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Born Nana Kondou, Nana Mizuki is a seiyuu well-known for her powerful voice, which she often converts to a song so mindblowingly powerful it's an instant Crowning Music Of Awesome. She didn't do much at the beginning of her career, until people started noticing her as Hinata Hyuuga, one of Naruto's Ensemble Darkhorse characters. Things really went up for her when she voiced Fate Testarossa and thus was her ultimate start of great fame. Her music sells like hotcakes and there have been many times where she has gotten #2 on Oricon (Japan's equivalent of the Billboard Charts), and she may be the first seiyuu to break into the mainstream Japanese music industry. In 2007, she became the first Seiyuu Award winner for the Musical Performance category with "Justice to Believe". On the week of June 15, 2009, she achieved the distinction of being the first seiyuu to nab the #1 position in the Oricon Weekly Album chart with her album, Ultimate Diamond.

Seems to be One of Us, with a markedly geeky interest in Buddhist esoteric doctrine. And in a message to the fans, she also admitted to being a Pretty Cure fan and how happy she was to get the lead role in Heartcatch Pretty Cure.

Recently, she was voicing a Windows 7 mascot and Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) in the Japanese dub of Glee.

In a survey by Oricon, she's the top selling voice actress. By how much against 2nd place? By four times. [1]


Notable roles by Nana Mizuki:

Nana Mizuki's Discography

  • 2001: supersonic girl
  • 2002: MAGIC ATTRACTION
  • 2003: DREAM SKIPPER
  • 2004: ALIVE & KICKING
  • 2006: HYBRID UNIVERSE
  • 2007: GREAT ACTIVITY
  • 2007: THE MUSEUM, a compilation album
  • 2009: ULTIMATE DIAMOND
  • 2010: IMPACT EXCITER
  • 2011: THE MUSEUM II, second compilation album
  • 2012: Synchrogazer, a single in conjunction for Senki Zesshou Symphogear as part of the opening of the series
  • 2012: TIME SPACE EP, including METRO BAROQUE, the theme song for the Blood C movie.

Tropes associated to Nana Mizuki

  • Audience Participation Song: Most notably, her concert staple 'POWER GATE', in which the audience sings nearly half of the first and second verses.
    • Not to mention her audience takes it upon themselves, to great lengths, to participate in a song. We're talking glowsticks of certain colors for certain songs, insane jumping and chanting at timed intervals, and more. This is pretty standard at a J Pop concert, though.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Several concert costumes.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Aside from the copious amounts of English/Engrish in her songs, ROMANCERS' NEO takes the cake for making use of latin. Yep.
  • Concept Video
  • Continuity Nod: The covers to THE MUSEUM and THE MUSEUM II', which both nod to each other and include various props that nod to things in Nana's music videos and single covers.
  • Do-It-Yourself Theme Tune: If she stars in an anime, chances are she will sing.
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: "Epic" is her middle name. Justice to Believe fits.
  • Fandom: A large following of otaku both in and out of Japan, and in the past few years she's gained a large fandom specifically for her music career. Seems to have quite the online fanbase as well.
  • Genki Girl: Tends to play as such and she's usually full of energy.
  • Good Bad Girl: Especially seen with the characters she plays, as most seem to be of the soft-spoken, timid variety. But give the girl a mic stand and her band and out comes the fierce attitude.
  • Gratuitous English: See MARIA&JOKER, Zankou no Gaia, Chronicle of sky...
  • Great Balls of Fire: You will never see ETERNAL BLAZE performed without copious amounts of pyrotechnics. Every concert, no exception - Orchestral concert with a full symphony orchestra playing highly flammable wooden instruments on a rather tight stage? Who cares.
  • One of Us: Is a fan of Pretty Cure. See Promoted Fangirl.
    • To say nothing of putting together a concert themed entirely around video games. From start to finish we get spins on Fighting games, RPGs, Dance Dance Revolution, and Action games.
  • Greatest Hits Album: THE MUSEUM, THE MUSEUM II.
  • Grief Song: Yume no Tsuzuki, off of ULTIMATE DIAMOND, was written for her late father.
  • Hitler Cam: Mysterion. Just look it up.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Any of her concert costumes.
  • Intercourse with You: The Fandom has generally accepted that Etsuraku Camellia is a very poetic take on sex.
    • If this flower frantically blooming/ was allowed to bloom by the red crimson moon, even the evening/ would secretly allow us to indulge in our pleasure.
  • Japanese Pop Music: Initially broke into the industry via Anime character songs and theme songs, but has now become a force to be reckoned with, breaking several records, appearing on Kouhaku Uta Gassen, and even performing at the prestigious Tokyo Dome, making her the only seiyuu to ever do so. If that doesn't make you an iconic J Pop singer, I don't know what does.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: The Etsuraku Camellia PV and LIVE DIAMOND Performance, and the Junketsu Paradox cover.
  • Let's Duet: Very often performs her songs in tandem with other singers during the Animelo Lives in which she performs alongside other voice actors and actresses.
  • Motor Mouth: Aoki Hikari no Hate's chorus. GIMMICK GAME also counts.
    • Also the rapping in Heaven Knows.
  • Older Than They Look: You'd never peg her as being in her 30s. Never.
  • Playing Against Type: While she's mostly on the 'good girls', Paz turns out to be a subversion, and Pandora is a major antagonist from the start.
    • How could anyone forget Alois Trancy? Playing seemingly sadistic teenage boys is definitely not something you'd expect fom Nana.
  • Playing to The Fetishes: Granted, this is Japan we're talking about, so none of these are out of place - but when you're dressing up as a school girl and a nurse in the same concert...
  • Power Ballad: Brilliant Star, Shin Ai, Hime Murasaki all come to mind.
  • Promoted Fangirl: She was so happy for getting landed with her role at Heartcatch Pretty Cure
  • Rearrange the Song: On both THE MUSEUM and THE MUSEUM II, several songs got "MUSEUM STYLE" rearrangements. She also performs nearly every concert with a full band, giving nearly every one of her songs the chance to fall under this trope, even if minimally so.
    • And we can't forget LIVE GRACE - a full-length concert performed with an entire symphonic orchestra.
  • Seven Is Nana: whores this trope, in every way possible. Understandably so.
    • Especially for Windows 7.
  • Signature Song: "innocent starter", "ETERNAL BLAZE", "SECRET AMBITION", and any other song used for a very well-known anime. These tend to be the most popular among her fanbase.
    • Songs like "POWER GATE" are considered concert staples, as well. "DISCOTHEQUE" seems to be becoming one as well.
    • "Shin Ai" could arguably be one.
  • Softer and Slower Cover: The "MUSEUM Ver." of SUPER GENERATION definitely counts.
  • Stage Names: Born 'Nana Kondo', but is known as 'Nana Mizuki'.
  • Star-Making Role: While Hinata was her first mostly known role that garners her some cult fans, it's Fate that propels her to international stardom (In fact it was after her role of Fate that she gets a lot of musical recognition to the point of achieving that much fame in J Pop world).
  • Tear Jerker: "Yume no Tsuzuki" definitely fits here, especially the LIVE DIAMOND performance. Damn.
  • The Wiki Rule: Yes, she has one.
  • Woman Of A Thousand Voices: While she was at first voicing mostly shy and reserved characters (eg: Hinata, Colette), she has since expanded her vocal range to the point that she can do anything.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Has a very sweet, high pitched voice but her singing is very low.

Notes

  1. Interestingly, no.2 on the list is Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha co-star Yukari Tamura, who voices ... Nanoha.
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