Cyntia

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Cyntia
OriginTokyo, Japan
Genres
Years active2011–2018
LabelsBright Star Records / Spinning
Victor Entertainment
Village Again Association
Websitecyntia.jp
MembersYui
Ayano
Saki
Azu
Past membersAiri
Kanoko

Cyntia is an all-female Japanese rock band formed in 2011.[1] They are believed to have been the first act from Japan's "Girls Metal Band Boom" to have signed to a major record label, when they joined Victor Entertainment in 2013.[2] Drummer and co-founder Kanoko left the group in April 2015, and the band moved to the Village Again Association label for their 2016 album Urban Night. Cyntia began an indefinite hiatus after January 13, 2018.

History[edit]

Bassist Azu joined the band in 2012.

Guitarist Yui and drummer Kanoko formed Cyntia in April 2011, after meeting on the set of a music video by Liv Moon. In the summer they recruited keyboardist Ayano and bassist Airi, who were followed by vocalist and former idol Saki in November after holding auditions.[3] The name Cyntia is the English pronunciation of Cynthia, another name for the Greek goddess Artemis.[4] Their debut single, "Run to the Future", was released in April 2012 on Bright Star Records,[3] which was formed by fellow all-female metal band Aldious.[5] Shortly after, Airi paused activities due to ill health and Azu from LAZYgunsBRISKY was chosen as support bassist. Airi officially left the group in June, but the band released their first album Endless World in September. Azu became a full member in November.[6]

In January 2013, Cyntia was the backing band for South Korean pop group Kara's concert at the Tokyo Dome.[7] The band released their major label debut, the album Lady Made, in March on Victor Entertainment.[3] Cyntia then opened for American metal band Kamelot on their Japanese tour.[8]

Their song "Senko Strings" was used as the fourth ending theme song to Saint Seiya Omega and released as a single in January 2014.[9] Similarly, "Kiss Kiss Kiss" was used as the theme song of the 2014 Itazura na Kiss 2 ~Love in Okinawa television drama special,[10] before being released as a single in January 2015. Its follow up a month later, "Akatsuki no Hana", was used as the second opening theme of the Yona of the Dawn anime adaptation.[11] Cyntia also performed at that year's Naon no Yaon female only rock festival, created by Show-Ya.[3]

Drummer and co-founder Kanoko left the group in April 2015.[12] Cyntia released their album Urban Night on December 14, 2016 via the VAA (Village Again Association) record label. The song "Bless of the Fire" features Aldious guitarist Toki.[13] On December 26, 2017, Cyntia announced that they were suspending all activities indefinitely due to Yui's focal dystonia. Although the guitarist was planning to leave the band so someone new could take her place, the other members decided not to continue without her.[14] An event on January 13, 2018 was their last.

Members[edit]

Former members
  • Airi – bass (2011–2012)
  • Kanoko – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2011–2015)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release date Title Oricon[note 1] Ref.
April 11, 2012 "Run to the Future" 42 [15]
July 31, 2013 Return to Myself ~ Shinai, Shinai, Natsu." (Return to Myself~しない、しない、ナツ。) 36 [16]
January 8, 2014 "Senko Strings" (閃光ストリングス) 13 [17]
September 3, 2014 "Shori no Hanataba o -Gonna Gonna Be Hot!-" (勝利の花束を-gonna gonna be hot!-") 39 [18]
January 7, 2015 "Kiss Kiss Kiss" 33 [19]
February 18, 2015 "Akatsuki no Hana" (暁の華) 100 [20]

Albums[edit]

Release date Title Oricon[note 2] Ref.
September 5, 2012 Endless World 22 [21]
March 20, 2013 Lady Made 23 [22]
February 12, 2014 Limit Break 9 [23]
February 18, 2015 Woman 37 [24]
December 14, 2016 Urban Night 33 _

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peak ranking on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart.
  2. ^ Peak ranking on the weekly Oricon Albums Chart.
  1. ^ "Cyntia". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Cyntia". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  3. ^ a b c d "Cyntia Biography". jame-world.com. December 19, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "[Interview] Cyntia: "I hope that adding a new element to the tried and true Cyntia will cause a nice chemical reaction" (Part 1 of 2)". barks.jp. March 1, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Female metal band, Aldious, release new PV". tokyohive.com. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Cyntia Biography" (in Japanese). Spinning Inc. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "Girl Band Cyntia Releases Their First Major Debut Single: Bikini Top Included". barks.jp. June 13, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  8. ^ "Girls Band 'Cyntia' Joins Kamelot 'Stag of Melodic Power Metal Band' First Japan Tour after 6 Years". barks.jp. June 19, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  9. ^ "A Girl-Band First: Cyntia in Charge of Anime "Saint SeiyaΩ" Theme Song". barks.jp. October 25, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  10. ^ "Itazura na Kiss Gets Live-Action Sequel Special in September". Anime News Network. July 22, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "Cyntia Performs Yona of the Dawn Anime's 2nd Opening". Anime News Network. January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  12. ^ "KANOKO Leaves Cyntia". jame-world.com. April 8, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  13. ^ "Cyntia Announce New Album Details". jame-world.com. November 19, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  14. ^ "CYNTIA Announce Hiatus". jame-world.com. December 26, 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  15. ^ "Run to the Future". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  16. ^ "Return to Myself~しない、しない、ナツ。". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  17. ^ 閃光ストリングス. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  18. ^ "勝利の花束を-gonna gonna be hot!-". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  19. ^ "KISS KISS KISS". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  20. ^ 暁の華. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  21. ^ "Endless World". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  22. ^ "Lady Made". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  23. ^ "Limit Break". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  24. ^ "WOMAN". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 20, 2015.

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