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Tuesday Tunes: Chihara Minori

Posted on: November 10, 2009

Welcome to the second weekly feature here on AnimeReel: Tuesday Tunes. The anime industry’s music subculture is a fearsome beast, with dozens of new songs coming out every few months to sell CD singles – the otaku market is one of the few consistent sources of CD revenue in this age of iTunes, and it shows in the Oricon charts.

The problem is, there’s a distinction between “anime music that sells in spite of itself” and “anime music that is actually good.” So, every Tuesday, I’ll take an anime song or two and tell you which category it falls into. Today’s showcase is Chihara Minori, who got her big break playing the silent Nagato in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. As you can see by the Ga-Rei Zero opening linked above, she has a very good singing voice that got hidden by the belching of Hirano Aya and Gotou Yuuko in the Haruhi ending song, but now that she’s on her own she’s started establishing herself a solid career as a singer/voice actress.

In addition to her vocal talents, she’s easy on the eyes, which makes her eminently marketable. Her record label Lantis has been busy churning out songs of variable quality since her popularity boomed in 2006, but Paradise Lost is a very good example of her capabilities.

As a bonus, here’s a song from her first starring role, before Haruhi kick-started her career: Makenai from Tenjo Tenge.

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4 Responses to "Tuesday Tunes: Chihara Minori"

Chihara minori is really one of my favourite artist in j-pop, I’m proud owner of 2 dvds of live preformances

Awesome that you featured Minori Chihara. She’s probably my absolute favorite idol/singer in any country. Beautiful and with an amazing voice.

see, now I feel bad that I don’t follow Idols, seiyuu, singers, and the like as much as I probably should. 😦

[…] between Dengeki G’s magazine (Sister Princess), Lantis (a music label that includes Chihara Minori and Kuribayashi Minami), and Sunrise (Gundam) that seems aimed squarely at the iDOLM@STER crowd. […]

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