May she rest in peace
Ritsuko Okazaki (1959-2004)
Singer-composer Ritsuko Okazaki died on May 5th from sepsis shock, which
results from a bloodstream infection. She was only 44 years old. Ms. Okazaki
was responsible for writing theme songs for many anime shows including "Love
Basket," and "UFO
Princess Walkure," as well as songs for such famed voice actresses
Horie, and Kikuko
Basket" theme is considered among the best anime songs ever written.
As a performer, she formed the band Melocure
with Megumi Hinata. Together, they did the main theme song for "Stratos
In addition to writing and performing great songs, she wrote lyrics, and
arranged her own songs as well. For Yui Horie's album "Rakuen,"
she wrote four tracks; "Clover," "A Girl in Love," "Kokoro
Harete Yoru mo Harete ," and "Egao no Rensa." In "Symphonic
Rain Vocal Album - Rainbow," voice actresses Hiroko
Kasahara, Mai Nakahara,
Masumi Asano and Fumiko
Orikasa performed vocals on songs penned (both music and lyrics) by
Okazaki. Her new album was slated
for June 23 release. At this time, its release has been postponed with no
new release date given. It was to include her own interpretation of "Rainbow,"
and two additional new songs. Hopefully, the album will be completed by
her production crew and be released sometime in the near future so that
her literal swan song could be heard by all those who had admired her talent.
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