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Yuki Kajiura at Anime Expo 2012
|Born||August 6, 1965|
|Genres||Anison, baroque pop, contemporary classical music, world music, electronic, folk music, orchestral, new-age music|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, musician, producer|
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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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of Kajiura's solo projects include FictionJunction, 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. 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.
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.
|Anime title||Year of release||Director|
|Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning||1996||Osamu Kobayashi|
|Aquarian Age||2002||Yoshimitsu Ohashi|
|Le Portrait de Petit Cossette||2004||Akiyuki Shinbo|
|Tsubasa Chronicle||2005||Kōichi Mashimo
|Elemental Gelade||2005||Shigeru Ueda|
|My-Otome Zwei||2006||Masakazu Obara|
|Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior||2007||Toyoo Ashida|
|El Cazador de la Bruja||2007||Kōichi Mashimo|
|Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations||2007–2008||Shunsuke Tada|
|Tsubasa Shunraiki||2009||Shunsuke Tada|
|Pandora Hearts||2009||Takao Kato|
|Puella Magi Madoka Magica||2011||Akiyuki Shinbo
|Sword Art Online||2012||Tomohiko Ito|
|Sword Art Online II||2014||Tomohiko Ito|
|Game title||Game platform||Year of release||Company|
|PlayStation||1998||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Blood: The Last Vampire||PlayStation 2||2000||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse (Movie scenes)||PlayStation 2||2004||Namco|
|Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra||PlayStation 2||2006||Namco|
|Movie title||Year of release||Director|
|Ruby Fruit||1995||Takumi Kimiduka|
|Boogiepop and others||2000||Ryu Kaneda|
|Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Movie: Princess in Birdcage Kingdom||2005||Itsuro Kawasaki|
|Kara no Kyoukai movies||2007–2009, 2013||Ei Aoki, Takuya Nonaka, Mitsuru Oburai &
|Achilles and the Tortoise||2008||Takeshi Kitano|
|Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part I: Beginnings||2012||Akiyuki Shinbo
|Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part II: Eternal||2012||Akiyuki Shinbo
|Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion||2013||Akiyuki Shinbo
|Title||Year of release|
|Love's Labour's Lost/Set||2002|
|Title||Year of release|
|Title||Artist||Year of release|
|I have a dream||See-Saw||1993|
|Title||Year of release|
|The Works for Soundtrack||2011|
|Anime||Jura Tripper||Ending theme||1995|
|Anime||Mobile Suit Gundam Seed||Closing theme & insert songs||2002|
|Anime||Chrono Crusade||Closing theme song (Sayonara Solitaire)||2003|
|Game||.hack//Quarantine||Song "Yasashii Yoake" (also used in .hack//Sign)||2003|
|Anime||The World of Narue||Closing theme||2003|
|Anime||Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny||Closing theme & insert songs||2004|
|Anime||.hack//Legend of the Twilight||Closing theme||2004|
|Anime||Shōnen Onmyōji||Opening theme song||2006|
|Anime||.hack//Roots||Opening theme song||2006|
|Anime||Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto||Opening theme song||2006|
|Anime||My-Otome Zwei||Ending theme songs 2–3||2007|
|Anime||Baccano!||Ending Theme song||2007|
|Anime||Amatsuki||Ending Theme song||2008|
|TV Drama||Negima (Live Action)||Ending Theme song||2008|
|Anime||Kuroshitsuji||Ending Theme Song||2008|
|Documentary||Unknown Episodes of History – Historia||Soundtrack||2009|
|Anime||So Ra No Wo To||Opening Theme song||2010|
|Anime||Ōkami Kakushi||Theme song||2010|
|Anime||Eve no Jikan||Ending Theme Song||2010|
|Game||Nobunaga's Ambition||Theme song||2010|
|Anime||Kuroshitsuji II||Insert theme song||2010|
|TV Drama||15 Sai no Shiganhei||Music||2010|
|Game||.hack//Link||Previously 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|
|Documentary||Unknown Episodes of History – Historia 2||Soundtrack||2011|
|Anime||Sacred Seven||Opening theme song||2011|
|Game||Senritsu no Stratus||Opening theme song||2011|
|Anime||Fate/Zero||Opening theme song||2011|
|TV Drama||Hanako to Anne||Music||2014|
|Anime||Aldnoah.Zero||Opening theme song||2014|
|Anime||Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works||Guest Composer, Ending theme song||2014|
- "Yuki Kajiura Concert". Anime Source. Anime-Source.Com. September 25, 2003. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- "AU: Eminence Orchestra Returns to Sydney!". IGN Music. IGN Entertainment, Inc. October 10, 2007. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- Berra, John, ed. (2010). Directory of World Cinema: Japan. Intellect Books. p. 10. ISBN 9781841503356.
- "Yuki Kajiura". Casting Profile (in Japanese). NHK, Japanese Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- Yuki Kajiura's Home Page
- Yuki Kajiura at the Internet Movie Database
- Yuki Kajiura at vgmdb.net
- Yuki Kajiura convention appearances on AnimeCons.com
- Yuki Kajiura at Anime News Network's encyclopedia