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Saito Madoka (斉藤円香; formerly 齊藤円香[1]) is a Japanese pop singer under Hello! Project as the leader of OCHA NORMA and a former member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei.

Biography[]

Saito Madoka, December 2021

Saito Madoka, April 2021

Saito Madoka, December 2020

Saito Madoka, June 2020

Saito Madoka, March 2020

Saito Madoka, December 2019

Saito Madoka, September 2019

Saito Madoka, June 2019

Early Life[]

Saito Madoka was born on October 28, 2002 in Saitama, Japan.

She was signed under Ray Talent Promotion from at least October 2015 to July 2016.[1][2]

2018[]

Saito participated in Hello! Project "ONLY YOU" Audition, but failed.

On November 1, it was announced that Saito had joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei alongside Kusunoki Mei and Onoda Karin. They were introduced in the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2018 12gatsu ~Mikan~ show on December 2.[3]

2019[]

On February 5, she participated in a fanclub event titled Hello Pro Kenshuusei Special Event in Nagoya ~Hajimemashite! 6~ at Midland Square Cinema 2 alongside Kubota Nanami, Matsubara Yulia, and Onoda Karin.

On July 11, Saito was one of the first five Hello Pro Kenshuusei members assigned to the rotational Hello Pro Kenshuusei Unit, who will perform in the Hello! Project 2019 SUMMER concert tour starting on July 13.[4][5]

2021[]

On March 7, it was announced at the end of the Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2021 3gatsu ~Yell~ recital that Saito will be debuting in a new Hello! Project group on January 2, 2022.[6]

On April 20, she participated in a ENPLEX × Hello! Project Nagoya Teiki Event with Yonemura Kirara, Hiromoto Ruli, and Yofu Runo.

On December 14, she participated in a ENPLEX × Hello! Project Nagoya Teiki Event with Yonemura Kirara and Kitahara Momo.

2022[]

On April 9, it was announced during the OCHA NORMA FC Event 2022 ~OCHA NORMA no Ma 2~ that Saito Madoka would be OCHA NORMA's leader, with Hiromoto Ruli becoming the group's sub-leader. The official Hello! Project website was updated to confirm this shortly after the announcement.

On June 6, it was reported that Saito was diagnosed with COVID-19. In the midnight of June 3, Saito had symptoms of fever, sore throat, headache, and nausea, so she did an antigen test at her home and a positive reaction for COVID-19 was confirmed. After consulting with the medical institution, she was instructed to take medical treatment and self-isolate at her home until June 13 due to the positive results in a PCR test. She and the remaining OCHA NORMA members were close contacts of Ishiguri Kanami, so they would also continue to self-isolate at home for the time being. Other than Saito and Ishiguri, no symptoms were confirmed for the OCHA NORMA members.[7]

Personal Life[]

She has three older brothers. One of them is an anime Otaku who likes to go to Comiket, the second one is a Disney cast member, and the third is the medical field.[8]

When Saito joined Hello Pro Kenshuusei, she was in her first year of high school. In March 2021, Saito graduated from high school.

When she was born, her parents wished with all their hearts for a child who would give an immediate impression of being harmonious and kind-hearted, and so she became Madoka. The kanji in Madoka give the impression of "tranquil aroma".

Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Saito Madoka:

  • Madopippi (まどぴっぴ): Used prior to joining Hello Pro Kenshuusei during Ameba Studio "Team Akasaka" and one of her nicknames as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member.
  • Mado-chan (まどちゃん): One of her nicknames as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member.
  • Mado (まど): One of her nicknames as a Hello Pro Kenshuusei member.
  • Madopi (まどぴ): One of her nicknames as a OCHA NORMA member.

Profile[]

  • Special Skills: Calligraphy (Jun 7-dan), Swimming, Remembering people's names quickly
  • Hobbies: Shopping, Karaoke, Dancing, Watching Anime & Disney movies, Collecting goods and Playing games
  • Favorite Music Genre: J-pop, Western, Vocaloid
  • Favorite Food: Melon bread, Tapioca
  • Favorite Sport: Swimming, Figure skating
  • Favorite School Subject: History
  • Charm Points: Slender fingers, teeth alignment
  • Favorite Color: Orange
  • Motto: "Wagen Aigo" (和顔愛語; Gentle face, loving words)
  • Favorite Hello! Project song: Wakain da shi!
  • Looks Up To: Kudo Haruka, Maeda Kokoro

  • Works[]

    Theater[]

    TV Programs[]

    Internet[]

    Music Videos[]

    Trivia[]

    • Her favorite historical figure is Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.[9]
    • She is practicing nanadan (7th level) and wants to keep improving her kana.[10]
    • She has the same surname as Melon Kinenbi member Saito Hitomi.
    • She loves collecting Disney goods.[11]
    • Her favorite smartphone game is Ensemble Stars.

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Ono Kotomi
    Oldest member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei and Hello Pro Kenshuusei Hokkaido
    July 27, 2019 – December 13, 2021
    Succeeded by
    Ishiyama Sakura
    Preceded by
    First
    Oldest member of Hello Pro Kenshuusei Unit
    July 11, 2019 – March 7, 2021
    Succeeded by
    Hashida Honoka
    Preceded by
    First
    Oldest member of OCHA NORMA
    December 12, 2021 – Present
    Succeeded by
    Incumbent
    Preceded by
    First
    Leader of OCHA NORMA
    April 9, 2022 – Present
    Succeeded by
    Incumbent

    References[]

    1. 1.0 1.1 "芸能部所属者:タレント 齊藤円香" (in Japanese). Ray Talent Promotion. (Archived)
    2. Based on page archives, Saito was found to be added to Ray Talent Promotion's list of talent in October 2015 at the earliest, and she was removed in July 2016 at the latest. "芸能部所属者:一覧" (in Japanese). Ray Talent Promotion. (Archived)
    3. "ハロプロ研修生に新メンバー加入のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-11-01.
    4. "​ハロプロ研修生の新体制について" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-07-11.
    5. "ハロプロ研修生の新体制について" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2019-07-11.
    6. "​ハロー!プロジェクト 新グループ結成のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2021-03-07.
    7. "OCHA NORMA 斉藤円香 新型コロナウイルス感染に関するご報告" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2022-06-06.
    8. Kimi ni Tsutaetai Monogatari Season 3 : ~Hello! Project no Chotto Omoshiroi Hanashi~ #8
    9. Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2018 12gatsu ~Mikan~ MC. 2019-12-02.
    10. Hello! Project Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2018 12gatsu ~Mikan~ MC. 2019-12.
    11. Hello Dream. Episode 7.

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