Makino Yui biography
Makino Yui (牧野由依) was born on January 19, 1986 in Tokyo, Japan. She is a seiyū, actress as well as a singer. Her past work includes the Undine (ARIA the ANIMATION OP), Euphoria (ARIA the NATURAL OP), Omna Magni (Genesis of Aquarion first ED), Amrita (Tsubasa Chronicle Movie ED), Yume no tsubasa (Tsubasa Chronicle insert song) You are my love (Tsubasa Chronicle insert song). Her most recent work evolves around the anime NHK ni Youkoso! Dark Side ni Tsuitekite (NHK ni Youkoso! insert song), Modokashii Sekai no Ue de (NHK ni Youkoso! second ED), Spirale (ARIA the ORIGINATION OP).
Makino took up piano at the age of four. Her talent for playing piano was discovered by the film director Shunji Iwai when she was seven years old and from the age of 8 to 17, she played piano solos for three of his films, one of which was Love Letter.
She made her debut as a singer in 2005 with “Omna Magni”, produced by Yoko Kanno. It was used as the ending theme song for the anime Soseino Aquarion. In the April of the same year, she also debuted as a seiyū, starring as heroine Sakura in Tsubasa Chronicle and recording several songs for its soundtrack. She released “Amrita”, the theme song for the Tsubasa Chronicle film, as well as “Undine”, the opening theme for the TV Tokyo anime Aria the Animation, coupled with its inserted song “Symphony”. It achieved #25 on the Oricon chart.
On 2006, Makino released two songs from another TV Tokyo anime, Aria the Natural, the theme song “Euphoria” and insert song “Amefuribana”. They were released on one product and achieved #18 on the Oricon chart. She released her debut album, Tenkyū no Ongaku on December 6, 2006.
In 2007, she was invited to represent Japan at the Japan-China cultural exchange event. She also released two singles for the programmes Sketchbook ~full color's~ and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.
On January 23, 2008, Makino released her seventh single, “Spirale” as the opening theme of Aria the Origination. Coupled with the anime’s insert song, “Yokogao”, the single reached #20 on the Oricon chart. She also performed her first solo concert at the Fuchuno Mori Geijutsu Gekijo Wien Hall in Tokyo, where she sang and played the piano accompaniment for each song. She released her eponymous second album, Makino Yui in March 2008. It reached #22 on the Oricon chart. She graduated from Tokyo College of Music as a piano major in the same month.