Tanka Rika
Tanaka Rika 2016
Tanaka Rika, October 2016
Nickname Riru (リル)
Birthdate October 13, 1998 (1998-10-13) (age 19)
Birthplace Hiroshima, Japan
Bloodtype AB
Zodiac Sign Libra
Height 161 cm
Professional Information
Genres J-pop
Occupation Singer, Dancer, Idol, Actress, Model
Years Active 2011-Present (6 years)
Agency UP FRONT Agency (2011-2012)
Avex Group (2017-Present)
Label hachama (2011-2016)
Generation 2nd Generation
Associated Acts ANGERME, Mokanbekimasu Ongaku, H.P SUPER IDOLS.

Tanaka Rika (田中里佳) was born on October 13, 1999. Tanaka is a current second generation member of the Hello! Project group ANGERME.

Tanka Rika 2014

Tanaka Rika, August 2014

Tanaka Rika 2012

Tanaka Rika, 2012

Tanaka Rika Audition

Tanaka Rika, during S/mileage audition



On August 14, Tanaka Rika was announced as a S/mileage sub-member at the Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER ~Nippon no mirai wa WOW WOW Live~ concert

On September 15, Tanaka posted her first blog post on the S/mileage Sub-member's official blog, and called it "Busy Day!".

On October 16, Tanaka, along with the other S/mileage sub-members, were announced as official members, becoming second generation members.


On January 23, Tanaka released her first photobook, "Blossoms"

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, and 20th at Yokohama Blitz.


On April 14, S/mileage 2nd Generation had a fanclub event.


On October 12, Tanaka celebrated her 16th birthday at an event titled S/mileage ~Tanaka Rika Birthday Event 2014~, featuring two performances in Tokyo.


On December 3, Tanaka celebrated her 17th birthday at an event titled ANGERME Tanaka Rika Birthday Event 2015, featuring two performances in Tokyo.


On May 5, Tanaka announced her graduation during the ANGERME Concert Tour 2016 Haru "Kyuui Ittai" opening concert. She wanted to graduate in order to pursue a serious acting career.

Comment by Tanaka Rika
To everybody who supports us

I, Tanaka Rika, will graduate from ANGERME and Hello! Project during 2016 Fall.

I've been a Hello! Project idol for almost five years now. I've loved every moment I could perform on stage, in front of fans, all of it has been amazing. I didn't even think I would pass the initial audition, let alone being able to perform among my seniors who I've looked up to for awhile.

However, to be blunt, I've been considering graduation for awhile. I started thinking about it early 2015, but decided against graduating once Fukuda-san and Meimi-chan announced their graduations. But now more than ever, I want to find a new path for me.

I want to go on a new path and become an actress. I enjoying singing and dancing, but acting has been something that brought me into a new world. I want to pursue it, and be able to perform on screen and stage, but not as an idol. I hope that makes sense.

As for now, I'll cherish my last months in ANGERME with all my heart! Please support us to your fullest!

5th May, 2016
Tanaka Rika

On July 1, her graduation was announced to be a stand-alone concert at Nakano Sun Plaza. Tanaka would graduate on October 26, 2016.

On October 26, Tanaka graduated from ANGERME and Hello! Project.

On December 13, Tanaka's profile was removed from the UP FRONT website.


On January 15, Tanaka became a part of Avex Group. She began activities the next day.

On February 8, it was revealed that Tanaka would be starring in the drama, 12 Seasons of Us, as the main character, Shizono Haruka.


  • Name: Tanaka Rika (田中里佳)
  • Nickname: Riru (リル) 
  • Birthday: October 13, 1999 (1999-10-13) (age 18)
  • Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan
  • Height: 161 cm
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Western Zodiac: Libra
  • Hello! Project Status:
    • 2011-08-14: S/mileage Submember
    • 2011-08-14: Submember
    • 2011-10-16: S/mileage Full Member
    • 2011-10-16: Member
    • 2016-10-26: Graduated
  • ANGERME Color:
    • Rose (2011-2014)
    • Yellow-Green (2014-2016)
  • Hello! Project groups:

  • Favorite Subject: English & Home Economics
  • Favorite Animal: Cat
  • Favorite Color: Orange & pale pink
  • Favorite Food: seaweed, wasabi
  • Favorite English Phrase: "S/mileage is the best!"
  • Hobby: Collecting coins
  • Special Skill: Cooking
  • Strong Point: Always smiling
  • Weak Point: Can be overly blunt
  • Audition Song: AMa no Jaku
  • Looks up to: Saito Kotomi & Ogawa Saki

Singles Participated In



Fanclub DVDs

  • [2012.08.27] Mosuma FC Event ~Gachi☆Kira~
  • [2014.12.18] S/mileage ~Tanaka Rika Birthday Event 2014~
  • [2015.12.27] ANGERME Tanaka Rika Birthday Event 2015
  • [2017.01.18] ANGERME Tanaka Rika Birthday Event 2016


  • [2011.10.26] 2012 Calendar (スマイレージ 2012年 カレンダー)
  • [2012.10.20] 2013 Calendar (スマイレージ 2013年 カレンダー)


Solo Photobooks

  • [2012.01.23] Blossoms
  • [2015.07.15] SUMMERTIME

Digital Photobooks

  • [2013.07.01] Sunshine Girl

Solo DVDs

  • [2014.05.19] My days...
  • [2016.10.26] ANGERME Tanaka Rika Sotsugyou Memorial - DVD Magazine
  • [2017.03.03] ANGERME Tanaka Rika Special Solo Live


TV Dramas

  • [2012] Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)
  • [2015] COUNT ON! as Otani Moa
  • [2016] Tokyo Mew Mew! The Drama as Momomiya Ichigo
  • [2017] 12 Seasons of Us as Shizono Haruka

TV Programs

  • [2011–2012] Hello Pro! TIME (ハロプロ!TIME)
  • [2012] 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)
  • [2014-2016] The Girls Live



  • [2012] Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツの)


  • She shares the main vocalist role with Fukuda Kanon, Saito Kotomi, Tamura Meimi, and Yamamoto Ran.
  • She's the most popular second generation S/mileage member, and the third most popular member overall.
  • Her favorite color is pale pink (Rose) since it's her member color.
  • Her least favorite food is squid.
  • Her favorite western show is iCarly.
  • Her favorite sweet is white creme.
  • Her favorite ice cream is cookie dough.
  • She drinks green tea every night.
  • She's allergic to celery.
  • She has a younger sister named Tanaka Mizume.
  • Her favorite H!P group is Shiko Jikan.
  • She has an extreme sweet tooth.
  • Her closest friend in Hello! Project was Tamura Meimi.