Janne Da Arc
Janne Da Arc

Janne Da Arc

About Janne Da Arc

Japanese rock band Janne Da Arc, formed in 1991, emerged as part of the visual kei genre, in which makeup-clad artists put a pop spin on glam-metal theatrics.

∙ Inspired by a Devilman manga character, their name has nothing to do with the historical Joan of Arc—although the band did write a song about her (“Messiah,” included on 2001’s Z-Hard).
∙ After several independent releases, Janne Da Arc dropped their major-label debut single, “RED ZONE,” in 1999 and landed on the Japanese charts for the first time.
∙ Their 2003 concept album, Another Story, was based on a novel of the same name by vocalist yasu, and the two were released simultaneously.
∙ The dramatic, string-laden “月光花,”—the opening theme for the anime series Black Jack—was their biggest-selling single, reaching No. 2 on the Japanese charts in 2005.
∙ In early 2007, the band announced an indefinite hiatus, and frontman yasu launched his own project, Acid Black Cherry, a few months later.