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How she Made Herself an Anime Song Artist, Tapimiru! 

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How she Made Herself an Anime Song Artist, Tapimiru! 

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Up‐and‐coming anime song artist, Tapimiru has released her 2nd single
”Motenai Kuseni(`;ω;´)” on May 9, 2018. It’s been almost a year since her major label debut. She is a girl who has become a singer in the blink of an eye through her activities on “Niconico” which is Japan’s largest social video/streaming website and also other live streaming platforms. She started streaming and posting videos in 2016, and she made her major label debut just 1 year after. I was fortunate to be able to speak with her, regarding how she made her dream come true.

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— Since when did you want to become a singer?

Tapimiru: I can’t remember exactly, but I have loved singing since my childhood. I remember that my parents took me to a local festival, I went up on the stage and singing and dancing without their permission. I think I’m a little show-off by nature.

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When I was a high school student, I was in the light music club. The first time I performed on the stage, I felt something sparkles in my mind.The experience had a huge impact on my whole life. It dawned on me that “I want to make a living as a singer!” So I decided not apply to college and start pursuing my dream; become a singer.

— How was your school days?

Actually, I was a quiet and vulnerable child when I was in elementary school. I was so introverted that I had very few friends. But when I became a junior high school student, I had a thought that I should not withdraw myself into my shell. I had to pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone. So I made myself stronger. I don’t like to lose so I tried really hard to put myself out there.

— When did you start watching anime?

I was in the art club when I was in junior high, the most of the members are otaku. They like anime, manga and video games. So I was influenced by them and became an otaku as well. One day I borrowed a light novel from one of my friends. It was the trigger that I got totally hooked on light novels!


— How did you start streaming and posting videos on the Internet?

When I didn’t have my own PC or cell phone either, I stumbled upon a “Utattemita”(literally means “tried to sing”) video on Niconico. At that time, there was a website called “Koe-Bu” which is translated as “Voice Club”. It was a sort of like a platform where you can post your songs and participate in online Karaoke session with others. I really wanted to join that community so I pulled out my dad’s old PC from the closet and worked really hard to connect it to the Internet. Since I was singing with an old cheap microphone, the noise was terrible. So I was joking like “Hey, I’m singing from a helicopter!” Also, my parents were strict when I was growing up so I crawled into my futon and singing quietly so that they wouldn’t notice.

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— You have played a lot of games on stream. I have an impression that you are good at playing games.

Well, I don’t know. I’m not sure whether I’m good at playing games. But I like to play games with my friends. Basically, I don’t really like to play all by myself!
Right now I’m totally addicted to the “Uta Macross” which is the smartphone app game themed of classic Sci-Fi anime series.

When I started streaming, I was doing it just for fun. But, as I was seeing the success of my friends around me, also pursuing their dreams in the music industry, I thought that I have to change in order to succeed. So I started to actively connect with the world outside.
The situation has changed rapidly since I actually started going outside, like doing some live performances. I think that was the key to success.

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— The new single “Motenai Kuseni (`;ω;´)” has just released on May 9, 2018. Could you tell us about the song and also if there’s anything that has changed since last time from your point of view?

I used to sing ballads often, but my debut song “Hakkensha wa Watashi” which is the Main theme song of “Grimoire of Zero” was a very pop and energetic. To be honest, I was a bit surprised and even confused at first.

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But now, It’s been almost a year since my debut so I feel much calmer than before.
I wrote the lyrics to follow the storylines of the animation; “High School DxD Hero”. I put a lot of effort to mix well both the anime and my taste. I think I have learned a lot from this experience.


— Is there anyone who you look up to, or who inspires you?

You know, there are some artists working without showing much of their faces.
For example, Supercell and EGOIST. They are attracting people by singing alone. I think that’s really amazing.


— Last but not least, is there anything that you want to try in the future?

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Even though I made the major debut, I still can’t feel how much people are supporting me.
Maybe I am a bit twisted, so I can’t believe when people praise me but when I have a live show, that makes me realize so many people actually like my music and supporting me. I really appreciate that they come all the way to the venue, it makes me feel like I have to work harder for my fans. Right now I have been doing some live shows in Tokyo periodically, but I’d like to do a nationwide tour in the future.

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Buy Item

"High School DxD HERO (Anime)" Outro Theme Song: Motenai Kuse ni / Tapimiru
"Grimoire of Zero (Zero Kara Hajimeru Maho no Sho) (Anime)" Intro Main Theme: Hakkensha wa Watashi / Tapimiru

Tapimiru mini One-Man Live vol.08
June 24, 2018 (Sunday)
Open – 6:00pm / Start – 6:30pm
Mizonokuchi Theater (Kanagawa)
Ticket URL: https://ticketpay.jp/booking/?event_id=14338


Related Links

Tapimiru Official Website: https://tapimiru.com/
Tapimiru Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/tapimiru_2525

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Rabi Cosuzu
Rabi Cosuzu

Former cosplayer, maid in Akihabara. An enthusiast in Japanese pop culture. I used to live in the States since I was young so I speak English and Japanese. 


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