"Kokoro no Senshi" (心の戦士) is the second single by Japanese singer Angela Aki. It was released on January 18, 2006, reached number 9 on the Oricon Daily Charts, and number 13 on the Weekly Chart. It features the Final Fantasy VIII theme song "Eyes on Me" by Faye Wong and "Today", The Smashing Pumpkins cover.
"Kokoro No Senshi" / "Heart of the Warrior""
|Single by Angela Aki|
|from the album Home|
|Released||January 18, 2006 (Japan)|
|Label||Sony Music Japan|
|Angela Aki singles chronology|
|1.||"Kokoro no Senshi (心の戦士 Warrior of the heart)"||Angela Aki||Angela Aki||Angela Aki, Motoki Matsuoka||5:11|
|2.||"Sora wa Itsumo Naite Iru (空はいつも泣いている)"||Angela Aki||Angela Aki||Angela Aki, Motoki Matsuoka||3:12|
|3.||"Today" (The Smashing Pumpkins' cover)||William Patrick Corgan, Angela Aki (Japanese lyrics)||William Patrick Corgan||Angela Aki, Motoki Matsuoka||3:54|
|4.||"Eyes On Me -featured in FINAL FANTASY VIII-" (bonus track)||Kazumi Someya||Nobuo Uematsu||Angela Aki, Motoki Matsuoka||4:31|
|1.||"Kokoro no Senshi" (Music video)|
|2.||"Final Fantasy Ⅷ Premier movie featuring Kiss Me Good-Bye"|
|Release||Chart||Peak position||Sales total||Chart run|
|January 18, 2006||Oricon Daily Singles Chart||9|
|Oricon Weekly Singles Chart||13||12,645||17 Weeks|
The discography of Japanese musician Angela Aki consists of seven studio albums, two compilation albums, one extended play, thirteen singles and five video albums. Her debut album, These Words, was released independently in the United States in early 2000, and was sung entirely in English. After returning to Japan in 2003, Aki followed this with a Japanese-language extended play One, released under Virgo Music in 2005.Game musician Nobuo Uematsu offered Aki the chance to sing the theme song for the game Final Fantasy XII, after hearing one of her demos in 2003. Aki made her major debut under the Sony Music Japan sub-label Epic Records Japan in 2005 with the single "Home", and released the Final Fantasy XII theme song "Kiss Me Good-Bye" in 2006. Her debut album Home (2006) was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.Her most commercially successful singles were released between 2006 and 2008: "This Love" (2006), which was used as an ending theme song for the anime Blood+, "Sakurairo" (2007) and "Tegami (Haikei Jūgo no Kimi e)" (2008), which was the compulsory song learnt by junior high choirs for the 2008 Nationwide Contest of Music sponsored by NHK. "Sakurairo" has been certified gold twice by the Recording Industry Association of Japan, while "This Love" and "Tegami (Haikei Jūgo no Kimi e)" have been certified multi-platinum. Aki's second and third albums, Today (2007) and Answer (2009) both debuted at number one on the Oricon albums chart. For the fifth anniversary since her major-label debut single "Home", Aki released White (2011), an album composed of a mix of new songs, re-recordings and covers. In 2012, Aki released Songbook, a collection of Western music covers from her discography that she had performed on her NHK Educational TV television show Angela Aki no Songbook in English.After releasing her first greatest hits album Tapestry of Songs: The Best of Angela Aki in 2014, Aki took an indefinite hiatus from music in Japan, moving to the United States in order to enrol in a music school to learn how to write musicals.Eyes on Me (Faye Wong song)
"Eyes on Me" is a pop ballad performed by Chinese singer Faye Wong as a love theme for the video game Final Fantasy VIII. The music was composed by Nobuo Uematsu with English lyrics by Kako Someya.Home (Angela Aki album)
Home is the first major-label album from Angela Aki. The album includes the songs from the singles released over the monthly period. In addition to the normal version of the album, a limited edition was also released. A special song entitled "Rain" from her previous mini album One is also featured. The album has charted at #2 on the Oricon Charts, selling well over 121,000 copies in its first week.Home (Angela Aki song)
"Home" is the first major label single by Japanese singer Angela Aki. It was released on September 14, 2005, and reached number 38 on the Oricon Charts.Kiss Me Good-Bye
"Kiss Me Good-Bye" is the third single by Japanese singer Angela Aki, and is the theme song of Final Fantasy XII. It was written by Aki, composed by Nobuo Uematsu and arranged by Kenichiro Fukui. Although the title version of the single is in Japanese, the version included in the game is sung in English. The single was released on March 15, 2006. The song peaked at number six on the Oricon charts.
On May 16, 2006, Aki released an English version of the single as a digital single under the title "Kiss Me Good-Bye [EP]" in North America through Tofu Records.Life (Angela Aki album)
Life is the fourth full studio album by Angela Aki released on September 8, 2010.Music of Final Fantasy VIII
The music of the video game Final Fantasy VIII was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu. The Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack, a compilation of all music in the game, was released on four Compact Discs by DigiCube in Japan, and by Square EA in North America. A special orchestral arrangement of selected tracks from the game—arranged by Shirō Hamaguchi—was released under the title Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec Final Fantasy VIII, and a collection of piano arrangements—performed by Shinko Ogata—was released under the title Piano Collections Final Fantasy VIII.
The game's soundtrack is best known for two tracks: "Liberi Fatali", a Latin choral piece that is played during the introduction to the game, and "Eyes on Me", a pop song serving as the game's theme, performed by Chinese singer Faye Wong. Reviewers were generally pleased with the music, although several cited issues while comparing the score to previous games or looking at individual tracks.Steven Mithen
Steven Mithen is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading. He has written a number of books, including The Singing Neanderthals and The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science.