Mari Iijima in 2010
|Native name||飯島 真理|
|Born||May 18, 1963|
|Origin||Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan|
|Genres||J-Pop, Pop, Synthpop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, voice actress|
Mari Iijima (飯島 真理 Iijima Mari, born May 18, 1963 in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan) is a Japanese singer-songwriter. She writes and produces most of her own music, and plays the piano and other instruments. After being signed to JVC Victor in 1982, Mari first became known for her voice-acting role as Lynn Minmay in the anime Macross. Her debut original album, Rosé, was released in 1983, which was produced by composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. She also later collaborated with other world-renowned musicians, such as Van Dyke Parks. She lives in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Iijima's original demo tape was picked up by JVC Victor in 1982 and she was signed to the record company as a singer-songwriter. Soon afterward, she was asked to audition for the role of Lynn Minmay in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross by the label and the producers chose her to play the role. The series quickly became a mega hit and brought Iijima to stardom. Her debut album, Rosé, containing no Macross tracks, had lyrics and music written by her. It debuted at number 10 on the charts in September 1983, and she started her career as a singer-songwriter.
Iijima moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to expand her music career. That same year, she appeared as a guest vocalist on Van Dyke Parks' album Tokyo Rose. After releasing her first independent (and first English language) album, No Limit, she was nominated for the 2000 Los Angeles Music Awards' Best Pop Artist for the album and she was in the final four for the award.
In 2006, she reprised her role as Lynn Minmay in ADV Films' English-language release of Macross. which made her the second Japanese voice actor to reprise her role in an English anime dub.
Iijima released her twenty-first studio album, called Echo, in August 2009. The title was taken from the nymph character Echo that appears in Echo and Narcissus. The album's theme is unrequited love.
|1989||My Heart in Red|
|1990||It's a Love Thing|
|1998||Rain & Shine|
|2012||Take a Picture Against The Light|
|2014||Sharp As A Knife, As Sweet As Strawberries|
|2018||Chaos and Stillness|
Best Of albums
|1995||Best of the Best|
|2005||Mari picks "The Ultimate Collection" (1983-1985)|
|2005||Mari picks "The Ultimate Collection" (1987-1999)|
|2011||2 Seconds of Infinity|
|2013||Dancing with Minmay|
|1983||Yumeiro no Spoon|
|1984||Ai Oboete Imasu ka|
|1 gram no Shiawase|
|1985||Cecile no Amagasa|
|1986||Harukana Hohoemi -Koudo Kougen-|
|1987||People! People! People!|
|1988||Kagami yo! Kagami (I wanna marry you)|
|1990||Nichiyobi No Date|
|Sayonara Wa Ienai|
|Bokura wa Tenshija Nai|
|1991||Love is a miracle|
|1993||Ai Oboete Imasu ka (re-release)|
|1994||Don't fade out!/Sunset|
|1995||Is There Anybody Out There?|
|1997||Mikazuki no Canoe|
|2002||Eternal love ~Hikari no Tenshi~|
|2003||Eternal love 2003|
|2009||Iki Wo Shiteru Kanjiteiru|
|2012||Churiru Churira/Anata No Hana Ni Naritai/The Unconventional|
|2013||Eternal Forest/Sky's Dance|
|1982||The Super Dimension Fortress Macross||Lynn Minmay||Voice actress and singer|
|1984||Macross: Do You Remember Love?||Lynn Minmay||Voice actress, singer, and songwriter for "Tenshi no Enogu"|
|1999||Pacific Blue||Kiko||Season 5 - episode 12 "God's Gift"|
|2001||Spyder Games||Soraya||Episodes 1&2|
|2001||Lorna Doone||Composer||(2001 re-release of 1922 film)|
|2004||Green Tea-r||Yoko||Lead actress and songwriter|
|2006||The Super Dimension Fortress Macross||Lynn Minmay||ADV Films' 2006 English Dub|
|2002||Galaxy Angel||Theme song performance||"Eternal love ~Hikari no Tenshi~", "Tenshi-tachi no Kyuusoku"|
|2003||Galaxy Angel: Moonlight Lovers||Theme song performance||"Eternal love 2003", "Tenshi-tachi no Kyuusoku"|
|2013||Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy||Lynn Minmay|
- "Anime Idol". LA Weekly People Issue 2011. LA Weekly. May 19, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
- Tokyo Rose review
- "2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards Song Winners". Just Plain Folk Awards. 2006. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
- ADV Films Official Macross English Dub Page. Archived July 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.English/Japanese Cast Information. 04-09-09 Archived August 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Mari Iijima on Macross Dub". animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
- "The Anime Review". theanimereview.com. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
- "Correction: First Japanese VA on an English Dub". Retrieved 2016-08-22.
- "Mari Iijima Interview". J-Pop World. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
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