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Yuki Kajiura, the Japanese Composer

Updated on July 7, 2017

This is the sequel of my teenage times treasures. I already showed you the most beautiful men in my sight, those who became flower at my younger age :D. Today I’m dig inside my storage again. Hmmm… I found piles of DVD box. I have maybe more than 600 DVD with about 300 titles of movies from around the world; America, England, Korea, Japanese and Chinese. Most of it are television series and in the first piles of DVD I found Japanese Cartoon or what usually called as Anime.

I have several titles which I collected in so much passion for several years, like: Bleach, Kya Kara Mao, Holic, Loveless and Tsubasa Chronicle, all great title of Anime. Me and my sisters spent so many times to watched those and we really like it. We usually have so many things we love inside Anime; the beauty of the drawing, the characters, the stories, but one I love the most in the music scores.

Anime production house put so much effort not just in making the animation, but also put beautiful composition of music as the completion of the movies, which every each one of it not just casual type of music. They work together with many great Japanese composers, using orchestra to make the music became rich and invite popular singer to sing for the anime.

One of the most popular Composer which the works always become my favorite is Yuki Kajiura. Born August 6, 1965 in Tokyo, Japan,  Yuki Kajiura is a Japanese Composer and Music Producer. She has provided the music for several popular anime series, such as Madlax,  Noir.hack/SIGN,  Aquarian Age,  My-Hime,  Pandora Heart, My Otome, Tusbasa Chronicle, and one of the Kimagure Orange Road movies (amongst others). She also assisted Thosihiko Sahashi with Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Kajiura has also composed for the Xenosaga video game series, namely the cutscene music for Xenosaga II and the entire Xenosaga III game soundtrack

Like many others musician, her touched with music started in early age. She said it was her father who greatly influenced her decision to work as Composer, for he was a great Opera and Classical Music admirer. About her father she said, At first, I disliked playing piano for him. I was an only child, so I wanted to go out and play. But he made me play the piano for him; he liked beautiful music, and I gradually came to love it." Due to her father's work, Kajiura lived in West Germany since 1972 and 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 System Engineering programmer, but in 1992, she turned her career around to focus on her activities on music. 

Tsubasa Chronicle Ost With Full Orchestra

Pandora Heart

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.

I Talk to the Rain

Tsubasa Chronicle, My Favorite

In 2001, she and Chiaki Ishikawa reunited as See-Saw. Around the same time she became involved with Koichi Mashimo's anime studio Bee Train and their first widely popular project, Noir. Despite the series' controversial status among the reviewers, all critics generally praised its OST as a breakthrough in the anime music scene for its risky but highly successful mix of synth, opera, and French-flaired sound. she and Director 'Koichi Mashimo' have grown to be a close team. 

You Are My Love From Tsubasa Chronicle Ost

MADLAX!

Yuki Kajiura, the Musician From East

With See-Saw
With See-Saw

Kajiura greatly enjoyed the degree of artistic freedom that Mashimo as the series' director offered her while collaborating on Noir. She said, “He just says, `Do what you want to do,’That's Mr. Mashimo's way. He always says that, so I do what I want! I enjoyed this work very much. Noir and Dothack were so fun for me. I didn't recognize them as soundtracks, I simply made music.”. 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. “In making music, I just feel whether it's good for live musicians or not,” She said. “ It's case-by-case. When I can use live musicians, I do, but sometimes a sampled sound is more effective.”

WINTER

NOIR

In 2002, See-Saw participated in another Mashimo's project, .hack/SIGN, which became widely known for its TV and game combined development, and its Soundtrack sold over 300,000 copies.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" on Anime Expo 2003.

.hack/SIGN

One of See-Saw's further major hits was the ending theme song for Mobile Sweet Gundam SEED ("Anna ni Issho Datta no ni"), which sold over 200,000 copies causing a sensation in the anime world. Dream Field, See-Saw's first original album release in nine years, became a hit, as well, in 2003, selling over 100,000 copies. In the same year, Kajiura released her first solo album, Fiction, which she performed and promoted at Anime Expo 2003 in Anaheim, California.

MOONFLOWER

My-HiME

One of Kajiura's solo projects include Fiction Junction, which contrary to common belief is not an alias but the name of the project itself. The project involves collaboration with artists such as Yuuka Nanri, Asuka Kato, and Kaori Oda. Fiction Junction Yuuka, with Nanri as the vocalist, is the most prolific of these collaborations. In 2004, the duo produced the opening and ending songs for Koichi 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.

Mobile Suit Gundam Seed

Her latest project, Kalafina is composed of Keiko Kubota (Fiction Junction KEIKO), Wakana Ootaki (Fiction Junction WAKANA) and two other vocalists named Hikaru and Maya. They performed the ending themes of the Kara No Kyokai movies.

In 2009, Fiction Junction returned to perform the opening themesong to Pandora Hearts, Parallel Hearts, with the majority of the show's music composed by Yuki Kajiura.

Well, those videos above only several from Yuki Kajiura's works. She already made many Anime became more beautiful with her Music. Her creativity goes further beyond the real world and made animation become more alive. I hope we will find more beautiful music from her in the future.

Thank you for reading this. :)

Freya Cesare

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    saddlerider1 7 years ago

    YUKI KAJIURA what a tribute to someone so blesses as she to be able to perform the way she does. So many gifted children who start out early in their lives, will rise to the top of their profession as she has done for sure. You have shown us here her talented gifts and I thank you so much, the videos are special and fantastic examples of her talents.

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    Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Saddlerider1, I like Yuki Kajiura so much and her works really beautiful and sometimes unusual, and I think that make her really special. Thank you for the appreciation, Sir. ^_^

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    Micky Dee 7 years ago

    Wow Freya! Beautiful and powerful! Thank you for the introduction!

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    Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    I;m glad you like it, Micky. DO you like classic music?

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    Yes Freya. I like all music when it contains passion. God bless Dear Freya!

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    Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Ah, me too. Passion always great ingredient for everything, right? Whether it is in music, poem or story, it is always bring the best out into display. Thank you King Micky. God bless you too.

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