Minori Chihara (茅原実里); known as Minorin (みのりん) to her fans, was born on November 18, 1980 in Tochigi prefecture, Japan. She is a seiyuu (Japanese voice actress) under Avex Planning & Development. Her debut role was Natsume Aya from Tenjo Tenge, but her popularity escalated when she was cast as Nagato Yuki from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. She is credited for many other roles, such as Minami Chiaki from Minami-ke, Shirakawa Nanaka from Da Capo II, and Toa from Dragonaut. Apart from being a seiyuu, she is also a J-pop singer.