From Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, which has been streaming since April 2023 internationally on Crunchyroll and other streaming platforms, the first two of the BGM tracks that are used on Episode Five of the anime are now released on music streaming services.
The titles of these tracks are “Sacrifical Princess” and “Kind of Beasts,” and just as you would expect from their names, they thematically examine the main character of Princess Sairphi, and Leonhart, the King of Beasts.
This soundtrack has been created by Kohta Yamamoto, who won the Best Anime Score award at The Anime Awards 2023 for his collaboration on Attack on Titan – The Final Season Part 2. In addition to his work on Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, just this year he has also created music for the popular series Kaina of the Great Snow Sea (January 2023) and Dark Gathering (due to commence broadcasting from July 2023), making him a musician who continues to garner increasing attention internationally.
The soundtrack to Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts features recordings that include live music such as strings, with the wide range of music adding a depth of color to the world created in the anime. Kohta, who created a wide range of different music for the anime commented, “[Just like the theme of the anime that explores love for different races] the music leveraged in it is equally diverse.”
The soundtrack to Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts is scheduled to be released on September 27, 2023. In addition to the Standard Edition, which will feature the same 25 tracks that can be found on the domestic Japanese release of the CD version of the soundtrack, an Expanded Edition will also be available to stream, which features all 65 tracks created for the production. The illustration used on the jacket of the album was designed by Yu Tomofuji, the creator of the original Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts manga.
Strings: Koichiro Muroya Strings
Violin Solo: Koichiro Muroya
Flute, Tin Whistle: Hideyo Takakuwa
Horns: Otohiko Fujita / Yu Suzuki / Kenta Yano / Yu Kumai
Piano: Keiko Osaki
Guitar, Cello: Harutoshi Ito
Bass, Double Bass: Toshino Tanabe
Drums: Makoto Fujisaki
Vocals: Ai Inoue
Arrangement & Programming: Kohta Yamamoto
[Comments from Kohta Yamamoto]
When I approached the creation of music for Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts, I decided to read the original manga on which the anime is based. What I felt when I did so was that despite the fact that it is a work of fantasy that deals with love between humans and magical beasts, in actuality, it is an emotive and touching work that directly examines how we interact with others in this reality.
How we engage with others and whether or not we accept them are very relevant and current problems across the world. This work afforded me the opportunity to re-examine how I behave in my own daily life. I think this is the reason that there are so many fans of this work and why I felt so happy to be involved with it.
In creating the music, I was conscious of invoking personal feelings as much as possible in songs that have such themes.
Of course, not all the songs deal with isolation and trauma, there are also songs about intimacy and closeness. I created a wide range of songs, everything from gentle songs to funny songs and even battle songs, pouring everything I had into producing songs that match the particular scene and clearly evoke the worldview. I think that in this way the range of songs in the anime matches the diversity of the work itself.
I hope that you will enjoy the music in tandem with the images on screen.
[Kohta Yamamoto – Bio]
Kohta commenced his work as a composer and arranger in 2015. In addition to arranging and composing songs for artists, he is involved in a wide range of other activities too, such as creating instrumental pieces to be committed to film in dramas, anime and TV commercials.
[Major Works（Background music for anime series]
- TV Anime Series Kaina of the Great Snow Sea (co-creator)
- TV Anime Series Attack on Titan: The Final Season (co-creator)
- TV Anime Series Kingdom Seasons 3 and 4（co-creator)
- TV Anime Series 86 -Eighty Six-（co-creator)
- TV Anime Series The Seven Deadly Sins, Seasons 2, 3 and 4
Movie Version of The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh (all co-creations)
- TV Anime Series Re:Stage! Dream Days etc.