Masaru Yokoyama, composer

Composer’s Corner: Masaru Yokoyama

Happy Birthday to the new king of romantic anime OST, Masaru Yokoyama. Best-known for his heart-wrenching scores to Your Lie in April and Love & Logic, the modern pianist-composer has amassed an invigorating body of work worthy of today’s spotlight. Check-out our top 5 tracks from his discography:

Watashi no Uso (Your Lie in April, 2014)


Perhaps is most-defining work, Masaru’s score to the deeply moving Your Lie in April is equal parts delicate and (emotionally) heavy-handed. The piano-based forlorn theme captures the essence of the beautiful tale about 2 virtuosi who discover love, loss, and frienship through the power of music. We dare you not to cry!
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Suite of the Seven Stars (Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, 2015)


What Yokoyama calls his “classical” music, this piece from the epic Gundam series embodies the self-superiority and European aesthestic of the ruling “Seven Stars” family clans. But, the entire OST pays homage to the western-style film/battle music heavily associated with the Gundam series and is a bit of a departure from what we usually hear from Yokoyama.
Read an interview with Yokoyama by Kakaku.com (Japanese only)
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AGAIN & AGAIN (Plastic Memories, 2015)


Plastic Memories is truly tragic – and a perfect fit for our birthday boy! Yokoyama wrote the music for Melody Chubak’s soft English ballad with lyrics by Luna Goami. Solo piano is, of course, the composer’s forté – expertly expressingly the sorrowful romance with step-wise melodies, slight pauses, and an undulating tempo. Most certainly an OST to be remembered.
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Kaze no you ni… kumo no you ni (Arakawa Under the Bridge, 2010)


Yokoyama’s first anime song is “comfortable” – not a word you’d associate with the source material in Arakawa. The J-POP-influenced, and often comedic, score is light and airy with some promising melodies. You could tell he was going to go far in his career. Perhaps the only drawback is the usage of obvious electronic string sounds, but that could link to the premused “other-worldly-ness” of the titular character and her gang of misfits. Yokoyama’s hiring was a natural progression considering his work on the hilarious talk show/drama Ijin no kuru heya.
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For the Quest (Fate/Apocrypha, 2017)


This year, Yokoyama joined the forces of fate, expanding his repertoire to score for a music large “fantasy” symphony orchestra. Brass and woodwinds dominate the score, but strings often have Celtic melodies reminiscient of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. If you’re a fan of Fate/zero and Unlimited Blade Works, you’ll definitely be inspired by his newest epic OST!

Happy Birthday, Masaru-san!

VIDEO RELEASE: Sakura Symphony III. Evolution (Final)

Watch the final installment of Sakura Symphony – III. Evolution! We hope you’ve enjoyed our tribute to Cardcaptor Sakura and its fantastic musical score!

Be sure to vote in our poll for your favorite CCS opening or ending track!

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Sakura Symphony: Cardcaptor Sakura Tribute

Release the power of the Orchestra Card! Inspired by the magic of Clamp’s delightful Cardcaptor Sakura series, Sakura Symphony is our pop instrumental tribute to the anime score by series composer Takayuki Negishi (Cardfight!! Vanguard, Tokyo Mew Mew).

Monday, February 29, 2016 – Catch You Catch Me (TV Size)
Monday, March 07, 2016 – I. Birth
Monday, March 14, 2016 – II. Judgment
Monday, March 21, 2016 – III. Evolution
Monday, March 28, 2016 – Catch You Catch Me (Full Version)

VIDEO RELEASE: Black Butler: Book of Circus

A little tardy (Sebastian would be ashamed!) but here’s June’s video tribute to Black Butler: Book of Circus. Our AD shows off his training in this cello tribute to the top pick for our Summer 2014 Anime Soundtrack Review

SPOILER: This anime – along with many other favs – will be featured in our upcoming 2015-2016 concert season!