Minami Kuribayashi

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Minami Kuribayashi
栗林 みな実
Minami Kuribayashi, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 20100701.jpg
Minami Kuribayashi at Anime Expo 2010
Born
Kumiko Murakami (村上 久美子)

(1976-06-11) 11 June 1976 (age 43)[1]
NationalityJapanese
Occupation
Years active2002–present
Musical career
Genres
  • pop
InstrumentsSinging
Labels
Associated acts
Websitekuribayashi-minami.jp

Minami Kuribayashi (栗林 みな実, Kuribayashi Minami) is a Japanese singer, songwriter, lyricist and voice actress from Shizuoka Prefecture. From 2016 to 2019, she performed under the stage name Minami.

Her involvement in the game and anime Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, where she voiced the role of one of the characters, Haruka Suzumiya and performed and penned the theme songs and other songs relating to the series, has brought her much attention. Her single "Precious Memories", used as the opening theme song for the series' animated version was a success; it had a peak ranking of 17th place on the Oricon charts and charted for 14 weeks.[2] She has since performed songs for other games and anime, including series such as Muv-Luv, Chrono Crusade, My-HiME, My-Otome, Kure-nai, and School Days.

Kuribayashi has performed as part of the group Wild 3nin Musume, whose other present members are Joy Max (a.k.a. Joy Max Maximum) and Kisho Taniyama (a.k.a. Jackie Yang). She also once paired with Chiaki Takahashi to form the group exige, where Takahashi was known as CT. Veronica. Also, she is part of Sound Horizon.

Filmography[edit]

TV animation[edit]

OVAs[edit]

Internet animation[edit]

Games[edit]

  • Age Maniax (Susie, Fumino)
  • Kaseki no Uta (化石の歌) (Priere)
  • Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (Haruka Suzumiya)
  • School Days (Minami Obuchi)
  • School Days L x H (Minami Obuchi)
  • "Hello, world." (Haruka Tomonaga)
  • Muv-Luv (Kasumi Yashiro)
  • Muv-Luv Alternative (Kasumi Yashiro, Haruka Suzumiya)
  • Muv-Luv Altered Fable (Kasumi Yashiro, Haruka Suzumiya)
  • My-Otome: Otome Butoushi!! (Erstin Ho)

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

Singles[edit]

# Single details Catalog No. Peak Oricon
chart position
Album Sales Notes
1st "Muv-Luv (マブラヴ)"
  • Released: 3 April 2002
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4048 97 Overture 25,900 (Game Muv-Luv opening theme)
2nd "Kaze no Yukue/Yours (風のゆくえ/yours)"
  • Released: 5 February 2003
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4084 62 28,600 (Game Kimi ga Nozomu Eien theme song)
3rd "Precious Memories"
  • Released: 29 October 2003
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4107 17 55,000 (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien opening theme)
4th "Tsubasa wa Pleasure Line (翼はPleasure Line)"
  • Released: 21 January 2004
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4110 17 passage 51,500 (Chrono Crusade opening theme)
5th "Shining☆Days"
  • Released: 3 November 2004
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4157 18 52,000 (My-HiME opening theme)
"beginning"
  • Released: 23 February 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4183 55 33,600 (OVA Akane Maniax opening theme)
6th "Shining☆Days Re-Product&Remix"
  • Released: 24 March 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4189 39 Non–album single 5,000
7th "Muv-Luv (2005 version) (マブラヴ(再録音版))"
  • Released: 10 August 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4209 34 passage 34,400 (Game Muv-Luv opening theme)
8th "Blue Treasure"
  • Released: 24 August 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4205 37 35,100 (Tide-Line Blue opening theme)
9th "Dream☆Wing"
  • Released: 2 November 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4227 19 42,300 (My-Otome 1st opening theme)
10th "Crystal Energy" LACM-4247 15 fantastic arrow 38,700 (My-Otome 2nd opening theme)[3]
11th "Yell!"
  • Released: 22 November 2006
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4320 20 dream link 19,400 (Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars ending theme)
12th "United Force"
  • Released: 22 May 2007
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4364 23 20,800 (Kishin Taisen Gigantic Formula opening theme)
13th "BUT,metamorphosis"
  • Released: 26 December 2007
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4447 79 12,500 (Cutie Honey: The Live ending theme)
14th "Next Season/Sweet Passion"
  • Released: 12 March 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4476 39 15,100 (OVA Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~ opening theme)
15th "Love Jump"
  • Released: 23 April 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4480 36 16,800 (Kure-nai opening theme)
16th "unripe hero"
  • Released: 23 July 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4514 33 mind touch 7,761 (Blassreiter opening theme)
17th "Finality Blue"
  • Released: 22 October 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4549 48 6,116 (My-Otome 0~S.ifr~ opening theme)
18th "Sympathizer"
  • Released: 21 January 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4563 22 10,446 (Kurokami The Animation opening theme)
19th "Miracle Fly"
  • Released: 22 April 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4606 33 7,539+ (Sora Kake Girl ending theme)
20th "earth trip"
  • Released: 22 July 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4639 87 (Game Grandia Online opening theme)
21st "Unreal Paradise (あんりある♡パラダイス)"
  • Released: 21 October 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4657 30 (Kämpfer opening theme)
22nd "Meiya Kadenrou (冥夜花伝廊)"
  • Released: 27 January 2010
  • Label: GloryHeaven
  • Format: CD
LACM-4047 43 Non–album single (Katanagatari opening theme)
23rd "STRAIGHT JET"
  • Released: 26 January 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-4777 16 TIGHT KNOT (Infinite Stratos opening theme)
24th "Kimi no Naka no Eiyū (君の中の英雄)"
  • Released: 9 November 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-34900 (Artist Side)

LACM-4900 (Animation Side)

14 (Mobile Suit Gundam AGE ending theme)
25th "HAPPY CRAZY BOX"
  • Released: 25 April 2012
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-34925 (Limited Edition),

LACM-4925 (Regular Edition)

25 (Medaka Box opening theme)
26th "signs~Sakutsuki Hitoyo~ (signs 〜朔月一夜〜)"
  • Released: 22 August 2012
  • Label: Avex
  • Format: CD
AVCD-49734/B (Total Eclipse Edition),

AVCD-49735/B (Artist Edition),
AVCD-49736 (Regular Edition)

20 (Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse ending theme)
27th "BELIEVE"
  • Released: 24 October 2012
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-34015 (Limited Edition),

LACM-14015 (Regular Edition)

35 (Medaka Box Abnormal opening theme)
28th "Doubt the World"
  • Released: 28 November 2012
  • Label: Avex
  • Format: CD
AVCD-49971/B (Total Eclipse Edition),

AVCD-49972/B (Artist Edition),
AVCD-49973 (Regular Edition)

28 TBA (Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse opening theme)
29th "ZERO!!"
  • Released: 24 April 2013
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-34083 (Limited Edition),

LACM-14083 (Regular Edition)

30 TBA (The Devil Is a Part-Timer! opening theme)
30th "True Blue Traveler"
  • Released: 6 November 2013
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LALM-4001 (Limited Edition),

LALM-4003 (Regular Edition)

18 TBA (Infinite Stratos (Season 2) opening theme)
31st "moving soul"
  • Released: 30 July 2014
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACM-34246 (Limited Edition),

LACM-14246 (Regular Edition)

31 TBA (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! opening theme)

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]
Year Album details Catalog No. Peak Oricon
chart position
Certifications
2004 Overture
  • Released: 1 December 2004
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-5324 22
2006 passage
  • Released: 26 April 2006
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-5501 12
fantastic arrow
  • Released: 21 December 2006
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-5588 33
2008 dream link
  • Released: 27 August 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LASA-5802 24
2010 mind touch
  • Released: 21 April 2010
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LASA-15021 32
2011 miracle fruit
  • Released: 9 March 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-15102 30
2013 TIGHT KNOT
  • Released: 29 May 2013
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-15305 32
Best albums[edit]
Year Album details Catalog No. Peak Oricon
chart position
2011 stories
  • Released: 3 August 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
LACA-9215/6 12

DVDs[edit]

  • Kuribayashi Minami in BASXI Secret Live "Birthday eve"
  • 2003-11-27: Kuribayashi Minami Music Clip "Precious Memories"
  • 2008-02-27: Kuribayashi Minami 1st Live Tour 2007 "Fantastic Arrow"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Website
  2. ^ "Precious Memories", listed at Oricon Style
  3. ^ "Music Picks". Newtype USA. 5 (6). A.D. Vision. June 2006. p. 120. ISSN 1541-4817.

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