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|Born||October 26, 1975|
Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan
|Alma mater||Chuo University|
|Years active||1994–2003 (voice acting)|
|Height||161 cm (5 ft 3 in)|
|Associated acts||Little Cure|
Hiroko Konishi (小西 寛子, Konishi Hiroko, born October 26, 1975) is a Japanese voice actress and musician. Some of her major roles are Jiyuu Nanohana in Jubei-chan, Sae Sawanoguchi in Magic User's Club, Nene Romanova in Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Akane Kimidori in the 1997 remake of Dr. Slump, the title character Ojarumaru, and the original Takeru Takaishi in Digimon Adventure. In video games she voiced Shiori Misaka in the original Kanon visual novel, Lilith Aensland in Darkstalkers, Bridget in Guilty Gear X2, and Sophia Roberinge in Mitsumete Knight. After leaving voice acting in the mid 2000s, Konishi has returned to become a singer and musician, releasing songs on her independent label Squirrel Records.
Life and career
Konishi formed a budding interest in stage acting as a junior high student, and as a high schooler, received voice training at the Nihon Narration Engi Kenkyūjo.
She released NOVELETTE (EMI Music Japan, 1999), her first album under her own identity. She teamed up with Ryo Arshe (Ryo Asakawa), her musical collaborator since 1998 and the artist NAOMI, forming the musical unit Little Cure.
As a TV personality, she has appeared on both NHK and public sector network shows. She had been a regular on the TV Tokyo-syndicated variety show Ichioshi Kiss, where she was portrayed as the youngest of three sisters, with co-stars Risa Stegmayer and Hinako Saeki. She was also narrator for the short-lived "pick of the week" show Ichioshi. She also acted in live action TV Commercials for "Dial 104" (cellphone directory assistance), as keitai detective PI Hiroko.
In 2018, Konishi claimed that she was replaced as Ojarumaru in Prince Mackaroo from disputes over her voice recording on Ojarumaru dolls and other merchandise. Motivated by the Me Too movement, Konishi shared that she left voice acting after being sexually harassed and witnessing her other female peers abused by their agencies. She also alleged that she was propositioned by her manager Hara to enter a mixed bath in the nude with Akitaro Daichi and claimed that she was unable to get voice acting work after she refused.
|1999||Doctor Slump: Arale's Surprise||Akane Kimidori|||
|2000||Digimon Adventure: Our War Game!||Takeru Takaishi|||
|2000||Ojarumaru the Movie: The Promised Summer - Ojaru and Semira||Ojarumaru Sakanoue|||
|1995||ja:戦国サイバー 藤丸地獄変||Kaname of Oborokage||PS1|||
|1996||Mega Man 8||Roll, Eddie||PS1/SS|||
|1996||Fire Woman Matoigumi||Lemon||Also PS version in 1998|||
|1996–97||Darkstalkers series||Lilith Aensland||Arcade|||
|1996||Magic School Lunar||Lena||Sega Saturn|||
|1997||Mega Man Battle & Chase||Roll, Iceman||PS1|||
|1997||Ryuuki Denshou 2||Melky Caring||Windows|||
|1997||Voice Fantasia series||Weep||Sega Saturn, PS1/PS2|||
|1997||Magic School Lunar!||Lena||Sega Saturn|||
|1998||Mitsumete Knight||Sophia Roberinge||PS1/PS2|||
|1998||Brave Fencer Musashi||Mint||PS1|||
|1998||Night R Adventures Hen Staring
|1999||Persona 2||Lisa Silverman||PS1/PS2 Sin and Punishment|||
|1999||The Misadventures of Tron Bonne||Danish Marmalade||PS1/PS2|||
|1999||ja:Little Lovers SHE SO GAME||Nana Ogihara||PS1|||
|1999||Revive: Resuscitation||Aoi Fujisawa||Dreamcast, also Adult PC in 2003|||
|1999||Yukyu Fantasia 3 Perpetual blue
悠久幻想曲3 Perpetual blue
|2000||Kanon series||Shiori Misaka||Dreamcast, PS2|||
|2001||Digimon Rumble Arena||Takeru Takaishi||PS1|||
|2002||Guilty Gear X2||Bridget||PS1/PS2, Arcade|||
|2004||Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower||Lilith||PSP|||
|Agent Aika||Rion Aida|||
|Fruits Basket||Tohru Honda|||
|Kindaichi Case Files: Devil Suite Murder Cast||Yuka Mido|||
- Sophia (ソフィア, Sofia) (King Records, 1998, KICA-7900)
- Novelete (EMI Music Japan, 1999, TYCY-10025)
- Pudding de Ojyaru (Nippon Crown Co. Ltd. 1999, as a role of Ojyaru-maru)
- "Mitsumete" (みつめて) (King Records, 1998, KIDA-7642)
- Don’t Love (EMI Music Japan, 1999)
- Bite of Love (Nippon Columbia July 2000, as a member of LITTLE CURE)
- "Sayonara Arigato" (Squirrel, 2014)
- "But She Was in Love" (Squirrel, 2014)
- "An Amulet in His Pocket" (Squirrel, 2015)
- "You Always Stay By Me" (Squirrel, 2015)
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