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is a pop
Pop music
Pop music is usually understood to be commercially recorded music, often oriented toward a youth market, usually consisting of relatively short, simple songs utilizing technological innovations to produce new variations on existing themes.- Definitions :David Hatch and Stephen Millward define pop...

 duo, part of Japanese composer
Composer
A composer is a person who creates music, either by musical notation or oral tradition, for interpretation and performance, or through direct manipulation of sonic material through electronic media...

 Yuki Kajiura
Yuki Kajiura
, born August 6, 1965 in Tokyo, Japan, is a Japanese composer and music producer. She has provided the music for several popular anime series, such as one of the Kimagure Orange Road movies, Noir, .hack//SIGN, Aquarian Age, Madlax, My-HiME, My-Otome, .hack//Roots, Pandora Hearts, Puella Magi...

’s solo project FictionJunction
FictionJunction
FictionJunction is Japanese composer Yuki Kajiura’s solo project. To date, all such collaborations have consisted of a vocalist, with Kajiura on the keyboard or the piano. Most FictionJunction songs have been featured in an anime series , most notably Gundam Seed, Tsubasa Chronicle and recently...

, consisting of Yuuka Nanri
Yuuka Nanri
, commonly referred to as Yuuka, is a seiyū and also a known Japanese pop singer. She is contracted to Space Craft Entertainment of Space Craft Group.-Biography:Yuuka Nanri first debuted on NHK's in 1995, as a child star....

 (vocals) and Kajiura (composition, lyrics and keyboards).

Biography


The pair first met at , a stage
Stage (theatre)
In theatre or performance arts, the stage is a designated space for the performance productions. The stage serves as a space for actors or performers and a focal point for the members of the audience...

 group for teenage girls where Kajiura wrote music for some of the plays and Nanri was a performer.

Their first recording was , an insert song in the popular mecha
Mecha
A mech , is a science fiction term for a large walking bipedal tank or robot, including ones on treads and animal shapes.-Characteristics:...

 anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
is an anime series developed by Sunrise and directed by Mitsuo Fukuda. As with other series from the Gundam franchise, Gundam SEED takes place in a parallel timeline, in this case the Cosmic Era, the first to do so...

, though their debut single was the opening of Madlax
MADLAX
is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced in 2004 by the Bee Train animation studio. Kōichi Mashimo directed Madlax and the soundtrack was composed by Yuki Kajiura...

, , released on May 8, 2004. On July 27, 2004, the ending theme to Madlax, "Inside Your Heart
Inside your heart
"Inside Your Heart" is the second single of J-pop duo FictionJunction Yuuka. It was released on May 8, 2004.This single included the ending and one of the two insert songs for the anime Madlax, both composed by Yuki Kajiura...

", was released. In the same year, because of its popularity and the fact that it was Gundam SEED's one-year anniversary, "Akatsuki no Kuruma" was released as a single, which at its peak placed at #10 on the Oricon
Oricon
, established in 1999, is the holding company at the head of a Japanese corporate group that supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry in Japan. It started as , which was founded by Sōkō Koike in November 1967 and became known for its music charts. Oricon Inc...

 weekly rankings and sold over 19,481 copies on the first week.

After a hiatus of exactly a year, an insert song for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
is an anime television series, acting as a sequel of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED by Sunrise. It retains most of the staff from Gundam SEED, including Director Mitsuo Fukuda. Set two years after the original Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, the plot follows the new character Shinn Asuka, a soldier from ZAFT,...

, was released, becoming the first seiyū single to hit #1 on Oricon daily rankings.

On November 23, 2005, the duo released their debut album, Destination
Destination (FictionJunction YUUKA album)
Destination is the first album of J-pop duo FictionJunction Yuuka. It was released on November 23, 2005.This album includes their first three singles and their b-sides, as well as five brand-new songs. There are two versions of this album: the normal edition and the limited edition...

 which placed on the Oricon weekly rankings at #9.

On May 10, 2006, FictionJunction Yuuka released their fifth single after approximately eight months. That year, they also recorded a song, "Aikoi", for the Tsubasa Chronicle
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by the manga artist group Clamp. It takes place in the same fictional universe as many of Clamp's other manga series, most notably xxxHolic. The plot follows how Sakura, the princess of the Kingdom of Clow, loses her soul and how Syaoran, a young...

 anime series, which was not released as a single but instead included in the anime's fourth original soundtrack
Soundtrack
A soundtrack can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, book, television program or video game; a commercially released soundtrack album of music as featured in the soundtrack of a film or TV show; or the physical area of a film that contains the...

. In November of that same year, they released the opening theme for Sunrise
Sunrise (company)
is a Japanese animation studio and production enterprise. It is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings. Its former name was Nippon Sunrise, and prior to that, Sunrise Studios...

's Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
is a Japanese anime series, created by Ryōsuke Takahashi and Sunrise. It was broadcast between October 6, 2006 and April 6, 2007 on the Japanese internet streaming channel, GyaO.-Story:...

, .

FictionJunction Yuuka held their first live concert entitled Premium Live 2007 on February 8 and February 15 of 2007. A new album, Circus
Circus (FictionJunction YUUKA album)
-DVD:-External links:*Victor Animation Network: -References and notes:...

 was announced and it was released on July 4 of the same year.. As Kajiura is handling the music for upcoming anime El Cazador de la Bruja
El Cazador de la Bruja
, is an anime television series directed by Kōichi Mashimo and animated by Bee Train studio. It is a spiritual successor of Noir and Madlax and the final installment of Bee Train's "girls-with-guns" trilogy. The series was aired on TV Tokyo from April to September in 2007...

, their seventh single, "Romanesque
Romanesque (song)
"Romanesque" is the seventh single of J-pop duo FictionJunction Yuuka. It was released on April 18, 2007.This single includes the ending song of the anime El Cazador de la Bruja, composed by Yuki Kajiura....

", became the ending theme of the anime above. El Cazador de la Bruja was produced by Bee Train
Bee Train
, commonly referred simply as Bee Train, is a Japanese animation studio founded by Kōichi Mashimo in 1997. Since their involvement with Noir, .hack//Sign, and Madlax they have a strong following in the yuri fandom for being involved in series portraying strong female leads with speculatively...

, whose anime productions FictionJunction Yuuka has also done songs for previously.

Singles

# Information
1
  • Released: May 8, 2004
  • Opening song and insert song for the anime Madlax
    MADLAX
    is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced in 2004 by the Bee Train animation studio. Kōichi Mashimo directed Madlax and the soundtrack was composed by Yuki Kajiura...

    .
2 Inside Your Heart
Inside your heart
"Inside Your Heart" is the second single of J-pop duo FictionJunction Yuuka. It was released on May 8, 2004.This single included the ending and one of the two insert songs for the anime Madlax, both composed by Yuki Kajiura...

  • Released: July 27, 2004
  • Ending song and insert song for the anime Madlax.
  • 3
  • Released: September 22, 2004
  • Insert song for the anime Gundam SEED, which was at first released in SUIT CD vol. 4 Miguel Ayman × Nicol Amarfi, but because of the song's popularity and the fact that it September 2004 was Gundam SEEDs one-year anniversary, it was later released as a single.
  • 4
  • Released: September 22, 2005
  • Insert song for the anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
    Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
    is an anime television series, acting as a sequel of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED by Sunrise. It retains most of the staff from Gundam SEED, including Director Mitsuo Fukuda. Set two years after the original Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, the plot follows the new character Shinn Asuka, a soldier from ZAFT,...

    .
  • First seiyū single in Oricon history to become #1 on the daily rankings.
  • 5 Silly-Go-Round
    Silly-Go-Round
    "Silly-Go-Round" is the fifth single of J-pop duo FictionJunction Yuuka. It was released on May 10, 2006.This single includes the opening theme song for the anime series .hack//Roots, as well as "angel gate", a song from the musical in which Yuuka Nanri, the vocalist of FictionJunction Yuuka,...

  • Released: May 10, 2006
  • Opening song for the anime .hack//Roots
    .hack//Roots
    is a 26-episode anime series, animated by studio Bee Train, that sets as a prologue for the .hack//G.U. video games. It is the first .hack TV series broadcast in HDTV . It is set seven years after the events of the first two anime series and games...

    .
  • 6
  • Released: November 22, 2006
  • Opening song for the anime Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
    Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
    is a Japanese anime series, created by Ryōsuke Takahashi and Sunrise. It was broadcast between October 6, 2006 and April 6, 2007 on the Japanese internet streaming channel, GyaO.-Story:...

    .
  • 7 Romanesque
    Romanesque (song)
    "Romanesque" is the seventh single of J-pop duo FictionJunction Yuuka. It was released on April 18, 2007.This single includes the ending song of the anime El Cazador de la Bruja, composed by Yuki Kajiura....

  • Released: April 18, 2007
  • Ending song for the anime El Cazador de la Bruja
    El Cazador de la Bruja
    , is an anime television series directed by Kōichi Mashimo and animated by Bee Train studio. It is a spiritual successor of Noir and Madlax and the final installment of Bee Train's "girls-with-guns" trilogy. The series was aired on TV Tokyo from April to September in 2007...

    .

  • Albums

    # Information
    1 Destination
    Destination (FictionJunction YUUKA album)
    Destination is the first album of J-pop duo FictionJunction Yuuka. It was released on November 23, 2005.This album includes their first three singles and their b-sides, as well as five brand-new songs. There are two versions of this album: the normal edition and the limited edition...

    • Released: November 23, 2005
    2 Circus
    Circus (FictionJunction YUUKA album)
    -DVD:-External links:*Victor Animation Network: -References and notes:...

  • Release: July 4, 2007

  • Singles/Albums

    # Information
    1 Everlasting Songs (FictionJunction
    FictionJunction
    FictionJunction is Japanese composer Yuki Kajiura’s solo project. To date, all such collaborations have consisted of a vocalist, with Kajiura on the keyboard or the piano. Most FictionJunction songs have been featured in an anime series , most notably Gundam Seed, Tsubasa Chronicle and recently...

     Album)
    • Released: February 25, 2009
    • Yuuka Nanri performed the Ending Song of Tsubasa Shunraiki "Kioku no Mori" (Forest Of Memories) in this album as FictionJunction
      FictionJunction
      FictionJunction is Japanese composer Yuki Kajiura’s solo project. To date, all such collaborations have consisted of a vocalist, with Kajiura on the keyboard or the piano. Most FictionJunction songs have been featured in an anime series , most notably Gundam Seed, Tsubasa Chronicle and recently...

       (YUUKA, WAKANA, KEIKO, KAORI, YURIKO KAIDA, and ASUKA), And Cazador del amor from El Cazador de la Bruja
      El Cazador de la Bruja
      , is an anime television series directed by Kōichi Mashimo and animated by Bee Train studio. It is a spiritual successor of Noir and Madlax and the final installment of Bee Train's "girls-with-guns" trilogy. The series was aired on TV Tokyo from April to September in 2007...

      .
    2 Parallel Hearts (FictionJunction
    FictionJunction
    FictionJunction is Japanese composer Yuki Kajiura’s solo project. To date, all such collaborations have consisted of a vocalist, with Kajiura on the keyboard or the piano. Most FictionJunction songs have been featured in an anime series , most notably Gundam Seed, Tsubasa Chronicle and recently...

     Single)
  • Release: April 29, 2009
  • FictionJunction YUUKA performed the second track in the album titled "Hitomi no Chikara"

  • Concerts

    - (December 23, 24, and 25, 2006 - Year-end concert for Victor Entertainment
    Victor Entertainment
    is a subsidiary of Japan Victor Company that produces and distributes music, movies and other entertainment products such as anime and television shows in Japan. It was formerly known as...

    artists.
    • Premium Live 2007 (February 8 and 15, 2007) - First solo concert.
    • Yuki Kajiura LIVE Vol. #4 Everlasting Songs Tour 2009 - Part 1 of 2 part performance

    External links

    Official site Official blog