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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

    I'd be surprised if they didn't at least hint at a new album at their Budokan lives. It seems the perfect opportunity to do so.

    28 Jan 11:40pm Reply
  • tyrique12

    New album plz

    28 Jan 6:31pm Reply
  • tyrique12

    Belie...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz [2]

    28 Jan 6:31pm Reply
  • KP-X

    Belie...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    25 Jan 1:34am Reply
  • Chiharo

    Dear Seasonreaper, Believe is a great song. Deal with it. :)

    21 Jan 11:46pm Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Try listening to a song that's significantly better than Believe. For this, consider listening to the following: every other song they've released.

    17 Jan 12:59am Reply
  • MiguelVanity

    I really like Believe <3

    16 Jan 11:48pm Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    君が光に変えて行く is rapidly becoming a favourite of mine.

    1 Jan 1:18am Reply
  • caramelmilk

    why didnt i find these girls earlier... theyre great...

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ArchFJClub

    All tickets for Kalafina's THE BEST LIVE 2015 in Budokan , including standing, are officially SOLDOUT! So sad I didn't get one T_T But still, Congratulations to Kalafina for selling out both of their concerts at Budokan! <3

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • tyrique12

    Wish there more than one recording of Lirica being performed live :(

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • doki-doki-doki-

    i have to agree with lirica being a great b-side. the vocals in the chorus just are breath-taking.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    @Hellion - Please do look into their various b-side tracks that didn't make it onto their albums, as well. Some of those are amongst their best works and a lot of people don't look into that kind of thing.

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Hellion01

    I just started really getting into Kalafina and so far I can say AFTER EDEN, and SEVENTH HEAVEN are my favorite albums. With that said, there are a lot of songs on the other albums that are amazing. I love the emotions that my favorite songs bring out. Kajiura really did an amazing job picking these three women with angelic voices. Hikaru is my favorite.

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MissStrife

    Any fans around Sweden here? Im trying to get Kalafina to a convention here in Sweden called NärCon! Please like this page ! https://www.facebook.com/Kalafinatonarcon2015 I love all of the Kalafinas songs <3

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • KP-X

    in every nothing reminds me of both Elemental and Tsuioku. It's not bad, but not memorable either. lapis is nice, but I don't see myself listening to it over and over. Long story short, an 'okay' single, I hope the next one will be better.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Believe is still mediocre, but the b-sides make up for it. lapis is gorgeous and in every nothing reminds me a lot of much older Kajiura works like Petit Cossette, which is a huge positive for me.

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Serenato is a phenomenal song, and easily one of their best. I've always liked it but only recently realised quite how damn good it is.

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • tyrique12

    serenato is my favourite B-side... and song, period

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Coincidentally Dolce is the only b-side of theirs I don't really listen to that often. lirica, Tsuioku and Utsukushisa fit that bill though.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
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