Mika KOBAYASHI was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She started learning the piano when she was young. Though she was keener on acting and dancing at certain times of her youth, she ended up creating her own music band in high school. This led her to a decision to pursue a career as a singer. She moved to Tokyo at the age of 18 and started to compose songs, becoming a singer-songwriter and dancer.
At 22, she was awarded a grand prize at a vocal audition among more than 1,000 other entrants. After some twists and turns, she finally found her own style and at 25 started the music career which better reflects her core-self.
Having felt that she went the long way around to reach this point, she felt an urge to create something original based on her personal experiences. She started to create a stage performance combining acting and music, collaborating with performers and actors she believed presented high-grade performance.
Her work Itoguruma (Spinning Wheel), in which an actress performs as a doll, was featured in Italy. The audience gave her a standing ovation. Mika KOBAYASHI then realized her expression style can convey her messages even in a foreign country.
She performed in the annual performance Kaiseki Series in Japan and SAMURAI SPIRIT overseas, in collaboration with samurai artists KAMUI. They have been extremely successful and keep on performing together.
In the field of pop culture, Mika KOBAYASHI is known for singing the theme songs of many popular animated TV programs, dramas and movies. She has sung the themes of such famous anime as Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Blue Exorcist, or Seven Deadly Sins, and also of video games like FINAL FANTASY XI or XenobladeX! She also has been putting on live performances in foreign countries and participating in annual events, mostly animation related ones.
She established her own independent label miccabose in 2016.
Don’t miss Mika KOBAYASHI at Japan Expo’s 20th Anniversary: she will be back to celebrate the event with you. After the very warm welcome you gave her the first time, no doubt you’ll cheer her show with samurai artists KAMUI! Don’t miss her signings too.
- Mare, NHK morning show
- Iryu: Team Medical Dragon 3
- Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
- Attack on Titan (Giant of Advance)
- Gundam Unicorn
- Kill la Kill
- Blue Exorcist
- Seven Deadly Sins
- FINAL FANTASY XI
- Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen