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Yōko Takahashi
Yoko takahashi
Kana 高橋 洋子
Romanization Takahashi Yōko
Date of Birth August 28, 1966
Place of Birth Tokyo, Japan
Gender Female
Occupation Singer
Works Neon Genesis Evangelion
Shakugan no Shana
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

Yōko Takahashi (高橋 洋子 Takahashi Yōko?) is a Japanese singer (whose vocals are very easily recognizable) from Tokyo, perhaps best known for performing A Cruel Angel's Thesis (残酷な天使のテーゼ Zankoku na Tenshi no Tēze?), the opening theme song of the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. She also performs the closing theme, an "acid bossa" version of "Fly Me to the Moon" and Tamashii no Rufuran (魂のルフラン?, Refrain of Soul), the closing theme of Evangelion: Death and Rebirth. She also recently performed "Metamorphose," the opening theme to studio Gainax's 20th anniversary series, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, the ending theme Yoake Umarekuru Shōjo (夜明け生まれ来る少女?, The Girl who was Born at Dawn) for the anime Shakugan no Shana (灼眼のシャナ?, Burning-Eyed Shana) and the opening theme Aoki Flamme for Pumpkin Scissors (パンプキン・シザーズ Panpukin Shizāzu?). She is also Arimi Matsuno's sister-in-law.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Information Oricon chart peaks
Daily Weekly Monthly Yearly
1992 Pizzicato
  • Released: October 21, 1992
75
1993 Kyuugatsu no Sotsugyou
  • Released: August 25, 1993
85
1994 Watashi wo Mitsukete
  • Released: November 26, 1994
1996 Living with Joy
  • Released: October 25, 1996
1997 ~refrain~ The songs were inspired by Evangelion
  • Released: November 6, 1997
6 193
Li-La
  • Released: November 6, 1997
10
1999 HARMONIUM
  • Released: March 17, 1999
2001 AÜM
  • Released: October 2, 2001
2003 L'ange de Metamorphose
  • Released: May 23, 2003
2005 Sore wa Toki ni Anata wo Hagemashi, Toki ni Sasae to Naru Mono
  • Released: December 7, 2005
90
2010 20th Century Boys & Girls ~20 Seiki Shounen Shoujo~
  • Released: June 23, 2010
152

Compilation albumsEdit

Year Information Oricon chart peaks
Daily Weekly Monthly Yearly
1996 BEST PIECES
  • Released: January 25, 1996
65
1999 BEST PIECES II
  • Released: February 24, 1999
2001 Super Value
  • Released: December 19, 2001
2004 Golden Best
  • Released: February 25, 2004
2007 Takahashi Yoko Best 10
  • Released: January 17, 2007
Essential Best
  • Released: December 19, 2007

SinglesEdit

Maxi SinglesEdit

Year Title Oricon chart peaks Album
Daily Weekly Monthly Yearly
1991 "Okaeri" Pizzicato
"P.S. I Miss You" 87
1992 "Seijaku (SI-JI-MA)"
"Mou Ichido Aitakute" 38 Pizzicato
"Woman's Love"
1993 "Blue no Tsubasa" 66 Kyuugatsu no Sotsugyou
1994 "Omoide Yori Tooku" Essential Best
"$1,000,000 no Koi" Watashi wo Mitsukete
"Ano Koro ni Machi Awase You"
"Moonlight Epicurian"
1995 "Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis" 27 156 ~refrain~ The songs were inspired by Evangelion
1996 "Meguriai" Living with Joy
"Atarashii Shirt"
1997 "Tamashii no Refrain" 3 41 ~refrain~ The songs were inspired by Evangelion
1999 "WE'RE THE ONE" HARMONIUM
2002 "Kokoro no Tsubasa" L'ange de Metamorphose
2004 "Metamorphose" 23 Sore wa Toki ni Anata wo Hagemashi, Toki ni Sasae to Naru Mono
2005 "WING" 97
"Yoake Umarekuru Shoujo" 21
2006 "Aoki Flamme" 42
2008 "Seinaru Itami wo Idaite"
"Kizu Darake no Yume" 174
2009 "Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis (2009 Version)" 22 20th Century Boys & Girls ~20 Seiki Shounen Shoujo~
2010 "Doukoku he no Monologue" 35

As YAWMINEdit

Year Title Oricon chart peaks Album
Daily Weekly Monthly Yearly
1991 "Friends" 18
1993 "Koi da!! Panic" 64

Other songsEdit

Solo worksEdit

Year Title Album Track
1989 "Cherry no Manma (Cherryのまんま?)" Doki² Waku² Sound Station #10
"Maybe" Silent Mobius Music Album "Caution" #05
"Mystic Eyes... Ai wa Count Down (MYSTIC EYES…愛はCOUNT DOWN?)" B Gata Doumei Music Album #05
1991 "Mystic Eyes... Ai wa Count Down (Remix)" B Gata Doumei Another Music #06
1995 "Fly me to the moon -4 Beat Version-" Fly me to the moon #02
"Fly me to the moon -acid bossa version-" Neon Genesis Evangelion OST #23
1996 "Kibun wo Kaeyou! (気分を変えよう!?)" Fortune Quest Gaiden ~Pastel no Tabidachi~ Vol. 3 #02
1998 "Fushigi na Melmo (ふしぎなメルモ?)" Fukkoku Tezuka Osamu Sakuhin Kessakusyu #18
1999 "Shinkirou (蜃気楼?)" Tribute to Rebecca~Dream Discovery #10
2000 "Lullaby no Yume (ララバイの夢?)" Snuggle Up #10
2001 "Shirokuro Tsukete Kudasai (シロクロつけてくだサイ?)" NHK 「Mushimaro Q Gold 2000」 Dai Q ~Hara, Ippai, Hetta~ #03
2002 "We'll Be Together -2002-" Aquarian Age Saga II Image Album #11
2003 "Change My Heart (Qwerty Mix)" Aquarian Age Saga II ~Don't forget me...~ OST #01
"Change My Heart" #34
2004 "Boku wa Hitorijanai (僕はひとりじゃない?)"
2005 "Kocchi Wo Muite Charm (こっちをむいてチャーミー?)" Charmmy Kitty
"Nijiiro Yumeiro Taikoiro (虹色・夢色・太鼓色?)" Taiko no Tatsujin Tobikkiri Anime Special Dainesshu Utamatsuri #23
2011 "Iroha ni ho he to (いろはにほへと?)"

As YAWMINEdit

Year Title Album Track
1992 "Touch me Softly -English version-" Bannou Bunka Nekomusume Sound Phase 0I #04
"In The Fluffy Moon Nite -English version-" #07
1993 "Rainbow Sky (レインボウスカイ?)" Bannou Bunka Nekomusume Sound Phase 0III #10

As featured artistEdit

Year Title Album Track
1996 "Lost Paradise"


Tajuu Jinkaku #07
2008 "Hello, My Friend"


Otoko to Onna -Two Hearts, Two Voices- #01

See MoreEdit

  1. (Japanese) Yoko Takahashi Official Web
  2. (Japanese) Yoko Takahashi on Anison Database
  3. (English) Yoko Takahashi on Wikipedia.
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