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Rumi Shishido
Rumi
Person information
Name in Japanese 宍戸留美
Romaji translation Shishido Rumi
Gender Female
Born November 6, 1973
Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture,
Japan
Death
Occupations Singer, voice actress
Voice of Nana Komatsu
Sakagami
Portrayals

Rumi Shishido (宍戸留美 Shishido Rumi, born November 6, 1973) is a Japanese voice actress, independent recording artist, cameraman, illustrator, and media personality from Hiroshima, Japan. She was formerly a mainstream idol signed onto Sony Records before she left her management in 1992. Many fans call her Run Run (るんるん Run Run) for short.

Shishido voiced Nana Komatsu in the first Nana video game. She also portrayed Ms. Sakagami in the first Nana film.

Ai Yazawa is a big fan of Shishido and promoted her album, Set Me Free in a side bar of Gokinjo Monogatari. Yazawa even designed the cover of Shishido's sixth studio album, Rumi Roll and promoted it in the bonus pages of Nana. Shishido's first voice acting role was Mikako Kouda in Gokinjo. She returned to the role in Paradise Kiss, and also voiced Mikako's daugther, Alice Yamaguchi.

Biography

Early life

Shishido was born in Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan as the only daughter of an old Samurai family; her grandfather was a buddhist monk. When she was two, she moved to Hiroshima and grew up there. She was a cheerleader at school.

Career

In 1989, Shishido was selected as the winner of a contest hosted by Lotte's and appeared on their television commercial the following year. Her first single, titled "Cosmic Rendezvous" was released in 1990. She also joined the members of Lip's and Rakutenshi to form the short-lived idol group Nanatsuboshi, although it did not interfere with her own solo work.

In 1992, Shishido, then 18 years old, terminated her idol contract and became an independent singer. Since then, she has also branched out into the voice acting industry. Despite this, Shishido's vocals remain popular for their bright yet mature nature. Neil Strauss of The New York Times compared her "ripe, melodic voice" from her first indies album, Set Me Free, to Debbie Gibson and Liz Phair.

Since meeting guitarist Kohei Shigihara, most of Shishido's music has been composed by him. The first song produced by the two was titled "Lion to Kyūka" in 2006, which Shishido describes as the song "[seeming] to have been [her] image" and that "[t]hough [she is] refreshing, [she sings] the sense of the vanity of life of the man and woman."

On May 9, 2010, Shishido celebrated her 20th year anniversary in the music industry with a commemorative performance that was streamed live on Ustream. Her performance set a record of having the most people view her video on the entire history of the website.

Discography

Studio albums

  • Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Shi-Do-Shi-Shi-Do-Ru-Mi (1990)
  • Punsuka (1992)
  • Set Me Free (1995)
  • Shinya Haikai (1997)
  • Bambi Garden (1999)
  • Rumi Roll (2003)
  • Cherbourgh → Brighton (2010)
  • Onna (2012)

Compilation albums

Filmography

Voice roles

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Gokinjo Monogatari Mikako Kouda Main role
1996 Gokinjo Monogatari the Movie Mikako Kouda Anime film
Boys Over Flowers Sakurako Sanjo Supporting role
1999 Ojamajo Doremi Onpu Segawa
2000 Ojamajo Doremi # Onpu Segawa Main
Ojamajo Doremi # The Movie Onpu Segawa Anime film
2001 Mōtto! Ojamajo Doremi Onpu Segawa Main
Mōtto! Ojamajo Doremi: Kaeru Seki no Himitsu Onpu Segawa Anime film
2002 Ojamajo Doremi Dokkān! Onpu Segawa Main
Digimon Frontier Lopmon
2003 Ashita no Nadja Rosemary Applefield
Popotan Shizuku
Zatch Bell! Laila Season 2
2005 Xenosaga: The Animation M.O.M.O.
Paradise Kiss Mikako Kouda Supporting
2006 Fushigiboshi no Futago Hime Pearl
Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z Sakurako Kintoki/Sedusa
Saiunkoku Monogatari Sa Shunki
Welcome to the N.H.K. Nanako Midorikawa, Purururin, Torotoro
Reborn! Viper/Mammon
2007 Saiunkoku Monogatari: Second Series Sa Shunki
2009 Jewelpet Diana, Luna
2010 Jewelpet Twinkle Diana, Luna
Highschool of the Dead Naomi Episode 3
2011 Jewelpet Sunshine Diana, Luna
2012 Jewelpet Kira Deco Luna
2013 Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live Juné Amō

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