Reina Tanaka (田中 れいな Tanaka Reina?, real name 田中 麗奈, born November 11, 1989 in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan) is one of the sixth generation members of the J-pop group Morning Musume. Her professional first name is spelled in hiragana to distinguish her from the Japanese actress Rena Tanaka, whose name is spelt using the same kanji (though with a slightly different reading), who is similarly from Fukuoka Prefecture.
Tanaka auditioned for a spot in Morning Musume's 5th Generation in 2001 and passed, but had to leave the training camp when it was found that she was underage. She attempted again in 2002 for a position in the 6th Generation and passed along with members Eri Kamei and Sayumi Michishige, making Tanaka the only member who auditioned twice to get in. She then provided the main vocals for the single Shabondama, making her one of the few members of Morning Musume who was able to lead on her debut single. She was featured in two solo versions of Memory Seishun no Hikari on a fan club release CD.
In 2003, Tanaka was chosen as a member of new unit Aa!, along with Miyabi Natsuyaki and Airi Suzuki, two Hello! Project Kids. They released one single, "First Kiss", before going on an indefinite hiatus. The group reformed in 2009, only this time without Tanaka, as she was already in the group High-King. Her place in the group was instead taken by Hello! Pro Egg member Akari Saho.
On March 28, 2008, it was announced that Tanaka would be taking on the voice acting role of Kirara, a main character in Sanrio's anime Onegai My Melody Kirara, the fourth My Melody series. The show premiered on April 6, 2008.
In 2008, Tanaka became the leader of Hello Project's new unit High-King.
It was revealed in late 2009 that Tanaka would be voicing the main/title character of the new anime series, Kaitō Reinya ("Phantom Thief Reinya"). The main character, Reinya, had initially been modeled on Tanaka. The show began airing on January 8, 2010.
|#||Title||Release date||Publisher||ISBN||Photobook information|
|–|| Hello Hello! Morning Musume 6th Generation Members Shashinshū|
|July 15, 2003||Kadokawa Shoten||ISBN 4-04-894251-4||Photobook with Eri Kamei and Sayumi Michishige.|
|1|| Reina Tanaka|
|November 11, 2004||Wani Books||ISBN 4-8470-2834-1||First solo photobook.|
|October 15, 2005||Wani Books||ISBN 4-8470-2890-2||Second solo photobook.|
|3|| Shōjo R|
|May 10, 2006||Wani Books||ISBN 4-8470-2932-1||Third solo photobook.|
|4|| Alo Hello! Reina Tanaka Shashinshū|
|February 1, 2007||Kadokawa Shoten||ISBN 4-0489-4483-5||Fourth solo photobook. Photographed in Hawaii.|
|September 27, 2007||Wani Books||ISBN 978-4847040412||Fifth Solo photobook.|
|February 27, 2008||Wani Books||ISBN 978-4847040672||Compilation Photobook.|
|6|| Very Reina|
|October 25, 2008||Wani Books||ISBN 978-4847041297||Sixth Solo photobook.|
- Alo Hello! Reina Tanaka DVD (アロハロ！田中れいな DVD?, Released February 14, 2007)
- Real Challenge!! (Released October 2008)
- Hoshisuna no Shima, Watashi no Shima ~Island Dreamin'~ (星砂の島、私の島～Island Dreamin'～?, Released September 29, 2004)
- Ribbon no Kishi: The Musical (リボンの騎士 ザ ミュージカル?, 2006)
- Cinderella the Musical (シンデレラtheミュージカル?, 2008) – As Stepsister Joy
|Show||Start date||End date|
|Hello! Morning (ハロー！モーニング。?)||2003||April 1, 2007|
| Sore Yuke! Gorokkies|
|September 29, 2003||December 26, 2003|
|Futarigoto (二人ゴト?)||June 1, 2004||June 4, 2004|
|August 18, 2004||August 26, 2004|
|Musume Dokyu! (娘DOKYU!?)||May 13, 2005||September 29, 2006|
| Uta Doki! Pop Classics|
|October 2, 2006||March 17, 2008|
|Haromoni@ (ハロモニ@?)||April 8, 2007||September 28, 2008|
| Onegai My Melody Kirara (Voice)|
|April 6, 2008||March 29, 2009|
|Yorosen! (よろせん!?)||October 6, 2008||March 27, 2009|
|Kaitō Reinya (怪盗レーニャ?) (Voice)||January 8, 2010||March 26, 2010 (ongoing)|
|Program||Start date||End date||Station|
| TBC Fun Fīrudo Mōretsu Mōdasshu|
|April 18, 2005||April 29, 2005||TBC Radio|
|May 16, 2005||April 27, 2005|
|Hello Pro Yanen!! (ハロプロやねん!!?)||June 26, 2005||September 22, 2008||ABC Radio|
|Five Stars||October 3, 2007||Ongoing||InterFM|