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奥 華子 – Oku Hanako

Wiki:

Oku Hanako is a Japanese pop artist who uses her keyboard almost exclusively in her works. She mostly does piano ballads. She probably best know for her involvement in the Japanese animated feature film, “時をかける少女 Toki o Kakeru Shōjo” or The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The theme song to the film is “Garnet” (ガーネット Gānetto?), and the insert song used in the film is “Kawaranai Mono” (変わらないもの lit. Unchanging Thing(s)?). Both songs were written, composed, and sung by singer-songwriter Oku Hanako, however the latter song was arranged by Jun Satō.
My Thoughts:
Toki Kake is one of my favourite anime movies ever and besides falling in love with the story, I was seriously affected by the sweet simplicity of Oku Hanako’s vocals. I find that much of today’s music rely on messy arrangements of a whole barrage of musical sounds. Which makes her music stand out for the simple piano/keyboard accompaniment and her voice. Though not as awe inspiring in terms of vocals as powerhouse singers like Ayaka (my other personal favourite), her songs are as meaningful and filling with emotion. If i were to illustrate her music, it would be like having a picnic with my best friends while having chocolate sundaes in the field filled with sunflowers and sunshine.
I am currently nursing a cold, so forgive me if i sound as if I am on a drug induced high… must be the overdose of cold tablets 😄

So here I am sharing her music. She has another single in the works which will be the theme of a Japanese movie coming out soon this year. More info on her official website provided in the link above.

Albums:

インディーズベストアルバム「vol.best」

2005.04.20発売
[税込価格]2.800円
[品番]DDCZ-1119
[収録曲(全14曲)]《全曲キーボード弾き語り》
01.小さな星
02. 雲よりも遠く
03. 涙の色
04. そんな気がした
05. 楔
06. 笑った数
07. 片想い
08. 愛されていたい
09. 境界線
10. 虹色の目
11. その手
12. 伝えたい言葉
13. 自由のカメ
14. 笑って笑って


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1st Album 「やさしい花の咲く場所」

1.雨あがり
2.魔法の人
3.月のそばで眠りたい
4.そんな風にしか言えないけど
5.帰っておいで(JR東日本「エキナカ」CFソング)
6.窓辺
7.春風
8.恋つぼみ(NHKみんなのうた)
9.リップクリーム
10.きみの空
11.鳥と雲と青
12.やさしい花(JA共済「介助犬」CFイメージソング

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2nd Album 「TIME NOTE」

01.さよならの記憶
02.僕が生まれた街
※ちばデスティネーションキャンペーンソング
03.ガーネット(弾き語りver.)
※劇場版アニメーション「時をかける少女」主題歌
04.プレゼント
※BS朝日「韓国名作ドラマ 北京 My Love」エンディングテーマ
05.恋
06.小さな星
07.恋の天気予報
※NHK「産地発!たべもの一直線」テーマ曲
08.君のためならできること
09.変わらないもの
※劇場版アニメーション「時をかける少女」挿入歌
10.桜並木
11.タイムカード


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Singles:

インディーズ1stシングル「花火」


1.花火〜君に恋した夏の日(ピアノ弾き語り)
2.ta.la.la 編曲/KANZY
3.花火〜君がいた夏の日(アレンジバージョン)

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1st single 「やさしい花」

1.やさしい花
2.夕立
3.やさしい花(ピアノ弾き語り)

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2nd single 「魔法の人」

1.魔法の人
2.白い足跡
3.魔法の人(ピアノ弾き語り)

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3rd single 「恋つぼみ」

1.恋つぼみ
2.恋つぼみ(ピアノ弾き語り)

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4th single 「ガーネット」**

劇場版アニメ「時をかける少女」主題歌/挿入歌
1.ガーネット(弾き語り)<試聴>
作詞・作曲・編曲:奥 華子
2.変わらないもの(挿入歌)
作詞・作曲:奥 華子 編曲:佐藤 準
3.ガーネット (主題歌)
作詞・作曲:奥 華子 編曲:佐藤

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5th single 「小さな星」

1. 小さな星
作詞・作曲:奥 華子 編曲:あおい吉勇
2. 僕の知らない君
作詞・作曲・編曲:奥 華子
3. 小さな星(おやすみversion)
作詞・作曲・編曲:奥 華子

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Standard disclaimer applies, songs are for sampling purposes, please delete within 24hrs. Support the artist if you like his/her work through local music stores or online music stores.

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  1. January 14, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for the review and the files. I really liked The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, so this should be a special treat. Thanks!

    (PS, I think the first album upload is messed up or corrupted.)

    http://www.zbsatozofjmusic.com

  2. dcal
    January 14, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks Zac for your comment! I am currently fixing the link for the first album. Will indicated fixed link when done. ^^

    (PS, your review site is pretty cool~!)

  3. bebupty
    March 2, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Hanako Oku’s songs are really wonderful. Thanks for sharing them.

    The single [やさしい花] seems to be corrupted, so I can’t access the files, could you try fixing it? Thanks so much.

  4. March 7, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Hello :]

    One of my friend send me a single of Oku Hanako and I immediately love her ! So thank you very much for sharing her albums :]

  5. TR
    October 22, 2008 at 5:28 am

    魔法の人
    this link seems to be corrupted
    could you check it and fix it if possible?
    thanks a lot

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