Akino Arai is a Japanese singer, song-writer, and lyricist, best known for her works in anime such as Outlaw Star, Noir, Macross Plus, and many others. She was born on August 21, 1959, in Tokyo. She has performed with Yoko Kanno, Luna Sea, ZABADAK, Simply Red, Yayoi Yula, and was once in a group called Marsh-Mallow. Arai debuted in 1986 with the theme song to anime Windaria, "Beautiful Star".
"Voices" from Macross Plus is possibly Arai's most famous song to date.Akino Arai is currently a popular performer and is asked to sing at many conventions, music festivals, and clubs. She continues to write music for commercials and anime such as the recent #1 Japanese box office movie Gedo Senki and the popular Kaze no Stigma. She has found success overseas, especially in France where she has a rather large following after her recent performance in Paris, following her first European live concert in Berlin. She is releasing an album in late 2007 or early 2008. At the moment, Akino is preparing for her own tour across Japan and overseas.
Akino keeps her personal life hidden from the public and she is a very quiet person. Those close to her and those who have met her say she is humble and very kind. Akino Arai is married to a singer and it was rumored that she was going to adopt an African baby; however, the latest rumors say that the father may want to keep custody.
She is very close to fans. At concerts she always takes time to do autographs and take pictures and throughout the concert she is always thanking the audience. She likes to be close to fans by asking them what type of music they want from her and she also writes back to the fans who send her fanmail every chance she can Akino is an avid art fan and loves movies and nature. Akino is very loving to her family and she is very close to her mother and brother.