Alternate names: アリ・プロジェクト, Takarano Arika, 宝野 アリカ, Katakura Mikiya, 片倉 三起也
Birthday: 1984
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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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Symphyon | Apr 24, 3:33 PM
xD I like their Code Geass ED2, its probably their best song imo.

Hambagah23 | Mar 22, 9:33 AM
Well, as was said before, you either hate or love Ali Project. They're very distinct from probably anything else you'll hear that it's easier to say they created their own genre, the Ali Project genre.

Reynevan3 | Jan 20, 12:13 AM
Lol :D

cowoknakal | Jan 9, 9:57 PM
Never did i hate a music band as much as this one. Listening to them is so fooking exhausting.

Reynevan3 | Dec 28, 2016 6:58 AM
The new album 『A級戒厳令』is really amazing! I recommend at least cheching out the tracklist:

jiroutachi | Nov 16, 2016 10:23 PM

Beat000 | Nov 4, 2016 4:48 AM
people here came from all different anime and im here from code geass

Reynevan3 | Oct 27, 2016 1:51 PM
Can't wait to check out the latest album :D

vaikepois | Oct 11, 2016 6:08 AM

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

Reynevan3 | Aug 18, 2016 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.


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