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Chieko Ochi (越智 千恵子 Ochi Chieko?), born Chieko Kawabe (河辺千恵子?) February 24, 1987 in Tokyo,[1] is a Japanese singer, model and actress. She played Sailor Mercury in the Sailor Moon musicals and was Naru Osaka in the live-action Sailor Moon series. Several of her songs have been used in anime series and other television shows, from a localization of Lizzie McGuire to Ouran High School Host Club.[2]

Biography

Career

Kawabe was involved in the Sailor Moon Musicals starting in 2000 when she was 12 years old. She played Sailor Mercury and participated in five productions including the 10th anniversary special in 2002. She made guest appearances at Fan Kansha and released a DVD called Sera Myu. Afterwards, she handed her Sailor Mercury role to Wakayama Manami, but got involved in the live-action Sailor Moon drama as Naru Osaka in 2003.[2]

Kawabe released the single "Be Your Girl" on April 27, 2004.[2] This became the ending theme song to the anime Elfen Lied, and her other song, "Hoshi ni Negai o" was the end theme song to Otogizoshi.[2] She released "Shining" in 2004, and "Kizunairo" in 2005. The song "I Can't Wait", from the "Kizunairo" single was used as the theme song to the Japanese version of the show Lizzie McGuire.[2] She released her first album, Brilliance in March 2005, and the single "Candy Baby" in July.[2] Kawabe's next major single was "Sakura Kiss" which was the theme song for the anime Ouran High School Host Club. The single charted in Oricon, peaking at 71.[2]

In addition to acting and singing, she has worked as a model, appearing in publications such as Tokuma Shoten's Love Berry magazine.[1] She hosted a weekly show in Harajuku.[2]

Personal life

She married producer Masato Ochi on August 8, 2008.[3] After 7 years of marriage, the couple amicably divorced in 2015. [4] She also released a cookbook called Husband's lunch in 2010. They have one daughter.[1][5]

Discography

Albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album information Oricon[6]
Peak
position
Brilliance
  • Released: 02005-03-16 March 16, 2005
  • Catalog No.: VPCC-80602[7]

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Album information Oricon[8] Album
Peak
position
"Be Your Girl"
  • Released: 02004-04-28 April 28, 2004
  • Catalog No.: VPCC-82176[9]
67 Brilliance
"Shining!"/"cry baby"
  • Released: 02004-11-24 November 24, 2004
  • Catalog No.: VPCC-82189[10]
157 Brilliance
"Kizunairo"
(絆色)
  • Released: 02005-01-26 January 26, 2005
  • Catalog No.: VPCC-82191 [11]
150 Brilliance
"Candy Baby" / "Mama Made"
(キャンディーベイベー/マーマメード)
  • Released: 02005-07-21 July 21, 2005
  • Catalog No.: VPCC-82199[12]
   
"Sakura Kiss"
(桜キッス)
  • Released: 02006-04-26 April 26, 2006
  • Catalog No.: VPCC-82601[13]
71

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "越智千恵子のプロフィール". ORICON STYLE. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Chieko Kawabe's Bio". jpopasia. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  3. "BREAKING NEWS: Chieko Kawabe Marries Producer". Moon Chase! A Sailor Moon News Blog. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  4. "Masato Ochi Divorces 21 Years Younger Wife". Sponichi Annex. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  5. "越智千恵子オフィシャルブログ Powered by Ameba". ameblo.jp. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
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