Sakayume - Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie ED [Piano] / King Gnu

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Sheet music → https://mymusic.st/animenzzz/62967

First and foremost, I love the song Sakayume. When the credits started to roll at the end of the Jujutsu Kaisen movie in the cinemas, I just sat there and couldn’t believe my ears: Starting with an unforgettable melancholic string introduction, followed by a hauntingly beautiful chorus melody, and finally the breathtaking key change at the end: This song by King Gnu is simply awe-inspiring.

I decided to make a special piano arrangement by using my past knowledge about classical music and the end result is a “Piano Ballad”: A piece with many lyrical elements and a big emotional finale at the end.

① 1:01 How to make “organic” Key changes on the piano
The original voice performance from King Gnu is simply amazing because of their brilliant use of voice glissando (slowly raising the pitch) for the key changes in the piece. Unfortunately, the piano is unable to perform these kind of smooth glissandos (unlike violins) and therefore I used an alternative key change in 1:01. Instead of d-minor → g♭-major I changed it to d-minor → g-major because these two keys are much closer musically related. All I needed to do is to simply change the f note in d-minor into a f# note.

② 1:07 Arranging in a “Piano Ballad” style
The slow string intro at the beginning of the song in 0:09 basically sets up the bittersweet atmosphere for the entire piece and I tried to expand it on the piano. When the drums started to play in the original piece in 1:07, I used arpeggios instead to maintain a more romantic soundscape. But once the original piece starts to play a noticeable pizzicato in 1:41, I also used staccato in the arrangement as well. The goal is to find a middle point between my own interpretation and faithfully following the characteristics of the original song.

③ 5:14 The “ascension” from darkness to light
In the movie, the main character Okkotsu is facing many hurdles to overcome his “curse” and I wanted to represent his inner conflict on the piano as well: I started by playing a diminished chord (“mysterious sounding chord”) in 4:57 and with each chord progression, the music is slowly “ascending” until it finally has found its destination in 5:14.

From this moment on, the music is preparing for its climax and it keeps building up and up - until it finally releases all the emotions in the grand finale in 5:21, heavily inspired by the music of Chopin. It is also worth mentioning that the arrangement itself started with a D major chord in 0:01 and ended with an Eb major chord in 6:26. In a way, the whole music has also experienced an “ascension” - by a semitone.

Alright, that’s it for this week! Thank you for reading my “Animenz explains” column!
I hope you enjoyed reading the behind-the-scenes for this arrangement and gained some insight, how I arrange music in a “Ballad” style! It really has been a while since I was so captivated by a song but Sakayume is just so good. I simply can’t stop listening to it.

With that said, I am already working on my next upload! It’s from a seasonal anime and it’s going to be a groovy song again – quite the opposite from this upload (笑)
See you next time again!

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