Canadian Valkyria Chronicles Singer Himeka Searches for New Label
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Catherine St-Onge, a French Canadian J-pop singer who performs under the name HIMEKA, announced on her official Twitter account on Thursday that she is searching for a new label as of April 1. The Quebec native had been recording under Japanese video game developer 5pb.'s agency amuleto since April 2012.
HIMEKA said that due to visa and budget problems, she will have to return to Canada at the beginning of May if she cannot secure a new label. She noted that this is a chance for a new start and said she would be happy if she can sing for everyone in Japan again.
The singer moved to Japan in 2008 and won Animax's second annual Anison (anime song) Grand Prix that same year. The win allowed her to debut with the opening theme song for the anime adaptation of the video game Valkyria Chronicles, "Asu e no Kizuna." She followed it up with the first ending theme to Letter Bee, titled "Hatenaki Michi." HIMEKA's more recent anime theme performance was Night Raid 1931's ending song "Mirai e..." in 2010.
HIMEKA contributed the ending theme song "Tsu-Ba-Sa" to the Liberation Maiden SIN visual novel in 2013. Her most recent single, "Kagiriaru Yume," served as the ending theme song for this year's Rozen Maiden: Wechseln Sie Weli Ab game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
HIMEKA performed at Montreal's OtakuThon convention in 2010.