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Family name: ALI PROJECT
Alternate names: アリ・プロジェクト, Takarano Arika, 宝野 アリカ, Katakura Mikiya, 片倉 三起也
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ALI PROJECT is a Japanese band with a strong Japanese Aristocrat-style image, consisting of Arika Takarano (宝野アリカ) (vocals & lyrics) and Mikiya Katakura (片倉三起也) (music & arrangement).

In the band's earlier days, their musical style tended towards light, cheerful and/or refreshing songs. However, the sound has changed in recent times to take on a darker and more mysterious tone. Takarano Arika, lead singer/lyricist, has termed this change as a transition from White Alice (白アリ) to Black Alice (黒アリ). Though there has been a general shift towards performing songs in the "Black Alice" phase, Ali Project has occasionally sung in the White Alice style as well.

They made their indie debut in the charts in 1988 as Ari (Ant) Project (蟻プロジェクト) with their album Fantastic Garden (幻想庭園 Gensou Teien). The album was later included in Tatsumi Takayuki's book Philosophy of Progressive Rock (プログレッシヴ・ロックの哲学), which led to the band being classified under the progressive rock genre.

Four years later in 1992 they changed their name and made their major debut with their single Fall in love, maiden (恋せよ乙女, Koiseyo Otome).

Most of their records are released by Toshiba-EMI, Victor Entertainment and Tokuma Japan. The band is notable in the anime community for having their songs featured in several anime opening and ending sequences, most notably the series Noir and Rozen Maiden.
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vaikepois | Oct 11, 6:08 AM

Taste thing is basically "everyone's taste is shit, mine is good"

Reynevan3 | Aug 18, 4:21 PM
No it isn't. It just has a few styles it follows. The albums tend to have similar arrangement and instruments, but even that isn't exactly the same for the most part.

The thing is, you need to dig a bit deeper to truly appreciate all these subtle differences. Take 「リュウコウセカイ」and 「異端者たちの悦楽」 -- overall similar, yet actually totally different songs when you actually look into their composition.

That's not even touching the topic of their original style vs what they've developed over the years. You simply cannot say that 「Wish」and「コトダマ」sound similar, because nobody in their right mind would believe you.

In the end it just comes down to the style of the music. If your favorite band plays heavy metal for 15 years it would really suck if they suddenly switch to dubstep, right? The main difference is that heavy metal, or dubstep for that matter is really broad, while what ALI PROJECT is doing is more like a subgenre of another subgenre, with slight variations on different aspects here and there, with a few other styles mixed in now and again. That's all there is to it basically.

@realworldotaku - no need to get so defensive about it. As I've mentioned before, it's a complicated type of music in its own way and judging it without first understanding the underlying concepts and being able to point them out will often lead to a wrong and rushed judgement, and let's be honest, this type of music is not for everyone, so many people just won't bother to get to know it better.


realworldotaku | Aug 11, 1:01 PM
ok it's repeatable, but you can't say that this is sh*t or that my taste in music is sh*t, everyone's taste is different and you must respect that

personally, I love their anime stuff for those I watched ( phantom : requiem for the phantom, rakudai kishi no cavalry, princess resurrection ), because their sounds work well with the animation ( I hope you'll see the ending of phantom : requiem for the phantom because it's really cool :p )

blackmirror | Aug 7, 3:04 PM
Noir Op wasn't written by kajiura.
It's ridiculous to say that their music is shit, when people have listened to only their anime stuff, that I agree, most of the time sounds repetitive and uninteresting (personally I dislike the Rozen Maiden and Another songs they did). What makes Ali project good is definitely their studio albums and strings albums. Dilettante, Poison, Han Shinnihon Shugi, Ryuukou Sekai, Gothic Opera are some that I can say.

Anyway, it's music that you hate or love.

Reynevan3 | Jul 9, 5:22 PM
A shame. Half of you have no idea what you're talking about, and yet you still insist that your opinion is correct, and not only that, it also should be shared by the rest. Well, I just cannot agree with you there.

moichispa | Jun 7, 1:15 PM
It is strange because while Aliproject was pulling out all these similar sounding op/ed (from 2005 to 2010) they also released at the same time some of their more interesting albums such as Diletante or kamigami no asobi. Normaly bands would perform interesting and chachy themes for anime not their worse ones. Why they did this, I have no idea. For haters complaing it all sounds the same go try these albums.

November | Apr 27, 4:30 PM
Just because you repeat something makes you bad... I think that style of music is unique and not many others can pull that off.

Yes it gets boring but it's not bad.

Dokuro777 | Apr 21, 11:10 PM
I'm tired of their repeatable stuff they call songs. Ears bleeding. Noir op as written by Kajiura is only good to listen as her hysterical voice shouts around.

AmyTwo | Feb 25, 6:27 AM
@Johan_Lindner Ruin our dream? What? XD

For having a different or disagreeable opinion? Okay, then... I don't see how that's possibly ruining anything, but whatever floats your boat, I guess. I think they're wonderful, and you don't. Simple as that. Nothing wrong with that.

Johan_Lindner | Feb 13, 5:04 PM
Sorry to ruin your dream guys, but I agree with Xenograft. Their songs are all the same. I was watching Katanagatari and I inmediately recognized that the song was made by the same group of Another opening and Code Geass ending. The rythm and music style and tempo are always the same. If you beleive that they are a good band, then your taste in music is sh*t or you've never listened to good bands. Don't get me wrong, I like their music! but let's be honest: they are not a good band. Don't try to defend what's indefensible.

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