Do you know Hiroyuki Sawano? He is a Japanese composer, lyricist, musician and producer quite famous for works in anime, series, films and games. Sawano was born in 1980 and started playing piano in elementary school, at 17 he studied piano, composition, arrangement and orchestration with Nobuchika Tsuboi. Their soundtracks are so charming that I decided to write an article just to talk about them.
You definitely must have heard Hiroyuki Sawano’s compositions in an anime or game. He’s famous for doing soundtracks (OST) related to science fiction, sci-fi as in the anime of Aldnoah Zero, Guilty Crown and games like Xenoblade X. He also made soundtracks for highly successful anime such as Shingeki no Kyojin and Nanatsu no Taizai. Sometimes he is on the same level or even above Yuki Kajiura and Taku Iwasaki. Some even call him Hans Zimmer from the east.
If you’re one of those who never stopped to pay attention to the background music, or even heard them separately on google, you may have some nostalgia in this article.
The works of Hiroyuki Sawano
Hiroyuki Sawano uses the code [nZk] in your music to show your authorship. Their songs are often energetic and formidable, helping to stay focused. Sometimes a track usually touches the heart with a feeling of sadness as in the case of different versions of Vers on Aldnoah.Zero.
One of the criticisms of Hiroyuki Sawano is that he recycles a lot of versions of songs, and sometimes his rhythms are repetitive. We can even notice several different versions of the same song present in the anime, not that it is something abnormal. Sawano surprises with highly vocalized bombastic songs in the midst of action scenes, or instrumental versions of openings and closings.
List of works where Hiroyuki Sawano worked:
- Aldnoah.Zero - OST and closures;
- Ao no Exorcist;
- Guilty Crown;
- Kill la Kill;
- Koutetsujou no Kabaneri - OST and closures;
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn;
- Nanatsu no Taizai;
- Owari no Seraph;
- Re: Creators;
- Sengoku Basara;
- Shingeki no Kyojin;
The songs that captivated me were those of Aldnoah zero, mainly & Z, AlieZ, Vers and their oriental versions. and how not to remember the songs do not worry and uncontrollable from Xenoblade X. Well these are my tastes, but there are many other songs that go beyond.
Vocalized songs - A perfect match
Many compositions by Hiroyuki Sawano are vocalized. One of the outstanding singers of her compositions is Mika Kobayashi. She was born in 1978 in Hiroshima, and tends to sing mainly songs in English. Several songs by Shingeki no Kyojin and Aldnoah.Zero are sung by Mika Kobayashi and composed by Hirayuki Sawano. In XenobladeX she sings several songs included uncontrollable.
Another prominent voice belongs to Mizuki, a mysterious girl who actually appears to be the vocalist for the band Itsue. She sings the closings of Aldnoah Zero as AlieZ. There is also a version sung by Mika Kobayashi known as MKAlieZ. We cannot fail to mention also the Aimer and cyua with their beautiful voices, which is very present in Sawano’s compositions.
We recommend the video below that has a compilation of the best songs sung by Hiroyuki Sawano. Remembering that many epic openings and closings are not present in this video, due to copyright.
There are several notable composers in Japanese works, unfortunately speaking in detail about all of them would take a long time, so I talked about my favorite! Composers are like weapons in an arsenal and their effectiveness is usually determined by their talents. Do you like Hiroyuki Sawano? What do you think of him? What is your favorite songwriter?