Russian voice actress Jenya has reported on her Twitter account that fellow friend, singer and songwriter Origa (Origa Vitalyevna Yakovleva) has recently passed away at the age of 44 after struggling with Lung cancer.
攻殻機動隊の主題歌などで有名なロシア人シンガーソングライター、オリガ 儀 (44歳)が、平成27年1月17日、肺がんの為永眠いたしました。日本でロシアの歌が愛されるように心を込めて頑張ってきたオリガさん、まだ若くて素敵な方で…言葉もないです。 心よりご冥福をお祈りします。
— ロシア人声優・ジェーニャ (@jenya_jp) January 18, 2015
Origa is a Russian born singer and songwriter who moved to Japan under a home-stay program where she debuted in the Japanese music industry in 1995 working under the EMI Music Japan label. One of her most notable and well known song is Inner Universe, the Opening theme for Production I.G.’s (Psycho-Pass, Kuroko’s Basketball) Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. She also wrote and performed the Opening song to the anime’s sequel, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG, and the Ending theme to the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society movie. She also also performed the Ending theme for the Fantastic Children anime and the main theme for 2001’s Princess Arete.
Here is the full song of Inner Universe:
And for Rise, the Opening of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG.
Origa’s last major appearance was at last year’s Anime Revolution, held at Vancouver, Canada, where she performed her songs from the Ghost in the Shell series.
“Inner Universe”, Images, video and all associated brands and titles © 2015 Origa and EMI Music Japan label