Minori Chihara after Animelo Summer Live - Rainbow concert on 27 August 2011
|Also known as||みのりん (Minorin)|
November 18, 1980 |
Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
|Genres||Anisong, Symphonic pop, Techno, J-pop|
|Occupation(s)||Voice actress, Singer, songwriter, composer|
|Labels||King Records (recording) (2004-2007)
Lantis (recording) (2007-)
Avex (management, 2004-2013)
M-Peace (management, 2013-)
Minori Chihara (茅原 実里 Chihara Minori?, born November 18, 1980) is a Japanese voice actress and singer who has had roles in several anime series. As a voice actress she is under the agency Avex Planning & Development, she is well known as voice actress for her role as Yuki Nagato in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, while in her musical career, she has been signed under King Records and is currently with Lantis. She was born in the city of Utsunomiya, Tochigi and was raised in Saitama. She is affectionately referred to as "Minorin" (みのりん) by her fans.
||This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (April 2012)|
- From April to September, served as the assistant to Mariko Kōda's OBC radio program "Kōda Mariko no GM" through an audition. Coupled with her winning first place at the "Seiyū Grand Prix Club," acquired the right to work in the avex artist academy.
- In October, was chosen as one of the top 4 finalists for Pony Canyon, Inc.'s "Voice Artist & Singer Audition「VSオーディション2003」" sponsorship contest, but did not win the grand prize.
- From April to September, debuted her voice acting career as Aya Natsume in Tenjho Tenge.
- In December, begins her blog "minorhythm" and at the same time, releases her album Heroine
- In April, begins work as a host personality for the internet radio program Oshiyaberi Yattemasu along with Masaya Onosaka and Miyu Matsuki as the Thursday group.
- In May, begins both radio programs Avex presents Chihara Minori no Makenai Radio and Avex presents Chihara Minori no Ikenai Radio.
- Her blog book "minorhythm" is published in March.
- From April to September, plays the role of Yuki Nagato in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
- On July 8, performs with Aya Hirano and Yūko Gotō at Animelo Summer Live 2006 Outride concert.
- In July, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's ending theme single "Hare Hare Yukai" sung with Aya Hirano and Yūko Gotō reaches gold status.
- In November, receives the Radio Kansai Award along with Yūko Gotō
- On January 24, releases the single Junpaku Sanctuary, ending a two-year hiatus from her personal singing career.
- On March 18, performs in the Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekisou concert.
- In May, begins the radio program in conjunction to her blog called "Radio Minorhythm" on Wednesdays as part of the Lantis web radio lineup.
- On June 6, releases the single Kimi ga Kureta Anohi
- From June 29 to July 2, appears at Anime Expo 2007 along with Aya Hirano and Yūko Gotō at Long Beach, California as a guest of honor.
- On July 7, performs in the Animelo Summer Live 2007 Generation-A concert.
- On August 16, holds a press conference that is broadcast to 115 storefronts across Japan to announce three important news items: the release of her new album Contact on October 24, her tour Live starting its opening on November 18 as part of her birthday concert, and the release of her PV collection DVD slated for December 2007.
- On December 26, releases the PV DVD Message 01. With it, a follow-up track to the album Contact titled "Contact 13th" is bundled with the DVD as an extra CD.
- On March 26, releases the single Melty Tale Storage.
- On April 1, her official fanclub "m.s.s. (Minori Smile Seasons)" is opened.
- On August 6, releases the single Ameagari no Hana yo Sake
- On August 30, performs at Animelo Summer Live 2008 - Challenge day 1, including a duet with Masami Okui.
- On November 5, releases the single Paradise Lost
- On November 26, releases the album Parade
- On December 7, performs in the "Dream Stage" concert at the Fancy Frontier convention held in Taipei, Taiwan.
- On March 29, performs in the Lucky Star Concert Called Lucky Star in Budokan -Anata no Tame Dakara- / らき☆すた in 武道館 あなたのためだから.
- On April 29, performs at the Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensō (涼宮ハルヒの弦奏 The Symphony of Haruhi Suzumiya?) held at Tokyo Kosei Nenkin Kaikan with music by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Philip Chu as conductor.
- On May 3, performs at Ga-Rei Zero - The Live at Shibuya-AX.
- On June 3, releases the single Tomorrow's Chance.
- On July 12, performs in her first ever South East Asian concert in DaiCon 「DaiCon-大コン-」, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya in Malaysia.
- On August 22, performs at Animelo Summer Live 2009 Re:Bridge day 1, including a duet with Yui Horie.
- On December 23, releases the single Precious One.
- On February 4, releases the PV DVD Message 02.
- On February 17, releases the album Sing All Love.
- On February 24, releases the single Yasashii Bōkyaku
- On April 10, releases the PV DVD Message 03.
- On July 21, releases the single Freedom Dreamer
- On August 7, releases the limited single Ittōsei
- On August 29, performs at Animelo Summer Live 2010 Evolution day 2, including a duet with May'n.
- On February 9, releases the singles Defection and Key for Life
- On April 4, releases the PV DVD Message 04'
- On July 6, releases the single Planet Patrol
- On August 27, performs at Animelo Summer Live 2011 rainbow day 1, including a duet with Yukari Tamura.
- On October 19, releases the single Terminated
- On February 29, releases the album D-Formation
- On March 21, releases the single Celestial Diva
- On July 11, releases the single Zone//Alone
- On August 26, performs at Animelo Summer Live 2012 Infinity day 2, including a duet with Chiaki Ishikawa.
- On October 24, releases the single Self Producer
- Binbō Shimai Monogatari (Unnamed girl)
- Humanoid Monster Bem (Remake) (Mitsuki Kisaragi)
- Lemon Angel Project (Erika Campbell)
- Lovedol: Lovely Idol (Hina Hōjō)
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Yuki Nagato)
- Claymore (Awakened Being in Ep. 12)
- D.C. II: Da Capo II (Shirakawa Nanaka)
- Dragonaut -The Resonance- (Toa)
- Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! (Band leader in Ep. 11)
- Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny (Chouhi Ekitoku)
- Lucky Star (Minami Iwasaki, Herself in Ep. 12, Waitress Yuki Nagato in Ep. 16)
- Major (3rd Season) (Ayane)
- Minami-ke (Chiaki Minami)
- Over Drive (Takeshi Yamato's little sister)
- Saint October (Seiran in Ep. 6)
- Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica (Matia Machiya)
- Venus Versus Virus (Sumire Takahana)
- Wellber no Monogatari: Sisters of Wellber (Rio)
- D.C. II S.S.: Da Capo II Second Season (Shirakawa Nanaka)
- Ga-rei -Zero- (Kagura Tsuchimiya)
- Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians (Chouhi Ekitoku)
- Major (4th Season) (Ayane)
- Minami-ke: Okawari (Chiaki Minami)
- Wellber no Monogatari: Sisters of Wellber (2nd Season) (Rio)
- The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk (Coopa)
- Minami-ke: Okaeri (Chiaki Minami)
- Needless (Kuchinashi)
- Saki (Tōka Ryūmonbuchi)
- The Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk (Coopa)
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2009) (Yuki Nagato)
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Sakutarou)
- Chu-Bra!! (Nayu Hayama)
- The Qwaser of Stigmata (Teresa Beria)
- Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor (Chouhi Ekitoku)
- Occult Academy (Mikaze Nakagawa)
- Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional (Maize)
- Mitsudomoe (Airi Ogata)
- Asobi ni iku yo! (Lawry)
- Nurarihyon no Mago (Sewagakari no Medanuki)
- Mitsudomoe Zōryōchū! (Airi Ogata)
- Rio: Rainbow Gate! (Dana)
- The Qwaser of Stigmata II (Teresa Beria)
- A Channel (Kimiko Kitō)
- Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! (Ran Yatagai)
- Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere (Horizon Ariadust)
- C³ (Konoha Muramasa)
- Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere II (Horizon Ariadust)
- Hyōka (Yuri Kōnosu)
- Queen's Blade Rebellion (Yuit)
- Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A (Tōka Ryūmonbuchi)
- So, I Can't Play H? (Dalnia Earheart)
- Busou Shinki - (Strarf Mk.2/Hina)
- Oniichan dakedo Ai sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne! (Anastasia Nasuhara)
- Minami-ke: Tadaima (Chiaki Minami)
- Sparrow's Hotel (Sayuri Satō)
- Kyōkai no Kanata (Mitsuki Nase)
- Phi Brain: Puzzle of God (Rätsel)
- Saki (Tōka Ryūmonbuchi)
- Nobunaga the Fool (Ichi-hime)
- Date A Live II (Miku Izayoi)
- Rail Wars! (Noa Kashima)
- Cross Ange (Miranda Campbell)
- Girl Friend Beta (Mahiro Natsume)
- A Channel +smile (Kimiko Kitō)
- Kyo no Gononi (Tsubasa Kawai)
- Lucky ☆ Star OVA (Minami Iwasaki)
- Mars of Destruction (Kurita Aoi)
- Murder Princess (Unnamed girl)
- My-Otome 0~S.ifr~ (Raquel Mayol)
- Space Symphony Maetel: Galaxy Express 999 (Arena)
- Tenjho Tenge: Ultimate Fight (Aya Natsume)
- Tenkuu Danzai Skelter+Heaven (Ayaka Matsumoto)
- Busou Shinki Moon Angel (Strarf Mk.2/02)
- Avalon Code (Neaki)
- Busou Shinki BATTLE RONDO (Strarf)
- étude prologue ～Yureugoku Kokoro no Katachi～ (Asami Hagiwara)
- Final Fantasy Type-0 (Cater)
- Haruhi Suzumiya series as Yuki Nagato:
- THE iDOLM@STER ONE FOR ALL (Leon)
- Ikki Tousen series as Chouhi Ekitoku:
- Lucky ☆ Star: Ryōō Gakuen Ōtōsai (Minami Iwasaki)
- Lux-Pain (Natsuki Venefsukja)
- Mars of Destruction (Aoi Kurita)
- Memories Off #5 encore (Akina Ichijo)
- Shōkan Shōjo -ElementalGirl Calling- (Uzuki)
- Summon Night X: Tears Crown (Phara Mir Celestia)
- Tenkuu Danzai Skelter+Heaven (Ayaka Matsumoto)
- The Kōshōnin (Lina Hanashita)
- Blaze Union: Story to Reach the Future (Eater, Lapis)
- Rune Factory 3 (Sofia)
- Final Promise Story (Sasha)
- Gloria Union (Raspberry, Eater)
- Otomedius Excellent (Strarf)
- Chaos Rings II (Lessica)
- Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (Barbara)
- Date A Live: Ars Install (Miku Izayoi)
- B Gata H Kei (Kyouka Kanejyou)
- Dragon Nest: Prelude~ Awakening of Fate (Goddess Altea)
- Franken Fran (Veronica Madaraki)
- Lovedol: Lovely Idol (Hina Hōjō)
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Sound Around (Yuki Nagato)
- My-HiME Destiny (Mayo Kagura)
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor (Tanikawa Yuzu)
- Kōda Mariko no GM (April to September 2003)
- avex presents Chihara Minori no Makenai Radio (JOQR, Ended)
- avex presents Chihara Minori no Ikenai Radio (JOQR, Ended)
- SOS Dan Radio Shibu (Ended)
- Oshaberi Yattemasu Thursdays (Graduated)
- Chihara Minori radio minorhythm (Still running)
- Chihara Minori's fans Contact (A&G Super RADIO SHOW 〜AniSuper〜: October 6, 2007 to October 27, 2007)
- Ga-rei -Zero- Supernatural Disaster Countermeasure Radio Room (Lantis web radio: October 18, 2008)
- Busou Shinki It is the radio for master. (Onsen web radio: September 24, 2012,Still running)
- Cross Chord (Mika)
- Debut 1st Anniversary Commemoration Event: Minorin Spring Celebration 2005 (April 10, 2005)
- Birthday Event: Minorin Birthday Celebration 2005 (November 20, 2005)
- Debut 2nd Anniversary Commemoration Event: Minorin Spring Celebration 2006 (April 22, 2006)
- Love Live 2006: Minori Chihara Birthday (November 18, 2006)
- I Melody: Minori Chihara Birthday Live 2007 (November 18, 2007)
- Starchild Presents: Starchild Collection
- Minori Chihara 1st Live Tour 2008: Contact/Re:Birth (March 9, March 16, March 22, March 23)
- Minori Chihara Live Tour 2009: Parade (February–March 2009)
- Minori Chihara Live at DaiCon (Malaysia) 「DaiCon-大コン-」 (July 11–12, 2009)
- Minori Chihara Live 2009 "Summer Camp" (August 1–2, 2009)
- Minori Chihara Final & Countdown Live 2009-2010 (December 31, 2009) 
- Minori Chihara Live 2010 "Sing All Love" (April 10 - May 30, 2010) 
- Minori Chihara Live 2010 "Summer Camp 2" (August 11–12, 2010)
- Minori Chihara Live 2010 "Invasion Tour" (October 9, 2010)
- Minori Chihara Xmas Party 2010 (December 25, 2010)
- Minori Chihara Film Live (February 9, 2011)
- Minori Chihara Live 2011 "Key for Defection" (May 2–8, 2011)
- Minori Chihara Live 2011 "Summer Camp 3" (August 5–7, 2011)
- Minori Chihara Final & Countdown Live 2011-2012 (December 31, 2011)
- Minori Chihara Acoustic Live "A-Formation" (February 29, 2012)
- Minori Chihara Live 2012 "D-Formation" (April 7-May 27, 2012)
- Minori Chihara Ultra Formation/Party Formation (June 16–17, 2012)
- Minori Chihara Live 2012 "Summer Camp 4" (August 4–5, 2012)
- Minori Chihara Birthday Live (November 18, 2012) 
- Blister Pack V♀ices
- True Love: Winter Best Songs (Commercial narration)
- True Love: Spring Memorial Songs (Commercial narration)
- Natsu Monogatari: Summer Best Songs (Commercial narration)
|Date Released||Single Name|
|January 13, 2005||Zutto...Issho/Makenai (Ichizu Version) (ずっと...一緒/負けない〜一途バージョン〜?)|
|January 24, 2007||Junpaku Sanctuary (純白サンクチュアリィ?)|
|June 6, 2007||Kimi ga Kureta Ano Hi (君がくれたあの日?)|
|March 26, 2008||Melty Tale Storage|
|August 6, 2008||Ameagari no Hana yo Sake (雨上がりの花よ咲け?)|
|November 5, 2008||Paradise Lost|
|June 3, 2009||Tomorrow's Chance|
|December 23, 2009||Precious One|
|February 24, 2010||Yasashii Bōkyaku (優しい忘却?)|
|July 21, 2010||Freedom Dreamer|
|August 7, 2010||Ittōsei (一等星?)|
|February 9, 2011||Defection|
|February 9, 2011||Key for Life|
|July 6, 2011||Planet Patrol|
|October 19, 2011||Terminated|
|March 21, 2012||Celestial Diva|
|July 11, 2012||Zone//Alone|
|October 24, 2012||Self Producer|
|April 24, 2013||Kono Sekai wa Bokura wo Matteita (この世界は僕らを待っていた?)|
|October 30, 2013||Kyōkai no Kanata (境界の彼方?)|
|February 26, 2014||Fool the World|
|July 23, 2014||Mukai Kaze ni Utarenagara (向かい風に打たれながら?)|
|Date Released||Album Name|
|December 22, 2004||Heroine|
|October 24, 2007||Contact|
|November 26, 2008||Parade|
|February 17, 2010||Sing All Love|
|February 29, 2012||D-Formation|
|December 11, 2013||Neo Fantasia|
|Date Released||Character Single Name|
|September 29, 2004||Tenjho Tenge Great Disc. 1 (天上天下 Great Disc. 1?)|
|January 25, 2006||Angel Addict|
|February 22, 2006||Smile Means Love|
|May 10, 2006||Hare Hare Yukai (ハレ晴レユカイ?)|
|July 5, 2006||Nagato Yuki Character Song (Vol. 2 長門 有希?)|
|November 1, 2006||LoveLoveLove no Sei na no yo! (LoveLoveLoveのせいなのよ!?)|
|November 22, 2006||Saikyo Pare Parade (最強パレパレード?)|
|December 6, 2006||Candy (Bitter&Sweet)|
|March 21, 2007||Seioh Gakuen Kōka Band (聖桜学園校歌バンド?)|
|March 21, 2007||Only Lonely Rain|
|July 25, 2007||Fragment: Shooting star of the origin|
|September 26, 2007||Iwasaki Minami Character Song (Vol.006 岩崎みなみ?)|
|October 24, 2007||Keikenchi Joshochu☆ (経験値上昇中☆?)|
|October 31, 2007||Mune Pettan Girls Character Song (Vol.010 胸ぺったんガールズ?)|
|November 21, 2007||Colorful Days (カラフルDays?)|
|December 26, 2007||Lucky ☆ Star Re-Mix002|
|December 26, 2007||D.C. II: Da Capo II Vol.0|
|January 23, 2008||Kokoro no Tsubasa (ココロノツバサ?)|
|January 23, 2008||Sekai ga Yume miru YUME NO NAKA/Saishuu Mirai o Misete! (世界が夢見るユメノナカ／最終未来を見せて!?)|
|February 6, 2008||Sono Koe ga Kiki Takute (その声が聞きたくて?)|
|February 27, 2008||D.C. II: Da Capo II Character Song Vol. 3|
|April 23, 2008||Minami-ke Biyori (みなみけ びより?)|
|January 23, 2009||『Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekidō』 Vocal Mini-album (『涼宮ハルヒの激動』ボーカルミニアルバム?)|
- Message 01, released December 26, 2007
- Minori Chihara 1st Live Tour 2008 Contact DVD, released June 25, 2008
- Message 02, released February 4, 2009
- Minori Chihara Live Tour 2009 Parade DVD, released June 24, 2009
- Message 03, released April 10, 2010
- Minori Chihara Live Tour 2010:Sing All Love DVD, released November 10, 2010
- Minori Chihara Summer Camp 2 DVD, released February 23, 2011
- Message 04, released April 4, 2012
- Minorhythm, published March 30, 2006
- Doi, Hitoshi. "Chihara Minori". Seiyuu Database. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
- "minorinの日記" (in Japanese). Minori Chihara. November 18, 2003. Archived from the original on February 18, 2004. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
- Doi, Hitoshi. "Chihara Minori". Seiyuu Database. January 3, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2011. Archived 10 January 2011 at WebCite
- "|| Lantis web site |||". Lantis.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- The of number of assistants available to join Avex was only limited to one person at first, but due to the exceptional talent Avex saw among the contestants, decided to increase the number to three.
- 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 特設ファンサイト (Japanese)
- "Anime Expo 2007 Guests". Anime Expo. 2007. Retrieved June 3, 2007.
- Animelo Summer Live2007 Generation-A［アーティスト一覧］ (Japanese)
- 茅原実里の重大発表記者会見で、ライブツアー開催が発表された！ / ファミ通.com (Japanese)
- || Lantis web site |||[dead link] Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
- 茅原実里オフィシャルファンクラブ『m.s.s』 (1980-01-01). "Minori Chihara Official Fan Club m.s.s". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "年代售票 Dream Stage -Yui and Minori". Ticket.com.tw. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=KABA-5307" retrieved 2011-12-05.
- "Chihara Minori LIVE @ DaiCon!". DaiCon. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
- Maeda, Hisashi et al. "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya". (June 2007) Newtype USA. pp. 32-35.
- "Crunchyroll to Stream Sparrow's Hotel TV Anime Series". Anime News Network. March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- "Kyōkai no Kanata TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Cast, Musicians". Anime News Network. August 10, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- "Minori Chihara 1st Live Tour 2008 `Contact `". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Minori Chihara Live Tour 2009 〜Parade〜". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Minori Chihara Live at DaiCon 「DaiCon-大コン-」". Daiconnews.com. 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Minori Chihara Live 2009 "Summer Camp"". Chiharaminori.jp. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "茅原実里「Minori Chihara Live 2009 Final」＆「Minori Chihara Countdown Live 2009-2010」". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Minori Chihara Live Tour 2010 〜Sing All Love〜". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Guests - New York Comic Con & New York Anime Festival". Newyorkcomiccon.com. November 18, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
- "Minori Chihara Xmas Party 2010 at Universal Studios Japan(R)". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "茅原実里「MINORI CHIHARA FILM LIVE 2011"SUMMER CAMP 2"」". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Minori Chihara Live Tour 2011 〜Key for Defection〜". Chiharaminori.jp. 1994-12-01. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "MINORI CHIHARA LIVE 2011 "SUMMER CAMP 3" 特設サイト". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "茅原実里「Minori Chihara Live 2011 Final」＆「Minori Chihara Countdown Live 2011-2012」". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "TERMINATED発売記念プレミアムライブ Minori Chihara Acoustic Live 2011 グッズ紹介ページ". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "Minori Chihara Live Tour 2012 〜D-Formation〜". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "茅原実里「Minori Chihara Live 2012 ULTRA-Formation/PARTY-Formation」". Chiharaminori.jp. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "アニメロミックス Presents MINORI CHIHARA LIVE 2012 "SUMMER CAMP 4" supported by JOYSOUND×UGA". Chiharaminori.jp. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- "茅原実里「アニメロミックス Presents MINORI CHIHARA BIRTHDAY LIVE 2012 supported by JOYSOUND」". Chiharaminori.jp. 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
- Official website (Japanese)
- Official blog (Before 1st April 2013) (Japanese)
- Official blog (After 1st April 2013) (Japanese)
- Radio Minorhythm (Japanese)
- Minori Chihara at the Internet Movie Database
- Minori Chihara at Anime News Network's encyclopedia