Asami Imai

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Asami Imai
Asami Imai 2011-02-19.jpg
Native name 今井 麻美
Born (1977-05-16) May 16, 1977 (age 39)
Tokyo, Japan
Other names
  • Eriko Toyama (遠山 枝里子?)
  • Keiko Horikoshi (堀越 恵子?)
Occupation
Years active 1999–present
Agent Early Wing
Height 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)
Musical career
Genres J-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels 5pb.
Associated acts Artery Vein (Eri Kitamura)
Website 5pb.jp/records/sp/asami/

Asami Imai (今井 麻美 Imai Asami?, born May 16, 1977 in Tokyo) is a female Japanese voice actress and singer who affiliated with Early Wing.[1][2] She debuted as a voice actress in 1999 and as singer in 2009 by releasing her first single "Day by Day / Shining Blue Rain" under the 5pb. Records label. She is also well known for giving voices to Chihaya Kisaragi in THE IDOLM@STER (all related productions, except for IDOM@STER: Xenoglossia), Kurisu Makise in Steins;Gate, Tsubaki Yayoi in BlazBlue and Ayumi Shinozaki in Corpse Party. She also coupled with Eri Kitamura and formed the music unit Artery Vein which is also under the 5pb. label.

She has also provided voice acting under the aliases Eriko Toyama (遠山 枝里子?) and Keiko Horikoshi (堀越 恵子?) during earlier works within her career.[3]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Tokyo in 1977, Imai moved from Shibuya to Tokuyama City (currently Shūnan City) in Yamaguchi Prefecture, when she was eight years old. However, it is stated in her official profile that she was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture.[4] She has once revealed that she graduated from Tokuyama High School, was vagabond for around a year, before entering Meiji University's School of Arts and Letters, majoring in Drama and Theatre Arts.

Career and Awards[edit]

In 1998, Imai won the Grand Prize for the Voice Actress category in ENIX Anime Awards (エニックスアニメ大賞) while she was still studying. Subsequently, she debuted in the following year in the drama CD Toki no Daichi〜Hana no Ōkoku no Majo〜. In 2001, she was chosen as an assistant of the radio show, Tomokazu・Miki's Radio Big Bang. At one point of time in 2006, Imai once thought of giving up her job as a voice actress, but could not bear to leave the voice acting of her role as Chihaya Kisaragi in The Idolmaster to others.

Following an internal scandal, Imai left her agency ArtsVision on April 5, 2007. She then free-lanced under the agency Kaleidoscope for 7 months. On April 22, 2009, Imai released her first major debut single, "Day by Day / Shining Blue Rain" under the 5pb. Records label. In the same year, Imai transferred to her current agency, Early Wing on December 1. Imai landed her first lead role as Kiiko Kawakami in the OVA Kuttsukiboshi in 2010.[2] As she began expanding her singing career, Imai held her first solo live concert on December 25, 2010, and has since held concerts around the period of her birthday in May, as well as December.

On April 18, 2012, Imai was awarded the Best Female Character Voice award at the Famitsu Awards in 2011.[5]

Imai is one of two members of the musical duo Artery Vein, along with Eri Kitamura. The unit mainly performs theme songs for the Corpse Party series.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Anime[edit]

List of voice performances in anime
Year Title Role Notes Source[2]
2000 Platinumhugen Ordian Nao Kozuki [3]
2001 Touch: Cross Road Girl C [3][7]
2001 Prétear Eiko [3][7]
2001 Galaxy Angel Boy B [3][7]
2001 Steel Angel Kurumi 2: Expression Junior, Student, Clerk [3]
2001 Figure 17 Nanami Nakajima [3]
2001 Mahoromatic Ando-san [3]
2002 Pita-Ten Ken [3]
2002 Shrine of the Morning Mist Kukiko Sonoda [3]
2002 Ground Defense Force! Mao-chan Student, Reporter [3]
2002 Petite Princess Yucie Student [3]
2002 GetBackers Nurse [3]
2003 Da Capo Students, Children [3][7]
2003 Kaleido Star: New Wings Woman [3]
2003 Bottle Fairy Fossil Director [3]
2004 This Ugly Yet Beautiful World Woman [3]
2004 Hanaukyo Maid Team La Verite Comiket customer [3]
2004 Doki Doki School Hours Schoolgirl [3]
2004 Midori Days Lovers [3]
2004 Burst Angel Schoolgirl [3]
2004 Desert Punk Daughter [3]
2005 Lime-iro Ryūkitan X Shuro Naoe [3]
2008 Hell Girl: Three Vessels Momota Masako [3]
2008–10 Kiss x Sis series Yūzuki Kiryū OVA and TV [3][7][8]
2009 Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!! Bloody Selica [3][7]
2009 Needless Solva [3][7][9]
2009–10 Koihime Musō series Kakuka [3][7]
2010 Shukufuku no Campanella Chelsea Arcot [3][7][10][11]
2010 Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional Gabriel [3]
2010 Princess Jellyfish Classmate [3]
2011 Megane na Kanojo Aya Ichinohe [12]
2011 Steins;Gate Kurisu Makise [3][7][13]
2011 Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi Orders manager [3]
2011 The Idolmaster Chihaya Kisaragi [3][7][14][15]
2011 Sengoku Paradise Kiwami Hideaki Kobayakawa [3][16]
2012 Place to Place Schoolgirl [3]
2012 Sengoku Collection The Splendor Katakura Kojūrō [3]
2012 Love, Election and Chocolate Michiru Morishita [3][17]
2013 Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash! Ikaruga Also Estival Versus OVA in 2015 [3][7]
2013 Sunday Without God Tanya Swedgewood [3][7][18]
2013 Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation Noire / Black Heart [3][7][19][20]
2013 Walkure Romanze Rena F. Avery [3]
2013 BlazBlue Alter Memory Tsubaki Yayoi [3][7]
2014–15 Noragami series Mayu Also Aragoto in 2015 [3][21][22]
2014 Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life Chihaya Kisaragi [3]
2014 Puchimas! Petit Idolmaster Chihaya Kisaragi, Chihya [3][7][23]
2014 Locodol Aoi Anan [3][7]
2014 Momo Kyun Sword Kijigami [3][7][24][25]
2014 Girl Friend Beta Yukie Yatsuka [3][7]

Film[edit]

List of voice performances in film
Year Title Role Notes Source[2]
2008 Strait Jacket Rachel Hammond [3]
2011 Hotarubi no Mori e Masked child (younger brother) [3][26]
2013 Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu Kurisu Makise [3]
2014 The Idolmaster Movie: Beyond the Brilliant Future! Chihaya Kisaragi [3]

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source[2]
2003 Muv-Luv Archery junior 1 PC adult game
As Keiko Horikoshi
[3]
2004 Flame of Recca: Final Burning Kirito PS1/PS2 [3]
2005–16 The Idolmaster games Chihaya Kisaragi All except Xenoglossia [3][7]
2007 Princess Maker 5 Hiroko Sakakibara PC [3]
2007 Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka Minato Nagase PC adult game [3]
2008 Lux-Pain Lil DS [3]
2008 Luminous Arc 2 Fatima DS [3][7]
2008–10 Twinkle Crusaders games Amyrina, Chelsea Akotto (Starlit Brave) PC adult game
As Hikōkai
[3]
2008 To Love-Ru: Exciting Beach School Version Mei PSP [3]
2008–10 Koihime Muso games Kakuka PC adult game
As Namiko Yamazaki
[3]
2009–10 Shukufuku no Campanella Chelsea Arcot PC adult game
Also as Natsuki Miyagawa
[3]
2009 Puyo Puyo 7 games Ringo Andou DS [3]
2009–15 Steins;Gate games Kurisu Makise [3]
2009 BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Tsubaki Yayoi Arcade [3]
2010 No Fate! Only the Power of Will Mutsuki
睦月
PSP [3]
2010 Prism Rhythm Caroline Marigold PC adult game
As Mikage Haida
[3]
2010 Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland Cecilia Helmold PS3 [3]
2010–15 Corpse Party games Ayumi Shinozaki 5pb. publisher [3][27]
2010–15 Hyperdimension Neptunia games Noire / Black Heart [3][28][29]
2010 Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō Chiaki PSP [3]
2010–12 Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi games Minato Nagase (from Akaneiro) PC adult game
As Hikaru Mizusawa
[3]
2010 Love, Election and Chocolate games Michiru Morishita PC adult game as Riko Inohara
Also Portable in 2012
[3]
2011 Disgaea 4 Emizel PS3
Also Return in 2014
[3][30]
2011–16 Senran Kagura games Ikaruga [3][31]
2011–12 Hakuisei Renai Shoukougun Sayuri Sakai PSP
Also Re:Therapy
[3]
2011 Ragnarok Tactics Cynthia PSP [3]
2011 Walkure Romanze: Shōjo Kishi Monogatari Rena F. Avery PC adult game
As Natsuki Hasegawa
[3]
2012 Maji de Watashi ni Koishinasai!! S Jinchu Lee PC adult game
As Maki Nishioka
[3]
2012 Nendoroid Generation Kurisu Makise PSP
from Steins;Gate
[3]
2012–13 Root Double: Before Crime * After Days Mashiro Toba Also Xtend edition in 2013 [3]
2012 Borderlands 2 Lilith [3]
2012 Girl Friend Beta Yukie Yatsuka [3]
2013 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Sex Pistols PS3 [3]
2013 Phantom Breaker: Extra Kurisu Makise from Steins;Gate [3]
2013–15 BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma games Tsubaki Yayoi / Izayoi Also Xtend and 2.0 [3]
2014 The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Jupiel Soraumi PS3 [3][32]
2015 Toukiden: Kiwami Mio [3]
2015 White Coat Love Addiction Kaede Ohara
大原かえで
[3]
2015 Trillion: God of Destruction Levia [3]
2016 Hero Must Die Angel Yulia PS Vita version [3]
2016 Skullgirls 2nd Encore Valentine [3]


Drama CD[edit]

List of voice performances in drama CD
Title Role Notes Source[2]
Aki Sora Sora [33]
Fullmetal Alchemist Elisa
エリサ
CD audio [3]
Kiss x Sis series Yūzuki Kiryū [7]
Metal Slader Glory Kisaragi Yayoi
如月やよい
CD audio [3]
Witch of the Kingdom of the time of the earth flower
刻の大地 花の王国の魔女
Nanami Nakajima
中島七海
CD audio
Debut work
[3]
Scrapped Princess Merchant
町人
CD audio [3]

Discography[edit]

Asami Imai[edit]

Solo Singles[edit]

  • "Day by Day /Shining Blue Rain", released April 22, 2009
  • "Strawberry 〜Amaku Setsunai Namida〜", released October 21, 2009
  • "Horizon", released April 21, 2010
  • "Shangri-La", released July 22, 2010
  • "Frame Goshi no Koi", released February 23, 2011
  • "Enrai", released May 25, 2011
  • "Hana no Saku Basho", released August 3, 2011
  • "Hasta La Vista", released April 25, 2012
  • "Limited Love", released July 25, 2012
  • "Dear Darling", released March 27, 2013
  • "Hoshikuzu no Ring", released June 26, 2013
  • "Shikkoku no Sustain", released March 26, 2014
  • "Tsuioku no Itoguruma", released July 30, 2014
  • "Venus no Harmonia", released August 27, 2014
  • "Asayake no Starmine", released June 3, 2015
  • "BABYLON 〜 before the daybreak", released July 22, 2015
  • "Sabaku no Ame", released July 27, 2016

Solo Albums[edit]

  • "COLOR SANCTUARY", released November 23, 2010
  • "Aroma of happiness", released November 30, 2011
  • "Precious Sounds", released November 28, 2012
  • "Kono Kumo no Hate", released November 27, 2012
  • "little legacy", released November 26, 2014
  • "Words of GRACE", released February 24, 2016

ARTERY VEIN[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Confutatis no Inori", released August 25, 2010
  • "Last Judgement", released April 20, 2011
  • "Pandora no Yoru", released August 24, 2011
  • "Kagerou", released August 08, 2012

Albums[edit]

  • "ARTERY VEIN", released March 7, 2012

References[edit]

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