Born Yoshiko Horie (堀江 由子 Horie Yoshiko, born September 20, 1976), the actress best known as stage name Yui Horie (堀江 由衣 Horie Yui?) is a Japanese voice actress and singer, who is now forty years old. She is affiliated with VIMS and Starchild. She has been affectionately nicknamed “Hocchan” (ほっちゃん?) by her Japanese fans. She debuted as a voice actress in 1997, at the age of 21. She has since been involved in excess of 350 productions in addition to promotional material, concert performances, in addition to charting several albums and singles. She won the award for Best Supporting Voice Actress in the 4th Seiyu Awards.
As a result of her ongoing success, she has performed solo at large music venues, such as the Nippon Budokan in 2009 and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium – First Stadium in 2015, each with capacities of approximately 14,000 and 13,000 respectively: it’s not quite as large as a World Series baseball game, but is larger than an average WNBA game and matches up with the size of the New York Islanders games (at least that of the Barclays Center ones.) She has an official fanclub called the ‘Black Cat Alliance’.
Some of her notable roles include Naru Narusegawa in Love Hina, Multi in To Heart, Tohru Honda in Fruits Basket, and Hitomi in the Dead or Alive game series. She’s also guest voice acted in Pokemon and Cowboy Bebop.