Rumi Shishido

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Rumi Shishido
Native name 宍戸 留美
Born (1973-11-06) November 6, 1973 (age 43)
Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Residence Hiroshima, Japan
Other names Run Run
Years active 1990–present
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Nanatsuboshi

Rumi Shishido (宍戸 留美, Shishido Rumi, born November 6, 1973) is a Japanese actress, voice actress, independent recording artist, cameraman, illustrator, and media personality from Hiroshima, Japan. She was formerly a mainstream idol signed onto Sony Records before she left her management in 1992.

Early life[edit]

Shishido was born in Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan as the only daughter of an old Samurai family; her grandfather was a buddhist monk. When she was two, she moved to Hiroshima and grew up there. She was a cheerleader at school.


Musical career[edit]

In 1989, Shishido was selected as the winner of a contest hosted by Lotte's and appeared on their television commercial in the following year. Her first single, titled "Cosmic Rendezvous" (コズミック・ランデブー, Kozumikku Randebū), was released in 1990. Known by her idol nickname "Run Run" (るんるん, Run Run), she also joined the members of Lip's and Rakutenshi to form the short-lived idol group Nanatsuboshi, although it did not interfere with her own solo work.

In 1992, Shishido, then 18 years old, terminated her idol contract and is now an independent singer.[1] Since then, she has also branched out into the voice acting industry. Despite this, Shishido's vocals remain popular for their bright yet mature nature. Neil Strauss of The New York Times compared her "ripe, melodic voice" from her first indies album, Set Me Free, to Debbie Gibson and Liz Phair.[2]

Since meeting guitarist Kohei Shigihara, most of Shishido's music has been composed by him.[3] The first song produced by the two was titled "Lion to Kyūka" (ライオンと休暇, Raion to Kyūka) in 2006,[4] which Shishido describes as the song "[seeming] to have been [her] image" and that "[t]hough [she is] refreshing, [she sings] the sense of the vanity of life of the man and woman".[4]

On May 9, 2010, Shishido celebrated her 20th year anniversary in the music industry with a commemorative performance that was streamed live on Ustream. Her performance set a record of having the most people view her video on the entire history of the website.[3]

Voice acting career[edit]

Shishido's first start at a voice acting career was in 1992, when she voiced Uni Charm Password from the OVA series of KO Beast. In 1995, she broke through with her first leading role as Mikako Kōda from Neighborhood Story, and likewise Onpu Segawa from the Ojamajo Doremi series.


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Gokinjo Monogatari Mikako Kōda
2000 Ojamajo Doremi # The Movie Onpu Segawa
2001 Mōtto! Ojamajo Doremi: Kaeru Seki no Himitsu Onpu Segawa


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Gokinjo Monogatari Mikako Kōda
1996 Hana Yori Dango Sakurako Sanjō
1999 Ojamajo Doremi Onpu Segawa Voice
2000 Ojamajo Doremi # Onpu Segawa
2001 Mōtto! Ojamajo Doremi Onpu Segawa
2002 Ojamajo Doremi Dokkān! Onpu Segawa
2002 Digimon Frontier Lopmon
2003 Ashita no Nadja Rosemary Applefield
2003 Popotan Shizuku
2003 List of Zatch Bell! episodes (season 2) Laila Season 2
2005 Xenosaga: The Animation M.O.M.O.
2005 Paradise Kiss Mikako Kōda
2006 Fushigiboshi no Futago Hime Pearl
2006 Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z Sakurako Kintoki/Sedusa
2006 Saiunkoku Monogatari Sa Shunki
2006 Welcome to the N.H.K. Nanako Midorikawa, Pururin, Torotoro
2006 Reborn! Viper/Mammon
2007 Saiunkoku Monogatari: Second Series Sa Shunki
2009 Jewelpet Diana, Luna
2010 Jewelpet Twinkle Diana, Luna
2010 Highschool of the Dead Naomi Episode 3
2011 Jewelpet Sunshine Diana, Luna
2012 Jewelpet Kira Deco Luna
2013 Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live Juné Amō


Original Net Animation[edit]

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CD Drama[edit]



  1. ^ "Rumi Shishido's profile". Rumi Shishido. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  2. ^ Neil Strauss (1995-09-21). "The Pop Life: Subtle Inroads". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  3. ^ a b "宍戸留美 - RUMI SHISHIDO". Majix. 1995-09-21. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  4. ^ a b "ライオンと休暇". Majix. 1995-09-21. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  5. ^ 宍戸留美、ニューアルバムで熟れた「女」の魅力歌う. (in Japanese). 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 

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