|Native name||寿 美菜子|
September 17, 1991 |
Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
|Occupation||Voice actress, singer|
|Years active||2009 - present|
|Agent||Music Ray'n Inc. (a division of Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc.)|
Minako Kotobuki (寿 美菜子 Kotobuki Minako?, born September 17, 1991) is a Japanese voice actress and singer from Hyogo Prefecture. 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".
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. Shortly after, she performed the opening theme of the 2009 Hatsukoi Limited series with Aki Toyosaki, Ayahi Takagaki and Haruka Tomatsu. The four are affiliated with Music Ray'n, an artist management and publishing group of Sony Music Entertainment. They are currently known as the musical group Sphere and released their first single "Future Stream" on April 22, 2009.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- "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)
- My Stride (September 12, 2012)
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- Hibi (live-action movie) - Young Kumiko Kamiyama
- Ghost of Yesterday (live-action movie) - Fumiko
- Koufuku no Switch (live-action movie) - Young Hitomi
- Hinami (live-action movie) - Mina, Satsuki
- Bluebird (live-action movie) - Michiru
- -x- (Minus Kakeru Minus) (live-action movie) - Rin Fujimoto
- Redline (2009 film) - Hime
- K-On! The Movie - Tsumugi Kotobuki
- Towa no Quon - Cyborg Delta AKA Hizuru Asuka
- Heaven's Lost Property the Movie: The Angeloid of Clockwork - Tsukino Hououin
- Sucker Punch (film) (Japanese dub, voice-over for Emily Browning) - Babydoll
- Hick (film) (Japanese dub, voice-over for Chloë Grace Moretz) - Luli
- Priest (2011 film) (Japanese dub, voice-over for Lily Collins) - Lucy
- Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom - Yorterrie
- Fuse Teppō Musume no Torimonochō - Hamaji
- Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King - Rickert
- Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey - Rickert
- After School Midnighters - Mutsuko
- Safe (2012 film) (Japanese dub, voice-over for Catherine Chan) - Mei
- Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning - Karina Lyle/Blue Rose
- A Certain Magical Index: The Movie -Miracle of Endymion- - Mitsuko Kongou
- Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent - Rickert
- Schoolgirl Complex: Broadcasting Club Edition (live-action movie) - Ikumi Motonishi (School teacher)
- Carrie - (Japanese dub, voice-over for Karissa Strain and Katie Strain) - Nikki and Lizzi
- Dokidoki! PreCure the Movie: Mana's Getting Married!!? The Dress of Hope Tied to the Future - Rikka Hishikawa/Cure Diamond
- Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 2 : Kokoro no Tomodachi - Rikka Hishikawa/Cure Diamond
- Kiki's Delivery Service (live-action movie) - Jiji
- Byzantium (film) (Japanese dub, voice-over for Saoirse Ronan) - Eleanor Webb
- Tiger & Bunny: The Rising - Karina Lyle/Blue Rose
- Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage 3 : Eien no Tomodachi - Rikka Hishikawa/Cure Diamond
TV Anime series
- Red Garden (anime voice-over debut) - Student C, Grace A
- Minami-ke - Female Student B (ep 8)
- Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! - Student
- Kamichama Karin - Girl, Kirika (5 years old)
- Kyōran Kazoku Nikki - Hijiri Yamaguchi
- Birdy the Mighty: Decode - Kanae Kitamura
- Tytania - Masses/heathens
- Hatsukoi Limited - Rika Dobashi
- K-On! - Tsumugi Kotobuki
- Umi Monogatari: Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto - Kanon Miyamori
- A Certain Scientific Railgun - Mitsuko Kongou
- Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahō - Kaho Sakazaki
- Hell Girl: Triangle - Kaname Shimura
- Sora no Manimani - Emiri, Youko Matoba, Literature club member, Hachiman, Sayaka Akiyama
- Birdy the Mighty: Decode 02 - Kanae Kitamura, Mirun
- Maria-sama ga Miteru Season 3 - Faculty
- Heaven's Lost Property - Tsukino Hououin
- Seitokai no Ichizon - Female student
- Guin Saga - Alumina
- Munto: Sora o Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai - Committee member
- Asobi ni iku yo! - Chaika
- Chu-Bra!! - Yako Jingūji
- Hyakka Ryōran Samurai Girls - Sen Tokugawa
- K-On!! - Tsumugi Kotobuki
- Otome Youkai Zakuro - Daidai
- Mayoi Neko Overrun! - Young Takumi
- Lilpri - Tenko Okamoto
- Ōkami-san (novel series) - Chuutarou Nezumi, Bodyguard A
- A Certain Magical Index II - Mitsuko Kongou
- Demon King Daimao - Arnoul
- The Legend of the Legendary Heroes - Naia Knolles (Kiefer's sister)
- Yumeiro Patissiere - Dominic
- A Channel - Yūko Nishi
- Coicent (OVA) - Toto
- Guilty Crown - Kanon Kusama
- Dog Days - Vert Far Breton
- Manyū Hiken-chō - Chifusa Manyū
- Ro-Kyu-Bu! - Natsuhi Takenaka
- Softenni - Misaki Shidou
- Tiger & Bunny - Karina Lyle/Blue Rose
- Hanasaku Iroha - Eri Mizuno
- Tamayura: Hitotose - Chihiro Miyoshi
- Beelzebub - Yolda, Kaoru Umemiya
- Wandering Son - Kobayashi, Female student B
- Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere - Gin Tachibana
- Un-Go - Sayo Izawa
- Natsuiro Kiseki: Natsumi Aizawa
- Mobile Suit Gundam AGE - Fram Nara
- Medaka Box - Nekomi Nabeshima
- Medaka Box Abnormal - Nekomi Nabeshima
- Dog Days' - Vert Far Breton
- Aikatsu! - Mizuki Kanzaki
- Inazuma Eleven Go: Chrono Stone - Jeanne d'Arc
- Hyouka - Henmi
- Tari Tari - Youko Mizuno
- Sukitte Ii na yo - Megumi Kitagawa
- Sket Dance - Akina
- Queen's Blade Rebellion - Izumi
- Natsuyuki Rendezvous - Girl from the historical play
- Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II - Gin Tachibana, Matsu
- Pokémon: Black & White - Stella
- Dokidoki! PreCure - Rikka Hishikawa/Cure Diamond
- Hyakka Ryōran Samurai Bride - Sen Tokugawa
- A Certain Scientific Railgun S - Mitsuko Kongou
- My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU - Minami Sagami
- Valvrave the Liberator - Takahi Ninomiya
- Tamayura: More Aggressive - Chihiro Miyoshi
- Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS - Natsuhi Takenaka
- I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job. - Herself
- Go! Go! 575 - Yuzu Yosano
- Saki: Zenkoku-hen - Kyōko Suehara
- Sekai Seifuku: Bōryaku no Zvezda - Miki Shirasagi
- Baby Steps - Natsu Takasaki
- Pokémon: XY - Ellie
- Majin Bone - Tomoko Ryūjin
- Gundam Reconguista in G - Nored Nag
- Prince Mackaroo - Female high school student, Girl in freckles
- Robot Girls Z - Imaichi Moenai Ko (Girl lacking in moe)
- Final Fantasy Type-0 (PSP) - Kasumi Tobuki
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3) - Serah Farron
- Ro-Kyu-Bu! (PSP) - Natsuhi Takenaka
- A Certain Magical Index (PSP) - Mitsuko Kongou
- Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS) - Hitomi Tono, Nemissa
- YomeColle (Smartphone game) - Chifusa Manyū
- Girlfriend (Temporary) (Smartphone game) - Saya Kagurazaka
- Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Universe Accel / Cosmic Drive (PSP) - Fram Nara
- Tiger & Bunny: Heroes' Day (PSP) - Karina Lyle/Blue Rose
- Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Portable (PSP) - Gin Tachibana
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) - Serah Farron
- Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Vita) - Kanami Mashita
- Ro-Kyu-Bu!: Naisho no Shutter Chance (Vita) - Natsuhi Takenaka
- Suzunone Seven! Portable (PSP) - Mayo Shouno
Voice-overs for non-Japanese live-action drama
- Gossip Girl (Voice-over for Kaylee DeFer) - Ivy Dickens/Charlie Rhodes
- The Pillars of the Earth (miniseries) (Voice-over for Skye Lourie) - Elizabeth
- The 3rd Hospital (Voice-over for Choi Sooyoung) - Lee Eui-jin
- Tanin no Me - Belinda
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- "Tokyo MX's "Utatane", September 12, 2009 episode.".
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- "Voice Actress Group Sphere's Blu-ray Disc Ranks #1". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
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- "Official Hatsukoi Limited site - スタッフ&キャスト (Staff & Cast)". j-hatsukoi.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-04-17.
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