It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that if you love anime, you’ve surely heard at least one of Kalafina’s songs at some point.


Kalafina made an appearance on Tokyo Girls’ Update TV, and were willing to let us interview them about some topics that we didn’t have time to discuss during the program.

– In 2014 you released a two-disc best album “THE BEST”, as well as the album “far on the water” in 2015, but was your train of thought different for each?

Keiko: We released our best album last year with the concept of “how far we had come this way together”. We wanted to revisit our history once more, or more like, what kind of work we had been doing at the time the three of us debuted and how far we had come since, and by putting that into an album, we were able to reflect on it all. Additionally we wanted to dig deeper into each of our songs we’d done one by one, and in doing so our musical approach changed as well.

From that heightened sense of awareness we produced far on the water, and during the production at the time of recording it we really felt like, “Oh, we were able to do this so naturally!” with the way we created a natural harmony, the way our voices came together, and the unison between us. So because of that, rather than putting a lot of thought into the recording during production, it felt like we were able to let each other’s singing voices weave together as one on their own. I was reminded again of how natural it all was. It’s surprisingly difficult to make it appear that way. In a song where the vocals switch and change, how to solidify three people’s voices into a single song is very difficult, but we were able to come to some realizations during the production process. We felt an inner bond between us, and for that we were very happy.

– I think all of Kalafina’s members put a substantial amount of detail into your vocals, but could you tell us if there’s something you try to keep in mind when you sing or any original voice training methods you use?


…Read their stories about their original voice training methods, where their sound comes from and how to harmony them, their favorite things/places from Japan, and so on!

Been working in girls’ fashion magazines for a long time and am now the chief editor of Tokyo Girls’ Update. I have more expertise in Japanese teen fashion than anyone else (probably)! I’m a huge fan of the Revolutionary Girl Utena and Bakemonogatari animes.

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