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* OffingTheOffspring: In "Resshikou-ki ~Raikoku no Tenshi~", from ''Utau Oka ~Ar=Ciel Ar=Dor~'', the emperor of El Duel sacrfices his daughter to ensure victory over his enemy, El Nemesys.



* OffingTheOffspring: In "Resshikou-ki ~Raikoku no Tenshi~", from ''Utau Oka ~Ar=Ciel Ar=Dor~'', the emperor of El Duel sacrfices his daughter to ensure victory over his enemy, El Nemesys.

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* OffingTheOffspring: In "Resshikou-ki ~Raikoku no Tenshi~", from ''Utau Oka ~Ar=Ciel Ar=Dor~'', the emperor of El Duel sacrfices his daughter to ensure victory over his enemy, El Nemesys.


Akiko Shikata (志方 あきこ, born on January 7th - age unknown) is a bit of a UFO in the Japanese musical landscape. At first she started as a music composer by creating an independent label called [[http://www.vagrancy.jp/ Vagrancy]], but quickly picked up to singing, developing a style that draws from Japanese traditional music, Celtic music, Middle-Eastern music, classical music, rock, religious chanting, and [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly whatever the hell she feels like.]] And even occasionally in regular JapanesePopMusic. She also released a lot purely instrumental tracks and albums, often using a music box as her instrument of choice. But what makes her most well known is her contribution to a lot of video game, anime and VisualNovel musics, most famously ''VideoGame/ExaPico'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' and the ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' [=OVAs=] − and most recently, ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn''. In 2014, she also composed her first soundtrack for an anime, ''Anime/CrossAnge''.

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Akiko Shikata (志方 あきこ, born on January 7th - age unknown) is a bit of a UFO in the Japanese musical landscape. At first she started as a music composer by creating an independent label called [[http://www.vagrancy.jp/ Vagrancy]], but quickly picked up to singing, developing a style that draws from Japanese traditional music, Celtic music, Middle-Eastern music, classical music, rock, religious chanting, and [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly whatever the hell she feels like.]] And even occasionally in regular JapanesePopMusic. She also released a lot purely instrumental tracks and albums, often using a music box as her instrument of choice. But what makes her most well known is her contribution to a lot of video game, anime and VisualNovel musics, most famously ''VideoGame/ExaPico'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' and ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' [=OVAs=] and most recently, ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn''. In 2014, she also composed her first (and so far only) soundtrack for an anime, ''Anime/CrossAnge''.


Akiko Shikata (志方 あきこ, born on January 7th - age unknown) is a bit of a UFO in the Japanese musical landscape. At first she started as a music composer by creating an independent label called [[http://www.vagrancy.jp/ Vagrancy]], but quickly picked up to singing, developing a style that draws from Japanese traditional music, Celtic music, Middle-Eastern music, classical music, rock, religious chanting, and [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly whatever the hell she feels like.]] And even occasionally in regular JapanesePopMusic. She also released several purely instrumental tracks and albums that she composed and, often, performs. But what makes her most well known is her contribution to a lot of video game, anime and VisualNovel musics, most famously ''VideoGame/ExaPico'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' and the ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' [=OVAs=] − and most recently, ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn''. In 2014, she also composed her first soundtrack for an anime, ''Anime/CrossAnge''.

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Akiko Shikata (志方 あきこ, born on January 7th - age unknown) is a bit of a UFO in the Japanese musical landscape. At first she started as a music composer by creating an independent label called [[http://www.vagrancy.jp/ Vagrancy]], but quickly picked up to singing, developing a style that draws from Japanese traditional music, Celtic music, Middle-Eastern music, classical music, rock, religious chanting, and [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly whatever the hell she feels like.]] And even occasionally in regular JapanesePopMusic. She also released several a lot purely instrumental tracks and albums that she composed and, often, performs.albums, often using a music box as her instrument of choice. But what makes her most well known is her contribution to a lot of video game, anime and VisualNovel musics, most famously ''VideoGame/ExaPico'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' and the ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' [=OVAs=] − and most recently, ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn''. In 2014, she also composed her first soundtrack for an anime, ''Anime/CrossAnge''.


* OutOfGenreExperience: Calling it this may be strange considering how diverse she is in general, but ''Ayashi'' (a Japanese-themed album) features "Tsukiyo ni Moratorium", a full-on, foot-tapping, finger-snapping jazz track. "Otome Kokoro", the tracks that follows it (composed by Minoru Yoshida) also counts to an extent as half of it is pretty much heavy metal.

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* OutOfGenreExperience: Calling it this may be strange considering how diverse she is in general, but ''Ayashi'' (a Japanese-themed album) features "Tsukiyo ni Moratorium", a full-on, foot-tapping, finger-snapping jazz track. "Otome Kokoro", "Otomegokoro", the tracks that follows it (composed by Minoru Yoshida) also counts to an extent as half of it is pretty much heavy metal.


** ''Istoria~Musa~'' (2007)[[note]]This one is a collective album featuring several composers of Vagrancy.[[/note]]

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** ''Istoria~Musa~'' (2007)[[note]]This one is a (2007)[[note]]A collective album featuring several composers of Vagrancy.[[/note]]


** ''[[Anime/CrossAnge Cross Ange]]'' OST (2014)

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** ''[[Anime/CrossAnge Cross Ange]]'' OST Ange ~ Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo]]'' (2014)


** ''VideoGame/ToukenRanbu'' ONLINE: Kinji Music Collection vol. 1 and vol. 2 (2018)[[note]]Contributed among other artists[[/note]]

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** ''VideoGame/ToukenRanbu'' ''VideoGame/ToukenRanbu ONLINE: Kinji Music Collection vol. 1 vol. 1 and vol. 2 2'' (2018)[[note]]Contributed among other artists[[/note]]



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** ''VideoGame/ToukenRanbu'' ONLINE: Kinji Music Collection vol. 1 and vol. 2 (2018)[[note]]Contributed among other artists[[/note]]


** ''[=noAno=]'' (2019)

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** ''[=noAno=]'' (2019)
(2019)[[note]]Presented as a sequel to ''[=caTra=]''[[/note]]



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** ''[=noAno=]'' (2019)


As you can see below, she's an ''extremely'' prolific composer who routinely releases two projects a year. Marathoning her discography will keep you busy for a while.

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As you can see below, she's an ''extremely'' prolific composer who routinely releases two projects a year.year (although that pace has slightly slowed down in the late [=2010s=]). Marathoning her discography will keep you busy for a while.


* ConLang: Occasionally, notably in songs for anime or video games. Most memorably in songs related to ''VideoGame/ExaPico'', which are partially sung in Hymmnos. The first, second and last songs of ''Turaida'' are in a vaguely Italian-souding conlang of Akiko's own invention, which she also used for most of her songs in ''caTra''.

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* ConLang: Occasionally, notably in songs for anime or video games. Most memorably in songs related to ''VideoGame/ExaPico'', which are partially or entirely sung in Hymmnos. one or several of the multiple conlangs used in that series: Standard Hymmnos, New Testament of Pastalie, Carmena Foreluna, Ar Ciela, Emotional Song Pact and REON-4213. The first, second and last songs of ''Turaida'' are in a vaguely Italian-souding conlang Italian-sounding conlangs of Akiko's own invention, which while she also used developed another one for most of her songs in ''caTra''.


* WordSaladLyrics: Many of her lyrics are rather esoteric and meant to create a general atmosphere rather than tell a precise story.

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* WordSaladLyrics: Many of her lyrics are rather esoteric and meant to create a general atmosphere rather than tell a precise story.story.
* {{Youkai}}: Mentioned in her album ''Wokashi''.
** "Otoshimono" is about a boy who disappeared into a cave with foxes, then was seen again as a youkai.
** "Hyakkiyakou" is a song that lists several different types of youkai.



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** ''Yoimatsuri'' (2018)

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