What’s better then a seiyuu review when you’ve just finished watching a series where they voice one of the main characters? Well, lets get Yui Horie into the spotlight then!
Name: Yui Horie
Japanese: 堀江 由衣 (Horie Yui)
DoB: September 20 1976
Blood Type: B
Years Active: 1997 – present
Yui Horie is a Japanese singer and voice actress born in Katsushika, Tokyo. Her birth name is Yoshiko Horie. She is sometimes affectionately nicknamed ‘Hocchan’ by her Japanese fans.
She hosts a radio show called ‘Horie Yui no Tenshi no Tamago’ and is the founding member of the singing group, Aice5. She is also a member of the band Kurobara Hozonkai, with the name YUIEL.
Yui debuted in 1997 in the video game Voice Fantasia and for several years had minor roles in various anime. She landed her first leading role as Haruka in Kurogane Communication. The turning point in her career was not until 2000, when she won the role of Naru Narusegawa in the popular anime Love Hina. Other notable and defining career moments were taking the role of Tohru Honda in the anime Fruits Basket in 2001. She has since become one of the most popular anime voice actresses in Japan.
She was affiliated with Arts Vision. However, she eventually left the agency in mid-2007 because of a scandal agency’s top management and became a freelance voice actress unaffiliated with any talent management firm.
Yui formed a temporary unit called Yamato Nadeshiko with the popular voice actress Yukari Tamura in 2001. They released two singles, ‘Mo Hitori no Watashi’ and ‘Merry Merrily’ – the latter of which was an insert song in the Love Hina Christmas Special.
In October 2005 she founded Aice5, a J-Pop group consisting of 4 other voice actors to help launch their careers. Aice5 was officially disbanded on September 20 2007. She is also a member of the band Kurobara Hozonkai, with the name YUIEL.
She has collaborated with a few other artists, such as Unscandal in 2005 and Kurobara Hozonkai, a goth band in 2007.
She has published 7 independent musical albums. Nearly all of them incorporate at least one track from an anime she has worked with. She currently releases music under the Starchild label (a subdivision of King Records).
Her radio show is ‘Horie Yui no Tenshi no Tamago’ and it can be listened to on the station JOQR at 10:00 pm on Sundays.
2000: Mizutamari ni Utsuru Sekai
2001: Kuroneko to Tsuki Kikyu o Meguru Boken
2003: sky, Ho?
2005: Usotsuki Alice to Kujirago o Meguru Boken
2008: Darling, A Votre Sante!!
2009: Honey Jet!!
1998: My Best Friend
2000: Eternal Fantasy 3 Perpetual Blue
2001: Merry Merrily, Love Destiny
2002: Kirari Takaramono, All My Love
2004: Kokoro Harete Yo mo Akete, Scramble
2007: Days, Koisuru Tenkizu
2008: Vanilla Salt
2009: Silky Heart, YAHHO!!
2010: True Truly Love
2011: PRESENTER, Immoralist
2012: Heart Relation, Natsu no Yakusoku, Coloring
Her hobbies include shoulder massaging, reading and eating…well everyone has to eat don’t they?