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"There is a feeling I've had ever since childhood: that there exist many different 'worlds' and I was born in the wrong one, a world I don't quite fit into. I've felt this strong feeling of wrongness all through my life. There is no space for me in this world. Every time I believe I've finally found my place, someone comes to me and says 'Go away! You're not supposed to be here'"
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Jun Togawa (born March 31, 1961) is a Japanese singer, musician and actress whose career has spanned for over 35 years. She began her music career in the early 80's, as both a solo artist and as a vocalist for the bands 'GUERNICA' and 'YAPOOS'. She has experimented in many musical styles over her career, but she's most well-known her bizarre and morbid lyrics, and switching her singing style from cutesy vocals, to operatic to screaming (sometimes all within the same song). While she never received notable commercial pop success, she became an influential figure in the Japanese underground music community, and especially within the ero-guro subculture.


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Solo Albums:

  • 1984 - Tamahime-sama
  • 1984 - Choujikuu Korodasutan Ryokouki
  • 1964 - Ura Tamahime (Live album)
  • 1985 - Kyokuto Ian Shoka
  • 1985 - Suki Suki Daisuki
  • 1987 - Tokyo no Yaban (Remix album)
  • 1989 - Showa Kyonen
  • 2000 - 20th Jun Togawa (Cover album)
  • 2004 - TOGAWA FICTION (Togawa Jun Band)


GUERNICA Albums:

  • 1982 - Kaizo Heno Yakudo
  • 1988 - Shinseiki e no Unga
  • 1989 - Denrisou Karano Manazashi


YAPOOS Albums:

  • 1987 - YAPOOS Keikaku
  • 1988 - Dai Tenshi no You ni
  • 1989 - Dial Y wo Mawase!
  • 1992 - Dadada ism
  • 1995 - YAPOOS no Fushin na Koudou (Live album)
  • 1995 - HYS
  • 2003 - CD-Y


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  • All Periods Are PMS: Tamahime-sama is a song about menstruation. The bridge describes the unfortunate side-effects such as sweating and vomiting severe enough to bring a loss of senses.
  • Ax-Crazy: Nikuya no Youni
  • Avant Garde Music
  • Captive Date: Collector is about a yandere kidnapping their crush after being rejected.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Her style can certainly come off as this.
  • Cover Version: The entirety of '20th Jun Togawa'.
  • Driven to Suicide: Twice, thankfully both failed. The first was in 1995, and again in 2002, following the death of her younger sister Kyoko (who also tragically comitted suicide)
  • Domestic Abuser: "Love Bazooka" makes references to being physically assaulted by a lover, but still being in love. The song is also filled with Self-Deprecation, implying the relationship may have left some psychological scars.
  • Gallows Humor: Her lyrics can occasionally delve into this territory.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: Daitenshi no Youni
    "The rain started to fall, it was so cold
    Tears hitting and running down the windshield"
  • The Immodest Orgasm: There are some very suggestive sounds towards the end of "Nikuya no Youni". Becomes squick when you realize the song is from the point of view of someone who just committed a violent murder.
  • Large Ham
  • Mad Love: A theme found in many of her songs.
  • Sampling: Mushi no Onna is sung to the tune of Pachelbel's Canon.
  • Sexbot: Barbara Sexaroid, Charlotte Sexaroid no Yuutsu
  • Retreaux: Guernica's music was made to sound like music from the 1920s-1930s, right up to placing sound filters in many songs to make them sound genuinely dated.
  • Woman of a Thousand Voices: Her vocal range is so varied that it can be hard to believe that it's the same woman singing in many of her songs.
  • Yandere: "Suki Suki Daisuki" contains lyrics such as "I love you so much, I love you so much, I love you so much, Say you love me or I’ll kill you!".
    • Nikuya no Youni suggests that the protagonist's murder victim was her lover.
    • Collector is in the POV of someone who kidnaps their unrequited love interest and threatens them with a laser gun as "punishment" for rejecting them.
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