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Yui Makino (牧野由依 Makino Yui?) is a Japanese voice actor, actress, singer and pianist.[1] She is best known for her work in the anime Tsubasa Chronicle and Aria. She can speak basic English.[citation needed] She is well known as a nice, caring, polite and a down-to-earth person, according to her fans. Her fans sometimes call her "Yucchi", "Maki-Maki" or simply "Yui-chan". She is called "Yui-hime" by a fellow seiyuu, Yukari Fukui. She also participated voicing the character Sister in a short-anime movie Bavel no Hon when she was only 10. She was a child actor.

Because of her signature childish and girlish voice, she often voices cheerful and sweet girls (Sakura, Misaki, Kyoko). But, she also can voice girls with mysterious backgrounds (Misaki, Honoka, Ryphia), innocent and childish girls (Ryphia), up-beat girls (May-Yu, Tsubasa, Mio), lolita-chara (Mio), boyish girls (Hazuki, May-Yu) and even emotionless characters (Honoka, Cui Ling/Lapis).

Musical history

Makino took up piano at the age of four. Her talent for playing piano was discovered by the film director Shunji Iwai when she was seven years old and from the age of 8 to 17, she played piano solos for three of his films: Love Letter, All About Lily Chou-Chou and Hana and Alice.

She made her debut as a singer in 2005 with “Omna Magni”, produced by Yoko Kanno. It was used as the ending theme song for the anime Sousei no Aquarion. In the April of the same year, she also debuted as a seiyū, starring as heroine Sakura in Tsubasa Chronicle and recording several songs for its soundtrack. She released “Amrita”, the ending song for the Tsubasa Chronicle film, as well as “Undine”, the opening theme for the TV Tokyo anime Aria the Animation, coupled with its inserted song “Symphony”.[1][citation needed] It achieved #25 on the Oricon chart.

On 2006, Makino released two songs from another TV Tokyo anime, Aria the Natural, the theme song “Euphoria” and insert song “Amefuribana”. They were released on one product and achieved #18 on the Oricon chart. She released her debut album, Tenkyū no Ongaku on 6 December 2006.

In 2007, she was invited to represent Japan at the Japan-China cultural exchange event. She also released two singles for the programmes Sketchbook ~full color's~ and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.

On 23 January 2008, Makino released her seventh single, “Spirale” as the opening theme of Aria the Origination. Coupled with the anime’s insert song, “Yokogao”, the single reached #20 on the Oricon chart. She also performed her first solo concert at the Fuchuno Mori Geijutsu Gekijo Wien Hall in Tokyo, where she sang and played the piano accompaniment for each song. She released her eponymous second album, Makino Yui in March 2008. It reached #22 on the Oricon chart. She graduated from Tokyo College of Music as a piano major in the same month.

In 2009, Yui started traveling overseas to perform in various events, and on 7 October 2009, she released her single "Tampopo Suisha (たんぽぽ水車)".

Overseas Guest Appearances

  • 2007: Japan Ambassador, Beijing (Japan-China Cultural Exchange)
  • July 2009: Performance at Japan Expo, France
  • September 2009: Guest of Honor, New York Anime Festival, USA
  • 26 December 2009: Guest Artiste, Musical Concert in EOY at Drama Centre @ National Library, Singapore
  • 16 January 2010: Guest Artiste, at Korea
  • 19 June 2010: Concert, in Rome, Italy
  • 21 June 2010: Ongaku no Hi in France, as guest

Notable roles

TV anime

2005
2006
2007
2009
2010

OVA

Anime films

Video Games

Drama CDs

Live Stage

  • Hi Kara (2009) as Seiki Tomoyo

Radio

Discography

Singles

# Information Sales
1 "Amurita (アムリタ?)" 5,777
copies sold
2 "Undine (ウンディーネ?)"
  • Released: 21 October 2005
  • Oricon Peak Position: #25
  • Weeks on Chart: 15
  • Opening theme song for Aria the Animation.
16,316
copies sold
3 "Euforia (ユーフォリア?)"
  • Released: 26 April 2006
  • Oricon Peak Position: #18
  • Weeks on Chart: 6
  • Opening theme song for Aria the Natural
10,845
copies sold
4 "Modokashī Sekai no Ue de (もどかしい世界の上で?)"
  • Released: 25 October 2006[1]
  • Oricon Peak Position: #58
  • Weeks on Chart: 2
  • Second ending theme song for Welcome to the N.H.K.
2,511
copies sold
5 "Sketchbook o Motta Mama (スケッチブックを持ったまま?)" 5,881
copies sold
6 "Synchronicity" 4,158
copies sold
7 "Spirale (スピラーレ?)"
  • Released: 23 January 2008
  • Oricon Peak Position: #20
  • Weeks on Chart: 9
  • Opening theme song for ARIA The ORIGINATION
10,688
copies sold
8 "Tanpopo Suisha (たんぽぽ水車?)"
  • Released: 7 October 2009
  • Oricon Peak Position: -
  • Weeks on Chart: -
  • Makino's version of the second ending theme song for Sketchbook ~full color's~
Single did not chart.
9 "Fuwa Fuwa♪ (ふわふわ♪?)"
  • Released: 3 March 2010
  • Oricon Peak Position: #50
  • Weeks on Chart: 1
  • Image song for Mielparque Sendai.
2,291
10 "Ao no Kaori (碧の香り?)"
  • Released: 10 November 2010
  • Oricon Peak Position: -
  • Weeks on Chart: -
  • Ending theme song for Soul Eater Repeat Show.
N/A

Albums

Release Title Peak Position Time on chart Sales
1st 6 December 2006 Tenkyū no Ongaku (天球の音楽Music of the Celestial Sphere?)
  • 1. Omna Magni (オムナ マグニ)
  • 2. Undine (ウンディーネ)
  • 3. Shiawase no Tameiki (幸せのため息; Happy Sigh)
  • 4. Modokashii Sekai no Ue de (もどかしい世界の上で; On Top of A Frustrating World)
  • 5. Symphony (シンフォニー)
  • 6. Euforia (ユーフォリア)
  • 7. Jasmine (ジャスミン)
  • 8. Natsuyasumi no Shukudai (夏休みの宿題; Assignment of Summer Vacation)
  • 9. Kami to Hairpin to Watashi (髪とヘアピンと私; Hair and Hairpin and Me)
  • 10. Yume no Tsubasa (ユメノツバサ; Wings of Dreams)
  • 11. Towa no Omoi (永遠の想い; Eternal Thoughts)
  • 12. CESTREE (セストゥリー)
  • 13. Ame Furibana -Album Version- (雨降花; Falling Flower in the Rain)
  • 14. Amrita (アムリタ)
40 5 weeks 11,957 copies sold
2nd 26 March 2008 Makino Yui (マキノユイ?)
  • 1. Ame no Hi no Funsui (雨の日の噴水)
  • 2. Marmalade (マーマラード)
  • 3. Sangatsu Monogatari (三月物語)
  • 4. Yokogao (横顔)
  • 5. Spirale (スピラーレ)
  • 6. Solfege (ソルフェージュ)
  • 7. synchronicity
  • 8. Tsuki no Shijima -ultimate mix- (つきのしじま)
  • 9. Tooku Made Ikou (遠くまで行こう)
  • 10. Sketchbook wo Motta Mama -Hikigatari- (スケッチブックを持ったまま -引き語り-)
  • 11. DESTINY
  • 12. Watashi ni Tsuite (私について)
22 4 weeks 10,384 copies sold

Fun Facts

  • She and a fellow seiyuu, Fukuyama Jun, engages in a blog war. They made a deal if Fukuyama Jun can learn the "Blind Type" in one year, he can punish her. If he can't she will punish him.
  • Her voice is somewhat perfect for a made-up language songs, such as Omna Magni and Imaginal Song (from Arc Rise Fantasia).
  • She has a pet ferret named Hokke-chan
  • She graduated from Tokyo College of Musicas piano major with the top score in her senior year
  • Her favourite anime is Nodame Cantabile
  • Her favourite sport is swimming
  • She was nominated for "best young seiyuu" for her outstanding portrayal of Misaki Nakahara from Welcome to the N.H.K.
  • She is close to other fellow seiyuus, like Inoue Marina, Mika Kikuchi, Katou Emiri, Sayaka Ohara, Endo Aya, MAKO and a lot more.
  • She refers herself as a boyish girl, but in the other hand, she also likes cute things.
  • She started in four different anime with Hanazawa Kana (Zegapain, Sketchbook, Asu no Yoichi! and Angel Beats!), three different anime/role with Katou Emiri (NEEDLESS, Arc Rise Fantasia and Angel Beats!.)
  • She called Fukuyama Jun with "Fukuyama-sama".
  • She made a piano piece called "Mezame, Mamoretta Sekai E" (Awakening, To A Protected World) for Arc Rise Fantasia, and played in the end of the game.
  • She likes to read health and medical books in her spare time.
  • She also wanted to be a Pharmacist since she was a child
  • She can speak French (she studied it while she was high school) and a little Italian.
  • Beside playing piano, she also can play a guitar really well.

Other

Anime soundtracks
  • Omna Magni
Notes: This song was used as an ending theme song in Genesis of Aquarion.
  • Sousei no Aquarion
Notes: This soing was used as the intro theme song in Genesis of Aquarion.
  • Yume no Tsubasa (ユメノツバサ?)
Notes: She sang this song together with fellow seiyū, Miyu Irino who voices Syaoran. The song was used as an ending theme song in the 3rd Drama CD of Tsubasa Chronicle.
  • Tsuki no Shijima (つきのしじま?)
Notes: This song was used as an insert song in episode 50 in Tsubasa Chronicle.
  • Dark Side ni Tsuitekite
Notes: This song was used as an insert song in Welcome to the N.H.K.
  • Synchronicity
Notes: This song is the opening theme song for Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations
  • Tenshi no Hashigo ~crepuscular rays~
Notes: This song is the ending theme for Arc Rise Fantasia
  • Imaginal Song
Notes: This song is one of Ryphia's songs with her vocalizing in Arc Rise Fantasia.
  • Jouka no Hikari (Light Of Purification)
Notes: This song is one of Ryphia's songs with her vocalizing in Arc Rise Fantasia
  • Ryfia no Negai (Ryfia's Wish)
Notes: This song is one of Ryphia's songs with her vocalizing in Arc Rise Fantasia
  • Ten no Namida (Heaven's Tears)
Notes: This song is one of Ryphia's songs with her vocalizing in Arc Rise Fantasia
Anime character songs
  • Towa no Omoi
Notes: Found on the first Tsubasa Chronicle Drama & Character Album.
  • Yacchaouyo!
Notes: This song was released on the first character song album for the OVA Amuri in Star Ocean.
  • Umidorika -Amuri Ver.-
Notes: This song was released on the first character song album for the OVA Amuri in Star Ocean.
  • Moroi Mirai Kirai (I Hate Fragile Future)'
Notes: This song was released on the third character song album of Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo.
  • Wakakusa iro no Kleiner Vogel (Light Green-colored Little Bird)
Notes: This song was released on the second character song album of Which Witch?

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Nakagami, Yoshikatsu; Yoshida, Moichi; Onitsuka, Kanako; Nishimoto, Keiko. "Voice Actress Spotlight: Yui Makino". Newtype USA. 5 (12) pp. 110–111. December 2006. ISSN 1541-4817.
  • Katoh, Hidekazu; Ban, Yukiko; Kojima, Makiko; Kamo, Ayumi. "Tsubasa - Reservoir Chronicle". Newtype USA. 6 (5) pp. 26–33. May 2007. ISSN 1541-4817. Comments by Yui Makino on page 33.

External links

ko:마키노 유이

it:Yui Makino ms:Yui Makinotl:Yui Makino zh:牧野由依

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