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Yui Horie (堀江 由衣, Horie Yui?) (born September 20, 1976) is a popular Japanese singer and voice actress. She is sometimes affectionately nicknamed "Hocchan" (ほっちゃん?) by her Japanese fans.

She hosts a radio show called "Horie Yui no Tenshi no Tamago" (堀江由衣の天使のたまご, "Yui Horie's Angel Eggs"?) and is the founding member of the singing group, Aice5. She is also a member of the band Kurobara Hozonkai, with the name YUIEL. Her hobbies include shoulder massage, reading and cooking.


Life and careerEdit

Horie was born in Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan. As a child, she was a huge fan of the anime series Dirty Pair and has later stated that the series was her first inspiration to become a voice artist.

She debuted in 1997 in a video game Voice Fantasia and for several years had minor roles in various anime. She landed her first leading role as Haruka in Kurogane Communication. The turning point in her career wasn't until the year 2000, when she won the role of Naru Narusegawa in the popular anime Love Hina. Other notable and defining career moments were taking the role of Tohru Honda in the anime Fruits Basket in 2001, and releasing her 1st music album (Mizutamari ni Utsuru Sekai) in 2000. She has since become one of the most popular anime voice actresses in Japan.

Horie formed a temporary unit called Yamato Nadeshiko with the popular seiyū Yukari Tamura in 2001. They released two singles, "Mō Hitori no Watashi" (もうひとりの私?) and "Merry Merrily" - the latter of which was an insert song in the Love Hina Christmas Special.

In October, 2005 she founded Aice5, a J-Pop group consisting of 4 other seiyū, to help launch their careers. Aice5 was officially disbanded on the September 20, 2007.

She has collaborated with a few other artists, such as Unscandal in 2005 and Kurobara Hozonkai (黒薔薇保存会?) a Japanese Goth band in 2007.

She was employed by Arts Vision until mid-2007 due to a scandal within the agency's top management, at which point she left to become a freelance seiyū unaffiliated with any talent management firm.

She has published 7 independent musical albums. Nearly all of them incorporate at least one track from an anime she has worked with. She currently releases music under the Starchild label (a subdivision of King Records).

Her radio show is "Horie Yui no Tenshi no Tamago" (堀江由衣の天使のたまご?) and can be listened to on the station JOQR (文化放送?)(AM 1134 kHz) at 10:00PM on Sundays.

Recently, she won for Best Supporting Female Seiyuu in the 4th Seiyuu Awards.

Voice acting rolesEdit

Anime/video gamesEdit

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Drama CDsEdit

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Singles/maxisEdit

  • Eternal Fantasy 3 Perpetual Blue (悠久幻想曲3パーペチュアルブルー, Yūkyū Gensōkyoku 3 Pāpechuaru Burū?) Maxi Single Collection Part.6 (2000)
  • Merry Merrily (Yamato Nadeshiko) (2001)
  • Love Destiny (May 16, 2001)
  • Kirari Takaramono (キラリ☆宝物?) (February 28, 2002)
  • All My Love (July 24, 2002)
  • Kokoro Harete Yo mo Akete (心晴れて 夜も明けて?) (February 4, 2004)
  • Scramble (Yui Horie with UNSCANDAL) (October 27, 2004)
  • Hikari (Inukami! Opening Theme) (May 24, 2006)
  • Days (Includes theme songs for Nagasarete Airantō) (May 2, 2007) [3]
  • Koisuru Tenkizu (恋する天気図?) (Including the ending theme for the second half of Nagasarete Airantō) (August 17, 2007)
  • Vanilla Salt (Toradora! Ending 1) (October 22, 2008)
  • Silky Heart (Toradora! Opening 2) (January 28, 2009)
  • YAHHO!! (Kanamemo Ending) (26 August 2009)

DVDsEdit

  • CLIPS 1 — includes a number of live action promotional videos, including:
    • Sakura - her first promotional video, for her first album, 水たまりに映るセカイ (Mizutamari ni Utsuru Sekai)
    • Love Destiny - parts of the live action video can be seen in the Sister Princess opening animation
    • Kirari Takaramono - the song is the opening theme for Love Hina Again
    • All My Love - the song is the opening theme for Earth Defender Mao-chan
    • Kokoro Harete Yo mo Akete - the song is the ending theme for Jubei-chan 2
  • LIVE DVD 2006 - The Adventure Over Yui Horie (堀江由衣をめぐる冒険, Horie Yui o Meguru Bōken?)
  • LIVE DVD 2007 - Horie Yui Christmas Live (堀江由衣 クリスマスライブ~由衣がサンタに着がえたら, Yui Ga Ni Santa Kigaetara?)
  • CLIPS 2
  • LIVE DVD 2009 - The Adventure Over Yui Horie II

Blu-rayEdit

  • CLIPS 2 - includes a number of live action promotional videos

[edit] Anime-related songsEdit

Interesting relationships with co-starsEdit

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