Vocalists: Wakana Ootaki, Keiko Kubota, Maya Toyoshima (former), Hikaru Masai
Composer/Arranger: Yuki Kajiura (2007 – 2018)
Lyrics: Yuki Kajiura (2007 – 2018)
Producer: Yuki Kajiura (2007 – 2018)
Publisher: Sony Music Entertainment Japan (2007-2017), Sacra Music (April 2017 -present)
- Formation & Releases
A new project created and produced by Yuki Kajiura in 2007, to perform the theme songs for Kinoko Nasus film series: Kara no Kyoukai. Only two vocalists appear to have been involved in the first single: Wakana and Keiko, though they were not identified by name. It had been suspected that those two were the vocalists of Kalafina, but it was not confirmed until the first Dream Port 2008 (former site) concert held on April 29, 2008.
Two more vocalists were introduced after the release of oblivious, in the photo shown above. The third and fourth members were revealed to be Maya and Hikaru, on May 23, 2008. All four members participated in sprinter/ARIA, and Maya was absent from the two subsequent singles: fairytale and lacrimosa. Their first album, Seventh Heaven was released in March 2009. In May 2009, Sony officially announced that Maya will no longer be participating in Kalafina, which will continue as a group of three vocalists: Keiko, Wakana, and Hikaru.
In May 7, 2009 a new Kalafina single titled storia was announced for release in July 1, 2009. The song was used as ending theme in episode 9 of NHK’s live action documentary series Rekishi Hiwa Historia for which Yuki Kajiura scored the music, instead of the ending background music that was used in the rest of the episodes. As Yuki Kajiura had methion, storia, is the “japanese language version” of the Rekishi Hiwa Historia theme of which lyrics are in Yuki’s made up language.
In August 26, 2009, at the live event Kalafina LIVE 2009 “storia” , a brand new song named Progressive was performed. A single for this song was released in October 28, 2009. The Limited edition of the single was also containing a DVD with Progressive PV, live performance of love come down, Ongaku and Mata Kaze ga Tsuyoku natta from Kalafina Closed Premium Live on May 19, 2009 and video of the TV programme”utatane” broadcasted on July 18, 2009.
In November 9, 2009 there was announced by the Kalafina site that they will perform the Opening Theme song for the anime Sora no Woto , titled Hikari no Senritsu with single release on January 20, 2010. In the live event Kalafina LIVE 2009 “progressive” there was announced that they will be singing the theme song of the animated movie Eve no Jikan, titled I have a dream. In the same event was also announced that Kalafina’s 2nd album is in production and will be released in spring 2010 (later was confirmed as March 17, 2010). Later was announced that I have a dream will be included in the album, titled Red Moon, which will also include the main theme song of the online game 信長の野望 (Nobunaga no Yabou), titled Hoshi no Utai.
On May 13, 2010 they released their first sheet music book titled “Easy Piano Solo /Kalafina” which was containing sheet music of songs from their Seventh Heaven and Red Moon albums.
On June 9th, 2010 there was announced by Sony and the Kuroshitsuji II website, that Kalafina will sing an insert theme song for the anime Kuroshitsuji II, titled 輝く空の静寂には (Kagayaku sora no Shijima ni wa) and July 13, 2010, the Kalafina official site announced that the song would be released as single, on September 15, 2010.
On December 1, 2010 they released their first BD/DVD contaning the live performance of their Kajiura Produce 3rd Anniversary LIVE TOUR Kalafina LIVE 2010 “Red Moon” concert at JCB Hall Tokyo, as well as a documentary about their Asia Tour 2010.
On December 9, 2010, was announced the release of the 9th single of the group titled Magia, with the title song being the Ending Theme of the animation Puella Magi Madoka Magica, with single release on February 16, 2011. The next day (December 10) was announced by Yuki Kajiura in her twitter, that a second song performed by Kalafina, titled symphonia will be used as Ending Theme in Rekishi Hiwa Historia‘s 3rd season airing in January 2011. Later was announced that the c/w song of the Magia single, snow falling would be used as Ending Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai’s epilogue movie Kara no Kyoukai : Shousho
On July 13, 2011, was announced, that on September 21, 2011, Kalafina would release their 3rd album titled After Eden.The Limited Edition came with a 40-page deluxe pamphlet and a DVD containing a PV of the Kalafina song symphonia, as well as a documentary for the Kalafina visit to Anime Expo in Los Angeles in 2011. The album contained 13 songs, from which 9 songs were new. For the promotion of the album were also given to fan that bought them from certain chain store and websites a Puella Magi Madoka Magica postcard as well as a mouse-pad in 4 possible designs, given along with both RE and LE. A Korean version of the album was released in Korea on October 11, 2011. On
On January 7, 2012, was announced that Kalafina would release on March 21, 2012 their second LIVE DVD, this time coming out in Blu-ray as well, titled 「“After Eden” Special LIVE 2011 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL」 containing footage from their “After Eden” Special LIVE 2011 held on November 25, 2011 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL (old JCB Hall).
On February 5, 2012 was announced the release of their 10th single on April 18, 2012, titled 『to the beginning』. The title song was used as Opening Theme 2 for the anime Fate/Zero. This time the single came out in 4 versions: 1. CD + DVD, 2. CD + BD (both Limited with PV in), 3. CD (Regular), 4. CD + DVD with anime content. The c/w song titled manten, was melodically based on Fate/Zero OST I’s music track “let the stars fall down”, and was after the single’s release used as 3rd Ending Theme of the anime, at the end of episodes 18 and 19.
On March 30th, 2012, was announced that Kalafina would be singing a new song moonfesta for a NHK’s children music program Minna No Uta. Later, on May 18, was announced a single release for this song, c/w Yane no mukou ni, on July 18, 2012. The single will come out in Regular, Limited with DVD and Limited with BD versions, with the BD containing apart from the moonfesta PV, a Minna no Uta version of it.
On August 30, 2012, was announced the release of the 12th Kalafina single titled ひかりふる (Hikari Furu) on October 24, 2012 and that the title song would be used as Ending Theme of the P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Eien no Monogatari movie. The single would be also containing a remix of “Magia” titled Magia [quattro]. Later was made known that the b-side song title Mirai would be a Kalafina version of the Madoka OST I song “Credens Justitiam” and would be also used in the first movie P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Hajimari no Monogatari along with Magia [quattro]. For the first time in Kalafina’s history the Anime Edition of the single included instrumentals of all 3 songs making the total number of tracks 6!
On March 20, 2013 Kalafina released their 4th album titled Consolation! The album came out in 3 editions, Regular, Limited with DVD and Limited with Blu-ray Disc, with the BD containing, apart from the Yume no Daichi PV, also a Documentary about Kalafina’s visit at Bonn, Germany. The album contained 13 tracks, 8 of which were new. The album has been reportedly released also in US, Canada (iTunes), Korea, Indonesia (physically).
On October 2 and November 6, 2013 were respectively released a single for the Theme song (titled Alleluia) of the 9th (and last) Kara no Kyoukai movie “Mirai Fukuin“, as well as a single for the Ending Theme [titled 「君の銀の庭」
Kimi no Gin no Niwa – (Your silver Garden)] for the 3rd Puella Magi Madoka Magica movie “Hangyaku no Monogatari (Rebellion).
The first single instead of instrumentals for the title and c/w song (dolce), contained the audio of 4 Live performances (seventh heaven, snow falling, fairytail, Kimi wa Hikari ni Kaete Iku) from the 「X’mas Premium LIVE 2012 “Kalafina with Strings”」 concert, 2 in each edition (RE/LE). DVD or BD with PV were not included, but the single came with Kara no Kyoukai themed booklet. Meanwhile the “Kimi no Gin no Niwa” single came with 4 editions (RE/AE/LE A/ LE B) and a PV. Its worth noting that song “dolce” was used as Ending Theme of the side-story movie Kara no Kyoukai: extra chorus, which was screened on theaters and sold on Blu-ray along with Mirai Fukuin.
On December 11, 2013, they released their 「Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2013 “Consolation”」Special Final concert, held at Tokyo International Forum Hall A, on Blu-ray and DVD, titled「Live Tour 2013 “Consolation” Special Final」 containing performances of 28 songs as well as a Documentary of Anime Central in Chicago.
On May 12th, 2014 was announced that Kalafina would release a Best of album, named “The Best”, split in “Red” and “Blue” versions, each of them having Limited and Regular Edition. The Red Edition contained a new song titled Prelude as the first song, and the BD contained live footage from the “Kalafina 5th Anniversary LIVE” oblivious” on January 23, 2013, while the Blue Edition, had as its last track the newly announced Kalafina song 「heavenly blue」 for Aldnoah Zero anime, and its BD contained live footage from the Kalafina “Lisani LIVE-4!” performance of January 26, 2014. A few weeks ago was announced that 「heavenly blue」 would get an anime edition single with anime-inspired coverart, released on August 6, 2014, containing the song, and its Tv-size, as well as its instrumental.
On July 27th, 2014 was announced that Kalafina is responsible for the Ending Theme song for TV anime Fate/Stay Night [Unlimited Blade Works], animated by studio Ufotable. Kalafina’s 16th single will be titled Believe and was released on November 19, 2014. It came out in 4 editions (LE A + DVD, LE B + BD, Anime + DVD, Regular) with the LE’s containing PV of the title song, and the Anime DVD containing creditless ED of Fate/Stay Night. Later was revealed the the b-side tracks of the single would be “in every nothing” and “lapis”.
On February 28 and March 1, 2015 during their Budokan lives, Kalafina performed 2 new songs: ring your bell, and far on the water. The first was used as Ending Theme of the 2nd half of Fate/Stay Night [UBW], and released as single in May 13, 2015, while the second as new Ending Theme for Rekishi Hiwa Historia. It is worth methioning that the “ring your bell” single was the first that had vinyl disc edition, sold for 1500Yen, the coupling songs were koibito no ‘mukashigatari no yūgure no’, and ‘ring your bell (in the silence)’, which is a short version of the title song in kajiurago, used as ending theme in certain episode of the anime. On July 15, 2015 Kalafina released BD&DVD of their 2-day concert in Budokan, with separate release for each day (RED/BLUE). The release was titled Kalafina LIVE THE BEST 2015 “Red day” & “Blue Day” BD/DVD. The Red day on contained as bonus documentary video of their visit at JAPAN EXPO in France, while the Blue day one documentary video of their Budokan performances (making of). A month later, on August 12, Kalafina released their 17th single, titled One Light, 2nd Ending Theme for the TV anime Arslan Senki, continuing the vinyl trend that ‘ring your bell’ started, with the coupling songs being “Mahiru” and “Samidare ga Sugita Koro ni”.
On September 16, 2015, Kalafina released their 5th studio album titled far on the water. It came out in all known editions plus vinyl record, and contained all anime title songs from heavenly blue single till one light, and 9 new album songs, including far on the water. The BD and DVD that came with it contained PVs of heavenly blue and ring your bell, as well as the Budokan performances of ring your bell and far on the water, which were not released in the Red/Blue Day BD/DVD.
Kalafina started 2016 by releasing a live album containing the recording of their concert 「Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2014」 of November 1, 2014, which was accompanied by Hitoshi Konno’s strings quartet. The release was titled Kalafina 8th Anniversary. Special products – The Live Album「Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2014」 and came out on January 20, 2016.
On March 16, 2016, Kalafina released a collaboration single with songwriter Shinji Tanimura, titled “Alcira no Hoshi“, this time without any involvement of Yuki Kajiura. The song was used as theme for the TV series “Chikyu Gekijo”. The single included the song in varying performances as well as karaoke versions. Later on the song was also included in Shinji Tanimura’s album “Dream Songs vol I”.
On March 27 Kalafina announced that they would do the ED theme for the 2nd season of Arslan Senki Fuujin Ranbu, titled “blaze“. Their 19th single released on August 10, 2016 in 5 different editions and contained the b-side song Natsu no asa 「夏の朝」and instrumentals for both songs, while the BD/DVD disc a PV of “blaze” song. On April 2016, Kalafina announced that the will do a new Ending Theme song for Rekishi Hiwa Historia, titled into the world.
On June 22, Kalafina released Bluray/DVD with recording of their Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2015~2016 “far on the water” Special FINAL concert, held at Tokyo International forum hall on January 31 2016. The BD/DVD also included documentary about Kalafina’s far on the water concerts in Hong Kong on November 7- 8, 2015.
On August 26, Kalafina announced that they would sing the Ending Theme “Märchen (メルヒェン)” for Zaregoto OVA, for which Yuki Kajiura was composing the soundtrack. On September 10, Kalafina announced the release of a studio album with accoustic version of Kalafina songs with strings arrangement, as well as some well-known christmass songs performed by Kalafina. The album, titled Winter Acoustic “Kalafina with Strings”, came out on November 16, 2016 with 13 tracks, half of which were arranged Kalafina songs and other half were covered christmas songs, as well as a new Kalafina song, Yasashii Uta 「やさしいうた」.
On November 19, Kalafina announced the release of their “Arena LIVE 2016 at Nippon Budokan” in BD/DVD. It mostly included recording of their performance on September 16, and on second disc contained 5 performances from September 17th, as well as 2 documentaries from Arena LIVE 2016 at Nippon Budokan and their “far on the water” in Mexico concert. The BD/DVD released on January 18, 2017
On January 1, 2017 Kalafina started the year by announcing that the group will move, along with 14 other artists, from SME to a new sub-label of SonyMusic, called SACRA MUSIC which would start its business from April 4, 2017. The new label was promising to focus into the artists activity outside of Japan.
Kalafina’s first single with SACRA (20th in total), was announced on February 28, titled 「into the world / Märchen」containing the 2 songs that were previously announced but not released, as well as a b-side song titled Haru wo Matsu (春を待つ). The single came out on April 5, in 5 editions and the DVD/BD contained PVs for both A-side songs but the Marchen one being available only in the Anime edition.
On March 26, 2017 it was announced that Kalafina will do the Ending Theme for ufotable’s anime adaption of the very popular trading card videogame Katsugeki Touken Ranbu.This game is so popular that Kalafina became a top 10 hashtag on japanese twitter on the day of announcement! The single contained the title song Hyakka Ryouran 「百火撩乱」, b-sides KantanKatan 「カンタンカタン」 and Tombo 「とんぼ」 and the respective instrumentals, and TV-size, in the usual RE – LE+BD – LE+DVD – Anime Edition – Vinyl format. On November 1, 2017, their Kalafina “9 + ONE” live on Live on BD/DVD, recorded on either the June 3 or June 4 lives, at Tokyo International Forum Hall A.
After their 10th Anniversary live on January 23, 2018, Kajiura announced the breaking news on her twitter ( 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5) what was rumoured by some online articles for about 2 months, that Yuki Kajiura is leaving Spacecraft produce, after more than 20 years working with them, due to quarrel with some new Spacecraft executives. She also quited as Kalafina’s producer. She said she was planning to stay independent, and that FictionJunction Club would shut down.
Following these news, a harmony fanclub email stated that a Kalafina member would quit the group – later it was announced that this member was Keiko Kubota, who couldnt stay Kalafina without Kajiura and decided to follow her. Keiko also filled an application for the “Kalafina” trademark ownership, that still has to be resolved. It was also announced that Wakana and Hikaru would continue on the group.
Despite these events, Kalafina announced on Apr 13, 2018 the release of their 10th anniversary Live as well as their Documentary movie Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film – Yume ga Tsumugu Kagayaki no Harmony –, both set to release on June 13, 2018.
During the first Yuki Kajiura Live vol.#13 (June 30), Yuki Kajiura announced her one-person agency company called “FictionJunction Music”, as well as her new fanclub, later revealed to be named FictionJuction Station.
Despite saying that they’d continue the group, for the following months, Wakana and Hikaru both announced solo activities: Hikaru announced “Hikaru” Birthday EVENT 2018 in July 31, 2018 at Tokyo Suntory Hall Blue Rose Hall, and Wakana: Kalafina “Wakana” in Concert with the Roma・Italia Orchestra in August 11, 2018 at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in which event she also announced a solo tour “Wakana Live Tour 2018 – Beyond Time” for September 2018 where they both performed mainly Kalafina songs and some others.
On September 5, Sacra announced the release of a compilation album titled “Kalafina All Time Best 2008-2018“, set to release on October 24. Like the title hints, the release had all A-sides / songs used in anime/game since the groups debut till their 10th anniversary, on 3 CDs, and progressive was there too. The songs were in some way remastered. The Limited Edition also came with 3 additional CDs containing the Audio recording of the Kalafina 10th Anniversary LIVE 2018 at Nippon Budokan that was previously released on BD/DVD. The compilation album LE also contained a “History Photo Book” of 60 pages.
- Notable Lives
Kalafina began their live performances by opening for Yuki Kajiura LIVE concerts in 2008. On April 5, July 31, and December 27 they were the opening act for Yuki Kajiura LIVE Volumes #1, #2 and #3 respectively. In 2009, they performed at several collaboration concerts with other artists, a fanclub event, and a closed live event for raffle winners who had purchased their Seventh Heaven album or Lacrimosa single. They made their first international appearance at Anime Boston 2009 on May 22–24, and held their first open one-man live, Kalafina LIVE 2009: storia on August 26. On December 27, they held another one-man live, Kalafina LIVE 2009 “progressive”.
In 2010 Kalafina embarked on their first Live Tour, Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2010 ~progressive +~, from February 2–9, with concerts in the Japanese cities of Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. They also set off on their Asia Tour from February 26 to March 7, performing in Taiwan, Shanghai and Hong Kong . From May 15 and June 12 they did a tour of 4 Japanese cities titled 「Kajiura Produce 3rd Anniversary LIVE TOUR – Kalafina LIVE 2010 “Red Moon”」, while on May 23 they performed as Front Act for 「Kajiura Produce 3rd Anniversary LIVE TOUR FictionJunction/Yuki Kajiura LIVE vol.#6」 concert in Sendai. On August 6 they held another live concert in Hong Kong with the title Kalafina LIVE 2010 “Red Moon” in Hong Kong. From December 10–11, they held a one-man live at Shibuya Hall CCLemon, Kalafina LIVE 2010 “Kagayaku Sora no Shijima ni wa”. Kalafina kicked off 2011 by holding a Live Tour, Kalafina Spring Tour 2011 “Magia”, from March 27 to April 15, covering 4 Japanese cities: Osaka, Toyama, Nagoya and Tokyo. From July 1–4 Kalafina were guests of honor at Anime Expo 2011 in Los Angeles and held a concert at LA’s Club Nokia on July 2. On October 29, Kalafina contributed to a charity event called “Festival of East Earthquake Reconstruction 2011 – For the Future of Children -”. The two-day festival, which featured stage performances and concerts, and was held to raise funds; all proceeds from ticket sales would be used to help child victims of the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11 of that year. Kalafina’s performance for the festival took place at Yoyogi National Gymnasium (2nd Gymnasium); the day’s line-up also included Sphere, Faylan, Yui Makino, Yousei Teikoku and Chihiro Yonekura. On November 13 they made their first visit to Singapore for the Anime Festival Asia 2011 (AFA) convention and a performance at the con’s “I Love anisong” concert, along with other artists. On November 24 and December 4, Kalafina performed at the ANIMAX MUSIX FALL 2011 and LisAni LIVE 2011 events respectively, with a one-man live, “After Eden” Special LIVE 2011, in between on November 25. During the Christmas season they closed the year with Kalafina X’mas Premium Acoustic LIVE on December 24.
In 2012, from January 7 to February 4, Kalafina did a Live Tour with 10 concerts to promote their third album: 7 concerts for “Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2012 “After Eden” and 3 concerts for Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2012 “After Eden” LIVE HOUSE ver.. Kalafina were guests at the Anime Festival Asia Malaysia 2012 (AFA MY), which took place from June 9–10, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, performing on June 9 at the “Super Anisong Genki Live!!” concert in a line-up that included other artists. Back in Japan, they participated in the TYPE-MOON Fes(tival) –10th Anniversary Event–, which took place on July 7 and 8, performing setlists that comprised of Kalafina’s songs for Kara no Kyoukai and Fate/Zero. On July 16 they performed a one-man live named after their 10th, upcoming single: 「Kalafina LIVE 2012 “to the beginning” 」. From July 27–29 they were invited and performed at the AnimagiC 2012 convention in Bonn, Germany, marking their first visit to Europe. Kalafina took part in several collaborative live concerts in August: Mezamashi Live 2012 on August 6, Sound Spirit OTODAMA SEA STUDIO 2012 on August 18 and Music Energy 2012 on August 30. Their last live performances for the year were 3 concerts on December 19, 21 and 22 as under the name X’mas Premium Live 2012 “Kalafina with Strings”. In 2013 Kalafina marked their fifth year as a group with the one-man live, Kalafina 5th Anniversary LIVE “oblivious” on January 23 and 29. They have also been invited to perform at LisAni LIVE 2013 on January 27. Kalafina announced on January 23 that they will be holding a special live named after their upcoming fourth album, Kalafina “Consolation” Special LIVE 2013 on April 6. They had also announced that they will be the Guest of Honor at Chicago’s Anime Central (ACEN) convention and are slated to perform at the AKOO Theater on May 17. Following that they will embark on a National Tour of Japan, Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2013 “Consolation” with dates from June 8 to August 3. In the meantime, they also performed at the “20th Anniversary Yuki Kajiura LIVE vol.#10 “Kaji Fest.” 2013” concert on May 11, with which was celebrated Kajiura’s 20th year as a music composer as well as her 10th Live concert since 2008. Later on was announced one more performance of the “Consolation” tour on August 4, 2013 titled 「Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2013 “Consolation”」 Special Final which later was released in Blu-ray. Kalafina continued their live activities with performances at 「Sound Spirit OTODAMA SEA STUDIO 2013」 on August 26, at Anime Festival Asia Indonesia 2013 betweeen September 6 – 7th 2013, MUSIC ENERGY 2013 on September 14, Mezamashi Live Island Tour 2013 on October 2, and ended the year with 3 Christmass lives titled “Christmas Premium LIVE 2013 “Kalafina with Strings”” between December 20 and 23, 2013, in which they sang accompanied by live strings quartet and piano.
The group opened 2014 with a FictionJunction CLUB Members only～「Kalafina 6th Anniversary LIVE 2014 concert on January 23, 2014 followed by performance at LisAni! LIVE 2014 on January 26, 2014. After a 2-month break due to Yuki Kajiura Live vol#11, Kalafina traveled to Hong Kong for 2 concerts titled 「Kalafina Special LIVE in Hong Kong 2014」 on May 30 and 31, and back in Japan they did a one man 「Kalafina “Kimi no gin no niwa” Special LIVE 2014」 live on June 26. Afterwards, they traveled to France, as guests of Japan Expo 2014, where they did their 2nd appearance in Europe (after Germany) with a short concert on July 6 at Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center in Paris. Back in Japan, they did an accoustic live at Sound Spirit OTODAMA SEA STUDIO 2014 “Kalafina Premium Acoustic LIVE” OTODAMA Special” on August 1, 2014 followed by a performanced at Mezamashi Live 2014 on August 16, 2014, and Kalafina’s participation in Animelo Summer Live 2014 -ONENESS-‘s 2nd day on August 26 at Saitama Super Arena. In Autumn, the trio performed at MUSIC ENERGY 2014 on September 23, did 2 「Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2014」 concerts with the usual band but accompanied by strings quartet on October 28 and November 1. Other November performances were 2 「Kalafina – believe」release Commemorative Mini Lives and participation in ANIMAX MUSIX 2014 YOKOHAMA on November 22, 2014. Kalafina closed 2014 with a christmass accoustic live titled 「Seinaru Yoru no Okurimono 2014 in Akarenga ~Kalafina Premium Acoustic LIVE~」held at Yokohama’s Red Brick Warehouse Bulding.
The group started 2015 with an FJC members exclusive live titled “FictionJunction CLUB members only Kalafina 7th Anniversary LIVE 2015” on January 23, 2015, and participated in Lisani! Live 5 on January 25, at Nippon Budokan, where Kalafina returned between February 28 and March 1, 2015 for their first 2 one-man lives at this huge venue. These lives were called “Kalafina LIVE THE BEST 2015 “Red day” & “Blue Day”” named after their “The Best Red/Blue” album.
After that Kalafina was one of the artists of the Anime Festival Asia Thailand convention, on May 1 and 2, 2015, making their first visit to Thailand, and performing live on May 1st. Back in Japan the 3 girls did 2 promotional mini lives for the ‘ring your bell‘ single and did break as Yuki Kajiura Live #12 was keeping Wakana and Keiko busy. During August, Kalafina did 2 One Light mini lives and was invited at Mezamashi Live (Dream Mega Summer Matsuri 2015) on the 15th, and Animelo Summer Live 2015 -THE GATE- on 30th.
Next Kalafina started promoting their new album “far on the water”, the promotion included 4 album release commemoration events between September 9 and 17 (intermissioned by their performances at Kitamae and Machi Asobi presents: “uta no furu yoru”) as well as a big Japan tour titled Kalafina Live Tour 2015～2016 “far on the water”, with 8 main performances between October 10, 2015 and January 11, 2016 on 5 japanese cities, and 2 tour final concerts in Tokyo titled Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2015～2016 “far on the water” Special FINAL on January 30 and 31, 2016.
But that wasnt all as Kalafina took the chance to promote their album abroad, with 2 Hong Kong lives on November 8 and 9, 2015 at Chai Wan Youth Square Y, 2 Taiwan lives on Jaunuary 16 and 17, 2016 at ATT SHOW BOX (Taipei), and a visit & concert at Mexico at El Plaza Condesa (Mexico City) making their first visit on a Latin American country. Kalafina closed 2015 with 3 Christmas Premium LIVE 2015 “Kalafina with Strings” concerts between December 22 and 25, and a performance at COUNTDOWN JAPAN 15/16 on December 28.
Kalafina opened 2016 by continueing their far on the water Live Tour, with performance at Osaka on January 11 2016, 2 concerts in Taipei of Taiwan on Jan 16-17, and two fotw Special Final concerts on Jan 30-31, 2016, as well as a performance in Mexico City of Mexico on February 20, 2016. Between those they also did 2 “FictionJunction CLUB members only Kalafina 8th Anniversary LIVE 2016” concerts on January 17 and 22, in Tokyo’s Tsutaya O’East.
On March 5, Kalafina participated in FJC’s event FJC “Best 20” Part 2, and in Shinji Tanimura’s concerts SHINJI TANIMURA RECITAL 2016 “THE SINGER” on April 9-10. Between April 17 and 29 they did their “Kalafina with Strings” Spring Premium LIVE 2016 tour, and on May 9-10, 2016 they did their last “far on the water” concerts in Shanghai of China.
Until September, Kalafina participated in various collab events, like NHK Otakon (17/5), Mezamashi Classics Summer Special 2016 (29/7), 15th Anniversary Jonetsu Tairiku SPECIAL LIVE SUMMER TIME BONANZA’16 (30/7, 27/8), Odaiba Yumetairiku 「Mezamashi LIVE 2016」(21/8).
Between September 10 and 17, Kalafina did their Kalafina Arena LIVE 2016 Live Tour in Kobe, and Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan, last of which were later released on BD/DVD. From November 19, 2016, Kalafina started promoting their to-be-released Winter Acoustic Kalafina with Strings album, with 2 commemorative mini lives, and a Live Tour of 12 concerts called Kalafina with Strings Christmas Premium LIVE 2016, between November 30 and December 24, 2016, the first of which was FJC exclusive. Kalafina closed 2017 by attending COUNTDOWN JAPAN 16/17.
On January 1, 2017 Kalafina started the year by announcing that the group will move, along with 14 other artists, from SME to a new sub-label of SonyMusic, called SACRA MUSIC which would start its business from April 4, 2017. The new label is promising to focus into the artists activity outside of Japan.
Kalafina’s 2017 lives started with 2 FJC Members exclusive「Kalafina 9th Anniversary LIVE 2017」 concerts on January 22-23, 2017, at Tokyo‘s TSUTAYA O-EAST, and by participating at the yearly Lisani! LIVE 2017 “CROSS STAGE” on Jan 27. On March 10 and 18, 2017 Kalafina participated with 6 other artists, at a new SME event titled Anisong Fantasy Live Vol.1 2017 held overseas. The first date they performed in Hong Kong, and the second date in Singapore. On March 15, they announced the creation of their own, standalone from FictionJunction CLUB, fanclub, called Harmony. Members from FJC were able to either join both clubs or convert to Harmony. On May 27-28, Kalafina performed at the SME MUSIC THEATER 2017, along with other Sacra Music artists at Saitama Super Arena.
Between April 15 and June 17, 2017 the group started an new Live Tour titled「Kalafina “9+ONE”」 with 13 concerts in 10 japanese cities. According to the announcement, the tour was decided to thank the customers who supported the group for 9 continious years, on the way to plus the +1 year that would lead to the 10 years anniversary on 2018. Later on were added in the same tour, two concerts in Taiwan (July 15 + 16), and one in Hong Kong (July 29). Following this tour, they performed two「Kalafina “Harmony” ～Premium LIVE vol.1～」 (Sept 8 and 17) concerts, and were also invited to perform at 3 events for the commemoration of reconstruction for 2 of Japan’s UNESCO sites, Japan’s National Treasure, Yōmeimon Gate, and Central Golden Hall, all 3 concerts under the “Kalafina with Strings” umbrella. From November 7 till December 14, 2017, Kalafina did a Kalafina Acoustic Tour 2017 + ONE “with Strings” tour, and finished the year 2017 with 4 “Kalafina with Strings “Christmas Premium LIVE 2017” concerts.
On January 23, 2018, Kalafina did their Kalafina 10th Anniversary Live at Nippon Budokan, which included songs voted by fans which resulted in a great setlist with many under-performed b-side songs. The songs were performed with the accompaniment of FBM, Hitoshi Konno strings, Accordion, Percussion, and Flute.
After their 10th Anniversary live on January 23, 2018, Kajiura announced the breaking news on her twitter ( 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5) what was rumoured by some online articles for about 2 months that Yuki Kajiura is leaving Spacecraft produce, after more than 20 years working with them, due to quarrel with some new Spacecraft executives. She also quited as Kalafina’s producer. She said she was planning to stay independent, and that FictionJunction Club would shut down.
Following these news, a Harmony fanclub email stated that a Kalafina member would quit the group – later it was announced that this member was Keiko Kubota, who couldnt stay Kalafina without Kajiura and decided to follow her. Keiko also filled an application for the “Kalafina” trademark ownership, that still has to be resolved. It was also announced that Wakana and Hikaru would continue on the group.
Despite saying that, for the following months, Wakana and Hikaru both announced solo activities: Hikaru announced “Hikaru Birthday EVENT 2018” in July 31, 2018 at Tokyo Suntory Hall Blue Rose Hall, and Wakana: Kalafina “Wakana” in Concert with the Roma・Italia Orchestra in August 11, 2018 at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in which event she also announced a solo tour “Wakana Live Tour 2018 – Beyond Time” for September 2018. In these where they performed mainly Kalafina songs and some others.
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|Kalafina All Time Best 2008-2018
LE: VVCL-1332～1337, RE: VVCL-1338～1340
October 24, 2018
36 (on 3 CDs) + 34 Tracks (on 3 CDs -LE only-)
|Kalafina 10th Anniversary LIVE 2018 at Nippon Budokan
DVD: VVBL-115, Blue-Ray: VVXL-17
June 13, 2018
34 Tracks (incl 5 MCs and Endroll)
|Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film – Yume ga Tsumugu Kagayaki no Harmony –
June 13, 2018
|Kalafina “9 + ONE” at Tokyo International Forum Hall A
DVD: VVBL-113-114, Blue-Ray: VVXL-16
November 1, 2017
26 Tracks (incl 3 MCs and Endroll)
|Kalafina – 「Hyakka Ryouran」
VVCL1075 (Reg), VVCL 1071–2 (LE+DVD), VVCL 1073–4 (LE+BD), VVCL 1076~7 (AnE), VVJL-2 (Vinyl) | August 9, 2017
Single (Katsugeki Touken Ranbu ED)
5 (reg-LEs), 6 (ani), 7 Tracks (vinyl)
|Kalafina – 「into the world / Märchen」
VVCL–1005 (Reg), VVCL-1001~2 (LE+DVD), VVCL–1003~4 (LE+BD), VVCL-1006~7 (AnE), VVJL-1 (Vinyl) | April 5, 2017
Single (RHH ED 5 & Zaregoto OVA ED)
4 (reg-LEs), 5(ani), 6 Tracks(vinyl)
|Kalafina Arena LIVE 2016 at Nippon Budokan
DVD: SEBL-216～217, Blue-Ray: SEXL-86
January 18, 2017
27 + 5 Tracks
|Winter Acoustic “Kalafina with Strings”
SECL-2000 | November 16, 2016
|Kalafina – blaze
SECL-1960 (Reg), SECL-1956 (LE+DVD), SECL-1958 (LE+BD), SECL-1961 (AnE), SEJL-31 (Vinyl) | August 10, 2016
Single (Arslan Senki “Fuujin Ranbu” ED)
4 Tracks (reg-LEs-ani), 5 (ani, vinyl)
|Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2015~2016 “far on the water” Special FINAL at Tokyo International Forum Hall A
DVD: SEBL-210, Blue-Ray: SEXL-77 | June 22, 2016
|Kalafina 8th Anniv.Sp.products – Live Album 「Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2014」
SECL1833～1834 | January 20, 2016
Live Album (2 Discs)
|Kalafina – far on the water
SECL1767 (Reg), SECL1763~64 (LE+DVD), SECL1765 ~ 1766 (LE+BD), SEJL-29 ~ 30 (Vinyl) | September 16, 30 (Vinyl), 2015
|Kalafina – One Light
SECL1745(Reg), SECL1741～42 (LE+DVD), SECL1743～44 (LE+BD), SECL1746～47 (AnE), SEJL-28 (Vinyl) | August 12, 2015
Single (Arslan Senki ED 2)
4 Tracks (reg-LEs-ani), 5 (vinyl)
|Kalafina LIVE THE BEST 2015 “Red Day” at Nihon Budokan
BD: SEXL-62, DVD: SEBL-194 | July 15, 2015
BD & DVD
21 Tracks (+ 3 MCs)
|Kalafina LIVE THE BEST 2015 “Blue Day” at NihonBudokan
BD: SEXL-63, DVD: SEBL-195 | July 15, 2015
BD & DVD
21 Tracks (+ 3 MCs)
|Kalafina – ring-your-bell
SECL1695 (Reg) SECL1691 ~ 92 (LE+DVD) SECL1693 ~ 94 (LE+BD) SECL1696 ~ 97 (AnE) SEJL-27 (Vinyl) | May 13, 2015
Single (Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works anime ED 2)
4 Tracks (reg-LEs-ani), 5 (vinyl)
|Kalafina – believe
SECL1616 (Reg) SECL1612~3 (LE+DVD) SECL1614~5 (LE+BD) SECL1617~8 (AnE) | November 19, 2014
Single (Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works anime ED)
|Kalafina – heavenly blue
SECL-1545 | August 6, 2014
Single (Limited Anime [Aldnoah.Zero] Edition)
|Kalafina – The Best “Blue” Edition
RE (CD): SECL 1535 : LE (+BD): SECL 1532~3 | July 16, 2014
Best of Album
|Kalafina – The Best “Red” Edition
RE (CD): SECL-1534 : LE (+BD): SECL-1530~1 | July 16, 2014
Best of Album
|Kalafina – 「Live Tour 2013 “Consolation” Special Final」
DVD: SEBL-163, Blue-Ray: SEXL-35 | December 11, 2013
|Kalafina – Kimi no Gin no Niwa
SECL-1421 (Reg), SECL-1417 ~ 1418 (LE+DVD), SECL-1419 ~ 1420 (LE+BD), SECL-1422 (AnE) | November 6, 2013
Single (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Hangyaku no Monogatari ED)
|Kalafina – Alleluia
SECL-1390 (LE: SECL-1391) | October 2, 2013
Single (Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin Theme)
|Kalafina – Consolation
SECL-1284 (LE DVD: SECL-1280, LE BD: SECL-1282)
March 20, 2013
|Kalafina 5th Anniversary LIVE SELECTION 2009-2012
SECL-1229 (RE), SECL-1225 (LE) | January 23, 2013
Live Album (2 Discs)
16 + 13 Tracks
|Kalafina Special European Edition 2012
? | January 9, 2013
40 (14+13+13) Tracks
|Kalafina – Hikari Furu
SECL-1204 (Reg), SECL-1200 (LE+DVD), SECL-1202 (LE+BD), SECL-1205 (AnE+DVD) | October 24, 2012
Single (Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Eien no Monogatari ~)
4 Tracks (RE&LEs) 6 (An.E)
|Kalafina – moonfesta
SECL-1156 (Reg), SECL-1154 (LE+DVD), SECL-1154 (LE+BD) | July 18, 2012
3 (reg), 4 (lim) Tracks
|Kalafina – To the beginning
SECL-1092 (Reg), SECL-1088～1089 (LE+DVD), SECL-1090～1091 (LE+BD), SECL-1093～1094 (AnE+DVD) | April 18, 2012
Single (Fate/Zero OP2)
|Kalafina – 「“After Eden” Special LIVE 2011 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL」
DVD: SEBL-138, Blue-Ray: SEXL-13 | March 21, 2012
|Kalafina – After Eden
SECL-1014 (Limited Edition SECL-1012～3) | September 21, 2011
|Kalafina – Magia
SECL-941 (Reg), SECL-939 (Lim), SECL-942 (Ani)| February 16, 2011
3 Tracks (Reg & Lim Ed) 4 Tracks (Anime Ed.)
|Kalafina – Kalafina LIVE 2010 “Red Moon” at JCB HALL ~ Kajiura Produce 3rd Anniversary LIVE TOUR ~
DVD: SEBL-125, Blue-Ray: SEXL-3 | December 1, 2010
|Kalafina – Kagayaku Sora no Shijima ni wa
SECL-903 (lim: SECL-901, anime: SECL-904) | September 15, 2010
Single (Kuroshitsuji II Insert, ED 2)
|Kalafina – Red Moon
SECL-854 (lim: SECL-852 ~ 3) | March 17, 2010
|Kalafina – Hikari no Senritsu
SECL-838 (lim: SECL-836~7) | January 20, 2010
Single (Sora no Woto OP)
|Kalafina – Progressive
SECL-816 (lim: SECL-814~5) | October 28, 2009
|Kalafina – Storia
SECL-788 (Limited Edition SECL-786~7) | July 1, 2009
Single (Rekishi Hiwa Historia Theme)
|Kalafina – Seventh Heaven
SECL-765 (Limited Edition SECL-763~4) | March 4, 2009
Album (Kara no Kyoukai 7 theme)
|Kalafina – Lacrimosa
SECL-762 (Limited Edition SECL-760~1) | March 4, 2009
Single (Kuroshitsuji ED)
|Kalafina – Fairytale
SECL-735 | December 24, 2008
Single (Kara no Kyoukai 6 theme)
|Kalafina – Sprinter/ARIA
SECL-671 | July 30, 2008
Single (Kara no Kyoukai 4-5 theme)
|Kalafina – Re/oblivious
SECL-639 | April 23, 2008
|Kalafina – Oblivious
SECL-585/586 | January 23, 2008
Single (Kara no Kyoukai 1-3 Theme)
|Shinji Tanimura – STANDARD ~ kokyoυ~
UICZ-4391 (Regular) UICZ-9092 (Limited) | April 5, 2017
15 + 15 + 17 Tracks (1 with Kalafina)
|Shinji Tanimura – DREAM SONGS I [2014-2015]
UIXZ-5077 (BD), UIBZ-5077 (DVD) | March 30, 2016
BD & DVD
16 Tracks (1 with Kalafina)
|Shinji Tanimura – DREAM SONGS I [2014-2015]
UICZ-4346 | March 30, 2016
10 Tracks (1 with Kalafina)
|Shinji Tanimura feat. Kalafina – Alcira no hoshi
UICZ-5067 (RE), UICZ-9058 (LE+DVD) | March 16, 2016
Sheet Music Books
|Kalafina – Piano Solo The Best Blue
ISBN 9784636910568 | October 25, 2014
15 Track on ?? Pages
|Kalafina – Piano Solo The Best Red
ISBN 9784636910551 | October 25, 2014
15 Track on ?? Pages
|Kalafina – Intermediate/Hard Piano Solo
ISBN 978-4-401-02397-4 | October 4, 2010
Compilation Sheet Music
16 Tracks on 96 Pages
|Kalafina – Easy Piano Solo
ISBN 978-4-401-02344-8 | May 13, 2010
Compilation Sheet Music
16 Tracks on 74 Pages
|Kalafina History 5th
SC-KL124 | January 23, 2013
Pages: 263 pages (Dimensions: A4)
ISBN 978-4789735032 | September 16, 2010
192 Pages (Dimensions: A5 size)
oblivious – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Fukan Fukei
Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaete Iku – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Satsujin Kosatsu
Kizuato – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Tsukaku Zanryu
Sprinter – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Mujun Rasen
ARIA – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Garan no Dou
Fairytale – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Boukyaku Rokuon
Lacrimosa – Ending Theme song of Kuroshitsuji
Seventh Heaven – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Satsujin Kosatsu (part 2)
Storia – Opening Theme song of Rekishi Hiwa Historia
Hikari no Senritsu – Opening Theme song of Sora no Woto
I have a dream – Main Theme song of Eve no Jikan
Hoshi no Utai – Theme song of the game Nobunaga no Yabou Online ～Shinsen no Shou～
Kagayaku sora no Shijima ni wa – Insert Theme song of Kuroshitsuji II
Magia – Ending Theme song of Puella Magi ☆ Madoka Magica
snow falling – Ending Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai : Shousho
Symphonia – 2nd Ending Theme song of Rekishi Hiwa Historia
Yume no Daichi – 3nd Ending Theme song of Rekishi Hiwa Historia
To the beginning – 2nd Opening Theme song of Fate/Zero
manten – 3rd Ending Theme song of Fate/Zero
moonfesta – Featured song of Minna no Uta
Hikari Furu – Ending Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Eien no Monogatari
Mirai – Insert Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Hajimari no Monogatari
Magia [quattro] – Ending Theme & Insert Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Hajimari no Monogatari
Alleluia – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai – Mirai Fukuin
dolce – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai – extra chorus
Kimi no Gin no Niwa – Ending Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Hangyaku no Monogatari
misterioso– Insert Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Hangyaku no Monogatari
Heavenly Blue– Opening Theme song of Aldnoah Zero
believe– Ending Theme song of Fate/Stay Night [Unlimited Blade Works]
ring your bell– Ending Theme song of Fate/Stay Night [Unlimited Blade Works] part 2
One Light– Ending Theme song of Arslan Senki
far on the water– 4th Ending Theme song of Rekishi Hiwa Historia
Alcira no Hoshi (Collaboration with Shinji Tanimura)– main theme song of TV series “Chikyu Gekijo”
Into the world – 5th Ending Theme of Rekishi Hiwa Historia
Blaze – Ending Theme of Arslan Senki “Fuujin Ranbu”
Μärchen – Ending Theme of Zaregoto OVA
Hyakka Ryouran – Ending Theme of Katsugeki Touken Ranbu