|Origin||Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan|
|Genres||J-pop, trance, techno|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, composer|
Kotoko (stylized as KOTOKO, born January 19) is a Japanese J-pop singer from Sapporo, Hokkaido. Kotoko began her singing career as a member of I've Sound in 2000, and was later signed to Rondorobe under Geneon from 2004 to 2010. Kotoko left Geneon in 2010, and left I've Sound in 2011 and signed to Warner Home Video. She composes and writes lyrics (for herself as well as other singers in I've Sound) for numerous other song collections. She has contributed songs to numerous anime and video games including Please Teacher!, Maria-sama ga Miteru, Hourglass of Summer, Hayate the Combat Butler, Kannazuki no Miko, Shakugan no Shana, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and Accel World, among others.
From elementary school, Kotoko believed her career would be influenced by her voice and tried to involve herself in as many auditions as possible. In addition to regular education she attended courses at the music school Haura where she polished her musical talents.
Kotoko became a professional singer in 2000. Her first successful audition was with I've Sound, a team of producers using the talents of various female vocalists for their productions—best recognized for their many dating sim and eroge game soundtracks. Since then, she has performed opening and ending themes for a few anime and has gained significant recognition from her two I've Sound-related album releases. Her second album, Garasu no Kaze, released in June 2005 has been praised within multiple online communities. On October 13, 2005, she released her fourth maxi single, which featured a song from her Garasu no Kaze (硝子の靡風?) album, "421: A Will" and its B-side song "Shūsō" (秋爽 The Refreshing Autumn Breeze?), which is featured in her third album, Uzu-Maki.
Although not listed on her official Geneon website, Kotoko has actually released five albums. Her first album was Sora o Tobetara (空を飛べたら I Can Fly?), which was released in 2000. Many of the tracks on this album were later re-recorded for her first I've Sound album, Hane (羽 -hane- Feather?), which was attributed as her first album. Her first I've Sound CD appearance was on the CD "Dear Feeling" (only released at "Comic Market 59") with previous singer Aki. She then appeared on I've Girls Compilation Album Vol.3 "Disintegration", a series of albums with various songs from the I've Sound singers.
Kotoko's first official performance in North America was her highly successful American concert debut at Anime Expo 2005, soon followed by the Kotoko Lax Tour. In 2009, she wrote the song "Screw" for the Mamoru Oshii live-action movie Assault Girls. The song "Ao (Iconoclast)" (蒼-Iconoclast?) was featured as the opening theme song to the console version of video game Blazblue: Calamity Trigger, and her song "Hekira no Sora e Izanaedo" was used as the opening theme for the BlazBlue sequel BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. Her 17th single "Light My Fire" is written by Ryo of Supercell and was used as the first opening theme to the 2011 anime series Shakugan no Shana Final.
- 2000: Sora o Tobetara (空を飛べたら?)
- 2004: Hane
- 2005: Garasu no Kaze (硝子の靡風?)
- 2006: Uzu-Maki
- 2009: Epsilon no Fune (イプシロンの方舟?)
- 2011: Hiraku Uchū Poketto (ヒラク宇宙ポケット?)
- 2013: Kūchū Puzzle (空中パズル?)
- DeMott, Rick (30 June 2006). "Geneon Releases Kannazuki No Miko, Strawberry Marshmallow, Elemental Gelade". Animation World Network. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- Mays, Jonathan. "Sound Decision – KOTOKO". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- "Geneon Anime Festival at Anime Expo to Feature KOTOKO Concert". Geneon. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- "Kotoko does “Assault Girls” theme". Tokyograph. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- ""Light My Fire" Kotoko" (in Japanese). Shakugan no Shana Production Committee. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kotoko (singer).|
- Official website (Japanese)
- Official website at Warner Home Video (Japanese)
- Official website at Geneon (Japanese)
- I've Sound official website (Japanese)
- Anime North 2006: Kotoko Q&A