Anime has spurred on musical acts that stem from hard-rock to pop. A recent act to the scene is Animetal. They are known for the theme song to NARUTO. Another known pop singer in Japan with growing popularity in the U.S. is Yuki Kajiura. Her music can be found in TV, commercials, films, anime and games. Another female artist from Japan is LISA. She too is becoming more popular in the U.S., singing in both Japanese and English. Her songs can be heard on the new Anime show “Angel Beats”.
Another well known Japanese rock band is the Gazette. The picture below show cases the Gazette being cosplayed at PMX 2012.
A newer type of music that was started in Japan with a huge Anime influence is Vocaloid. Vocaloid is a singing synthesizer. Vocaloid is a form of concert entertainment seen the same as you would your favorite band. But there is one big difference. The singer is a Vocaloid. The Vocaloid act is broken down into two distinct functions. The band that sits on stage are real performers. The singer is a projection on to a glass screen that stands on stage to create a 3D affect. Taking center stage at about 18 feet high. The Vocaloid then sings along with the band. This is has become a Japanese phenomenon that had made it to the U.S. in the last 5 years. The most popular Vocaloid artist is Hatsune Miku. She is personified as a very tall long legged singer with incredibly long teal pony tails that take on a life of their own. Miku is a more recognized cosplay at anime conventions. She is also the first Vocaloid created noted by the number one on her arm.
Due to Miku’s many songs she will sport several different looks. In the song Cantarella she is and Kaito are in highly detailed 18th century clothing as seen here.
Other Vocaloids also bear their number in alignment to when they were created. Others that have earned their keep on stage are the twins Len and Rin, Luka, Mieko and Kaito. Take a look at a real Kaito. Here is my daughter cosplaying as the female version of Kaito.