Thursday, August 23, 2007

Makino Yui -- Seiyuu, Singer, Pianist

Makino Yui 牧野由依 does the piano accompaniment in a preview clip for the fall anime Sketchbook ~full color'S~, in which she plays one of the main characters. She will also sing the ED.

You can see the preview clip on the show's homepage. Click the little white banner near the top middle of the page, with the red stripe on the left of it.

Yui says in her blog that she was just asked in an impromptu way to do the preview accompaniment, and she chose to use a tune from Brahms. She said she tried to give it a nostalgic quality like hearing music filtering out of the practice rooms after school. She is currently a fourth-year piano student at a Tokyo-area music university.

Makino-san started playing piano at the age of three, and did piano accompaniment to films while still a child. She also appeared in two films, several commercials, and a TV drama, according to Japanese Wikipedia.

She has had five different radio shows, and as a singer has put out four singles and an album. She sang the OPs for both ARIA series. She turned 21 in January of this year.

There are a number of Makino Yui PVs on YouTube here and here, as well as clips from a recent series of appearances in China, and there is an interview with her about her musical work for ARIA here.

Her seiyuu debut was as Sakura in Tsubasa Chronicle in 2005. She was nominated for best young seiyuu of 2006 for her outstanding portrayal of Misaki in Welcome to the NHK.

She is doing a nice job with the character Lapis in recent episodes of Kaze no Stigma. Her seiyuu voice has a unique quality I love: a kind of fresh directness and intimacy, and somehow almost a boyishness.

On her home page, she says her favorite musical artists are film composer Ennio Morricone and French classical pianist Pascal Rogé. Here are her pages on ANN and Wikipedia, and here is her homepage.

84 comments:

moyism said...

Man, that's strange. I was honestly thinking yesterday "Man, haven't hear Makino Yui in anything recently. Wonder if she's still doing any seiyuu work (since I enjoyed her take as Misaki in NHK)". And bam, your post comes up tonight answering that question! Hashihime, are you psychic or something?

Anyway, good to hear she'll be in a new anime series for both seiyuu work and singing an ED song. Didn't know she's in Kaze no Stigma, may have to start rewatching it if I get the time :)

hashihime said...

@moyism -- No, I'm not psychic. I just read Seiyuu Watch and liked her in NHK as much as you did. She just showed up in KnS in episode 19 and the bits that impressed me were in a flashback in episode 20.

I can't really recommend Kaze no Stigma. It's a guilty pleasure that I'm watching partly for Ono Daisuke's portrayal, and also for the interesting (if not very pleasant) voice that Fujimura Ayumi is using, so different from either Asatte no Houkou or Touka Gettan. And I now care what happens to the characters.

Adun said...

I first found about Makino Yui when I heard the OP for both ARIA series and loved them greatly. Then she was the seiyuu for Misaki and released her album I now enjoy her work. I look forward to what other roles that she will play or any future albums.

Kurogane said...

I started liking her when she did the ARIA OP/ED's and her voicing of Sakura in T:RC, although the anime was screwed up badly.

Her voice almost immediately captured my attention, and she, along with Kana Hanazawa are three rookie seiyuus I'm looking forward to.

It's good to hear she's getting more work and I foresee a long and bright future for her.

Kai said...

NHK ni youkoso is one of my fav titles and needless to say, I was also impressed by her performance as misaki. That was when I started to have an interest in her work, particularly her singing (she sang ED2 in NHK as well).

It's good to see more of her.

Totali said...

I love Makino Yui! I listen to Tenkyuu no Ongaku all the time. Like everyone else, her work in Aria and NHK ni Youkoso along with ROUND TABLE were really what got me into her.

coconutpenguingirl said...

I didn't know Yui-san's first seiyuu role was as Sakura in TRC. She's so talented ^_^

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