Maaya Sakamoto to Release Double A-side Single “Sumire / Kotoba ni Dekinai” on May 25!
What You Need to Know:
Maaya Sakamoto revealed today, on her birthday, that she will begin releasing a double A-side single in Japan in April that will include the themes for two different anime.
The first is the theme from Deaimon, a story that takes place in a former candy shop in Kyoto. “Sumire” is the title. The lyrics, which fit the anime’s setting, were written by Sakamoto herself, with Shigeru Kishida of the Kyoto-based Japanese rock band Kururi providing composition and arrangement.
“Kotoba ni Dekinai,” the ED theme for the third season of the well-known anime Ascendance of a Bookworm, has sold over 6 million copies and is the second song (including e-books). This song was written and composed by Maaya Sakamoto.
The accompanying song will be a studio live rendition of “Senri no Michi,” a song written to celebrate the 1,000th episode of Maaya Sakamoto’s radio show Vitamin M.
A bonus Blu-ray disc featuring the final performance from Maaya Sakamoto’s Acoustic Live & Talk 2020 tour, which took place on November 29, 2020, at Zepp Tokyo, will be included with the limited first edition.
Additionally, a music video (short version) for “Sumire” as well as two cover images (limited first edition and regular edition) have been made public. The pianist and co-arranger for Sumire, Kento Ohgiya, is seen in the music video.
Music video for Sumire (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.
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