Thursday, September 01, 2011

KAmiYU -- Kamiya Hiroshi and Irino Miyu

Two of the best male seiyuus around -- Kamiya Hiroshi and Irino Miyu -- have formed a singing duo called KAmiYU.

They brought out two singles late last year, and a mini-album earlier in August. A talk/live DVD will come out in November.

They might seem an odd couple, since Kamiyan is 36 and Miyu only 23. But both are excellent seiyuus, with long lists of top credits to their names.

Kamiyan started in anime in 1994, at the age of 19, Miyu started in 1995 -- at the age of nine. He had already joined the Himawari children's theatre group when he was four.

Kamiyan's big roles include Zetsubou-sensei, Araragi in Bakemonogatari, and Natsume in Natsume Yuujinchou.

Miyu was Haku in Spirited Away (at the age of 13), Sena in Eyeshield 21, Saji Crossroad in Gundam00, Kou in Cross Game, and this year alone he has been Jin-tan in AnoHana and Makoto in Denpa Onna. And he just seems to get better and better looking, as well:

Their mini-album "link-up" came out on August 3 (CDJapan). Their KAmiYU in Wonderland shows were in July and August, and a talk/live DVD based on them will come out November 26.

Here is a clip of them performing together:

They can both sing, but their stage presence, at least for this performance, seems a bit stiff.

Both have been rumored to be in relationships with female seiyuus. Kamiyan with Saitou Chiwa (quite possible) and Miyu with Sanpei Yuuko (not so sure).


Andrew said...

I think your dates are a bit off; if Kamiyan had started in anime at age 19 in 1974, he'd be 56 today instead of 36.

Good to see you back, though.

hashi said...

@Andrew -- What would I do without you? 1994. I knew it was an odd number, anyway. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Irino was 6/7 in 1995.

Rei said...

Kamiyan with Saitou Chiwa? That'd be Arararagi x Hitagi dream come true *_*

hashi said...

@anonymous -- Clearly, I'm not back in form here. Yes. He was on the cusp of turning seven when he played a character called Shou in the first You're Under Arrest OVA series. His next role was as Parappa the Rapper, in 2001, when he was all of 13.

@Rei -- The story, true or not, is that when Kamiyan was in hospital for months following his motorcycle accident in 2006, Chiwa was the friend who stuck by him most, and they got closer. They had co-starred in Tsukuyomi Moonphase in 2004.