Miyu Irino is a star and a veteran in the seiyuu industry at such a young age. Seiyuu, musical actor, radio personality, actor, musician, lyricist and one of the main faces of Kiramune. There’s no end to what he can do.
KANJI: 入野 自由
BORN: February 19, 1988
OCCUPATION: seiyuu, actor, singer, musical actor
A note, this article was published in 2016 and is currently undergoing a deep update.
Some information below may be outdated or not updated.
Currently a member of talent agency Junction 99, it was with only 4 years old at Himawari Theatre Group that little Miyu was getting started as a seiyuu and actor.
In reality, a great number of voice actors have started their work as child actors or voice actors, Miyu’s case is just one of the several in the business – refer to Ryohei Kimura, Mamoru Miyano and Kouki Uchiyama, between many others.
In 1996, Miyu, with only 8 years received his first job as a seiyuu with a important role on You’re Under Arrest.
After that a few more minor roles came his way but it wasn’t up until 2005 that he’d start to get more roles per year as well as his first leading roles.
With more than 100 characters in his repertoire and with credits on some of the most iconic anime ever made like Darker than Black, Naruto, Nurarihyon no Mago, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, One Piece, Seraph of the end, D. Gray-man, Phantom and Haikkyu just to name a few, be it as a small part or as the lead, Miyu‘s versatility led him to a place in the seiyuu business where he can fit well no matter the genre.
Known for voicing persistent idealists heroes/anti heroes, Miyu‘s mid ranged voice can morph into and have whatever emotion you want that he’ll nail it.
Someone vicious that won’t stop until he gets his revenge? Check. The typical flower boy that makes girls go crazy? Check. Those cool types that act more than talk but when they actually do their words pierce you? Yep. He knows how to do it. Heartbreaking, power driven emotions? Yep.
Dark, heavy roles are done with a top quality performances as well as those bright, hyper ones.
Adding to his versatility in anime genres, Miyu also showcases an incredible skill morphing his voice to fit different types of characters. If you check his most famous roles you doubly will find two characters that share the exact same voice tone.
As of late, Miyu is getting more and more attention for his voice acting having landed five leading roles in two years – in the shojo romance Kamigami no Asobi as the Greek god Apollon Agana Berea, in comedy hit anime Osomatsu-san as Todomatsu, in sports anime Haikyuu as Koshi Sugawara and in Seraph of the end as Yuichiro Hyakuya in 2015, these last two roles were later reprised in the respective 2nd seasons.
In 2013 Miyu decided to take a break to hone his skills as a musical actor hence his lack of roles in that year. After that and from 2014 up until now, his presence is getting stronger by the day.
Although he’s not in many games it’s his character in “Kingdom Hearts” that has really made a good impression and stuck in his fans’ minds. His energetic performance as Sora, the game’s protagonist, made the game more entertaining and eye catching.
More credits in games includes his portrayal of Eight in Final Fantasy Type-0, in Phantom of Inferno, Miyu reprised his anime role as Zwei/Reiji Azuma, more roles can be found in the Dragon Ball, Naruto and God Eater series.
Miyu is on a lot of otome games due to his soothing, prince like voice. The “Vitamin” series by Rejet (2009) is the one otome game franchise that has spawned several games, almost all of them featuring Kei, the serious twin brother in the student council.
He’s part of the commercial flop Black Robinia (with lead voice actors Shinnosuke Tachibana and Tatsuhisa Suzuki), Wand of Fortune franchise, as well as part of the Kamigami no Asobi franchise as part of the leading cast/one of the romantic interests available. He’s also part of ROOT∞REXX, am otome game with a cast consisting only of seiyuu working for music label Kiramune.
Miyu has hosted several radio shows throughout the years starting from his debut in 2003 with “Irino Miyu to Miyamoto Shunnichi’s BOY’S ANGEL“, but it’s his show on USEN radio that is the longest running and most successful.
Airing since 2009 up until now, Irino Miyu ‘s Irino Miyu (入野自由の入野自由) is having a steady run in a medium that is filled with seiyuu radio shows. Some of the radio shows he’s hosted in the past include “Captain Earth 〜Midsummer’s Night〜” (2014), “Celestial Station 00” (2007-2009) and “Kamiradio“(2009).
Miyu has been acting ever since he was a kid. His role in ウルトラマンティガ・ウルトラマンダイナ & ウルトラマンガイア 超時空の大決戦 (photo above) is one of the first his fans recall.
With a couple of theatrical plays and musicals under his belt, Miyu has shown his charms on stage enough times to impress the viewers. With roles on KREVA‘s musicals such as「最高はひとつじゃない2014」- alongside Mamoru Miyano and 『宝塚BOYS』.
He’s also been part of the Japanese musical production of the critically acclaimed Titanic opposite singer / seiyuu Kato Kazuki and others.
As one of the first names debutting under Kiramune, Japanese music label branching from Bandai/Lantis, Miyu released his first mini-album “Soleil” in 2009. The mini-album that featured a lot of bright pop tracks managed to grab the attention of those that were once complaining that Miyu couldn’t really pull off an endevor to the music business.
“Faith“, “Jump” and the first full length album “vivid” followed but it wasn’t until “Advance” that Miyu would impress once again.
“Advance” puts the bright pop tracks aside and grabs with both hands and teeth dance pop. The result can be seen in tracks like “ZERO” and “High Drive” that showcased yet another one of his talents: dance.
Then in 2012, “Cocoro” was his comeback to pretty pop and ballads breaking a bit the momentum created by the previous release.
Away from the music scene for two years, not even taking part of 2013’s Kiramune fest, Miyu made his comeback in 2014 with “E=mc2“, a mini-album that showcased the lyricist that is in Miyu penning “それでもなお” and “日々“.
“E=mc2” proved to be strong mini-album, raising the bar for future releases and that was exactly what Miyu did in 2015’s “Boku no Mitsuketa Mono“, a mini-album that was stripped out of synths and brought back the whole band sound to his music.
Focused on guitars, pianos and minimal elements, Miyu‘s music has more content in comparison with his debut days.
Miyu Irino is part of Kiramune‘s first seiyuu unit KAmiYU, alongside Hiroshi Kamiya. The two released 2 mini-albums (link-up and Road to Wonderland) and a single (Reason). “Reason” was featured as the opening theme for shoujo anime “Karneval“, anime in which both of them were casted. The song was a major hit among the viewers and is currently their most successful song.
Earlier they released “My Proud, My Play” that was featured as the opening theme for 2010’s anime Mokei Senshi Gunpla Builders Beginning G.
The unit is on hiatus since 2013.
At the age of 28, we can say that Miyu Irino is an accomplished seiyuu with a career full of different experiences, most of them successful. He’s a talented seiyuu that is slowly claiming his spot among royalty.
And with this with complete yet another Seiyuu Digest.