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An up and coming Japanese band, Mahousyoujo-ni-naritai / 魔法少女になり隊 (literally, “Want to be a magical girl”) is performing as part of Japan Nite at SXSW on March 20th at Elysium in Austin, TX.
Mahousyoujo-ni-naritai / 魔法少女になり隊
Mahousyoujo-ni-naritai was formed in 2014 as a five-piece commercial and creative team: KAJI BASIL (vocal), gari (VJ/vocal), MEIJIsan (guitar), UI VITON (gujitar), ADULT YUkun (bass).
The band sounds part metal, punk and EDM, while infusing elements of role-playing games, not only in their songs and lyrics, but also their videos and live performance, having won a prestigious contest for up-and-coming artists hosted by a major Japanese rock magazine merely four months since forming the band, and being invited to perform at ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2014. In 2015, they’ve also been tapped to write a song for Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku, one of Japan’s most in-demand idol groups.
As a side note, vocalist and magical girl-in-training, KAJI BASIL, was put under a spell by an evil witch, and now travels the world to find a cure for her predicament. In order to preserve her magical powers, she does not speak anytime other than singing, so please keep in mind that she will be unable to answer when spoken to.
GARNiDELiA is an anagram of Le Palais Garnier de Maria, which means “Maria’s Opera House, her place to sing” and Cordelia, which is the name of the asteroid discovered in toku’s birth year.
A music project from toku, a successful music composer who wrote hit songs for Angela Aki, LiSA, and AnCafe; and MARiA, a singer who sang many anime theme songs and has performed with several musicians such as JIN as guest vocalist. They met in 2010 and formed GARNiDELiA together.
The videos MARiA shared on local video site recorded more than 2 millions views and her voice has attracted a lot of people. MARiA also has talents in dance, with her first dance video, “Girls,” recording more than 1 million views.
toku’s representative song, “SPICA,” has recorded 1 million views and the total views of all his videos exceeds 10 million. His collaborative song with MARiA, “COLOR,” was chosen to be the theme for the animation “Freezing”.
They released their first major debut single, “ambiguous,” in March 2014, which was chosen as the opening song of the popular TV animation “Kill La Kill”. The single immediately reached the first place on iTunes store and most of the local downloading services.
In April, MARiA participated in the opening song of the TV animation, “Mekakucity Actors”. Three months later, they were chosen to sing the opening song for the TV animation, “the irregular at magic high school”. Their second single, “grilletto,” was released.
Finally, in October, they released their third single, “Blazing,” which is the opening song of the TV animation, “Gundam Reconguista in G”.
They attracted a lot of attention in 2014, by performing for 4 popular TV animation titles. The release of their first album in January 21st 2015 has just been announced!
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