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Yui Horie

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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!

Yui Horie

Name: Yui Horie

Japanese: 堀江 由衣 (Horie Yui)

DoB: September 20 1976

Blood Type: B

Height: 155cm

Weight:

Years Active: 1997 – present

Website: ameblo.jp/horieyui-blog

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.

Acting Career

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.

Musical Career

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.

Discography

Albums

2000: Mizutamari ni Utsuru Sekai
2001: Kuroneko to Tsuki Kikyu o Meguru Boken
2003: sky, Ho?
2004: Rakuen
2005: Usotsuki Alice to Kujirago o Meguru Boken
2008: Darling, A Votre Sante!!
2009: Honey Jet!!
2012: Himitsu

Singles

1998: My Best Friend

1999: brand-new

2000: Eternal Fantasy 3 Perpetual Blue

2001: Merry Merrily, Love Destiny

2002: Kirari Takaramono, All My Love

2004: Kokoro Harete Yo mo Akete, Scramble

2006: Hikari

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

Extras

Her hobbies include shoulder massaging, reading and eating…well everyone has to eat don’t they?

Her favourite colours are aqua blue and white and her two favorite bands are L’Arc~en~Ciel and GLAY. I’ve decided to watch Campione! for my next review. Apparently it was one of the most anticipated series of 2012 so I’m obviously looking forward to watching it! I’m also starting to get Christmas presents for friends and family which is such a hassle (-_-) not looking forward to this at all.

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