Ichirou Mizuki (live performance in 2007)
|Birth name||Toshio Hayakawa(早川俊夫Hayakawa Toshio)|
|Also known as||Aniki, Aniking, Ichiro Mizuki|
|Born||January 7, 1948|
|Genres||Anison, J-pop, rock, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, lyricist, composer, voice actor, actor|
|Labels||Nippon Columbia, First Smile Entertainment, Victor Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment|
|Associated acts||JAM Project|
|Website||Ichirou Mizuki Official Website|
Toshio Hayakawa(早川 俊夫Hayakawa Toshio, born January 7, 1948 in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan), better known by his stage name Ichirou Mizuki(水木 一郎Mizuki Ichirō), is a Japanese singer, lyrist, composer, voice actor and actor best known for his work on theme songs for anime and tokusatsu. For over 40 years, he has recorded over 1200 songs for Japanese film, television, video and video games. He is referred to by fans and fellow performers alike as the Aniki(アニキ"big brother") of the anison , or anime music genre. He has produced the singing duo Apple Pie since 1990 and created the Anison band JAM Project in 2000.
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In July 1968, Mizuki signed onto the Nippon Columbia label and released his first single called "Kimi ni sasageru Boku no Uta", composed by Kanae Wada. In 1971, Mizuki recorded the song "Genshi Shōnen Ryū ga Yuku"(原始少年リュウが行く) which was used as the opening theme for Genshi Shōnen Ryū . This began his foray into recording well over 1200 songs for various soundtracks as well as original singles and albums. Other early songs sung by Mizuki include the themes to Chojin Barom 1 , Mazinger Z , Babel II , Robot Detective , Kamen Rider X , Great Mazinger , Ganbare!! Robocon , Kamen Rider Stronger , Tekkaman , Steel Jeeg , Akumaizer 3 , Chōdenji Robo Combattler V , and Space Pirate Captain Harlock . His extensive discography in the 1970s led to his dubbing as "Aniking(アニキングAnikingu) and the "Emperor of Anime Songs"(アニメソングの帝王Anime Songu no Teiō), with whom Mitsuko Horie is the "Queen" and Hironobu Kageyama is the "Prince". Mizuki is also part of the judging panel at the Animax Anison Grand Prix, with Horie and Yumi Matsuzawa.
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Mizuki performed theme songs throughout the 1980s and 1990s, for shows such as Beast King GoLion , Getter Robo Go , and Jikuu Senshi Spielban , his work not as extensive until 2000. On July 17, 2000, with fellow anison vocalists Hironobu Kageyama ( Dragon Ball Z ), Masaaki Endoh ( The King of Braves GaoGaiGar ), Eizo Sakamoto (vocalist of ANTHEM and Animetal), and Rica Matsumoto ( Pokémon ), he formed the "supergroup" JAM Project. He later reduced his membership in the group to "part-time", allowing for the entry of Hiroshi Kitadani ( One Piece ), Masami Okui ( Revolutionary Girl Utena ), and Yoshiki Fukuyama ( Macross 7 as Basara Nekki's in Fire Bomber).
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He would return to recording in 2007 with his performances on the soundtrack of Juken Sentai Gekiranger , singing its ending theme "Tao", an image song "Chikai", and on another image song "Burning up! ~Jōnetsu o Uketsui de~" performed as a duet with Takayoshi Tanimoto who sang the series' opening theme. He also sang on JAM Project's single "STORMBRINGER", the opening theme for Kotetsushin Jeeg , a sequel to Steel Jeeg. In 2008, he released his 40th anniversary Ichirou Mizuki: Newest Best album, the Michi ~road~(道〜road〜) 5-CD box set including 216 songs from his discography, and the TV Size Best album. Other recent releases by Mizuki include two singles for Chōjin Neiger, a local hero from Akita Prefecture. His most recent work is a single for the OVA adaptation of Katte ni Kaizō , with its theme song "Katte ni Kaizō Shite mo Ii ze", and an insert song, called "Nuiguruma", featuring Kenji Ohtsuki.
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