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This article is about the celebrity. For the character based on the celebrity, see Kagami Ochiai (character).

Kagamine "Kagami" Takajima (高島 鏡 Takajima Kagami?) (née Ochiai (落合 鏡 Ochiai Kagami?)), or just simply by her stage name Princess Kagami (カガミ姫 Kagami-hime?), is a Japanese theatre and voice actress currently working as the vice president at Drillimation Studios. She joined Drillimation in 1998, and was inaugurated as vice president in 2003.

LifeEdit

Early yearsEdit

Ochiai was born on December 21, 1979, to Hideo and Kisumi Ochiai. She was the first child in their family, and she has a younger sister named Yumi Ochiai (born 1982). During her early years, she loved watching dramas and musicals, which inspired her to enter the theater industry.

Junior high and senior high yearsEdit

Ochiai attended Shinjuku Ritsushinjukunishitoyama Junior High School in 1992, where she began performing as an idol and a voice actress. This experience later influenced the character of herself in the Chuhou Joutai series. Within the same year, Ochiai released her first album Princess Kagami Begins. Despite being a rookie, it did see some success and sold 110,000 records within six months. During that time during her third year, she met Susumu Takajima, who would later go on to become her future husband. After graduating from junior high school, Ochiai moved to Nagasaki, where she would not meet him again until after senior high school.

After moving to Nagasaki, Ochiai's parents set up Drillimation Studios Nagasaki for Ochiai to record and publish songs. During the time she was in senior high school and college, Ochiai, along with her sister, Yumi, worked as a miko at a shrine near her school. This experience would also later go on to form the basis for the character Kumiko Uchida. During her experience in Nagasaki, Ochiai played the lead role of Kaguya in a production of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. This experience drove Takajima to create Ochiai's persona in the series.

College yearsEdit

After graduating from senior high, Ochiai attended Tokyo University, where she received a performing arts major. Around that time, she was reunited with Susumu Takajima. They began dating throughout their years and were eventually married in 2003. Ochiai was engaged to Takajima in October 2002 and officially married in March 2003.

Business yearsEdit

After Ochiai and Takajima married, she continued great success in voicing characters for episodes of the Mr. Driller X anime. Around that time, she was signed with Lantis and began publishing her songs under that label. Between 2004 and 2008, she gave birth to three children, a son named Minoru Takajima (高島 稔?) on December 9, 2004, named after Minoru Shiraishi from the Lucky Star series, then to a daughter named Konata Takajima (高島 此方?) on September 6, 2006, named after Konata Izumi from the same series, and to another son named Satoru Takajima (高島 悟?) on June 11, 2008, named after then-Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. According to a September 2007 interview in Comptiq, Ochiai stated:

When I was recording my songs and of course, rehearsing for plays, I had a lot of free time between rehearsals and performances, that wasn't until Susumu and I had children. During that time, life was completely changed when that happened. I have a three-year-old son named Minoru, a one-year-old daughter named Konata, and I'm about ready to start having another one in a month, and things will get even crazier.

Ochiai is not very fluent in English and prefers to speak her interviews in Japanese.

FilmographyEdit

AnimeEdit

Year Series Role Note(s)
1998-2002 Chuhou Joutai series Kagami Ochiai, Kumiko Uchida Also provided additional voices

Video gamesEdit

Year Game Role Note(s)
2001 Driller Engine Grand Prix 3 Kagami Ochiai 1
2002 Killer Minecraft 4: Hopeless Masquerade Kagami Ochiai 1
2003 Driller Engine Grand Prix 2x2 Kagami Ochiai, Kumiko Uchida 1
2005 Driller Engine Grand Prix 5 Kagami Ochiai, Kumiko Uchida 1
2008 Driller Engine Grand Prix 6 Kagami Ochiai, Kumiko Uchida 1
Technic Drillimation Battle! Kagami Ochiai 1
2011 Driller Engine Grand Prix 7 Kagami Ochiai, Kumiko Uchida 1
2014 Driller Engine Grand Prix 8 Kagami Ochiai, Kumiko Uchida 1
  1. Appears only in the Japanese version of the game.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Title Label Oricon Peak Position Note(s)
1992 Princess Kagami Begins Drillimation Records 29
1993 Princess Kagami's Biggest Matsuri Drillimation Records
1994 Princess Kagami Meets The Real Driller Drillimation Records
1995 Princess Kagami the Miko-sama Drillimation Records
1996 Princess Kagami is Driller's Love Sign Drillimation Records
1997 Princess Kagami's Final Battle Drillimation Records
1998 Princess Kagami Returns to Tokyo Drillimation Records

SinglesEdit

Year Title Oricon Peak Position Note(s)
1997 Bad Apple!! 6 Vocal cover of the song from Touhou 4: Lotus Land Story.
2002 It's Genji 8
2004 Everybody Drill The World 5 Appeared in commercials for Mr. Driller X2: Humiliation in Japan.
2007 I'm Reimu 9 Co-sung by Mai Nakahara.

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