As Marcos V. and I were discussing briefly the other day, I think it was time to put up a Nana Mizuki（水樹奈々）article. The Queen of Anison neglected up to now? Sacrilege! Must repent! Although I cannot say that I am anywhere near an expert on this enka-trained veteran seiyuu/anison singer, Mizuki has made her voice very clear in my pop culture bubble over the past few years since coming back to Toronto. And aside from her career in the anime industry behind the mike, she's popped up on shows such as an NHK animal documentary series that broadcasts weekly on TV Japan and there was that string of appearances on the Kohaku Utagassen that I think was finally broken last year in 2015.
But in the anime field, I've known Mizuki for basically one character thanks to those viewings supplied by my buddy. And that would be the "Symphogear"（戦姫絶唱シンフォギア）franchise which revved up in 2012. Not only has she played the kickass character of Tsubasa Kazanari (風鳴 翼...singer and soldier) in the show about battling with over-the-top music-activated weaponry, but she supplied the theme songs. So why not go with the very first opening theme of "Synchrogazer", her 26th single from January 2012?
"Synchrogazer" is the template for me when it comes to current Mizuki songs whether it be for any of the "Symphogear" shows or her appearances on the Kohaku. Epic rocking techno (trance?) accompanying warp-speed often-operatic vocals. She could probably trounce the enemy NOISE just on that one song alone. As for the above video, I believe that is for "Madoka Magica", but hey, it works for me, too.
Anyways, Mizuki wrote the lyrics while Noriyasu Agematsu（上松範康）provided the melody for the song that got as high as No. 2 on Oricon. "Synchrogazer" was also a track on her 9th album from December 2012, "Rockbound Neighbours" that also peaked at No.2 and became the 42nd-ranked album for 2013.