This is not that famous yet, however, it sure has lasted for so long now. Even if you do not follow Macross Frontier, you would know who Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee are. Needless to say, these two girls are quite famous because of their singing. They sure deserve to be called 歌姫[utahime] or diva. Well, diva might be supposed to dance and sing whereas 歌姫 does not have such a connotaion. I feel I could find such a 歌姫 easily in anime lately. When there is a diva in anime, she might sing in the episodes…and finally her CD would be released in 3D. So we shall go and buy. Usually, a seiyu(voice actress) who voices the 歌姫 could release a CD, but not necessarily. Because other sheer singers can feature the 歌姫‘s voice such as May’n who does Sheryl Nome. If I have to name this kind of singer, I might say Fiction Junction YUUKA who features Kagari’s image song 暁の車[akatsuki no kuruma] in Gundam Seed. Speaking of Seed, there is Lacus who is voiced by Rie Tanaka here.
I feel 歌姫 could be found in such a war anime as Gundam or Macross series, no? While men go to fight, a diva sings and prays for them…so that the fighters can come back to her. Anyway, if you love such an utahime, you would have a 歌姫萌え[utahime moe]. Speaking of 歌姫, I can think of Yuna in Final Fantasy X Ⅱ, fullmoon in Fullmoon wo sagashite[満月をさがして], Osaki Nana and Reila in NANA, and Tsukishima Kirari in Kirarin Revolution[きらりんレボリューション] or something like that. Back to more, I can think of Creamy Mami[魔法の天使クリーミーマミ]. Wow, this is definitely おっさんホイホイ, does anyone know?^^ In the real world, there is Yui who featured Amane Kaworu[雨音 薫] in タイヨウのうた[Taiyou no uta]. As you may know, NANA has a live-action movie. Nakashima Mika and Ito Yuna featured Nana and Reila respectively.
I am not following Macross Frontier, but my favorite song is Do you remember Love?[愛、おぼえていますか]. You would think of Ranka Lee’s version, but my favorite one is Lin Minmay who showed in The Super Dimensional Fortress Macross[超時空要塞マクロス]. Her singing voice was featured by Mari Iijima[飯島真理]. Oh no, sounds so pure and innocent. It sure heals your wounded heart!
However, why is 歌姫 always women’s privilege? Is there the exact opposite of it? I mean, how come there is no male singers in anime? Let’s see…I can think of SHIPS in Kirarin Revolution. This duo is bishounen, and even released CD in 3D…but it didn’t get that famous. Too bad, no matter how well the singing is, it doesn’t become moe unless the singer is a girl.
Though I said I am not following Macross Frontier, I used to be a big fan of Fire Bomber in Macross 7. I really really loved Nekki Basara‘s powerful voice. 教えてくれSeventh Moon この胸のモヤモヤを～♪