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    Hitomi Shimatani

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Camellia lyrics
    2Kachoufuuei (A Song For Everybody) lyrics
    3Kona Yuki lyrics
    4Pasio lyrics
    5Sky High lyrics
    6Itsu No Hi Ni Ka... lyrics
    Prayer lyrics
    8Tenohira Wo Taiyou Ni lyrics
    9Taiyoushin lyrics
    10Hatsukoi lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Papillon [2001]
    2Yasashii Kiss No Mitsukekata [2001]
    3Ichiba Ni Ikou [2001]
    4Itsu No Hi Ni Ka... [2002]
    5Oosaka No Onna [1999]
    6Poinsettia (Ama Shoku Winter Memories) [2002]
    7Kaihouku [2000]
    8Papillon [2001]
    9Amairo No Kami No Otome [2002]
    10Shanty [2002]


    Early life

    Hitomi Shimatani's childhood dream, like many others, was to become a famous singer. At the age of seventeen, when she was still in high school, Shimatani decided to pursue this goal and attended "The Japan Audition 1997" hosted by the music label avex trax. Hitomi was chosen out of around 200,000 other girls who participated and received a recording contract with avex. However, before starting her music career, she wished to finish high school -- to which avex agreed, but with the stipulation that Shimatani attend vocal lessons at the same time. She agreed. She also liked playing tennis when she was young.

    As an Enka singer

    After having finished school and feeling ready to her first step as a young singer, in 1999 Hitomi released her first single called "Ōsaka no onna" (大阪の女, Oosaka Girl?), an enka song. Although the single received much critical acclaim and even won some awards, it sold rather poorly, causing either Shimatani, avex, or both to decide that "Ōsaka no onna" was to be both the beginning and the end of Shimatani's enka career. She started to record more songs and in 2000 she released her second single, "Kaihōku" (解放区, liberated district?), which was drastically different, stylistically, than her previous with its extremely pop leanings.

    As a pop singer

    Mainstream success didn't come until the release of Shimatani's third single, entitled "papillon" (パピヨン~papillon~, lit. "papiyon~butterfly~"?), a Japanese version of Janet Jackson's song "Doesn't Really Matter". The single became a hit, eventually selling over 200,000 copies, and valuted Shimatani into the spotlight. Since then, Shimatani has often been compared with the top artists on avex trax. Since then she has released five studio albums, one "best-of" compilation, a special concept album entitled "crossover", a winter mini-album, and twenty-three singles.

    Shimatani often uses "exotic-sounding" titles for her songs, including such tracks as "Perseus" (ペルセウス, Peruseusu?) (which references the famous Greek myth), "Falco" (ファルコ, Faruko?) (Italian for "hawk"), "bella flor" and "La Fiesta" (in Spanish, "beautiful flower" and "the celebration", respectively). She has also been recognized by anime and videogame fans around the globe for songs like ANGELUS -Anjerasu-, which was used as an opening theme for the Inuyasha anime series,Falco (Faruko) the 1st opening of "The Law of Ueki" or Ueki no Housoku, Taiyou No Hana Destiny for the anime series BlackJack 21, and "Garnet Moon", the main theme from the Playstation 2 video-game "Another Century's Episode". 『深紅』("Cardinal") and『愛の詩』 ("Poem of Love") are expected to appear in "Another Century's Episode 3 THE FINAL".

    Although dance-pop/techno-pop and Latin-styled music were a staple of much of Shimatani's earlier career, she has recently been working extensively in a sound which many have termed "crossover" (named so after the album on which it first made an appearance) -- a blend of traditional pop sensibilities with heavy orchestral and classical-music infusion.

    On March 7, 2007, Shimatani released her 6th studio album, Prima Rosa.

    As an Actress

    Shimatani had a part in the Prince of Tennis Live-Action Film as the character of Sumire Ryuzaki. She plays a young and optimistic girl who is Nanjiro Echizen's classmate.

    Taken from wikipedia.

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