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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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  • Seasonreaper

    Still waiting in vain that they'll come to the UK, or at least come back to nearby Europe. I have money now. I'll happily spend all of it to make it there.

    7 Apr 4:08am Reply
  • tyrique12

    waiting for another release D:

    3 Apr 2:28pm Reply
  • DesunotoK

    heard them for first time now.Fucking brilliant!

    19 Mar 5:20pm Reply
  • Waga-ren

    The Goddesses of Japanese Music. Mm.

    7 Feb 9:10pm Reply
  • ArchFJClub

    after watching Consolation Live DVD, I found Door very interesting, the Magia[Quattro] was sooo good and I really love the accordion used for Signal and Hanataba. Their DVD LIVE was full of awesomeness!

    11 Jan 6:23am Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Not much of an issue since getting hold of region-free DVD tech isn't hard or expensive these days. Stick a DVD in your laptop, hook it up to a TV via a HDMI, run it through VLC or Media Player Classic and you're good to go.

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tyrique12

    I think the DVDs aren't region free though

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    All their live releases are region-free too. I have a copy of their After Eden live on Blu-ray and it works perfectly~

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tyrique12

    Yeah live Door was pretty fantastic. Keiko was especially great in that performance.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Yeah, some of it was a little disappointing. Door on the other hand, my god. Amazing.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tyrique12

    Just finished watching the new live bluray! I was really looking forward to a hard-hitting performance of signal but it seemed a bit off :(

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tarjever

    大滝若菜, Happy Birthday!!! *-san *-san :)

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Unforgiven1991

    Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tarjever

    窪田啓子, Happy Birthday!!! ^__^ )))))))

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kjwkjw

    The arrangement of Kimi no Gin no Niwa is beautiful <3 [4]

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SamuraiSx

    The arrangement of Kimi no Gin no Niwa is beautiful <3 [3] mfg I love it soo much :3 totally addicted !!!

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ArchFJClub

    Kimi no Gin no Niwa and Misterioso were light songs, yet enchanting...and Tsuioku, ....wow!!! , its vocals were as powerful as Magia, and its interlude part reminds me of serenato..totally amazing!!..xDDD

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Sprintale

    Tsuioku is the true winner here. [5]

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • LordKriot

    Tsuioku is the true winner here. [4]

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • KP-X

    I love Tsuioku, but I don't think it resembles Shikata at all.

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
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