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Kalafina

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Japan (2007 – present)

Kalafina is a Japanese neoclassical pop group produced by composer Yuki Kajiura under Sony Music Associated Records Inc., best known for performing all seven theme songs for the Kara no Kyoukai animated movie series and the ending themes to the Madoka Magica animated series and movies. Established in late 2007, Kalafina consists of Wakana Ootaki (大滝若菜 · FictionJunction WAKANA), Keiko Kubota (窪田啓子 · FictionJunction KEIKO), and Hikaru Masai (政井光). At that time, Wakana and Keiko were already involved in Yuki Kajiura’s FictionJunction project; Hikaru was selected via audition. The original lineup included a fourth member also selected by audition, Maya Toyoshima, but Maya left the group in May 2009.

Their debut single oblivious, which contained the first three Kara no Kyoukai themes, was released on January 23, 2008. Re/oblivious, a remix mini-album, followed exactly three months later. Kalafina’s second single and first double A-side sprinter / ARIA consisted of the fifth and fourth Kara no Kyoukai theme songs, respectively, along with an instrumental version of oblivious. Their third single fairytale includes the sixth Kara no Kyoukai theme, a non-anime tie-in song, serenato, and an instrumental version of sprinter. Their first album, entitled Seventh Heaven, consisted of 13 tracks featuring the seven Kara no Kyoukai theme songs and was released in March of 2009 along with their fourth single Lacrimosa (Kuroshitsuji ED2 Theme). Their fifth single, storia, the theme song for NHK show Rekishi Hiwa Historia, was released in July of 2009. Their sixth single, entitled progressive, was released on October 28, 2009.

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  • doki-doki-doki-

    The problem is, like most artists who've done music for anime, is that people who get into bands through that method are often dumb as a sack of bricks. I'd wager those people using the anime tag also don't listen to anything but their OP/ED works, and probably acquired those through illegitimate means to boot. [3] so much truth in that

    14 Sep 5:59am Reply
  • AfezeriaMiku

    The Kara no Kyoukai tag shouldn't be there any more because they have moved on to various other anime project. The proper tag are surely neoclassical and medieval but oh well.

    11 Sep 5:56am Reply
  • the_squid_man

    The problem is, like most artists who've done music for anime, is that people who get into bands through that method are often dumb as a sack of bricks. I'd wager those people using the anime tag also don't listen to anything but their OP/ED works, and probably acquired those through illegitimate means to boot. [2] This. True. // Correct tags: THE BEST “Blue” and THE BEST “Red” (just copy-paste. “Blue” is even written by label on here.)

    25 Aug 6:59pm Reply
  • tyrique12

    I'm hella late by just realizing this now but... does anyone else find it hilarious how "progressive" was snubbed for both "The BEST" releases? and i actually like that song too lol

    25 Aug 12:53am Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    @DesunotoK - The problem is, like most artists who've done music for anime, is that people who get into bands through that method are often dumb as a sack of bricks. I'd wager those people using the anime tag also don't listen to anything but their OP/ED works, and probably acquired those through illegitimate means to boot.

    23 Aug 9:47am Reply
  • ArchFJClub

    I really love their BEST albums!!!....Kalafina was great, as always... <3<3

    20 Aug 4:12am Reply
  • Graasz

    Magia <3

    16 Aug 5:42pm Reply
  • DesunotoK

    they're not "anime" ffs

    14 Aug 3:17pm Reply
  • Tarjever

    Happy Birthday to Yuki! Great composer.

    6 Aug 7:29am Reply
  • Simo_Pamyu

    Best Red > Best Blue

    3 Aug 12:27pm Reply
  • hidoku

    ˘i can dream

    3 Aug 2:39am Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    No, you may not. Positive comments? On last.fm? That's forbidden.

    30 Jul 3:53pm Reply
  • hidoku

    can i take just a piece of this shoutbox to say how much i appreciate their music and how happy i am whenever i listen to them regardless of the song date k thank you

    26 Jul 11:15pm Reply
  • serhiy_matsyhin

    Correct tags: THE BEST “Blue” and THE BEST “Red” [2]

    17 Jul 1:22pm Reply
  • the_squid_man

    Correct tags: THE BEST “Blue” and THE BEST “Red”

    17 Jul 1:20pm Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Also turns out the introduction melody they played before Misterioso is actually the new Prelude from The Best RED.

    9 Jul 11:27am Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Sprinter or Lacrimosa I'd say. Sprinter had so much energy and enthusiasm behind it and you could tell they were really getting into the swing of things (pity it was the last song) whilst Lacrimosa's performance was pretty much spot on, couldn't have asked for a better performance.

    8 Jul 11:42pm Reply
  • tyrique12

    Im soooooo jealous Seasonreaper. Which song was the best performed iyo?

    8 Jul 10:34pm Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Their live show in Paris was absolutely phenomenal. Way too short but otherwise perfect.

    8 Jul 10:49am Reply
  • KP-X

    Heavenly Blue is a mess. After KnGnN, I was sorta excited for the next single, but I can't say my expectations were met.

    7 Jul 1:39am Reply
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