Janne Da Arc

Janne Da Arc
Also known asJanne, JDA
OriginOsaka, Japan
Years active1991–2007 (on hiatus)
Associated acts
Past membersyasu

Janne Da Arc was a Japanese visual kei[1] rock band from Hirakata, Osaka. Although originally formed in 1991, they have commonly referred to 1996 as the year that Janne Da Arc formed due to Shuji joining the group then, and solidifying their lineup. Janne Da Arc have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2007. The band's name is often seen shortened to either "Janne" (ジャンヌ) or "JDA".


The band is currently signed to the Motorod record label, which is owned by Avex Group. They have released three indie albums, nine major-label albums (including single collections), 26 singles, and 14 DVDs.

On May 9, 2006, they celebrated their tenth anniversary, the date marking when the final member, shuji, became an official member of the band. The band was not named after historical figure Joan of Arc, despite their song "Kyuuseishu (Messiah)" being about her - yasu named the band after a character in the manga Devilman by Go Nagai. A picture of the character can be seen on the art for the band's limited ion Janne Da Arc 10th Anniversary Indies Complete Box, released March 15, 2006.

Their sound is self-described as pop rock, but they played many musical styles such as alternative rock, progressive rock, hard rock and many others. Vocalist yasu takes many musical cues from his musical idol, Motoyuki "Morrie" Ōtsuka of the heavy metal band Dead End.[2] However, the members of Janne Da Arc have proven themselves to be very versatile as well as proficient at their chosen instruments, and are influenced by many bands and musical styles.

As of January 26, 2007, the members of Janne Da Arc are pursuing solo projects, concurrent with their work in the band.[3][4]

On May 19, 2009, they released a 10th Anniversary Complete Box Set.


All the members, with the exception of ka-yu, graduated from Hirakata West High School in the same class. For the release of their single Furimukeba..., Janne Da Arc returned to their high school to give a special performance, which became the feature film Hirakata.





No. Information sales
1st /
  • Released: March 8, 2000
  • Format: CD5", CD5"+DVD
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly peak: No. 11
copies sold
2nd Z-Hard
  • Released: February 28, 2001
  • Format: CD5", CD5"+DVD
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly peak: No. 16
copies sold
3rd Gaia
  • Release Date: January 23, 2002
  • Format: CD5", CD5"+DVD
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly peak: No. 6
copies sold
4th Another Story
  • Release Date: February 13, 2003
  • Format: CD5", CD5"+DVD
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly peak: No. 4
copies sold
5th Arcadia
  • Release Date: July 7, 2004
  • Format: CD5", CD5"+DVD
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly peak: No. 2 (No. 1 on daily chart)
copies sold
6th Joker
  • Release Date: June 15, 2005
  • Format: CD5", CD5"+DVD
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly peak: No. 4
copies sold
Box sets


  1. ^ http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/groupe-groupe-Janne_Da_Arc-l-en.html
  2. ^ "DEAD END Revival". jame-world.com. 2011-06-06.
  3. ^ Janne.co.jp Archived 2007-01-29 at the Wayback Machine Official Announcement
  4. ^ English Translation of Announcement Archived 2007-02-13 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Janne Da Arcs' Ka-yu to Take up Activities in a New Project". Musicjapanplus. 2010-02-21. Retrieved 2010-02-22.

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