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Kaede Takagaki
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Cinderella Girls Character Data
Name: 高垣楓 (Takagaki Kaede)
Voice actor: 早見沙織 (Hayami Saori)
Age: 25
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 49 kg
Birthday: June 14th
Blood type: AB
Three sizes: 81-57-83 cm
Handedness: Left
Hobbies: Onsen excursions
Horoscope: Gemini
Hometown: Wakayama Prefecture
Card Type: Cool icon.png
Image Color:     
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Kaede Takagaki (Japanese: 高垣楓 Takagaki Kaede) is one of the characters available in THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls and THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage. She is voiced by Saori Hayami (Japanese: 早見沙織 Hayami Saori).

Statistics

Annual Rankings

Event Prelim Rank Final Rank
1st Cinderella Girl General Election 8 11
2nd Cinderella Girl General Election 2 3
3rd Cinderella Girl General Election 6 7
4th Anniversary Voice Idol Audition Not a candidate Not a candidate
4th Cinderella Girl General Election 4 3
5th Cinderella Girl General Election 2 2
6th Cinderella Girl General Election 1 1
7th Cinderella Girl General Election 7 8
8th Cinderella Girl General Election Unranked 11
9th Cinderella Girl General Election Not applicable 5
10th Cinderella Girl General Election Not applicable 6

Biographies

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Self-Introduction

I'm Kaede Takagaki... Self-introductions aren't my strong point... At times like this, I'm not sure what to say... Um, I'll work hard, so please take care of me Producer.

THE iDOLM@STER SHINY FESTA Profile Quote

I won't lose.

THE iDOLM@STER Starlit Season Profile

My name is Kaede Takagaki. I am a presumptuous idol. There are many things I'm not used to, but I'm working towards becoming a top idol so that I don't get "top-pled" away by the wind. Hehe.

THE iDOLM@STER POPLINKS Profile Quote

Hello, I'm Kaede Takagaki. As an idol, I want to aim for higher places compared to where I am now.

Character Description

According to her first Starlight Stage Memorial commu, Producer first meets Kaede when she shows up unannounced to his office. She introduces herself as Kaede Takagaki, a member of the production's Model Division. Entering his office, she asks if this is where the interviews for the recently created Idol Division are taking place. Producer nods, but then asks what a member of the Model Division is doing here. Kaede replies that she's not a special judge for the interviews or anything like that, but came as she was interested in being an idol. She tells Producer that he's the first one that knows about her potential switch, not getting permission to apply from her Model Division superiors. Though her reasons for being an idol are unknown, even to her, Kaede asks Producer if he'll hear her sing. Agreeing, the both of them go to the recording studio. Listening to Kaede sing, Producer notes that her magnificent timbre resonates throughout the recording room. After, Kaede asks Producer how her singing was and if she has potential to be an idol. Producer answers that definitely has what it takes, Kaede feeling relieved in response. She asked him if it's fine if she transfers to the Idol Division by next week, but Producer thinks transferring by herself is a bit too presumptuous. Realizing that, Kaede replies that she'll talk to her superiors and see if she can switch divisions. Before they part, Kaede asks Producer, if the transfer is successful, if he'll still recruit her even at a later date. Of course, he promises. Kaede has a feeling he would say that, thanking him for hearing her sing. For some reason, Kaede doesn't think this initial encounter will be the last time they cross paths. From this point onwards, Kaede is sure that something will begin anew. Upon that fated first meeting, Producer begins to accompany Kaede on her journey as an idol.

At a first glance, Kaede is a mysterious idol known for her heterochromia and beauty mark under her left eye. At first meeting, Kaede is a simple woman whose silent placidity is her most notable trait. Seldom seen angry or sorrowful, she's most often seen with a small smile on her face. Whenever problems arise, Kaede approaches them with a proactive but positive mindset which puts her fellow idols at ease. Kaede is known to not talk to others that much however, and often keeps to herself. This is due to her being bad with small talk and communicating with others, preferring silence over awkward conversation meant to fill the air. Producer and other idols notice her quiet, easy-going nature at first meeting, often lost in her own thoughts. Many idols like Mayu admire how beautiful Kaede looks when she's absent-minded, staring into space. While many think that she's contemplating about the meaning of life, her mind is filled with much more simple thoughts. Often, Kaede considers what she'll have for dinner or if she'll go out drinking tonight. Much like Azusa, she often goes with the flow and lives in the present.

When Producer and other idols get to know Kaede more, her unintentional "cool beauty" facade quickly goes away. To the surprise of others, Kaede is childishly mischievous for her age. Her words and actions are unpredictable, with others not knowing what she'll do next. Coupled with her stoic demeanor, Kaede's overall character is enigmatic to other idols. When in conversation, she often makes surrealistic remarks that others don't understand. Kaede enjoys to tease Producer and other idols as well as being doted upon. Describing herself as a "presumptuous idol," she often acts on her impulses with little regard for consequences. Kaede applying to be an idol without permission from her superiors (with the chance that she might have her contract terminated) is one example. Additionally, she believes in destiny and that all of her choices will lead her to the path she was fated to walk.

Perhaps what she is best known for besides her singing voice, Kaede loves to drink alcohol. Every day after her busy work schedule, she frequents an izakaya, visits an onsen, or will drink by herself at home. Kaede is not picky when it comes to alcoholic beverages and drinks whatever she can get her hands on. However, she enjoys expensive or really tasty drinks the most, particularly wine and sake. As seen in After20, Kaede is very knowledgeable about anything concerning alcohol. Such topics include: flavor/note profiles, optimal alcohol-bar food pairings, brewing and distilling methods, and wine/sake brands. In her free time, Kaede likes to go to alcohol-related events such as wine tastings, sake-onsen events, and beer festivals. She has even been to Oktoberfest. Once Kaede has had a few drinks, all of her common sense goes out the window. Gaining a devious and manipulative persona when intoxicated, she will push aside any notion to quit drinking and is not above encouraging the teenage idols to drink with her. Whenever she's drinking, she likes being pampered and being doted on by the people around her. It's rumored that she likes to be treated as a "hopeless person" by others. Despite getting tipsy easily, she has a high tolerance and rarely blacks out or gets a hangover the next day. Before becoming an idol, she used to always drink by herself. But currently, she likes to spend time drinking with Producer and her other idol friends. Her primary drinking buddies include Mizuki, Shino, Sanae, Miyu, Rena, and Shin. Due to her high tolerance, she is delegated the role of taking care of the lightweights (notably Miyu).

Like alcohol, many people know about Kaede's love for puns. Whenever there is a chance to insert a pun in conversation, Kaede always takes the initiative. Examples of her past pun moments are, "The ocean... is so pleseant..." and "My blood type is AB and my favorite food is shrimp (ebi)." Many of her fellow idols think her puns are lame, but they get used to them after a certain point. Most of her apparent silent contemplation is her thinking of new puns that fit the situation or conversation at hand. In the Cinderella Girl Theater comics, a running gag is there to be a "pun timer" with Kaede's face to signal to the reader when Kaede's wordplay will eventually appear.

Other than her beauty and her personality, one of Kaede's most notable qualities is her voice. While her everyday speaking voice is soft and quiet, her singing voice is powerful and resonant. To many fans in the game, she is called a "songstress" due to her ability to sing powerful ballads. As an idol, Kaede doesn't always appear motivated or enthusiastic in her work. However, she takes being an idol very seriously despite her effortless demeanor. When in the recording studio, she'll ask to record again even when the song is just one note away from being perfect. Many of her fans admire her down-to-earth and humble personality. In episode 15 of the Cinderella Girls anime, Kaede was scheduled to appear in a popular song program to celebrate her becoming an idol. However, she refused the job offer and instead did a intimate live performance at the underground venue where she first performed as an idol. Her reason for denying the more popular job is due to her wish to "move forward with the fans who have supported her since the beginning." Though she was an accomplished and embellished idol in this period of time, Kaede never forgot the people who were with her since the start of her idol journey. Just like her fans, the Producer is a defining force in Kaede's life that she is incredibly grateful for. The Producer's trust in Kaede is something that has always been important to her, from the moment he promised that he would recruit Kaede as an idol. Kaede feels like Producer is one of the only people who truly understand her. Additionally, Kaede often likes teasing him with promiscuous jokes due to them being close.

Game Discography

To view Kaede's Cinderella Girls and Starlight Stage card data, click here.

THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage

THE iDOLM@STER SHINY FESTA

Kaede Takagaki appears as a rival in the STAR OF FESTA mode for Honey Sound, Groovy Tune, and Funky Note. She is a S rank rival who can give her Name Card to the player while in the HARD or EXPERT difficulty. Obtaining her Name Card adds 60 points to the player's score after their performance.

THE iDOLM@STER POPLINKS

THE iDOLM@STER Starlit Season

Kaede Takagaki is an idol available as DLC in DLC Catalog 3 with her own side story that involves other idols, along with a song and costume.

Kaede's Starlit Season Vocal Track Songs
Onegai! Cinderella
M@GIC☆
Star!!
Dance Dance Dance

Song Discography

Recorded Solo Songs
Song Classification CD
Koi Kaze Image Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER 004 Takagaki Kaede
Yuki no Hana Cover Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 001
Susume☆Otome ~jewel parade~ Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 2ndLIVE PARTY M@GIC!! Susume☆Otome ~jewel parade~
Nation Blue Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER M@STERS OF IDOL WORLD!!2015 Nation Sapphire Android
Koi Kaze Hanaba THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Koi Kaze -Sai-
Koi Kaze Azure THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Koi Kaze -Sai-
We're the friends! Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS Theater Spring Festival 2018 Venue Original CD
Inochi Moyashite Koiseyo Otome Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS SS3A Live Sound Booth♪ Venue Original CD
Max Beat Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS LITTLE STARS! Max Beat
Blessing Image Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 34 Sunshine See May
Pretty Liar Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS Live Broadcast 24magic ~Cinderella-tachi no 24-jikan Namahosou!~ Original CD
Tori no Uta Cover Song THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER GOLD RUSH! 04 Hero Versus Reinanjo
Kagayaku Sekai no Mahou Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY M@GICAL WONDERLAND TOUR!!! MerryMaerchen Land Original CD
Absolute NIne Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY M@GICAL WONDERLAND TOUR!!! MerryMaerchen Land Original CD
Tsubomi Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY M@GICAL WONDERLAND TOUR!!! MerryMaerchen Land Original CD
Take me☆Take you Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY M@GICAL WONDERLAND TOUR!!! Celebration Land Original CD
Kimi no Soba de Zutto Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY M@GICAL WONDERLAND TOUR!!! Celebration Land Original CD
Koi ga Saku Kisetsu Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY M@GICAL WONDERLAND TOUR!!! CosmoStar Land Original CD
always Kaede Solo Ver. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY M@GICAL WONDERLAND TOUR!!! CosmoStar Land Original CD
Recorded Group Songs
Song CD Sung With
Kagayaku Sekai no Mahou THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Kagayaku Sekai no Mahou THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS!
Nation Blue THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 001 Ao no Gakudan ~Azul Música~
Susume☆Otome ~jewel parade~ THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Cool jewelries! 001 Ao no Gakudan ~Azul Música~
We’re the friends! THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER We’re the friends! CINDERELLA GIRLS!
Onegai! Cinderella THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 01 Star!! Mizuki Kawashima, Mika Jougasaki, Miho Kohinata, Airi Totoki, Akane Hino, Sachiko Koshimizu, Mayu Sakuma, and Koume Shirasaka
Nocturne 346Pro IDOL selection vol.1 Mizuki Kawashima
Absolute NIne THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Absolute NIne CINDERELLA GIRLS!
Tsubomi THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Absolute NIne CINDERELLA GIRLS for BEST5!
Take me☆Take you THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Take me☆Take you CINDERELLA GIRLS!
Kimi no Soba de Zutto THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Take me☆Take you CINDERELLA GIRLS for BEST5!
GOIN'!!! THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS VIEWING REVOLUTION Yes! Party Time!! Mizuki Kawashima, Airi Totoki, Sae Kobayakawa, and Aiko Takamori
Susume☆Otome ~jewel parade~ THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER EVERMORE Uzuki Shimamura, Rin Shibuya, Mio Honda, Anzu Futaba, Miku Maekawa, Miho Kohinata, Nana Abe, Minami Nitta, Ranko Kanzaki, Riina Tada, Rika Jougasaki, Mika Jougasaki, Miria Akagi, and Kirari Moroboshi
Inochi Moyashite Koiseyo Otome THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 12 Inochi Moyashite Koiseyo Otome Yoi Otome
Nocturne THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 14 Jounetsu Fun Fanfare Mizuki Kawashima, Ryo Matsunaga, Minami Nitta, and Kanade Hayami
Koi ga Saku Kisetsu THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Koi ga Saku Kisetsu Mio Honda, Hajime Fujiwara, Hina Araki, Yuzu Kitami, Mayu Sakuma, Tomoe Murakami, Hiromi Seki, and Chieri Ogata
always THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Koi ga Saku Kisetsu Mio Honda, Hajime Fujiwara, Hina Araki, and Yuzu Kitami
Tulip THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Koi ga Saku Kisetsu Mio Honda and Mayu Sakuma
Max Beat THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS LITTLE STARS! Max Beat Kako Takafuji, Asuka Ninomiya, Ryo Matsunaga, and Aki Yamato
Pretty Liar THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 31 Pretty Liar Mysterious Eyes
Never ends THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Never ends & Brand new! CINDERELLA GIRLS for BEST5!
Onegai! Cinderella THE IDOLM@STER STARLIT SEASON 01 Nana Abe, Ranko Kanzaki, Mika Jougasaki, Anzu Futaba, Kirari Moroboshi, Mirai Kasuga, Shizuka Mogami, Tsubasa Ibuki, Tsumugi Shiraishi, and Kaori Sakuramori
Seikansekai THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER R/LOCK ON! 01 Seikansekai Sanae Katagiri, Chieri Ogata, Frederica Miyamoto, Kanade Hayami, Akira Sunazuka, Yumi Aiba, Yuka Nakano, and Hinako Kita
Koko Kara Mirai e! THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Kiseki no Akashi & Let's Sail Away!!! & Koko Kara Mirai e! Airi Totoki, Ranko Kanzaki, Rin Shibuya, Syuko Shiomi, Uzuki Shimamura, Nana Abe, Mio Honda, Karen Hojo, and Fumika Sagisawa
M@GIC☆ THE IDOLM@STER STARLIT SEASON 03 Nana Abe, Ranko Kanzaki, Mika Jougasaki, Anzu Futaba, and Kirari Moroboshi
Dance Dance Dance THE IDOLM@STER STARLIT SEASON 04 Project LUMINOUS and Leon

Trivia and Fan Culture

Trivia

  • Kaede was voiced on April 18th, 2012 through THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER 004 Takagaki Kaede.
  • In Starlight Stage, her image stat specialty is either Vocal or Visual, depending on the card.
  • The person who owns her favorite hair salon was her hair/make-up person from her modeling days.
  • It's rumored she keeps a bottle of wine that was released on her debut year.
  • So far, Kaede is the only idol in Cinderella Girls that has ever canonically been referred to as Top Idol (the common goal of all idols in the game) by another character or as her legit title, both in the anime and in the Starlight Stage game.
  • She can instantly smell the difference between body wash and shampoo products.

Fan Culture

  • Despite being among the older idols in the series, many fans initially thought that she was young, so much that some compared her age with Anzu Futaba's.
  • Due to her talent, popularity, and orchestral song, Kaede is often considered by fans to be the "top idol" of Cinderella Girls.
    • This status of hers has elevated to new heights after her sheer dominance in all elections that was held in 2017 (General Election, Solo Song Election, and the Anniversary Election where she generally ranked in the top 10 for almost all categories and ranked 1st in a few).
  • Kaede has consistently ranked high in the annual Cinderella girls election, finally winning in the 6th General Election. She has been featured on six of the ten albums based on the results of the election along with Fumika.
  • A running joke in the international fandom, known as "#koikazenever," started because her image song Koi Kaze had never been added to Starlight Stage. As of September 2017, the song had been finally added to the game.
    • Ironically after she won the 6th general election, both Koi Kaze and a remix version of the song: Koi Kaze ~Hanaba~ were both added to the game in close proximity to each other.

Character Gallery

Cards

THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Cards

THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage Cards