Soul".
22 "Flying Get" A-side Ranked 10th in 2011 General Election.
23 "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" A-side
24 "Ue kara Mariko" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament.[8][9][10] Sang on "Noel no Yoru"
2012 25 "Give Me Five!" A-side (Baby Blossom), Special Girls B Played trumpet in Baby Blossom.[11] Also sang on "Hitsujikai no Tabi" as Special Girls B.
26 "Manatsu no Sounds Good!" A-side Also sang on "Gugutasu no Sora".
27 "Gingham Check" A-side Ranked 10th in 2012 General Election.
28 "Uza" A-side
29 "Eien Pressure" B-side Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Tsuyogari Tokei" as SKE48.
2013 30 "So Long!" A-side
31 "Sayonara Crawl" A-side
32 "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" A-side Ranked 7th in 2013 General Election.[3][4]
33 "Heart Electric" A-side
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 in title track. Lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Mosh & Dive" and "Escape"
2014 35 "Mae shika Mukanee" A-side
36 "Labrador Retriever" A-side
37 "Kokoro no Placard" A-side Ranked 5th in 2014 General Election.
38 "Kibouteki Refrain" A-side
2015 39 "Green Flash" A-side

Stage units[edit]

Team S 1st Stage
  • クラスメイト (Classmate)
  • 星の温度 (Hoshi no ondo)
Team S 2nd Stage
  • 雨のピアニスト (Ame no Pianist (1st Unit))
  • チョコの行方 (Choco no Yukue (2nd Unit))
Team S 3rd Stage
  • 枯葉のステーション (Kareha no Station (Solo))
  • Omoide Ijou (2nd Unit)


TV drama[edit]

  • Majisuka Gakuen (2010) - AKB48-produced show
  • Okagesamade! (2010) - appearance on September 18 episode
  • Mousou Deka (2011)
  • Majisuka Gakuen 2 (2011) - AKB48-produced show second season
  • Shin Anata no Shiranai Sekai (2011) - appearance in one of the horror story segment


  • AKBINGO! - AKB48-produced show
  • Shukan AKB - AKB48-produced show
  • SKE48 Gakuen - SKE48-produced show
  • Dera SKE - SKE48-produced show
  • SKE48 no Magical Radio (2011) - SKE48-produced show


  • gift (2014)

TV anime[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kono, Tommy (April 13, 2013). "SKE48 announced Team Shuffle – Matsui Rena becomes Captain of team E". 
  2. ^ 公演初日(10月5日)の概要決定!. SKE48 Official Website (in Japanese). 2008-09-27. Archived from the original on 2008-09-29. 
  3. ^ a b "AKB48 Official Site: 2013 Election Result". AKB48 Official Site (in Japanese). 
  4. ^ a b "[Completed] AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election results!". 8 June 2013. Tokyohive. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Matsui Rena – Hemeretto (Photobook)". J-Pop Idols. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  6. ^ 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]. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  7. ^ "「AKB48総選挙」で大波乱 大島優子が初戴冠で前田のV2阻止!". Eltha (in Japanese). Oricon. June 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ "AKB次作は篠田麻里子の"初冠"シングル じゃんけん選抜曲名は「上からマリコ」". Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  9. ^ 篠田麻里子、じゃんけん選抜曲決定!その名も「上からマリコ」. Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). Yomiuri Online (The Hochi Shimbun). 2011-10-30. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  10. ^ しのまり 新曲「上からマリコ」に「笑っちゃった」. Sports Nippon (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. 2011-10-30. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  11. ^ ""AKBバンド"が新曲ジャケ写解禁 前田&大島の2トップ". Oricon (in Japanese). Oricon Inc. 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 

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