One could believe that losing one great talent would be enough for this week, but the fate has decided to make it even darker and sadder. Today, we were supposed to celebrate the fourth anniversary since Final Fantasy XIII-2 was unveiled at the Square Enix 1st Production Department Premier, but instead, we have sad news to tell related to the game and a person who worked on it.
On Saturday, ORIGA had passed away at age 44 after losing the fight against aggressive lung cancer. This was reported by a Japanese voice actress Jenya, whose tweet can be found at the end of the post. ORIGA was a Russian pop artist who has performed in many Japanese animes and games, including Final Fantasy XIII-2. Her career took off after gaining international acclaim for her performances of the “Ghost in the Shell” theme songs, which eventually led her working on bigger projects. For the Final Fantasy community, she is best known for singing in Final Fantasy XIII-2 songs like “New Bodhum”, “Historia Crux”, “Missing Link”, “Parallel World” and “Space-Time Interval”.
Rest in peace, Origa. Thank you for everything. Your voice and talent will always be remembered in our minds and hearts.
WHO WAS ORIGA?
Olga “ORIGA” Yakovleva was born on October 12, 1970, in a town of Kochenevo in the Novosibirsk Region of Russia. She began her music studies at age 5. When ORIGA turned 11, she was invited a TV show to perform a song she had written. That was the beginning of her career and a new chapter in her life, where studies of voice and composition never stopped – until today. During her pre-adult years, ORIGA studied at the Novosibirsk Musical College where she participated in various festivals and competitions and gained popularity as a singer. A few years later, she signed a contract with the ROAD & SKY Company and moved to Tokyo to record her first album where she later continued her career as a composer and a singer.
ORIGA has recorded four long play albums, two mini albums and a few selection albums. Her breakthrough was the [EIEN ”Eternity”] album which is the first Russian language album to appear on the Japanese national hit charts. This success opened her new opportunities and soon ORIGA took part in various projects with popular JPOP artists as a back-vocals producer, worked on advertisements and commercials and performed in concerts. As she continued gaining popularity in Japan, her another project made her acknowledged worldwide: Ghost in the Shell.
After and during these milestones, she has been touring and performing around the world. The last years of her life she spend working on her two albums “The Annulet” and “Amon Ra”, she also made a major appearance in Final Fantasy XIII-2 Original Soundtrack in songs like “New Bodhum”, “Historia Crux”, “Missing Link”, “Parallel World” and “Space-Time Interval”.
Categories: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Will miss you and God rest her soul… Keep her in your heart.
I can truthfully say that I would sacrifice years of my life for Origa’s if it was possible. Outside her hits, she also did some very inspiring music. I love her albums Era of Queens, Eien and Aurora.
that is so sad… I learned of her from the Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series, and had no idea that she did the music for FF XIII-2. Such a sad day… rest in peace beautiful angel
wow thats a big loss, rest in peace ORIGA. my favorites are new bodhum and historia crux
Who knew that one of the unique talents will pass away so early. It seems like “God, it can’t be done so”… Dear Origa, we will never forget you actually. And for me it’s very sadly because I’m from Russia too, and she was inspired me as well with her beautiful songs. She was a very light singer that I know. I just have no words. Rest in Peace… We love you
I don’t know what to say. :(
Oh no! D:
Really liked the music she participated in! – Especially Historia Crux – one of my favourites in the Series – whenever i listen to it i’ll always remember how great she was :c
I loved her voice in New Bodhum. Listening to that track brings back many memories. Thank you. Rest In Peace.
That is a terrible loss for all the music industry… At least we know she won’t be forgotten. Rest in Peace..
Damn… I only just discovered Origa recently through Ghost in the Shell. Both Inner Universe and Rise are amazing songs from that show, in fact I just put both of them on my phone last night.
I never actually noticed that was her in the XIII-2 soundtrack. No wonder I loved all of those songs listed so much! I’m going to have to listen through them all again as soon as I can.
Rest in Peace Origa, your beautiful and magical voice will not be forgotten by me soon. It really is a shame I only discovered you so recently.
I loved the FFXIII-2 OST and most of all those singed tracks… Didn’t really go looking for who sang them, but I loved them and her voice nonetheless. ._.
Such a lost. Her voice is great in the OST.
Got that song on repeat now. Another loss of brilliant talent this week :(