Sakai Izumi (ZARD)
Sakai Izumi is the lead vocalist of the Japanese Pop Rock group ZARD. While other group members eventually left the band, Sakai Izumi stayed on and continued writing new songs under the ZARD name, thus ZARD became synonymous with Sakai Izumi.
ZARD was immensely popular in the 90s, having produced many songs that were used in Japanese television shows. Several ZARD songs were also used as the theme songs for popular anime.
|Slam Dunk||My Friend (マイ フレンド)|
|Yawara!||Today Is Another Day|
|Mitsumete Itai ne (見つめていたいね)|
|Dragon Ball GT||Don’t You See!|
|Chuuka Ichiban!||Iki mo Dekinai (息もできない)|
|Detective Conan||Unmei no Roulette Mawashite (運命のルーレット廻して)|
|Shōjo no Koro ni Modotta Mitai ni (少女の頃に戻ったみたいに)|
|Ashita wo Yume Mite (明日を夢見て)|
|Hoshi no Kagayaki yo (星のかがやきよ)|
|Natsu wo Matsu Sail no Yō ni (夏を待つセイル(帆)のように)|
|Ai wa Kurayami no Naka de (愛は暗闇の中で)|
Sakai Izumi also regularly writes the lyrics for songs of other bands in the same music company Being, namely DEEN, FIELD OF VIEW and WANDS.
Two notable songs with lyrics by Sakai Izumi that have been used as the theme songs for anime are “Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku” (DAN DAN 心魅かれてく) by FIELD OF VIEW in Dragon Ball GT, and “Ashita Moshi Kimi ga Kowarete mo” (明日もし君が壊れても) by WANDS in Yu-Gi-Oh!.
Sakai Izumi has also covered these two songs herself and they were released in various ZARD albums. “Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku” was included in the album Today Is Another Day, while “Ashita Moshi Kimi ga Kowarete mo” was included in the album Toki no Tsubasa.
Sakai’s version of “Ashita Moshi Kimi ga Kowarete mo” had a powerful voice and feel to it. Her version was later rearranged with a stronger acoustic to emphasize on her voice and released in a compilation album ZARD Request Best ~beautiful memory~.
ZARD’s most popular song of all time is undeniably “Makenaide”.
Even the girls of Lucky Star has heard of “Makenaide” and they could all sing along with Izumi Konata in a karaoke session.
“Makenaide” has been used as a topic in a Japanese high school textbook “MY WAY English Communication II”, describing the positive impact that the song has on people. Sakai Izumi’s voice and lyrics has an encouraging effect that motivates and cheer on everyone, helping many to overcome hardship in difficult times.
Don’t give up, just a little more
Keep running to the end