Sophia

Sophia (stylized as SOPHIA) was a Japanese rock band formed in 1994 by vocalist Mitsuru Matsuoka, guitarist Kazutaka Toyota, bassist Yoshio Kuroyanagi, drummer Yoshitomo Akamatsu and keyboardist Keiichi Miyako. Currently signed to Avex Trax since 2011, they made their major debut in 1995 on Toy's Factory. They changed over to Toshiba EMI in 2004, and Universal Music Japan in 2009.

Their album Alive was named one of the top albums from 1989-1998 in a 2004 issue of the music magazine Band Yarouze. Their single "-Boku wa Koko ni Iru-" was used as the 2nd ending theme for the anime Kaleido Star. Keyboardist Miyako announced on March 21, 2010 that he was diagnosed with lymphoma, and on April 10 the band went on a hiatus. Sophia, as a quartet, was a guest of honor at Anime Expo in Los Angeles from July 1–4, 2010, having their first concert in the US on the 3rd. The group ended the hiatus on August 13, 2011 at the Nippon Budokan.

Sophia is often considered a visual kei band, despite the fact that for nearly their entire career their appearance has been very tame compared to most others in the movement. On October 23, 2011, the band performed at V-Rock Festival 2011. Their song "Machi" was covered by Doremidan on the compilation Crush! -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-, which was released on January 26, 2011 and features current visual kei bands covering songs from bands that were important to the '90s visual kei movement. "Gokigen Tori ~Crawler is Crazy~" was covered by Annie's Black on its sequel, Crush! 2 -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-, that was released on November 23, 2011. "Eternal Flame" was covered by Makoto for Crash! 3 - 90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Love Songs-, which was released on June 27, 2012 and features current visual kei bands covering love songs by visual kei bands of the 90's.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
Sophia (3) - Holding On / Letting Go 2020 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Sophia (2) - This Year Give A Share To Sophia 2017 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Limited Edition
Sophia (11) - 進化論 2001 CD, Album, Stereo
Sophia (11) - Blue On Blue 1995 VHS
-SOPHIA- & SIDO* - Sky And Sand 2013 CD, Maxi-Single, Single
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - Never Enough 2018 CD, Single, Promo, Special Edition
No Image Sophia (3) - Where Are You Now 2007 CDr, Single, Promo
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - All of Me "2018" (Remix by DJ​.​VILJEM Spasovski) 2018 CD, Single, Special Edition
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - Lalala [Deluxe] 2016 CD, Album, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition
Sophia (3) - De Nachten 2010 CD, Album, Reissue
Sophia - Running So Hard 1992 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Sophia (3) - At Home With Sophia​.​.​. Mechelen, Belgium 4​/​5​/​2010 2011 File, MP3
Sophia (3) - At Home With Sophia​.​.​. Arlon, Belgium 3​/​5​/​2010 2011 File, MP3
Sophia (2) - Unclean 2016 File, FLAC, Album
Sophia (3) - It's Easy To Be Lonely 2014 File, MP3, EP
Sophia (3) - At Home With Sophia​.​.​. Barcelona, Spain 27​/​11​/​2010 2011 File, MP3
Sophia - Stay 1992 Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Sophia (3) - Technology Won't Save Us 2006 CD, Album, Promo
Sophia (11) - 黒いブーツ ~Oh My Friend~ 1998 CD, Mini, HDCD, Single
Sophia (6) - Return 1995 CD, Album, Reissue
Sophia (40) - Infinite Loading Screen 2016 File, MP3
-SOPHIA- - Eye Of The Storm 2013 CD, Single
Sophia (11) - cod-E 2011 CD, Maxi-Single
-SOPHIA- - Jag Var Så Kär 2009 CD, Single
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - Kiss Me Like The World Is Ending 2015 CD, Single
Sophia (2) - Herbstwerk 2001 CD, Promo
Sophia - Take It Or Leave It 1993 CD, Maxi-Single
Sophia (3) - At Home With Sophia​.​.​. Basel (Münchenstein) 6​/​6​/​2010 2011 File, MP3
Sophia (6) - Return 1995 Cassette, Album, Reissue
Sophia (11) - Sophia 1995 CD, Mini-Album, Limited Edition
Sophia (11) - Oar 1999 CD, Single
-SOPHIA- - Sugar Me 2010 CD, Single
Sophia (3) - The Infinite Circle 1998 Vinyl, LP, Album
Sophia (3) - Technology Won't Save Us 2006 Vinyl, LP, Album
Sophia (2) - Deconstruction Of The World 2003 Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Sophia (2) - Herbstwerk 2001 CD, Album
Sophia (3) - At Home With Sophia​.​.​. Saarbruecken, Germany 29​/​5​/​2010 2011 File, MP3
Sophia - Couldn't This Be Magic 1995 CD, Maxi-Single
Sophia (3) - Call Me On Your Way Back Home 2011 File, MP3
Sophia (11) - Philosophy II ~Tour '97 "Circus" Final at Budokan 1997 VHS
Sophia (6) - Return 1994 Cassette, Album
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - Fight Song 2017 CD, Single
-SOPHIA- (Bauwens)* - All Of Me 2016 CD, Maxi-Single, Single
-SOPHIA- - Something's Got a Hold on Me [Deluxe Edition] 2014 CD, Album, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, DVD
-SOPHIA- - Hallelujah 2013 CD, Single
Sophia (3) - There Are No Goodbyes 2009 CD, Album
Sophia (3) - Oh My Love 2004 CD, Single
No Image Sophia (3) - The Infinite Circle 1998 CD, Promo, Sampler
Sophia (3) - People Are Like Seasons 2004 Vinyl, LP, Album
Sophia (3) - People Are Like Seasons 2004 CD, Album, Enhanced

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