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Tacoyaki Rainbow RAINBOW~Watashi wa Watashi Yanen kara
Takoyaki Rainbow
Kanji

たこやきレインボー

a.k.a

Takoniji (たこ虹)

Years Active

2012 - present

Origin

Kansai Region, Japan

Label

Stardust Records (indie) avex trax (major)

Website

Takoyaki-rainbow.jp

Member

Kurumi Hori
Sakura Ayaki
Saki Kiyoi
Karen Negishi
Mai Haruna

Former Member

Towa Narasaki
Maria Arai
Yuka Koike

Takoyaki Rainbow (たこやきレインボー, abbreviated  Takoniji (たこ虹) and sometimes styled as Tacoyaki Rainbow) is a five member idol girl group represented by Stardust Promotion under section 3's 3Bjunior. The group was formed in 2012 and is based in Kansai.

Group NotesEdit

Maido! Ookini! We are Takoyaki Rainbow! (まいど!おおきに!たこやきレインボー )

  • The group first debuted on September 17, 2012. Originally they're a seven members group, with each member color represents one of seven colors of the rainbow.[1] They released their single debut in their first anniversary in 2013.
  • The group is based in Osaka, Kansai and all of the members come from Kansai region.[2]. The group's goal is to perform in Koshien Stadium and taking the soil of Koshien home.[3]
  • The fans of the group are called as Niji Kazoku (虹家族, Rainbow Family). Niji Kazoku is considered as the 7th member of the group.[4]
  • The group is described as the Ultimate Weapon of Stardust (スターダストの最終兵器, Stardust no Saishuu Heiki)[5] and isn't considered as a part of the Stardust Sisters (Momo-Ebi-Syachi).

HistoryEdit

2012-2013: Debut and First SingleEdit

Takoniji First Live

Takoniji first live debut with Team Syachihoko

Takoniji 10-2012 02-2013

October 2012 - February 2013 lineup:Saki, Mai, Yuka, Towa, Kurumi, Sakura and Karen

The group was first announced on Mai Haruna's blog on September 10, 2012[6] and first debuted on September 17, 2012 in the second day of Team Syachihoko Osaka tour in LABI1 Namba Department store.[7] The group consisted of Yuka Koike (Orange), Towa Narasaki (red), Kurumi Hori (purple), Karen Negishi (Green), Sakura Ayaki (pink) Mai Haruna (blue), Maria Arai (yellow).[8] The group is a join project between Stardust Promotion and Aero Space entertainment company, a Stardust's affiliation in Osaka. Yuka, Kurumi, Karen, Sakura and Maria were originally belonged to Aero Space.

In their second live event in Abeno Cues Mall Osaka On October 21, 2013, Saki Kiyoi joined the group to replaced Maria. Maria's withdrawal was announced by Section 3's president Ryoji Fujishita.[9].

On February 23, 2013, they held their first solo event in LABI1 Namba Departement Store titled ~Maido! Takoyaki Rainbow Desu~ no Maki, Yuka was announced to withdraw from the group in this event. The member lineup was Towa, Kurumi, Karen, Mai, Sakura, and Saki, this member formation stayed until 2014.

On May 25, 2013, they announced their blog opening and single debut in the Tower Records NU Chayamachi event. Their fan club was formed under the name Niji Kazoku in the LABI1 Namba event on June 16. On July 7 in the Nishinomiya Gardens Tanabata event they declared their goal to perform in Koshien Stadium.

In their first anniversary on September 17, 2013 they released their first indie single Over the Takoyaki Rainbow, the single debuted in #31 in Oricon Weekly Ranking. Shortly after that on November 9 in Grand Front Osaka Knowledge Teather they announced their second single, Naniwa no Haniwa in collaboration with Kenichi Maeyamada, the music producer of several Momoiro Clover Z and Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku's singles and is also a Kansai born musician.[10]

On November 29, 2013 it was announced that Takoyaki Rainbow was going to perform in 3Bjunior's annual live event 3Bjunior Live FINAL: Ore no Fujii and participated in their single Nanairo no Stardust.[11]

2014: Live Tour and Towa GraduationEdit

The tour to promote their second single was announced on January 26, 2014 in Granf Gront Osaka, titled Naniwa no Haniwa Rainbow Tour, starting from February 23 in five venues across Kansai Region.[12]. Their second single Naniwa no Haniwa was released on March 19, 2014, the single debuted in #10 on Oricon Weekly Ranking.

On March 16, 2014, their leader Towa Narasaki announced her graduation because of her academic priority. The graduation took place in their free live event at Osaka Nanko ATC Seaside Stage on June 8, 2014. Kurumi Hori was appointed as the new leader and the 3rd single Zesshou! Naniwa de Umareta Shoujo-Tachi was announced.[13]

Their first TV variety with comedian Muga Tsukaji, Mezase Koshien! Tsuka Tako Rainbow Road was broadcasted in Kansai TV on May 28, 2014, the variety show took place in Hyogo Himeji Central Park zoo.[14].

The 3rd single Zesshou! Naniwa de Umareta Shoujo-Tachi was released on September 3, 2014. They held their first One-Man live concert on September 28, 2014 in Osaka Umeda CLUB QUATTRO titled Takoyaki Rainbow First One Man Live "Hajime no Ippo". The concert is declared as the first step to their performance in Koshien Stadium. They also announced to perform in Tokyo Nippon Seinenkan.[15]

2015: 4th Single and Rainbow TourEdit

It was announced Takoniji would go on an eight-day "Rainbow Tour" from  March 20th to March 28th to promote their new single, "Genki Uri no Shoujo ~Namihana Meiuta Gojuu Sen~". It was announced their single would be released May 20, and it is also their first nationwide single. It will also receive a Music Video. On the tour, Sakura's birthday will also be celebrated.

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2016: Major Debut AnnouncementEdit

On January 9, 2016 during "Ore no Fujii 2016: Tynamite" event, It was announced that Tacoyaki Rainbow will be major debut under Avex.[16] It is first time when Stardust Idol debuted under that label.

MembersEdit

Color Name Kanji Date of Birth Epithet Notes
Purple Kurumi Hori 堀くるみ December 18, 1999 (1999-12-18) (age 17) Awatenbo Danjri Girl

(Airhead Danjiri Girl)

Leader
Pink Sakura Ayaki 彩木咲良 March 26, 2002 (2002-03-26) (age 15) Sakiretsu
(lit. Cracked Laugh)
Youngest
Yellow Saki Kiyoi 清井咲希 August 5, 1999 (1999-08-05) (age 17) Hello! Sakitty Konnichiwa~♪ Oldest
Green Karen Negishi 根岸可蓮 November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18) (age 16) Doki Doki (Heart pounding) Shortest
Blue Mai Haruna 春名真依 January 5, 2001 (2001-01-05) (age 16) Min'na no kobun

(Everyone's Henchman)

Tallest

Former MembersEdit

Color Name Kanji Date of Birth Epithet Notes
Red Towa Narasaki 奈良崎とわ February 1, 2000 (2000-02-01) (age 17) Shaolin Girl from Naniwa Former leader
Orange Yuka Koike 小池優花 December 31, 1998 (1998-12-31) (age 18) - -
Yellow Maria Arai 新井まりあ July 21, 2000 (2000-07-21) (age 16) - Left Stardust
in 2012

DiscographyEdit

Works Edit

  • TV Commercials
    • [2014] Takoyaki Rainbow×Buden Shoten
    • [2014] LOTTE ACUO CM

Subunits and soloists Edit

The group has unofficial subunits and a soloist that debuted in their Club QUATTRO One Man Live. They are:

It is unknown whether these units will continue as official units.

TriviaEdit

  • The average age of the members when the group first debuted was 13.8
  • The group's name follows the aquatic animal theme in 3Bjunior's group, after Ebi (shrimp) and Syachi (killer whale).

ReferencesEdit

External LinksEdit

NavigationEdit

e - t - vTakoyaki Rainbow
TimelineDiscographyLive EventsPublicationTV Appearances
Kurumi HoriSaki KiyoiMai HarunaKaren NegishiSakura Ayaki
Singles
Indie Over the Takoyaki RainbowNaniwa no HaniwaZesshou! Naniwa de Umareta Shoujo-Tachi
Others Takoyaki Rainbow MUSIC CARD Christmas Pack
Related Topics
Former Members Towa NarasakiYuka KoikeMaria Arai

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