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Katsuta Rina (勝田里奈) is a Japanese talent. She is a former idol under Hello! Project as a 2nd generation member of ANGERME. She first joined Hello! Project as a member of Hello Pro Egg and was first introduced at the 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 6gatsu ~Nakano Step!~ concert in June 2009. She later successfully auditioned for S/mileage in 2011. She is also a former member of the SATOYAMA movement unit Sato no Akari. She graduated from both ANGERME and Hello! Project on September 25, 2019 to work as a talent in fashion-related activities.


Katsuta Rina, October 2019

Katsuta Rina, July 2019

Katsuta Rina, May 2019

Katsuta Rina, April 2019

Katsuta Rina, October 2018

Katsuta Rina, May 2018

Katsuta Rina, December 2017

Katsuta Rina, June 2017

Katsuta Rina, October 2016

Katsuta Rina, April 2016

Katsuta Rina, November 2015

Katsuta Rina, July 2015

Katsuta Rina, February 2015

Katsuta Rina, August 2014

Katsuta Rina, April 2014

Katsuta Rina, December 2013

Katsuta Rina, July 2013

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Katsuta Rina, March 2013

Katsuta Rina, August 2012

Katsuta Rina, February 2012

Katsuta Rina, September 2011

Katsuta Rina, September 2009

Early Life[]

Katsuta Rina was born on April 6, 1998 in Tokyo, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed.


On June 7, at the 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 6gatsu ~Nakano STEP!~ in Tokyo, it was announced that Katsuta Rina and Hirano Tomomi had been added to Hello Pro Egg.


On August 14, at a joint concert, she was announced by Tsunku as one of the five sub-members of S/mileage along with Nakanishi Kana, Takeuchi Akari, Kosuga Fuyuka, and Tamura Meimi.

On October 16, at the launch event of S/mileage's new single, "Tachiagirl", Tsunku announced the promotion of the four sub-members to official second generation members.[1] Following the announcement, Katsuta, along with Takeuchi, withdrew from Hello Pro Egg.


On March 16, Katsuta was diagnosed with influenza and was absent in all events for the next few days, including TV Tokyo's PON Spring Festival and Bayfm's K・WEST ENTAME GENERATION SPECIAL, which both were held on March 20.

On May 13, information was released about an event for the 9th and 10th generation members of Morning Musume as well as S/mileage’s 2nd generation members, titled Mosuma FC Event ~Gachi☆Kira~, that was set to take place on June 15, 18, and 20 at Yokohama Blitz.


On April 6, Katsuta celebrated her 15th birthday in a fanclub event, titled S/mileage・Katsuta Rina Birthday Event 2013, at Pacific Heaven.

On April 14, the 2nd generation members of S/mileage held the S/mileage 2ki Member Fanclub Event ~Quad Smile~ at Hamakin Hall.

In September, Katsuta participated in the last Gekiharo stageplay, titled Warera Jeanne ~Shoujo Seisen Kageki~ along with the rest of Berryz Koubou and S/mileage. She and Tokunaga Chinami interchanged the roles of "Harold" and "Tatiana" depending on the acts.


On February 16, Katsuta's first solo e-Hello! DVD, Rina to Rina, was announced. It was released on March 17.

On March 13, it was announced that Katsuta, Sato Masaki, and Uemura Akari would form the SATOYAMA & SATOUMI movement unit Sato no Akari.

On April 6, Katsuta celebrated her 16th birthday at fanclub titled S/mileage Katsuta Rina Birthday Event 2014, featuring two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.


On April 6, Katsuta celebrated her 17th birthday. The special event was called ANGERME Katsuta Rina Birthday Event 2015 and featured two performances in Tokyo.


On April 7, Katsuta celebrated her 18th birthday. The special event was called ANGERME Katsuta Rina Birthday Event 2016 and featured two performances in Tokyo.


On April 6, Katsuta celebrated her 19th birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Katsuta Rina Birthday Event 2017, featuring two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.


On April 10, Katsuta celebrated her 20th birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Katsuta Rina Birthday Event 2018, featuring two shows at Shinjuku ReNY.

On November 1, it was announced that Katsuta would start an article series in the women's fashion magazine mina. The series, titled "R Fashion Tool", started in the January issue sold on November 20.[2]


On April 8, she celebrated her 21st birthday in a fanclub event titled ANGERME Katsuta Rina Birthday Event 2019, featuring two shows at TOKYO FM HALL.

On June 26, Katsuta announced that she would graduate from ANGERME and Hello! Project on September 25 at Pacifico Yokohama to pursue fashion.[3]

Thank you for your constant support for Hello! Project and ANGERME.

ANGERME's Rina Katsuta will graduate from ANGERME and Hello! Project on September 25 (Wednesday) in a concert at Pacifico Yokohama.

She proposed ending activities in ANGERME so she could prepare to face her beloved fashion industry.
In respect of her decision for a new challenge, we came to the conclusion of her graduation.

If she will work in the fashion industry while continuing performing artist activities or just focus on studying in the fashion industry; after her graduation, we will figure out the various possibilities together.

Regarding her graduation, we've continued discussing it from last year and also decided the timing.
But in respect of Ayaka Wada's graduation, we have announced it at this time.
We apologize for such a sudden announcement.

Her activities such as the Hello! Project summer concert and ANGERME's live tour will go on until her last concert on September 25 at Pacifico Yokohama.
We appreciate your support for Rina Katsuta and ANGERME.

June 26, 2019
Takeshi Nishiguchi

Statement from Katsuta Rina[3][4]
Thank you for your warm support.

I would like to tell something to you.

I, Rina Katsuta, will graduate from ANGERME and Hello! Project on September 25 (Wednesday) in a concert at Pacifico Yokohama.

I appreciate that I can perform my last concert at such a big venue as Pacifico Yokohama.

I have been active for 10 years since my trainee period, and it has been 8 years this summer since I joined ANGERME.

10 years ago my life completely changed from a normal girl at age 11 with no singing and dancing experience.

I am filled with so many memories of 10 years. There were many good things and hard things as well.

I have experienced so much. I could not be more thankful.

Again and again, I have faced myself, considered what I'm most interested in and want to do in the future. As a result, I decided to work in the fashion industry.

I have no regrets of my activities until now and my mind is clear.
I have a dream and clear goal I want to achieve.
I decided it's the best timing for me to graduate.

Actually, I already consulted about my graduation 1 year ago.

From there, we continued discussing it and decided when I would graduate.
However, I have announced it at this time because I wanted to report it to everyone after Wada-san's graduation.

I will announce further plans as soon as they are settled.

3 months until I graduate.
I would like to be conscious of my time left in ANGERME and spend it having fun with you all.
Please support me until the last day.

Rina Katsuta

On September 25, Katsuta published a mook based on her "R Fashion Tool" series in the magazine mina, titled ANGERME RINA FASHION TOOL Petunia ― Katsuta Rina Henshuuchou to 12nin no ANGERME, that she edited and produced herself and includes guest appearances by the rest of ANGERME.[5] Later that evening she graduated from ANGERME and Hello! Project in the ANGERME 2019 Aki "Next Page" ~Katsuta Rina Sotsugyou Special~ held at Pacifico Yokohama.[6]

Following her graduation from Hello! Project, she joined J.P ROOM on October 1 as a talent focused on activities related to fashion and also joined M-line club, the fanclub for Hello! Project OG.[7][8][9]


On January 6, she collaborated with Kangol Rewards to launch a line of sweatshirts.

On Feburary 22, Katsuta was a guest of honor at Natsu Matsuri 2020 in Lima, Perú.

On April 6, she released a photography zine titled BABY'S BREATH vol.1. Katsuta worked on the zine as a model, photographer, and editor. Various photography students also worked on the zine as photographers, and all of the photos were taken on film in Mexico, Hawaii, and Tokyo.[10][11] In the following months, she continued to release more volumes in the BABY'S BREATH zine series.

On April 20, she opened up an official YouTube channel.[12]

On July 26, she was a guest judge, along with Suzuki Airi and Miyazaki Yuka, at the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2020 ~Natsu no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~.

On October 17, she held her first M-line club event titled Katsuta Rina Fanclub Event with three shows at Pacific Heaven.[13]


On February 5, it was announced that Katsuta and Wada Ayaka would appear as featured vocalists on THE☆FUNKS' new album, Ai no 12 Seiza. They will appear on their self-cover of Kakugo Shite!, which they initially wrote as an album track for ANGERME.[14]

Personal Life[]

Katsuta's family has two pet dogs, both female Pomeranians, named Pupu and Kuran.[15][16]

When she auditioned for S/mileage, Katsuta was a first year middle school student. She graduated from high school in March 2017.[17]

In April 2017, Katsuta began university.[18] She graduated from Bunka Gakuen University's Junior College Department of Fashion on March 11, 2019.[19]

Katsuta most notably gets along with Takeuchi Akari, Sasaki Rikako and Natsuyaki Miyabi.[20]

Katsuta's given name, Rina, has no particular meaning and was chosen because the stroke count in combination with her last name was a sign of good luck.[21][20]

  • Rinapuu (りなぷ~): Official nickname, given her since joining Hello Pro Egg.[20]
  • Puurina (ぷーりな): Nickname for Katsuta Rina, compounded of Puu (PuPu her pet dog) and rina (Katsuta Rina).
  • Bakuwara (ばくわら): A wota-originated nickname for Katsuta Rina of S/mileage, originally a Japanese internet slang for ROFL. Since Katsuta frequently used the term in her blog posts just like ordinary schoolgirls of her generation would do, wotas started to use this nickname to describe her quality of being commonplace and ordinary.[22]


  • Specialty: Funny faces, imitations, cartwheel, handstand forward roll
  • Hobbies: Shopping, eating, talking with friends
  • Strong Points: Energy
  • Weak Points: Laziness
  • Favorite Food: Pudding, pasta, curry, cheese-filled hamburger
  • Favorite Color: Pink, yellow, orange
  • Favorite English Word: "Take"
  • Favorite Movie: Harry Potter series
  • Favorite Kaomoji (Emoticon): \ (^o^) /
  • Favorite Animals: Dog, cat, tigers, red pandas
  • Favorite Subject: Japanese, P.E., art
  • Favorite Songs: "OVER THE RAINBOW",[20] "Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku"[20]
  • Looks up to: Mano Erina, Sugaya Risako, Kusumi Koharu, Morning Musume, Michishige Sayumi[20]

  • Discography[]

    Main article: Katsuta Rina/Discography

    Solo Songs[]

    Solo DVDs[]


    Main article: Katsuta Rina/Publications




    • [2012] Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro•Igyou (怪談新耳袋・異形) (as Haruka)

    TV Programs[]

    • [2011-2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ!TIME)
    • [2012] S/mileage no Sono Joshiki Choto Mate Kudasai! (スマイレージのその常識チョトマテクダサイ!)
    • [2012-2013] Hello! SATOYAMA Life (ハロー! SATOYAMA ライフ)
    • [2014-2019] The Girls Live


    • [2012] Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツの)

    Music Videos[]





    • She describes her personality as outgoing.
    • She was the first sub-member of S/mileage to be announced.
    • She says she would like to make S/mileage iPod earphones as concert goods.
    • She has a bad habit of procrastinating her math homework.
    • She would like to try wearing the outfits from the Morning Musume music video "Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai".
    • She believes that Tamura Meimi is the most energetic member of Hello! Project, while Oda Sakura being the mellowest.
    • Mentioned in her blog that she would like to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu live.
    • When asked about the biggest change within the last year she answered it was the length of her hair.
    • If she had a 10,000 yen ($100) bonus she would spend it on a day trip.
    • If she could change one of the parts of her face into one of another H!P member she would like to have Sayumi's eyes.
    • She likes Disney and often goes to the Disney store.
    • Would pick an exceptional figure over perfect singing skills.
    • Said she doesn't really like mice and hamsters.
    • Mentioned in her blog that she loves sweet potato ice cream.
    • Shares the same birthday as former Hello! Project soloist Heike Michiyo.
    • In Fukuda Kanon's final interview before her graduation, she said about Katsuta: "We call her the energy saver but she’s always the first to learn all the dance routines and writes down the formations on paper for us. She’s not the type to let people know how hard she’s trying but she really is a hard worker."[23]
    • If she could be reborn as someone else, she would be Suzuki Airi because she would be really happy if she could sing with her voice.[20]
    • She believed she was the most "my pace" member in Hello! Project.[20]
    • If she did not become an idol, Katsuta would like to work in fashion as a model in the entertainment industry or even a clerk in an apparel store.[20]
    • In an episode of tiny tiny, Wada Ayaka called Katsuta the "fashion leader" of the ANGERME.


    1. "サブメンバーから正メンバーへ! 正メンバー発表!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2011-10-16. (Archived: 2013-09-08)
    2. "女性ファッション誌「mina」アンジュルム・勝田里奈ファッション連載スタート!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-11-01.
    3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "アンジュルム 勝田里奈の卒業に関するお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-06-26.
    4. 4.0 4.1 "Announcement regarding ANGERME's Rina Katsuta." UP-FRONT LINK. 2019-06-26.
    5. Katsuta Rina. "kumamoto 勝田里奈" (in Japanese). ANGERME Official Blog "ANGERME Amerika Nikki". 2019-08-11.
    6. "アンジュルム[ライブレポート]勝田里奈が卒業「夢のような時間をありがとうございました」" (in Japanese). Pop'n'Roll. 2019-09-25.
    7. "今後について 勝田里奈" (in Japanese). ANGERME Amerika Nikki Official Blog. 2019-09-21.
    8. "勝田里奈SNS更新中!" (in Japanese). J.P ROOM. 2019-10-01.
    9. "勝田里奈 M-line club 加入のお知らせ" (in Japanese). M-line club official site. 2019-10-01.
    10. https://twitter.com/rinakatsuta_/status/1245566115540942849?s=21
    11. https://twitter.com/rinakatsuta_/status/1247160995820134403?s=21
    12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRpN-7qammg
    13. "★ファンクラブ会員限定イベント★「勝田里奈ファンクラブイベント」開催決定!" (in Japanese). M-line club. 2020-09-24.
    14. THE☆FUNKS、アルバム『愛の12星座』にゴスペラーズ、元アンジュルム 和田彩花&勝田里奈が参加 (in Japanese). RealSound.jp. 2022-02-05
    15. "新しく♪♪Rina" (in Japanese). S/mileage Niki Member Official Blog. 2014-02-10.
    16. "気づけば!勝田里奈" (in Japanese). ANGERME Amerika Nikki Official Blog. 2016-05-20.
    17. "リハーサル 勝田里奈" (in Japanese). ANGERME Amerika Nikki Official Blog. 2017-03-27.
    18. "birthday event 1 勝田里奈" (in Japanese). ANGERME Amerika Nikki Official Blog. 2017-04-07.
    19. Katsuta Rina. "卒業式 勝田里奈" (in Japanese). ANGERME Amerika Nikki Official Blog. 2019-03-12.
    20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 20.8 20.9 "アンジュルム勝田里奈が“20問20答”でハロプロ愛を語る!【ハロプロ誕生20周年記念連載】" (in Japanese). The Television. 2017-11-24.
    21. Pocket Morning. 2016-10-12. (Translation by Ro-kun)
    22. "輝ける17歳“ばくわら世代”とは何か? ハロプロメンバーを学年別に分類" (in Japanese). Real Sound. 2015-04-21.
    23. Sakurai Takamasa. "#39 Kanon Fukuda’s Final Interview as a Member of ANGERME". Asian Beat. 2015-11-25.

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