Asaka (musician)

Asaka (亜咲花, born October 7, 1999)[1] is a Japanese singer from Nagoya who is signed to 5pb. Records. She made her debut in 2016 with the release of her first single "Open your eyes", which was used as the ending theme to the 2016 anime television series Occultic;Nine. Her music has also been featured in the anime series A Centaur's Life and Laid-Back Camp. She made her first U.S. appearance at Anime Boston 2018.[2]

Asaka
亜咲花
Born (1999-10-07) October 7, 1999 (age 22)
Nagoya, Japan
GenresJ-pop, anison
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2016–present
Labels5pb. Records
Websiteasaka1007.jp

BiographyEdit

Asaka was born in Nagoya on October 7, 1999. At the age of three, her family moved to Michigan, where she would stay for five years.[1] While in America, she had become exposed to anime series Crayon Shin-chan and Doraemon, which led her to become interested in anime.[3] After returning to Japan, she initially wanted to move to Tokyo, but instead she moved back to Nagoya.[3] While in Japan, she watched the anime series Inazuma Eleven and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya; she was inspired by characters singing and playing the guitar in Haruhi Suzumiya, which led her to study about character songs.[3] Although she considered becoming an interpreter because of her knowledge of English,[4] after watching the series Macross Frontier and listening to May'n, the singing voice of the character Sheryl Nome, she decided that she wanted to become an anison singer.[3] At the encouragement of her father, and after listening to the singer Konomi Suzuki, Asaka decided to pursue a career in music.[4] Prior to debuting as a singer, she also appeared at various events as a cosplayer.[5]

Asaka began participating in competitions, winning a singing contest in Chubu in 2014.[1] She later participated in an anison contest sponsored by NHK as the representative of the Chubu region in 2015.[1] Following this, she made her debut as a musician in 2016 with the release of her first single "Open your eyes", the title track of which was used as the ending theme to the 2016 anime television series Occultic;Nine.[6] Her second single "Edelweiss" was released in 2017; the title track is used as the ending theme to the anime series A Centaur's Life.[7] Her third single "Play the game", released in November 2017, was used as the opening theme to the Occultic;Nine visual novel.[8] Her fourth single "Shiny Days" was released on January 24, 2018; the title track is used as the opening theme to the anime series Laid-Back Camp, which aired on January 4, 2018.[9] Asaka also performed the ending theme to the Laid-Back Camp spin-off Heya Camp, titled "The Sunshower" which was released as her seventh single.[10] Her fifth single "Eternal Star" was released on August 15, 2018; the title track is used as the ending theme to the anime series Island.[11] She released a mini-album titled 19Box on January 9, 2019.[12] Her sixth single "Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo" (この世の果てで恋を唄う少女) was released on April 24, 2019; the title track is used as the opening theme to the anime series YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World.[13]

In April 2020, it was announced that she would take a one-month hiatus from music activities to recover from vocal chord surgery.[14] She released her eighth single "I believe what you said" on October 14, 2020; the title track is used as the opening theme to the anime series Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU.[15] Her ninth single "Seize the Day" was released on January 27, 2021; the title track is used as the opening theme of the second season of Laid-Back Camp.[16] She released her second album Pontoon on August 11, 2021. Her song "Believe Myself" will be used as the opening theme of the 2021 anime series Shikizakura.[17] The song will be released as her tenth single on November 10, 2021. Her eleventh single "Ready Set Go!!" will be released on January 26, 2022. The title's track will be used as the opening theme to the anime series She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man.[18]

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

Title Oricon peak position Album
1st "Open your eyes"
  • Release date: October 26, 2016
89[19] HEART TOUCH
2nd "Edelweiss"
  • Release date: July 26, 2017
74[20]
3rd "Play the game"
  • Release date: November 8, 2017
47[8]
4th "Shiny Days"
  • Release date: January 24, 2018
32[21]
5th "Eternal Star"
  • Release date: August 15, 2018
46[11]
6th "Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo" (この世の果てで恋を唄う少女)
  • Release date: April 24, 2019
48[13]
7th "The Sunshower"
  • Release date: January 29, 2020
32[22] Pontoon
8th "I believe what you said"
  • Release date: October 14, 2020
23[23]
9th "Seize The Day"
  • Release date: January 21, 2021
19[24]
10th "BELIEVE MYSELF"
  • Release date: November 10, 2021
41[25] Non-album singles
11th "Ready Set Go!!"
  • Release date: January 26, 2022

Mini-albumsEdit

Title Oricon peak position
1st 19Box
  • Release date: January 9, 2019
49[12]

AlbumsEdit

Title Oricon peak position
1st HEART TOUCH
  • Release date: October 7, 2019
40[26]
2nd Pontoon
  • Release date: August 11, 2021
45[27]

Other appearancesEdit

Title Album Oricon peak position
Never ending true stories
  • Release date: September 27, 2018
Yuusha Neptunia Sekaiyo Uchuuyo Katsumokuseyo Ultimate Rpgsengen (Theme of "Yuusha Neptunia Sekaiyo Uchuuyo Katsumokuseyo Ultimate Rpgsengen") 148[28]
Konobasyode
  • Release date: March 31, 2021
TV Animation "Laid-back Camp Season 2" Original Soundtrack 21[29]
Hikarito kageno laplace
  • Release date: September 22, 2021
SINce Memories hoshinosoraoshitade shudaikashu 111[30]
See The Light
  • Release date: November 11, 2021
Switch/PS4 "Yurucamp Have a nice day!" OP&ED

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Official profile" (in Japanese). Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Asaka is our second Japanese Guest of Honor for 2018". Anime Boston. December 15, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "<亜咲花インタビュー連載Vol.1> 現役女子高生の日常、二次元への溢れる愛情" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. June 24, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "<亜咲花インタビュー連載Vol.2> 「鈴木このみさんは目標にしている先輩」" (in Japanese). June 25, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "美人コスプレイヤー画像 in コミケ89【まとめ】 全40点【 3 / 40 】" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. January 4, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Steins;Gate Creator Reveals Occultic;Nine TV Anime's 1st Video, Staff, Songs, October Debut". Anime News Network. August 12, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "A Centaur's Life Anime Casts Akane Kiryū as Shino". Anime News Network. May 6, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Play the game" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  9. ^ "Yurucamp Anime's Theme Song Artists, New Visual Unveiled". Anime News Network. November 24, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "Laid-Back Camp Anime's Heya Kyan Anime Shorts Reveal Theme Song Artist, January 6 Premiere". Anime News Network. November 15, 2019. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Eternal Star" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "19Box" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "この世の果てで恋を唄う少女" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "Singer Asaka Takes 1-Month Hiatus to Recover from Vocal Cord Polyp Surgery". Anime News Network. April 4, 2020. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  15. ^ "New Higurashi: When They Cry Anime Reveals 'True' Title, Visual, Songs" (in Japanese). Anime News Network. Retrieved November 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Seize The Day(アニメ盤)" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  17. ^ "Shikizakura Anime's Video Previews Asaka's Opening Song". Anime News Network. July 28, 2020. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  18. ^ "She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Anime's Video Reveals More Cast & Staff, Theme Song Artists". Anime News Network. November 6, 2021. Retrieved November 6, 2021.
  19. ^ "Open your eyes" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "Edelweiss" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  21. ^ "SHINY DAYS" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  22. ^ "The Sunshower" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ "I believe what you said" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ "Seize The Day" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  25. ^ "Believe Myself" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 26, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  26. ^ "HEART TOUCH" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  27. ^ "Pontoon" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ "Yuusha Neptunia Sekaiyo Uchuuyo Katsumokuseyo Ultimate Rpgsengen (Theme of "Yuusha Neptunia Sekaiyo Uchuuyo Katsumokuseyo Ultimate Rpgsengen")" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. ^ "TV Animation "Laid-back Camp Season 2" Original Soundtrack" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  30. ^ "SINce Memories hoshinosoraoshitade shudaikashu" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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