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#1 Victra

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Posted 06 June 2015 - 03:53 PM

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Name: Shikata Akiko (志方あきこ)
Birthday: January 7, 1989
Birthplace: Tokyo
 
 
Akiko Shikata (志方あきこ Shikata Akiko) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and composer, 
who is known for writing music for games and anime.
 
She is best known for her contributions to the Ar tonelico, Shadow Hearts and Umineko no Naku Koro ni games, 
as well as anime adaptations of Umineko no Naku Koro ni and Tales of Symphonia.
Shikata's music is known for its ethnic feel and complex vocal chorus work. In a single Shikata song, 
there may be as many as 200 separate vocal tracks recorded for it.
 
FACT:  She first developed an interest in music when she was very little, after constantly singing with her mother. 
She was first interested in songs from Minna no Uta, and later when she learnt the piano classical music.
 
In 2001, she formed the independent label Vagrancy, associated with the dOUjin music scene that makes independent music game. She originally had no intention of singing, but felt dissatisfied with creating songs just from synthesiser sounds.
 
Later in the year, she released her debut EP, Midori no Mori de Nemuru Tori, through her site. In the next few years, she releases many works through her site, mostly instrumental albums performed with a music box. Her first full-length album Haikyo to Rakuen (2003) topped the charts at Japanese independent music download site Muzie for 24 months. In the same year, she worked on the soundtrack for the independent game "Hanakisou," her first major game-related work.
 
In 2004, she held her first ever live tour. In 2005, she debuted as a major label artist under the Hats Unlimited label run by violinist Taro Hakase. Her association with the label led to Shikata working on many game soundtracks, such as Shadow Hearts: From the New World and Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia. 
Shikata continues to work with the Ar tonelico franchise today, releasing music for both the second and third games.
 
Her second major-label album, Raka, was released in 2006. It featured several songs from games (two songs used in Hanakisou, as well as a rearrangement of the opening theme song from Ar tonelico,
 "Utau Oka (Exec_Harvestasya/.)It was her first top 40 album, ranking at #34 on the Oricon albums chart.
 
In 2007, Shikata became associated with the doujin soft game Umineko no Naku Koro ni, releasing an EP featuring music from the game (including the eponymous theme song). This was her first top 30 release. In 2009, her third album Harmonia broke the top 20.
 
In 2009, Shikata made her first moves into singing for anime, with her first single "Katayoku no Tori" being used as the opening theme song for the anime adaptation of Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
In 2010, her second single "Inori no Kanata" was used as the ending theme song for Tales of Symphonia (Tethe'alla Version).
 
In 2014, she composed the soundtrack for the anime television series Cross Ange.
 
FACT: She made Akatsuki no Yona Ending 2 too.
 
FACT: She sings in multiple languages such as Italian, German, English, Celtic and Hymmnos, Ar Tonelico's Official Language.
 
���DISCOGRAPHY
 
Studio Albums
 
2001: Midori no Mori de Nemuru Tori (EP)
2003: Haikyo to Rakuen
2005: Navigatoria
2006: Raka
2009: Harmonia
2013: Turaida
Soundtrack albums
 
2003: Hanakisō Sound Tracks
2008: Umineko no Naku Koro ni (EP)
2013: Ciel nosurge Original Soundtracks Vol.1 (OST)
2014: Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo Original Soundtrack PT1 [December 2014]
2015: Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo Original Soundtrack PT2 [March 2015]
 
Compilation albums
 
2007: Istoria: Musa
2008: Kara*Cola: Hymmnos Orgel Collection
2010: Utau Oka: Ar=ciel Ar=dor
2011: Byakumu no Mayu ~Ricordando il Passato~
2011: Istoria ~Kalliope~
2012: Laylania
 
Singles
 
2009: Katayoku no Tori
2010: Inori no Kanata
2011: Utsusemi
2015: Akatsuki
 
 
♥~OPENINGS - ALBUMS
Shikata Akiko - Navigatoria [full album]
 
Shikata Akiko - Harmonia [Playlist on YT]
 
Shikata Akiko - Akatsuki [Akatsuki no Yona Ending 2]
 
Shikata Akiko - Katayaku no Tori [Umineko no Naku Koro ni Opening]
 
 
Shikata Akiko - Utsusemi [Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi Opening]
 
 
Shikata Akiko - Inori no Kanata [Tales of Symphonia oav Opening]
 
 
~~~~~~~~~~~RECOMMENDS [personal]~~~~~~~~~~~
 
VII
 
Luna Piena [raka]
 
Shikata Akiko - Akakakushi[fanmade video]
 
 
 
 

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#2 Salieri

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Posted 06 June 2015 - 03:57 PM

:rlytearpls:  :rlytearpls:  :rlytearpls:


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#3 rinahamu

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 10:48 AM

absolutely loving her opening tracks for seacats, be it visual novel or anime we all shall forget about  :rlytearpls:


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Posted 25 June 2015 - 12:42 AM

I first stumbled upon her in Umineko and Navigatoria remains one of my favourite albums.


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#5 Victra

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 02:33 AM

I first stumbled upon her in Umineko and Navigatoria remains one of my favourite albums.

 

totally. umineko was 1 for me too and i loved her voice  :rlytearpls:


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Posted 28 June 2015 - 12:01 AM

totally. umineko was 1 for me too and i loved her voice :rlytearpls:


Her voice totally fits the mood of the game too. I love the layering of vocals in most of her songs.
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Posted 16 November 2018 - 10:07 AM

Tsukiyo no Ongakukai by Shikata Akiko

 


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