Hitoshi Sakimoto

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Hitoshi Sakimoto
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Local 崎元 仁 (さきもと ひとし)
Born February 26, 1969
Birth Place Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg
Aliases H. Sakimoto, YmoH.S, "Hitorin"
Website www.sakimoto.jp

Hitoshi Sakimoto is a Japanese video game composer and arranger. He is best known for scoring the games Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII, though he has composed soundtracks for over 70 games and arranged music for more than 40 others. He began playing music and video games in elementary school, and began composing video game music for money by the time he was 16. Sakimoto's professional career began a few years later in 1988 when he started composing music professionally as a freelancer, as well as programming sound drivers for games. Five years and 40 games later, he achieved his first mainstream success with the score to Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen. Four years and another 40 games later in 1997, he joined Square (now Square Enix) and composed his first international success, the score to Final Fantasy Tactics.

In 2002 he resigned from Square to form his own music company, Basiscape, through which he continues to compose music for Square Enix games such as Final Fantasy XII. Basiscape has expanded since its founding to 10 composers, and is currently the largest independent video game music production company. In addition to video game soundtracks, over the years Sakimoto has also worked on projects such as anime series and vocal albums. His music has been played at numerous music concerts by groups such as the Eminence Symphony Orchestra, and his work on Final Fantasy XII was arranged for the piano and published as a book of sheet music.

Music Development


Hitoshi programmed his own sound engine and wrote the music in Z80 assembly.


Hitoshi used Nintendo's MP2K sound driver.


Hitoshi programmed his own sound engine called Terpsichorean.


For Daisenryaku, Hitoshi didn't actually work on the game, but his music from Revolver (PC98) was arranged by Masaharu Iwata and his sound engine.


On Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre, Hitoshi used Quest's version of Nintendo's Kankichi-kun sound driver, which was likely programmed by Toshiaki Imai.

For Panic Bomber W and Dragon Quest VI, Sakimoto used another Kankichi-kun variant, this time one that he adapted himself with assistance from Tsukasa Tawada.

For Super Back to the Future II, Hitoshi used Opus's sound driver.


Released Title Sample Notes
1988-??-?? Revolter (PC88)
1990-??-?? Carat (PC88)
1990-??-?? Starship Rendezvous (PC88)
1990-12-21 Bubble Ghost (GB) (バブルゴースト)
1991-03-29 Midnight Resistance (GEN) (ミッドナイト レジスタンス) With Shogo Sakai.
1991-03-29 Devilish (GG) (デビリッシュ)
1991-04-05 Verytex (SMD) (ヴェリテックス) With Masaharu Iwata and Yoshio Furukawa.
1991-05-28 Gdleen (SFC) (ガデュリン)
1991-07-26 Master of Monsters (GEN) (マスター・オブ・モンスターズ) With Hayato Matsuo.
1991-??-?? King Breeder (PC88)
1991-??-?? Metal Orange (PC88)
1991-11-15 Magical Chase (TG16) (マジカル チェイス)
1991-12-20 Double Dragon II: The Revenge (SMD) (ダブルドラゴンⅡ ザ・リベンジ)
1992-??-?? Captain America and the Avengers (GEN)
1992-??-?? 7 Colors (PC98)
1992-??-?? The Little Mermaid (GB) Arranged Yasuaki Fujita's music from NES version.
1992-02-21 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Dragons of Flame (FC) (ドラゴン・オブ・フレイム) With Takeshi Yasuda.
1992-02-28 Two Crude Dudes (GEN) (クルード バスター)
1992-04-24 Devilish (GEN) (バッドオーメン)
1992-09-26 King Salmon: The Big Catch (GEN) With Masaharu Iwata.
1992-10-21 Champions of Krynn (PC98) (チャンピオンズ・オブ・クリン) Composer?
1993-03-12 Ogre Battle (SFC) (伝説のオウガバトル)
1993-07-23 Super Back to the Future Part II (SFC) Arranged Alan Silvestri's music.
1993-08-20 Death Knights of Krynn (PC98) (デス・ナイト・オブ・クリン) Composer?
1993-09-16 Gauntlet IV (GEN) (ガントレット)
1993-10-29 Classic Road (SFC)
1993-12-25 Shin Megami Tensei (PCE)
1994-??-?? Side Pocket (GG) Arranged Emi Shimizu's music.
1994-02-11 X-Kaliber 2097 (SNES)
1994-03-25 Super Ice Hockey (SNES)
1994-04-22 Eye of the Beholder (SCD) Sound Effects
1994-09-?? Kingdom Grand Prix (ARC)
1995-02-24 Classic Road II (SFC) Sound Designer
1995-03-01 Super Bomberman: Panic Bomber W (SFC) (SUPERボンバーマン ぱにっくボンバーW)
1995-03-31 Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei (SFC) (旧約女神転生)
1995-08-?? Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie (GB)
1995-10-06 Tactics Ogre (SNES) (タクティクス オウガ)
1995-10-28 F-1 GP (3DO)
1995-12-09 Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi (SFC) (ドラゴンクエストVI:幻の大地)
1996-05-24 Treasure Hunter G (SFC) (トレジャーハンターG)
1996-06-14 Shippuu Mahou Daisakusen: Kingdom-Grandprix (SS) (疾風魔法大作戦 KINGDOM-GRANDPRIX)
1996-09-13 Chip Chan Kick! (PC-FX)
1996-10-10 Star Platinum (PC98) Sound Effects
1996-12-06 Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu he (SFC) (ドラゴンクエストIII:そして伝説へ) Sound Design
1997-02-07 Soukyuugurentai (SS) (蒼穹紅蓮隊)
1997-06-20 Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1) (ファイナルファンタジータクティクス 獅子戦争)
1997-07-06 Beastorizer (ARC) (ブラッディロア)
1998-??-?? Armed Police BatRider (ARC)
1998-05-?? Radiant Silvergun (ARC) (レイディアント シルバーガン)
1998-07-23 Radiant Silvergun (SS) (レイディアント シルバーガン)
1999-07-14 Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (N64) (オウガバトル64)
2000-02-10 Vagrant Story (PS1) (ベイグラントストーリー)
2001-06-21 Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis (GBA) (タクティクスオウガ外伝)
2001-09-06 Block Wars (PS1) Sound
2001-11-29 Legaia 2: Duel Saga (PS2)
2001-12-21 Tekken Advance (GBA)
with Atsuhiro Motoyama
2002-06-16 The Pinball of the Dead (GBA)
2002-11-14 Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter (PS2) (ブレスオブファイアV ドラゴンクォーター)
2003-02-14 Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA) (ファイナルファンタジータクティクスアドバンス)
2004-07-22 Gradius V (PS2) (グラディウスV)
2004-10-28 Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity (PS2)
2006-02-23 Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner (PSP) (モンスターキングダム・ジュエルサモナー)
2006-03-16 Final Fantasy XII (PS2) (ファイナルファンタジーXII)
2007-04-12 GrimGrimoire (PS2)
2007-04-26 Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (NDS) (ファイナルファンタジーXII レヴァナント・ウイング)
2007-05-17 Odin Sphere (PS2) (オーディンスフィア)
2007-10-25 Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (NDS) (ファイナルファンタジータクティクス A2 封穴のグリモア)
2008-02-07 Coded Soul: Uketsugareshi (PSP)
2008-03-27 Elminage: Yami no Miko to Kamigami no Yubiwa (PS2) Elminage Theme
2008-04-24 Valkyria Chronicles (PS3) (戦場のヴァルキュリア: Gallian Chronicles)
2008-12-25 The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road (NDS) (リゾード)
2009-03-11 Crystal Defenders (X360)
2009-04-09 Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii) (朧村正)
2009-10-27 Lord of Vermillion II (ARC)
2009-10-29 Elminage II: Sousei no Megami to Unmei no Daichi (PSP) Elminage Theme
2009-11-24 Tekken 6 (PSP) Composition & Arrangement
2010-01-21 Valkyria Chronicles II (PSP) (戦場のヴァルキュリア2 ガリア王立士官学校)
2010-02-25 Otona no Renai Shousetsu DS: Harlequin Selection (NDS) (大人の恋愛小説DS ハーレクインセレクション) Sound Supervisor
2010-10-04 Lord of Arcana (PSP) (ロード オブ アルカナ)
2010-11-11 Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP)
2011-??-?? Valkyria Chronicles 3 (PSP)
2011-04-21 Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure (NDS) (バトル&ゲット!ポケモンタイピングDS) Music Supervisor
2012-02-16 Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (3DS) (シアトリズム ファイナルファンタジー)
2012-11-28 Crimson Shroud (3DS)
2013-07-25 Dragon's Crown (PS3)
2014-04-24 Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy - Curtain Call (3DS) (シアトリズム ファイナルファンタジー カーテンコール)
2014-10-08 Terra Battle (iOS)
2014-12-18 Final Fantasy: Explorers (3DS)
2016-01-14 Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS4)


Hitoshi is best known for his alias YMOH.S. The letters H and S refer to his initials, and the YMO refers to the Yellow Magic Orchestra, one of his favorite bands.

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