Maeda Yuuka (前田憂佳) is a former Japanese idol under Hello! Project as member of S/mileage. She joined Hello! Project in 2004 as one of the first members of Hello Pro Egg, and was later added to sub-units High-King and Shugo Chara Egg!. Maeda debuted in 2009 as a member of S/mileage. On December 31, 2011, Maeda graduated from S/mileage and Hello! Project and retired from entertainment.

Biography[edit | edit source]

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Early Life[edit | edit source]

Maeda Yuuka was born on December 28, 1994 in Chiba, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed.

2004[edit | edit source]

Maeda Yuuka joined Hello! Project as a member of Hello Pro Egg in June 2004 when she passed the auditions alongside 29 other girls. The aim of the group was to prepare the young girls for their debut into the world of entertainment, as such Maeda received free dance and vocal training alongside the other Eggs.

2005[edit | edit source]

In October 2005, Maeda became one of the founding members of Hello Pro Egg group Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai. They debuted at Morning Musume's enviromental Culture Festival 2005.

2006[edit | edit source]

In 2006, Maeda continued her training and appeared at numerous Hello! Project concerts as a backing dancer, including the Country Musume concert Country Musume LIVE 2006 ~Shibuya des Date~.

In March, Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai's blog opened and in July their first song was announced, "Minna no Ki".

On August 22, Tomoiki went to do tree-planting activities at PLANT A TREE farm and herb garden in Yamanashiken.

In September, Maeda performed "Minna no Ki" with Tomoiki at Morning Musume’s environmental Culture Festival 2006 and were backing dancers to Morning Musume’s Kusumi Koharu.

Also she released a single in a mini-unit known as Paretto.

2007[edit | edit source]

From April 12 to April 22, Maeda appeared in the stage play Soto wa Shiroi Haru no Kumo.[1]

From September 21 to September 30, Maeda appeared in the stage play Ekubo ~people song alongside Furukawa Konatsu.[2]

Maeda also took part in a television show Chao.TV. Maeda appeared as a part of Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai at Morning Musume’s environmental Culture Festival 2007.

2008[edit | edit source]

In 2008, Maeda received her first proper Hello! Project role when she was selected to become part of the new unit, High-King, alongside important Hello! Project singers such as Morning Musume's Takahashi Ai and Tanaka Reina. The group was created to promote Morning Musume's upcoming rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella", titled Cinderella the Musical. The group's debut single, "C\C (Cinderella\Complex)", was released on June 11 and attained a peak rank of #6.

Maeda was selected to be one of the four members for a new Hello Pro Egg unit alongside Wada Ayaka, Fukuda Kanon and Saho Akari. The group was called Shugo Chara Egg! and was formed to record the opening songs for the anime that Buono! sings for, Shugo Chara!. She released two singles with the group until she graduated from the group along with Wada and Fukuda.

In April, Maeda took part in another musical, Bijogi Junction. Maeda, along with the original Shugo Chara Egg! joined the cast of Shugo Chara! the Musical. She played the main role of Hinamori Amu.

2009[edit | edit source]

On April 4, Tsunku announced on his blog that a new group, later named S/mileage,[3][4] was in the works.[5] The members listed were Wada Ayaka, Maeda Yuuka, Fukuda Kanon and Ogawa Saki. He stated the lineup was subject to change, and that it would be their "major debut".

From November 11 to 19, Maeda starred in Koisuru Hello Kitty alongside the other S/mileage members and Mano Erina.

2010[edit | edit source]

In May, Meada and the rest of the S/mileage members graduated from Hello Pro Egg in the Hello! Project spring concert.

2011[edit | edit source]

On October 24, it was announced that Maeda would be retiring from the entertainment industry in order to concentrate, study, and prepare for an entrance exam for college.

Maeda, who had been a member of S/mileage ever since its formation in April 2009, commented: “I noticed that my feeling of wanting to go to college has been getting bigger and bigger”. Producer Tsunku♂ also commented: “Though she could have worn two hats (juggling career & school), she is the type of a girl who wants to put all of her full effort into one thing”.

Statement from Maeda Yuuka
Thank you for always supporting me.

I, Maeda Yuuka, as of 2011/12/31, will be graduating from S/mileage and Hello! Project.

Just the other day at our event, the 4 sub members became official members which made me really happy, but at the same time made me realize that it was this timing that I had to use to tell you all something very important.

Since becoming a high school student, I have been unable to keep up with my S/mileage work and school at the same time and it has bothered me a great deal. I started to think about my future and realized that my desire to attend a university had grown a lot over time. I was wondering if, at this rate, if I would be able to handle both school work and S/mileage, I was really only able to give a half-hearted effort on both things… and was always getting help from other people, and I really disliked that part about me. I thought to myself, “Things aren’t going to work out if it keeps going like this”.

I need to work a lot harder if I want to attend a university. But that had always been just talk, up until now nothing had really changed…

If I let these feelings continue, it would not be fair to the other members, nor to all the fans that support me.

I thought a lot about it. I may not be very bright but I put all my energy into thinking about this… and came up with this as the only possible option.

As of now with the four new members joining, it has been a joy to spend every day with the members. To the original members, to the new members, and to all of you who have always supported me, I am very very grateful.

Although it may be sad, we have a new single featuring the 7 of us coming out on 12/28, and I will be working my hardest ever to make this the best one yet!

I am very grateful to so many people, and hope to really enjoy these remaining 2 months, and finish with a smile in the S/mileage way!

Please continue to support S/mileage from here on after.

2011-10-25 S/mileage Maeda Yuuka

Maeda concluded with the promotional activities for her last single "Please Miniskirt Postwoman!" which was released on December 28, her birthday.

On December 31, she graduated from S/mileage and Hello! Project, and retired from entertainment.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

She has an older sister.

When Maeda Yuuka joined Hello Pro Egg in June 2004, she was a 4th year elementary school student. When she joined S/mileage in April 2009, she was a 3rd year middle school student. Maeda graduated from high school in March 2013. As of April 2014, she is currently in her second year of university.

  • Yuukarin (ゆうかりん): Official nickname, given her since joining Hello Pro Egg. Used by members and fans.
  • Yuuka (ゆうか): Second official nickname, given her since joining S/mileage. Used by members and fans.

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Close friends: Saho Akari, Noto Arisa, Yutoku Ayumi
  • Hobbies: Looking at the sky and listening to music
  • Pets: Haru (dog), Aochan (hamster), three turtles, goldfish, carp.
  • Special skills: Piano, penmanship.
  • Favorite H!P song: "Happiness ~Koufuku Kangei!~"
  • Favorite character: Stitch
  • Favorite tree: Cherry tree
  • Favorite sport: Basketball
  • Favorite thing: Dogs, hamsters, cheese omelette, salmon
  • Favorite color: Red, black, white, pink
  • Disliked food: Durian, spicy food
  • Dislikes: Ghosts

Discography[edit | edit source]

Solo DVDs[edit | edit source]

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Publications[edit | edit source]

See also: List:Maeda Yuuka Publications Featured In

Solo Photobooks[edit | edit source]

  1. [2010.07.23] Maeda Yuuka 15sai (前田憂佳 15才)
  2. [2011.12.20] See You-karin

Works[edit | edit source]

Film[edit | edit source]

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TV Programs[edit | edit source]

  • [2007.09.02] Chao.TV (ちゃお.TV)
  • [2010–2012] Hanasaka Times (花咲かタイムズ) (Disney Corner; Hanasaka Disney)
  • [2010–2011] Bijo Gaku (美女学)
  • [2011] S/mile Factory
  • [2011] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ!TIME)

TV Dramas[edit | edit source]

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  • [2006.07.31] がきんちょ~リターン・キッズ~ (Gakincho ~Return Kids~)
  • [2010] Hanbun Esper (半分エスパー)
  • [2010] 5nengo no Love Letter (5年後のラブレター) (as young Shimura Nao)

Anime[edit | edit source]

Theater[edit | edit source]

Koisuru Hello KittyObaachanchi no Curry Rice ~Smile Recipe~

Radio[edit | edit source]

  • [2010–2011] FIVE STARS

Commercials[edit | edit source]

  • [2011] Zombie Daisuki (ぞんびだいすき) (Nintendo DS)
  • [2011] McDonald's

Music Videos[edit | edit source]

Rankings[edit | edit source]

  • She was voted 5th favorite member in the 2011 "Hello! Project Music Awards" event.[6]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

Honorary Titles[edit | edit source]

Honorary Titles

Preceded by
First

Youngest Member of High-King
2008-2011

Succeeded by
Last

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Official Gekijyo Page
  2. Official Gekijyo Page
  3. "エッグ新ユニット グループ名決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello Project Official Fanclub Web Site. 2009-05-11.
  4. "S/mileage   ユニット名 由来・意味について". Tsunku Official Blog. 2009-05-08
  5. Tsunku. "新ユニット" (in Japanese). Tsunku Official Blog. 2009-04-04.
  6. http://www.esrp2.jp/hpma/2011/result/member.html

External Links[edit | edit source]

S/mileage / ANGERME
Members
2nd Generation Takeuchi Akari (Leader)
3rd Generation

Sasaki Rikako

4th Generation

Kamikokuryo Moe

5th Generation

Kasahara Momona

6th Generation

Kawamura Ayano (Sub-leader)

7th Generation

Ise Layla

8th Generation

Hashisako Rin

9th Generation

Kawana Rin | Tamenaga Shion | Matsumoto Wakana

Former Members
1st Generation Wada Ayaka | Maeda Yuuka | Fukuda Kanon | Ogawa Saki
2nd Generation Nakanishi Kana | Katsuta Rina | Tamura Meimi
Sub-Members: Kosuga Fuyuka
3rd Generation Murota Mizuki | Aikawa Maho
6th Generation Funaki Musubu
7th Generation Oota Haruka
Discography
Indie Singles 1. aMa no Jaku | 2. Asu wa Date na no ni, Imasugu Koe ga Kikitai | 3. Suki-chan | 4. Otona ni Narutte Muzukashii!!! | 5. SMILE FANTASY!
Major Singles 1. Yumemiru Fifteen | 2. ○○ Ganbaranakutemo Eenende!! | 3. Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama | 4. Short Cut | 5. Koi ni Booing Buu! | 6. Uchouten LOVE | 7. Tachiagirl | 8. Please Miniskirt Postwoman! | 9. Choto Mate Kudasai! | 10. Dot Bikini | 11. Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki. | 12. Samui ne. | 13. Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita | 14. Atarashii Watashi ni Nare! / Yattaruchan | 15. Ee ka!? / "Ii Yatsu" | 16. Mystery Night! / Eighteen Emotion | 17. Aa Susukino / Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu | 18. Taiki Bansei / Otome no Gyakushuu | 19. Nana Korobi Ya Oki / Gashin Shoutan / Mahou Tsukai Sally | 20. Desugita Kui wa Utarenai / Dondengaeshi / Watashi | 21. Tsugitsugi Zokuzoku / Itoshima Distance / Koi Nara Tokku ni Hajimatteru | 22. Umaku Ienai / Ai no Tame Kyou Made Shinkashite Kita Ningen, Ai no Tame Subete Taikashite Kita Ningen / Wasurete Ageru | 23. Ai Sae Areba Nanni mo Iranai / Namida Iro no Ketsui / Majokko Megu-chan | 24. Nakenai ze・・・Kyoukan Sagi / Uraha=Lover / Kimi Dake ja nai sa...friends (2018 Acoustic Ver.) | 25. Tade Kuu Mushi mo Like it! / 46okunen LOVE | 26. Koi wa Accha Accha / Yumemita Fifteen | 27. Watashi wo Tsukuru no wa Watashi / Zenzen Okiagarenai SUNDAY | 28. Kagiriaru Moment / Mirror Mirror
Other Singles

DVD/Blu-ray: 1. Manner Mode / Kisokutadashiku Utsukushiku / Kimi Dake ja nai sa...friends
Lilpri: 1. Little♡Princess☆Pri! | 2. Idolulu
Collaborations: My School March | Makeruna Wasshoi! | Busu ni Naranai Tetsugaku | YEAH YEAH YEAH / Akogare no Stress-free / Hana, Takenawa no Toki

Albums

Original: 1. Warugaki ① | 2. ② Smile Sensation | 3. Rinnetenshou ~ANGERME Past, Present & Future~
Best: 1. S/mileage Best Album Kanzenban ① | 2. S/mileage / ANGERME SELECTION ALBUM "Taiki Bansei"
Soundtracks: Engeki Joshibu Musical LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki- Original Soundtrack

Concerts & Events
Concerts

Winter Tours: 2020
Spring Tours: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 (Live, Concert) | 2017 (Live, Concert) | 2018 (Live, Concert) | 2019 (Live, Concert) | 2020
Summer Tours: 2015 | 2019
Fall Tours: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 (Live, Concert)
Overseas: 2018 (Paris, Asia) | 2019 (Mexico City)
One-Day: 2011 | 2014 | 2015 | 2017 | 2019 (Katsuta Rina Sotsugyou Special, Next Page) | 2020

Events "S/mileage Best Album Kanzenban 1" Hatsubai Kinen Special Concert | S/mileage 2nd Original Album "2 Smile Sensation" Hatsubai Kinen Event
Other Concerts & Events
Joint Concerts

Spring Tours: 2010 (with Mano Erina) | 2011 (with ℃-ute)
Fall Tours: 2013 (with ℃-ute)
Other: 2017 (with Up Up Girls (Kari))

Hello! Project Concerts

Summer Tours: 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020
Winter Tours: 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020
Hina Fes: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020
Hallo! Fes: 2018
COUNTDOWN PARTY: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019
Other: Hello! Project ☆ Festival 2011 | Hello! Project Yaon Premium Live ~Soto Fest~ | Berryz Koubou Matsuri | Hello! Project 2020 ~The Ballad~

Units & Other Groups
In-group Subunits Lilpri
Other Related Units Hello Pro Kenshuusei | Shugo Chara Egg! | Shin Minimoni | High-King | ZYX-α | Oha Girl Maple | Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers | Hello! Project Mobekimasu | Peaberry | Harvest | HI-FIN | Sato no Akari | Kamiishinaka Kana | Country Girls
Shugo Chara Egg!
Members
1st Generation Amulet Heart ♥Yuuka♥ | Amulet Spade ♠Akari♠ | Amulet Clover ♣Kanon♣ | Amulet Diamond ♦Ayaka♦
2nd Generation Amulet Heart ♥Mizuki♥ | Amulet Spade ♠Akari♠ | Amulet Clover ♣Irori♣ | Amulet Diamond ♦Nanami♦
Discography
Singles 1. Minna no Tamago | 2. Shugo Shugo!
Collaboration: 1. Omakase♪Guardian | 2. School Days | 3. PARTY TIME / Watashi no Tamago | 4. Going On!
Albums Shugo Chara! Song♪Best (with Buono!, Guardians 4)
DVDs Shugo Chara! Clip♪Best (with Buono!, Guardians 4)
Units & Other Groups
Related Units Buono! | Guardians 4 | Hello Pro Egg | S/mileage | Lilpri | Up Up Girls (Kari) | Morning Musume
High-King
Members
Members Tanaka Reina (Leader) | Takahashi Ai | Shimizu Saki | Yajima Maimi | Maeda Yuuka
Discography
Singles C\C (Cinderella\Complex)
Related Units Morning Musume | Berryz Koubou | ℃-ute | Hello Pro Egg | LoVendoЯ
Chanpuru
Units
High-King Takahashi Ai | Tanaka Reina | Shimizu Saki | Yajima Maimi | Maeda Yuuka
Tanpopo# Kamei Eri | Mitsui Aika | Kumai Yurina | Okai Chisato
Petitmoni V Mano Erina | Nakajima Saki | Hagiwara Mai
Shin Minimoni. Linlin | Fukuda Kanon | Takeuchi Akari | Miyamoto Karin
Aa! Natsuyaki Miyabi | Suzuki Airi | Saho Akari
ZYX-α Niigaki Risa | Kusumi Koharu | Umeda Erika | Tsugunaga Momoko | Tokunaga Chinami | Sudo Maasa | Wada Ayaka | Ogawa Saki
Zoku v-u-den Michishige Sayumi | Junjun | Sugaya Risako
Discography Featured In
Albums As Chanpuru: Chanpuru ① ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ | Petit Best 10
Other: Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 4 (Petitmoni V only)
DVDs As Chanpuru: Hello! Project DVD Magazine Vol.21
Concerts Featured In
Hello! Project As Chanpuru: 2009 SUMMER | 2010 WINTER | 2010 SUMMER | 2011 WINTER
Other: 2013 Fuyu (High-King, Petitmoni V, ZYX-α, Zoku v-u-den only) | Berryz Koubou Matsuri (High-King, Aa!, ZYX only) | COUNTDOWN PARTY 2016 (Tanpopo# only)
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Morning Musume | Berryz Koubou | ℃-ute | Mano Erina | S/mileage | Mobekimasu | Buono! | Guardians 4 | Shugo Chara Egg! | Hello Pro Egg
Hello Pro Kenshuusei
Members
25th Generation Yonemura Kirara
27th Generation Yamada Ichigo | Nakayama Natsume
28th Generation Kubota Nanami | Matsubara Yulia
29th Generation Saito Madoka | Onoda Karin
30th Generation

Hiromoto Ruri | Hashida Honoka | Nishizaki Miku | Hirayama Yuki | Kitahara Momo | Ebata Kisaki | Yofuu Runo | Murakoshi Ayana | Uemura Hasumi

Former Members
1st Generation Korenaga Miki | Kawashima Miyuki | Okada Yui | Noto Arisa | Morozuka Kanami | Aoki Erina | Tanaka Anri | Ose Kaede | Sengoku Minami | Sawada Yuri | Muto Mika | Hashida Mirei | Furukawa Konatsu | Hashimoto Aina | Ooyanagi Maho | Akiyama Yurika | Okada Robin Shoko | Arihara Kanna | Goto Yuki | Sainen Mia | Mori Saki | Yutoku Ayumi | Kitahara Sayaka | Wada Ayaka | Maeda Yuuka | Fukuda Kanon | Saho Akari | Okai Asuna | Sekine Azusa | Ogawa Saki | Maeda Irori | Arai Manami
2nd Generation Mano Erina | Ogura Manami | Komine Momoka
Transfer Student Linlin
3rd Generation Kikkawa Yuu
4th Generation Fukumura Mizuki | Kaneko Rie | Takeuchi Akari
5th Generation Miyamoto Karin
6th Generation Sezaki Azusa | Sato Ayano
7th Generation Hirano Tomomi | Katsuta Rina
8th Generation Takagi Sayuki
9th Generation Tanabe Nanami
10th Generation Kizawa Runa | Nagasawa Wakana | Kudo Haruka
11th Generation Yoshihashi Kurumi | Hamaura Ayano | Taguchi Natsumi
12th Generation Otsuka Aina | Mogi Minami | Ogawa Rena
13th Generation Yamaga Kanae | Oda Sakura
14th Generation Kosuga Fuyuka | Uemura Akari
15th Generation Okamura Rise | Murota Mizuki
16th Generation Yamagishi Riko | Nomura Minami
17th Generation Kanazawa Tomoko | Ichioka Reina | Kaga Kaede | Kishimoto Yumeno | Makino Maria | Wada Sakurako
18th Generation Sasaki Rikako
19th Generation Tanaka Karen | Inaba Manaka | Mikame Kana | Fujii Rio | Mashiro Kana | Inoue Hikaru
20th Generation Yamaki Risa | Yokogawa Yumei | Niinuma Kisora | Oura Hirona | Dambara Ruru | Haga Akane | Funaki Musubu
21st Generation Aikawa Maho | Takemura Miu | Saito Kana
22nd Generation Hashimoto Nagisa | Horie Kizuki | Shimano Momoko | Ogata Risa | Hirose Ayaka | Tanimoto Ami | Inoue Rei | Asakura Kiki | Onoda Saori
23rd Generation Takase Kurumi
24th Generation Ono Mizuho | Nakano Rion | Yanagawa Nanami | Maeda Kokoro | Akiyama Mao | Kanatsu Mizuki | Kasahara Momona | Okamoto Honoka
25th Generation Noguchi Kurumi | Ono Kotomi | Kodama Sakiko | Kiyono Momohime
26th Generation Kawamura Ayano | Yokoyama Reina | Yoshida Marie | Nishida Shiori | Yamazaki Yuhane | Hashisako Rin
27th Generation Shimakura Rika | Hibi Marina | Eguchi Saya | Doi Rena | Okamura Minami | Matsunaga Riai
28th Generation Hashimoto Momoko | Goto Sayaka | Tamenaga Shion | Shutto Anna | Kanemitsu Ruru
29th Generation Kusunoki Mei
Discography
Indies Singles 1. Kanojo ni Naritai!!! | 2. Ten Made Nobore! | 3. Oheso no Kuni Kara Konnichiwa / Ten Made Nobore! (DVD single)
Soundtrack Singles Karen na Gasshoudan
Campaign Singles Sora ga Aru | Mottainai Baasan Ondo
Albums 1. ① Let's say "Hello!" | 2. Rainbow×2
Concerts & Events
Shinjin Kouen Concerts

2007: May | August | November
2008: March | June | September | November
2009: April | June | September | November
2010: March | June | September | November

Happyoukai Concerts

2011: September
2012: March | June | September | December
2013: March | June | September | December
2014: February/March | June | September | November/December
2015: March | June | September | November/December
2016: February/March | June | September | December
2017: March | June | September | December
2018: March | June | September | December
2019: March | June | September | December
2020: March
Test Events: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

Other Concerts 2010nen Hello Pro Egg Norimen Live 2gatsu
Units & Other Groups
Sub-Units & Groups Tomoiki Ki wo Uetai | Shugo Chara Egg! | Kashou Egg | Hello Pro Kenshuusei Unit
Debuted Acts
(within UP-FRONT)
THE Possible | Mano Erina | S/mileage | Kikkawa Yuu | Up Up Girls (Kari) | Juice=Juice | Kobushi Factory | Tsubaki Factory | BEYOOOOONDS
Associated Acts v-u-den | Little Gatas | ℃-ute | Mix Gatas | Morning Musume | Ongaku Gatas | Gatas Brilhantes H.P. | MilkyWay | High-King | Aa! | Shin Minimoni | Reborn Eleven | Jurin | Country Girls
Related Acts Up-Front Egg | NICE GIRL Project! Kenshuusei | Hello Pro Kansai Kenshuusei | Hello Pro Korea Kenshuusei | Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido
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