|Born||February 22, 1994|
Marika Kouno (高野 麻里佳 Kōno Marika, born February 22, 1994) is a Japanese voice actress and singer from Tokyo. She is affiliated with the agency Mausu Promotion. Debuting as a voice actress in 2013, she played her first main role as Rin Kohana in the 2015 anime television series Seiyu's Life!. She, together with the other main cast members of Seiyu's Life, are also members of the music group Earphones. She is known for her roles as Niwaka Denkigai in Akiba's Trip: The Animation, Yua Nakajima in Hinako Note, and Silence Suzuka in Uma Musume Pretty Derby.
Kouno was born in Tokyo on February 22, 1994. She is the second of three sisters; her older sister Rina is a dancer. As a child already, she was fond of reading aloud during elementary school classes. She first became interested in voice acting from watching anime series. After learning that the characters Pikachu from Pokémon and Chopper from One Piece were voiced by the same person, Ikue Ōtani, Kouno began to aspire pursuing a career in voice acting.
Upon entering high school, Kouno joined her school's voice acting club, where she studied the performances of voice actors. She also participated in other activities such as playing basketball. After her graduation, she enrolled in a training school operated by the Yoyogi Animation Academy. She completed her studies in 2014, and became affiliated with the Mausu Promotion agency the same year.
Kouno began her career playing minor roles in anime series such as Aikatsu!, Log Horizon, and Rail Wars!. She then played the roles of Utako Uta and Pakuko in Chikasugi Idol Akae-chan, which was also the first time she performed a song in an anime. The following year, she was cast in her first main role as Rin Kohana in the anime series Seiyu's Life!. She, together with her Seiyu's Life co-stars Rie Takahashi and Yuki Nagaku, formed the music group Earphones. She also became a member of the idol group Team Ohenro.
In 2017, Kouno played the roles of Niwaka Denkigai in Akiba's Trip: The Animation, Yua Nakajima in Hinako Note, and Yumina Urnea Belfast in In Another World With My Smartphone. She was also announced to be voicing the character Silence Suzuka in the multimedia franchise Uma Musume Pretty Derby. In 2018, she played the role of Sat-chan in Mitsuboshi Colors, and she reprised the role of Silence Suzuka for the anime series of Uma Musume Pretty Derby.
- Aikatsu!, Girl
- Chikasugi Idol Akae-chan, Utako Uta, Pakuko
- Log Horizon 2, Shimai Momoiro (ep 7), Kurinon (eps 21, 24–25)
- Ohenro: Hachihachi Aruki, Megumi
- Rail Wars!, Kaori (ep 3), Nami Jōgasaki (ep 4)
- Shōnen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49-, Riko Yasuda
- Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Student, Girl
- Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Service division girl D (ep 14)
- Arslan Senki, Merchant's daughter (ep 9)
- Is the Order a Rabbit?, Commoner club member C (ep 10)
- Mikagura School Suite, Friend
- Overlord, Nemu Emmot, Vampire Bride (ep 10)
- Prison School, Couple Woman (ep 3)
- Seiyu's Life!, Rin Kohana
- Show by Rock!!, Shibarin
- Le Eden de la Grisaia, Danny's sister
- Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid, E9
- Flip Flappers, Nyunyu
- Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation, Marika
- Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-, Petra Leyte
- Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Hanabi Tenka
- Show by Rock!!#, Shibarin
- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K., Maimai
- Akiba's Trip: The Animation, Niwaka Denkigai
- Hinako Note, Yua Nakajima
- In Another World With My Smartphone, Yumina Urnea Belfast
- Mitsuboshi Colors, Sat-chan
- Slow Start, Sachi Tsubakimori
- Uma Musume Pretty Derby, Silence Suzuka
- Alternative Girls, Chiho Onitsuka
- Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Who Dances in Illusions, Yuzuki Shijou
- Kirara Fantasia, Lamp
- "高野麻里佳 profile at Mausu Promotion" (in Japanese). Retrieved December 4, 2016.
- Kouno, Marika. "夢中になること" (in Japanese). Ameba. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- Kouno, Marika (July 19, 2013). "@oshoi_169cm_p_s そう、たまに可愛いヤツなんです。笑 高野家は三姉妹ですね〜☆彡 姉は一つ上で、妹は高校二年生ですっ！ …高校二年生…良い響き。。←" (in Japanese). Twitter. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- Kouno, Marika (November 30, 2014). "姉、高野璃奈はプロフ特に何も書いてないけど、一般人ではなく、芸能事務所に所属してる女優でダンサーでタレントですよ。22歳でダンス歴は15年以上。舞台やミュージカルに出演したり、アーティストのバックダンサーやダンス講師もしていたりするプロです。気になる方はぜひ舞台とか見に行っては？" (in Japanese). Twitter. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- "高野 璃奈" (in Japanese). Miss Universe Japan. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- Kouno, Marika (February 15, 2014). "コミュニケーション講座" (in Japanese). Ameba. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- "マウスプロモーション附属俳優養成所" (PDF) (in Japanese). Mausu Promotion. p. 8. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- "高野麻里佳(Marika Kouno)". Voice Artist Database. GamePlaza Haruka. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- "Sore ga Seiyū! Anime's New Ad Introduces Show via Fake News Show". Anime News Network. June 27, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- ジャパンミュージックネットワーク株式会社 (May 18, 2015). "声優アイドルユニット"イヤホンズ"がシングル「耳の中へ」でデビュー｜イヤホンズ｜BARKS音楽ニュース" (in Japanese). Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- "Akiba's Trip TV Anime Casts Haruki Ishiya, Rie Takahashi, Marika Kōno, Yuki Nagaku". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- "Hinako Note TV Anime Reveals Main Cast, April Premiere". Anime News Network. December 22, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
- "Horse Girls Hit the Tracks in "Uma Musume - Pretty Derby" TV Anime". Crunchyroll. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
- "Katsuwo's Mitsuboshi Colors Manga Gets Anime Project". Anime News Network. March 12, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- "In Another World With My Smartphone Anime Reveals Cast, Theme Song Artists, July 11 Debut". Anime News Network. May 23, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- Kouno, Marika (February 24, 2018). "本日放送された第8話にて「椿森 幸」を演らせていただきました！✨" (in Japanese). Twitter. Retrieved January 15, 2019.