Nana Mizuki (水樹 奈々, Mizuki Nana, born January 21, 1980), born Nana Kondō (近藤 奈々, Kondō Nana), is a singer and voice actress (seiyū) in Japan.
Life and career
Born in Niihama, Ehime, Japan, she began to train enka when she was five years old. In 1993, she released Compact Cassette single "Tsugazakura" (つがざくら, lit. "Phyllodoce Nipponica"?) as "Nana Kondo". However, she eventually became a popular seiyū singer.
Her debut single as Nana Mizuki, "Omoi", was released on December 6, 2000. Her 2004 song "Innocent starter" became her first Top 10 single and her 2005 single "Eternal Blaze" reached #2 position on Japanese Oricon weekly single charts. She won the "Best Musical Performance" award by her song "Justice to Believe" in the first Seiyū Awards in 2007. Her 7th album Ultimate Diamond made her the first seiyu to reach the #1 position during the week of June 15, 2009 in the Oricon weekly album charts since its creation in 1968. Ultimate Diamond sold over 74,000 copies in the first week, outselling the popular hip-hop band, Black Eyed Peas' album, The E.N.D., by over 20,000 copies in Japan.
Many of the characters whom she has voiced were initially very shy/soft-spoken (however, after interactions with other people, they gradually opened up (e.g. Fate, Lili, Nyamo, Hinata, and Wrath), six of her characters have romantic feelings for the main characters (e.g. Oboro from Basilisk, Hinata Hyūga from Naruto, Colette Brunel from Tales of Symphonia, Tamao Tamamura from Shaman King and Moka Akashiya from Rosario + Vampire), some of her characters craved maternal attention (e.g. Fate Testarossa from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and its sequels A's and StrikerS, Wrath and Maria), and she was also part of the seiyu quartet "Prits", alongside Yumiko Kobayashi, Natsuko Kuwatani and Hisayo Mochizuki (all four voiced characters in the anime Sister Princess).