Minami Kuribayashi

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Minami Kuribayashi
栗林 みな実
AX 2010 - Minami Kuribayashi.jpg
Minami Kuribayashi at Anime Expo 2010
Background information
Birth name 栗林 みな実 (Minami Kuribayashi)
Born (1976-06-11) June 11, 1976 (age 38)
Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Origin Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Genres J-pop, Rock, Anison
Occupations Singer, lyricist, voice actress
Years active 2002–present
Labels Lantis (2002–present)
Avex Entertainment (2012–present)
Associated acts Sound Horizon, Wild 3nin Musume, e-ZUKA, GRANRODEO, Chiaki Takahashi
Website kuribayashi-minami.jp

Minami Kuribayashi (栗林 みな実 Kuribayashi Minami?, born June 11, 1976) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and voice actress from Shizuoka prefecture.

Her involvement in the game and anime Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, where she voiced the role of one of the characters, Haruka Suzumiya and performed and penned the theme songs and other songs relating to the series, has brought her much attention. Her single "Precious Memories", used as the opening theme song for the series' animated version was a success; it had a peak ranking of 17th place on the Oricon charts and charted for 13 weeks.[1] She has since performed songs for other games and anime, including series such as Muv-Luv, Chrono Crusade, My-HiME, My-Otome, Kure-nai, and School Days.

Kuribayashi has performed as part of the group Wild 3nin Musume, whose other present members are Joy Max (a.k.a. Joy Max Maximum) and Kisho Taniyama (a.k.a. Jackie Yang). She also once paired with Chiaki Takahashi to form the group exige, where Takahashi was known as CT. Veronica. Also, she is part of Sound Horizon.

Voice roles[edit]

TV animation[edit]

OVAs[edit]

Internet animation[edit]

Games[edit]

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

Singles[edit]

# Single details Catalog No. Peak Oricon
chart position
Album Sales Notes
1st "Muv-Luv (マブラヴ)"
  • Released: April 3, 2002
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4048 97 Overture 25,900 (Game Muv-Luv opening theme)
2nd "Kaze no Yukue/Yours (風のゆくえ/yours)"
  • Released: February 5, 2003
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4084 62 28,600 (Game Kimi ga Nozomu Eien theme song)
3rd "Precious Memories"
  • Released: October 29, 2003
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4107 17 55,000 (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien opening theme)
4th "Tsubasa wa Pleasure Line (翼はPleasure Line)"
  • Released: January 21, 2004
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4110 17 passage 51,500 (Chrono Crusade opening theme)
5th "Shining☆Days"
  • Released: November 3, 2004
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4157 18 52,000 (My-HiME opening theme)
- "beginning"
  • Released: February 23, 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4183 55 33,600 (OVA Akane Maniax opening theme)
6th "Shining☆Days Re-Product&Remix"
  • Released: March 24, 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4189 39 Non–album single 5,000
7th "Muv-Luv (2005 version) (マブラヴ(再録音版))"
  • Released: August 10, 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4209 34 passage 34,400 (Game Muv-Luv opening theme)
8th "Blue Treasure"
  • Released: August 24, 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4205 37 35,100 (Tide-Line Blue opening theme)
9th "Dream☆Wing"
  • Released: November 2, 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4227 19 42,300 (My-Otome 1st opening theme)
10th "Crystal Energy"
  • Released: February 22, 2006
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4247 15 fantastic arrow 38,700 (My-Otome 2nd opening theme)
11th "Yell!"
  • Released: November 22, 2006
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4320 20 dream link 19,400 (Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars ending theme)
12th "United Force"
  • Released: May 22, 2007
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4364 23 20,800 (Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula opening theme)
13th "BUT,metamorphosis"
  • Released: December 26, 2007
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4447 79 12,500 (Cutie Honey: The Live ending theme)
14th "Next Season/Sweet Passion"
  • Released: March 12, 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4476 39 15,100 (OVA Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~ opening theme)
15th "Love Jump"
  • Released: April 23, 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4480 36 16,800 (Kure-nai opening theme)
16th "unripe hero"
  • Released: July 23, 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4514 33 mind touch 7,761 (Blassreiter opening theme)
17th "Finality Blue"
  • Released: October 22, 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4549 48 6,116 (My-Otome 0~S.ifr~ opening theme)
18th "Sympathizer"
  • Released: January 21, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4563 22 10,446 (Kurokami The Animation opening theme)
19th "Miracle Fly"
  • Released: April 22, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4606 33 7,539+ (Sora Kake Girl ending theme)
20th "earth trip"
  • Released: July 22, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4639 87 (Game Grandia Online opening theme)
21st "Unreal Paradise (あんりある♡パラダイス)"
  • Released: October 21, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4657 30 (Kämpfer opening theme)
22nd "Meiya Kadenrou (冥夜花伝廊)"
  • Released: January 27, 2010
  • Label: GloryHeaven
  • Format: CD
LACM-4047 43 Non–album single (Katanagatari opening theme)
23rd "STRAIGHT JET"
  • Released: January 26, 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4777 16 TIGHT KNOT (IS (Infinite Stratos) opening theme)
24th "Kimi no Naka no Eiyū (君の中の英雄)"
  • Released: November 9, 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-34900 (Artist Side)

LACM-4900 (Animation Side)

14 (Mobile Suit Gundam AGE ending theme)
25th "HAPPY CRAZY BOX"
  • Released: April 25, 2012
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-34925 (Limited Edition),

LACM-4925 (Regular Edition)

25 (Medaka Box opening theme)
26th "signs~Sakutsuki Hitoyo~ (signs 〜朔月一夜〜)"
  • Released: August 22, 2012
  • Label: Avex
  • Format: CD
AVCD-49734/B (Total Eclipse Edition),

AVCD-49735/B (Artist Edition),
AVCD-49736 (Regular Edition)

20 (Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse ending theme)
27th "BELIEVE"
  • Released: October 24, 2012
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-34015 (Limited Edition),

LACM-14015 (Regular Edition)

35 (Medaka Box Abnormal opening theme)
28th "Doubt the World"
  • Released: November 28, 2012
  • Label: Avex
  • Format: CD
AVCD-49971/B (Total Eclipse Edition),

AVCD-49972/B (Artist Edition),
AVCD-49973 (Regular Edition)

28 TBA (Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse opening theme)
29th "ZERO!!"
  • Released: April 24, 2013
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-34083 (Limited Edition),

LACM-14083 (Regular Edition)

30 TBA (Hataraku Maou-sama! opening theme)
30th "True Blue Traveler"
  • Released: November 6, 2013
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LALM-4001 (Limited Edition),

LALM-4003 (Regular Edition)

18 TBA (IS (Infinite Stratos) (Season 2) opening theme)

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]
Year Album details Catalog No. Peak Oricon
chart position
Certifications
2004 Overture
  • Released: December 1, 2004
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-5324 22
2006 passage
  • Released: April 26, 2006
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-5501 12
fantastic arrow
  • Released: December 21, 2006
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-5588 33
2008 dream link
  • Released: August 27, 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LASA-5802 24
2010 mind touch
  • Released: April 21, 2010
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LASA-15021 32
2011 miracle fruit
  • Released: March 9, 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-15102 30
2013 TIGHT KNOT
  • Released: May 29, 2013
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-15305 32
Best albums[edit]
Year Album details Catalog No. Peak Oricon
chart position
2011 stories
  • Released: August 3, 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-9215/6 12

Wild 3nin Musume[edit]

  • 2002-11-20: CC♪4U (Chiyoren-channel♪ for you) (featuring m.c Mayo) — Radio Osaka Chiyoren-channel♪ opening & ending theme
  • 2004-02-04: Junjou Fever (featuring Skytemple) — Radio Kiminozo Radio opening & ending theme
  • 2005-04-27: MAGIC — Web radio Kiminozo Radio opening & ending theme
  • 2006-03-08: Love Adventure — Web radio Kiminozo Radio 2nd opening & ending theme
  • 2007-11-07: Cutie Honey — TV drama Cutie Honey The Live opening theme

exige[edit]

  • 2005-12-21: Believe yourself — anime TV series IGPX ending theme

Other[edit]

  • Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Dramatheater vol.1 Suzumiya Haruka
  • Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Dramatheater vol.2 Hayase Mitsuki
  • Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Dramatheater vol.3 Suzumiya Akane
  • Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Dramatheater vol.4 Rajio Special
  • SONGS FROM age
  • "Hello, world."
  • AngelicVale Progress special CD
  • Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Portrait*2 Suzumiya Haruka
  • Kiminozo Radio CD
  • Fight~Theme of Rumbling Angel~
  • PC age CD-ROM2 vol.1
  • PC age CD-ROM2 vol.2
  • Galaxy Angel Yaminabe
  • PC age CD-ROM2 vol.3
  • School Days Vocal Album
  • Animelo 2006 ONENESS
  • PC age CD-ROM2 vol.4
  • Animelo 2007 Generation-A

Other concerts[edit]

Soundtrack CDs[edit]

  • Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Soundtrack Plus
  • Muv-Luv Original Soundtrack
  • Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Original Soundtrack vol. 1
  • Chrno Crusade Original Soundtrack Gospel.I
  • Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Original Soundtrack vol. 2
  • Tideline Blue Original Soundtrack
  • Akane Maniax Original Soundtrack
  • Muv-Luv Alternative Original Soundtrack
  • School Days Original Soundtrack
  • Summer Days Original Soundtrack

DVDs[edit]

  • Kuribayashi Minami in BASXI Secret Live "Birthday eve"
  • 2003-11-27: Kuribayashi Minami Music Clip "Precious Memories"
  • 2008-02-27: Kuribayashi Minami 1st Live Tour 2007 "Fantastic Arrow"

References[edit]

External links[edit]

(All links except Anime News Network are in Japanese)