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Nana Mizuki (水樹 奈々 Mizuki Nana?, born January 21, 1980 in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture), born Nana Kondō (近藤 奈々 Kondō Nana?), is a popular Japanese singer–songwriter and voice actress.[1] Born and raised in Niihama, Ehime, Japan, Mizuki was trained as an enka singer. She made her debut as a voice actress in 1998, however, she released her debut single "Omoi", under the King Records label on December 6, 2000. A year later, she released her debut album, Supersonic Girl on December 5, 2001.[2]

In the years that followed, Mizuki enjoyed modest success that concluded with the release of her single "Innocent Starter", which reached the top 10 Oricon singles chart, charting at No. 9.[3] Since then, Mizuki's releases have charted steadily higher in Japan, establishing her as one of the more popular singers in the country. Despite this, she remains a prolific seiyū, with over 130 voice roles in separate media.[4] On June 3, 2009, her album Ultimate Diamond peaked at No. 1;[5] while her single "Phantom Minds", released on January 13, 2010, also charted at No. 1,[6] further confirming her status as one of the highest-charting artists in Japan. Mizuki is the first seiyū to top the weekly Oricon albums chart and the weekly Oricon singles chart since its inception in 1968.[6][7]

Life and career

Born in Niihama, Ehime, Japan, she began to train enka when she was five years old.[8] In 1993, she released Compact Cassette single "Tsugazakura" (つがざくら lit. "Phyllodoce Nipponica"?) as "Nana Kondo".[9] However, she passed the audition of game Noël: La Neige and became a seiyū.[8]

Mizuki released an image song single titled "Girl's Age" under the name Chisato Kadokura in 1998. When she performed a concert at the age of 20, she was scouted by the Japanese record label King Records. Her debut single as Nana Mizuki, "Omoi", was released on December 6, 2000. Her 2004 song "Innocent Starter" became her first Top 10 single and her 2005 single "Eternal Blaze" reached No. 2 position on Japanese Oricon weekly single charts.[8]

Mizuki won the "Best Musical Performance" award by her song "Justice to Believe" in the first Seiyū Awards in 2007. Since her seventh album Ultimate Diamond debuted at the No. 1 position on Oricon weekly album charts during the week of June 15, 2009, she became the first seiyū to reach the No. 1 position on the Oricon weekly album or single charts since its creation in 1968.[10] Ultimate Diamond sold over 74,000 copies in the first week, outselling the popular hip-hop band, The Black Eyed Peas' album, The E.N.D., by over 20,000 copies in Japan.[5] In addition, her 21st single, "Phantom Minds", became the first seiyū single to top the charts, debuting at the No. 1 position on the issue of Oricon weekly single charts dated January 25, 2010.

On November 23, 2009, NHK announced that Mizuki would take part in the 60th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen of New Year's Eve. It was Mizuki's first time appearing on the show. Nana chose her song "Shin'ai" for her performance.[11][12]

Many of the characters whom she has voiced were initially very shy/soft-spoken (however, after interactions with other people, they gradually opened up (e.g. Fate, Lili, Nyamo, Hinata, and Wrath), six of her characters have romantic feelings for the main characters (e.g. Oboro from Basilisk, Hinata Hyūga from Naruto, Colette Brunel from Tales of Symphonia, Tamao Tamamura from Shaman King and Moka Akashiya from Rosario + Vampire), some of her characters craved maternal attention (e.g. Fate Testarossa from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and its sequels A's and StrikerS, Wrath and Maria), and she was also part of the seiyu quartet "Prits", alongside Yumiko Kobayashi, Natsuko Kuwatani and Hisayo Mochizuki (all four voiced characters in the anime Sister Princess).

Nana Mizuki voices Microsoft's Japanese Windows 7 official "OS-tan" mascot, Nanami Madobe. The mascot's name uses some wordplay on Mizuki's own name as well as the operating system ("Nana" = "seven").[13][14]

In the middle of February 2010, Mizuki became her hometown (Niihama, Ehime)'s First Tourism Ambassador. The news was broadcasted during her Live Academy 2010, held in Kanagawa, Osaka, Aichi, Miyagi, Fukuoka, Ehime Prefecture Niihama Cultural Center's Hall. There were 7 lessons in total.[15]

In 2010, Mizuki won the Tomiyama Kei Award in the 4th Seiyuu Awards for her news hook in the year 2009.

Voice acting roles

Leading roles in bold.

TV anime series

1998
1999
2000
2001
  • Sister Princess as Aria
  • Shaman King as Tamao Tamamura, Kororo
  • Mamimume Mogacho as Mako-chan
  • Detective Conan as "Bones" shopkeeper (ep 242)
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011

OVA

2001
2002
  • Generation of Chaos Next as Roji
2003
2004
2005
  • Ichigo 100% OVA as Yui Minamito
  • Fighting Fantasy Girl Rescue Me! Mave-chan as Mave-chan
2006
2007
2009

Anime films

2002
  • Welcome to Pia Carrot: Sayaka no Koi-monogatari as Noriko Shima
2004
2005
  • Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa as Wrath
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011

Japanese dubs

2006
  • Ultraviolet as Six
  • Minority Report as Agatha
2010
  • Glee as Quinn Fabray
  • iCarly as Carly Shay

Games

1998
  • Noël: La Neige (PS) as Chisato Kadokura (debut)
1999
  • Little Witch Parfait (PC) as Reinette Kirsche
  • Little Witch Reinette (PC) as Reinette Kirsche
2001
2002
  • Hourglass of Summer (PS2, PC) as Kaho Serizawa
  • Reveal Fantasia (PS2) as Heizel
  • Power DoLLS 5 (PC) as Eris Titaneer
  • Generation of Chaos Next (PS2) as Roji
  • Hime Kishi Monogatari: Princess Blue (GBA) as Karen
  • Shaman King: Spirit of Shamans (PS) as Tamao Tamamura
  • Shaman King: Shaman King Chō Senjiryokketsu 3 (GBA) as Tamao Tamamura
2003
  • Angelic Concert (PS2) as LeAnn Elsas
  • Memories Off Duet (PS2) as Hotaru Shirakawa
  • Sister Princess 2 (PS) as Aria
  • Tales of Symphonia (GC) as Colette Brunel
  • Cupid Bistro 2 (PS2, Xbox) as Celery Periwinkle
  • Generation of Chaos 3 (PS2) as Roji
  • Sakura: Setsugetsuka (PC) as Tsukumo Nana
  • Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel (PS2) as Armony Eiselstein
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (PS2) as Hinata Hyuga
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 (GC) as Hinata Hyuga
2004
  • You that Become A Memory: Memories Off (PC) as Hotaru Shirakawa
  • Memories Off: And Then (PS2, PC) as Hotaru Shirakawa
  • Angelic Concert Encore as LeAnn Elsas
  • Tales of Symphonia (PS2) as Colette Brunel
  • Black/Matrix 00 (PS) as Luca
  • Lost Aya Sophia (PS2) as Sonia Rosshi
  • Sequence Palladium: Hōmatsu no Tenchi (PC) as Remirina Matoroana Ishutana
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Dream Carnival as Wrath
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 (PS2) as Hinata Hyuga
  • Naruto: Clash of Ninja 3 (GC) as Hinata Hyuga
2005
2006
  • Princess Maker 4 (PC, PSP) as Daughter
  • Wild Arms 5 the Vth Vanguard (PS2) as Rebecca Streisand
  • Summon Night 4 (PS2) as Enishia
  • Ninkyōden Toseinin Ichidaiki (PS2) as Okoto
  • Wrestle Angels Survivor as Riyu Kikuchi
2007
  • Tales of Fandom Vol.2 (PS2) as Colette Brunel
  • Shining Wind (PS2) as Kanon Seena
  • Shining Force EXA (PS2) as Amitalilly
  • Shōkan Shōjo: ElementalGirl Calling (PS2) as Musuhi
  • Simoun: Shōbi Sensō - Fūin no Remersion (PS2) as Morinas
  • Exceed 3rd: Jade Penetrate (PC) as Irias Reginleif
  • Atelier Lise: Alchemist of Ordre (NDS) as Lolotte Stasille
2008
  • Rune Factory 2 (NDS) as Mana
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (Wii) as Colette Brunel
  • Star Ocean: The Second Evolution (PSP) as Rena Lanford
  • Avalon Code (NDS) as Dorothe
  • Wrestle Angels Survivor 2 as Chisato Sakurai and Riyu Kikuchi
2009
  • Granado Espada (PC) as Mifuyu
  • Luminous Arc 3: Eyes (DS) as Ashley
  • Shining Force Cross (AC) as narrator
  • Triggerheart Exelica -Enhanced- (PS2) as Faintear
2010
2011
  • Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity as Nagisa
  • Phantom Breaker as Mikoto

Drama CD

2001
2002
2003
  • Junk Force as Liza
  • Memories Off Drama CD: Omoide ni Kawaru Kimi as Hotaru Shirakawa
  • Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne Drama CD as Tachibana Chiaki
  • Nurse Witch Komugi as Hayase
2004
2005
2006
2007
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Sound Stage 01 as Fate T. Harlaown
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Sound Stage 02 as Fate T. Harlaown
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Sound Stage 03 as Fate T. Harlaown
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS Sound Stage 04 as Fate T. Harlaown
  • Shuraki Trinity as Towako Mizuchi
  • V.B.Rose 2 as Ageha Shiroi
  • Rosario + Vampire drama CD 2 as Moka Akashiya
  • Shining Wind drama CD vol.1 as Kanon Seena
  • Hakushaku to Yōsei Drama CD 1 as Lydia Carton
  • Tōko: Demon's Wind as Tōko
2008
  • Shining Wind drama CD vol.2 as Kanon Seena
  • Judgement Chime as Varuna / Rieru
  • Shōnen Shinkaron 2 as Shiho Izumi
  • Hakushaku to Yōsei Drama CD 2 as Lydia Carlton
2009
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st Ticket CD SPECIAL as Fate T. Harlaown
  • Requiem et Reminiscence as Maria Klose
2010


Discography

Main article: Nana Mizuki discography

Studio albums

  • 2001: Supersonic Girl
  • 2002: Magic Attraction
  • 2003: Dream Skipper
  • 2004: Alive & Kicking
  • 2006: Hybrid Universe
  • 2007: Great Activity
  • 2009: Ultimate Diamond
  • 2010: Impact Exciter

Compilation albums

  • 2007: The Museum

Concerts

Personal concerts

  • 2000: Nana Mizuki 20th Birthday Anniversary Live
  • 2001: Nana Mizuki 21 Anniversary Concert "Happy"
  • 2001: Nana Mizuki X'mas Live "Supersonic Girl"
  • 2003: Nana Mizuki Live Attraction
  • 2003: Nana Mizuki Live Sensation Zepp Side/Hall Side
  • 2003-2004: Nana Mizuki Live Skipper Countdown
  • 2004: Nana Mizuki Live Spark
  • 2004-2005: Nana Mizuki Live Rainbow
  • 2005: Nana Mizuki Live Rocket
  • 2006: Nana Mizuki Livedom -Birth-
  • 2006: Nana Mizuki Live Universe
  • 2007: Nana Mizuki Live Museum 2007
  • 2007: Nana Summer Festa 2007
  • 2007-2008: Nana Mizuki Live Formula 2007-2008
  • 2008: Nana Mizuki Live Fighter 2008 Blue Side/Red Side
  • 2009: Nana Mizuki Live Fever 2009
  • 2009: Nana Mizuki Live Diamond 2009
  • 2010: Nana Mizuki Live Academy 2010
  • 2010: Nana Mizuki Live Games 2010 Red/Blue stage

Other concerts

See also

  • Category:Nana Mizuki albums
  • Category:Nana Mizuki songs

References

  1. Doi, Hitoshi. "Mizuki Nana". Seiyuu Database. July 12, 2010. Archived by WebCite July 12, 2010.
  2. "Supersonic Girl" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  3. "Innocent Starter" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  4. "Nana Mizuki's article on ANN" (in Japanese). Anime News Network. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 (Japanese) "Oricon Weekly Album Charts for the third week of June 2009". Oricon. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 (Japanese) "紅白初出場の水樹奈々、デビュー10年目で声優史上初のシングル首位「感謝の気持ちでいっぱい」". Oricon. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  7. ,"Nana Mizuki is 1st Seiyū with #1 Album in Weekly Charts". Anime News Network. June 8, 2009. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 (Japanese) "才色兼備の声優シンガーはオリコン2位!アニメ界を牽引する水樹奈々を直撃!". Nikkei Business Publications. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  9. (Japanese) "Tsugazakura". Ichimiya Group. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  10. (Japanese) "デビュー9年目の水樹奈々、声優史上初の首位獲得に「夢のような出来事」". Oricon. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  11. (Japanese) "嵐・木村カエラ・水樹奈々らが初出場 紅白歌合戦". Asahi Shimbun. 2009-11-23. Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-11-23. [dead link]
  12. "第60回NHK紅白歌合戦:出場歌手" (Japanese), NHK, http://archive.is/20121204165628/www9.nhk.or.jp/kouhaku/artists/index.html (accessed January 29, 2010).
  13. The OS war is won! Windows 7 gets officially endorsed OS-tan. Japanator.com
  14. Mizuki Nana Voices Nanami Madobe The Banzai! Effect
  15. "水樹奈々が出身地・愛媛県新居浜市のふるさと観光大使に!" (Japanese). newAkiba.com. February 16, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  16. Taniguchi, Hiroshi. "The Official Art of Canvas2 ~Nijiiro no Sketch~". Newtype USA. 5 (11) pp. 101–107. November 2006. ISSN 1541-4817.

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