|Native name 川栄 李奈|
Associated acts AKB48 Anrire
Music group AKB48 (2012 – 2015)
Name Rina Kawaei
|Born February 12, 1995 (age 20) (1995-02-12) |
Origin Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Albums Team A 4th Stage "Tadaima Renai Chuu"
Movies and TV shows Majisuka Gakuen, AKBINGO!, Gekijoban Shiritsu Bakaleya
Similar People Anna Iriyama, Haruka Shimazaki, Yui Yokoyama, Sayaka Yamamoto, Juri Takahashi
Occupation(s) Japanese idol singer
Years active 2010–2015 (as AKB48)
Record labels Avex Group, King Records
Actress, Singer Rina Kawaei Announces Marriage, Pregnancy
Rina Kawaei (川栄 李奈, Kawaei Rina, born February 12, 1995 in Kanagawa Prefecture) is a Japanese singer and actress. She was a member of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. She was in Team A. She was also in a group called Anrire with AKB48 members Anna Iriyama and Rena Katō; they were featured in Rino Sashihara's single "Ikujinashi Masquerade", which charted at number one in the Japanese Oricon weekly singles chart.
- Actress Singer Rina Kawaei Announces Marriage Pregnancy
- 2012 May 2014
- June 2014 present
- with Anrire
- Other AKB48 songs
- Stage units
- TV dramas
- TV variety shows
2012 – May 2014
Kawaei auditioned for AKB48 and was selected to join the seventh kenkyūsei (trainee) generation (11th AKB48 generation overall) in July 2010.
In March 2012, she was promoted to Team 4, and was transferred to Team A in August. Soon after the TV series Shiritsu Bakaleya Kōkō ended on June 30, it was announced that Kawaei would participate in its film adaptation. The movie would star several members from the groups Johnny's Jr. and AKB48.
In 2013, during a broadcast of a special episode of the comedy show Mecha-Mecha Iketeru!, it was announced that Kawaei would perform as center in a song of the special unit BKA48 that will be included on AKB48's single "Sayonara Crawl" to be released in May.
At the 2013 AKB48 general election, she placed 25th with 26,764 votes, and thus gained a place as an Under Girl for the next single "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie".
On May 25, 2014, during an event held at the Iwate Industry Culture & Convention Center in Takizawa, Iwate, she, along with Anna Iriyama and a staff member were attacked by a 24-year-old man wielding a handsaw, who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder. All three victims suffered wounds including bone fractures on their fingers (reportedly, Kawaei's right hand thumb and Iriyama's right hand little finger were both fractured and cut, the girls also suffered wounds to their heads), and were taken to hospital for surgery. The event, as well as all other group activities on that day, were halted.
June 2014 – present
At AKB48's 2014 general election she placed 16th with 39,120 votes and thus gained a place in the promotional line-up for the next single "Kokoro no Placard".
On March 26, 2015, she announced that she would be leaving the group. She had her graduation ceremony during AKB48's Summer Concert in Saitama Super Arena on August 2 and had her last stage performance on August 4, 2015.
In November 2015 it was announced that she would star as Mitsuki Takahata in an NHK Morning Drama Toto Neechan (とと姉ちゃん).
She also took part as a guest voice actor in the animated movie PriPara Minna no Akogare Let's Go PriPari (プリパラ み～んなのあこがれ♪レッツゴー☆プリパリ) that was premiered on March 12, 2016. She provided the voice for Minifaruru, the younger sister of Faruru who is the main character. This will be Kawaei's debut in a theatrical anime.
Other AKB48 songs
- "Hatsukoi yo, Konnichiwa" (初恋よ こんにちは)
- "Higurashi no Koi" (ヒグラシノコイ)
- "Skirt, Hirari" (スカート、ひらり)
- "Tenshi no Shippo" (天使のしっぽ)