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|SideM Character Data|
-He's got a knack for capturing people's hearts! The charming optimist!-
"This is way more exciting than being a teacher!"
SideM Idol File
Reason for Becoming an Idol: Mister Hazama invited me, but this job suits me just fine, don't you think?☆
Personal Motto: "Life is Beautiful!"
Comments for the Future: With my English proficiency, I hope to make it as an international idol, bathed in fame worldwide! Let's set out on our journey to THE TOP IDOL!
Comments about Unit Members: Mister Hazama is very serious, but I like his funny way of thinking! Mister Yamashita is my neighbor! I get the feeling we've been together for a while now. Any time we spend together is a special time, no doubt☆
GROWING STARS Biography
-From English teacher to idol!-
"Oh yes!! Let's party!"
THE iDOLM@STER POPLINKS Profile Quote
Hey, I'm Rui Maita! Call me Michael! This project is so exciting! I look really forward to see that happening!
Character Description and Personality
Rui is an upbeat, quirky, and cheerful type of guy. His job was previously an English teacher, which is why he often uses English words in his speech. He also represents the "E" for English in S.E.M. With his English proficiency, he hopes to get worldwide attention and become an international idol. He has always had interest in idols. He loves being an English teacher, but thought that not wanting to amount to anything more would be a waste. According to him, the idol life is way more exciting and fitting for him, and having such a big dream is a wonderful thing. Being close friends with Hokuto throughout college and watching him preform at his school’s cultural festival really sparks his motivation. When Michio invites him to join in becoming an idol, he quickly accepts. During S.E.M’s rough start on becoming an idol, Rui stays positive and tries to get the others too as well.
Rui is a fan of kendama, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, and cute things. He likes to get the others involved with his playful manners, but it usually doesn’t end well. During the “Fresh Strawberries Live” Event, Rui bought strawberry headbands for Michio, Jiro, and the Producer because they supposedly make them look like strawberries. While Michio isn’t sure if the style fits him, Jiro claims that he is too old for it. Since their personalities are on opposite ends, Michio has a hard time understanding why and how Rui acts the way he does. He believes he may even be some type of extraterrestrial life form.
Recorded Solo Songs
|Recorded Solo Songs|
|Sa-yo-na-ra Summer Holiday||Maita Rui Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM 2nd ANNIVERSARY SOLO COLLECTION|
|THIS IS IT!||Solo Song||THE IDOLM@STER SideM ORIGIN@L PIECES 09|
|Friendly Smile||Maita Rui Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM WakeMini! SOLO COLLECTION 02 MENTAL Ver.|
|√EVOLUTION||Maita Rui Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM 5th ANNIVERSARY SOLO COLLECTION 03|
|Little Happiness||Maita Rui Solo Remix||THE IDOLM@STER SideM PASSION@TE FORMATION -MENTAL-|
Recorded Group Songs
Trivia and Fan Culture
- Rui knows Hokuto Ijuuin from his college days.
- Like Miki Hoshii and Hokuto, his blonde hair color wasn't his natural hair color, but brown, as revealed in his "Remembrance Shot" card.
- He has never been to America before.
- Rui used his English to talk to women at mixers.
- He is neighbors with Jiro Yamashita.
- He doesn't seem to be skilled at much other than English, and has to have Michio teach him the all of kanji he can't read.
- Rui is the youngest member of his family.
- He is sometimes given the nickname Maitaru by fans.
- Due to their blonde hair and quirky personalities, fans often depict Rui with Frederica Miyamoto in fan works.