Yuuka Nanri, commonly referred to as Yuuka, is a seiyū and also a known Japanese pop singer. She is contracted to Space Craft Entertainment of Space Craft Group.
Yuuka Nanri first debuted on NHK’s Utatte Odoronpa (an educational programme) in 1995, as a child star.
In 1997, she joined Minami Aoyama Shōjo Kageki Dan (South Aoyama Female Opera Group, also known as Nanshō), a stage group for young girls as one of its seventh generation members, and began acting in musicals and other theatrical performances. She quit the group in August 2001.
In 2001, she also debuted as a seiyū in the Japanese version of The Powerpuff Girls as Bubbles. After that, she officially started her seiyū activities as the lead of Gunslinger Girl. She has voiced many weak-looking and gentle characters, though in My-HiME, she voiced for Nao Yūki, a morally ambivalent middle school student who enjoys preying on perverted men.
In late 2003, tiaraway, a fixed-term seiyū duo consisting of Nanri and fellow Japanese singer Saeko Chiba, was formed. After releasing three singles and an album, they disbanded on March 6, 2005 after its first (and final) live concert, both wanting to go separate paths. Currently, she is a vocalist of Yuki Kajiura’s “FictionJunction” project.
FictionJunction Yuuka is a duo with Yuki Kajiura, a famed anime music composer who writes and produces all their music. FictionJunction YUUKA achieved fame and attention from the media with songs such as “Akatsuki no Kuruma” and “Honoh no Tobira” which were used as insert songs in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and its sequel Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny respectively. Nanri also performed most of the vocal tracks featured in Madlax (soundtracked by Kajiura), such as Margaret, Cradle and Madlax, in addition to the opening and ending themes recorded by FictionJunction Yuuka.
In 2006, she was selected to be the main character of the musical ANGEL GATE ~Haru no Yokan~. The musical had four performances in total, from April 13 to April 16 of the same year. Because of this, she was not able to voice act for Karen Ichijō from the second season of the anime School Rumble, which also broadcasted in April. She also graduated from university with a major in vocal music that year in March.
She held her first solo concert, entitled Premium Live 2007, as FictionJunction Yuuka in 2007, on February 8 and February 15. It was announced at the concert that there will be another showing of ANGEL GATE.
Official Website: http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/nanri-yuuka/
Victor Entertainment: http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/nanri-yuuka/