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Aya Uchida
Uchida Aya Infobox Image
Kanji 内田 彩
Romaji Uchida Aya
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Gender Female
Birth Date July 23, 1986
Origin Outa City, Gunma Prefecture
Occupation Voice Actress
Singer
Blood Type O
Height 156cm
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Aya Uchida was born on July 23, 1986 in Outa City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. Her common voice actress nickname is "Ucchi". She voices Kotori Minami in Love Live!.

Her tagline during live concerts is "Kotori no oyatsu ni shicchau yo!" ( lit. Kotori is going to make you her snack!), first used during the 4th live. It appeared once again during the 5th live, where she used it for the encore video animation and also during an emcee line-swap with Pile.

Background

Aya Uchida's family consists of her parents, a younger sister and herself. Their family raises a pet cat named KiKi.

As a child, she really liked Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon and wished that she could be like Sailor Moon. She was also a fan of works by Ghibli and Disney, often re-watching them on videotape. After coming to know the profession of voice acting during middle school and doing some research into it, becoming a voice actress became her goal. [1]

After graduating from high school, she entered Yoyogi Animation School, and then enrolled into JTB Entertainment Academy as part of its pioneer batch. During her time there in 2008, she made her debut as a voice actress on TV anime Oden-kun.

During the early stages of her career she supported herself with part-time jobs such as being sales staff at departmental stores, production line quality inspector at factories, and sometimes even menial labor carrying cardboard boxes. The key criteria she had in choosing her jobs were that they had to be shift-based and versatile such that she could report to her entertainment office any time she needed to.[2]

On November 12, 2014, she made her major debut as a singer with the release of her first full album アップルミント (Appuruminto lit. Applemint) under the Columbia label.
In June 2015, she released her first photo-book patina.
On July 22, 2015, her second album Blooming! was released under the Columbia label.
On March 31, 2016, she left JTB Entertainment and joined Across Entertainment on April 2016.

Personality & Hobbies

Aya Uchida describes herself as a reserved and timid person. As a child, she used to imagine various things or play make-believe, have conversations with herself and make things, and claims that she is still pretty much the same person as she was. She also likes working, so she didn't feel menial jobs were tough at all back during the early stages of her career.

She loves eating and has no food she dislikes in particular. Her favorite snacks include rice crackers, potato chips and rusk, generally food with crispy and crunchy textures. She can hold her liquor well, and her favorite drinks are beer and red wine.

Her hobbies include making paper-cranes, accessories and sweets such as Gateau Chocolate, Decoration Roll Cakes, and Apple Pies. She also collects bath goods and likes reading books as well as making things in general. Her special skills include hair arrangement, and for events involving Love Live!, she normally has her hair resemble that of Kotori's.

Her qualifications include a regular driver's license.

In an interview, she claims she is not very good at making friends but she is close to Murakawa Rie whom she co-starred with in Vividred Operation. She often finds herself cast as characters that are "The Number One Idiot" so she believes that she may be a good fit for those characters.[3]

She often binges on food and alcoholic drinks, such as beer, to relieve stress. [4]

Other Data

For a collection of translated interviews and videos, please refer to Translated Voice Actress Content.
Dengeki G's Magazine November 2010 - Character Interview [5]
About Kotori

This is Uchida Aya, voicing Minami Kotori. When I first saw her illustration and data, I had the impression that she has adult-looking eyes and a warm, fuzzy personality, and then recorded her monologue using that image. After seeing the completed PV, I realized that Kotori had quite a lively character. I think I'll have to portray her many faces and different charms from now on!

Kotori's Appeal
For the first round of popularity votes, it's tragic but Kotori-chan was the last on the list... But it's only the beginning and from here on out, I'll work hard to gradually show Kotori-chan's cuteness! From the next poll onwards, for the sake of climbing the rankings one step at a time, everyone please support Kotori-chan!

A word for the readers
Just newly created, this project begins from here on! Everyone, let's get hyped for Love Live! together! Someday, it'll be great if we could hold a school festival, or maybe a live concert...!!

Dengeki G's Magazine Interview Before Final Live[6]
Q1: Please tell us what is something that can't be missing when doing a μ's concert!

Kotori hair! After repeated trial and error, it's one of a kind in the world! Once I adopt this hairstyle, it turns my Minami Kotori switch on♪

Q2: Tell us what you feel about the final solo concert, as well as a message for the readers!
To be honest, while writing this message now, reality hasn't really sunk in yet... But when we made our appearance at Kouhaku, I felt a lot of gratitude and wanted to thank the people who supported us until now, all the people who made it possible for us to stand on that stage. For everyone's sake, as well as my own, I want to create the "greatest live on earth!" just like Kotori said!

Dengeki G's Magazine Arigatou Project (Part 3)[7]
Μ's Arigatou Project Messages 02

Message from Uchida Aya

Minami Kotori-sama

There's a lot I want to tell you, Kotori... But at the same time there might actually not be a lot.

After all, we've always tried so many different things together, and we made it all the way here together!

I've always thought about Kotori and her feelings, and put those emotions into acting her out. My feelings definitely reached her, right...♪

Even if you tell me "it's time to set off" it doesn't really ring a bell, but please flutter your wings softly the way you always do. I'll always be watching over you...♡♡

Μ's Arigatou Project Messages 05

MESSAGE FOR YOU!
It was because of everyone's support that we made it here.

To all the members of the Love Live! Club! ( ・8 ・)
There was a time when I yearned to be a part of Dengeki G's reader-participation content. Starting from following "Sister Princess" written by Kimino Sakurako-sensei, and ending up being part of one myself made me really happy and excited at that time! (The first time I went to Animate, I bought an Aria-chan notebook! lol)
At the start the casting was secret, there wasn't any notice that I would be acting as Kotori, so I felt very impatient. To think that with all the readers' support, we've managed to make it this whole way from a time when μ's didn't even have its name. ... For us girls who didn't have a name, thank you very much for believing in our potential! I want to tell my past self: "The excitement you're feeling is the real thing!"♡

Trivia

  • On November 10, 2014, she was appointed as a "tourism special envoy" for the entire Gunma Prefecture.
  • She thinks performing as part of Love Live! is one of the most difficult things she has had to do as a voice actress, as she did not expect dancing to be part of her career. She is a lot more confident in her dancing capabilities after all the difficult and tiring practice.
  • Her most enjoyable part of being a seiyuu (Voice Actor) is reading fan-mail, which really cheers her up.
  • She appears to be close friends with Emi Nitta and Aina Kusuda; probably because they are all voice actresses who had their first major debut in the voice acting industry with Love Live!.
  • Songs she sings well on the karaoke: Hohoemi no Bakudan (微笑みの爆弾) from Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho.[8]
  • During live concerts, she is often caught on camera drinking water while the rest are talking. Whenever this was pointed out jokingly, she would reply that the water was delicious.
    • This is even possibly lamp-shaded during a scene in Love Live! The School Idol Movie, where at the start of dinner in a New York restaurant, Kotori is the only one with a cup that's almost empty while everyone else's was still full.
    • Because of this, there was even a show that features her drinking water.[9]

Gallery

Please refer to this voice actress' Image Gallery.

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