Michiru Ōshima

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Michiru Oshima
大島 ミチル
BornNagasaki, Japan

Michiru Oshima (大島 ミチル, Oshima Michiru, born March 16) is a Japanese composer and arranger. She works on music in wide range of areas, such as anime, films, television series, video games and concerts. She has written scores for over 100 movies, over 200 television titles, video games, various types of events, concerts, theaters, among others. Ōshima is one of the most prolific living composers for film, anime and video game. She has released over 300 CDs including film soundtracks and artist CDs. Her works include composition for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus,[1] Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla,[2] and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. movies and scores for numerous anime television series, including Fullmetal Alchemist,[3] Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa,[4] Nabari no Ou,[5] Queen Emeraldas,[6] Xam'd: Lost Memories,[7] Arc the Lad,[8] and Weathering Continent.[9] In addition to the soundtracks on Kaiju films and anime music, she has composed music for several video games such as Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf for Super NES,[10] Ico for PlayStation 2,[11] Legend of Legaia for PlayStation and its PlayStation 2 sequel Legaia 2: Duel Saga, Arc the Lad III, Deemo, Midnight Play by the company Tivola based on the art illustrations of Květa Pacovská,[12][13][14] and an orchestral arrangement of a Zelda medley for the Wii and Nintendo GameCube game The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.[15] She was also the composer for a Japanese stage musical adaptation of the classic Hollywood film Roman Holiday.[16] Her latest work includes the composition of several music tracks for the highly acclaimed Chinese espionage thriller film The Message and a 2017 Chinese mystery thriller film The Devotion of Suspect X (film).


Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music, Department of Music Composition, Ōshima began her activities as a composer and arranger while in college, and has been involved in composing music for movies, commercials, TV programs, anime, ambient music and tunes for classical musicians. She released the first Symphony entitled “Orasho” when she was still in college. Through her masterful manipulation of both orchestras and synthesizers, she has attracted attention from various sectors for creating grandiose, dramatic sounds and beautiful melodies.

Ōshima was the youngest person to be awarded the 1st prize at International Electone Festival / International Electone Concours in 1977 when she was 16 years old. Her other awards include the 52nd(1998) and 67th(2013) Mainichi Film Contest Award for Best Music, the 21st(1998), 24th(2001), 26th(2003), 27th(2004), 29th(2006), 30th(2007) and 38th(2016) Japan Academy Prize (film award) for Music, and the 31st Japan Academy Prize for Best Score, Tokyo Anime Award for Best Music in 2006, Best Composer Award at Jackson Hole Film Festival 2007(in U.S.). Moreover, Ōshima has composed a large number of music for music festivals in France and Luxembourg, stages in Belgium or concerts in Japan and U.S.A. She also recorded and conducted with orchestras and musicians from all over the world such as U.S., Australia, France, Russia, Belgium, England, Czech, Austria, Poland, Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria, including a concert "KAIJU CRESCENDO: AN EVENING OF JAPANESE MONSTER MUSIC" at the G-FEST XXVI (2020) in Chicago. Ōshima was one of the 27 composers for the album ‘In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores’ performed by violinist Hilary Hahn which was awarded a 2015 Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music category (she composed “Memories”). She has been engaged in many governmental projects as well, such as music director at “40th Year of ASEAN-Japan” in 2013, in which she supervised and managed musicians in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, organized concerts in ASEAN countries and composed music for the ASEAN Summit.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1998: Japanese Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for Paradise Lost[20]
  • 2001: Japanese Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for Nagasaki Burabura Bushi[21]
  • 2003: Japanese Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for The Sun Also Rises and Copycat Criminal[22]
  • 2004: Japanese Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for Like Asura[23]
  • 2006: Japanese Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for Year One in the North[24]
  • 2007: Japanese Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for Memories of Tomorrow[25]
  • 2016: Japanese Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music for 125 Years Memory[26]


Film soundtracks (selective)[edit]

Show soundtracks (selective)[edit]

Anime soundtracks (selective)[edit]

Video games soundtracks (selective)[edit]

Drama soundtracks (selective)[edit]

  • 2001: Sayonara, Ozu Sensei
  • 2002: Gokusen
  • 2002: Satorare
  • 2003: Tenshi mitai
  • 2005: Yume de Aimashou
  • 2006: Oishii Proposal
  • 2006: CA to Oyobi
  • 2006: Regatta
  • 2007: Hotelier
  • 2007: Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai
  • 2008: Yasuko to Kenji
  • 2010: Misaki Number One!!

Selected concerts and projects[edit]

  • 1980s: Symphony No.1: Orasho
  • 2005: For the East (with the Ravel Quartet)
  • 2006: London Essay (with Dai Kimura)
  • 2007: Le Premier amour (from the album "Smile" by Japanese violist Emiri Miyamoto)
  • 2007: Amanda (with Kaori Muraji (classical guitar) and the Orchestre des Virtuoses de Paris)
  • 2009: Concerto for saxophone (with Daniel Gremelle (saxophone) and the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 2010: Concerto for viola (with Pierre Lenert (viola) and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra)
  • 2011: Ganbalo Nippon (short film The Orchestra in Hot Air Balloon for Japan[29])
  • 2011: Vocalise (with the mezzo-soprano Irina De Baghy for Festival Sérénade in Surgères[30])
  • 2011: Requiem ~ It lies at the bottom of the sea (with Ensemble Lucilin in Luxembourg)
  • 2013: In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores (musical project with the violinist Hilary Hahn)
  • 2013: Viola Sonata (with Pierre Lenert (viola) and Ariane Jacob (piano) for Festival Sérénade in Surgères in France)
  • 2013: Concerto for piano quartet with Orchestra (with Musicians of Opera de Paris and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra)
  • 2013: The ASEAN-JAPAN "Drums & Voices" Concert Tour[31] (the 40th year of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation project)
  • 2015: Symphony No.2: Since 1945 (with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra and Hiroko Kokubu (piano))
  • 2017: Symphonic Suite "Sama" (with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 2017: Suite for Male Voice Choir "Message of the Voice" (with the Glee club of Tokyo Keizai University)
  • 2018: "Augustus": Suite for Orchestra and Chorus (with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Osaka Prefectural Yuhigaoka High School Music Department)
  • 2018: Jin & Rin: 2 Rhapsodies for Clarinet, Marimba and Orchestra (with Richard Stoltzman (clarinet), Mika Stoltzman (marimba) and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 2018: Concerto for Koto and Shakuhachi (with Chiaki Endo (koto), Dozan Fujiwara (shakuhachi) and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 2018: Musical Sanza and Okuni
  • 2020: Godzilla in Chicago - C.H.C.A.G
  • 2020: Beyond the Point of No Return (with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 2020: Koto recital Lacrima (with Chiaki Endo (koto))
  • 2021: Concerto No.2 for Koto and Shakuhachi Seasons12 (with Chiaki Endo (koto), Dozan Fujiwara (shakuhachi) and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra)


  1. ^ "Godzilla × Megaguirus: The G Extermination Strategy Soundtrack" (in Japanese). Tower Records. Retrieved 2009-08-06. こちらのサウンドトラックは大島ミチルによるスコア。" – "This soundtrack score is by Oshima Michiru.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Godzilla × Mechagodzilla Original Soundtrack Record [Soundtrack]" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-08-06. 音楽を手がけたのは、CMやドラマのサントラなどでも大活躍中の大島ミチル。" – "Oshima Michiru was very active in producing the music, including in the commercials, the drama soundtrack, etc.
  3. ^ "Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkin Jutsushi) Original Soundtrack". CDJapan. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  4. ^ "Theatrical Feature Fullmetal Alchemist The Conqueror of Shambala - Original Soundtrack". CDJapan. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  5. ^ "Nabari no Ou Staff Cast" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 音楽: 大島ミチル(「鋼の錬金術師」、映画「椿三十郎」)" – "Music: Oshima Michiru (Fullmetal Alchemist, the film Sanjuro)
  6. ^ "Official Queen Emeraldas site - OVA「クイーンエメラルダス」". emeraldas.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  7. ^ "Official Xam'd: Lost Memories site - Staff". xamd.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  8. ^ スタッフ紹介 (in Japanese). Sony Music Japan. Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  9. ^ 風の大陸 (in Japanese). NHK. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  10. ^ "Discography 1990-1992". Michiru Oshima Official Site (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  11. ^ "Melody light comfort that invites the ultimate healing of hard Romantic. ... Released Soon!" (in Japanese). HMV. 2003-06-01. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 大島ミチルが手掛けたゲーム・サントラICO霧の中の旋律ではLiberaリベラのヴォーカリストSteven Geraghtyスティーブン・ガラティがヴォーカルで参加" – "Oshima Michiru who managed the game soundtrack for ICO with vocals by Steven Geraghty of Libera
  12. ^ "Midnight Play Hybrid, Kveta Pacovska. 0671046667)".
  13. ^ "Das Mitternachtsspiel (MitterNachtsSpiel): Kveta Pacovska Teaser | Tivola Publishing". YouTube.
  14. ^ Pacovská, Květa; Clements, Andrew (1994). Midnight Play. ISBN 1558582525.
  15. ^ "Inside Zelda part 4: Natural Rhythms of Hyrule". Nintendo Power. Vol. 195. September 2005. pp. 56–58. Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  16. ^ ローマの休日 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  17. ^ ゆうばり国際ファンタスティック映画祭 (in Japanese). Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  18. ^ "Tokyo Anime Fair: Award Winners". Anime News Network. 2006-03-27. Retrieved 2008-04-08.
  19. ^ "Awards of the Japanese Academy: Award Winners". IMDb.
  20. ^ 第21回 日本アカデミー賞 (in Japanese). Nippon Academy-shō Association. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  21. ^ 第24回 日本アカデミー賞 (in Japanese). Nippon Academy-shō Association. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  22. ^ 第26回 日本アカデミー賞 (in Japanese). Nippon Academy-shō Association. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  23. ^ 第27回 日本アカデミー賞 (in Japanese). Nippon Academy-shō Association. Archived from the original on May 24, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  24. ^ 第29回 日本アカデミー賞 (in Japanese). Nippon Academy-shō Association. Archived from the original on May 14, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  25. ^ 第30回 日本アカデミー賞 (in Japanese). Nippon Academy-shō Association. Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  26. ^ "第39回日本アカデミー賞優秀賞決定!". japan-academy-prize.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  27. ^ "Aniplex Reveals Hula Fulla Dance Original Anime for Summer 2021". Anime News Network. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  28. ^ "Tatami Time Machine Blues Anime's Teaser Reveals Composer, Asian Kung-Fu Generation's Song". Anime News Network. June 2, 2022. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  29. ^ "Association Ganbalo". ganbalonippon.jimdo.com. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  30. ^ https://sites.google.com/site/festivalserenadedesurgeres/home/serenade-2011[dead link]
  31. ^ "The Japan Foundation - "Drums & Voices" Southeast Asia Tour: Asian Beats Resonating Together! Creating New Music!". www.jpf.go.jp. Retrieved 2019-11-09.

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