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  • Three AKB group members turn into 'Appliance Idols'

    January 6, 2015 @ 12:39 pm

    Kitahara Rie (AKB48), Suda Akari (SKE48) and Ikoma Rina (Nogizaka46/AKB48) will be making guest appearances in the short anime "Go!Go! Kaden Danshi" that is being aired on Hikari TV, NicoNicoDouga, and YouTube. The humorous anime series which is in its second season, illustrates the college life of personified household appliances. Kitahara, Suda and Ikoma will appear as fictional idol group "USB45". They are of course personifications

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  • AKB48 and SKE48 member Kitahara Rie to appear in "Kazoku Game"

    March 23, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    On March 22, it was revealed that AKB48 and SKE48 member Kitahara Rie (21) will play a high school student in the Fuji TV drama Kazoku Game, which begins airing every Wednesday at 10PM starting in April. The drama is based off of the best seller of the same name and stars Arashis Sakurai Sho (31). Sakurai plays unconventional tutor Yoshimoto who resorts to violence and unconventional methods to teach his student and his students fami

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  • Kitahara Rie attends stage greeting for her 1st starring movie

    December 23, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    On December 22nd, AKB48 and SKE48 member Kitahara Rie attended the stage greeting for her first starring movie, 'Joker Game'. Kitahara claims to be a "hare onna" (a woman whose presence causes sunny weather) but was downhearted by the day's signs of rain. Her co-star Shiramata Atsushi apologized saying, "I'm an ame otoko (a man whose presence causes rain). I'm sorry." As the cast will also be holding stage greetings in Nagoya and Osaka, Ki

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  • AKB48's Kitahara Rie to star in her 1st solo CM

    October 23, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    On October 23rd, AKB48 member Kitahara Rie attended a CM presentation event for Koji Honpo's eye make-up product, 'Eye Talk'. As this will be her first solo CM, Kitahara commented, "In AKB, it's highly unlikely for Kitahara to receive a full 15 to 30 seconds." Although Kitahara sings rhythmically while calling out "eye dol" in the CM, she confessed, "To tell you the truth, I'm not good at singing..." 'Eye Talk' is a liquid type make-up

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  • AKB48's Kitahara Rie to cohabit with 5 men and women in a reality show

    October 1, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    On September 30th, it was announced that AKB48's Kitahara Rie will be starring in Fuji TV's upcoming reality TV show, 'Terrace House'. 'Terrace House' will take place at a "share house" where 3 men and 3 women live together. It will portray the friendship, romance, dreams, envy, and setbacks that are present in the lives of these young people. Kitahara uploaded a video message onto AKB48's YouTube channel, where she stated, "Of course w

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  • AKB48's Kitahara Rie attends event for 'ONE PIECE'

    August 8, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    On August 8th, AKB48 member Kitahara Rie attended anexhibition event for the popular anime series, 'ONE PIECE', called , 'ONE PIECE Grand Arena Tour', at Saitama Super Arena. Kitahara, who claims to be a big 'ONE PIECE' fan, revealed that her favorite character from the series is Sanji. She explained, "I liked him since I was in elementary school. He's a good cook, he has good style, and he's kind to women. I love everything about him!"

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  • Sashihara Rino sheds tears during her final performance at the AKB48 theater

    July 24, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    HKT48s Sashihara Rino performed at the Akihabara AKB48 theater on July 23rd. The special event titled, "Sashihara Rino s Send-off Party", was her last at the AKB48 theater. She bid farewell to the Akihabara theater, which holds many memories for her. During the middle of the event, Sashihara addressed the audience and commented, "Theres no doubt that Im sad, but at the same time now, I am very positive and full of drive. In this way, e

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  • AKB48's Kitahara Rie holds handshake event in Taiwan

    July 5, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    On July 4th, AKB48 member Kitahara Rie held a handshake event in Taiwan to celebrate the 1st year anniversary of AKB48 Official Shop Taiwan. Kitahara arrived at Taipei Songshan Airport, where she was welcomed by over 300 fans and 12 media companies. When she walked out into the airport lobby, the crowd excitedly called out, "Rie-chan!" and "I love you!". In response, Kitahara said, "Thank you!" During the press conference, Kitahara gree

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  • Not yet's Kitahara Rie tries her hand at writing lyrics for the first time

    May 15, 2012 @ 4:33 am

    It's been revealed that AKB48 sub-unit Not yet's Kitahara Rie has tried her hand at writing lyrics for the very first time. Kitahara wrote the lyrics to "guilty love", the coupling track to Not yet's upcoming single "Suika BABY". Under the guidance of producerAkimoto Yasushi, she wrote the lyrics with the theme of "unacceptable love". It's described as an adult tune which will allow the group to reach out to a wider audience. Aside Ki

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  • AKB48 sub-unit Not Yet to release new single "Suika BABY"

    May 10, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    Oshima Yuko, Sashihara Rino, Kitahara Rie and Yokoyama Yui's AKB48 sub-unit, Not Yet, announced that they'll be releasing their 4th single "Suika BABY" on May 30th. It will be their other summer song after the 2nd single, "Naminori Kakigoori". The upcoming single will come in 4 types with limited and regular editions. Each limited edition will include the entry ticket for an event for which details have not yet been revealed, and a ticket

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