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(1992 – present)

ALI PROJECT is a Japanese duo with a strong Gothic Lolita image, consisting of Arika Takarano (宝野アリカ) - vocals & lyrics and Mikiya Katakura(片倉三起也) - music & arrangement.

They made their debut in the charts back in 1988 as Ant Project (蟻プロジェクト Ari Purojekkuto) with their album Gensō Teien. The basis of the music of this album is powerful, multifaceted sound of electronic instruments in combination with complex piano parties and clean, clear female vocals. Selection of songs was also unusual, consisting of both original objects, and fragments of classical music, plus - traditional Japanese songs.

Under mysterious name there are two musicians hiding: a well-known for his work in the field of classical music composer Mikiya Katakura and singer with an amazing voice, Arika Takarano. Intending to try out a new genre, Mikiya Katakura looking for a new project vocalist, has not yet met with a very eccentric woman. Apparently, having listened to her and noticed that she is wrong, but did not for the worse side, Mikiyya Katakura realized that is exactly what they’re looking for. Arika Takarano’s talent is not limited to singing as she is also a great poet and, as a result, she composes the lyrics.

There wasn’t a full confidence in the group mainly because of its very unusual sound basing on the late 80’s mixed with progressive rock and classical, but after the success of the first album (later reissued three times: in 1992, 1996 and 2000), they sign a contract first major recording company, Toshiba Emi.


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  • shinjukurocket

    ↓ Thanks a lot for the fast reply! I will :)

    Yesterday 8:41am Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    ↓ try Gansakushi, but if you want a little dark I recommend Kinsho.

    Yesterday 9:59pm Reply
  • shinjukurocket

    Do they have other albums like Violetta Operetta? I just got into them recently and the album blew my mind completely. The music sounds so classical and delicate. I listened to 流行世界 but I didn't get those same vibes.

    25 Feb 10:08am Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    Goddess diva ♥

    15 Feb 7:36pm Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    Tico Tico no Fuba ♥

    11 Feb 9:29pm Reply
  • yui_kato

    i lover the music and the style ✌♫♪˙❤‿❤˙♫♪✌

    8 Feb 12:36pm Reply
  • JimJamJamieJoo

    @supermario4ever - While their first album 'Gensou Teien' (幻想庭園) was released in 1988, they formed in 1985. :)

    5 Feb 11:54am Reply
  • Simo_Pamyu

    L'Amour Looks Something Like You ♥

    31 Jan 9:12pm Reply
  • supermario4ever

    This year? As I know well, they're founded in 1988.

    30 Jan 9:16pm Reply
  • caramelmilk

    ali project turns 30 this year.

    19 Jan 3:52am Reply
  • alienvvarlock

    The videos here are terrible! Any way to change them?

    3 Jan 2:04pm Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    Can't wait to hear Tico Tico no Fuba.

    3 Jan 2:42am Reply
  • Tarjever

    Add new videos, please! 形而上的な、蝶になる is magic.

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • black__mirror

    New album is really very good, my favorite song is Lolicate.

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JimJamJamieJoo

    The limited CD/DVD edition of ALI PROJECT's new album 流行世界 (Ryuukou Sekai - Fashion World) arrived through the post today! Just finished it (but forgot to turn on to scrobble it...damn, maybe the app will pick up on it). It is amazing!! Typical Alipro, but still fresh; it's complex, hectic, passionate and beautiful. As always, we get that one completely different, experimental song, and this time it's 形而上的な、蝶になる (Keijijouteki na, Chou ni Naru - To Become, a Metaphysical Butterfly). I was completely speechless when listening to that song. It's absolutely beautiful, in my opinion, one of their best songs yet!

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JimJamJamieJoo

    @tensotensoq - You can find a load of their MVs here, in about as good quality as you can find online - - Other than that, their DVD editions of singles/albums usually have at least one MV on, but if you don't live in Japan, then it can be very expensive, and they're usually limited editions :)

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • tensotensoq

    does anyone know where I can find her MVs in good quality?

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • celloria

    More information about Ryuukou Sekai (tracklist+covers) on their website! →

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Simo_Pamyu

    Ryuukou Sekai prom pic added -->

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • wandering_blue

    Sadly i don't speak japones but music sounds cool

    12 Jul 2014 Reply
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