27 May 1967 (age 50)
Kinuko Oomori,who was born in the Aoyama district of Tokyo on the 27 May 1967, is a Japanese singer and voice actress. She is best known for her role as "Prisila Asagiri" or "Priss" in the Japanese anime series Bubblegum Crisis.
Oomori spoke little about her early life,though it is known that her parents divorced when she was a child and her mother moved away. One suspects she may have had a rough time of it as a teenager from listening to songs such as "Goodbye,Convenience Kids".
When she was nineteen years old,Oomori auditioned for the role of Priss. She was accepted,and went on to make the character one of the best known in all of anime for the four years of BGC's run. She sang many songs for the series, including the legendary 1st opening theme "Konya wa Hurricane". She signed with CBS Sony Records in 1988, and in July of that same year,she brought out her first (and only) solo album, "Sweet Dreams",and performed several concerts at a venue called "Take Off 7" in the Shibuya area of Tokyo to promote the album. She was a TV personality on a show called "Video Jockey" on from April 1988 to March 1989. However,all was not well. The contract with CBS meant that she could not perform any solo vocal numbers for the BGC series after episode 3,and at one point the legal wranglings between CBS and AIC,the prodcers of Bubblegum Crisis, got so bad that they considered killing Priss off in Episode 6. However,the character proved too popular,and thus,the character was saved. However,due to budget and personnel problems,BGC was cut short after just 8 of the 13 planned episodes,and Omori moved on to concentrating full time as a singer. There was a sequel to Bubblegum Crisis, "Bubblegum Crash!" made in 1991,but it is very inferior to the BGC series. In it,Omori was replaced with an actress named Ryoko Tachikawa.
The SILK years
After the abrupt ending of Bubblegum Crisis, Oomori formed a band called SILK in 1991. They released their first , self-titled mini-album in January 1991. The ending song from Buublegum Crisis 8 "Chase the Dream" appeared on the CD. They released a single in April of that year, which contained the opening song for the children's anime series, . The song was featured on SILK's 2nd mini-album "Voice", released soon after that. They performed a series of concerts at the Egoman Club in Shibuya in May and Novmember of 1991,and then released a 3rd mini-album "Face",in December 1991. A song from this CD , "My Precious Trick Star",was used as the ending theme song for the animated film "Fushigi no Umi no Nadia".
SILK released no more new material after those 3 mini-albums. Kinuko sang 3 songs for the "Gun Smith Cats Image Album" in May of 1993, and SILK released a greatest hits collection entitled "SILK The Best" in October of 1998. According to a Japanese Oomori fan site, as of 1998,Kinuko was happily married with a child.
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