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LiSA
織部 里沙
LiSA on PF28 stage 20180520b.jpg
LiSA at Petit Fancy in 2018, Taiwan
Born
Risa Oribe

24 June 1987 (1987-06-24) (age 34)
Seki, Gifu, Japan
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • lyricist
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s)
Tatsuhisa Suzuki (m. 2020)
Musical career
Genres
Labels
  • Key Sounds Label (2010)
  • Aniplex (2011–2017)
  • Sacra Music (2017–present)
Associated acts Girls Dead Monster

Risa Oribe (織部 里沙 , Oribe Risa, born 24 June 1987), better known by her stage name LiSA, is a Japanese singer, songwriter and lyricist from Seki, Gifu, signed to Sacra Music under Sony Music Artists.

After aspiring to become a musician early in life, she started her musical career as the vocalist of the indie band Chucky. Following Chucky's disbandment in 2005, LiSA moved to Tokyo to pursue a solo career, making her major debut in 2010 singing songs for the anime television series Angel Beats! as one of two vocalists for the fictional band Girls Dead Monster. In April 2011, she made her solo debut with the release of her mini-album Letters to U. She performed at Animelo Summer Live in August 2010, Anime Expo in 2012, and is a regular guest at Anime Festival Asia.

LiSA's songs have been featured as theme music for various anime such as Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Her singles have regularly been in the top ten of the Oricon weekly charts, with "Crossing Field" being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan and "Oath Sign" being certified gold. She performed at the Nippon Budokan in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, she made her acting debut as Madge Nelson in the Japanese dub of the animated film Minions.

Career

Early years and major debut

Oribe was born in Gifu Prefecture on 24 June 1987. She took piano lessons starting at age three, and later took dance and vocal lessons, which continued through her junior high school years. While in elementary, she participated in an audition held at the Nippon Budokan, and it was during this time she decided to become an artist. In junior high school, she formed a band which covered songs by Avril Lavigne, Love Psychedelico, and Ego-Wrappin'.

Oribe began her singing career in 2005 during her first year in high school when she formed a cover band playing indie rock band called Chucky. She chose not to attend university to focus on her work with Chucky, but it eventually became difficult for them to continue performing. Following the band's disbandment in July 2008, she moved to Tokyo to continue her singing career.

In Tokyo, Oribe formed the band Love is Same All with members from the indie band Parking Out and began using the stage name LiSA, which is an acronym for Love is Same All. The band performs with LiSA during the latter's solo live performances. In 2010, she made her major debut singing songs for the anime series Angel Beats! as one of two vocalists for the fictional in-story band Girls Dead Monster. She put out three singles and one album in 2010 under the name Girls Dead Monster on Key's record label Key Sounds Label. The first single "Thousand Enemies" was released on 12 May; the second single "Little Braver" came out on 9 June; and the third single "Ichiban no Takaramono (Yui final ver.)" (一番の宝物 〜Yui final ver.〜 , "My Most Precious Treasure (Yui final ver.)") was sold on 8 December. The album Keep The Beats! was released on 30 June. LiSA made her first appearance at Animelo Summer Live during the concert's 2010 iteration on 28 August.

LiSA made her solo debut on 20 April 2011, with the release of the mini-album Letters to U by Aniplex under Sony Music Artists. The songs on the album were composed by dōjin and major artists, and she composed the first song "Believe in Myself"; she wrote the album's lyrics. On 12 November 2011, she appeared at the Anime Festival Asia in Singapore. She released her first solo single "Oath Sign" on 23 November 2011, which was used as the opening theme to the 2011 anime series Fate/Zero. The single peaked at No. 5 on the Oricon weekly charts and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).

2012–2015

LiSA at Anime Expo 2012 (by Erika Rodriguez)
LiSA at Anime Expo 2012

LiSA released her first full solo album Lover"s"mile on 22 February 2012; the album peaked at No. 7 on the Oricon weekly charts. She attended the Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles as a guest of honor and performed her first concert in North America there on 1 July. After her success with "Oath Sign", she was chosen to perform "Crossing Field", the first opening theme to the 2012 anime series Sword Art Online. "Crossing Field", released as a single on 8 August 2012; it peaked at No. 5 on Oricon and was later certified gold by the RIAJ. Her third single "Best Day, Best Way", which peaked at No. 6 on Oricon, was released on 3 April 2013, and her fourth single "Träumerei", which peaked at No. 15 on Oricon and was used as the opening theme to the 2013 anime series Day Break Illusion, was released on 7 August 2013. LiSA released her second solo album Landspace on 30 October 2013; the album peaked at No. 2 on Oricon charts.

On 3 January 2014, LiSA held a sold-out solo concert at the Nippon Budokan. Her fifth single "Rising Hope", which is used as the opening theme to the 2014 anime series The Irregular at Magic High School, was released on 7 May 2014; the single peaked at No. 4 on Oricon. She later covered the songs "Headphone Actor" (ヘッドフォンアクター ) and "Yūkei Yesterday" (夕景イエスタデイ , "Yesterday Evening") from the Kagerou Project franchise for the sixth episode of the 2014 anime series Mekakucity Actors. She released her sixth single "Bright Flight / L. Miranic" on 17 September 2014, which peaked at No. 8 on Oricon, and her seventh single "Shirushi" (シルシ , lit. "Sign") on 10 December 2014, which peaked at No. 3 on the Oricon; the title song is used as the third ending theme to the 2014 anime series Sword Art Online II, and the single also includes the song "No More Time Machine", which was used as the second ending theme to Sword Art Online II.

She held her second Nippon Budokan concert on 10 and 11 January 2015, tickets for which were sold out. She released her third solo album Launcher on 4 March 2015 and her eighth single "Rally Go Round" on 27 May 2015; the song is used as the opening theme to the second season of the anime television series Nisekoi. She was cast as Madge Nelson in the Japanese dub of the animated film Minions, which premiered in Japanese theaters on 31 July 2015. She released her ninth single "Empty Mermaid" on 30 September 2015. In late 2015, she performed "ID", which was used as theme song of the 2015 video game Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition.

2016–present

To commemorate her fifth year as a solo artist, LiSA released her Letters To U EP as a limited edition LP on 23 March 2016. She released a mini-album titled Lucky Hi Five! on 20 April 2016. She released the single "Brave Freak Out", which was used as the first opening theme to the 2016 anime television series Qualidea Code, and the single also includes the song "AxxxiS", which was used as the second opening theme to Qualidea Code, on 24 August 2016. She released the single "Catch the Moment" on 15 February 2017; the title track was used as the theme song to the 2017 anime film Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. LiSA moved to the Sacra Music record label under Sony Music Entertainment Japan in April 2017. She released her fourth studio album Little Devil Parade on 24 May 2017. She held a two-day concert at the Saitama Super Arena on 24 and 25 June 2017. She released her single "Datte Atashi no Hero." (だってアタシのヒーロー。 , lit. "Because He is My Hero") on 2 August 2017; the song was used as the second ending theme for the second season of the anime series My Hero Academia. Her single "Ash", which was released digitally on 1 October 2017, was used as the second opening theme to the anime television series Fate/Apocrypha; the single received a physical release on 29 November 2017.

LiSA performed "Thrill, Risk, Heartless" as the theme song for the video game Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. The song was released digitally on 9 January 2018. She released two compilation albums titled LiSA Best -Day- and LiSA Best -Way- on 9 May 2018. She released a double A-sided single titled "Akai Wana (Who Loves It?) (赤い罠 (who loves it?) ) / Adamas" on 12 December 2018. The song "Adamas" was used as the first opening theme to the 2018 anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization; it was released digitally on 7 October 2018. She is featured on Hiroyuki Sawano's song "Narrative", which was used as the ending theme song of the anime film Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative under the name "SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:LiSA". Her single "Gurenge" (紅蓮華 , Red Lotus), used as the first opening theme song for the 2019 anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, was released digitally on 22 April 2019 and received a physical release on 3 July 2019. She collaborated with FictionJunction in performing the song "From the Edge" which is used as the first ending theme to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The song was released digitally on 1 September 2019. Her single "Unlasting" was released on 11 December 2019, with the title track being released digitally on 21 October 2019; "Unlasting" was used as the third ending theme to Sword Art Online: Alicization. She appeared at the 2019 Kōhaku Uta Gassen. She released her digital single "Aijō" (愛錠 , Love Lock) on 17 August 2020; the song is used as the theme song for Japanese drama series 13. On 14 October 2020, she will release her fifth studio album Leo-Nine, and also a single titled "Homura" ( , Flame); The song was used as the theme song for the anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train. "Homura" won the Grand Prix at the 62nd Japan Record Awards.

In July 2020, LiSA's "Gurenge" single surpassed 1 million downloads since its release. The single is the first by a female artist to surpass 1 million downloads in the history of Oricon's digital single ranking chart. It is the third overall single in the chart's history to do so, after Kenshi Yonezu's 2018 single "Lemon", and his 2019 single "Uma to Shika". In October 2020, "Homura" peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Global 200.

Musical style and influences

LiSA lists Avril Lavigne, Oasis, Green Day, Paramore, Ke$ha, and Rihanna as among her musical influences, as well as her time in Chucky. LiSA wrote the lyrics for some of her songs in her Landspace and Launcher albums, as well as the lyrics for the singles "Bright Flight / L. Miranic", "Shirushi", and "Rally Go Round"; "Rally Go Round" was co-written with songwriter Shin Furuya. LiSA was described by Dennis Amith of J!-ENT as a young woman with style, beautiful vocals, and the ability to take on various musical styles.

Personal life

Shūkan Bunshun reported that LiSA and Tatsuhisa Suzuki were engaged in May 2019. In January 2020, the two publicly revealed their relationship and announced they had married.

Discography

The discography of LiSA includes five studio albums, two compilation albums, two extended plays, 19 singles, and five video albums.

  • Lover"s"mile (2012)
  • Landspace (2013)
  • Launcher (2015)
  • Little Devil Parade (2017)
  • Leo-Nine (2020)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee/work Result
2012 Billboard Japan Music Awards Animation Artist of the Year LiSA Nominated
2017 Newtype Anime Awards Best Theme Song "Catch the Moment"
(from Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale)
Won
2019 Newtype Anime Awards Best Theme Song "Gurenge"
(from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Won
2020 34th Japan Gold Disc Award Best 5 Songs by Download "Gurenge" Won
62nd Japan Record Awards Grand Prix "Homura"
(from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train)
Won
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