Shirō Hamaguchi

Shirō Hamaguchi (浜口 史郎 Hamaguchi Shirō, born November 19, 1969) is a Japanese anime composer, arranger and orchestrator. He is best known for composing music to the anime franchises Girls und Panzer, One Piece, and Oh My Goddess! and arranging/orchestrating music in the Final Fantasy series. He frequently collaborates with fellow composers Kohei Tanaka and Akifumi Tada on anime scores.

Shiro Hamaguchi
Shiro Hamaguchi
Shiro Hamaguchi at A Night in Fantasia 2007: Symphonic Games Edition
Background information
BornNovember 19, 1969 (age 49)
Fukuoka, Japan
GenresOrchestral
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger, orchestrator
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1994–present

Biography

Early life and career

Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Shiro Hamaguchi graduated with a music degree from Tokyo University of the Arts, where he befriended fellow video game musician Masashi Hamauzu. After graduation, he was hired as a department project manager at Victor Entertainment from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, he joined the anime and video game music production company Imagine, where he worked alongside famed composers Hayato Matsuo, Kohei Tanaka, and Kow Otani.[1] His debut role was the anime series Violinist of Hameln (1996), where he arranged Tanaka's works. His music impressed Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, who chose Hamaguchi as the arranger for the Final Fantasy VII Reunion Tracks album. He provided orchestral renditions of "Aeris's Theme", "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII", and "One-Winged Angel",[2] which have become iconic through their use in various Final Fantasy concerts.[1] Subsequently, he created music for the anime series Ehrgeiz (unrelated to the video game) and AWOL - Absent WithOut Leave.

Further career

Hamaguchi scored the hit pirate-based anime One Piece in 1999 with Tanaka, later returning to compose four of its movies. He also worked as an arranger for the Sakura Wars series. The success of his Final Fantasy VII arrangements led Uematsu to hire him to orchestrate four pieces for the 1999 title Final Fantasy VIII, including the opening theme "Liberi Fatali" and the award-winning theme song "Eyes on Me".[3] These pieces and nine new arrangements appeared in the highly successful orchestral album Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec Final Fantasy VIII.[4] The following year, he arranged a selection of tracks from the game's soundtrack for the series' first Piano Collections album in five years.[5] The success of "Eyes on Me" prompted Kenji Ito to use Hamaguchi as the arranger for his theme song in Chocobo Racing.[6]

In 2000, Hamaguchi composed the Megumi no Daigo film and the Dinozaurs anime series, the latter with Imagine colleague Akifumi Tada. He provided orchestrations to Final Fantasy IX's full motion video music, featured in Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack PLUS,[7] and an arrangement of the theme song "Melodies of Life";[8] he also created another Piano Collections album to the game.[9] Hamaguchi collaborated with Uematsu to create music for the animated film Ah! My Goddess: The Movie and the 2001 anime series Final Fantasy: Unlimited, which also featured compositions by Tada.

For Final Fantasy X, he orchestrated the ending theme and the two versions of the theme song "Suteki da ne".[10] He also produced the arrangements for the 2002 concert 20020220 Music from Final Fantasy, the first Final Fantasy concert since 1989.[1] It mixed his older arrangements with new ones such as "Vamo' Alla Flamenco", "Theme of Love", "Tina", "Dear Friends", "Final Fantasy", and an eight-minute medley of music from Final Fantasy I, II, and III.[11] The concert and its CD release were successful and set precedent for many future concerts.[1] Also in 2002, Hamaguchi scored the anime series Kiddy Grade. His contribution to Final Fantasy XI (2003) was arranging the opening theme.[12] He also orchestrated three themes for Unlimited Saga on behalf of his university friend Hamauzu.[13]

At the end of 2003, Hamaguchi produced the highly anticipated Piano Collections Final Fantasy VII.[14] He also made new arrangements of "Opening ~ Bombing Mission", "To Zanarkand", "Ronfaure", "You're Not Alone", and "Opera 'Maria and Draco'" for the concert series Tour de Japon: Music from Final Fantasy in 2004. The concert also featured his arrangement of "Cloud Smiles" from the 2005 film Final Fantasy VII Advent Children;[15] the remaining contributions to the film by Hamaguchi were old orchestral and piano arrangements.[16] A handful of Hamaguchi's orchestral arrangements were added to Tour de Japon's American successor Dear Friends - Music from Final Fantasy, which made its debut in May 2004 in Los Angeles.[17] His arrangements have also been performed at the events More Friends: Music from Final Fantasy, Voices - Music from Final Fantasy, and Play! A Video Game Symphony.[1]

In 2005, Hamaguchi scored the anime series Oh! My Goddess and contributed arrangements to the third Symphonic Game Music Concert.[18] The same year, Hamaguchi decided to enroll at the Berklee College of Music in a one-year jazz composition course to further his opportunities as an anime composer. He has since scored One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta, Big Windup!, Ah! My Goddess: Fighting Wings, and Rosario + Vampire. He orchestrated the late composer Ingo Nugel and his brother Henning Nugel's arrangements from The Settlers II 10th Anniversary for performance at the fifth Symphonic Game Music Concert in August 2007.[19] In September 2010, he arranged a suite containing the music from Starwing and Lylat Wars for the Symphonic Legends concert in Cologne.[20]

Hamaguchi also composed the official music score for the Sanrio anime Jewelpet and its sequels, Jewelpet Twinkle and Jewelpet Sunshine. He later left the production staff in 2012 to focus on composing music for the film One Piece Film: Z and the anime film Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home.

Discography

Anime

Composition
Arrangement

Film

Composition
  • Ah! My Goddess: The Movie (2000) – with Nobuo Uematsu
  • Megumi no Daigo (2000)
  • One Piece the Movie: Deddo Endo no Bōken (2003) – with Kohei Tanaka
  • Boku no Son Goku (2003)
  • One Piece: Norowa re ta Seiken (2004) – with Kohei Tanaka
  • One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta (2007) – with Kazuhiko Sawaguchi, Kōhei Tanaka, Minoru Maruo, and Yasunori Iwasaki
  • Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Sakura (2008) – with Kohei Tanaka
  • Eiga! Tamagotchi Uchū Ichi Happy na Monogatari!? (2008)
  • One Piece Film: Strong World (2009)
  • One Piece Film: Z (2012)
  • Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home (2013)
  • Girls und Panzer der Film (2015)
Arrangement

Video games

Arrangement

Other works

Arrangement

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Chris. "Shiro Hamaguchi Profile". Game Music Online. Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  2. ^ Gann, Patrick. "Final Fantasy VII Reunion Tracks". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  3. ^ "Game Credits for Final Fantasy VIII". MobyGames. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  4. ^ Chandran, Neal. "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec: Final Fantasy VIII". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  5. ^ Bradley, Ryan; Hitoshi; Gann, Patrick. "Piano Collections Final Fantasy VIII". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  6. ^ "Game Credits for Chocobo Racing". MobyGames. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  7. ^ Gann, Patrick. "Final Fantasy IX OST Plus". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  8. ^ "Game Credits for Final Fantasy IX". MobyGames. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  9. ^ Gann, Patrick. "Piano Collections Final Fantasy IX". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  10. ^ "Game Credits for Final Fantasy X". MobyGames. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  11. ^ Bogdanowicz, Robert; Maas, Liz. "20020220 - Music from Final Fantasy". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  12. ^ Schweitzer, Ben; Maas, Liz; Winkler, Chris; Van, Tim. "Final Fantasy XI OST". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  13. ^ Tittsworth, Jeff; McCawley, James. "UNLIMITED:SaGa OST". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  14. ^ Gann, Patrick. "Piano Collections Final Fantasy VII". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  15. ^ "Tour de Japon - Music from Final Fantasy". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  16. ^ Gann, Patrick. "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children OST". RPGFan. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  17. ^ Schneider, Peer (2004-05-11). "Dear Friends: Music From Final Fantasy". IGN. Archived from the original on 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  18. ^ "Complete concert program revealed". Symphonic Game Music Concerts. 2005-06-21. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  19. ^ "Settlers II - The Next Generation music to be performed in Leipzig". Symphonic Game Music Concerts. 2007-04-17. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  20. ^ Chris Greening (11 April 2010). "Masashi Hamauzu Arranges for Symphonic Legends". Square Enix Music Online. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2010.

External links

Chocobo Racing

Chocobo Racing, known in Japan as Chocobo Racing: Genkai e no Rōdo (チョコボレーシング 〜幻界へのロード〜, lit. "Chocobo Racing: Road to the Spirit World"), is a racing game for the PlayStation game console. The game was developed by Square Co., creators of the Final Fantasy series of video games. The game was first released in Japan in March 1999. North American and European releases followed that year.

As a formulaic kart racer, Chocobo Racing is often compared to Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing. The game's star and namesake is the Chocobo, the mascot of the Final Fantasy series. Other figures from the game series, such as Mog the Moogle, the Black Mage, and Cid, fill out the all-Final Fantasy cast. Most of the game's soundtrack is composed using tunes from previous Final Fantasy titles.

The game was later released in Japan alongside Chocobo Stallion and Dice de Chocobo as part of the Chocobo Collection. On December 20, 2001, the game was re-released individually as part of the PSone Books series. The game received generally average reviews, citing its low quality in several aspects of gameplay.It was released in Japan as a PSOne Classic on February 10, 2009.

Girls und Panzer der Film

Girls und Panzer der Film (ガールズ&パンツァー 劇場版) is a 2015 Japanese animated school action drama science fiction film directed by Tsutomu Mizushima. The film is a sequel of the anime television series Girls und Panzer. It was released on November 21, 2015 in Japan.

Hamaguchi

Hamaguchi (written: 浜口 or 濱口) is a Japanese surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Kanari Hamaguchi (濱口 華菜里, born 1985), Japanese volleyball player

Hamaguchi Osachi (1870 – 1931), 27th Prime Minister of Japan

Shirō Hamaguchi, composer

Sota Hamaguchi (濱口 草太, born 1999), Japanese footballer

Toshiyuki Hamaguchi, motorcycle racer

Yoshihiro Hamaguchi, swimmer

Hanasaku Iroha

Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは, lit. "The ABCs of Flower Blooming" or "The Blooming Colors"), or Hanairo for short, is a Japanese 26-episode anime television series produced by P.A.Works and directed by Masahiro Andō. The screenplay was written by Mari Okada, with original character design by Mel Kishida. P.A.Works produced the project as the studio's tenth anniversary work. The anime aired between April and September 2011 and had two manga adaptations created. An animated film was released in Japanese theaters on March 30, 2013.

Hayato Matsuo

Hayato Matsuo (松尾早人, Matsuo Hayato, born August 13, 1965) is a Japanese video game and anime composer, arranger and orchestrator. He has worked on titles such as Front Mission 3, Final Fantasy XII, the Shenmue series, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Hellsing Ultimate. Inspired by his mother, a piano teacher, he graduated from the music composition department of Tokyo University of the Arts. While in college, he composed for the band G-Clef, and occasionally stood in for members. Upon graduating in 1991, he went to work under Koichi Sugiyama, the composer for the popular Dragon Quest video game series, arranging his pieces for the 1991 anime Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai.

Also in 1991, Matsuo began to work as a video game music composer himself, writing the score to Master of Monsters. Over the next few years, he worked as an independent composer on several games and anime series, including Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen. In 1995, he joined the independent music composition group Imagine. He has continued since then to compose and orchestrate works for over 40 games and anime shows, as well as the television show Kamen Rider 555 and a few pieces as part of original albums.

Jewelpet (TV series)

Jewelpet (Japanese: ジュエルペット, Hepburn: Juerupetto), also called Jewel Pets, is a 2009 Japanese magical girl anime series based on the Jewelpet franchise jointly created by Sanrio and Sega Sammy Holdings. The series was written by Atsushi Maekawa (Digimon Adventure 02, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Fresh Pretty Cure!) with direction from Nanako Sasaki, screenplay by Takashi Yamada (Yumeiro Pâtissière), and production by Kazuya Watanabe (Onegai My Melody) with character designs from Tomoko Miyakawa. The series is animated by Studio Comet and was aired from 5 April 2009 to 26 March 2010 on TV Osaka and TV Tokyo, replacing Onegai My Melody Kirara★ in its initial timeslot.

Jewelpet marks as Studio Comet's second animation work based on a Sanrio franchise and the second longest running Sanrio Anime series next to Kitty Paradise with 7 full seasons. The series is noted to have a unique storyline, characters and elements revolving around Magic, Witches and Alchemy. The anime expanded into six more series, one movie, three official shōjo manga adaptations, one official Light Novel and various Stage Plays, also moving from its previous broadcaster TV Osaka to TV Tokyo. Each series were completely separate season to season, featuring different characters and storylines.

Viz Media Europe currently licensed both the first series and Twinkle in Southeast Asia and Europe while Luk Internacional handles the license in Portugal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment handling the distribution rights in Spain. There are currently no plans for an English release in the United States.

Jovette Rivera

Jovette Rivera (born November 26, 1982) is a multi-platinum selling American music producer and composer, and co-founder of Royal Kingdom Music. Working with top major artists in Asia since 2007, he has had numerous number-ones on the music charts in Japan.

Jovette writes music primarily for singers, television, musicals, and commercials. He wrote and produced the 2018 theme song for the INAC Kobe Soccer League "WE ARE" performed by H5, and the 2008 theme song for the Niigata "Albirex", another national Japanese soccer team.

Keiji Inai

Keiji Inai (井内 啓二, Inai Keiji, born March 17, 1976) is a Japanese composer, arranger and orchestrator best known for his work for video games and anime. He is affiliated with the music production company Imagine.

Kiddy Grade

Kiddy Grade (キディ・グレイド) is a 24-episode science fiction anime series produced in 2002 and created by gímik and Gonzo Digimation and directed by Keiji Gotoh. The series is licensed and distributed in North America by FUNimation Entertainment.

In October 2006 news of a Kiddy Grade sequel was announced, under the working title of Kiddy Grade 2 (キディ・グレイ) (K-G.2), to be animated by asread (Shuffle! anime). On February 26, 2009 it was re-announced under the new title Kiddy Girl-and (キディ・ガーランド, Kidi Gārando) along with news of a new manga adaptation, Kiddy Girl-and Pure (キディ・ガーランド ぴゅあ, Kidi Gārando Pyua). The sequel is set 50 years after the original series and introduces two new female protagonists, Ascœur (アスクール, Asukūru) and Q-feuille (ク・フィーユ, Ku Fīyu).

Music of Final Fantasy IX

The music of the video game Final Fantasy IX was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu. It was his last exclusive Final Fantasy score. The Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack, a compilation of all music in the game, was originally released on four Compact Discs by DigiCube in 2000, and was re-released by Square Enix in 2004. A Best Of and arranged soundtrack album of musical tracks from the game entitled Final Fantasy IX: Uematsu's Best Selection was released in 2000 by Tokyopop Soundtrax. Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack PLUS, an album of music from the game's full motion videos and extra tracks, was released by DigiCube in 2000 and re-released in 2004, and a collection of piano arrangements of pieces from the original soundtrack arranged by Shirō Hamaguchi and performed by Louis Leerink was released as Piano Collections Final Fantasy IX in 2001.

The game's soundtrack is best known for "Melodies of Life," the theme song of the game, performed by Emiko Shiratori in Japanese and English. The song was released as a single by King Records in 2000. The soundtrack was based around a theme of medieval music, and was heavily inspired by previous Final Fantasy games, incorporating themes and motifs from earlier soundtracks. The music was overall well received; reviewers found the soundtrack to be both well done and enjoyable, though opinions were mixed as to the reliance on music of previous games. Several tracks, especially "Melodies of Life" and "Vamo' Alla Flamenco", remain popular today, and have been performed numerous times in orchestral concert series, as well as been published in arranged and compilation albums by Square as well as outside groups.

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.

Music of the Final Fantasy VII series

Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game developed by Square (now Square Enix) and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series. Released in 1997, the game sparked the release of a collection of media centered on the game entitled the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. The music of the Final Fantasy VII series includes not only the soundtrack to the original game and its associated albums, but also the soundtracks and music albums released for the other titles in the collection. The first album produced was Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack, a compilation of all the music in the game. It was released as a soundtrack album on four CDs by DigiCube in 1997. A selection of tracks from the album was released in the single-disc Reunion Tracks by DigiCube the same year. Piano Collections Final Fantasy VII, an album featuring piano arrangements of pieces from the soundtrack, was released in 2003 by DigiCube, and Square Enix began reprinting all three albums in 2004. To date, these are the only released albums based on the original game's soundtrack, and were solely composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu; his role for the majority of subsequent albums has been filled by Masashi Hamauzu and Takeharu Ishimoto.

The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII began eight years after the release of Final Fantasy VII with the release of the animated film sequel Advent Children in 2005. The soundtracks for each of the titles in the collection are included in an album, starting with the album release of the soundtrack to Advent Children that year. The following year, Nippon Crown released a soundtrack album to correspond with the video game Dirge of Cerberus, while Square Enix launched a download-only collection of music from the multiplayer mode of the game, which was only released in Japan. After the launch of the game Crisis Core in 2007, Warner Music Japan produced the title's soundtrack. The latest album in the collection, Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII & Last Order: Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack, was released by Square Enix the same year as a combined soundtrack album for the game Before Crisis and the animated movie Last Order.

The original music received highly positive reviews from critics, who found many of the tunes to be memorable and noted the emotional intensity of several of the tracks. The reception for the other albums has been mixed, with reactions ranging from enthusiastic praise to disappointment. Several pieces from the soundtrack, particularly "One-Winged Angel" and "Aeris' Theme", remain popular and have been performed numerous times in orchestral concert series such as Dear Friends: Music from Final Fantasy and Tour de Japon: Music from Final Fantasy. Music from the Original Soundtrack has been included in arranged albums and compilations by Square as well as outside groups.

The Magnificent Kotobuki

The Magnificent Kotobuki (荒野のコトブキ飛行隊, Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai, Kotobuki Squadron in the wilderness) is an anime television series produced by Gemba which premiered on January 13, 2019. A smartphone game titled Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai - Ōzora no Take Off Girls! will be released in early 2019.

Violinist of Hameln

Violinist of Hameln (Japanese: ハーメルンのバイオリン弾き, Hepburn: Hamerun no Baiorin Hiki) is a Japanese manga series created by Michiaki Watanabe. Its premise is that a group of adventurers are traveling north to the Northern Capital (a.k.a. Hameln) to prevent a catastrophe. In this world, music has magical qualities. The manga and the anime are very different. The anime has a darker tone, whereas the manga, at least initially, tends toward a lighter, more comedic tone. No official English translations exist to date for the manga or its adaptations.

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