in Concert at OtakonImage courtesy of and © Kevin Lillard
is a band composed of two people: Singer/songwriter Atsuko and instrumentalist Katsu. Otakon hosted their first concert in America. Angela
is best known for their work on the Stellvia
opening theme song, "Brilliant Road to Tommorrow". Aside from the Stellvia
opening theme, Angela
has produced a number of singles, as well as a full album in Japan. A second album is due out this fall.
Both members of Angela
came from the same town in Japan, and both moved independently to Tokyo. They found each other by accident and played live street performances, where they were discovered by the producer of Evangelion
while playing a song inspired by Evangelion
's Cruel Angel Thesis. A short time thereafter, Angela
produced "Brilliant Road to Tommorrow" for Stellvia
Inspiration for the name 'Angela
' comes from a Motley Crew song, as well as a song from the 50s by a band called the Boppers. Katsu strongly liked both groups.
Katsu described himself as an "otaku
"; his hobbies are "sleep and anime". The anime series he enjoys are Dragon Ball
, Mobile Suit Gundam
, and Evangelion
. He plays guitar for the band and arranges the music for all of their songs. Atsuko enjoys surfing the internet and shopping. She grew up playing the piano and wanted to sing, so in High School she formed a band. It didn't turn out successfully like Angela
There are no plans yet to release a CD in America, but during the panel, Angela
and various staff begged Geneon
to consider releasing a full CD. For fans who can't wait, though, the Stellvia
soundtrack released by Geneon
last week does contain Brilliant Road to Tommorrow.