Kitahara Rie

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Kitahara Rie
Kitahara Rie (2018)
Kanji 北原里英
Kana きたはら りえ
Romaji Kitahara Rie
Nickname Kitarie (きたりえ)
Birth Info
Birthdate June 24, 1991  
Birthplace Flag of Japan.png Ichinomiya City, Aichi, Japan
Blood type A
Current Age 32 Years Old
Height 159cm
Professional Info
Agency Ohta Pro
Social Networks 7gogo / Ameblo / Instagram / Threads / Twitter / Weibo / YouTube
Idol Career Info
Former Group NGT48
Former Team Team NIII
Debuted March 2008 / AKB48 5th Generation
Graduated April 2018

Kitahara Rie was the captain of NGT48 and NGT48's Team NIII.



Aichi-ken kara kimashita, Kitahara Rie, 32sai desu. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu
(I come from Aichi prefecture, I'm Kitahara Rie, 32 years old. Please be nice to me)


  • Audition Song: Cruel Angel's Thesis (from Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  • Hobbies: Cleaning her room in one fluid movement
  • Charm point: Lips
  • Favorite AKB48 songs: Iiwake Maybe, Junjou Shugi, Dear my teacher
  • Favorite artist: EXILE
  • Favorite brand: Milk, GILFY, Porno Graffitti
  • Favorite drink: Vegetable juice
  • Favorite food: Curry rice, shrimp al ajillo, eggs boiled in a hot spring, finely chopped green onion
  • Favorite magazine: Shuukan Young Jump
  • Favorite manga: Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning, One Piece, Detective Conan
    • Her favorite One Piece character is Sanji.
  • Favorite school subject: History, English
  • Favorite season: Summer
  • Favorite TV show: Ametalk
  • Favorite word: "Happiness"
  • Special skill: Imitations, recreating dramas
  • Admired members: Akimoto Sayaka, Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko, Kasai Tomomi
  • Good friends with: Oya Shizuka, Sashihara Rino, Sato Amina, Chikano Rina, Miyazaki Miho, Takajo Aki, Kashiwagi Yuki, Uchida Mayumi
    • She and Oya Shizuka became friends after living together for a year and half.
    • Similarly, she and Sashihara Rino became friends after temporarily living together after moving to Tokyo
    • She and Kashiwagi Yuki often tease each other. On a radio show, Yuki said she likes to touch other members' elbows, but not Rie's because they are too rough. Rie responded that she is now desperately taking care of her elbow skin.
  • She was the leader of Culture Club.
  • She was born in a hospital in Gifu prefecture near her mother's childhood home.
  • She grew up in Aichi Prefecture. As a child she was lively and friendly, and liked to take active roles in things. She was the leader of her kindergarten playground group.
  • She has a younger brother named Takaya.
  • Her eyesight became poor in 3rd grade of elementary school. She wore glasses, then switched to contact lenses in 1st grade of middle school.
  • She was in the handball club in middle school.
  • She was in the brass band club in high school and was part of the percussion team.
  • She had a part-time job at a Korean restaurant in high school.
  • She decided to audition for AKB48 because she wanted to be an actress. She liked acting out fantasies and role-plays. She originally wanted to be a voice actress, but gave up because she had poor pronunciation.
  • After passing the audition for AKB48 she lived with five other members of the 5th Generation in a dorm for one month. Later she shared an apartment with Oya Shizuka.
  • She is good at academics and was known as "the honor-student idol".
  • She describes herself as competitive and hot-blooded. She has a negative mindset, but also recovers from things quickly.
  • She is good at English, and has passed the Eiken (English Qualification) Level 2.
  • She is good at piano, and has passed the Yamaha Music Proficiency Test for Piano Performance Grade 6.
  • She loves shoujo manga series and quotes.
  • She likes baseball. Her favorite team is the Chunichi Dragons.
  • She prefers cats over dogs, and would like to raise a cat.
  • She is a fan of Harry Potter and remembers the names of every spell.
  • She is a longtime fan of K-Pop group Girls' Generation. She owns the DVD of the group's concert, "The First Japan Arena Tour". She said that she even asked the AKB48 stylist and makeup artist to "make her look like Girls' Generation".
  • For many years she had a complex about her face, thinking she was ugly. She said in 2008 that she often cried after going to the beautician, because she would have to look at herself in the mirror for so long during the appointment. During the 1st Janken Taikai, she hid her face from the solo cameraman who had been assigned to her, saying she was ugly and did was not wearing makeup yet. The cameraman was confused by this. As a father himself, he said that if he heard his daughter call herself ugly he would be heartbroken. Rie apologized to him and said she would no longer call herself ugly.
  • After the 2009 Team Shuffle, fans commented that Rie moving from Team A to Team B seemed like a demotion. At the time, Team B has regarded more poorly than Teams A and K. Rie commented on this in an interview, saying "I want you to understand that it's not like that at all. I see the transfer positively, as an opportunity."
  • She wrote a skit for the Team YJ promotional event drama called "Yuirgaoka Jogakuin". It was a story of students' school lunch money being stolen. The story was well received, and she said in the future she would like to write more content for AKB48.
  • She wrote the lyrics for guilty love, a B-side from Not Yet's 4th single Suika BABY.
  • She bought her first personal computer in 2010.
  • She likes horror movies.
  • Her favorite city is Shibuya.
  • She has a habit of saying the words dakeredo (だけれど "but"), choichoi (ちょいちょい "a little bit" ), and kekkou (だけっこう "quite/pretty"). When it comes to kekkou, she emphasizes the "ke" rather than the "ko" sound. This is not the standard pronunciation, but is slightly more common in Aichi prefecture where she is from.
  • In 2012 she participated in the reality TV show "Terrace House" in which she would briefly live in a house with other men and women. Her participation created buzz online, as some fans were happy for her appearing on a popular television show, while others were upset about the romantic aspect of the show and that she would be living with men.
  • She is a former member of the fake idol group "SONE" with Minegishi Minami, Sashihara Rino and Miyazaki Miho, that regularly participated on Request Hour MCs. They "disbanded" in 2014.
  • On AKBINGO! she shared that her dream is to date a bass guitar player. She has even created a fantasy situation in which she is the singer in a band, and the bassist, guitarist, and drummer all have feelings for her.
    • She created many fantasy (mousou) scenarios during her time as an AKB48 member, such as a fantasy to “meet up with a boyfriend in Shimokitazawa on a cold February afternoon and visit an indie movie theater together”.






  • Starting on January 10, started appearing in the AKB48 drama Majisuka Gakuen (マジスカ学園) as Unagi.
  • On May 21, started activities for Team B.



  • Released on July 14, appeared in the movie Graffreeter Toki (グラッフリータートキ).
  • On August 24, the first day of the 1830m no Yume tour, was moved to Oshima Team K and received a concurrent position in Team S.
  • On November 1, began activities for Team K.
  • On October 26, appeared in the third episode of the first season of Terrace House (テラスハウス).
  • Released on December 22, appeared in the movie Joker Game (ジョーカーゲーム).




  • On March 26, during the AKB48 Spring Concert, her move to NGT48 was announced.
  • On August 26, during the Senshuuraku of Team K's RESET stage, had her last activity as a Team K/AKB48 member.



  • On August 21, during the NGT48 2 Year Anniversary Event, announced her graduation.


  • In January, released her first photobook Soshite.
  • On March 1, had her graduation stage in the AKB48 theater.
  • On April 14, her graduation concert Yume no 1115-nichi Niigata no Onna ni Narimashita! was held.
  • On April 18, had her graduation stage in the NGT48 theater.
  • From July 17-30, appeared in the 70th Anniversary commemorative stage play Bakumatsu Junjoden (幕末純情伝).


  • From January to March, appeared in the role of Lemon in 'Fruits Delivery Service' (フルーツ宅配便).
  • In March, appeared in the stage play version of the anime 'Dororo' (どろろ).
  • In April, appeared in Episode 4 of the drama 'Your Family is My Business' (家売るオンナの逆襲).
  • Released on May 15, appeared in the horror movie 'Toshimaen: Haunted Park)' (としまえん).
  • In June, will star in the recital drama 'Always Chopin in my Pocket' (いつもポケットにショパン).
  • Released on July 26, will appear in the movie version of 'Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger' (騎士竜戦隊リュウソウジャー).
  • From July 8th, will appear in the horror drama 'Ogamiya Kaidan II' (拝み屋怪談II).
  • From July 31-August 4, will appear in the stage play 'HERO 2019 Natsu' (HERO 2019夏).
  • Released on November 22nd, appeared in the action movie 'Burst Machine Girl' (バーストマシンガール)


  • Starting on June 19th, appeared in the movie "HERO ~2020~".
  • On August 1st, appeared in "Time Leap Girl ~80's Uta no Hit Parade~" (タイムリープガール 〜80's歌のヒットパレード〜).


  • On February 12th, set to appear in the movie "Trap Girl" (トラップ・ガール).
  • On September 29th, announced her marriage to actor Kasahara Hideyuki.


  • From October 8th, appeared in the drama "-Adlib Suiri Drama- Mystery Players" (―アドリブ推理ドラマ― ミステリープレイヤーズ).

AKB48 Senbatsu Elections

AKB48 Janken Tournaments

Team History

AKB48 KenkyuuseiTeam ATeam BTeam K and Team S ( → Team K and Team KII ) → Team KNGT48Team NIII → Graduation
Joined AKB48 as a Kenkyuusei on October 6, 2007 (Debut: March 1, 2008)
Promoted to Team A on July 30, 2008
Transferred to Team B on August 23, 2009 (2009 Team Shuffle)
Transferred to Team K on August 24, 2012 (Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle)
Held a Concurrent Position on SKE48's Team S from August 24, 2012 (Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle) to April 28, 2013 (AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai) (Promotion: January 29, 2013 | Stage Debut: February 13, 2013 | Graduation: May 8, 2013 )
Transferred to Team KII on April 13, 2013 (SKE48 Team Shuffle) but didn't debut
Transferred to NGT48 on March 26, 2015 (AKB48 Spring Shuffle 2015)
Promoted to Team NIII on January 10, 2016 (Team NIII Formation)
Graduated from NGT48 Team NIII on April 18, 2018

Singles Participation

NGT48 A-Sides

NGT48 B-Sides

AKB48 A-Sides

AKB48 B-Sides

SKE48 A-Sides

SKE48 B-Sides

fairy w!nk B-Sides

Other Singles

Albums Participation

AKB48 Albums


Not yet



Team Z

Stage Units

KKS1 (Tadaima Renaichuu)
Junai no Crescendo
H2 Revival (Yume wo Shinaseru Wake ni Ikanai)
Kioku no Dilemma
A5 (Renai Kinshi Jourei)
B5 (Theatre no Megami)
Locker Room Boy
S3 (Seifuku no Me)
Kataomoi no Taikakusen
Hajimete no Jelly Beans (New Units)
K4 Revival (Saishuu Bell ga Naru)
Hatsukoi Dorobou
Team Surprise 1st Stage (Juuryoku Sympathy)
Suteki na Sankaku Kankei
Megami wa Doko de Hohoemu?
K6 Revival (RESET)
Ashita no Tame ni Kiss wo
Team Surprise 2nd Stage (Bara no Gishiki)
Saigo ni Ice Milk wo Nonda no wa Itsudarou?
Shitsuren Doumei
NIII1 (Party ga Hajimaru yo)
NIII2 (Pajama Drive)
Junjou Shugi (1st Unit)
Kagami no Naka no Jean Da Arc (Center) (2nd Unit)
KKS1 (Natsu no Nijikai PARTY)
Classmate (Team NIII Support)
NIII3 (Hokori no Oka)
Inori wa Donna Mirai mo Shiawase ni Kaeru (WCenter with Yamaguchi Maho)

Concert Units

Live DVD wa Derudaroukedo, Yappari Iki ni Kagiruze! AKB48 Natsu Matsuri

AKB48 Masaka, Kono Concert no Ongen wa Ryuushutsushinai yo ne?

Nenwasure Kanshasai Shuffle Sumaze, AKB! SKE mo Yoroshiku ne

"Kami Kouen Yotei" AKB48 NHK Hall Concert 2009

AKB104 Senbatsu Members Sokaku Matsuri

Yokohama Arena 2010 'AKB48 Manseki Matsuri Kibou Sanpi Ryouron'

Surprise wa Arimasen


AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2011

Gyomu Renraku. Tanomuzo, Katayama Bucho! in Saitama Super Arena

AKB48 in TOKYO DOME ~1830m no Yume~

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2012

AKB48 Group Rinji Soukai "Shirokuro tsukeyou janai ka!"

AKB48 Group

AKB48 Super Festival at Nissan Stadium

AKB48 2013 Manatsu no Dome Tour ~Mada mada, Yaranakya Ikenai koto ga aru~

Sapporo Dome
Nagoya Dome
Tokyo Dome

AKB48 8th Anniversary

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2013

Unit Matsuri 2014

AKB48 Zenkoku Tour 2014


AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2014

AKB48 x JKT48 Concert "Bergandengan Tangan Bersama Kakak"

AKB48 Manatsu no Tandoku Concert in SSA 〜Kawaei-san no Koto ga Suki Deshita〜

Takajo Aki and Nagao Mariya Graduation Concert

NGT48 1 Shuunen Kinen Concert in TCH ~Max Toki Mekasechatte Ii Desu ka?~

Kojimatsuri ~Kojima Haruna Kanshasai~

AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen 2017

Watanabe Mayu Graduation Concert ~Minna no Yume ga Kanaimasu you ni~

NGT48 Tandoku Concert ~Mirai wa Doko Made Aozora na no ka?~

AKB48 Group Request Hour Setlist Best 100 2018

NGT48 Tandoku Concert ~Toki wa Kita! Niigata kara Zenkoku e!~

Kitahara Rie Graduation Concert ~Yume no 1115-nichi Niigata no Onna ni Narimashita!~

Minegishi Minami Graduation Concert ~Sakura no Sakanai Haru wa Nai~

Yokoyama Yui Graduation Concert ~Shinya Bus ni Notte~

Solo Songs


Media Appearances


  • Graffreeter Toki (グラッフリータートキ) (2012)
  • Joker Game (ジョーカーゲーム) (2012)
  • Toshimaen (としまえん) (2019)
  • Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger (騎士竜戦隊リュウソウジャー) (2019)
  • Burst Machine Girl (バーストマシンガール) (2019)
  • HERO ~2020~ (2020)


  • Majisuka Gakuen (マジスカ学園) (2010)
  • Rokudenashi Blues (ろくでなしBLUES) (2011)
  • Sakura Kara no Tegami (桜からの手紙) (2011)
  • Majisuka Gakuen 2 (マジスカ学園2) (2011)
  • Family Game (家族ゲーム) (2013)
  • Fruits Takuhaibin (フルーツ宅配便) (2019)
  • Your Home is My Business (家売るオンナの逆襲) (2019) - Episode 4
  • Ogiyama Kaidan II (拝み屋怪談II) (2019)
  • -Adlib Suiri Drama- Mystery Players (―アドリブ推理ドラマ― ミステリープレイヤーズ) (2022)

Variety Shows

Reality Shows

  • Terrace House (2012)

Stage Plays

  • Bakumatsu Junjoden (幕末純情伝) (2018)
  • Dororo (どろろ) (2019)
  • Itsumo Pocket ni Chopin (いつもポケットにショパン) (2019)
  • Time Leap Girl ~80's Uta no Hit Parade~ (タイムリープガール 〜80'sうたのヒットパレード〜) (2020)


Kitahara Rie (Christmas 2017)
Kitahara Rie (2017)
Kitahara Rie 9th Senbatsu Election Poster (2017)
Kitahara Rie (December 2016)
Kitahara Rie 8th Senbatsu Election Poster (2016)
Kitahara Rie (2016)
Kitahara Rie (2015)
Kitahara Rie is transferred to NGT48 (2015)
Kitahara Rie (2015) (AKB48)
Kitahara Rie (2014) (AKB48)
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Kitahara Rie (2013) (AKB48)
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Kitahara Rie (2013) (SKE48)
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Kitahara Rie (2012) (AKB48)
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Kitahara Rie (2011) (AKB48)
Kitahara Rie (Late 2010) (AKB48)
Kitahara Rie (Early 2010) (AKB48)
Kitahara Rie (2009) (AKB48)
Kitahara Rie (Kenkyuusei)