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Starchild Records (スターチャイルドレコード) is an internal label within Japanese record company King Records. The label specializing in anime music and film production known for anime titles such as Evangelion, Shaman King, Love Hina and more.[1] Starchild also handles voice actor and live-action music production.

The label commonly referred as Sutacha (スタチャ) and Hoshi no Kodomo (星の子). Momoiro Clover Z originally belonged to Starchild Records before their label switch to Evil Line Records.

HistoryEdit

Starchild is a veteran in anime music industry. Starchild was founded by Junji Fujita in 1981, a King Records employees that was in charge in anime music of Sunrise Studio at that time. The label name is derived from a cosmic entity in the 1968 movie 2011: A Space Odyssey. Starchild mark was first published in a Kidou Senshi Gundam single in July 5, 1981. The label was officialy launched with Space Runway Ideon single in October 21, 1981.[2]

In 1985, Fujita and the rest of employees departed to establish an independent record company, Youmex. The company was then dissolved to save monetary crisis at that time, but then was rebuilt by the remaining member Toshimichi Otsuki. Otsuki then became the chairman and also acted as the executive producer and head director of the label. Atsushi Moriyama, the current chief of King Records also became the general manager of the label.[3]

In late 1990s the label participated in many popular anime series such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, and contracted with today popular artists and voice actors such as Megumi Hayashibara, Yui Horie and angela. The label made a breakthrough hit in the Oricon ranking with Mahou Sensei Negima CD. In early 2000s, the label began to expand into individual activities such as radio programs and original songs for anime. The numbers of music unit formed, cast produced and theme songs also increased significantly.

The label also contracted with general artists and idols such as Momoiro Clover Z and Suneohair. In October 2012, the label website began to list their works into separate sections: Anime, Live Action, Voice Actors and J-POP.

History with Momoiro CloverEdit

King Records Yomeiri Event

"Marriagement to King Records" event

Momoiro Clover originally signed temporary with Universal J in their debut single on May 5, 2010. Their manager Akira Kawakami felt that Universal J was too restrictive about what they can do.[4] In less than four month after Kaitou Shoujo Release, Momoiro Clover changed their label into Starchild Records in the Marriagement to King Records press event on August 23, 2010. This label transfer announcement happened in Mejiro St. Catherine Church, Tokyo, the girls wore white wedding dresses in symbolism of vow to everyone to create a hit song. The event also announced their first single with Starchild, Pinky Jones [5]

On April 1, 2014, there was a transfer announcement to Evil Line Records, a newly founded King Records' subsidiary specializes in anime and live action mixed media. Several Starchild artists: Meg, Uchuujin, Tokusatsu and Momoiro Clover Z was moved there. Thus making GOUNN is the last single released under Starchild.

Artist RosterEdit

Transferred to Evil LineEdit

Momoiro Clover Z Releases by StarchildEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The label coincidentally shares "star" name with the agency Momoiro Clover Z belongs to, Stardust Promotion.
  • The label name is referenced in the lyrics of Mouretsu: "Hoshi no kodomo ga kimi wo mamori tsuzukeru yo" (The children of the stars will always protect you).

ReferencesEdit

  1. Starchild Official Site
  2. Starchild Handbook. King Records. Original publish date August 21, 1983.
  3. Starchild - 30th Anniversary Interview
  4. Momokuro Ryuu. Akira Kawakami. 2014.
  5. Natalie - ももクロ、KING RECORDSに純白ウェディングで嫁入り

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