Ninja Idols That Charm During The Reiwa Era - NINJA紅 / NINJA Kurenai - New Age Idols Spotlight

Do you like ninjas?

What about idols?

How many ladies that have a variety of talents (models, actresses, etc.) can you put in both categories?

There is no need for them to hide in the shadows and be silent stress killers.

Ninja紅 has become such a staple in my life since they grabbed my attention and I hope they will grab yours as well.

I hope you will join me on this journey as we spotlight NINJA紅....

Group Information

Ninja紅 (Kurenai) debuted on February 15th, 2020 under the company YM2 Agency. 

Their company has a variety of talents from domestic talents to foreign talents as well. Quite a few notable ones to be honest.

In the time they have been a group they have released two digital singles and one physical single.

They have their very own YouTube channel that posts a variety of videos from behind the scenes, games, live videos and a lot more. I will place their channel in the official links section.

The group is also active with advertising certain products such as the Kirin probiotic drink, IMUSE...#notanad....and some other things in the works.

On debut, there were four members and that number jumped to six members with the editions of Nene and Hana-chan. 

After the graduation of Iori, Yuki, and Saki, in May 2021, the group was reduced to two members. Shortly after, UNA was added to the group in June 2021, and just a couple of months later, Mio and HaNa joined the group to currently bring the total back up to five members.

Let's get to know the members of the group in this next section.

Member Information

The members are color coded and you all (my readers) know how I feel about that. 

I will place the order from left to right. Also, I will link their social media pages for you to follow them if you would like. I highly suggest you do so.

Name: Aoi Nene (青井音々)
Birthdate: October 14th
Color: Red
Joined December 2020

Nenechi is the newest member and has been in various productions since 2015 including modeling, TV and CM appearances as well as stage performances.

Name: Yukimura Natsumi (幸村なつみ)
Birthdate: May 27th
Color: Yellow
Original Member

Nacchan has been in a variety of things. She has appeared in American commercials, worked around the globe and has lived/studied abroad several times. She is practically, if not, a fluent English speaker.

Name: Hana (華)
Birthdate: July 7th
Color: Blue
Joined August 2021

Name : UNA (ウナ)
Birthdate: August 24th
Color: Purple
Joined June 2021

Name: Ono Mio (大野 美桜)
Birthdate: March 10th
Color: Green
Joined August 2021

Former Members

Mizushima Ki (水嶋きい) - Graduated September 11th, 2020 Announcement
Mami Hanai (花衣真美) Color: Apricot Twitter Mirrativ 
September 2020  -  March 31st, 2021
Kadota Saki (門田紗季) Color: Purple Twitter
February 2020 - May 15th, 2021
Sugiyama Yuki (杉山夕希) Color: Pink Twitter
February 2020 - May 15th, 2021
Iori Isaki (伊咲いおり) Color: Sky Blue Twitter Showroom-Live
September 2020 - May 15th, 2021

Discography Information

NINJA紅 has released two digital singles and one physical single since the last time this was updated (May 2021). 

1st Digital Single - 天上天下Lock on!! (Tenjo Tenge Lock on!!) - Released October 27th. 2021

2nd Digital Single - ダイナミック琉球 (Dynamic Ryukyu) - Released November 17th, 2021

1st Physical Single - (天上天下Lock on!! / ダイナミック琉球) Tenjo Tenge Lock on!! / Dynamic Ryukyu 
Releases January 26th, 2022

You can buy it here no matter in the world where you live.

Also, you can stream this single on your favorite streaming platforms. These are the ones I use.

Music Video Information

In this category, I will showcase some of the music of NINJA紅, that I hope you will enjoy. 

Since last updating this article, the videos I did share have now been taken down so that is why it looks a little slim but since then. they have reuploaded new live versions of their music. 

Here is the live version of their song ~DoRon ~. It was filmed at the live venue, Harajuku RENON (原宿RENON). 

They give off a great atmosphere that is hard to describe. It is so cheerful that it gets you moving in a heartbeat. The choreography is really good and pretty easy to imitate if you feel like dancing in your room or in public. It is really catchy and you can see that in the audiences participation. As the song goes on, it definitely picks up. There is a part towards the end, where I surprising high note happens and it gives me chills. Such a fun song and atmosphere. The members really click well with each other.

The next song is their live version of their song, "花火 (Hanabi)" or "Firework" in English.

I honestly would expect to hear this song as an anime OP or ED... It has that kind of vibe. The ballad start followed by the rock riffs, combined with the vocals it makes the song great to listen to. There is a part where the members individually sing and they show off their vocal prowess during this segment.  If I were to watch fireworks, let's say during the 4th of July or on New Year's Eve, I would love to plug my headphones in and listen to a playlist that involves this song. The choreography is good and it includes a dance break as well that showcases some of their skills. It is always nice to see an individual dance break. I would love to see this performed in person just to feel the atmosphere and be able to do the fan chant for this. 

The next videos I want to showcase is their song "Code 紅". This one was filmed at Shinjuku ReNY (新宿ReNY).

This song kicks all sorts of butt. My butt, your butt, whoever's butt. The rock mixed with a little classical EDM makes it pop. The choreography is pretty great if I were to be honest. It is not as easy to replicate as "DoRon" but give it your best shot. This is definitely a song that you need friends to perform with. There is a really cool dance break towards the end of the song that hits perfectly with the rock aspect. I say dance break, more like power stances for battle. You get the picture. The vocals throughout the song are top notch. I enjoyed it all from the solo bits, to the spoken word section, all the way to the whole group harmony. I truly enjoy this song a lot and always come back to watch this video.

Last but not least is the MV for their song, Tenjo Tenge Lock on! 

This review will be my first impression because I haven't seen it yet. I have heard the song while listening to my playlists so I am familiar with how it sounds. It is very up-tempo which is what their music always is. It gets you moving and grooving especially when it hits the beat drop and goes into the hip-hop mode. It makes your jaw drop really quickly. The dance break is pretty cool to be honest. It is followed up by a nice slow bridge into the final chorus. I like this song a lot. As for the music video, you don't have to be extravagant to create a great video. I don't know what roof they are on but it is super scenic. The members look great (cool, cute and pretty). They all worked really hard and it definitely shows when it comes to everything. 

Overall Thoughts

So while doing my research on this spotlight, I came to the realization that there is not a single English article about this group.

I'm not joking. No wiki page to be found, which is surprising. Zip, zero, zilch, nada. To be honest, I am saddened by this fact. 

My experience with has been relatively short. My guess would be about six or so months, maybe longer. Time starts to merge together sometimes. 

I didn't know about the group at all until I got a notification on Twitter from a user who was new to me. 

It was the group's official Twitter account at the point (of course, I followed back).

Of course, I followed the link in their bio to the official YouTube page and became very intrigued by what I saw. 

In a now deleted video, three members (Saki, Yuki and Natsumi) were eating the Gigamax Ramen. It is a lot of noodles that I would love to eat. There was some comedy in there that I will not describe because some chuckles were to be had.

Their personalities were enjoyable and I began to become curious of who they were. After doing research (such as following member's Twitters) and watching other videos of theirs, I began to become more and more of a fan. I didn't realize how much of one I would become.

Fast forward a couple of months when Hana-chan and Iori were added to the group and it made me even more curious about the happenings of the Reiwa Ninja Idols. 

I immediately became a fan of both of them. You have no idea how much I enjoy them. That sounded creepy but it is not meant in that way. 

When the notice about a new member joining (Nene) was announced, my fandom grew larger to the point where it is at now. 

Here is what happened next.

After the graduation of three members, I kind of lost sight of them to be honest. I entered a stale position where I wasn't sure how I felt. That is completely my fault. I still saw some new members being added and new content but I just wasn't there. I apologize for not updating this article after a long period of time. 

To this date, I still remain one of the only English outlets for information about the group. 

When I return to Japan, they will be still be one of the top priority groups to see in person. I want to feel the excitement and rock on. Also get a chance to interact with them in a face to face environment. 

Until then, I will do my best to support them from where I live. 

Down below will be a note to the members, in the hopes that they will read this.

To the members of NINJA紅:

First and foremost, I apologize for not updating like I should have. Yet the rest of the letter to you all remains the same.

Thank you for everything that you do! Each one of you is ever so talented, whether it be through singing, dancing, acting/voice acting and whatever you put your heart to. I can't tell you enough how much the hard work that you put in day in and day out is appreciated, just to put smiles on fans faces, regardless of the time of day. Your fan group is starting to build up as time goes along and honestly, I hope it will grow larger. Sometimes times can get rough and you may not feel well, but your fans are willing and readily able to give you the support you need to continue on. All of you have different personalities that can make someone's day brighter by just a single photo or a broadcast. You all have endless possibilities both as a group and individually. I wish for so much success in the future. Always keep smiling! Please keep safe and stay healthy.

Much love and support from Oklahoma USA!

Official Links

(Sometimes guerilla distributions)

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As always, no matter wherever you are or whatever situation you may be in, Have A Great Day!


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