Yuki Kajiura (梶浦 由記, Kajiura Yuki, born August 6, 1965) is a Japanese musician, composer and record 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, Pandora Hearts, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 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. She composed the music for NHK's April 2014 morning drama (asadora) Hanako to Anne.
|Born||August 6, 1965|
|Genres||Anison, baroque pop, contemporary classical music, world music, electronic, folk music, orchestral, new-age music, ambient music, electronica, dark ambient, progressive rock, progressive metal, operatic pop, progressive pop, chamber pop, gregorian chant, experimental|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, record producer|
She was born on August 6, 1965, in Tokyo, Japan. She has been into music since 1972 and accompanying her father on the piano. Her family later moved to West Germany because of her father's work. Kajiura wrote her first composition when she was seven years old titled " Thank you, Good-bye" as a farewell for her grandmother before leaving Japan.
Kajiura moved back to Japan when she was in middle school and later graduated from college. She began working as a systems engineering programming until 1992 that she decided to focus more on music.
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 includes FictionJunction. 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.
In July 2016, Aniplex of America announced that the “Yuki Kajiura LIVE ~featuring SWORD ART ONLINE~” concert that took place in March 2016 in Japan would be having an additional date on January 14, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, but was later canceled due to visa issues.
In December 2017, a source reported to a news site, Sponchi Annex that Kajiura was planning to leave her agency, Spacecraft Produce, over contract disputes. In February 2018, Kajiura herself confirmed via her Twitter that she has officially left her agency.
Kajiura has performed internationally at various anime conventions including Anime Expo 2003, Anime Boston 2009 (with Kalafina), Anime Expo 2012 (with FictionJunction), and Anime Expo 2018 (as part of Anisong World Matsuri).
On February 22, 2018, her contract ended with SpaceCraft Produce after being a talent for 25 years. She is now represented by FictionJunction Music, a talent agency she founded herself.
|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 series||2007–2009, 2013||Ei Aoki |
|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 |
|Sword Art Online: Extra Edition||2013||Tomohiko Itō|
|L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties||2016||Guo Jingming|
|Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale||2017||Tomohiko Itō|
|Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower||2017||Tomonori Sudō|
|Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly||2019||Tomonori Sudō|
|Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel III. spring song||2020||Tomonori Sudō|
|Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train||2020||Haruo Sotozaki|
|Princess Principal: Crown Handler||2021||Masaki Tachibana|
|Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night||2021||Ayako Kawano|
|Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Walpurgis: Rising||N/A||Akiyuki Shinbo |
|Title||Game platform||Year of release||Company|
|Double Cast (ダブルキャスト, Daburukyasuto)||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|
|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|
|far on the water||Kalafina||2015|
|Title||Year of release|
|The Works for Soundtrack||2011|
|Anime||Jura Tripper||Ending theme "Sunday Island" by Mariko Kouda ||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 "Calling" featuring Kaori Oda ||2007|
|Anime||Amatsuki||Ending Theme song||2008|
|TV Drama||Negima (Live Action)||Ending Theme song||2008|
|Anime||Kuroshitsuji||Ending Theme Song "Lacrimosa" by Kalafina ||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, Ending 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|
|Anime||The Heroic Legend of Arslan||Ending theme song||2015|
|Anime||Erased||Ending theme song||2016|
|Anime||The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance||Ending theme song||2016|
|Anime||Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower||Theme song||2017|
|Anime||Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly||Theme song||2019|
|TV Drama||Eien no Nispa||Music||2019|
|Music||JAM Project song “To the Next Era”||Composition and arrangement||2020|
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