H-el-ical//: Hikaru After Kalafina
Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: January 17, 2022 at 14:57 PHT (GMT+8)
Anyone else still reeling from the fact that Japanese vocal group Kalafina disbanded in 2019? Hard same.
But on the brighter side, we're happy to see that the members are flourishing in their own solo careers, especially Hikaru Masai as H-el-ical//!
In case you missed it, Hikaru sings Just Do It, the opening theme for currently airing anime World's End Harem (2022).
And in case you find her solo voice familiar, check out The Sacred Torch, the opening theme Hikaru performed for 2021 anime Paladin of the End.
Hikaru Masai (stylized H-el-ical//) is a Japanese pop singer and was one of the core members of the vocal group Kalafina, which was formed by musician Yuki Kajiura to perform anime television and film theme songs.
Hikaru was selected to join Kalafina in 2007 after passing an audition held by Sony Music Japan. She debuted with Kalafina on their second single Sprinter in 2008. Her Kalafina profile describes her voice in the mid-to-high register, with a wide range that is "powerful, stylish, and sharp."
Kalafina began disbanding in 2018 after Kajiura resigned from her agency Space Craft Produce. Hikaru would eventually leave the label as well on Oct. 20, 2018, after her contract expired. Space Craft formally announced Kalafina's disbandment on Mar. 13, 2019.
Hikaru acknowledges how monumental Kalafina has been in her music career, as seen in her official solo artist profile. For more of Hikaru's solo career, see her full discography here.
Official accounts as H-el-ical//:
Official accounts as Hikaru:
And while we're in our Kalafina feels, let's relive some of their most famous songs such as Believe, the first ending theme for 2014 anime Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works].
The hauntingly beautiful sounds of Lacrimosa made for a most unique second ending theme for Black Butler (2008-2009).