Voice Actress Nana Mizuki Dazzles in Giant Winged Costume at Concert
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
For the first time in seven years, voice actress Nana Mizuki held a nationwide winter concert tour in Japan this year. She held the final concert of the tour at Saitama Super Arean on Sunday. During her performance of "Hime Murasaki" (Princess Purple), Mizuki appeared in a giant onogadori (long-tailed chicken) costume.
The costume's wingspan was 17.7 meters (about 58 feet). The costume was 4.7 meters (15 feet) tall, and it weighed 2.7 tons. After about 26,000 fans joined Mizuki in singing the chorus, she commented on the costume. She said, "I finally realized my dream. I feel like I understand Sachiko's feelings in Kōhaku Uta Gassen. Finally, I became the Last Boss of the voice-acting world! Maybe I'm a small Last Boss."
Mizuki was referring to enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi, who is also known as "Last Boss." Both singers have appeared on NHK's New Year's Eve televised singing competition Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Song Battle). Kobayashi has also appeared in many video games because she is known for elaborate costumes that have the size and detail a player would expect when facing the final boss in a JRPG.
Earlier in Sunday's concert, Mizuki appeared out of a 3.5-meter (11-foot) camellia flower. The concert's opening song was "Wild Eyes," and Mizuki performed 27 songs during the four-hour concert.
Mizuki made her voice-acting debut in the 1997 romance simulation game NOeL. Her singles, albums, and Blu-ray Discs have topped Oricon's ranking charts. She will make her stage musical debut in Beautiful in Tokyo this July. Mizuki's anime roles include Naruto's Hinata Hyūga, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha's Fate Testarossa, Minami-ke's Tōma Minami, WWW.WAGNARIA!!'s Kisaki Kondō, and Dog Days Ricotta Elmar.