Etsuko Yakushimaru

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Etsuko Yakushimaru
Native name
やくしまる えつこ
GenresPop, ambient music, experimental music
Years active2006–present
LabelsMirai Records, King Records, Commmons
Associated actsSōtaisei 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, Sailor Moon Crystal, 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] In 2017 she won the STARTS Prize for Artistic Exploration for converting her pop song I’m Humanity into DNA.[3]


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)
  • Welcome to the X Dimension (X次元へようこそ X Jigen e Yōkoso)/Absolute Monsieur
  • Chia・Chia (チア・チア)
  • Flying Tentacles (as Yakushimaru Experiment)
  • New moon ni Koishite/eternal eternity (opening and ending for Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3)
  • New moon ni Koishite/Zjo sensou (OST for Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3)
  • Watashi wa Jinrui
  • Flash of Dopamine


  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
  3. ^ Website of the Ars Electronica Center about the award ceremony

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