Minako Kotobuki

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Minako Kotobuki
Native name 寿 美菜子
Born (1991-09-17) September 17, 1991 (age 23)
Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Occupation Voice actress, singer
Years active 2009 - present
Agent Music Ray'n Inc. (a division of Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc.)
Website
www.kotobukiminako.com

Minako Kotobuki (寿 美菜子 Kotobuki Minako?, born September 17, 1991) is a Japanese voice actress and singer from Hyogo Prefecture.[1] She is best known for her role as Tsumugi Kotobuki in K-On!. Her career as a musician began with her performance of the opening and ending themes of the anime series K-On! in April 2009. In the same month, she and three other voice actresses debuted as the musical group Sphere with their single "Future Stream".

Musical career[edit]

Kotobuki began her musical career with the performance of the opening and ending themes of the 2009 anime series K-On! with fellow voice actresses Aki Toyosaki, Yōko Hikasa, and Satomi Satō.[2] Shortly after, she performed the opening theme of the 2009 Hatsukoi Limited series with Aki Toyosaki, Ayahi Takagaki and Haruka Tomatsu.[3] The four are affiliated with Music Ray'n, an artist management and publishing group of Sony Music Entertainment.[4][5] They are currently known as the musical group Sphere and released their first single "Future Stream" on April 22, 2009.[3]

Coupled with the release of her first album My Stride, Kotobuki had her first solo Japan-wide concert tour entitled Our Stride in 2012 spanning across four dates and venues starting from November 18 in Kobe's International House Kokusai Hall and ending on December 9 in Ōmiya's Sonic City Hall.[6][7][8][9]

Kotobuki is said to be "the fastest learner on how to dance" among her peers as far as her being a member of Sphere goes so much that she even guides the other three members of Sphere on dancing.[10] Even in singing, Kotobuki is said to learn just as fast, "a pro in harmonization" according to her fellow cast mate in K-On!, Satomi Satō and "someone who has good sense in pitch" according to one of K-On's staff members in charge of music.[11]

During her stint in both seasons of the K-On! anime series, she and her fellow cast members were involved in two live events, and just like the character she portrayed in K-On!, she was in charge of playing the keyboard in both occasions. She also played the keyboard on some of her own songs during her Our Stride solo concert tour and on Sphere's first 2013 live event, Music Rainbow 02.

Acting career[edit]

At three years old, Kotobuki and her parents were caught up in the Kobe earthquake. Not long after having seen a 1997 Japanese film entitled Chikyuu ga Ugoita Hi ("The Day the Earth Moved"), all of these events inspired Kotobuki to pursue a career in voice acting.[12]

Kotobuki's most notable role in the span of her voice acting career is Tsumugi Kotobuki from K-On!. She has also played various popular voice roles such as Karina Lyle/Blue Rose from Tiger & Bunny, Mitsuko Kongou from the Index and Railgun anime series, Yuuko from A Channel, and Natsumi Aizawa from Natsuiro Kiseki.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Shiny+" (September 15, 2010)
  • "Startline" (November 24, 2010)
  • "Dear my..." (September 14, 2011)
  • "Kokoro Sky" (April 11, 2012)
  • "Prism" (June 19, 2013)
  • "Pretty Fever" (November 20, 2013)
  • "Believe x" (Believe Cross) (April 16, 2014)

Albums[edit]

  • My Stride (September 12, 2012)
  • Tick (September 17, 2014)[13]

Voice roles[edit]

Films[edit]

2005
  • Hibi (live-action movie) - Young Kumiko Kamiyama
2006
  • Ghost of Yesterday (live-action movie) - Fumiko
  • Koufuku no Switch (live-action movie) - Young Hitomi
  • Hinami (live-action movie) - Mina, Satsuki
2008
  • Bluebird (live-action movie) - Michiru[14]
  • -x- (Minus Kakeru Minus) (live-action movie) - Rin Fujimoto
2009
2011
2012
2013
2014

TV Anime series[edit]

2006
  • Red Garden (anime voice-over debut) - Student C, Grace A
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

Video games[edit]

2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

Theater[edit]

2014
  • Tanin no Me - Belinda
  • Eclipse - Hanezu, Young Seimei[26]

Dubbing[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile (Minako Kotobuki Profile)" (in Japanese). Music Ray'n. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b "けいおん!公式ホームページ / スタッフ&キャスト (K-ON! / Staff & Cast)" (in Japanese). Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b "TVアニメ『初恋限定。』 - スフィア (TV Anime Hatsukoi Limited - sphere)" (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Official Sphere site — Sphere". planet-sphere.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  5. ^ "株式会社 ミュージックレイン (Music Ray'n Inc.)" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  6. ^ "みなころび八起き:☆Our stride in神戸☆" (in Japanese). Ameba (Minako Kotobuki). Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ "みなころび八起き:☆Our stride in 中野☆" (in Japanese). Ameba (Minako Kotobuki). Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "みなころび八起き:☆Our stride in愛知☆" (in Japanese). Ameba (Minako Kotobuki). Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "みなころび八起き:☆Our stride in大宮☆" (in Japanese). Ameba (Minako Kotobuki). Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "from Episode 265 of "A&G 超RADIO SHOW〜アニスパ!〜"". 
  11. ^ "from VOiCE Newtype #33 (August 2009 issue), pp. 31-33, ASIN B002DZC468". Kadokawa Shoten. 
  12. ^ "Tokyo MX's "Utatane", September 12, 2009 episode.". 
  13. ^ "寿美菜子 2ndアルバム タイトル決定!" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  14. ^ "Bluebird cast". Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "All Sphere Voice Actresses to Be in 2011 Pokémon Films". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Voice Actress Group Sphere's Blu-ray Disc Ranks #1". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  17. ^ "人気声優・寿美菜子が女性教師役、ガールズラブ映画に出演" (in Japanese). クランクイン!. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  18. ^ "K-ON's Kotobuki Plays Jiji in Live-Action Kiki's Delivery Service". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  19. ^ "映画『小野寺の弟・小野寺の姉』公式サイト" (in Japanese). Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Official Hatsukoi Limited site - スタッフ&キャスト (Staff & Cast)". j-hatsukoi.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  21. ^ "Voice Actress Group Sphere Star in Natsuiro Kiseki Anime (Updated)". Sunrise. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  22. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2013-01-06/hitomi-nabatame-minako-kotobuki-lead-dokidoki-precure-cast
  23. ^ http://sciasta.com/characters.html
  24. ^ http://www.sekaiseifuku-zzz.com/chara/ch10.html
  25. ^ "「ガールフレンド(仮)」15日間連続アニメキャスト発表!7日目は神楽坂砂夜(CV:寿美菜子)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  26. ^ "みなころび八起き:☆明日から☆" (in Japanese). Ameba (Minako Kotobuki). Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  27. ^ "みなころび八起き:☆ビザンチウム☆" (in Japanese). Ameba (Minako Kotobuki). Retrieved March 6, 2014. 

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