Location: Anime NYC
Interview Date: 1/11/2018
Anime Herald: Since 2012, your singles have been heavily associated with Sword Art Online. How has your work on this series affected your career?
Luna Haruna: I was called to perform Overflight overseas. The experience of the anime fans singing it along with me was an experience I wouldn’t exchange with anything.
Anime Herald: You’ve previously said that Ali Project was a major influence on your choice to enter show business. How has she continued to influence your career?
Arika Takerano is very fashionable. I was very drawn to her model of the world, with her gothic music. It’s rock, with a kind of dangerous vibe. I got a lot of stimuli from Ali Project.
Anime Herald: How much of your week do you spend rehearsing, performing, or doing professional activities? As a professional performer, do you get any time to do things just for fun?
Luna Haruna: I’ve always loved to sing, so when I’m singing it doesn’t feel like work. I feel like I’ve always been able to do what I like to do. When I practice at home it’s like a hobby to me. I’ve always liked anime songs from the get go. I’ve been able to do what I love to do every day. I feel very fulfilled by that.
Anime Herald: You’ve mentioned you’re generally interested in the villains of anime. What are some of the anime villains that you were most excited about?
Luna Haruna: This is a difficult question. I’ve liked characters with a dark side. The one that influenced me the most is Road Kamelot from the show D. Gray-Man. Because of her fashion style, I started wearing Lolita. She’s the one that got me to wear that kind of fashion. She plays the role of an enemy, but she’s also very vivacious. That naughty face of her is what I’m really drawn to.
Anime Herald: Last night, Nano said “You’re very cute, and I’m very black.” What was your reaction to that?
(Editor’s note: At the concert Nano pointed at Luna Haruna and said “So cute.” Then she pointed at her own outfit and said “So black.”)
Luna Haruna: When I look at Nano, [she] gives off a cool vibe, but actually she’s a real softie. When I look at that gap, it really touches me. This time, I was able to sing with her and collaborate with her. We are total opposites in term of costumes and color. It was a special experience, and I believe we created something unique that had never been done before.