Tera Terada

If you're into Japanese pop culture, and especially if you're into Vocaloid and other music popularized on Nico Nico Douga, you may have heard of Tera Terada 寺田てら. The popular illustrator and manga artist who was born in Germany then moved to Japan, has been highly appraised for her art expressing a unique world view and sense of color. Her characters are often cartoonish, in a chibi style, with themes drawing heavily from gaming, internet culture, and a kawaii, sometimes YamiKawaii aesthetic.

Terada has worked in a wide range of fields such as contributing designs for goods and apparel, as well as creating visuals for numerous music videos, and contributing art for CD jackets for artists such as ナナヲアカリ Nanawo Akari. Terada has also collaborated with many companies such as Village Vanguard, Shimamura, and Don Quijote.

With the artist's gracious permission, we've included some of her representative illustrations as well as a few music videos featuring her work. Jump to the "Illustrations and Music Videos" section.

If you're interested in manga, you'll find examples of her doujin manga on her Pixiv page and you can follow her new manga project "Junk Mall" in collaboration with Toho Animation on Instagram.

First Solo Exhibition: LEZO

Tera Terada's first solo exhibition LEZO*, produced by pixiv and Twinplanet, will feature not only her original works but also her collaborations in various fields such as music videos and clothing brands.

*The title in Japanese is レゾ (pronounced rezo) is rendered in English by the artist as LEZO, but the English text in the poster image suggests it is an abbreviation for "resolution."

Furthermore, pixiv WAEN GALLERY exclusive original products will be sold in the gallery and online.

Exhibition Details

  • Event Dates: From January 8th to January 27th 12:00-19:00
  • Address: TWIN PLANET South BLDG. 1F, 5-46-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
  • Access:(5 min walk from the A1 Exit of Tokyo Metro's Omotesando Station)
  • Fee: none
  • Admission: Due to the novel coronavirus situation, entry will be restricted to avoid crowding. If too many people show up, the gallery may switch over to a numbered entrance ticket system. (check the gallery' Twitter account for updates). You will be asked to get a temperature check and to disinfect your hands upon entry. Please wear a face mask.

  • Exhibition Website

Special collaboration goods

REFLEM x Tera Terada by pixiv WAEN GALLERY

This collaboration has produced a one-of-a-kind parka and other goods. You can see more details here.

You'll also find a whole range of reproductions, prints, and exclusive LEZO exhibition goods and accessories at the pixiv WAEN GALLERY BOOTH shop here.

Here's a small sample:

Illustrations and Music Videos



Reproduced with permission from 寺田てら Terada Tera (@trcoot)


Reproduced with permission from 寺田てら Terada Tera (@trcoot)

タコ Octopus

Reproduced with permission from 寺田てら Terada Tera (@trcoot)


Reproduced with permission from 寺田てら Terada Tera (@trcoot)

てきとう女子 Tekitou girl(s)*

The Japanese word 適当 tekitō (which Terada has intentionally written out in hiragana as てきとう) is difficult to pinpoint in English. It has a range of interpretations depending on the context. In addition to its original meaning of "suitable" or "appropriate," in modern times, it has taken on another gamut of meanings, ranging from "unreliable," "irresponsible," "flaky," "careless," to "half-hearted" but also simply "laid-back," which is probably closer to what Terada is getting at here. They are one of her more popular series and have been made into LINE stamps.

Reproduced with permission from 寺田てら Terada Tera (@trcoot)

青果店 seikaten*

The term 青果店 seikaten can be used to a describe any store which sells fruits and vegetables, but in this case, it's clearly all about fruits.

Reproduced with permission from 寺田てら Terada Tera (@trcoot)

オワゾー oiseau (French for "bird")

Reproduced with permission from 寺田てら Terada Tera (@trcoot)

Music Videos

チューリングラブ feat.Sou (Turing Love feat. Sou) by Nanawo Akari [ED of the anime Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It]

完全放棄宣言 Kanzen Hōki Sengen (declaration of complete resignation) by Nanawo Akari

い〜やい〜やい〜や(Whatever whatever whatever) feat. Kagamine Rin & Kagamine Len, by Neru & z’5

ハローディストピア/まふまふ feat. 鏡音リン・レン (Hello Dystopia by Mafumafu feat. Kagamine Rin and Kagamine Len)

イカサマダンス/まふまふ feat. 鏡音リン・レン (Ikasama Dance feat. Kagamine Rin and Kagamine Len, by Mafumafu)

Tera Terada links

Updated 1/8 16:30

By - Ben K.