Yuki Kajiura

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Yuki Kajiura
Yuki Kajiura at Anime Expo 2012.jpg
Yuki Kajiura at Anime Expo 2012
Background information
Born(1965-08-06) August 6, 1965 (age 49)
OriginTokyo, Japan
GenresAnison, baroque pop, contemporary classical music, world music, electronic, folk music, orchestral, new-age music
Occupation(s)Composer, musician, producer
InstrumentsKeyboard/piano
Years active1992–present
LabelsVictor Entertainment
Space Craft Produce
Associated acts
Websitewww.fictionjunction.com
 
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Yuki Kajiura
Yuki Kajiura at Anime Expo 2012.jpg
Yuki Kajiura at Anime Expo 2012
Background information
Born(1965-08-06) August 6, 1965 (age 49)
OriginTokyo, Japan
GenresAnison, baroque pop, contemporary classical music, world music, electronic, folk music, orchestral, new-age music
Occupation(s)Composer, musician, producer
InstrumentsKeyboard/piano
Years active1992–present
LabelsVictor Entertainment
Space Craft Produce
Associated acts
Websitewww.fictionjunction.com

Yuki Kajiura (梶浦 由記 Kajiura Yuki?, born August 6, 1965 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese composer and music producer. She has provided the music for several popular anime series, such as the final Kimagure Orange Road movie, Noir, .hack//Sign, Aquarian Age, Madlax, My-HiME, My-Otome, .hack//Roots, Pandora Hearts, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, Tsubasa Chronicle and the Kara no Kyoukai movies (amongst others). She also assisted Toshihiko Sahashi with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Kajiura has also composed for video games, including the cutscene music for Xenosaga II and the entire Xenosaga III game soundtrack. Most recently, she composed the music for NHK's April 2014 morning drama (asadora) "Hanako to Anne".

Biography[edit]

Due to her father's work, Kajiura lived in West Germany from 1972 until her middle school years. Her first music piece, which she had written at the age of 7, was a farewell song for her grandmother. After graduating from college (back in Tokyo), she began working as a systems engineering programmer, but in 1992, she turned her career around to focus on her activities on music. She admits that it was her father who greatly influenced this decision, for he was a great opera and classical music admirer.[citation needed]

In July 1992, she made her debut in an all-female trio See-Saw, then consisting of Chiaki Ishikawa (lead vocals), herself (back-up vocals, keyboards), and Yukiko Nishioka. In the following two years, the group released six singles and two albums but in 1995 they temporarily broke up. Nishioka decided to become a writer while Kajiura carried on with her solo musician career, composing music for other artists as well as sound producing for TV, commercials, films, anime and games.[citation needed]

In 2001, she and Chiaki Ishikawa reunited as See-Saw. Around the same time she became involved with Kōichi Mashimo's anime studio Bee Train and their first popular project, Noir.[citation needed]

Kajiura greatly enjoyed the degree of artistic freedom that Mashimo as the series' director offered her while collaborating on Noir, therefore their collaboration extended to many of his later projects, with the latest (as of 2007) being El Cazador de la Bruja. For example, Mashimo would never set any distinctive limitations or goals before her, allowing her to compose whatever she pleases. Afterwards, he would just take the samples he thought appropriate and insert it to whenever he wanted them to play.[citation needed]

In 2002, See-Saw participated in another Mashimo's project, .hack//Sign During the production of the series, Kajiura met Emily Bindiger and impressed by her vocals, offered her to perform over 10 of the series' insert songs. She has also jokingly called Bindiger "her English teacher" at Anime Expo 2003.[1]

One of Kajiura's solo projects include FictionJunction, which contrary to common belief is not an alias but the name of the project itself.[citation needed] The project involves collaboration with artists such as Yuuka Nanri, Asuka Kato, and Kaori Oda. FictionJunction Yuuka, with Nanri as the vocalist, is the most prolific of these collaborations. In 2004, the duo produced the opening and ending songs for Kōichi Mashimo's Madlax and in the next year, published their first collaborative album, Destination.

In October 2007, it was announced that Yuki Kajiura would be attending the performances of the Eminence Orchestra's concert, 'A Night in Fantasia 2007 – Symphonic Anime Edition', as a special guest.[2]

Her project Kalafina is composed of Keiko Kubota (FictionJunction Keiko), Wakana Ootaki (FictionJunction Wakana) and Hikaru Masai. Maya Toyoshima is a former member who left in 2009 to continue her education. They performed the ending themes of the Kara no Kyoukai movies.[citation needed]

In 2009, Fiction Junction returned to perform the opening theme song to Pandora Hearts, Parallel Hearts, with the majority of the show's music composed by Yuki Kajiura.[citation needed]

In 2011, Puella Magi Madoka Magica was scored by Kajiura, while Kalafina, a group founded by her, performed the ending theme.[citation needed]

Yuki Kajiura at Anime Expo 2012

In 2013, a new concert at Tokyo International Forum, "Hall A" has been scheduled.[citation needed]

The 2014 series Aldnoah.Zero's opening theme "Heavenly Blue" was composed by Kajiura and was performed by Kalafina.

Discography[edit]

Anime soundtracks[edit]

Anime titleYear of releaseDirector
Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning1996Osamu Kobayashi
Eat-Man1997Kōichi Mashimo
Noir2001Kōichi Mashimo
Aquarian Age2002Yoshimitsu Ohashi
.hack//Sign2002Kōichi Mashimo
.hack//Liminality2002Kōichi Mashimo
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette2004Akiyuki Shinbo
Madlax2004Kōichi Mashimo
My-HiME2004Masakazu Obara
My-Otome2005Masakazu Obara
Tsubasa Chronicle2005Kōichi Mashimo
Hiroshi Morioka
Elemental Gelade2005Shigeru Ueda
.hack//Roots2006Kōichi Mashimo
My-Otome Zwei2006Masakazu Obara
Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior2007Toyoo Ashida
El Cazador de la Bruja2007Kōichi Mashimo
Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations2007–2008Shunsuke Tada
Tsubasa Shunraiki2009Shunsuke Tada
Pandora Hearts2009Takao Kato
Puella Magi Madoka Magica2011Akiyuki Shinbo
Fate/Zero2011–2012Ei Aoki
Sword Art Online2012Tomohiko Ito
Sword Art Online II2014Tomohiko Ito

Game soundtracks[edit]

Game titleGame platformYear of releaseCompany
Double Cast
ダブルキャスト (
Daburukyasuto)
PlayStation1998Sony Computer Entertainment
Meguri-aishite
めぐり愛して (
Meguriaishite)
PlayStation1999SME
Blood: The Last VampirePlayStation 22000Sony Computer Entertainment
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse (Movie scenes)PlayStation 22004Namco
Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach ZarathustraPlayStation 22006Namco

Movie soundtracks[edit]

Movie titleYear of releaseDirector
Tokyo-Kyodai1995Jun Ichikawa
Ruby Fruit1995Takumi Kimiduka
Rainbow1999Naoto Kumazawa
Boogiepop and others2000Ryu Kaneda
Moon2000Takumi Kimiduka
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Movie: Princess in Birdcage Kingdom2005Itsuro Kawasaki
Kara no Kyoukai movies2007–2009, 2013Ei Aoki, Takuya Nonaka, Mitsuru Oburai &

Tomonori Sudou

Achilles and the Tortoise2008Takeshi Kitano
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part I: Beginnings2012Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part II: Eternal2012Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion2013Akiyuki Shinbo
Yukihiro Miyamoto

Musicals[edit]

TitleYear of release
Sakura-Wars1998
Fine1998
Funk-a-Step1998
Funk-a-Step II1999
Christmas Juliette1999–2000
High-School Revolution2000
Christmas Juliette2000
Shooting-Star Lullaby2001
Love's Labour's Lost/Set2002
Angel Gate2006

Solo albums[edit]

TitleYear of release
Fiction2003
Fiction II2011

Produced albums[edit]

TitleArtistYear of release
I have a dreamSee-Saw1993
See-SawSee-Saw1994
Early BestSee-Saw2003
Dream FieldSee-Saw2003
melodySaeko Chiba2003
everythingSaeko Chiba2004
DestinationFictionJunction Yuuka2004
CircusFictionJunction Yuuka2007
Re/obliviousKalafina2008
Everlasting SongsFictionJunction2009
Seventh HeavenKalafina2009
Red MoonKalafina2010
After EdenKalafina2011
ConsolationKalafina2013
ElementalFictionJunction2014

Compilation albums[edit]

TitleYear of release
The Works for Soundtrack2011

Other involvements[edit]

GenreProjectInvolvementYear
AnimeJura TripperEnding theme1995
AnimeMobile Suit Gundam SeedClosing theme & insert songs2002
AnimeChrono CrusadeClosing theme song (Sayonara Solitaire)2003
Game.hack//QuarantineSong "Yasashii Yoake" (also used in .hack//Sign)2003
AnimeThe World of NarueClosing theme2003
AnimeMobile Suit Gundam Seed DestinyClosing theme & insert songs2004
Anime.hack//Legend of the TwilightClosing theme2004
AnimeLovelessTheme song2005
AnimeShōnen OnmyōjiOpening theme song2006
Anime.hack//RootsOpening theme song2006
AnimeBakumatsu Kikansetsu IrohanihohetoOpening theme song2006
AnimeMy-Otome ZweiEnding theme songs 2–32007
AnimeBaccano!Ending Theme song2007
AnimeAmatsukiEnding Theme song2008
TV DramaNegima (Live Action)Ending Theme song2008
AnimeKuroshitsujiEnding Theme Song2008
DocumentaryUnknown Episodes of History – HistoriaSoundtrack[3]2009
AnimeSo Ra No Wo ToOpening Theme song2010
AnimeŌkami KakushiTheme song2010
AnimeEve no JikanEnding Theme Song2010
GameNobunaga's AmbitionTheme song2010
AnimeKuroshitsuji IIInsert theme song2010
TV Drama15 Sai no ShiganheiMusic2010
Game.hack//LinkPreviously written songs contributed: Edge, (from .hack//Liminality Volume 1: In the Case of Mai Minase) Obsession from .hack//Sign and Silly-Go-Round. (from .hack//Roots)2010
DocumentaryUnknown Episodes of History – Historia 2Soundtrack2011
AnimeSacred SevenOpening theme song2011
GameSenritsu no StratusOpening theme song2011
AnimeFate/ZeroOpening theme song2011
TV DramaHanako to AnneMusic2014
AnimeAldnoah.ZeroOpening theme song2014
AnimeFate/stay night: Unlimited Blade WorksGuest Composer, Ending theme song2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yuki Kajiura Concert". Anime Source. Anime-Source.Com. September 25, 2003. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "AU: Eminence Orchestra Returns to Sydney!". IGN Music. IGN Entertainment, Inc. October 10, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Yuki Kajiura". Casting Profile (in Japanese). NHK, Japanese Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 

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