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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.


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Early Life[]

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 2009, Takeuchi became a member of the revival group, Shin Minimoni alongside Linlin, Fukuda Kanon, and Miyamoto Karin.


In late 2010, Takeuchi auditioned for Morning Musume 9th Generation Audition, but failed to pass the 3rd round.


She auditioned for S/mileage and made it in as sub-members along with Nakanishi Kana, Tamura Meimi, Kosuga Fuyuka, and fellow Hello Pro Egg member Katsuta Rina.

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.

On October 10, it was announced that Takeuchi would be a member of the new unit Harvest alongside Morning Musume members Ikuta Erina, Ishida Ayumi, and Sato Masaki.


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!!"[1]

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 24, it was announced that Takeuchi Akari would take over Fukuda Kanon's Tuesday regular position on the radio show 60TRYbu.[2]

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 February 17, Takeuchi held a talk event with Kamikokuryo Moe at the Hello! Project Official Shop in Osaka.[3]

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 August 27, Takeuchi was appointed as a migration PR ambassador for Shikokuchuo, Ehime Prefecture alongside Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari) member Mori Saki.[4]

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.[5][6]

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.[7][8]

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 October 5, the Hello Tsu PHOTOBOOK① was released, including Takeuchi's gravure that was originally published in a December 2018 issue of Weekly Famitsu.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.


On October 29th, she became the longest serving member of ANGERME, surpassing Wada Ayaka's tenure.

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.[12] In compliance with government policy, cheering, crowding, standing, and closeness in the venue were prohibited, and wearing masks were required to enter.

Personal Life[]

Takeuchi has an older brother and a pet dog named Melon.

Takeuchi is maternal first cousins with ℃-ute's leader, Yajima Maimi.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

On March 13, 2016, Takeuchi announced that she had graduated from high school and would start university.[16]

Takeuchi most notably gets along with Katsuta Rina, Fukumura Mizuki[14] and Makino Maria.[17]

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.[14]

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.[14]
  • 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.


  • Hobbies: Playing outside, watching TV, reading manga
  • Special Skills: Short distance running, sports, penmanship.
  • Strong Point: Hating to lose to anything.
  • Weak Point: Speaking too fast
  • Favorite Subject: P.E.
  • Least Favorite Subject: Math
  • Favorite Food: Kiwi, Meat
  • Least Favorite Food: Tofu
  • Favorite Color: Red and light blue
  • Favorite English Phrase: "You're Welcome!!".
  • Favorite Animal: Dogs, Tigers, Lion cubs, Red pandas.
  • Favorite Sport Teams: Yomiuri Giants
  • Looks Up To: Yajima Maimi[14]
  • Favorite Song in the Past: "Minihamus no Ai no Uta", "Around the World" by MONKEY MAJIK, "Dango 3 Kyoudai" by Hayami Kentarou and Shigemori Ayumi (with Hidamari Kids and Dango Chorus)
  • Favorite Current Songs: "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction, "Yuki no Ne" by GReeeeN, "Niji" by AAA
  • Favorite Hello! Project Songs: "Nana Korobi Ya Oki",[14] "Campus Life ~Umarete Kite Yokatta~",[14] "Singing ~Ano Koro no You ni~"[14]

  • Discography[]

    Main article: Takeuchi Akari/Discography

    Solo Songs[]

    Solo DVDs[]

    Solo Fanclub DVDs[]


    Main article: Takeuchi Akari/Publications

    Other Photobooks[]



    TV Programs[]


    • [2012] Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツの)


    Music Videos[]



    • [2012–2014] SS1422
    • [2015–] AS1422
    • [2015–] 60TRYbu (60TRY部) (Tuesday regular)


    • If she could join another group for a day, she would have joined ℃-ute.
    • Tamura Meimi and Murota Mizuki think that Akari is the coolest member of Hello! Project.
    • She eats bread for breakfast.
    • She has a habit of biting her lip.
    • Her favorite spot is her living room.
    • She describes her personality as hating to lose.
    • Up Up Girl's Mori Saki gave her and Fukumura wedding-themed couple mugs back when they were all Hello Pro Egg members.
    • At the sports festival, she was the only member of S/mileage that was able to win an event.
    • She is a fan of the English-Irish band One Direction.
    • In Team Okai, she covered Tanaka Reina.
    • She is the first second generation S/mileage member to release a solo DVD.
    • On the day before her middle school graduation ceremony, she told herself that she didn't want to graduate. After listening to "Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita" while saying it, she was moved by it that started to cry by herself.
    • She believes that Tokunaga Chinami is the most energetic member of Hello! Project, while Kumai Yurina being the mellowest.
    • She sometimes wears shorts instead of skirts in music videos and concerts because she prefers a boyish look.
    • In Fukuda Kanon's final interview before her graduation, she had this to say about Takeuchi: "She was good at singing and dancing from the start, but she also discards some aspects of the idol attitude in a good sense, and is always reliable. She’s loved by everyone so she also gets teased a lot by everyone, and even when she’s not around, just the mention of her name can make everyone smile."[19]
    • If she could be born as a someone else, she would be Kumai Yurina because she's tall and would never get buried on a crowded train.[14]
    • She believes she is the best Hello! Project member at calligraphy. As of November 2017, she is currently 2-dan in the adult ranking, and is certified to teach calligraphy at the high school level.[14] She passed the 3-dan in January 2020. As of August 10, 2020, she passed the 4-dan, and is now qualified to teach calligraphy to adults.[20]
    • If she did not become idol, she would like to play around as much as she wants such as going to karaoke until late at night, and also go traveling.[14]
    • Coincidentally, 朱莉 is also a common Chinese transcription of the name "Julie".
    • She is the last remaining member to have released a single under the name S/mileage before the group's name change. (Sasaki Rikako was a member of S/mileage but her debut single was in January 2015 when they became ANGERME).

    Honorary Titles[]

    Honorary Titles
    Preceded by
    Arai Manami
    Youngest member of Hello Pro Egg
    2008 – 2008
    Succeeded by
    Miyamoto Karin
    Preceded by
    Sub-leader of ANGERME
    November 29, 2015 – June 18, 2019
    (with Nakanishi Kana)
    Succeeded by
    Kawamura Ayano
    (with Nakanishi Kana)
    Preceded by
    Wada Ayaka
    Leader of ANGERME
    June 19, 2019 – Present
    Succeeded by
    Preceded by
    Nakanishi Kana
    Oldest member of ANGERME
    December 11, 2019 – Present
    Succeeded by
    Preceded by
    Wada Ayaka
    Longest serving member of ANGERME
    October 29, 2021 – Present
    Succeeded by


    1. Takeuchi Akari. "Akari "We were...". smileage english (@namasma_eng) via Twitter. 2014-03-02.
    2. https://twitter.com/hipnewsservice/status/669232350757302273
    3. http://www.helloproject.com/event/detail/2dc30f72e27394402784cb9e0705278d947678e2
    4. "愛媛県西条市、新居浜市、四国中央市が、アンジュルム・アップアップガールズ(仮)出演の移住PR動画対決を行います!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-08-27.
    5. "[1]" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2018-09-19.
    6. <"ラグビーワールドカップ2019™開催1年前イベント" (in Japanese). Saitama Prefecture. 2018-09-18.
    7. https://twitter.com/angerme_upfront/status/1132275601983721473
    8. Murota Mizuki. "リーダー 室田瑞希" (in Japanese). ANGERME Member Blog. 2019-05-25.
    9. "「ハロ通 PHOTOBOOK①」発売決定!!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2019-08-23.
    10. "ハロー!プロジェクトメンバーオフィシャルInstagramスタート!" (in Japanese). Hello! Project. 2020-05-14.
    11. "★ファンクラブ会員限定イベント★「アンジュルム 竹内朱莉バースデーイベント2020」開催決定!" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2020-10-15.
    12. "★ファンクラブ会員限定イベント★「アンジュルム 竹内朱莉バースデーイベント2021」開催決定!" (in Japanese). UP-FC. 2021-10-13.
    13. Morning Musume Michishige Sayumi no Kon'ya mo Usa-chan Peace. Broadcast Date: 2009-06-24.
    14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 "アンジュルム竹内朱莉が“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.
    15. http://ameblo.jp/smileage-submember/entry-11491440278.html
    16. http://ameblo.jp/angerme-amerika/entry-12138864529.html
    17. SS1422 #84. 2014-08-24.
    18. "竹内 朱莉 タケウチ アカリ" (in Japanese). Fuji TV.
    19. Sakurai Takamasa. "#39 Kanon Fukuda’s Final Interview as a Member of ANGERME". Asian Beat. 2015-11-25.
    20. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDsdwbRFj5g/

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