Masami Okui

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Masami Okui
JAM Project 20081031 Chibi Japan Expo 038.jpg
Okui performing as part of JAM Project in Paris
Background information
Native name 奥井 雅美
Born (1968-03-13) March 13, 1968 (age 49)
Itami, Hyōgo, Japan
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • percussion
  • guitar
Years active 1993–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website makusonia.com

Masami Okui (奥井 雅美, Okui Masami, born March 13, 1968) is a Japanese pop singer and songwriter from Itami, Hyōgo. She began her professional musical career at age 21 as a concert backup singer. From almost the very beginning of her career, Masami has sung themes for anime television and movies. She is especially well known for her songs from Revolutionary Girl Utena, Tales of Eternia The Animation, Slayers, Sorcerer Hunters, Di Gi Charat, Magic User's Club, Jungle de Ikou, Akihabara Dennou Gumi, Ray the Animation, He Is My Master and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. She has performed material for more than 50 singles and 20 albums to date (including her work with JAM Project and Chihiro Yonekura). Okui hosts @Tunes, an anime music news program, on the Japanese anime television network Animax.

Biography[edit]

Okui began her music career as a concert backup singer for Yuki Saito in November 1989. Her first solo single "Dare Yori mo Zutto" was released in 1993, and was used as a theme song for the anime OAV The Girl from Phantasia. She sang with voice actress Megumi Hayashibara for the anime television series Slayers in 1995. In 2003, she teamed up with fellow artist Chihiro Yonekura to form the group r.o.r/s, an acronym for "Reflections of Renaissance/Sounds". She also became a member of the supergroup JAM Project, which released the single "Little Wing" that served as the opening theme song for the anime television series Scrapped Princess. She left Starchild Records and produced her own record label called "evolution", which lasted from 2003. In 2011, she ended her evolution label, left Geneon Universal Entertainment, and signed with Lantis.

Okui is a regular performer in the Animelo Summer Live annual concerts from "The Bridge" in 2005 to "Rainbow" in 2011. In October 2008, she went to Mexico with JAM Project where they performed at the Expo TNT 16. She also performed in 2012 for EXPO TNT GT 6.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album information[1] Oricon
peak
position[2]
Gyuu
  • Release date: April 21, 1995
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-482[3]
47[4]
V-sit
  • Release date: September 21, 1996
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-586[5]
19[6]
Ma-KING
  • Release date: September 26, 1997
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-642[7]
12[8]
Do-Can
  • Release date: September 23, 1998
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-695[9]
12[10]
Her-Day
  • Release date: August 27, 1999
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-744[11]
18[12]
NEEI
  • Release date: August 23, 2000
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-822[13]
11[14]
Devotion
  • Release date: August 29, 2001
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-890[15]
30[16]
Crossroad
  • Release date: September 4, 2002
  • Label: King Records
  • Cat. No.: KICS-964[17]
34[18]
Masami Kobushi (マサミコブシ)
  • Release date: May 1, 2003
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-1017[19]
17[20]
ReBirth
  • Release date: February 4, 2004
  • Label: King Records
  • Cat. No.: KICS-1061[21]
49[22]
Dragonfly
  • Release date: February 2, 2005
  • Label: evolution
  • Cat. No.: EVCA-0001[23]
68[24]
God Speed
  • Release date: February 24, 2006
  • Label: evolution
  • Cat. No.: EVCA-0002[25]
111
Evolution
  • Release date: October 4, 2006
  • Label: evolution
  • Cat. No.: EVCA-0003[26]
60
Masami Life
  • Release date: October 3, 2007
  • Label: evolution
  • Cat. No.: EVCA-0005[27]
110
Akasha
  • Release date: February 25, 2009
  • Label: evolution
  • Cat. No. EVCA-0010[28]
68
Self Satisfaction
  • Release date: August 21, 2009
  • Label: evolution
  • Cat. No.: EVCA-0014[29]
  • 1st album full of self-cover songs
127
i-magination
  • Release date: February 23, 2010
  • Label: Dwango User Entertainment
  • Cat. No.: DGEA-10001[30]
95
Self Satisfaction II
  • Release date: February 2, 2011
  • Label: Dwango User Entertainment
  • Cat. No.: DGEA-10002[31]
  • 2nd album full of self-cover songs
113
Love Axel
  • Release date: July 4, 2012
  • Label: Lantis
  • Cat. No.: LACA-35215[32]
43
Symbolic Bride
  • Release date: June 10, 2015
  • Label: Lantis
  • Cat. No.: LACA-15487[33]
65

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album information[1] Oricon
Peak
position[2]
BEST-EST
  • Release date: June 4, 1999
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-723/4[34]
  • 1st live album
21[35]
Li-Book 2000
  • Release date: November 22, 2000
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-831[36]
  • 2nd live album
61[37]
S-mode#1
  • Release date: March 21, 2001
  • Label: Starchild
  • Cat. No.: KICS-873/4[38]
  • 1st compilation album
26[39]
S-mode#2
  • Release date: February 25, 2004
  • Label: King Records
  • Cat. No.: KICS-1068/9[40]
  • 2nd compilation album
50[41]
S-mode#3
  • Release date: February 23, 2005
  • Label: King Records
  • Cat. No.: KICS-1148/9[42]
  • 3rd compilation album
76[43]
Ooku (大奥)
  • Release date: February 6, 2008
  • Label: evolution
  • Cat. No.: EVCA-0006[44]
78

Other albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album information Oricon
Peak
position[2]
Angel's Voice
  • Release date: November 22, 2002
  • Label: King Records
  • Cat. No.: KICS-982[45]
  • 1st mini-album
67[46]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title / Notes[47] Oricon
peak
position
Album
1993 "Dare yori mo zutto..." (誰よりもずっと…) Gyuu
1993 "Yume ni Konnichiwa -Tanoshii Willow Town-" BEST-EST
1994 "I Was Born To Fall in Love" 92 Gyuu
1994 "Reincarnation" 83
1994 "My Jolly Days" 92
1994 "It's Destiny" 80
1995 "Get Along"
(featuring Megumi Hayashibara)
36 BEST-EST
1995 "Mask"
(featuring Kasumi Matsumura)
48 V-sit
1996 "Shake It" 81
1996 "Jama wa Sasenai" 9
1996 "Naked Mind" 38 Ma-KING
1997 "J" 79
1997 "Rinbu Revolution" 26
1997 "Souda, zettai." 45
1998 "Birth" 32 Do-Can
1998 "Shu -Aka" 32
1998 "Never Die" 32 Her-Day
1999 "Key" 49
1999 "Tenshi no Kyuusoku" 20
1999 "Labyrinth/Toki ni Ai wa" 29
1999 "Sore wa Totsuzen Yattekuru" 44 NEEI
1999 "Only One, No. 1" 34
2000 "Over The End" 45
2000 "Turning Point" 47
2000 "Cutie" 45
2000 "Just Do It" 60
2001 "Sora ni Kakeru Hashi" 28 Devotion
2001 "Megami ni Naritai ~for a yours~" 43
2001 "Shuffle" 55
2001 "Deportation: but, never too late" 53
2002 "Happy Place" 86 Crossroad
2003 "Second Impact" 56 ReBirth
2004 "Olive" 69 Dragonfly
2005 "Trust" 37 God Speed
2006 "Mitsu" 79
2006 "Zero -G-" 64 Evolution
2006 "Wild Spice" 82
2007 "Remote Viewing" 96 Masami Life
2007 "It's My Life" 97
2007 "Ring" 160
2007 "Insanity" 57 Akasha
2008 "Melted Snow" 121
2009 "Starting Over" 92 i-magination
2009 "Miracle Upper WL"
(featuring May'n)
67
2009 "Sparking/No Dream, No Life"
2010 "Renka Tairan" 35 Love Axel
2012 "Sora no Uta" 38
2015 "Takarabako -TREASURE BOX-" 15 Symbolic Bride

Videos[edit]

Star Child
  1. Ma-KING Concert '97
  2. Do-can Diary
  3. A-Day
  4. Live in Hibiya -no cut-
  5. B-Day
  6. Document '00
  7. Birth Live '01
  8. C-Day
  9. Live Devotion
King Records
  1. V-mode -10th Anniversary-
Evolution
  1. GIGS 2004 ReBirth
  2. GIGS 2005 Dragonfly
  3. GIGS 2006 GodSpeed
  4. GIGS 2006 Evolution

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Gyuu / 奥井雅美" [Gyuu / Miho Komatsu]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 4, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ "V-sit. - 奥井雅美". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
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  11. ^ "Her-Day - 奥井雅美". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
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  15. ^ "DEVOTION - 奥井雅美". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Devotion / 奥井雅美" [Devotion / Miho Komatsu]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 4, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
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  31. ^ "Self Satisfaction II - 奥井雅美". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Love Axel - 奥井雅美". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  33. ^ "SYMBOLIC BRIDE - 奥井雅美". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
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  38. ^ "S-mode #1~シングル集&セルフカバー集 - 奥井雅美". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
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  45. ^ "ANGEL’S VOICE - 奥井雅美". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
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