Rumi Shishido

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Rumi Shishido
Native name
宍戸 留美
Born (1973-11-06) November 6, 1973 (age 45)
ResidenceHiroshima, Japan
Other namesRun Run
Years active1990–present
Musical career
Associated actsNanatsuboshi

Rumi Shishido (宍戸 留美, Shishido Rumi, born November 6, 1973) is a Japanese voice actress and singer 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 with her mother after her parents divorced.[1] She was a cheerleader at school.


Musical career[edit]

Citing Etsuko Ichihara as her inspiration, in 1989, Shishido decided to audition for a contest hosted by Lotte through the encouragement of her mother.[1] At the age of 16, she was selected as the winner out of 85,000 contestants[1] 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 as a side project. During her time as an idol, Shishido faced strict regulations during public appearances and was not allowed to speak out of turn, nor was she allowed to befriend other idols from rival managements.[1]

In 1992, Shishido, then 18 years old, terminated her contract, citing interest in other career paths such as acting and film.[1] She continued her singing career as an independent singer.[2] Her first indies album, Set Me Free, released in 1995 and had cost 500,000 yen to produce.[1] Her album was positively received, and Neil Strauss of The New York Times compared her "ripe, melodic voice" to Debbie Gibson and Liz Phair.[3]

Since meeting guitarist Kohei Shigihara, most of Shishido's music has been composed by him.[4] The first song produced by the two was titled "Lion to Kyūka" (ライオンと休暇, Raion to Kyūka) in 2006,[5] 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".[5]

On May 9, 2010, Shishido celebrated her 20th 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.[4]

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 was encouraged to audition after producer Hiromi Seki had heard her speaking voice through her album, Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do-Shi-Shi-Do-Ru-Mi.[1] Later, despite failing her audition for Doremi in Ojamajo Doremi, Shishido was later cast as Onpu, a role that boosted her popularity as a voice actress.[1]



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 The Story of Saiunkoku Sa Shunki
2006 Welcome to the N.H.K. Nanako Midorikawa, Pururin, Torotoro
2006 Reborn! Viper/Mammon
2007 The Story of Saiunkoku: 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


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Video Games[edit]

CD Drama[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Sarah Nelkin (2017-06-10). "Rumi Shishido Talks about Going from Underground Idol to Professional Voice Actress". Anime Now. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  2. ^ "Rumi Shishido's profile". Rumi Shishido. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  3. ^ Neil Strauss (1995-09-21). "The Pop Life: Subtle Inroads". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  4. ^ a b "宍戸留美 - RUMI SHISHIDO". Majix. 1995-09-21. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  5. ^ a b "ライオンと休暇". Majix. 1995-09-21. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  6. ^ 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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