Takeuchi Akari (竹内朱莉) is a Japanese pop singer, dancer under Hello! Project as a 2nd generation member and leader of ANGERME. She first joined Hello! Project in 2008 as a member Hello Pro Egg. She was also a member of Shin Minimoni and the SATOYAMA movement unit Harvest.
Takeuchi Akari was born on November 23, 1997 in Saitama, Japan.
Takeuchi Akari joined Hello! Project as a member of Hello Pro Egg in 2008. She was first introduced at the 2008 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 6gatsu ~Akasaka Hop!~ concert in June 2008 alongside Fukumura Mizuki and Kaneko Rie.
In June 2009, Takeuchi took park in the stage play Ojigi de SHAPE-UP!, the sequel to Ojigi 30 do Degrees, with fellow Hello! Project members Miyamoto Karin, Takahashi Ai, Michishige Sayumi, Tanaka Reina, and Kamei Eri.
In late 2010, Takeuchi auditioned for Morning Musume 9th Generation Audition, but failed to pass the 3rd round.
On October 16th, the second generation sub-members of S/mileage were announced as official members. Following the announcement, Takeuchi, along with Katsuta, withdrew from Hello Pro Egg.
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~, was set to take place on June 15th, 18th, 20th, and 28th at Yokohama Blitz.
Starting in April, Takeuchi became a regular on the NHK's educational television program Test no Hanamichi.
On April 14, S/mileage's 2nd generation held a fanclub event.
On May 26, it was announced that Takeuchi would take part of a new project called "Yattaruchan Daisakusen", which she supported Nakanishi Kana's mission to become "Super Yattaruchan". The project began in August. On the same day, Takeuchi's Twitter account was officially opened.
On November 25, she celebrated her birthday at a special event called S/mileage Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event 2013 with two performances.
On March 2, Takeuchi Akari and then Nakanishi Kana Tweeted that their Twitter accounts would become inactive, but they would start to update their blog more often. Takeuchi's second-to-last tweet stated: "We were doing Twitter as part of Operation Yattaruchan to become Yattaruchan, so maybe this means Akari is Yattaruchan now-!!!!! lol I'll update my blog more often from now on!! lol Thank you for now!!"
On November 23, Takeuchi celebrated her 17th birthday. She had a special birthday event, titled S/mileage ~Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event 2014~, the event featured two performances in Tokyo.
On November 29, during Fukuda's gradation concert at the end of the ANGERME First Concert Tour 2015 Aki "Hyakka Ryouran", it was announced that she was appointed sub-leader alongside Nakanishi Kana.
On January 25, Takeuchi celebrated her 18th birthday at a special event titled ANGERME Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event ~Shinnenkai ja nai yo! Birthday Event da yo! Minna de Akari wo Iwaundaa!!!~, featuring two performances in Tokyo.
On November 24, Takeuchi celebrated her 19th birthday at a special event titled ANGERME Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event 2016, featuring two performances in Tokyo.
On November 22, Takeuchi celebrated her 20th birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event 2017, which featured two shows at Square Ebara Hiratsuka Hall.
On September 23, Takeuchi was appointed with eight other OG and active Hello! Project members from Saitama Prefecture as Host City Special Supporters for Kumagaya during the Rugby World Cup 2019 hosted by Japan.
On December 12, she celebrated her 21st birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event 2018, featuring two shows at Square Ebara Hiratsuka Hall.
On May 25, during the night concert of the ANGERME Concert Tour 2019 Haru ~Rinnetenshou~ in Chiba, it was announced that Takeuchi would become the group's new leader following Wada Ayaka's graduation on June 18.
On July 25, she and Morning Musume '19 member Fukumura Mizuki held a joint fanclub event titled Morning Musume '19 Fukumura Mizuki・ANGERME Takeuchi Akari FC Event, featuring two shows at NEW PIER HALL.
On November 25, she celebrated her 22nd birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event 2019, featuring two shows at NEW PIER HALL.
On May 14, she opened up an official Instagram account.
On November 26, she celebrated her 23rd birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event 2020, featuring two shows at LANDMARK HALL. In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.
On November 25, she celebrated her 24th birthday at a fanclub event titled ANGERME Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event 2021, featuring two shows at Sunpearl Arakawa. In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.
Takeuchi has an older brother and a pet dog named Melon.
Takeuchi is maternal first cousins with ℃-ute's leader, Yajima Maimi. She has explained in the past that the reason why she decided to join Hello Pro Egg was because she admired her cousin Yajima and ℃-ute.Her grandfather owns an electronics shop.
When Takeuchi was first introduced as a Hello Pro Egg member in June 2008, she was a third year elementary school student. At the time when Takeuchi auditioned for S/mileage, she was a second year middle school student. During her time in middle school, she was in a sports team. On March 15, 2013, Takeuchi graduated from middle school.On March 13, 2016, Takeuchi announced that she had graduated from high school and would start university.
Takeuchi's given name, "Akari", was thought of by her grandfather, who owned an electronics shop and wanted to pick a name related to electricity. He came up with Akari, Hikari, and Hikaru; all of them meaning "light", "illumination", or "glow". Since Takeuchi's mother wanted a cute name, she choose Akari out of the three.
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Takeuchi Akari:
- Take-chan (タケちゃん): Official nickname, given her since joining Hello Pro Egg. Used by members and fans.
- Oden-kun (おでんくん): Given to her due to having a similar facial feature to the cartoon character "Oden-kun". Afterwards, the S/mileage Members, the fans, even Tsunku has ofter call her by the nickname.
- Name: Takeuchi Akari (竹内朱莉)
- Nickname: Take-chan (タケちゃん)
- Birthdate: November 23, 1997
- Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
- Blood Type: O
- Height: 152 cm (4 ft 11.8 in)?
- Western Zodiac: Sagittarius
- Eastern Zodiac: Ox
- Hello! Project Status:
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Years in ANGERME: 8 years
- Official Kaomoji: ﾘｲ＾・ ゥ・ﾘ
- S/mileage / ANGERME Color:
- Red (2011-2014)
- Blue (2014-present)
- Audition Song: "Suki-chan" by S/mileage
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Shuffle Units:
- Concert Units:
- Other Groups:
- Main article: Takeuchi Akari/Discography
- [2013.03.30] Take in spring (e-Hello!)
Solo Fanclub DVDs
- [2018.03.24] ANGERME Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event 2017
- [2019.04.xx] ANGERME Takeuchi Akari Birthday Event 2018
- Main article: Takeuchi Akari/Publications
- [2019.10.05] Hello Tsu PHOTOBOOK①
-  Hoshisuna no Shima no Chiisana Tenshi ~Mermaid Smile~ (星砂の島のちいさな天使～マーメイド スマイル)
-  Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro•Igyou (怪談新耳袋・異形) (as Airi)
- [2011-2012] Hello Pro! TIME
-  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)
- [2013-2016] Test no Hanamichi (テストの花道) (Regular)
- [2014-2019] The Girls Live
-  AI・DOL PROJECT (AI・DOL プロジェクト)
-  Hello Dream. (ハロドリ。)
-  Hello! Project presents... "Solo Fes!"
-  ANGERME no Kekkyoku wa LOVE desho!!
- [2020–2021] Hello Pro! TOKYO Sanpo (ハロプロ!TOKYO散歩)
-  Hello! Project presents... "Solo Fes! 2"
-  Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツの)
- [2013–] Hello! Project Station
- [2014–2016] MUSIC+
- [2015–2016] GREEN ROOM
- [2016–] Upcoming
- [2016–2017] Girls Night Out
- [2017–] tiny tiny
- [2018–] OMAKE CHANNEL
-  Hello Pro no Monohon!
- [2019–2020] Hello Pro no Oshigoto Challenge
- [2019–2020] Hello Pro Kouhaku Taiko THE☆BATTLE
-  Hello Pro ONE×ONE
-  Hello! Anison Bu
-  Hello Pro Live Jikkyou!
-  Mano Erina - Haru no Arashi (春の嵐) (as a back dancer)
-  Mano Erina - Genkimono de Ikou! (元気者で行こう!) (as a back dancer)
-  ℃-ute - To Tomorrow (as a back dancer)
-  Ojigi de Shape Up!
-  Ima ga Itsuka ni Naru Mae ni
-  Warera Jeanne ~Shoujo Seisen Kageki~ (as Lily and Rupert)
-  LILIUM -Lilium Shoujo Junketsu Kageki- (as Cattelya)
-  SMILE FANTASY!
-  MODE
-  Yumemiru Television
-  Attack No.1
|Youngest member of Hello Pro Egg
2008 – 2008
|Sub-leader of ANGERME
November 29, 2015 – June 18, 2019
(with Nakanishi Kana)
(with Nakanishi Kana)
|Leader of ANGERME
June 19, 2019 – Present
|Oldest member of ANGERME
December 11, 2019 – Present
|Longest serving member of ANGERME
October 29, 2021 – Present
- ANGERME Profile
- Official Blogs:
- Twitter (inactive)
- Test no Hanamichi Profile
|Hello! Project Dance Club|
|Hello Pro Kenshuusei|