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Takagaki Ayahi – Kimi ga Iru Basho PV (Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin ED)

Takagaki Ayahi’s solo debut single was released last week (7/21) and bundled with the limited edition is the PV to the title track, “Kimi ga Iru Basho”. As a member of the seiyuu group sphere, Ayahi’s solo precedes Kotobuki Minako’s by a couple of months, but seems to be part of some master plan by their record label, Music Ray’n (a subdivision of Sony Music Entertainment Japan), to milk their four singers for everything they can. Tomatsu Haruka already had her solo debut prior to the formation of sphere, whereas Toyosaki Aki had hers not too long after. The fact that they all have official websites under their own .com domains sort of reiterates how much they’re being promoted separately and together, which is actually nice to see since seiyuu groups don’t tend to last very long. I find sphere to be one of the better groups to come along since all the girls can sing well enough on their own to justify solo debuts, so it’ll be interesting to see how much more of their music is featured in upcoming anime.

As for Ayahi’s debut single that’s featured as the ending theme of Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin this season, I thought it was a really catchy song when I first heard it, which was only overshadowed a bit by the ending sequence featuring real kids. In comparison, I find the full version even better, which is something I tend to say a lot but isn’t always the case. (Lia’s CLANNAD ~AFTER STORY~ OP and MUCC’s Senkou no Night Raid OP come to mind.) What’s interesting to note about the petite girl with the big voice is that her single also features a third English track titled “You Raise Me Up” (see below), an inspirational New Age song written by Secret Garden and covered by over a hundred artists to date. Ayahi’s English pronunciation isn’t perfect, but her opera singing skills do come through a bit in that song. She did attend and graduate from a music university after all, so it’s nice to see her finally get into the music industry on top of being a seiyuu.

Her singing profession doesn’t take precedence over her acting one however, as she currently plays Kuroki Ami in Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin and stars as the lovely Ferris Eris in Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu (a.k.a. The Legend of the Legendary Heroes). She also narrates in Asobi ni Iku yo, alongside all the other sphere members’ roles.

“You Raise Me Up”

July 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm
  • July 26, 2010 at 1:31 pmdimsumftw

    Wow, I had no idea that Ayahi could sing like that in “You Raise Me Up”

  • July 26, 2010 at 2:34 pmIntermission

    I wonder how tall she is.

  • July 26, 2010 at 4:04 pmSuzuku

    I definitely like this more than the OP. Actually, I’d go so far as to say this is the best OP of the season, not including HOTD which keeps changing EDs every episode lol. Seriously, I can’t stop listening to this song, Ayahi’s voice is so soothing. >.<

    • July 26, 2010 at 4:05 pmSuzuku

      Whoops, I meant best ED lol.

  • July 26, 2010 at 4:16 pmRei

    Love Ayahime’s voice and her opera always stands up and captivates me everytime :] Love to loop this song, thanks for the PV couldn’t find it anywhere in my short search. Really good debut single ^^ Haruka Tomatsu has another coming out soon as well.

  • July 26, 2010 at 4:29 pmYu

    You could see a little of her singing talents in Canaan’s “Life” as well. I think it was an insert song in the last episode.

  • July 26, 2010 at 7:47 pmj.j.j

    In case anyone was wondering, “You Raise Me Up” is a cover of a Josh Groban song…


    His version is quite a bit better imo, but she does pretty well herself.

    • July 26, 2010 at 8:08 pmDivine

      Slight correction: The song was originally written by Secret Garden and performed by Brian Kennedy. It has been covered by hundreds of artists now, including Josh Groban. I’ve updated the link for it above to point to its Wiki page and added a streaming mp3 as well.

  • July 26, 2010 at 11:48 pmhoblisity

    Wow, i never heard her sing like that before. she sung you raise me up pretty good despite the engrish. *thumbs up*

  • July 27, 2010 at 6:06 amShinjiro

    Sphere’s girls…
    Talented? checked
    Cute? checked
    And seeing how Toyosaki and Tomatsu are 2 of my fav seiyuu right now, go Sphere go!

  • July 27, 2010 at 7:06 ampsorcerer

    This is the real “petite girl with the big voice” Raise Me Up cover

  • July 27, 2010 at 9:03 amsyu

    How’d you get a video of my wife?

  • July 28, 2010 at 4:02 amAkira

    Wow, that version of You raise me up gave me shivers, I read she studied opera and lyrical singing too, and I heard a piece of her singing that way once, but really, i’ve been surprised once again!! Thanks for sharing!!