"Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Sekka no Chikai (Theatrical Anime)" Main Theme: kaleidoscope / Usubeni no Tsuki by ChouCho
ChouCho is a very well known name in the anisong industry. So far she has released 3 studio album, and around 17 singles charted in the Japanese Oricon charts, with the highest ranking single being her 5th single "Yasashisa no Riyū" ("Reason of Kindness") released in 2012 and is used as the opening theme to the 2012 anime Hyouka.
Her 16th single "kaleidoscope / Usubeni no Tsuki" was released on August 26, 2017. And her latest single "Ashita no Kimi Sae Ireba Ii." will be released on October 25, 2017; this song will be used as the opening theme to the 2017 anime A Sister's All You Need.
Choucho cleared her busy schedule to meet with Honey-chan and Bombon, who were thrilled to see her and ask her several questions about her inspiration to become a singer, her upcoming projects, her crazy fans, and her love for anime and videogames!
About Your Career
What inspired you to become a singer, and what keeps you motivated?
Ever since I can remember, I used to listen to my father play the guitar and sing. So naturally, I had an interest in music and started thinking about becoming a singer.
When I receive feedback for musical composition as well as when I can see the smiles of fans during live performances, I feel like I want to deliver even better songs to them.
Growing up, what kind of music did you listen to?
When I was a small child, I listened to the Beatles due to my parents listening to them. When I was an elementary school student, I listened to J-pop, and when I became a high school student, I began to become interested in Western music. This led to me liking Alanis Morissette, Oasis, and Björk, and I listened to them frequently. Before I debuted, I had formed an anisong cover band which allowed me to listen to both old and new anisongs.
Apart from music, do you have anything else you are passionate about?
I love videogames, so I often play them as a mental break. However, I will unintentionally play them for hours, so I take care to make sure that I do not get too hooked on them.
When you are working on new music, what are the aspects that you care about the most: the vocals, the lyrics, the instrumentals, the theme of the songs, the image or concept of the album, or something else? What aspect you would like to get involved with?
The aspect I care the most about is the matching the lyrics with the melody. No matter how good the lyrics are, if they do not match the melody well, then I feel as if they will not echo in your heart.
I have been able to write lyrics for many songs up until now, so I would really like to continue to polish my songwriting ability!
What kind of music projects would you like to do in the future?
I have performed countless times for the Girls und Panzer Orchestra Concerts, but I want to do a one woman show with an orchestra one day.
Can you tell us an anecdote, funny moment, something that went wrong, or an overwhelming situation that has happened backstage or while performing live?
There was one time at a concert during the introduction to a song where a fan, who I believe really wanted to hear that song, fell to their knees while crying out “Thank you God!” It surprised me quite a bit. (lol)
You have performed abroad multiple times. What are your favorite parts of performing abroad, and what are the most difficult parts?
When it comes to international fans, many are wildly passionate, so when I am singing, we reach a fever pitch. What is truly interesting is depending on the country, some fans dance with me while others sing along. This means that there are different ways to enjoy live shows.
“Music surmounts borders” is something that I feel every single time, thus I cannot recall anything that has ever been difficult about performing abroad.
What are your favorite anime series or manga of all time?
It is an older work, but I like Glass no Kamen (Glass Mask). The story is all about overcoming many hardships. When I read it, I get this sense of positivity.
Your new singles, “kaleidoscope” and “Usubeni no Tsuki” are the main theme songs for the upcoming movie Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Sekka no Chikai. What are the ideas behind the song and how does it relate with the anime?
“kaleidoscope” is just like Prisma☆Illya in that it is an upbeat tempo song. The movie tells the story of what has happened before the first season, so I made a song that provides a connection to it as well. The lyrics express the themes that have happened in the story such as Illya’s personal growth and the bond that Illya and Miyu share.
Contrastively, “Usubeni no Tsuki” is a serious ballad that I wrote to carefully to talk about the issues that Shirou is facing during the movie. Namely, the conflict in his heart as well as his strong urge to protect Miyu.
I made both songs while making sure that I was deeply aware of and close to their respective issues.
ChouCho - Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Sekka no Chikai’s “kaleidoscope” and “Usubeni no Tsuki”
Can you tell all your fans abroad what upcoming projects we should be looking forward to?
The opening song for Imouto Sae Ireba Ii (A Sister’s All You Need) goes on sale on October 25th. Then it also has been decided that I am going to release a new album!
Up till now, I have been to many countries, but there are countless more that I have not been to yet, and I am going to work even harder now in order to perform in those countries!
Thank you very much, ChouCho, for your lovely aswers. We are enchanted by your voice and lyrics, and we couldn't just ignore the fact you live close by. Bombon, which one is your favorite “kaleidoscope” or “Usubeni no Tsuki”?
"kaleidoscope", of course. I like songs I can dance to.
Well, I love “Usubeni no Tsuki”, her voice there is so beautiful and the melody is so soothing...
She can put up any singing style… You know, Honey-chan, I was wondering all this time where does she go for shopping clothes. Next time let’s not forget to ask her about her fashion choices… I’m super curious!