What You Need to Know:
- Today, on Maaya Sakamoto’s birthday, she announced that she will be releasing a double A-side single containing the theme songs of two anime starting in April in Japan.
- The first is the opening theme for Deaimon, a story set in an old confectionery store in Kyoto. The title is “Sumire.” The lyrics were written by Sakamoto herself, with composition and arrangement by Shigeru Kishida of Kururi, a Japanese rock band from Kyoto, matching the setting of the anime.
- The second song is “Kotoba ni Dekinai,” the ED theme for the third season of the popular anime Ascendance of a Bookworm, which has sold over 6 million copies (including e-books). Maaya Sakamoto wrote and composed this song herself.
- The coupling track will be a studio live version of “Senri no Michi,” a song created to commemorate the 1,000th broadcast of Vitamin M, a radio program hosted by Maaya Sakamoto.
- The limited first edition will come with a bonus Blu-ray containing the final day of Maaya Sakamoto’s Acoustic Live & Talk 2020 tour, which was held on November 29, 2020, at Zepp Tokyo.
- In addition, two cover photos (limited first edition and regular edition) and a music video (short ver.) for “Sumire” have been released. The music video features Kento Ohgiya, who co-arranged and played the piano for Sumire.
Sumire music video (short ver.)
Title: Sumire/Kotoba ni Dekinai
Artist: Maaya Sakamoto
Release date: May 25, 2022
Limited first edition: VTZL-200
Regular edition: VTCL-35345
Limited first edition: ¥4,290 (inc. tax)
Regular edition: ¥1,540 (inc. tax)
1. Sumire (OP theme of Deaimon)
Lyrics: Maaya Sakamoto, Composition: Shigeru Kishida, Arrangement: Shigeru Kishida, Kento Ohgiya
2. Kotoba ni Dekinai (ED theme of Ascendance of a Bookworm season 3)
Lyrics/Composition: Maaya Sakamoto, Arrangement: h-wonder
3. Senri no Michi (-studio live- bayfm “Vitamin M” 1,000th episode commemorative song)
Lyrics/Composition: Maaya Sakamoto, Arrangement/Piano: Kento Ohgiya
4. Sumire (Instrumental)
5. Kotoba ni Dekinai (Instrumental)
Limited first edition Blu-ray contents
Maaya Sakamoto Acoustic Live & Talk 2020
01. Uchuu no Kioku
03. Million Clouds
05. Watashi e
10. Immunity Up Medley
Spica - Yucca - CLEAR - GIFT - tune the rainbow - Hikari Are - Get No Satisfaction! - Platinum
13. Itsuka Tabi ni Deru Hi
Kento Ohgiya: Keyboard & band master
Ichiro Fujiya: Bass
Masao Fukunaga: Percussion
Kazuma Sotozono: Guitar
Recorded on November 29, 2020 at Zepp Tokyo
Available on streaming services and major download sites such as the iTunes Store, RecoChoku, and mora from May 25.
Streaming services: Apple Music, LINE MUSIC, Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, AWA, KKBOX, Rakuten Music, TOWER RECORDS MUSIC, ANiUTa
Maaya Sakamoto Profile
Born in Tokyo. Active as a child actress from age eight. She made her CD debut in 1996 with the single “Yakusoku wa Iranai.” In 2011, her album You can’t catch me topped the Oricon chart. In 2013, she released Singer-Songwriter, the first album for which she wrote all the music. In the same year, she won the 38th Kazuo Kikuta Theater Award for her performance as Jerusha in the musical Daddy-Long-Legs.
In 2019, she released her 30th single “Uchuu no Kioku” (produced by Ringo Sheena) and her 10th original album Kyou Dake no Ongaku. In 2020, she released her 25th anniversary album Single Collection+ Achikochi and the digital single “Yakudo,” which topped the Oricon chart.
In 2021, she released her concept album Duets, which featured a variety of artists, and in the same month, she celebrated the 25th anniversary of her CD debut with a concert at Yokohama Arena, which is now on sale on Blu-ray and DVD. She also published her first lyrics book Shishu (Kadokawa), which contains not only her songs, but also the lyrics that she wrote for Kinki Kids’ “Hikari no Kehai,” Mamoru Miyano’s “Toumei,” Walküre’s “Kaze wa Yokoku naku Fuku,” and more.
She is a voice actress, actress, lyricist, essay writer, and radio personality, and her vibrant voice has won the support of fans all over the world.
Official homepage: http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/maaya/
Official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/maayasakamotoCh/
Source: Official Press Release