Takagaki Ayahi 高垣彩陽, who plays Feldt Grace in Gundam00, will sing two new character songs written by KOKIA. The CD will be released 21 October.
The songs are called "祈り†" (inori 'prayer') and "Justice".
Ayahi is just completing a great run as Ein in Requiem for the Phantom. This fall, she will star as Sumika in Sasameki Koto, and will play an important role in Sora no Otoshimono, both starting in October.
KOKIA is the well-known Japanese singer-songwriter who wrote and performed the outstanding OP1 and ED2 of Phantom. To me, her voice and material have aspects of celtic, country, and show-tunes: Loreena McKennit, Shania Twain, and Celine Dion.
Takagaki Ayahi's first big role was Noe in true tears. She has a trained singing voice, having graduated from a Tokyo music college last year in vocal music. I thought her character songs as Ein from Phantom were excellent, and she does a nice job as a back-up singer on the Koukaku no Regios ED. However, I did find some of her earlier stuff a bit stiff.
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