Yui Horie

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Yui Horie
Native name 堀江 由衣
Birth name 堀江 由子
Born (1976-09-20) September 20, 1976 (age 37)
Origin Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop, anison
Occupations Singer, Voice actress
Years active 1997–present
Labels Pony Canyon (1998-1999)
Starchild Label (2000-present)
Associated acts Yamato Nadeshiko, Aice5, Kurobara Hozonkai, Yukari Tamura
Website www.starchild.co.jp/artist/horie

Yoshiko Horie (堀江 由子 Horie Yoshiko?, born September 20, 1976), better known by her stage name Yui Horie (堀江 由衣 Horie Yui?) is a Japanese singer and voice actress.[1] She is sometimes affectionately nicknamed "Hocchan" (ほっちゃん Hocchan?) by her Japanese fans.

She hosts a radio show called "Horie Yui no Tenshi no Tamago" (堀江由衣の天使のたまご "Yui Horie's Angel Eggs"?) and is the founding member of the singing group, Aice5. She is also a member of the band Kurobara Hozonkai, with the name YUIEL. Her hobbies include shoulder massage, reading and cooking.

Life and career[edit]

Horie was born in Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan. She debuted in 1997 in the video game Voice Fantasia and for several years had minor roles in various anime. She landed her first leading role as Haruka in Kurogane Communication. The turning point in her career was not until 2000, when she won the role of Naru Narusegawa in the popular anime Love Hina. Other notable and defining career moments were taking the role of Tohru Honda in the anime Fruits Basket in 2001, and releasing her 1st music album (Mizutamari ni Utsuru Sekai) in 2000. She has since become one of the most popular anime voice actresses in Japan.

Horie formed a temporary unit called Yamato Nadeshiko with the popular voice actress Yukari Tamura in 2001. They released two singles, "Mō Hitori no Watashi" (もうひとりの私?) and "Merry Merrily"—the latter of which was an insert song in the Love Hina Christmas Special. In October 2005, she founded Aice5, a J-Pop group consisting of 4 other voice actors, to help launch their careers. Aice5 was officially disbanded on September 20, 2007. She has collaborated with a few other artists, such as Unscandal in 2005 and Kurobara Hozonkai, a goth band in 2007.

Horie was affiliated with Arts Vision. However, she eventually left the agency in mid-2007 because of a scandal in the agency's top management and became a freelance voice actress.[2][3] Today, she's affiliated with VIMS, a division of I'm Enterprise. She has published seven independent musical albums. Nearly all of them incorporate at least one track from an anime she has worked with. She currently releases music under the Starchild label (a subdivision of King Records).

Her radio show is "Horie Yui no Tenshi no Tamago" (堀江由衣の天使のたまご?) and can be heard on the station JOQR (文化放送?) (AM 1134 kHz) at 10:00 pm on Sundays.

She won the award for Best Supporting Voice Actress in the 4th Seiyu Awards.

Voice acting roles[edit]

Anime/video games[edit]


Drama CDs[edit]

Dubbing roles[edit]



Studio Albums[edit]

Compilation Albums[edit]


  • My Best Friend (November 18, 1998)
  • brand-new コミュニケイション (March 17, 1999)
  • Eternal Fantasy 3 Perpetual Blue (悠久幻想曲3パーペチュアルブルー Yūkyū Gensōkyoku 3 Pāpechuaru Burū?) Maxi Single Collection Part.6 (2000)
  • Merry Merrily (Yamato Nadeshiko) (March 21, 2001)
  • Love Destiny (May 16, 2001)
  • Kirari Takaramono (キラリ☆宝物?) (February 28, 2002)
  • All My Love (July 24, 2002)
  • Kokoro Harete Yo mo Akete (心晴れて 夜も明けて?) (February 4, 2004)
  • Scramble (Yui Horie with UNSCANDAL) (October 27, 2004)
  • Hikari (Inukami! Opening Theme) (May 24, 2006)
  • Days (Includes theme songs for Nagasarete Airantō) (May 2, 2007)[5]
  • Koisuru Tenkizu (恋する天気図?) (Including the ending theme for the second half of Nagasarete Airantō) (August 17, 2007)
  • Vanilla Salt (Toradora! Ending 1) (October 22, 2008)
  • Silky Heart (Toradora! Opening 2) (January 28, 2009)
  • YAHHO!! (Kanamemo Ending) (August 26, 2009)
  • True Truly Love (September 2010)
  • Immoralist (Dragon Crisis! Opening) (February 2, 2011)
  • PRESENTER (Dog Days Ending) (May 25, 2011)
  • Coloring (Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! Ending) (January 18, 2012)
  • Natsu no Yakusoku (Dog Days' Ending) (July 2012)
  • Heart Relation (Dog Days' Insert Song) (2012)


  • CLIPS 1 — includes a number of live action promotional videos, including:
    • Sakura - her first promotional video, for her first album, 水たまりに映るセカイ (Mizutamari ni Utsuru Sekai)
    • Love Destiny - parts of the live action video can be seen in the Sister Princess opening animation
    • Kirari Takaramono - the song is the opening theme for Love Hina Again
    • All My Love - the song is the opening theme for Earth Defender Mao-chan
    • Kokoro Harete Yo mo Akete - the song is the ending theme for Jubei-chan 2
  • LIVE DVD 2006 - The Adventure Over Yui Horie (堀江由衣をめぐる冒険 Horie Yui o Meguru Bōken?)
  • LIVE DVD 2007 - Horie Yui Christmas Live (堀江由衣 クリスマスライブ~由衣がサンタに着がえたら Yui Ga Ni Santa Kigaetara?)
  • CLIPS 2
  • LIVE DVD 2009 - The Adventure Over Yui Horie II


  • CLIPS 2 - includes a number of live action promotional videos

Anime-related songs[edit]



  1. ^ Doi, Hitoshi (January 3, 2011). "Horie Yui". Seiyuu Database. Archived from the original on January 10, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "アーツビジョン事件を受けて堀江由衣が事務所を辞めたとの噂" (in Japanese). NewAkiba.com. 2007-06-10. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  3. ^ "堀江由衣 ほりえゆい". Seigura.com (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d "スタッフ・キャスト" [Staff & cast] (in Japanese). bakemonogatari.com. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ Related article on the single (Japanese Wikipedia)

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