Kurumi Enomoto (榎本くるみ Enomoto Kurumi?, born 17 October 1981), formerly known by the mononym Kurumi (くるみ?) is a Japanese singer-songwriter. She debuted in 2002 with the independently released single Moeru Taiyō (燃える太陽 Burning Sun?). She is most well-known for singing the ending theme song for the anime adaptation of the Namco RPG game Tales of the Abyss, Bōken Suisei (冒険彗星 Adventure Comet?).
Enomoto was born in Nagoya. She first gained an interest in music in late primary school. She joined the school band in her final year, and started listening to top 40-charts based Western music. She was particularly impressed by Madonna, though also liked such music as hard-rock bands. She wrote her first song on the piano in this period. It was called Maboroshi (幻 Phantom?) and it expressed much of the unhappiness she felt at the time. She later resumed writing songs regularly when she was 19.
Two years later in August 2002, Enomoto released her first single, Moeru Taiyō (燃える太陽 Burning Sun?), under the independent label Nagare Records with the mononym Kurumi (くるみ?). It was sold exclusively at six Tower Records stores, and managed to chart at #3 on the Sapporo store's instore independent single charts, as well as #8 on the total single charts a the Nagoya Kintetsu Pass'e store. In December of the same year, she debuted under SME Records as a major label artist. The first song she'd ever written, Maboroshi (幻 Phantom?), was released as her debut single, followed by Color Ningen (カラー人間 Color People?) in June. Neither single charted on Oricon charts' top 200 singles chart. After performing at a few live events throughout 2003, Enomoto ceased activity under Sony.
Enomoto did no musical activities in 2004, and in late 2005 released another independent single, Yasashii Uta o Utaitai (優しいうたをうたいたい I Want to Sing a Kind Song?), under her full name. This led to her second major-label contract, this time with For Life Music. She re-debuted with the single Kokoro no Katachi (心のカタチ Shape of My Heart?). Her music was most popular on Nagoya-based FM radio stations: her singles Kokoro no Katachi (心のカタチ Shape of My Heart?) and Uchiage Hanabi (打ち上げ花火 Skyrockets?) reached #3 on the ZIP-FM airplay charts, and her third, Rainbow Dust, reached #1. Rainbow Dust was used as the theme song for the drama Sweets Dream. These were followed by her debut album, Notebook I: Mirai no Kioku (NOTEBOOK I～未来の記憶～ Future Memories?).
From October 2007 until February 2008, Enomoto released three singles, released successively every two months. The last of these, Mirai Kinenbi (未来記念日 Future Day to Remember?), shared the title of Enomoto's cellphone serialised novel, released through cellphone site Orion (おりおん☆?) at the same time as the single. The offer for Enomoto to write such a novel came to a surprise to her, as she was not an avid fiction reader, and did not consider herself to be an exceptional writer.
Enomoto's break came in late 2008, when she teamed up with Bump of Chicken vocalist Motoo Fujiwara to write the ending theme song for the anime adaptation of the Namco RPG game Tales of the Abyss. The resulting song was Bōken Suisei (冒険彗星 Adventure Comet?), which went on to reach #10 on Oricon's singles chart, selling over 30,000 copies.
|Year||Album Information||Chart positions|
|2007||Notebook I: Mirai no Kioku (NOTEBOOK I～未来の記憶～ Future Memories?)
|2009||Notebook II: Bōken Note-chū (NOTEBOOK II～冒険ノート中～ Mid-Adventure Notes?)
|Year||Album Information||Chart positions|
|2009||Anata ni Tsutaetai (あなたに伝えたい I Want to Tell You?)
|2002||Moeru Taiyō (燃える太陽 Burning Sun?)||Independent. Released at six different
Tower Records stores.
|Maboroshi (幻 Phantom?)||As Kurumi.||—||—|
|2003||Color Ningen (カラー人間 Color People?)||As Kurumi.||—|
|2005||Yasashii Uta o Utaitai (優しいうたをうたいたい I Want to Sing a Kind Song?)||Independent.||—||—|
|2006||Kokoro no Katachi (心のカタチ Shape of My Heart?)||—||Notebook I: Mirai no Kioku|
|Uchiage Hanabi (打ち上げ花火 Skyrockets?)||—|
|2007||Aisubeki Hito (愛すべき人 Someone I Should Love?)||199|
|Real/She (リアル/She?)||—||Notebook II: Bōken Note-chū|
|Yūhi ga Oka/Minna Genki (夕陽が丘/みんな元気 Sunset Hill/Everyone's Fine?)||—|
|2008||Mirai Kinenbi (未来記念日 Future Day to Remember?)||—|
|Yesterdays (Taisetsu na Okurimono) (イエスタデイズ～大切な贈りもの～ Yesterdays (Important Present)?)||—|
|Bōken Suisei (冒険彗星 Adventure Comet?)||10|
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