Akino Arai

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Arai".

Akino Arai (新居 昭乃 Arai Akino?, born August 21, 1959, in Tokyo) is a Japanese singer, song-writer, and lyricist, best known for her works in anime such as Outlaw Star, Noir, Macross Plus, and many others.[1]

She has performed with Yoko Kanno, Luna Sea, ZABADAK, Samply Red (unrelated to Simply Red), Yayoi Yula, and was once in a group called Marsh-Mallow. Arai debuted in 1986 with the theme song to anime Windaria, "Promise" (約束 yakusoku?).

Current events[edit]

Akino Arai is currently a popular performer and is asked to sing at many conventions, music festivals, and clubs. She continues to write music for commercials and anime such as the recent #1 Japanese box office movie Gedo Senki and the popular Kaze no Stigma. She has found success overseas, especially in France where she has a rather large fanbase following after her recent performance in Paris, following her first European live concert in Berlin. Her most recent solo efforts were the simultaneously released albums Red Planet/Blue Planet, in April 2012.

Releases[edit]

Official albums[edit]

  • Natsukashii Mirai (懐かしい未来?, Nostalgic Future) – August 21, 1987
  • Sora no Mori: Arai Akino Best Album (空の森?, Forest of the Sky) – August 21, 1997
  • Sora no Niwa (そらの庭?, Garden of the Sky) – October 27, 1997
  • Furu Platinum (降るプラチナ?, Falling Platinum) – May 24, 2000
  • concept album Kouseki Radio (鉱石ラジオ?, Crystal Radio) – May 23, 2001
  • collection album RGB – February 24, 2002
  • Eden (エデン?) – September 8, 2004
  • VHmusic – August 19, 2005
  • Sora no Uta (20th Anniversary album) (そらのうた?, Songs of the Sky) – November 23, 2005
  • VHmusic 2 – July 18, 2006
  • Sora no Sphere (ソラノスフィア?, Sphere of the Sky) – April 29, 2009
  • Red Planet – April 25, 2012
  • Blue Planet – April 25, 2012

Official singles[edit]

  • "Yakusoku" (Promise) – 1986
  • "Chizu wo Yuku Kumo" (A Cloud Which Passes Through the Map) – 1986
  • "Kaze to Tori to Sora ~Reincarnation~" (The Wind, the Birds, and the Sky) – 1992
  • "Kooru Suna" (Frozen Sand) – 1992
  • "Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshou" (The Wings of Youth) – 1996
  • "Hiru no Tsuki" (The Moon at Noon) – 1998 – end theme to Outlaw Star (episodes 1-13)
  • "Tsuki no Ie" (The House of the Moon) – 1998 – end theme to Outlaw Star (episodes 14-26)
  • "Kanaete" (Grant My Wish) – 1999 – end theme to Ayatsuri Sakon
  • "Hana no Katachi" (Shape of a Flower) – 2001
  • "PALME Songs" – 2002
  • "Kakusei Toshi" (The City of Awakenings) – 2002 – end theme to Tokyo Underground
  • "Nostalgic Sea" (懐かしい宇宙 "Natsukashii Umi"?) – 2004 – opening song to Kurau Phantom Memory peak ranked 37th at Oricon singles charts[2]
  • "Kimi e Mukau Hikari/Aquarium on the Moon" (キミヘ ムカウ ヒカリ?) – 2006 – opening song to Zegapain peak ranked 31st at Oricon singles charts[3]
  • "Golden Wave, 1000 Waves" (金の波 千の波 "Kin no Nami, Sen no Nami"?) – 2008 – closing theme to ARIA the Origination peak ranked 26th at Oricon singles charts[4]
  • "Honeyed Dawn" (蜜の夜明け "Mitsu no Yoake"?) – 2009 – opening song to second season of Spice and Wolf peak ranked 41st at Oricon singles charts[5]
  • "Unknown Vision" – 2013 – end theme to Maoyū Maō Yūsha

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Akino Arai on TV.com". Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ 懐かしい宇宙 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ 金の波 千の波 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ キミヘ ムカウ ヒカリ (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ 蜜の夜明け (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 

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