Nana Mizuki is 1st Seiyū with #1 Single in Weekly Charts
posted on by Egan Loo
29-year-old Nana Mizuki has become the first seiyū (character voice) with a #1 CD single on Oricon's weekly singles chart in Japan. Mizuki's 21st single, "Phantom Minds," sold 54,000 copies during its first week of release this past week. No other seiyū has ranked that high since Oricon began posting its charts in January of 1968. "Phantom Minds" is the theme song for the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st anime, in which Mizuki reprises the character Fate Testarossa. This film remake of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha television anime will open in Japan on January 23.
Mizuki's Ultimate Diamond did reach #1 last June — another record for a seiyū — but on Oricon's weekly album chart. With "Phantom Minds'" #1 ranking, Mizuki beat her own previous record high of #2, which she first earned with her "Eternal Blaze" song in 2005. Her "Shinai" song also debuted at #2 on the weekly singles chart with 42,630 copies last January, and 2008's "Trickster" single similarly reached #2 with a personal high of 57,201 copies. Last month, Mizuki debuted in Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Song Battle), the New Year's Eve singing contest that is Japan's most viewed music television program.
Before Mizuki, Megumi Hayashibara held the record for the highest ranking CD single by a seiyū with her #3 song, "Northern Lights," in 2002. The other seiyū who have reached #3 are Maaya Sakamoto (2008's "Triangler") and Aya Hirano (2009's "Super Driver").
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