Funta (ファンタ?) is a Japanese pop rock band consisting of two members: UCO (U子? pronounced /yu:ko/) on vocals and Yoshimi (吉見?) on guitar and bass. Active since 1997, Funta have not released any full-length albums to date, focusing instead on releasing singles for use as theme songs in anime.
Funta's more recent credits have been primarily for the lyrics and composition of anime themes performed by other artists, including Mika Kikuchi, Suitei-Shojo, and Mai Nakahara. Despite the arguably infrequent nature of band activity, the duo are still active; the Official Funta Website is updated regularly by UCO, who keeps diaries on the site for herself as well as for her three dogs.
Funta's decidedly upbeat sound, which they describe (with contested accuracy) as synthpop, incorporates elements of techno, ska, pop punk, and industrial rock, occasionally blending these styles together at a relatively frenetic pace within a single composition ("Wake up Angel"), and other times simply adhering to standard pop music conventions ("Mienai Happy"). With such a limited discography, however, it is perhaps UCO's intentionally cute, occasionally munchkin-esque singing style that is the band's most distinguishing characteristic. With upbeat lyrics, babyish vocals, and perhaps even their very existence as a two-member band, the duo exhibits characteristics relatively common of Japanese musical acts commissioned for work in anime and videogame production.
Most songs listed below are available on the original soundtracks (OSTs) of their respective Series, usually as televised edits (TV SIZE), and only those songs for which "N/A" does not apply as Type. The singles below are cited for containing the full-length versions of all songs listed, and constitute the entirety of Funta's known body of work.
|1998||Dr. Slump||OP#1||"Kao Dekaai"||顔でかーい
|N/A||"It's a HAPPY WORLD"|
|ED#1||"Hanage ga Chotto Tobidashiteiru."||鼻毛がちょっととびだしている。
|N/A||"ONBORO no Jitensha ni Notte"|
|2000||Samurai: Hunt for the Sword
|OP||"I Must Live"||快刀乱麻ー音楽編 - Original Soundtrack|
|2002||Pita-Ten||OP||"Wake up Angel
~Negaimashite wa ∞ (mugen) Nari~"
|Wake up Angel ~ねがいましては∞(無限)なり~
|N/A||"We are all Dreamer"|
|N/A||"Gem Stone" (with Under17)|
|Nanaka 6/17||OP||"Sunao na Mama"||「ななか6/17」OPテーマ - 素直なまま
~Sagashimono wa Itsumo~"
|2005||Capeta||ED#4||"My Star"||Mika Kikuchi||Composition & Lyrics|
|2006||Kage Kara Mamoru!||OP||"Million Love"||Mai Nakahara||Composition & Lyrics|
|Kyou no Go no Ni (OVA)||OP||"Baby Love"||Mai Kadowaki, Mamiko Noto, Mikako Takahashi||Composition|
|ED||"Yakusoku"||Composition & Lyrics|
|Yoshinaga-san Chi no Gargoyle||OP||"Ohayou (オハヨウ)"||Chiwa Saito, Nana Mizuki, Yuuna Inamura||Composition & Lyrics|
Note: Guitarist Yoshimi is sometimes given composition and/or production credit as Hide.
- Funta Official Homepage (Japanese)
FunTa (ManGo) is a person in internet, his homepage is http://www.funtas-world.de from Germany, Berlin.
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