Ani-Music: Hikasa Youko
With the recent anime release of Shingeki no Kyojin (also known as Attack on Titan), you would have definitely heard her in the ending theme Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai (This Beautiful Cruel World)! This marks her first single release as Youko Hikasa (日笠 陽子).
But even before this anime, she has released several singles as K-On character Akiyama Mio, belting popular tunes such as Don't say lazy and Houkago Teatime (ranked #1 on Oricon album charts). Don't say lazy, in particular, was awarded Animation Kobe's "Best Song" award in the 14th Animation Kobe Awards. On a side note, check out anibee Ambassador Serene performing this song with her band, Panic Ducks!
In addition to singing, she originally started out as a seiyuu before branching into anisong. She has voiced several with various personalities, from the shy and sweet Akiyama Mio (K-On!) to outspoken and sexy Yukinokouji Nobara (Inu x Boku SS).
She is a member of the five-girl pop music group Ro-Kyu-Bu!, along with Kana Hanazawa, Yuka Iguchi, Rina Hidaka and Yui Ogura. The group takes its name from the anime series Ro-Kyu-Bu! as they voice main characters from the series.
More recently, she has recorded Owaranai no Uta (Song That Doesn't End) for Hal, an upcoming romance movie to be released on the June 8th. She will also release her first album tentatively titled "Yoko Hikasa Collaboration Album" on July 17th.
She still doesn't have a lot of singing experience yet, but hopefully she will gain more roles that are closely tied to singing such as K-On! or more opportunities to release singles! I am looking forward to more of her works ((:
Find out more about Youko Hikasa in the links below: