FictionJunction Yuuka (フィクションジャンクション・ユウカ Fikushon Jankushon Yūka, stylized as FictionJunction YUUKA) is a pop duo from Japan consisting of Yuuka Nanri (vocals) and composer Yuki Kajiura (composition, lyrics and keyboards). It is part of Kajiura’s solo project FictionJunction.
The pair first met at Minami Aoyama Shōjo Kagekidan (南青山少女歌劇団 South Aoyama Female Opera Group, also called Nanshō), a stage group for teenage girls where Kajiura wrote music for some of the plays and Nanri was a performer.
Their first recording was "Akatsuki no Kuruma" (暁の車 Wheel of Dawn), an insert song in the popular mecha anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, though their debut single was the opening of Madlax, "Hitomi no Kakera" (瞳の欠片 Fragments of the Eyes), released on May 8, 2004. On July 27, 2004, the ending theme to Madlax, "Inside Your Heart", was released. In the same year, because of its popularity and the fact that it was Gundam SEED's one-year anniversary, "Akatsuki no Kuruma" was released as a single, which at its peak placed at #10 on the Oricon weekly rankings and sold over 19,481 copies in the first week.
After a hiatus of exactly a year, "Honoh no Tobira" (焔の扉 Honō no Tobira, Door of Flames) an insert song for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, was released, becoming the first voice actor single to hit #1 on Oricon daily rankings.
On November 23, 2005, the duo released their debut album, Destination which placed on the Oricon weekly rankings at #9.
On May 10, 2006, FictionJunction Yuuka released their fifth single after approximately eight months. That year, they also recorded a song, "Aikoi", for the Tsubasa Chronicle anime series, which was not released as a single but instead included in the anime's fourth original soundtrack. In November of that same year, they released the opening theme for Sunrise's Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto, "Kōya Ruten" (荒野流転 Wilderness Vicissitudes).
FictionJunction Yuuka held their first live concert entitled Premium Live 2007 on February 8 and February 15 of 2007. A new album, Circus was announced and it was released on July 4 of the same year.. As Kajiura is handling the music for upcoming anime El Cazador de la Bruja, their seventh single, "Romanesque", became the ending theme of the anime above. El Cazador de la Bruja was produced by Bee Train, whose anime productions FictionJunction Yuuka has also done songs for previously.
|1||Hitomi no Kakera (瞳の欠片 The Fragments of the Eyes)
|2||Inside Your Heart
|3||Akatsuki no Kuruma (暁の車 The Wheels of Dawn)
|4||Honoh no Tobira (焔の扉 The Door of Flames)|
|6||Kōya Ruten (荒野流転 Wilderness Vicissitudes)
DVD & Blu-ray Releases
|2009||FictionJunction YUUKA ~Yuki Kajiura Live Vol. 4 Part I~ Everlasting Songs Tour 2009||The limited edition came with a photo booklet, the PV for "Nostalgia", and an exclusive case.|
|2014||Yuki Kajiura LIVE vol.#11 FictionJunction YUUKA 2days Special 2014.02.08~09 Nakano Sunplaza|
FictionJunction Yuuka performed alongside her fellow FJ peers in Yuki Kajiura LIVE Vol. #4 Everlasting Songs Tour 2009. She is credited as a vocalist for the FictionJunction Club single "sing a song" which was released on March 16, 2012.
|1||Everlasting Songs (FictionJunction Album)|
|2||Parallel Hearts (FictionJunction Single)
- Victor Dreamin' Xmas ☆ 2006 in Omotesandō (Victor Dreamin' Xmas ☆ 2006 in 表参道) - (December 23, 24, and 25, 2006 - Year-end concert for Victor Entertainment artists.
- Premium Live 2007 (February 8 and 15, 2007) - First solo concert.
- Yuki Kajiura LIVE Vol. #4 Everlasting Songs Tour 2009 - Part 1 of 2 part performance
References and notes
- Though their first single was "Hitomi no Kakera", "Akatsuki no Kuruma" was actually recorded and released in an anime soundtrack previously.
- FJY blog:January 29, 2007 entry. Retrieved 2007-02-03.
- Yuuka Nanri @ Chinese Wikipedia
- FJY blog: April 27, 2007 entry. Retrieved 2007-04-30.
- FictionJunction#Everlasting Songs FictionJunction First Album
- http://www.fictionjunction.com 2009/02、FictionJunction名義での初アルバム、「everlasting songs」がリリースされます。今までサントラ等に収録されたFJ名義曲、楽曲提供曲のセルフカヴァー等の他、YUUKAが歌うOVA [ツバサ 春雷記] のED、「記憶の森」も収録されます。
- http://kc.kodansha.co.jp/tsubaholi/tsubasa/cast.html Tsubasa Shunraiki Staff.
- http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/fj/everlastingsongs/ FictionJunction Official Website - Everlsting songs: Linear notes by Yuki Kajiura.
- FictionJunction#Parallel Hearts First Single
- http://www.axive.jp/index.php/archives/2777 Axive - Parallel Hearts