Kagamine "Kagami" Takajima (高島 鏡 Takajima Kagami ) (née Ochiai (落合 鏡 Ochiai Kagami )), or just simply by her stage name Princess Kagami, 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.
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, where she began performing as an idol and a voice actress. This experience later influenced the character of herself in the Chuhou Joutai series. 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.
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.
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.
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.