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I've Sound, or simply called I've (アイブ Aibu), is a Japanese techno/trance music production group based in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. Led by Kazuya Takase, it features the talents of seasoned "sound creators" and many different female vocalists, known as utahime (歌姫) to their fans.
They have created the theme songs for many Japanese adult games, most famously the opening "Tori no Uta" to the visual novel Air by Key. More recently, they have been creating the theme songs to anime series. Among anime fans, I've Sound is well known for providing the theme songs to such series as the Please! franchise (Please Teacher! and Please Twins!), Kanon, Air, Kannazuki no Miko, Black Lagoon, the Shakugan no Shana series, Starship Operators, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, the Hayate the Combat Butler series, Nanatsuiro Drops, A Certain Magical Index, Rideback, Sky Girls, High School DxD, Jormungand, Tokyo Ravens, To Love-Ru series, Waiting in the Summer, Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea and Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue.
I've was founded in 1998 by members of the six-member Takase Fight. During this time they produced music for tsushin karaoke and adult game brands based in Hokkaidō. They also made two tracks for the Dancemania series, "If You Were Here" by Jennifer and "Is This The Way You Kill A Love" by Gina, both featured in Dance Dance Revolution.
They first assumed the name "I've" while working on the eroge Lips: egao no yukue in the autumn of 1998. Although production for the game was later cancelled, they were able to establish ties with Visual Art's, a computer game and software maker that most of I've's subsequent works are released under.
The first game I've produced music for was Hakidame: Trash, produced by Zero (a brand of Visual Art's), released in February 1999, where they were credited as I've Sound. The game featured the songs "Fuck Me" and "Utsukushiku Ikitai".
I've's big break came when the popular PC game Kanon by Key was released in 1999, featuring the theme songs "Last Regrets" and "Kaze no Tadoritsuku Basho", both arranged by I've. This gained them a burst of fame among eroge gamers. These songs were later used as insert songs during Kanon's 2002 anime adaptation, and later as the main opening and ending themes in that anime's 2006 remake.
They released their first compilation album, Regret in December 1999.
In April 2004, Kotoko, one of I've's vocalists who worked on Please Teacher, made her major debut with the album Hane. This was followed by Mami Kawada's major debut single "Radiance" single in February 2005, and Eiko Shimamiya's Ulysses album the same year in April. Mell and sound creator C.G mix made their major releases in 2006 (Red Fraction single and In Your Life album respectively). Most recently, Kaori Utatsuki also joined the ranks in August 2007 with the single Shining Stars Bless.
In the weeks before the concert approached they launched a web radio I've Talk Jam, hosted by SHIHO with Kazuya Takase and Tomoyuki Nakazawa as regulars, and had a different I've vocalist appear as guest for each show. It ended after nine shows, shortly before the Budokan concert took place.
I've Sound provided their first live-action theme for the movie Real Onigokko, with Kotoko singing the theme song of the same name. They later provided the main themes for the live-action adaptation of the visual novel Higurashi no Naku Koro ni which was released in 2008, with Eiko Shimamiya performing the opening theme "Wheel of Fortune (Unmei no Wa)" as well as the ending theme "Diorama".
In 2009 a new singer called Airi Kirishima entered in the band, and one year later, Nami Maisaki and Rin Asami started their careers as I've singers. The three girls formed the band Larval Stage Planning, which debuted in 2011 under the record label Lantis, singing the opening theme of the second season of Baka and Test.
Eiko Shimamiya, who had been part of the group since the start, decided to leave I've in 2011. Kotoko, the singer who had been the most successful of the group, left some months later.
In 2012, Mami Kawada released her fourth album, Square the Circle including her last singles used as theme songs for the anime A Certain Magical Index and the third season of Shakugan no Shana. Larval Stage Planning released their second single, which was used as the opening song for High School DxD. In August 2012, a new volume of the Girls compilation series was released, and MAKO, a vocalist who had been a guest singer of the group twelve years before, made a surprising return.
In 2013 and after having suffered an unknown disease, MELL left I've Sound and released a compilation album of her most successful songs. Kaori Utatsuki released "Going on", her second mini album and also annonunced her retirement. Larval Stage Planning released "Sympathy" the opening theme song for the second season of High School DxD, and also announced that they were preparing their first album.
In 2014, Nami Maisaki and Rin Asami announced their graduation from I've Sound, leaving Larval Stage Planning only with Airi Kirishima, as a solo project. However, in the end of the year, an unexpected turnaround was announced, when Nami Maisaki returned to the group as the new Sound Creator, now stylized as NAMI. In the same year, IKU signed with I've, now as an Official I've Girl, and also three new singers called RINA, Minori Kitamura and marriage blue were presented at Comiket Market 87, with the "I've MANIA TRACKS NEW WAVE" release. Although only RINA has been confirmed as a member of the group, marriage blue remains in business with I've as a partnership.
In 2016, Mami Kawada, the last of the first generation of I've singers, announced her retirement from singing, and started her works as composer, outside I've. On the same year, IKU released a new single, called "Kimi no Namae". The three songs were composed by herself and arranged by Kazuya Takase and Takeshi Ozaki.
In 2017, Sound Creators Takeshi Ozaki, Maiko Iuchi and Tomoyuki Nakazawa left I've too. In the same year, I've released its 10th I've Girls Compilation, entitled "ALIVE". Also, YUZUNO, RINA and marriage blue made their debuts with the singles "Light and dark", "Shine your light" and "§-section-", respectively.
In 2018, after nine years, IKU announced her second album (this time produced by I've), called "TERMINAL" and to be released on March, 30. On July 11, C.G mix released a single called "daybreak", and also, on August 18, YUZUNO and RINA each released their second single, called "Luminous" and "Laboratory", respectively.
|Kazuya Takase (高瀬一矢) - the founder of I've Sound||
|Tomoyuki Nakazawa (中沢伴行)||
|Atsuhiko Nakatsubo (中坪淳彦) - better known as FISH TONE||
|C.G mix - works as Sound Creator and singer||
|wata (also known as NueroSocietia, worked in I've as an outsource)||
|Maiko Iuchi (井内舞子) - also known as Miu Uetsu||
|Takeshi Ozaki (尾崎武士)||
|NAMI (Nami Maisaki / 舞崎なみ) - started as singer in 2010 and became Sound Creator in 2014||
|I've Official Singers||Joined||Left|
|Eiko Shimamiya (島みやえい子)||
|MOMO (Hitomi Momoi / モモイヒトミ)||
|Mami Kawada (川田まみ)||
|Kaori Utatsuki (詩月カオリ)||
|Airi Kirishima (桐島愛里) - Larval Stage Planning sole member.||
|Rin Asami (朝見琳)||
|Long-term Guests & Partnerships||Joined||Left|
Still working with I've
Still working with I've
Minor guest singers
- ASAHINA Bros. + JULI
- Asame Miyazaki (宮崎麻芽) - KOTOKO under a different name.
- Asuka Katagiri (片桐明日香) - Chisato Suzumori under a different name.
- Eri Sugai
- Fuuran (風蘭) - Lia under a different name.
- Haruko Momoi
- Hiromi Satō (佐藤裕美)
- Hitomi Harada
- Inosuke Tsutsumi (堤伊之助) - since Inosuke Tsutsumi is a fictitious person, the singer's real identity is unknown, but there are unconfirmed rumors that he is actually Kazuya Takase.
- Kenichi Suzumura
- Koneko Yasagure
- Kousuke Toriumi
- Lily on the FIeLD - Riho Furui (里歩) under a different name.
- Mamoru Miyano
- Masami Okui
- MIKI/Mihi (美妃, confirmed by I've Official Youtube Channel that they are the same)
- Minori Chihara
- Minori Kitamura (北村みのり)
- Miyuki Hashimoto
- Nagi Yanagi
- Orihime (織姫) - MELL under a different name.
- Outer - KOTOKO under a different name.
- Pixy Lab.
- Sachika Misawa
- Tomoaki Maeno
- Usagi Tachibana (橘うさぎ) - MIKI/Mihi under a different name.
- Yoshino Nanjou
- Yui Horie
- Yui Sakakibara
- Yumi Matsuzawa (松澤由美)
- Fukuko Tsujiuchi (辻内富久子) - artist manager
- Haruhiko "Harry" Yoshida (吉田春彦) - live band member for I've concerts, drums
- Hiroyuki Kobayashi (小林拡幸) - tour driver/at large
- Michihito Terayama (寺山亨史) - artist manager
- Naoki Itagaki (板垣直基)
- Yasutaka Ipposhi (一法師康孝) Executive Producer of I've Sound.
Girls Compilation albums
- regret (1999)
- verge (2000)
- disintegration (2002)
- Lament (2003)
- Out Flow (2003)
- Collective (2005)
- EXTRACT (2010)
- LEVEL OCTAVE (2012)
- Evidence nine (2014)
Comic Market releases
- Dirty Gift (2002)
- Mixed Up: I've Remix Style (2004)
- I've Mania Tracks Vol.I (2007)
- The Front Line Covers (2008)
- I've Mania Tracks Vol.II (2009)
- I've Mania Tracks Vol.III (2010)
- I've Hard Stuff - Luding Out
- I've Cure Trance Vol.1 - Psychedelic
- I've Cure Trance Vol.2 - Psychedelic GOA
- I've Trance Magic Vol.1
- I've Trance Magic Vol.2
- I've Trance Magic Vol.3
- I've verve - circle001 - Beyond the underground groove (?)
- I've verve - circle002 - beat spellbound-agitation mix (?)
- I've verve - circle003 - electronica-mayhem (?)
- I've verve - circle004 - Psychedelic Trance Edition (?)
- I've verve - circle005 - Psychedelic Trance Edition - Journey of Space Exploration -
- I've Cure Trance Vol.3 - Psychedelic IBIZA
- Master Groove Circle (2008)
- I've Sound 10th Anniversary: Departed to the future Special CD Box (2009)
- Master Groove Circle 2 (2009)
- I've Sound 10th Anniversary Departed to the Future (2009)
- I've in Budokan 2005: Open the Birth Gate (2006)
- Short Circuit II Premium Show in Tokyo (2007)
- I've in Budokan 2009: Departed to the future (2009)
- "高瀬一矢｜I've OFFICIAL PORTAL SITE". I've Sound. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- "I'veについて｜I've Sound Explorer". I've Sound. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- "Key Sounds Label albums with contributions by Jun Maeda" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on February 16, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- "Dream Theater - Live at Budokan - Reviews - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- "４th ALBUM「SQUARE THE CIRCLE」発売決定！" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- "Trip (Innocent of D)" (in Japanese). Lantis. Retrieved January 10, 2013.