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All About Kalafina

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Kalafina

Kalafina was formed by Yuki Kajiura in 2007 for Kara no Kyoukai project. The first two members (not confirmed until the first Dream Port 2008 concert held on April 29, 2008) were Wakana and Keiko, Kajiura’s vocalists from her other project, FictionJunction. They sang the theme songs for the first third movies (oblivious, 君が光に変えて行く (Kimi ga hikari ni kaete yuku), 傷跡 (Kizuato)), until Hikaru and Maya joined on the theme songs for the fourth and fifth movie (ARIA and sprinter, respectively). Maya didn’t participate on the theme songs for the sixth and seventh movie (fairytale and Seventh Heaven) and was confirmed on May, 2009 to have left Kalafina to continue with her study.

Members:

Wakana
(大滝若菜, Ootaki Wakana)

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Date of Birth: 10-12-1984
Origin: Fukuoka prefecture
Random Trivia:

  • Extremely talkative. She admitted that she might keep talking if nobody stopped her talking.
  • Loves dinosaur, particularly SHARK. Most favorite shark is the ancient Megalodon. Able to talk about shark (only shark) within 30 minutes, non-stop, according to Yuki Kajiura.
  • Eats a lot, according to Keiko and Hikaru in an interview.
  • Favorite dishes is Gyoza.
  • Being the only one who can eat spicy foot, Wakana usually tests the food first (for Keiko and Hikaru’s sake) to see if it’s spicy or not.
  • Likes to cook. Usually cook when she has free time.
  • Loves looking at maps, floor plan.
  • Has a goldfish at home called ブーちゃん (Buuchan).
  • Has different voices between singing and talking.
  • Used to have short hair before joining Kalafina and grew her hair to match the other members.

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  • Acts as the “boke” one whenever She and Keiko do the manzai act.
  • Admits to be an otaku of Studio Ghibli‘s anime. She loves to recite the lines from Ghibli’s anime.
  • Has an older brother. Admits to be a ブラコン (brother complex).
  • Sang as background vocal (or known as chorus in Japan) in these songs: SMAP‘s ひとつだけの愛~アベ・マリア- (Hitotsu dake no Ai~Ave Maria), Norimasa Fujisawa‘s ダッタン人の踊り (Dattan-jin no Inori), and Haruka Tomatsu‘s 産巣日の時 (Musuhi no Toki). Most audible is in Musuhi no Toki where she was given a small solo portion of wailing voice.
  • Her on-stage drink is café latte, which she admitted to be bad idea and promised to switch to plain water (she said this on the blog before they went to Anime Boston 2009). She still drinks café latte until now, though. 😛

Keiko
(窪田啓子, Kubota Keiko)

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Date of Birth: 05-12-1985
Origin: Tokyo
Random Trivia:

  • Loves sports. Current interest is golf, while last year was tennis. Also have dumbells at home along with a mini rodeo machine.

  • Childish, tsundere person, according to Wakana.
  • Favorite animal is snake, particularly white snake.
  • Dislike veggie. (just like me 😛 *bricked*)
  • Dislike cat, while her personality is much like a cat (said Wakana).
  • Favorite food including chocolate and… ice cream.
  • Claims to eat ice cream everyday, especially Choco-Mint flavor ice cream.
  • Seems to have a younger sister. The youngest in her family. (No wonder she looks like a spoiled kid, sometimes).
  • Likes to see people who eat a lot (maybe that’s why she likes Wakana ?? *bricked*)
  • Can’t cook.
  • Collects and loves Eiichiro Oda‘s One Piece manga. Used to love Anpanman as a child.
  • The most energetic one during lives.
  • Keiko’s foot-size is MINI. Only 19 cm!! XDD;
  • Acts as the “tsukkomi” one whenever she and Wakana do the manzai act.
  • Was member of イトクボ (ITOKUBO) along with Ayaka Itou (伊藤彩華, Itou Ayaka) prior to joining Kalafina. Itokubo was disbanded around 2007.
  • Appeared in a movie in 2001, entitled Star Light, in which we can see a bit of Keiko dancing… and sorta bullying. Sorta.

Hikaru
(政井光, Masai Hikaru)

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Date of Birth: 02-07-1987
Origin: Toyama prefecture
Random Trivia:

  • Very shy. doesn’t talk a lot. However, she’s very edgy when she starts singing.
  • Seems to have very.. airy personality, better described as 天然 (Tennen, means: airhead).
  • Favorite dishes are everything that is based on egg.
  • Favorite animal is butterfly.
  • Seems to have Has a younger sister with age gap between them.
  • Able to make sweets.
  • Likes puzzle, often post about puzzle she had finished on Kalafina blog.
  • Other hobbies including reading book, going for walk and… sleeping. Yes, sleeping is her hobby.

Ex-member: Maya
(豊島摩耶, Toyoshima Maya)

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Origin: Hokkaido prefecture
Random trivia:

According to Wakana, Maya likes to smile a lot. Young but reliable person. Based on some researches, her birth year is most probably 1991.

Discography

Single:

[2008.01.23] Oblivious

  1. oblivious
  2. 君が光に変えて行く (Kimi ga hikari ni kaete yuku)
  3. 傷跡 (Kizuato)

[2008.07.31] sprinter/ARIA

  1. sprinter
  2. ARIA
  3. oblivious (instrumental)

[2008.12.24] fairytale

  1. fairytale
  2. serenato
  3. sprinter ~instrumental~

[2009.03.04] Lacrimosa

  1. Lacrimosa
  2. gloria
  3. Lacrimosa ~instrumental~

[2009.07.01] storia

  1. storia
  2. lirica
  3. storia (instrumental)

[2009.10.28] progressive

  1. progressive
  2. うつくしさ
  3. progressive ~instrumental~

[2010.01.20] 光の旋律

  1. 光の旋律 (Hikari no Senritsu)
  2. sapphire
  3. 光の旋律 (instrumental)

[2010.09.15] 輝く空の静寂には

  1. 輝く空の静寂には (Kagayaku sora no shijima ni wa)
  2. adore
  3. 輝く空の静寂には (Instrumental)

Album:

[2009.03.04] Seventh Heaven

  1. overture
  2. oblivious
  3. love come down
  4. 夏の林檎 (Natsu no Ringo)
  5. fairytale
  6. ARIA
  7. また風が強くなった (Mata Kaze ga Tsuyoku natta)
  8. 傷跡 (Kizuato)
  9. serenato
  10. 音楽 (Ongaku)
  11. 明日の景色 (Ashita no Keshiki)
  12. sprinter
  13. 君が光に変えて行く (Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaete yuku)
  14. seventh heaven

[2010.03.17] Red Moon

  1. red moon
  2. 光の旋律 (Hikari no Senritsu)
  3. テトテトメトメ (TETOTETOMETOME)
  4. fantasia
  5. 春は黄金の夢の中 (Haru wa Kogane no Yume no Naka)
  6. Kyrie
  7. 闇の唄 (Yami no Uta)
  8. 星の謡 (Hoshi no Utai)
  9. storia
  10. intermezzo
  11. progressive
  12. Lacrimosa
  13. I have a dream

Mini album:

[2008.04.23] Re/oblivious

  1. oblivious ~ 俯瞰風景 mix (oblivious ~ Fukan Fukei mix)
  2. interlude #01
  3. 君が光に変えて行く ~ acoustic ver. (Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaete yuku ~ acoustic ver.)
  4. interlude #02
  5. 傷跡 ~ piano2 mix (Kizuato ~ piano2 mix)
  6. finale

There you go. I recommend you to buy their original albums. I’ve bought their 2nd album Red Moon and will try to get Seventh Heaven in the near future… When I’m not broke, of course *dies*.

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22 Responses to “All About Kalafina”


  1. June 4, 2010 at 2:13 AM

    1) Isn’t Maya from Hokkaido or something?

    2) Keiko said in various interviews – the short English ones posted during/after Anime Boston – that Namie Amuro is her favourite singer. (if I remember correctly)

    3) Wakana admitted in the very first Kalafina entry on their Oricon blog that iced cappuccino is/was her stage drink of choice, but that turned out to be a really bad idea. Even Kajiura was like, WTF? While performing at a concert, Wakana felt so thirsty that she was that tempted to drink from Keiko’s water. At the end of the entry, she promised to only consume water during future performances, including Kalafina’s then-upcoming appearance at Anime Boston.

  2. June 4, 2010 at 2:17 AM

    Oh Mai Wakana, I totally forgot about Wakana’s Iced Latte “OTL
    Proof for Wakana’s infamous Iced Latte:

    She still had Iced Latte on Live vol.4 XD~

  3. June 4, 2010 at 4:17 AM

    More random comments from moi:

    Last character of Wakana’s kanji name is misspelled here… should be 菜, not 奈.

    AND YAY WAKANA LOVES DUMPLINGS JUST LIKE I DO. OM NOM NOM NOM NOM.

    I swear she looks more and more gorgeous over time. ❤

  4. June 4, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    Nice articles guys!!!! hihihihi

  5. June 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    @michelle Ah yes, sorry =_=;;

  6. 6 Wikki Pan
    June 4, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    lol yuki88 onee nice one ! ><

  7. 7 Moon04
    June 4, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Lol.! Nice article! I found out lots of things that I didn’t know… XD So which concert did Wakana found out that the Iced Latte was a bad Idea? XD Just curious!

    ~Keiko loves snake!? Lol, I’m scared of snakes… And she hates cats? But her personality is more like a cat…! XD

    ~When did Wakana said the trivia about Maya..? XD

  8. June 4, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    @moon04:
    “When did Wakana said the trivia about Maya..? XD”
    http://music.blog.so-net.ne.jp/powerpush08_072 << this.

    "So which concert did Wakana found out that the Iced Latte was a bad Idea? XD Just curious!"
    http://blog.oricon.co.jp/kalafina/archive/1/0 << this :3

  9. 9 meiatan
    October 17, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Hellooo ^^
    I just dropped by to say ‘nice blog!’
    I love Kalafina too ❤ I wish there was more information of Maya though ;_; Can't find much on the net either orz

  10. October 17, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    thank you 😀

    indeed, information regarding Maya is really hard to find. ;A;

  11. 11 HSN
    January 19, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Hi 黒い雪, this is the best intro to Kalafina in English I’ve seen! Thank you 🙂

  12. 12 SL
    September 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    how can you differentiate their voices?? lol they are kinda like Rin’, another band. I don’t really love Kalafina because I think they’re just hired “voices” and the song is a bit dramatic, suitable for anime but not really for other listening as… music.

  13. October 8, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    lol, so what do you think a listenable music is?

  14. 14 SL
    October 10, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    lol something with more relatable lyrics, and the music which is not so dramatic and tension-inducing or folk-like but more “background” kind is for easy listening. to listen to kalafina, I have to get in the mood. It’s not something I would listen when feeling strong emotions like sadness or happiness.
    For example, Yui has a good voice and nice music, and she is easily popular because she knows how to engage audiences. Kalafina is a niche thingy and it’s frankly not for everyone but for people who like those animes.

  15. October 11, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    lmao, so? There are a lot people prefer listening to Kalafina’s songs compared to Yui, too. it’s all back to your taste.

    and just to make sure, what did you mean with “they’re just ‘hired’ voices” eh?

  16. June 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    i think i love kalafina cuz their vocal song and cuz their difference of mainstream on the Japanese music itself…. it give me a vocal group experience …. i love yui tooo but they are different …. i like kalafina cuz it have some barok music in it ….

  17. 17 SL
    July 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Come on of course I mean Kalafina ladies can sing very well, but at the end of the day they neither write nor compose their songs. In fact, as in the case with Maya it may be easy to intro other members and take out others and the casual listener wouldn’t know the diff.
    That’s why I still respect people like yui, angela aki, rie fu, who write their own song.
    Frankly their lyrics are relatable about personal struggles and such vs some emo gothic lyrics like “to the beginning” Mayou kokoro ga sora ni ana o ugatsu–literally their lost hearts pierce a hole in the sky. It’s like in english it sounds corny and emo.

  18. 18 Ningrum
    December 26, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    thanks for the info


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