YUiNA EMPiRE, real name Kotani Yuina (小谷唯奈), is a Japanese trainee idol under WACK, as a member of WAgg. She was previously a full-time WACK member as part of EMPiRE, BiS' Second Generation, and CARRY LOOSE.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early Idol Career, 2013-2015[edit | edit source]
On August 28th 2013, Kotani Yuina was revealed as the "pink member" and leader of underground idol unit Cue☆Twinkle.
Cue☆Twinkle disbanded on August 26th, 2014.
Just 3 days later on August 29th, 2014 a new group made up of former Cue☆Twinkle members was formed named De☆Ful.
On March 20th, 2015, it was announced on twitter, it was announced March 10, 2015 that Yuina and her groupmate Nakamura Mio were both going to graduate from De☆Ful on April 8th.
On March 22nd, a statement was released saying that both Yuina and Mio didn’t show up to any recent activities and could not be contacted. Due to this, the group immediately disbanded.
2017[edit | edit source]
From March 28th, Yuina participated in the WACK AUDiTiON CAMP 2017 under the name "Lisoliso", however, was eliminated on day four after losing a random choice draw. Afterwards, she auditioned again for WACK's upcoming "Project AW".
On August 23rd, Yuina was announced as a founding member of EMPiRE after passing the Project AW audition, and was given the stage name "YUiNA EMPiRE".
2018[edit | edit source]
YUiNA EMPiRE's, first album as an idol, as well as her only album as part of EMPiRE, THE EMPiRE STRiKES START!!, was released on April 11th.
YUiNA's final appearance with EMPiRE was at their first one-man live on May 1st. Despite no longer being a member, YUiNA retained the "EMPiRE" part of her stage name upon joining BiS 2nd full-time.
YUiNA EMPiRE's first single as part of BiS, Don't miss it!!, was released on July 4th.
On July 30th, YUiNA ranked 7th in the first BiS.LEAGUE election and remained in BiS 2nd.
On December 29th, YUiNA EMPiRE ranked 7th in BiS.LEAGUE for a second time. Due to her low ranking, Watanabe Junnosuke singled her out as being "unfit to perform as part of BiS" and at risk of being removed from the group.
2019[edit | edit source]
From the 24th to 30th March 2019, YUiNA took part in the WACK AUDiTiON CAMP 2019. The conditions were that any BiS members taking part in the boot camp would be removed from the group if they were eliminated.
Although YUiNA passed the audition camp, on March 30th BiS announced their intention to disband in response to the firings of Aya Eightprince and Toriaez Hana, who were eliminated from the same boot camp.
When BiS' second generation disbanded on May 11th, with YUiNA EMPiRE announced that she would remain part of WACK.
YUiNA EMPiRE's debut release with CARRY LOOSE was the digital single Yasashii Sekai on September 18th.
On October 22nd, YUiNA's debut album as a member of CARRY LOOSE, also named CARRY LOOSE, was released.
2020[edit | edit source]
On February 11th, YUiNA EMPiRE's only single as part of CARRY LOOSE, Ningen, was released.
CARRY LOOSE disbanded on October 31st. Upon their disbandment, YUiNA EMPiRE remained in WACK, though her future plans were not specified.
2021[edit | edit source]
YUiNA EMPiRE's first show with WAgg took place on January 3rd.
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Has two younger sisters.
Profile[edit | edit source]
- Name: Kotani Yuina (小谷唯奈)
- Stage Name: YUiNA EMPiRE
- WACK Audition Name: Lisoliso (リソリソ)
- Birth Date: February 7, 1997
- Birthplace: Saitama, Japan
- Bloodtype: O
- Height: 148cm
- Nickname: Yuina (ユイナ)
- Western Zodiac: Aquarius
- Eastern Zodiac: Ox
- BiS Role: Tapir Member (バク担当)
- WACK status:
- 2017.08.23: Joined EMPiRE
- 2018.05.01: Transferred to BiS
- 2019.05.11: Graduated BiS (Second generation disbands)
- 2019.06.19: Joined CARRY LOOSE
- 2020.10.31: CARRY LOOSE disbanded
- 2020.12.26: Joined WAgg
- Cue☆Twinkle Colour: ■ Pink
- WACK Groups:
- EMPiRE (2017-2018)
- BiS (2018-2019)
- CARRY LOOSE (2019-2020)
- WAgg (2020-)
- Other Groups:
- Overall Time in WACK: 3 Years, 5 Months, 1 Day
Discography[edit | edit source]
Publications[edit | edit source]
Other Media[edit | edit source]
Film[edit | edit source]
- [2017.07.06] THE DOCUMENTARY OF WACK AUDiTiON ~Orchestra Monogatari~
- [2018.02.08] THE IDOL CANNONBALL RUN 2017
- [2019.11.11] IDOL -Aa, Mujou-
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Although she is no longer a member of EMPiRE, she has kept EMPiRE as part of her stage name.
- YUiNA's audition name, "Lisoliso", was a parody of Lingling.
- She had the same audition name as Haruna Bad Chiiiin.
- Her favourite idol is Yokoyama Rina.
- She is frequently compared to a frog. Despite this, she was given the role of "Tapir" member.
- When EMPiRE's profiles were first teased, with their faces hidden until they reached 10000 Twitter followers, YUiNA was the first member to hit the target, mostly due to fans buying her bot followers.
- One of the reasons why Watanabe Junnosuke decided to move her to BiS was because her voice "did not fit in" with the rest of EMPiRE.
- Shares her birthday with CARRY LOOSE groupmate Uruu Ru.
- Has been in the most groups out of any other WACK member.