KOTOKO. Click to zoom.
Also known as Horikawa Kotoko
Date of Birth 19 January 1980 • 44 years
Place of Birth Japan
Site http://www.kotoko.asia/
First Work I've Sound Tribute • 2003
Last Work パズル - Single • 2023
Total Soundtracks 84
Most Popuplar BlazBlue Calamity Trigger Original Soundtrack

Kotoko (stylized as KOTOKO) is a female J-pop singer who has released five albums (three associated with Geneon and two associated with I've Sound), twelve maxi singles (seventeen overall) and two DVD that are scheduled for a US Domestic release. She also composes and writes lyrics (for herself as well as other singers in I've Sound) for numerous other song collections. She frequently works with the producers I've Sound, and has contributed songs to numerous anime and video games including Onegai Teacher, Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu, Onegai Twins, Ren'ai CHU!, Maria-sama ga Miteru, Hourglass of Summer, Hayate the Combat Butler, Colorful Kiss, Kannazuki no Miko, Starship Operators, Shakugan no Shana, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, and Blazblue: Continuum Shift

KOTOKO was born in Sapporo, Japan on January 19, 1980 From elementary school, she believed her career would be influenced by her voice and tried to involve herself in as many auditions as possible. In addition to regular education KOTOKO attended courses at the music school Haura where she polished her musical talents.

She became a professional singer in 1999. Her first successful audition was with I've Sound, a team of producers using the talents of various female vocalists for their productions—best recognized for their many dating sim and eroge game soundtracks. Since then, KOTOKO has performed opening and ending themes for a few anime and has gained significant recognition from her two I've Sound-related album releases. Her second album, Garasu no Kaze, released in June 2005 has been praised within multiple online communities. On October 13, 2005, she released her fourth maxi single, which featured a song from her Garasu no Kaze album, "421: A Will" and its B-side song called "Shuusou" (秋爽 The Refreshing Autumn Breeze?), which is featured in her third album, UZU-MAKI.

Although not listed on her official Geneon website, KOTOKO has actually released five albums. Her very first album was called, Sora o Tobetara, which was released in 2000. Many of the tracks on this album were later re-recorded for her first I've Sound album, hane (羽 -hane- Feather?), and was attributed as her first album. Her first I've Sound CD appearance was on the CD "Dear Feeling" (only released at "Comic Market 59".) with previous singer Aki. She then appeared on I've Girls Compilation Album Vol.3 "Disintegration", a series of albums with various songs from the I've Sound singers.

KOTOKO's first official performance in North America was her highly successful American concert debut at Anime Expo 2005, followed soon after by the KOTOKO Lax Tour. Now that her self-composed hybrid of pop and techno beats—sometimes pop—have crossed the Pacific, KOTOKO's lyrics have elevated her presence among thousands of North American J-pop/anime fans.

In 2009 she wrote the song SCREW, for the Mamoru Oshii live-action movie Assault Girls. The song 蒼-iconoclast has also been featured as the opening theme song to the console version of the widely popular game Blazblue:Calamity Trigger.

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