When speaking of anime theme songs, or “anison” as they are known with that Japanese language shortcut flavor, there may be no other group as prominent as ClariS in recent years. Singing the instantly-recognizable themes of such hit anime like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Nisekoi, Oreimo, the Monogatari series and even recently with Eromanga Sensei, the duo has become quite the household name.
Over the years the girls have appeared and sung at live performances, but have always made a point to ensure the audience remains unaware of the girls’ actual appearances, often opting to perform behind curtains as silhouettes. I don’t see that trend changing anytime soon, even as they are now moving on to their first overseas performance.
This year at Anime Festival Asia in Singapore, the anison duo extraordinaire will put on their first show outside of Japan. You’ll be sure to want to be there in late November to catch the historic event, where they will likely sing recent hits like Hitorigoto (Eromanga Sensei) and Shiori.
AFA themselves have an exhaustive history of ClariS up on their site, an excerpt of which can be found below.
ClariS is a girl duo of Clara and Karen.
ClariS was first featured in 2010 when the duo consisted of Clara and then-member Alice, in an issue of anime music magazine LisAni! in a special coverage and on its attached CD. The coverage caught the eye of the producer of TV anime Oreimo (Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai), who went on to handpick the rookie to take on its opening theme. On October 20, 2010, they changed their unit name to ClariS and made their major debut with single “irony”, the opening theme of the anime. The song debuted at #7 on the Oricon chart.
On November 8, 2014, it was announced in Vol. 19 of LisAni! magazine that ClariS would make a new step forward with new member Karen. The renewed ClariS released their first single “border” on January 7, 2015. The song had been used as the closing theme of TV anime Tsukimonogatari aired on December 31, 2014.
ClariS’ upcoming release is their 18th single entitled “SHIORI”, scheduled to hit stores on September 13. On September 16, they will perform a concert entitled “ClariS 2nd HALL CONCERT in Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall ~Sayonara no Saki e… Hajimari no Melody”.
ClariS’ string of success is unstoppable!
The unit name ClariS refers to a Latin word meaning “bright”, “clean”, “glorious”, etc.
ClariS: Official Site