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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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  • 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
  • Seasonreaper

    I may have just thrown a lot of money at going to France to see them at Japan Expo.

    1 Jun 5:03pm Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Heavenly blue is being released as a single, though.

    29 May 10:31pm Reply
  • tyrique12

    @doki-doki-doki- it features two new songs, heavenly blue and something else (I THINK it's still unnamed? haven't checked recently)

    29 May 6:56am Reply
  • tyrique12

    @Chiharo I meant, figuratively, that it's probably going to be a looong time until a "new album" even comes out

    29 May 6:55am Reply
  • doki-doki-doki-

    ugh a best of album is kind of pointless when you already have their entire discography.. maybe it'll future a new song or two? shouldn't get hopes up, though. all they've been releasing singles every 4 months or so, i'm not complaining about their speed in making a new album when we have that

    29 May 5:21am Reply
  • Chiharo

    What do you mean? If they don't completely stop releasing music, we should get a new album either next year or the one after. I mean, the usual thing.

    28 May 9:47pm Reply
  • tyrique12

    Who knows when those new albums would be released though :(

    16 May 6:08am Reply
  • Chiharo

    I'm not getting the best albums for now. I don't have that much money to spend on only two new songs. If I ever want it for those two songs, I can get it later. I'd much rather save money for 2 of their next studio albums than two best albums.

    15 May 3:41pm Reply
  • tyrique12

    5th anniversary is one of the blurays.. that's the one that was broadcasted on TV right? That live was kinda subpar for them, so I'm not that tempted to buy Red. That 60-page booklet sounds cool though. But really... Ugh I just hate BEST albums in general lol, spending money on stuff I already have is sooo not convenient for broke people like me.

    14 May 4:33pm Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    I'm tempted to just for those bonus BD's, plus those covers are great.

    13 May 11:32pm Reply
  • The_13th_Caesar

    Not the single, but best album coming soon: http://canta-per-me.net/2014/05/more-news-about-kalafina-best-album/ Not sure, will I buy it or not.

    13 May 7:34am Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    New single coming soon, to be used as the opening for Aldnoah Zero, airing in June.

    10 May 3:11pm Reply
  • 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
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