Etsuko Yakushimaru

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Etsuko Yakushimaru
Native name やくしまる えつこ
Genres Pop, ambient music, experimental music
Years active 2006–present
Labels Mirai Records, King Records, Commmons
Associated acts Sōtaisei Riron

Etsuko Yakushimaru (やくしまる えつこ Yakushimaru Etsuko?) is a Japanese singer, producer, and composer. She is known for her solo works including theme songs in several anime series, such as Arakawa Under The Bridge, Space Dandy, and Mawaru Penguindrum. As well as being the lead vocal of the rock band Sōtaisei Riron, she also works as an illustrator and narrator. Initially, she did not reveal her face to the public, until the artist and her band was featured in the July 2009 edition of Studio Voice magazine.[1] She also goes by the alias of Tika α (ティカ・α?) when credited for lyrics and composing.[2]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Blu-Day (2010) (as Etsuko Yakushimaru & D.V.D)
  • Radio Onsen Eutopia (2013)


  • Oyasumi Paradox
  • Jenny wa Gokigen Naname
  • Adaptation 05.1 - eyrs ~ Adaptation 05.2 Ballet Mécanique - eyrs (as Ryuichi Sakamoto & Etsuko Yakushimaru)
  • Lulu/Tokimeki Hacker
  • Nornir/Shōnen yo Ware ni Kaere (as Etsuko Yakushimaru Metro Orchestra)
  • Kiri Kiri Mai
  • Yami Yami
  • Lonely Planet
  • Shōnen yo Ware ni Kaere (Radio Onsen Eutopia version)
  • X Jigen e Yōkoso/Absolute Monseiur


  1. ^ ImoRe-Blog:やくしまるえつこ、「顔出し」が意味するコト - blog post noting the change in policy on publicity photos
  2. ^ Sound and Recording Magazine, May 2010 edition