Born Nana Kondou, Nana Mizuki is a seiyuu well-known for her powerful voice, which she often converts to a song so mindblowingly powerful it's an instant Crowning Music of Awesome
. She didn't do much at the beginning of her career, until people started noticing her as Hinata Hyuuga, one of Naruto
's Ensemble Dark Horse
characters. Things really went up for her when she voiced Fate Testarossa
and thus was her ultimate start of great fame. Her music sells like hotcakes and there have been many times where she has gotten #2 on Oricon (Japan's equivalent of the Billboard Charts), and she may be the first seiyuu to break into the mainstream Japanese music industry. In 2007, she became the first Seiyuu Award winner for the Musical Performance category with "Justice to Believe
". On the week of June 15, 2009, she achieved the distinction of being the first seiyuu to nab the #1 position in the Oricon Weekly Album chart
with her album, Ultimate Diamond
. Since then she has won numerous awards and broken numerous records, most in regards to her success as a seiyuu in the J-Pop world. In 2014, the Japanese Government has honored her as the Rookie of the Year in the Popular Entertainment division
Seems to be One of Us
, with a markedly geeky interest in Buddhist esoteric doctrine. And in a message to the fans, she also admitted to being a Pretty Cure
fan and how happy she was to get the lead role in HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
Recently, she was voicing a Windows 7
mascot and Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) in the Japanese dub of Glee
Nana and Yukari Tamura
are both receiving the ultimate honor: their very own Nendoroid figures
In a survey by Oricon, she's the top selling voice actress
. By how much against 2nd place? By four times.note
Notable roles by Nana Mizuki:
- Akiko in Blue Literature's adaptation of "In the Woods Beneath the Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom".
- Alois Trancy (a guy) in the second season of the Black Butler anime.
- Angelise Ikaruga "Ange" Misurugi in Cross Ange
- Ashley Anan in Luminous Arc 3
- Carly Shay in the Japanese dub of iCarly
- Chisato Kadokura in Noel: La Neige. Debut role as a seiyuu and singer, since, thanks to her singing talent, the company decided to release an entire Image Song album for her character despite being voiced by a newcomer.
- Claes Celestia Misqa Sansest in Final Fantasy Type-0
- Colette Brunel in Tales of Symphonia
- Evangeline Yamamoto in Zetsuen no Tempest
- Faintear in Triggerheart Exelica Enhanced
- Fate Testarossa Harlaown and Alicia Testarossa in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. She later proceeded to play against type with much gusto as Fate's Doppelgänger, the Large Ham Boisterous Bruiser Levi the Slasher.
- Hakuei Ren in Magi – Labyrinth of Magic
- Hinata Hyuuga in Naruto ( Got her own character song too, huge breakout character. )
- Hotaru Shirakawa in Memories Off
- Janice Quatlane in Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva
- Jessica Sherawat in the Japanese dub of Resident Evil: Revelations
- Kaho Serizawa in both the Hourglass of Summer visual novel and the corresponding OVA.
- Kanden Yamaneko in Kämpfer
- Kaoruko Usami in Junjou Romantica
- Katniss Everdeen in the Japanese dub of The Hunger Games
- Kotoko Aihara in Itazura Na Kiss
- Kriemhild in Valvrave the Liberator
- Playing Against Type as she was just a stoic adjutant for most of the series. But notable that in the show, she sang both opening songs Preserved Roses and Revolution Dualism... in duets with T.M.Revolution
- Kururu in Bottle Fairy
- Lili Hamilton in Gargoyle of the Yoshinagas
- Lucy Liberty in F-Zero: Falcon Densetsu
- Maho Nitori in Wandering Son
- Maria in Witchblade
- Maya Fey (Mayoi Ayasato) in trailers of Ace Attorney games
- Mia Allen (Jane Levy) in the Japanese dub of the Evil Dead (2013).
- Mifuyu in Granado Espada
- Minazuki Rokumatsuri in Happy Lesson
- Misaki Kirihara in Darker Than Black
- Misaya Ouji in the 6th Kara no Kyoukai movie
- Moka Akashiya (both of them) in Rosario + Vampire
- Morinas in Simoun
- Nagisa Adelheid in Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity
- Nana Suzuki (The original one) and Jamanana in Seven of Seven
- Nanami Madobe, a.k.a. Windows 7-tan
- Neige Hausen in Super Robot Wars OG Saga Endless Frontier EXCEED
- Neju Ma Melmas in Tenchi Muyo! GXP
- Princess Oboro in Basilisk
- Pandora in Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas
- Paz Ortega Andrade in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
- Persete Yugiri in the Polyphonica series.
- Rebecca Streisand in Wild ARMs 5 (Lo~ve... It's in my justi~ce. *coughs* Sorry.)
- Rena Lanford in Star Ocean: Second Evolution. Succeeding Aya Hisakawa.
- Ricotta Elmar and Nanami Takatsuki in Dog Days
- She also sings the opening themes, "SCARLET KNIGHT" and "FEARLESS HERO".
- Riful of the West in Claymore
- Rin Ogata and Rin Asogi in Ride Back
- Rina Ogata in White Album
- Riyu Kikuchi in the Wrestle Angels Survivor series.
- Rue/Princess Kraehe in Princess Tutu
- Saya Kisaragi in Blood-C
- Sayaka Mizushiro/Cerulean Blue in Magical Canan
- Shinobu in Ninin Ga Shinobuden
- Was also the first voice of Suiseiseki before Natsuko Kuwatani took over... DESU!.
- Taeko Hirukawa in Paranoia Agent
- Tamao Tamamura and Kororo in Shaman King
- Tina in Toriko
- Touma Minami in Minami-ke
- Tsubasa Kazanari in Senki Zesshou Symphogear (and she's able to sing very beautifully for both the opening and as a part of the Leitmotif for her character)
- Tsubomi Hanasaki/Cure Blossom in HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, much to the joy of many fans and herself.
- Tsugumi Shibata in Hell Girl
- Utau Hoshina in Shugo Chara!
- Victini in Pokémon the Movie: Black/White
- Wrath in Fullmetal Alchemist, later Lan Fan in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Yui Minamito in Ichigo 100%
- Yuufa in Ragnarok: The Animation
Nana Mizuki's Discography (the following ones are only her albums)
- 2001: supersonic girl
- 2002: MAGIC ATTRACTION
- 2003: DREAM SKIPPER
- 2004: ALIVE & KICKING
- 2006: HYBRID UNIVERSE
- 2007: GREAT ACTIVITY
- 2007: THE MUSEUM (a compilation album)
- 2009: ULTIMATE DIAMOND
- 2010: IMPACT EXCITER
- 2011: THE MUSEUM II (second compilation album)
- 2012: ROCKBOUND NEIGHBORS
- 2014: SUPERNAL LIBERTY
Tropes associated to Nana Mizuki
- Abusive Parent: Her deceased father.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: A vampire at the end of the METRO BAROQUE PV.
- Audience Participation Song: Most notably, her concert staple 'POWER GATE', in which the audience sings nearly half of the first and second verses.
- Not to mention her audience takes it upon themselves, to great lengths, to participate in a song. We're talking glowsticks of certain colors for certain songs, insane jumping and chanting at timed intervals, and more. This is pretty standard at a J Pop concert, though.
- Bare Your Midriff: Several concert costumes.
- Bilingual Bonus: Aside from the copious amounts of English/Engrish in her songs, ROMANCERS' NEO takes the cake for making use of Latin. Yep.
- Broken Bird: Not her, of course (though what she went through could make someone turn to one, but she didn't). But as of late, her roles seems to be more of the broken, cynical girls rather than the more sweet ones like she did before, such as Tsubasa and Ange. This kind of mirrors of a similarly rising 'newcomer' from the other side of the pacific: Cristina Valenzuela.
- Butt Monkey: Hilariously in the Lyrical☆Party IV where she reaches the last place in most of the competitions, and the other times, she was close to reach the last place. It should be noted that the audience decided the rankings of the seiyuus.
- Calling Your Attacks: Played with amusingly. Nana loves to yell her songs' names at the top of her lungs right before performing them, and some of them ("ETERNAL BLAZE!" "BRING IT ON!" "POWER GATE!") totally sound like they could be attacks.
- Class Representative: Due to her good grades and good behavior, she was often elected as a Class Representative. However, it worsened her time as a bully victim because people rumored that she's an Attention Whore.
- Classically Trained Singer: Inversion. She was trained to sing Enka (genre based on traditional Japanese music) since she was five. However, as a fan of anime, manga, games, and the seiyuus around them, she leapt at the chance to break into the world of voice acting and anime songs, though she never forgot her roots, fusing enka with modern music in several songs.
- Concept Video
- Continuity Nod: The covers to THE MUSEUM and ''THE MUSEUM II', which both nod to each other and include various props that nod to things in Nana's music videos and single covers.
- Contralto of Danger: Some of her roles perhaps most notably as Inner Moka as a contrast to the cheery Outer Moka. This is also her standard singing voice.
- Cool Big Sis: She's the older sister of Mika Kondou aka MiKA, the singer of DaisyxDaisy.
- Determinator: She hates losing since childhood and she never showed sign of weaknesses. Either it was her strict training or her time as a bully victim.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: If she stars in an anime, chances are she will sing.
- Dojikko: Her Nendoroid figure atleast.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Her earlier albums contain songs that sound more like early 2000s American music Does this sound more like Nana or J. Lo?
- Epic Instrumental Opener: "Epic" is her middle name. Justice to Believe fits.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: LIVE CASTLE saw Nana perform in an outfit strangely reminiscent of Snow White's.
- Fandom: A large following of otaku both in and out of Japan, and in the past few years she's gained a large fandom specifically for her music career. Seems to have quite the online fanbase as well.
- Fanservice: Granted, this is Japan we're talking about, so none of this is out of place - but when you're dressing up as a school girl and a nurse in the same concert...
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Some of her stage outfits sport this. See here for an example.
- Game-Breaking Injury: She is forced to cancel her Live-Flight 2014 tour when it was revealed that her vocal cords were inflamed and she lost her voice. She has recovered, but two more concerts had to be cancelled in interim.
- Gamer Chick: She's enjoyed playing video games since childhood.
- She had the honor to be the special guest in Tokyo Encounter's final two episodes of the first season. Tokyo Encounter is a show hosted by Tomokazu Sugita and Yuuichi Nakamura, where those two guys play video games, and sometimes there are other seiyuu who enjoy video games in their private life as special guests.
- Genki Girl: Tends to play as such and she's usually full of energy.
- Girl Next Door: Her earlier image compared to what you see today. She was just an average singer before she became super big.
- Compounded by the fact that unlike a lot of other mainstream J-pop singers, she hasn't altered her hair, teeth, or eyes to any noticeable effect. Her makeup is usually rather toned down as well.
- Good Bad Girl: Especially seen with the characters she plays, as most seem to be of the soft-spoken, timid variety. But give the girl a mic stand and her band and out comes the fierce attitude.
- Gratuitous English: See MARIA&JOKER, Zankou no Gaia, Chronicle of sky...
- Great Balls of Fire: You will never see ETERNAL BLAZE performed without copious amounts of pyrotechnics. Every concert, no exception—Orchestral concert with a full symphony orchestra playing highly flammable wooden instruments on a rather tight stage? Who cares.
- Greatest Hits Album: THE MUSEUM, THE MUSEUM II.
- Grief Song: Yume no Tsuzuki, off of ULTIMATE DIAMOND, was written for her late father.
- Hitler Cam: Mysterion. Just look it up.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Any of her concert costumes.
- Intercourse with You: The Fandom has generally accepted that Etsuraku Camellia is a very poetic take on sex.
- If this flower frantically blooming/ was allowed to bloom by the red crimson moon, even the evening/ would secretly allow us to indulge in our pleasure.
- Japanese Pop Music: Initially broke into the industry via Anime character songs and theme songs, but has now become a force to be reckoned with, breaking several records, appearing on Kouhaku Uta Gassen, and even performing at the prestigious Tokyo Dome, making her the only seiyuu to ever do so. If that doesn't make you an iconic J Pop singer, I don't know what does.
- Kimono Is Traditional: The Etsuraku Camellia PV and LIVE DIAMOND Performance, and the Junketsu Paradox cover.
- Let's Duet: Very often performs her songs in tandem with other singers during the Animelo Lives in which she performs alongside other voice actors and actresses.
- Magical Girl: Some of her roles. But the majority of them are...
- Mind Screw: Her music videos all try to convey some sort of story, but nobody's sure what those stories are.
- Motor Mouth: Aoki Hikari no Hate's chorus. GIMMICK GAME also counts.
- Also the rapping in Heaven Knows.
- Older Than She Looks: You'd never peg her as being in her 30s. Never.
- According to Nana, her mother looks always younger than her real age. Seems to run in the family.
- One of Us: Is a fan of Pretty Cure. See Promoted Fangirl.
- To say nothing of putting together a concert themed entirely around video games. From start to finish we get spins on Fighting games, RPGs, Dance Dance Revolution, and Action games.
- One Steve Limit: The reason why she has to use a Stage Name was because there was another singer with the name Nana Kondou, when Mizuki debuted.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Gets several in her music videos and concerts.
- Playing Against Type: While she's mostly on the 'good girls', Paz and Jessica turns out to be a subversion and Pandora is a major antagonist from the start.
- How could anyone forget Alois Trancy? Playing seemingly sadistic teenage boys is definitely not something you'd expect fom Nana.
- Even more surprising was her turn in the Nanoha PSP games. Playing Fate was expected. Playing Fate's Evil Twin was not unexpected. But when said Evil Twin turned out to be a scenery-chewing Bokukko who filled the Dumb Muscle position on the enemy team, and Nana turned in an absolutely scene-stealing performance, THAT was unexpected.
- Power Ballad: Brilliant Star, Shin Ai, Hime Murasaki all come to mind.
- Promoted Fangirl: She was so happy for getting landed with her role at HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
- Also according to one of the interviews, when she was still training, she really looked up to T.M.Revolution, so being chosen to go duet with him twice for Valvrave the Liberator is like a gigantic honor for her.
- Rearrange the Song: On both THE MUSEUM and THE MUSEUM II, several songs got "MUSEUM STYLE" rearrangements. She also performs nearly every concert with a full band, giving nearly every one of her songs the chance to fall under this trope, even if minimally so.
- And we can't forget LIVE GRACE - a full-length concert performed with an entire symphonic orchestra.
- Progressively Prettier: Nana becomes prettier and looks younger every year, without changing her hair dresser and make up artist.
- Seven Is Nana: Whores this trope, in every way possible. Understandably so.
- Especially for Windows 7.
- Softer And Slower Cover: The "MUSEUM Ver." of SUPER GENERATION definitely counts.
- Shipper on Deck: She and Yukari Tamura are Nano/Fate shippers, making a joke about how they (as their respective roles) are married, with Yukari as the housewife and Nana as the breadwinner. Also, in Lyrical☆Party IV, she played Nanoha who was proposing to Fate (played by Mikako Takahashi) to marry her.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Has a very sweet, high pitched voice but her singing is very low.
- Actually, her voice range for singing can vary, but it's usually like this.
- Stage Names: Born 'Nana Kondou', but is known as 'Nana Mizuki'.
- Star-Making Role: While Hinata was her first mostly known role that garners her some cult fans, it's Fate that propels her to international stardom (In fact it was after her role of Fate that she gets a lot of musical recognition to the point of achieving that much fame in J Pop world).
- Stockholm Syndrome: Before she joined her current agency King Records, she was in the agency of her perverted enka teacher who was also her host family in her high school timenote . She refused several times to leave his agency, since he helped her to stay in her high school by building his own agency when her first agency went bankrupt. Until she realized that he didn't bother to promote her seriously and his sexual harassment got worse, she left his home by the help of King Records' staff.
- Talking To Herself: Sometimes, she plays more than one character in a medium, who share some dialogues. This include Outer Moka and Inner Moka in Rosario + Vampire, Cure Blossom and Cure Blossom Mirage in HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, Fate and either Alicia or Levi in Lyrical Nanoha.
- Averted in the Japanese dub of Seven of Seven, with the exception of Nana and Jamanana.
- Terrible Artist: Just watch the Lyrical☆Parties. She and Yukari Tamura tend to mock on other's drawing because both of them suck.
- Training from Hell: She had a very strict training, including punishment.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: She mentions in her autobiography, Shin-Ai, that the one she wanted to recognize her musical talent the most was her father. Which makes it all the more tragic that her father died one year before she achieved her family's ultimate dreams of appearing at Kouhaku Uta Gassen and performing at the Tokyo Dome.
- The Wiki Rule: Yes, she has one.
- Transformation Sequence: A short one towards the end of the METRO BAROQUE video.
- Woman of a Thousand Voices: While she was at first voicing mostly shy and reserved characters (eg: Hinata, Colette), she has since expanded her vocal range to the point that she can do anything.