A lot of people dream of being professional singers, and a lot of otaku dream of working in the anime industry. Not that many people are able to achieve either of those dreams, sadly - but some people do! Konomi Suzuki is an example of someone who dreamed of both, and through hard work and perseverance, was able to follow her dreams! Since beginning her career, she has been a huge name in the anisong world, releasing many anime theme songs as well as working in voice acting.
You may know her best from her songs “Redo” and “This Game” from Re Zero: Starting Life in Another World and No Game No Life respectively, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of her career in the otaku world. Read on to find out more about Konomi Suzuki!
A Childhood Dream Fulfilled
Konomi Suzuki “Realize” from Re:Zero - Life in Another World 2nd Season
Konomi Suzuki was born in Osaka and dreamed of being a singer from a very young age. She started to take singing lessons from preschool and was already entering in music competitions when she was six years old. As Suzuki grew older, she was inspired by Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier to become a professional singer, and specifically, to work in the anisong world. She tried in 2010 to qualify for the Animax All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix but failed. She wasn’t deterred, though, and in 2011, she not only qualified for the Animax All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix, but she won it!
After winning that competition, Konomi Suzuki released her first song, “Choir Jail,” in 2012. The song was used as the opening for the anime Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, and her career in the anisong world was born. Suzuki even got to have a cameo voice acting role in the fifth episode of the anime! That same year, her song “Days of Dash” was used as the first opening for The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, and “Yume no Tsuzuki” was used as the second opening. Next, in 2013 Suzuki released two songs with very long names - “Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!/Tears Breaker” and “Avenge World/Sekai wa Kizu o Dakishimeru,” which were used as the opening for No Matter How I Look at it, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular and the ending for Freezing Vibration respectively.
A Great Anisong Track List
Konomi Suzuki “Theatre of Life” from DECA-DENCE
While she was already making ripples in the anisong world, Konomi Suzuki started to make some real waves in 2014 when she released the hit song “This Game,” the opening for No Game No Life. Her songs “Ginsen no Kaze” and “Absolute Soul” were also used for the anime Lord Marksman and Vanadis and Absolute Duo in 2014-2015. Then she landed another huge hit, “Redo,” which was the opening for Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World which went on to become an international sensation.
In 2017, Konomi Suzuki was working on “Chaos Syndrome,” the ending for Chaos;Child. She had also started to appear at anime festivals and conventions even outside of Japan including America, Singapore, and Germany as she started to gain fame abroad. Then in 2016, an awesome announcement was made - Suzuki would be doing even more voice acting, but instead of as a just a cameo, as the heroine of the anime Lost Song. But that didn’t mean an end to her music career; quite the opposite, in fact. She continued to release new songs for anime including “Blow Out” for Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor, “There is a Reason” for the No Game No Life Zero movie, “Ao no Kanata” for Between the Sky and Sea (which features her playing guitar, too), and “Shinri no Kagami, Ken no Yō ni" for YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World just to name a few! She also sang the opening for Lost Song, called “Utaeba Soko ni Kimi ga Iru Kara.”
Konomi Suzuki has continued to release anisong music in 2020 under an all-new agency. Her song “Theatre of Life” is the opening for DECA-DENCE and her song “Maioritekita Yuki” is the ending song for Mr Love: Queen’s Choice. She also sings the opening for the 2nd Season of Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World, a song called “Realise.” So far, Suzuki has released 19 different songs that have been used in the otaku world - an impressive number for just short of ten years in the industry!
Konomi Suzuki has already had a great career in the anisong world in the last decade, and has certainly become a big name in the industry. Its awesome to see her childhood dream being fulfilled, and especially cool as she was inspired by an anime character and managed to make her dream a reality! Sadly, in October 2020 Konomi announced that from December 2020 she will be taking a hiatus to have vocal chord surgery. We all wish her a speedy and healthy recovery, and hope to see her back in the anisong world before too long!
What Konomi Suzuki song is your favourite? What anime did you discover her music in? Are there any songs you are going to go check out now? We would love to hear from you in the comments below!