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Konomi Suzuki

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Konomi Suzuki
Native name 鈴木このみ
Born (1996-11-05) November 5, 1996 (age 20)
Osaka, Japan
Genres J-pop, anison
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2011–present
Labels
Website konomi-suzuki.net

Konomi Suzuki (鈴木このみ, Suzuki Konomi, born November 5, 1996) is a Japanese singer from Osaka who is signed to Amuleto. After winning the Animax All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix in 2011, she made her debut in 2012 with the release of her first single "Choir Jail", which peaked at 34 on the Oricon charts; the title track of which was used as the opening theme to the anime television series Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. She released her first album 17, in 2014, two albums in 2015, and her third album Lead in 2016.

Suzuki cites the character Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier as her inspiration for making music for anime. Her music has been featured in anime series such as The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, No Game No Life, and Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World. She has also performed in events in Japan such as Animelo Summer Live and Animax Musix, and at international events in China, Germany, the United States, and Southeast Asia. In 2018, Suzuki will play the role of Rin in the anime television series Lost Song.

Career[edit]

Suzuki was born in Osaka, Japan on November 5, 1996 as the youngest of three children. She began aspiring to become a singer at a young age, taking dance lessons through the encouragement of her mother, and she would begin participating in singing competitions by the age of six.[1][2] After being inspired in high school by the character Sheryl Nome from the anime series Macross Frontier, she decided that she wanted to become an anison singer.[3] She applied for the Animax All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix in 2010 but failed to qualify.[2]

Suzuki started her her musical career after winning the Animax All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix in 2011.[4] Her first single "Choir Jail" was released on April 25, 2012; the title track is used as the opening theme to the 2012 anime television series Dusk Maiden of Amnesia.[5] she also made a voice acting cameo during the series' fifth episode.[6] "Choir Jail" peaked at number 34 on the Oricon weekly charts and charted for nine weeks.[7] Her second single "Days of Dash" was released on November 21, 2012; the title track is used as the first ending theme to the anime television series The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. She made her first appearance at Animelo Summer Live in August 2012,[8] and at Animax Musix in November 2012.[9] Her third single "Yume no Tsuzuki" (夢の続き) was released on February 27, 2013; the title track was used as the second opening theme to The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. Her fourth single "Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!/Tears Breaker" (私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!/TEARS BREAKER), a collaboration with the band Kiba of Akiba, was released on August 28, 2013; the first title track is used as the opening theme to the 2013 anime television series No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, while the second title track is used in an animated promotional video for the trading card game Ange Vierge.[10] Her fifth single "Avenge World/Sekai wa Kizu o Dakishimeru" (AVENGE WORLD/世界は疵を抱きしめる) was released on November 27, 2013; the first title track is used as the opening theme to the anime television series Freezing Vibration, and the second title track is used as the series' ending theme.[11]

Suzuki released her first album 17 in February 2014.[12] Her sixth single "This Game" was released on May 21, 2014; the title track was used as the opening theme to No Game No Life.[13] Her seventh single "Ginsen no Kaze" (銀閃の風) was released on November 19, 2014; the song was used as the opening theme to Lord Marksman and Vanadis.[14] Her eighth single "Absolute Soul" was released on February 18, 2015; the song was used as the opening theme to Absolute Duo.[14] She released her second album 18: Colorful Gift in March 2015,[15] and a mini-album titled 18: More in October 2015.[16] She transferred to the talent agency Amuleto in January 2016.[2] Her ninth single "Beat Your Heart" was released in January 27, 2016; the song was used as the opening theme to BBK/BRNK. Her tenth single "Redo" was released on May 11, 2016; the song was used as the first opening theme to Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World.[17] Her eleventh single "Love is My Rail" was released on August 3, 2016; the song was used as the opening theme to anime adaptation of Ange Vierge.[18]

Her twelfth single "Chaos Syndrome" was released on February 22, 2017; the song is used as the ending theme to Chaos;Child.[19] Suzuki made her first appearance at foreign anime convention at Anime Festival Asia in Singapore in November 2016.[20] During a birthday live held at Makuhari Messe on November 5, 2016, it was announced that she will make her voice acting debut as the heroine of the anime series Lost Song, a new anime project produced by Mages.[21][22]

Suzuki released her third album Lead on March 8, 2017,[23] and her thirteenth single "Blow Out" was released on May 24, 2017; the title track is used as the opening theme to the 2017 anime television series Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor[24] She made an appearance at Anime Expo in Los Angeles in July 2017,[14] and at Germany's AnimagiC anime convention in August 2017.[25] Her song "There is a Reason" was used as the theme song for anime film No Game No Life Zero; the song was included on the album "No Song No Life" on July 12, 2017.[26] She appeared at Anime Festival Asia Indonesia in August 2017,[27] Cosplay Mania in the Philippines in October 2017,[28] and she will make an appearance at Anime Festival Asia Singapore in November 2017.[29] Her fourteenth single "Utaeba Soko ni Kimi ga Iru Kara", which will be released in 2018, will be used as the opening theme to Lost Song.[30] She will release a compilation album titled Life of Dash on December 20, 2017.[31]

Musical style and influences[edit]

In an interview with Anime News Network, Suzuki listed One Direction and Avril Lavigne as among her favorite Western artists, and considers the character Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier as her inspiration for entering the anison industry. She described how, although she was already determined to become a singer, the voice of Sheryl, which Suzuki describes as "really special, crystal clear, yet powerful enough", gave her chills and influenced her to perform music for anime. She described how excited she was performing in front of crowds shortly after her debut. She describes the song "Love Is My Rail" as the song which encouraged her to continue pursuing her dream of being a singer.[3]

In an interview with Real Sound, Suzuki related her experiences working on her single "Redo". She describes the title song as difficult but fun and exciting to sing live. Having watched Re:Zero, she thought about the series' world view and the character Subaru, and sang the song to fit that worldview. She wanted to put "50% of the anime's worldview" and "50% her own feelings" into the song. She describes the single's coupling song "Moebius" as stemming from a policy where she was not to lie to anyone, and how she reflected on that four years after her debut. She mentioned how the song represents that she wants to establish a relationship of trust with her fans.[2] In an interview with Eplus, she mentions that the name of her 20th birthday live, "Cheers", is meant to convey a message of "thank you" to the people who had supported her career up to that point.[32]

In an interview with Diga Online, Suzuki described the production of her album Lead and single "Blow Out". She described how difficult life was as a high school student while she was focusing on her music career. Following her graduation from high school and entering university, she felt that she had made many sacrifices for her career. The title of the album came from the idea that she had become a new person after her concert during her 20th birthday, as she wanted to "lead everyone" through her songs. The song "My Shining Ray" was written to represent a big star that would that would lead people; she also described her experience singing the song as feeling like she was spreading wings. While singing the song "Redo" for Re:Zero, she considered it fun to sing as it "was completely different from herself". She describes "Blow Out" as a song about blowing away negative feelings.[33]

Discography[edit]

Release date Title Peak chart position
1st April 25, 2012 Choir Jail 34[7]
2nd November 21, 2012 Days of Dash 28[34]
3rd February 27, 2013 "Yume no Tsuzuki" (夢の続き) 34[35]
4th August 28, 2013 "Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!/Tears Breaker" (私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い!/TEARS BREAKER) (with Kiba of Akiba) 23[36]
5th November 27, 2013 "Avenge World/Sekai wa Kizu o Dakishimeru" (AVENGE WORLD/世界は疵を抱きしめる) 47[37]
6th May 21, 2014 This Game 13[38]
7th November 19, 2014 "Ginsen no Kaze" (銀閃の風) 31[39]
8th February 18, 2015 Absolute Soul 25[40]
9th January 27, 2016 Beat your Heart 38[41]
10th May 11, 2016 Redo 21[42]
11th August 3, 2016 Love is MY RAIL 52[43]
12th February 22, 2017 Chaos Syndrome 58[44]
13th May 24, 2017 Blow Out 28[45]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suzuki, Konomi (May 22, 2012). "改めまして、鈴木このみです!" (in Japanese). Lineblog. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "鈴木このみが語る、アニソンを歌う醍醐味と自身のルーツ「自分の中の可能性を広げられている」". Realsound.jp. May 11, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Bertschy, Zac (July 19, 2017). "Interview: Konomi Suzuki". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ 鈴木このみ (in Japanese). Animax. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dusk maiden of Amnesia Anime's 2nd Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. March 8, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Maiden of Longing". Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. Episode 5 (in Japanese). May 6, 2012. Tokyo MX. 
  7. ^ a b CHOIR JAIL(クワイア ジェイル) (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "出演アーティスト". Animelo Summer Live 2012 -INFINITY∞- (in Japanese). Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  9. ^ "ANIMAX MUSIX 2012" (in Japanese). Animax. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  10. ^ "I.G, Point Pictures Animate Ange Vierge Cards' Promo Video". Anime News Network. August 16, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2nd Freezing Anime Season Previewed in Ad". Anime News Network. September 20, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "17" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  13. ^ No Game, No Life's TV Spot Features Konomi Suzuki Song
  14. ^ a b c "GARNiDELiA, Konomi Suzuki to Perform at Anime Expo". Anime News Network. April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 
  15. ^ "18 -Colorful Gift-" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  16. ^ "18-MORE-" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Re: Life in a different world from zero Anime's Theme Songs, Character Designs Revealed". Anime News Network. February 25, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Ange Vierge TV Anime's Promo Video Introduces Alternate World Fantasy". Anime News Network. May 16, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Chaos;Child Anime Character Designs, Visual Revealed". Anime News Network. September 7, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  20. ^ ">AFA Singapore to Host Alisa Takigawa, Konomi Suzuki, KOTOKO as Musical Guests". September 22, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Singer Konomi Suzuki Makes Major Voice-Acting Debut as Star of New TV Anime". Anime News Network. November 5, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  22. ^ "MAGES. Reveals Lost Song Original TV Anime Starring Konomi Suzuki, Yukari Tamura". Anime News Network. January 10, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
  23. ^ "lead". Oricon. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Akashic Records of bastard magic instructor Anime's TV Ad Previews Theme Song". March 16, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Konomi Suzuki: strahlende J-Pop-Star-Power - AnimagiC" (in German). Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  26. ^ "No Game, No Life Film's Visual Shows Returning Characters". Anime News Network. May 27, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017. 
  27. ^ "C3 AFA Indonesia Announces Musical Guests". Anime News Network. May 22, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Philippines' Cosplay Mania Hosts Konomi Suzuki as Musical Guest". Anime News Network. June 14, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  29. ^ "C3 AFA Singapore Adds Tomohisa Sakō, Konomi Suzuki, TRUE, Mashiro Ayano, Moso Calibration as Musical Guests". Anime News Network. September 25, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Lost Song Anime's Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Staff, Opening Song". September 23, 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2017. 
  31. ^ "LIFE of DASH" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  32. ^ "鈴木このみインタビュー 20歳のバースデーライブは「ありがとうをちゃんと伝える内容にしたい」". Eplus.jp (in Japanese). October 14, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  33. ^ "20歳になった新しい“鈴木このみの第二章”がスタート!今のモードを語るロングインタビュー!". Disk Garage. May 1, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  34. ^ "DAYS of DASH" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  35. ^ "夢の続き" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  36. ^ "私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  37. ^ "AVENGE WORLD/世界は疵を抱きしめる" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  38. ^ "This Game" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  39. ^ "銀閃の風" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  40. ^ "Absolute Soul" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  41. ^ "Beat your Heart" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  42. ^ "Redo" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  43. ^ "Love is MY RAIL" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  44. ^ "カオスシンドローム" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  45. ^ "Blow out" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 

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