|Cinderella Girls Character Data|
Kaede Takagaki (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 (早見沙織 Hayami Saori).
|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|
|Stage for Cinderella||3||4|
THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Self-Introduction
THE iDOLM@STER SHINY FESTA Profile Quote
"I won't lose."
THE iDOLM@STER POPLINKS Profile Quote
THE iDOLM@STER Starlit Season Profile
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 Sakuma 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 Miura, 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 Kawashima, Shino Hiiragi, Sanae Katagiri, Miyu Mifune, Rena Hyodo, and Shin Sato. 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, "" and " ." 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.
Kaede first appeared on November 28th, 2011 as one of the initial idols in the game.
Kaede appears in the Events listed below:
Kaede appeared on September 3rd, 2015 as one of the initial idols in the game.
Kaede appears in the Events listed below:
|Token||10/19/2015 - 10/27/2015|
|Token||4/19/2016 - 4/26/2016||Not a featured card.|
|LIVE Groove||12/31/2016 - 01/09/2017|
|Token||4/19/2017 - 4/26/2017||Not a featured card.|
|Token||9/19/2018 - 9/27/2018|
|Token||5/21/2019 - 5/28/2019||Not a featured card.|
|LIVE Groove||11/30/2020 - 12/08/2020||Not a featured card.|
|LIVE Carnival||8/30/2021 - 9/8/2021|
|LIVE Carnival||1/1/2022 - 1/10/2022||Not a featured card.|
|LIVE Infinity||11/16/2022 - 11/25/2022||x80pxx80px|
|LIVE Carnival||1/1/2023 - 1/10/2023||Not a featured card.|
Kaede appears as a rival in the STAR OF FESTA mode for Honey Sound, Groovy Tune, and Funky Note as an 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.
Kaede 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|
|Dance Dance Dance|
Recorded Solo Songs
Recorded Group Songs
Trivia and Fan Culture
- 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.
- 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 Sagisawa.
- The albums that corresponded with her winning the Cinderella Girl title were THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Koi ga Saku Kisetsu and THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA MASTER Koi Kaze -Sai-.
- An old joke in the international fandom, known as "#koikazenever," started because her image song Koi Kaze had never been added to Starlight Stage until September 2017, where 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.
|Animated LINE Stickers|
|Cinderella Post Images|
| September 29th, 2018
at 7:01 P.M.
| November 21st, 2019
at 7:21 P.M.
| April 4th, 2020|
at 8:13 P.M.
| June 25th, 2021
at 12:52 P.M.
| April 27th, 2022
at 7:00 P.M.
| August 24th, 2022|
at 8:17 P.M.
|Cinderella Girls Stickers|
"Strong and cooperative"
|Starlight Stage Renders|
[Night Wind's Temptation]
[Madder Red Coloring]
[Chevalier of Dawn]
|Starlight Stage Sprites|
Casual Outfit Sprite 01
Event Outfit Sprite 01
Event Outfit Sprite 02
Event Outfit Sprite 03
|Shingeki no Bahamut Event Cards|
Starlight Stage's 6th anniversary key visual.
Starlight Stage's 3rd anniversary countdown illustration.
Cinderella Girls anime 3rd key art.
Cinderella Girls Theater promo art.
Kaede's name card in SHINY FESTA.
Kaede in ONE FOR ALL.
Kaede in Starlit Season.
Kaede's profile in POPLINKS (Eternity Feather).
Kaede's profile in POPLINKS (Celestella Unison).
Kaede's SSR outfit in POPLINKS (Snow Fairy).