Eir Aoi

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Eir Aoi
Eir Aoi at HYPER JAPAN 2015.jpg
Eir Aoi at HYPER JAPAN 2015, London.
Background information
Born (1988-11-30) November 30, 1988 (age 28)
Origin Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2011–2016
Labels SME Records
Associated acts Mercyful Fate
Website www.aoieir.com

Eir Aoi (藍井 エイル, Aoi Eiru, born November 30, 1988)[1] is a Japanese singer from Sapporo, Hokkaido, signed to SME Records. After being discovered through the Japanese video sharing website Niconico, Aoi made her major debut in 2011 with the release of her first single "Memoria", whose title track was used as the first ending theme to the 2011 anime television series Fate/Zero.

Aoi's music has been featured in various anime television series such as Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill, and The Heroic Legend of Arslan, as well as various television programs such as Rank Okoku. Aoi has also performed at various anime conventions in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe. In October 2016, following prolonged bouts of poor health, Aoi announced an indefinite hiatus from musical activities following a two-day concert at the Nippon Budokan in November 2016.

Biography[edit]

Aoi began her singing career in a band she formed in high school.[2] After being discovered through the Japanese video sharing site Niconico, she released her debut single "Memoria" on October 19, 2011, which was used as the first ending theme song to the 2011 anime series Fate/Zero.[3] Her second single "Aurora", which was released on September 5, 2012, is used as the fourth opening theme song to the 2011 anime series Mobile Suit Gundam AGE.[4] Her third single "Innocence", which was released on November 21, 2012, was used as the second opening theme song to the 2012 anime series Sword Art Online.[5] Her first album, Blau, was released on January 30, 2013. Aoi made an appearance at Seattle's Sakura-Con anime convention in March 2013.[5]

Aoi's fourth single "Cobalt Sky", was released on June 26, 2013.[6] Her fifth single, "Sirius", was released on November 13, 2013, and was used as the first opening theme to the 2013 anime series Kill la Kill.[7][8] Her song "Sanbika", released on the same single as "Sirius", was used as an insert song throughout the series. Aoi's sixth single, "Niji no Oto" (虹の音, Sound of the Rainbow), which was released on January 1, 2014, was used as the opening theme to the special Sword Art Online: Extra Edition.[9] Her seventh single "Ignite", released on August 20, 2014, was used as the first opening theme to the 2014 anime series Sword Art Online II. Her eighth single "Tsunagaru Omoi", released on November 12, 2014, was used as the opening theme for the TBS show Rank Okoku.[10] Her ninth single, "Genesis", released on February 18, 2015, is used as the ending theme to the 2015 anime series Aldnoah Zero:2nd Season.[11] Her tenth single "Lapis Lazuli", released on April 22, 2015, was used as the ending theme to the 2015 anime series The Heroic Legend of Arslan.[12] Her twelfth single "Cynthia no Hikari" (シンシアの光, Cynthia's Light), was released digitally on March 25, 2015, and is used as the opening theme of the 2015 video game Sword Art Online: Lost Song.[13] Her third album "D'Azur" was released on June 24, 2015. Aoi cancelled a scheduled appearance at Animelo Summer Live in August 2015,[14] although she pushed through with appearances in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore later that year.[15] Her eleventh single, "Shoegazer", was released on October 28, 2015.[16]

Her twelfth single "Accentier", was released on March 2, 2016 and is used as the opening theme for the PlayStation Vita game Digimon World: Next Order.[17] Her thirteenth single "Tsubasa" (, Wings) was released on July 20, 2016, and was used as the opening theme for the second season of The Heroic Legend of Arslan anime.[18] Her first and second greatest hits albums titled "BEST -E-" and "BEST -A-", were released on October 19, 2016 in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of her career.[19]

On August 17, 2016, it was announced on her official Facebook page that she would put her career on hiatus due to poor health. Her remaining appearances for 2016 and a scheduled performance at Animax Musix 2017 in Osaka in January 2017 were cancelled.[20][21] On October 14, 2016, Aoi's management announced that she would put her musical career on indefinite hiatus following a two-day Nippon Budokan concert on November 4 and 5, 2016.[22]

Discography[edit]

Eir's autograph, written at 14th (2013) Comic Exhibition

Studio and Mini Albums[edit]

Year Title
2012 Prayer
2013 Blau
2014 Aube
2015 D'Azur

Best Albums[edit]

Year Title
2016 BEST -E-
BEST -A-

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak Oricon
chart positions
Album
2011 "Memoria" 8[3] Blau
2012 "Aurora" 22[4]
"Innocence" 6[23]
2013 "Cobalt Sky" 19[6] Aube
"Sirius" 21[24]
2014 "Niji no Oto" (虹の音, Sound of the Rainbow) 12[25]
"Ignite" 9[26] D'Azur
"Tsunagaru Omoi" (ツナガルオモイ) 20[27]
2015 "Genesis" 17[28]
"Lapis Lazuri" (ラピスラズリ) 13[29]
"Shoegazer" 26[30]
2016 "Accentier" 14[31]
"Tsubasa" (, Wings) 9[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". 藍井エイル(Aoi Eir)Official Website. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "J!-ENT's Dennis A. Amith & Michelle Tymon interviews Aoi Eir & Luna Haruna + Press Q&A (June 2013 J!-ENT Interview)". Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Memoria" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Aurora" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Eir Aoi, Luna Haruna to Perform at Seattle's Sakura-Con (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Cobalt Sky" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ ">5th Single「シリウス」2013/11/13 OUT!!!~TVアニメ『キルラキル』オープニングテーマ~". Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Staff". Trigger (company). Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Eir Aoi Sings Sword Art Online: Extra Edition's Theme Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Aoi Eir Announces "Tsunagaru Omoi" Single". Ohayo Seoul. Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2nd Aldnoah.Zero Season's 1st TV Ad Previews Eir Aoi's Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "6th The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Spot Previews Eir Aoi Theme Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ てけおん (January 28, 2015). "『SAO ロスト・ソング』は藍井エイルさん&春奈るなさんのW主題歌! この主題歌が聞ける動画も公開" (in Japanese). Dengeki Online. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Eir Aoi Cancels Animelo Summer Concert Performance Due to Sudden Illness". Anime News Network. August 29, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Eir Aoi Will Finish Her 'Rock the World 2015 Tour' in Mexico City". Anime News Network. November 25, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Eir Aoi new single Shoegazer release details revealed". Comtrya Sugoi. Retrieved October 4, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Aoi Eir is a Huge Digimon World Nerd". Tamer Union. Retrieved November 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Heroic Legend of Arslan 2nd Season's TV Ad Previews Eir Aoi's Opening Theme". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 5, 2016. 
  19. ^ ">藍井エイル Eir Aoi 5th Anniversary" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  20. ^ "IMPORTANT NOTICE". Facebook. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Singer Eir Aoi Goes on Hiatus Due to Poor Health". Anime News Network. August 17, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Singer Eir Aoi Goes on Indefinite Hiatus After Budōkan Concerts on November 4–5". Anime News Network. October 14, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Innocence" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Sirius" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  25. ^ 虹の音 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  26. ^ "IGNITE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  27. ^ ツナガルオモイ (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  28. ^ "GENESIS" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  29. ^ "Lapis Lazuli" (in Japanese). Oricon. 
  30. ^ "Shoegazer" (in Japanese). Oricon. 
  31. ^ "Accentier" (in Japanese). Oricon. 
  32. ^ "翼" (in Japanese). Oricon. 

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