Reona

Reona (Japanese: レオナ [ɾe.o̞.na̠]; stylized as ReoNa, born October 20, 1998)[1] is a Japanese musician and cosplayer who is signed to Sacra Music. Having been active as a cosplayer and independent musician, she made her major debut in 2018 as the singing voice of the character Elsa Kanzaki in the anime series Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online. Her first single under her own name was released in August 2018.

Reona
Also known asReopeko
Born (1998-10-20) October 20, 1998
Kagoshima, Japan
Occupation(s)Musician, cosplayer
Years active2018–present
LabelsSacra Music (2017–present)
Websitewww.reona-reona.com

Career

Reona was born in Tokyo on October 20, 1998.[1] She became interested in becoming a cosplayer during her elementary school years, as she had been recommended to become one by a classmate.[2][3] Her interest in cosplay was boosted after ordering a costume of the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku.[2] She became active as a cosplayer while in junior high school, and went under the names Reopeko (れおぺこ) and ReoNa* while attending events such as Comiket 91 in 2016.[4] She had also dreamed of becoming a singer for anime, and had released covers of songs on YouTube.[2][5]

Reona had her break as a singer in 2017 when she became a finalist in an audition held by the music label Sacra Music.[6] She made her major debut as a singer the following year as the singing voice of the character Elsa Kanzaki in the anime series Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online.[1] She released the song "Pilgrim" (ピルグリム) on April 15, 2018; the song topped iTunes Japan's anime singles chart as well as Amazon Japan's digital music rankings.[7] This was followed by the release of the digital singles "Step, Step" and "Independence".[7] She released the mini-album Elza on July 4, 2018; the mini-album peaked at No. 8 on Oricon's weekly charts.[8] Her first single under her own name, "Sweet Hurt", was released on August 29, 2018;[9] the title track is used as the ending theme to the anime series Happy Sugar Life.[10] Her second single "forget-me-not" was released digitally on January 13, 2019[11] and received a physical release on February 6, 2019; the title track is used as the second ending theme to the anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization, and the single also includes the song "Niji no Kanata ni" (虹の彼方に, Beyond the Rainbow), which is used as the ending theme for episode 19 of anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization.[12] Her third single "Prologue" was released on June 26, 2019 under the Elsa Kanzaki stage name.[13] Her fourth single "Null" was released on August 28, 2019.[14]

Discography

As Elsa Kanzaki

Singles

List of singles
Title Year
"Pilgrim"[15][note 1] 2018
"Step, Step"[16][note 1]
"Independence"[17][note 1]
"Re(a)soN"[18][note 1]

Mini-albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions
JPN
[19]
Elza 8

As Reona

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
JPN Oricon
[19]
JPN Hot 100
"Sweet Hurt" 2018 26 82[20] TBA
"forget-me-not" 2019 15 35[21]
"Null (Kaibutsu no Uta/Lotus/Ketsui no Asani)" 19

Notes

  • ^ These singles were released as digital downloads.

References

  1. "SAO GGOの神崎エルザ歌手が判明! 19歳の新人「ReoNa」が劇中歌アーティストに抜擢" (in Japanese). Kai-You Inc. May 6, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  2. "1.48m級巨人の6年目コスプレイヤーReoNa*の超高校級コスプレ道と人生" (in Japanese). Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  3. "ReoNaはコスプレ界のれおぺこ!?画像や楽曲もwiki調査!" (in Japanese). Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  4. "【写真】金髪JKコスプレイヤーReoNa* コミケで会った可愛い子 Vol.1" (in Japanese). Kai-You Inc. December 29, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  5. "ReoNa YouTube channel". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  6. "Sacra Music Hosts Anisong Newcomer Showcase!". Tokyo Otaku Mode. July 27, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  7. "SAO GGOの神崎エルザ歌唱担当「ReoNa」が8月デビュー 『ハッピーシュガーライフ』ED曲に抜擢" (in Japanese). Kai-You Inc. May 20, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  8. "ELZA" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  9. "SWEET HURT" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  10. "ReoNa Performs Ending Theme for Happy Sugar Life Anime". Anime News Network. May 20, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  11. "forget-me-not - EP" (in Japanese). iTunes. December 21, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  12. "ASCA, ReoNa Perform New Theme Songs for Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime". Anime News Network. December 8, 2018. Archived from the original on December 9, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  13. "Prologue" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  14. "Null" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  15. "神崎エルザによる劇中歌配信スタート!" (in Japanese). Aniplex. April 15, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  16. "神崎エルザ「step, step」配信開始!" (in Japanese). Aniplex. April 29, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  17. "神崎エルザ「Independence」配信スタート!" (in Japanese). Aniplex. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  18. "Rea(s)oN配信スタート!" (in Japanese). Aniplex. June 30, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  19. "ReoNaの作品" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  20. "Japan Billboard Hot 100" (in Japanese). Billboard. September 12, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  21. "Japan Billboard Hot 100" (in Japanese). Billboard. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
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