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Origin Japan
Genres Pop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Good Factory
Pony Canyon
Associated acts Shugo Chara Egg!
Shin Mini Moni
Hello! Project Mobekimasu

Morning Musume
Berryz Kobo
Erina Mano
Members Ayaka Wada (2009-)
Kanon Fukuda (2009-2015)
Kana Nakanishi (2011-)
Akari Takeuchi (2011-)
Rina Katsuta (2011-)
Meimi Tamura (2011-)
Mizuki Murota (2014-)
Maho Aikawa (2014-)
Rikako Sasaki (2014-)
Past members Saki Ogawa (2009-2011)
Fuyuka Kosuga (2011)
Yuuka Maeda (2009-2011)

ANGERME (アンジュルム Anjurumu?), formerly S/mileage (スマイレージ Sumairēji?) is a Japanese idol girl group from Hello! Project, which originally consisted of four former Hello! Pro Egg (Hello! Project trainees) members that graduated from Egg status in 2010 and became full-time members of Hello! Project. In 2010, they won the Japan Record Award for Best New Artist. In 2011, five new girls were added to the group as part of the second generation, with two being former Egg members and three new girls, while also losing three members at the same time; three more members were added in 2014.


Name Birth date Age Join date Generation Member color*[1] Notes
Ayaka Wada (1994-08-01)August 1, 1994 21 April 4, 2009 (2009-04-04) 1      Red Leader
Kanon Fukuda (1995-03-12)March 12, 1995 20      Hot Pink Graduating in fall 2015
Kana Nakanishi (1997-06-04)June 4, 1997 18 August 14, 2011 (2011-08-14) 2      Light Pink
Akari Takeuchi (1997-11-23)November 23, 1997 17      Blue
Rina Katsuta (1998-04-06)April 6, 1998 17      Orange
Meimi Tamura (1998-10-30)October 30, 1998 16      Purple
Mizuki Murota (1998-06-12)June 12, 1998 17 October 4, 2014 (2014-10-04) 3      Light Blue
Maho Aikawa (1999-03-26)March 26, 1999 16      Green
Rikako Sasaki (2001-05-28)May 28, 2001 14      Yellow

Former members[edit]

First generation[edit]

  • Yuuka Maeda (color: pink; left December 31, 2011)
  • Saki Ogawa (color: light green, left August 27, 2011)

Second generation[edit]

  • Fuyuka Kosuga (小数賀芙由香?) (color: orange; left September 9, 2011)


2009: Formation[edit]

On April 4, Tsunku announced on his blog that a new girl group consisting of Hello! Pro Egg members would be formed. He later revealed that the members would be Ayaka Wada, Yuuka Maeda, and Kanon Fukuda, all formerly of Shugo Chara Egg!, as well as fellow Egg Saki Ogawa, and announced that Ayaka would be the leader.[2] A month later, on May 7, 2009, he revealed the group's name to be "S/mileage." The name is a portmanteau of the English words "smile," "mileage," and "age," and together the name means "the age of smiles."

S/mileage's first single, "Ama no Jaku," was released at the Hello! Pro Egg: Nakano Step! concert on June 7, 2009.

2010: Debut[edit]

After releasing three singles, Tsunku announced that the group would become a full-time group in the spring of 2010 and their debut set for May 2010. A "Smile Campaign" (笑顔キャンペーン?, "Egao Campaign") was embarked upon to collect 10,000 smiles from people, where fans were asked to send in photographs of themselves smiling, compiled into a big mosaic.[3] The group made their official event debut in Nagoya on March 19, with their fourth single "Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii!!!", released March 14, their first release on the Up-Front Works label.[4] It peaked at the #1 spot on the Oricon weekly chart.[5] After the deadline on March 25, it was announced that the result of the campaign would be announced during the joint S/mileage and Erina Mano concert on April 3.[6] It was then announced that the group would be graduating from Hello! Pro Eggs.[7]

S/mileage appeared as the opening support act at fellow Hello! Project unit Cute's concert on March 20, 2010.[8] On April 3, they performed a joint concert with Erina Mano, at which Tsunku announced that the girls would indeed make their major debut, and revealed the completed mosaic.[9][10] Their first major single, "Yume Miru Fifteen" (A Dreaming Fifteen Year Old), was released on May 26 and debuted on Oricon at #5. Their first tour, titled "Devil Smile Angel Smile," began on October 9, 2010. In late August, a post on their official website revealed that their first album had been set for a winter release. The album's name was later revealed to be Warugaki 1 (Evil Brats 1) and was released on December 8, 2010. On December 30, S/mileage received the Japan Record Award for Best New Artist, beating, among other nominees, Girls' Generation.[11]

2011: New Members[edit]

On May 29, 2011, S/mileage revealed at their 1st anniversary event that they would be holding auditions for new members to add to the four-member line-up.[12] At the same time, it was also announced that some of the members would depart.[12] The new members were announced on August 14.[12] From Hello! Pro Egg, Akari Takeuchi and Rina Katsuta were added, while three new girls Kana Nakanishi, Fuyuka Kosuga, and Meimi Tamura also joined.[13][14][15]

On August 24, it was announced that on August 27 Saki Ogawa would be graduating from S/mileage and, subsequently, from Hello! Project. In May 2011 she had asked to return to the life of a normal middle school student.[16][17][18] On September 9, one of S/mileage's newest additions, Fuyuka Kosuga, was diagnosed with anaemia, after missing a concert due to illness. Due to her anaemia, she left the group and resumed her work as a Hello! Project Egg after her recovery.[19][20]

Starting September 18, a second Smile Campaign was held by the new members to determine their place as an official member in the group. On October 16 at S/mileage's 'Tachiagaaru' event, producer Tsunku announced all four sub-members had become full members. On October 25, a week after the sub members were changed to full, it was announced that Maeda Yuuka would leave S/mileage and, subsequently, from Hello! Project on December 31. This was due to her wanting to retire from show business and focus on university entrance exams, and she felt that it would be unfair to her supporters to only give the fans half of her concentration on stage.[21] Her last single as a member was "Please Mini Skirt Post Woman!"


At the start of 2012, the group consisted of six members - two being first generation and four being second generation members. On February 1, they released "Chotto Matte Kudasai!", their ninth single and first single without Yuuka Maeda. Their 10th single 'Dot Bikini' followed on May 2, their first best of album on May 20, and their 11th single "Suki yo, Junjō Hankōki" on August 22. On August 30, S/mileage's 13th single and second album was announced. The single, titled "Samui ne" was released on November 28 and the album Smile Sensation was released May 22, 2013.

On September 24, 2014 it was announced that a 3rd generation for the group would be added from among the Hello Pro Kenshūsei, as well as a name change for the group to be decided on October 31. On October 4, Mizuki Murota, Maho Aikawa, and Rikako Sasaki were revealed as the new members, bringing the group up to nine girls.

On December 17, 2014, the new name for S/mileage with its expanded membership was revealed to be ANGERME.[22] Since this is effectively a new group with a revised membership and a release schedule under the new name, the group known as S/mileage effectively ceased to exist from that date.

On May 20, 2015, Kanon Fukuda announced that she would be graduating from ANGERME and Hello! Project in the fall to continue with her university studies.[23]



No. Title Release date Charts Sales
Indie label
1 "Ama no Jaku" (ぁまのじゃく?, "Playing It Cool", "Little Demon") June 6, 2009
2 "Asu wa Date na no ni, Ima Sugu Koe ga Kikitai"
"Though We Have a Date Tomorrow, I Want to Hear Your Voice Right Now")
September 23, 2009
3 "Suki-chan" (スキちゃん?, "My Dear Little Love") November 23, 2009 159
4 "Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii!!!"
(オトナになるって難しい!!!?, "It's Hard to Grow Up!!!")
March 14, 2010 42 1,324
Major label (as S/mileage)
1 "Yume Miru 15" (夢見る 15歳 Yume Miru Fifutīn?, "A Dreaming 15-year-old")[10][25] May 26, 2010 5 20,938 24,936
2 "Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!!"
(○○がんばらなくてもええねんで!!?, "OO No Need to Try Hard!!")
July 28, 2010 6 18,987 24,489
3 "Onaji Jikyū de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama"
"Friend's Beautiful Mom Who Works in the Same Hourly Pay")
September 29, 2010 5 17,998 29,533
4 "Shortcut" (ショートカット Shōtokatto?, "Short Haircut")[27] February 9, 2011 5 20,492 22,831
5 "Koi ni Booing Boo!" (恋にBooing ブー!?, "Oink! Oinking [=falling] in Love")[28] April 27, 2011 6 19,049 20,954
6 "Uchōten Love" (有頂天LOVE Uchōten Rabu?, "Ecstatic Love") August 3, 2011 5 29,328 33,823
7 "Tachiagirl" (タチアガール Tachiagāru?, "Stand Up, Girl") September 28, 2011 4 22,792 26,328
8 "Please Miniskirt Postwoman!"
(プリーズ ミニスカ ポストウーマン! Purīzu Minisuka Posuto Ūman?)[29]
December 28, 2011 5 34,132 36,513
9 "Chotto Matte Kudasai!" (チョトマテクダサイ!?, "Wait a Minute, Please!") February 1, 2012 6 19,700 22,106
10 "Dot Bikini" (ドットビキニ Dotto Bikini?, "Polka-dotted Bikini") May 2, 2012 6 20,043 22,133
11 "Suki yo, Junjō Hankōki"
(好きよ、純情反抗期?, "I Love You, Pure-hearted Rebellious Stage")
August 22, 2012 7 22,866 24,508
12 "Samui ne" (寒いね。?, "It's Cold, Isn't It?") November 28, 2012 6 19,308 21,120
13 "Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita"
(旅立ちの春が来た?, "Spring of Departure Has Come")
March 20, 2013 4 22,560 23,969
14 "Atarashii Watashi ni Nare! / Yattaruchan"
(新しい私になれ!/ヤッタルチャン?, "Be the new me! / Yattaruchan")
July 3, 2013 4 26,573 27,935
15 "Ee ka!? / "Ii Yatsu"
(ええか!?/「良い奴」?, "Do You Get It!? / "Nice Guy"")
December 18, 2013 3 33,320 37,141
16 "Mystery Night! / Eighteen Emotion"
(ミステリーナイト!/エイティーン エモーション?)
April 30, 2014 2 34,340 36,616
17 "Aa Susukino / Chikyu wa Kyo mo Ai o Hagukumu"
(嗚呼 すすきの/地球は今日も愛を育む?)
August 20, 2014 5 28,051 29,528
Major label (as ANGERME)
18 "Taiki Bansei / Otome no Gyakushū"
(大器晩成/乙女の逆襲 ?, "A Late Bloomer / A Girl's Counterattack")
February 4, 2015 2 43,104 48,069
19 "Nana Korobi Ya Oki / Gashin Shoutan / Mahou Tsukai Sally"
(七転び八起き/臥薪嘗胆/魔法使いサリー ?, "Ups and Downs / Extreme Hardships / Sally the Witch")
July 22, 2015 - - -

Collaboration singles[edit]

Artist Title Release date
Oha Girl Maple with S/mileage
(おはガールメープル with スマイレージ?)
"My School March"
November 24, 2010
"Makeruna Wasshoi!"
(負けるな わっしょい!?, "Don’t Give Up Wasshoi!")[31]
August 6, 2011
Hello! Project Mobekimasu
(ハロー!プロジェクト モベキマス?)
"Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku"
"Philosophy of How Not to Become an Ugly Girl")
November 16, 2011

Digital download singles[edit]

  • 2010-06-18 – "Yume Miru 15 Pax Japonica Groove Remix" (夢見る 15歳 PAX JAPONICA GROOVE REMIX?)[33]
  • 2010-08-07 – "Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!! (TopNude Remix Version 01)" (○○がんばらなくてもええねんで!!(TopNude Remix Version 01)?)[34]
  • 2010-11-13 – "Onaji Jikyū de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama (Remix Type 1)" (同じ時給で働く友達の美人ママ (Remix Type1)?)[35]
  • 2011-08-18 – "Short Cut (Remix Ver.)" (ショートカット(Remix Ver.)?)[36]
  • 2011-08-18 – "Uchōten Love (Rocketman Mix)" (有頂天LOVE(~rocketman mix~)?)[37]


No. Title Release date Charts Sales

1 Warugaki 1 (悪ガキッ①?, "Evil Brat 1")[39] December 8, 2010 18 8,905
S/mileage Best Album Kanzenban 1
(スマイレージ ベストアルバム完全版1?, "S/mileage Best Album Complete Edition 1")
May 30, 2012 13 6,339
2 2 Smile Sensation (②スマイルセンセーション?) May 22, 2013 13 6,199

Acts and performances[edit]


  • Ike! Danshi Kōkō Engekibu (行け!男子高校演劇部?) (2011)[40]
  • Kaidan Shin-mimi Bukuro Igyou(怪談新耳袋 異形,Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan,Igyou)(2012)[41]


  • Koisuru Hello Kitty (恋するハローキティ)
  • Gekidan Gekiharo Dai 8 Kai Kouen "Smile Recipe" (劇団ゲキハロ第8回公演 「スマイルレシピ」)
  • Warera Jeanne ~Shoujo Seisen Kageki~ (我らジャンヌ 〜少女聖戦歌劇〜)
  • LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki- (LILIUM -リリウム 少女純潔歌劇-)


Japan Record Awards[edit]

The Japan Record Awards is a major music awards show held annually in Japan by the Japan Composer's Association.

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2010 S/mileage "Yume Miru 15" New Artist Award[42][43] Won
Best New Artist[11] Won


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  34. ^ "○○Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!! (TopNude Remix Version 01)". S/mileage official site. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  35. ^ "Onaji Jikyū de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama (Remix Type1)". S/mileage official site. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
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Preceded by
Japan Record Award for Best New Artist
Succeeded by