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Minori Chihara 茅原 実里

Kugayama

Moderator
OK, time for a dedicated thread, since Minori Chihara aka Minorin lead me to discovering Yuki Kajiura's music and visiting Japan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minori_Chihara

To repeat how it happened, there was a highly rated anime movie called The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, but I had been told that one needed to have seen the series before watching the movie. I bought the first volume of the series from the local distributor, then on March 11 2011 bought the blu-ray box set from CD Japan ( http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=KAXA-2000 ).

Included in the blu-ray box set was a concert video, Suzumiya Haruhi No Gensou (also available on CD http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=LACA-5920 ). This concert included the song "Yuki, Muon, Madobe Nite." (雪、無音、窓辺にて。 Snow, Silence, By the Window) sung by Minori Chihara which lead me to looking up songs by here on youtube and finding:

輪舞 revolution (with Masami Okui at Animelo Summer Live 2008):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OznTakabRs

and for that matter:

Nowhere, performed with yozuca* and Savage Genius:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhEJHLO3QYw
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfXUkz3d0tc

which lead me to going overseas for the first time to attend Animelo Summer Live 2011, where I saw Minori Chihara, Kalafina, Chiaki Ishikawa and many others in concert, and met Minori Chihara backstage after the first concert and met Chiaki Ishikawa backstage after the second concert.

I had bought the Red Moon blu-ray which arrived just before I left for Animelo Summer Live 2011, so I had made a fair investment in Kalafina also.

I ended up buying Minori Chihara's Summer Camp 1 concert (included in a special edition of her Sing All Love album) and Summer Camp 2 concert both in blu-ray, and her acoustic live blu-ray included with a special edition of her D-Formation album. The D-Formation album included a track written by Chiaki Ishikawa for Minorin, この世界のモノでこの世界の者でない - Kono sekai no mono de kono sekai no monodenai / Person who is not in the things of this world, this world.

It was great to see Minorin and Chiaki Ishikawa perform Uninstall together at Animelo Summer Live 2012. On my way back to my hotel after Animelo Summer Live 2012 I talked to some people selling noodles outside a bar and one of the people gave me a large picture book of Minori Chihara's 2009 Parade concert tour.

Anyway, Minorin might not have the greatest vocal range, but is very professional and seems to be a really friendly person, and a good friend of Chiaki Ishikawa.

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rian

I like Yuki
In case any of you are wondering what has happened to Minori's web site and blog ...

It seems that after 10 years, Minori has terminated her relationship with Avex. This has no effect on her relationship with Lantis.

New official web site: http://chiharaminori.net/
New official blog: http://minori-smiledays.jugem.jp/

She also has an unofficial twitter account: http://twitter.com/chihara_minori

The new web site/blog are credited to 'M-Peace Inc'. It's not clear to me if this is the management agency now acting on her behalf, though the name makes me wonder if she has decided to manage herself.
 

Animexcel

I like Yuki
I met Minori Chihara once at Anime Expo 2007 alongside Haruhi seiyuu, Aya Hirano and Yuko Goto. I was very fortunate to get their autographs that day. When I approached Minori, I muttered "daisuki", haha. I don't think she heard it, oh well. xD
 

rian

I like Yuki
One of my old cyber-buddies went to Anime Expo 2007.

If I remember rightly, she said Chiaki's 'meet and greet' event and Minori's 'meet and greet' event were held concurrently, so she was disappointed she couldn't get to see Minori.
 

Kugayama

Moderator
@ rian, thanks for the updates.

@Animexcel - wow, you did well meeting the 3 voice actresses and getting their autographs. (The Lantis representative took my photo with Minorin after Animelo Summer Live 2011 but I didn't get an autograph).

^@rian - so ironic that their meet-and-greets were at the same time, since Chiaki Ishikawa and Minori Chihara have become friends and sung together at Animelo Summer Live 2012 (Uninstall).

Minorin's birthday concert from last year will be released on video 26 June 2013:

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=LABX-8032
 

Animexcel

I like Yuki
Wow, cool Kugayama. We weren't allowed to take pictures with the girls since they wanted to let the autograph line go fast.
 

Kugayama

Moderator
Although I can't find the link now, it appears that Minorin has concerts on 3 and 4 August 2013 at Kawaguchiko Stellar Theater (like previous years).

PS, I should try the fanclub login...
 

Kugayama

Moderator
Minorin narrating a documentary on this Saturday 18 January 2014 at 1355 on TV Tokyo:

https://twitter.com/minorin_staff/statu ... 3590000640

今週18日(土)13:55からテレビ東京で放送の「ザ・ドキュメンタリー」でみのりんがナレーションを担当してます。長野県の山奥に住む薪ストーブ職人に密着したドキュメンタリー、是非ご覧下さいませ! #minorin pic.twitter.com/jcUjbeR9f1

http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/program/detai ... 81355.html
 

Kugayama

Moderator
Received a few Minorin-related CD's today:

TV Anime Ga-Rei -Zero- Character Song Vol.1 Kagura & Yomi
日本語タイトル: TVアニメ「喰霊-零-」キャラクターソング Vol.1 神楽&黄泉/ 土宮神楽 (CV: 茅原実里) & 諌山黄泉 (CV: 水原薫)
Kagura Tsuchimiya (Minori Chihara), Yomi Isayama (Kaoru Mizuhara), et al.

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=LACM-4566

LACM-4566.jpg


TV Anime Ga-Rei -Zero- Sounyuuka & Image Song Shu "Yuri-mu Croquette"
日本語タイトル: TVアニメ「喰霊-零-」挿入歌 & イメージソング集 「百合ームコロッケ」/ アニメ

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=LACA-5837

LACA-5837.jpg


TV Anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Outro Theme - Harehare Yukai
日本語タイトル: TVアニメ涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 エンディングテーマ: ハレ晴レユカイ/ 平野綾、茅原実里、後藤邑子
Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, Yuuko Goto

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=LACM-4261

LACM-4261.jpg


NEO FANTASIA [w/ Blu-ray, Limited Edition]
日本語タイトル: NEO FANTASIA [Blu-ray付初回限定盤]/ 茅原実里
Minori Chihara

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=LACA-35360

LACA-35360.jpg


The bonus "CDJapan exclusive 2L-size portrait" was packed bent so I emailed CD Japan about it and they will be sending me a replacement picture card tomorrow.
 

Kugayama

Moderator
Quite enjoying the NEO FANTASIA album, noticed that animelyrics.com has:

http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/gargantia/matteita.jis
(although not listed under "Minori Chihara")
Kono Sekai wa Bokura o Matteita
We've Been Waiting for This World

Suisei no Gargantia OP

Lyrics by Hata Aki
Composed and Arranged by Nakatsuchi Tomohiro
Performed by Chihara Minori

舞い上がれ!
夢の果てに未来があるさ
この世界は僕らを待っていた

あふれ出す本当の願い
想いのままに進もう
君とならどこまでも行ける
駆け抜けるよ 心は自由

求める力 僕のなかにあるのを
教えてくれたのは君の微笑み

舞い上がれ!
輝きへと近づいてみせる
希望が燃える大空
いつか見た夢の果てに未来があるさ
この世界は僕らを待っていた

忘れない純粋な気持ち
望みを胸に抱きしめ
君の目が真実を語る
離れないと頷いてた

強くなれるさ 優しくなれたらもっと
わかった気がするよ君の勇気で

止められない!
熱い翼 遠くへ飛ぶよ
希望が照らす明日へ
ともに見た夢のかけら大きくなれ
この世界を僕らは追いかける
美しい世界を(新しい未来を)
目指す僕は自由に(宙の彼方へ)

渦巻く光の地図を広げ
大声で呼ぶんだ 幸せの星

舞い上がれ!
輝きへと近づいてみせる
希望が燃える大空
いつか見た夢の果てに未来があるさ
この世界は僕らを待っていた
 
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