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Haruko Momoi (桃井はるこ Momoi Haruko?, born December 14, 1977) is a Japanese voice actress (seiyū) and singer/songwriter. She was born in Tokyo, Japan and is affectionately referred to as 'Halko' by her fans, a nickname she gave herself which is inspired by HAL 9000, the onboard computer of the Discovery in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Her blood type is O and she is 160 cm (5'3") tall.

Summary

Career

Haruko took interest in personal computers from a young age and studied personal computer communications during her high school years. After she graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan Yoyogi High School, her articles and writing on her online blog caught the attention of the chief editor of the Weekly ASCII magazine. Eventually she was offered a job as a writer for the magazine.[1]

During the late nineties, Haruko began singing and doing live performances on the streets of Harajuku and Akihabara. She then debuted her single "Mail Me," a cover version of which appears in the movie Suicide Circle in 2000. Soon after, she debuted as a seiyū for her role as Komugi Nakahara in The SoulTaker. In 2002, she paired with Masaya Koike to form the duo UNDER17 and together performed songs for various video games, adult games and anime. After their last album "Best Album 3 ~Soshite Densetsu e...~" and a live tour of the same name, UNDER17 separated in 2004 citing creative differences, and the two musicians have since gone their separate ways. She continued on with her solo singing career and in 2006, was signed under avex mode as a music composer and singer.

In 2007, Halko published an autobiography entitled "Akihaba-LOVE", in which she tells of the major experiences that shaped her life, mainly those that were important in constructing her career as a musician and voice actress, but it also includes anecdotes from her childhood and stories of friendship, as well as personal opinions on different aspects of anime fandom.[2]

Personal

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  • Masumi Asano and Sakura Nogawa often voice roles in the same anime series as Haruko and also feature one another in their songs.
  • She enjoys watching baseball and has been a fan of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows since her youth. Recently, however, she has become a fan of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles since their first year of debut in 2004 and is also part of their fan club.
  • Her favorite food is curry-flavored udon.
  • She favors playing the Roland AX-1 keytar during her live performances and often models with it for album covers, photos, and in her PVs. Alternatively, she also uses the Yamaha KX5 for its light weight.
  • One of her hobbies include collecting t-shirts, especially from the MARS SIXTEEN brand. She has also collaborated with the company to produce the shirts sold on her tour.
  • Since her elementary school years, she has had to commute to Akihabara and has also held part-time jobs there while growing up. She has claimed on her radio programs that her exposure to Akihabara has led her to become a self-proclaimed otaku.
  • Fellow seiyū Saeko Chiba attended high school with Haruko, but the two were never formally acquainted. Haruko admitted she would've liked to gotten to know Saeko better since she knew Saeko had already begun her career in entertainment.

Performance

Leading roles in bold.

Anime

2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008

OVA

Anime Movie

Games

Miscellaneous

Radio

Drama CD

  • Ai Yori Aoshi series (Chika Minazuki)
  • Tales of the Abyss series (Anise Tatlin)
  • Prism Ark Special Sound Package (Filia)
  • Prism Ark Drama CD: Sister Hell Prism Variation (Filia)
  • Ragnarok The Animation Ver.1-Ver.3 (Maya)
  • Poporaji (Mii)

Television

Discography

Singles

Date Released Single Name
May 24, 2000 Mail Me
July 27, 2005 Ton Dol Baby (トンドルベイビー?)
October 19, 2005 WONDER MOMO-i~New recording~
November 8, 2006 Saigo no Rock (さいごのろっく?)
December 6, 2006 Yume no Baton (ゆめのばとん?)
December 27, 2006 Enter!
March 28, 2007 21 Seiki (21世紀?)
October 10, 2007 Party!
October 25, 2007 Yuuen no Amulet/Opera Fantasia (悠遠のアミュレット/オペラファンタジア?)
October 25, 2007 R・G・B…
November 14, 2007 Lumica (ルミカ?)
April 29, 2009 Ruujii Guujii (るーじー・ぐーじー?)
June 17, 2009 ☆Jien Otsu☆Song (☆自演乙☆ソング?)

Albums

Date Released Album Name
August 9, 2006 momo-i quality
February 21, 2007 Haruko☆UP DATE SONGS BEST (はるこ☆UP DATE SONGS BEST?)
March 21, 2007 Famison 8BIT (ファミソン8BIT?)
June 8, 2007 Famison 8BIT STAGE2 (ファミソン8BIT STAGE2?)
June 20, 2007 COVER BEST - Cover Densha (COVER BEST カバー電車?)
March 5, 2008 Sunday early morning
December 3, 2008 more&more quality RED ~Anime song cover~
December 3, 2008 more&more quality WHITE ~Self song cover~
September 30, 2009 Henji Ga Nai, Tada No Shitsuren No Youda (へんじがない、ただのしつれんのようだ。?)
September 15, 2010 IVY ~Aibii~ (IVY 〜アイビー〜?)

Anime Singles

Date Released Single Name
November 1, 2006 LoveLoveLove no Sei na no yo! (LoveLoveLoveのせいなのよ!?)
April 25, 2007 Romantic Summer
May 23, 2007 your gravitation
August 22, 2007 Dan Dan Dan
August 27, 2008 Feel So Easy

DVD

  • momo-i Live DVD (avex mode)
  • Haruko☆UP DATE (Pony Canyon)
  • CLIP BEST (avex mode)
Simultaneous release with the album Sunday early morning on March 5, 2008 with the making-of of her PVs and image collection.

Book

  • Akihaba LOVE ~Akihabara to issho ni otona ni natta~

Convention appearances

File:Haruko Momoi in concert at FanimeCon 2010-05-30 5.JPG

Momoi has appeared in various convention concerts outside of Japan. To date, she has visited the United States, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Finland and the United Kingdom.

References

External links

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ko:모모이 하루코

it:Haruko Momoifi:Haruko Momoi sv:Haruko Momoi zh:桃井晴子

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