Japanese Music: Mizuki Nana (水樹奈々)

Mizuki Nana (水樹 奈々, born Kondou Nana (近藤 奈々), January 21, 1980) is a Japanese singer, songwriter and voice actress represented by the agency Sigma Seven.

She was trained as an enka singer and made her debut as a voice actress in 1998. After releasing 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.
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. Since then, Mizuki’s releases have charted steadily higher in Japan, establishing her as a successful singer in the country. Despite this, she remains a prolific voice actress, with over 130 voice roles in separate media.
Mizuki won the “Best Musical Performance” award by her song “Justice to Believe” in the first Seiyu Awards in 2007.
On June 3, 2009, her album “Ultimate Diamond” reached #1, her first release to do so. Her single “Phantom Minds“, released on January 13, 2010, also charted at #1. Mizuki is the first voice actress to top the weekly Oricon albums chart and the weekly Oricon singles chart since its inception in 1968.

She is well known for voicing female characters who are very shy yet kind-hearted and gentle, and many of the characters 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, Wrath, and Tsubomi). She’s also well known for voicing females with romantic affection for main male protagonists.

Nana Mizuki voices Microsoft‘s Japanese Windows 7 unofficial “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”).
On March 3, 2012, Mizuki Nana won Animation Artist of the Year 2011 award in Billboard Japan Music Awards 2011.

 


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