水樹奈々初の自叙伝「深愛」 [Mizuki Nana]

Am I the only one who wants Mizuki Nana’s autobiography even more after reading the summary and publisher comment on Amazon?


Taken from Amazon.co.jp


内容紹介
水樹奈々を知っていますか?圧倒的かつ熱狂的支持を受ける超人気声優アーティスト、初の自叙伝!!
「私は信じていた。夢を信じ続けるべく父に育てられてきた」
演歌歌手を夢見て365日毎日休むことなく父とレッスンに励んだ幼少期、数々のカラオケ大会に出場し入賞を重ねた思春期、全国大会優勝を果たし上京、そして堀越高校芸能コースへの入学……未来は明るいと信じていた。しかし夢にまでみた高校生活には苦しい現実が待っていた。一向に決まらないデビュー、所属事務所の倒産、食事にすら事欠くほどの経済事情、さらに最愛の父が病に倒れ――。

どんなに苦しくても笑われても、私は夢を信じ続けていた。あきらめるわけにはいかなかった。

出版社からのコメント
単なる声優アイドルではありません。彼女の生きる強さに励まされ、直向きさに泣かされます。

Translation:
Summary
Do you know who Mizuki Nana is? The popular seiyuu artist with an overwhelming amount of feverish support is releasing her first autobiography!!
“I believed in it. I believed that the dream will come true as I was brought up by my father.”
Reaching for the dream to become an enka singer, for all 365 days per year, her childhood was made up of lessons under her father. Her youth consisted of entering and winning various karaoke contests. Then, after winning the national singing competition, she headed towards Tokyo where she proceeded to enroll in the entertainment arts course at Horikoshi High School… The future had seemed bright.
But harsh reality awaited her in high school. Unable to make a strong debut, her agency also went bankrupt, leading to a financial situation where she could barely afford food. Worst of all, her father became hospitalized at this point…

No matter how tough it got or how much I was laughed at, I still believed in the dream that I held. There was no way I could have given up.

Publisher Comment
She is not your average seiyuu idol. Her strength will inspire you and her unwavering heart* will move you to tears.

* 直向き literally means one direction, one path, one goal (i.e. baseball pitch). There is probably another word for it in English, but I can’t think of any, so the closest I can come up with is “unwavering heart.” 😛

Also, there’s been a bit of a discussion going on about whether it may be a bit too early for an autobiography to be written and released (which is kind of amusing in an odd way). My personal view? Probably yes. But from a business point of view? There’s no better time than now. I’ll be buying it! XD

On top of reading this, I also re-watched the “letter from mom” part of Live Museum this morning. The few minutes still manages to make me cry (or tear up a bit) no matter how many times I watch it. ;_;

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36 comments on “水樹奈々初の自叙伝「深愛」 [Mizuki Nana]

  1. I had read the rough translation on youtube when I saw that scene on Live Museum. However I still couldnt get the whole message of her mother. But the song afterwards made me cry.
    Knowing the fact that nana chan biography will never be translated in Western world and knowing I cant read Japanese, I doubt I will be buying the book. So can I pray for a summary, kasumi chan?
    Happy New Year!

    • The letter was mainly about how her mother felt as she watched Nana grow up and travel to Tokyo by herself, how grateful she is to everyone who is supporting her daughter, but above all, how truly proud she is of Nana.
      It was a very emotional letter.
      Haha… Depends on how many pages the book is… ^^;;
      And a little late, but a happy new year to you too! 😀

  2. I want to kill myself for not speaking/reading Japanese !!
    But if I can buy it, I will (CDJapan has not it yet)
    By the way, I forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday ! So…. Happy Birthday !

    • Whatever happened to the motivation of learning Japanese just to read this book? XD
      I’m a little surprised that CDJapan doesn’t have it yet considering how soon it is going to be released… Unless they don’t sell actual “books.” XD
      And thank you~! 😀

  3. Me, too. I saw the synopsis on Tokyohive and it makes me want to read (and understand, damn my poor jp skill ;_;) the contents in Shin Ai more.
    Yes, it’s a little bit too early for an autobiography. I mean, though 10-year career experience is not a short time, it still doesn’t long enough. But I agree with you that it’s a golden time in business point of view. Most fans will crave for it as her 10th year aniversary gift and its serious but inspiring synopsis might make non-fans interested in her story.
    And the letter from mom is so ;_;

    • The book can act as good motivation to improve Japanese skills. At least, that’s how it is for me. XD
      What can I say? Everything is a business. XP
      The letter never fails to touch my heart. ;_;

  4. I too think that its too early for an autobiography, since there are other artists who’s been in the entertainment world longer than her and doesn’t have one…but then again, no one can overlook Nana-sama’s achievements during these past years. She’s broken how many records? And all in all, she’s a gold mine from a business pov.
    Is it me or does all Mizuki Nana-related things seem to spawn endlessly lately? I wonder if my wallet can keep up with it >>.
    Darn the pubisher for the touching summary…that, and the ¥I.600 price makes me want to buy it ><

    • It’s Red & Charizard~~~~~!!! 😀
      That looks awesome, by the way. :3
      The release of an autobiography has less to do with her achievements (though it helps or else she probably won’t have enough content to make a book XD) but more with the fact that they know people will buy it. At least I am! XDD
      They are spawning endlessly! My wallet lost the ability to keep up months ago. XD;; So it’s very selective now.
      I honestly thought it’ll be much more expensive than that. Makes me wonder how many pages it will actually be…

      • Everything with charizard and red in it is awesome xDD.Pixiv pokemon arts are godly o(*Q*)o
        Ahh I see I see,I was comparing that with the British Footballers’ way of getting autobiography so..xDD. You’re buying it? I think Imma second someone whose hoping for a translation from you xD
        So it wasnt selective before? xDD what did you get?
        Live games robbed me of my holiday saving orz
        Yeah, I thought so too. I mean, even the cheapest paperback book is 20 bucks at least. I hope this autobiography wont be half LQ black and white pics and half text >> buy or not buy, decisions is hard to make Dx

        • Agreed. Pixiv is a great place to search for fanarts. :3 Now you’re making me spend time looking at Pokemon art on Pixiv. XDD
          Yup, I’ll be buying it. 😀
          Second? I don’t think there’s a first yet. XD But for more reasons than one, I don’t trust myself to translate a book. ^^;;
          It was selective before. Now it’s VERY selective. XD I’ve completely given up on NANA CLIPS ._. Live Games robbed me too. D:
          I just hope it’s not an extremely thin book…
          PS: Unrelated, but did you manage to listen to anime!Mijimaru yet? You should check out the first gym battle episode of BW if you haven’t, because I found Misato as Mijimaru to be hilarious in that ep. XDD

          • Yep yep, the fanarts there are like professional’s work ><. hehee,a good way to spend time? 8D.
            Ah, thats okay then 83. I’ll try my best to understand moon speak to read this book ><
            Well, I think Imma buy it as well. Lets hope she doesnt have any new single coming out soon ><. You bought both live games? Dx. Ahh if you want Nana clips, go wait for the 2nd hand to appear in amazon, its gonna take a while though.
            Same here…I dont want it in magazine form.
            I did! The battle against the three brothers rite? LOL.
            Yeah, she’s hilarious there! xDD. Mijimaru fits her personality dont you think? hahaha.
            Solarbeam’s gonna take her out though >>

            • Exactly! Can’t say it is a waste. XD
              It’ll be good motivation. XD
              Somehow, I wouldn’t be surprised if a single does come out in the next few months… ^^;; Yes, I bought both. ^^;; I probably won’t be getting NANA CLIPS at all, second hand or not.
              I will laugh if it turns out to be a magazine. It won’t be a autobiography anymore. XD
              Yes, that one! XD
              Hmm… Now that you mention it… HAHAHA. Maybe that’s why she was chosen to voice Mijumaru. XDD
              I love how Mijumaru’s voice cracked when he was about to be hit by Solar Beam. That’s Misato awesome voice acting! XDD

              • I accidentally deleted the original comment orz. Anyway…
                If you wander there long enough you’re gonna come to love the RedxGreen pairing *runs* The digimon arts there are awesome too, if you like digimon that is :D.
                Yeah,I’ll try my best to be able to read Kanji by 2012 ><.
                Ugh…yeah, Nana sama seems to like having her singles out after her concert DVDs were released. And after that, you swore you wouldnt be spending more money and then BAM! a new album came >>. Ahh I feel your pain. Well, maybe you can get it somewhere in the future.Unless you already downloaded it?
                I’m crossing my fingers rite now ><. I wonder when Amazon's gonna put up the cover of the book?
                LOL I cant stop seeing Mijumaru as Misato after knowing that she’s the voice behind it xDD. esp when after the failed water guns xDD. And yeah,hahahha,the voice acting right there and then was epic, not everyone can crack their voice conciously! xDD. And the look on the poor pokemon’s face was pure LOL. I’m half tempted to make it as an avatar
                And I wonder why Misato’s not as famous as she should be, that girl is awesome ><

              • And if I already like the RedxGreen pairing? XDD The Digimon series, especially Digimon Adventure will always have a special place in my heart. Haven’t been keeping up with Xros Wars though…
                I usually go to Pixiv for Inazuma Eleven art. Not sure if you’ve heard of that series.
                And as you mentioned earlier, Nana products seem to be spawning endlessly. I don’t see a reason for King Records to stop any time soon… I’ll probably get it somewhere in the future (but not anytime soon)… And no, I didn’t download. I expect the volume to be too large. XP
                I’m expecting Amazon will put up a cover soon… There’s only 11 days until the release after all!
                Haha, yes! I loved the expression after the failed water gun as well. XD Speaking of which, Mijumaru has a wide range of expressions. More than other Pokemon (except maybe Pikachu?). I’m sure an avatar with that expression will come into use often. XD
                I agree. I guess she hasn’t had her “breaking out” role yet, as they call it. She hasn’t voiced that many “main character” roles of extremely popular anime (at least I don’t think so?). But it doesn’t change the fact that her voice acting is truly amazing. :3

              • COMRADES!8D. The world needs more RedxGreen love!.
                Wow…yeah,that season is the best ><.I think Digimon's quality dropped after Frontier,but thats imo.
                Inazuma Eleven? I’ve heard of it, but its not that familiar to me.
                I think King Records’ just starting, Nana’s in the height of her career if you ask me. No better time to sell everything with her name stamped on it than rite now.I shall pray till the Clips 5 arrives in your hands xD
                Maybe they’re gonna put up a cover 7 days before release? You know how the lady loves that number 83.
                Yeah,the franchise clearly wanted it to appeal to the fans (being one of the starters). And its starting to grow on me Dx. Its gonna be your fault if I ended up choosing it as my starter lol indeed.The best time to use it is when someone say something mindblowing 8D
                She voiced a couple of charas from famous animes, like Yin from Darker than Black (though I didnt watch it). That role gained her quite a lot recognition from the fans I think…The girl needs some love >>. Right right,even the strangest role she plays (Mijimaru ><) shows how good she is in voice acting. Well,at least she's famous amongst the Mizuki Nana fans? xD

    • Replying here because comment boxes have shrunk too much. XD
      Savers has its own charm in my opinion. Xros Wars seem to be lacking something… But I’m not sure what…
      Inazuma Eleven is one of those series I never thought I’d come to like this much… But I do. XD The seiyuu cast helps too. :3
      Agreed. The earliest is probably next year. XD At least NANA CLIPS 6 won’t be coming by then. XD
      7 days… Hm… That’s actually possible, but I don’t think Amazon follows such “rule.” XD
      I wonder if it had anything to do with Piplup’s success in Diamond/Pearl? That’s why they want to promote the otter (another water starter) this time? I have always found penguins to be cuter though…
      Haha! Look at it this way, this water starter has the best-looking final evolved form out of the 3 starters. :3
      I still don’t know what I would end up choosing… Normally I’d jump at the fire starter and Pokabu is cute… but its evolved forms don’t look as cool as the other 2… ^^;;
      Hahaha! Yes, Misato is undoubtedly famous amongst the Mizuki Nana fans. XDD Honestly, Smile-Gang shows her voice acting talent too. XDD

  5. ;_; this just made me cry. T___________T I’m so getting this, even if I’m sure I won’t understand anything at all!
    Nana-san~ You’ve done your best~! And now it’s our turn to do our best, to return your hardwork!
    Nana-san! おつかれさまでした!Now although an autobiography is a tad bit too early. Don’t retire on us now. >:I It’s still early!

    • Hahaha! Your entire comment (except for the last 2 short sentences) make it sound like she’s retiring. XDD
      Don’t worry, as long as she is still able to work, she won’t. Her dream is one that is never-ending. Always reaching for that next level. ;3

      • Well the feeling of her release of autobiography does have that feeling. @_@
        But I know that she won’t, since although small, she has big dreams that she would definitely reach. =3
        That’s why us fans, no matter how much we can shall give her our support. ❤

            • That is how it is supposed to be… Until the business concepts took over. XD
              After all, an autobiography is about a person’s life… That’s why they’re usually written when one is older. Which is why there was the discussion of it being “too early” to release an autobiography… Though again, from the business perspective, it is the perfect time because it will sell. :3

  6. I’d get this if I could read it… and don’t worry about it being too earlier, Justin Bieber is what, 16? And he already released an autobiography last year. XD

    • That’s way too early than Nana. Too early by miles. The kid is only 16 and is in entertainment business for less than 3 years, right? But that’s business. If sth can make $, the company wouln’t hesitate to do it even though it looks a bit weird.

  7. why is it too early for a biography? I know people in germany or america who realeses a biography after ONE YEAR career!! XDDD
    sad that CDjapan still hasn’t listed it. >.<

    • Is there any Kinokuniya store near your neighbourhood? If there’s one around, you could ask them to order it for you. Just tell them the ISBN: 978-4-344-01936-2. 🙂

    • That’s the world of business! XD
      I’m beginning to think CDJapan has no plans to sell it. You can also check YesAsia, but the price there is, as always, more expensive (even though shipping is included)… Unless they’re trying to tell me the book is heavy enough to warrant higher shipping (which I doubt). XP
      Or, as cc1926 suggested, check your local Kinokuniya. :3

      • I don know about that Kinokuniya Shop, I think whe don’t have such a shop in germany. xD
        I mailed CDJapan and asked for Shin Ai, they said they will try to get it and want to write back when they list it on the shop.
        But they didn’t do yet..
        Why should they not want to sell it? They selled a lots a Nana stuff the last time. T__T
        since end auf 2009 when Nana was at Kouhaku the first time, they begun to sell a lots of magazine with Nana and do campaign, sell poster and postcard etc.
        So I thougt they would definitely sell Shin Ai too…>.<

        • I think it is a matter of CDJapan not knowing about the book beforehand. Because this is a book and not a magazine, it likely didn’t show up in their suppliers’ catalogues (list of new releases) — at least that is my guess for the reason.
          Now we just have to wait and see if CDJapan takes action after your e-mail. :3

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