Exception anime releases opening video featuring music by Ryuichi Sakamoto

Key visual for the upcoming anime Exception and picture of Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Key visual for the upcoming anime Exception and picture of Ryuichi Sakamoto. Pic credit: Netflix and @vivreabarcelone.com

Exception Season 1 will premiere on October 13, 2022!

Neflix Anime has released the opening video for Otsuichi’s upcoming original horror, sci-fi anime Exception on their official YouTube channel, featuring otherworldly music by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

You can watch the opening video here:

Exception opening video.

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s music lends surreal quality to Exception anime

Ryuichi Sakamoto is one of Japan’s most respected composers, and has worked on anime and video games. He is also a pianist, singer, record producer, and actor. Along with his bandmates, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, Sakamoto was a pioneer in the electronic music genre.

Sakamoto’s first major success was becoming a co-founder of the Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1978. He remained a part of the orchestra while also pursuing his solo career where he experimented with a diverse range of styles. In 1978, he released the experimental electronic fusion album Thousand Knives. His album B-2 Unit was released two years later, which included the song “Riot in Lagos” a fusion of electro and hip-hop.

Sakamoto later produced more solo records and got to collaborate with international artists such as David Sylvian, Carsten Nicolai, Youssou N’Dour, and Fennesz. Sakamoto composed the music for the opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In 1999, his song “Energy Flow” was the first instrumental single to hit number-one in Japan’s Oricon music charts.

Sakamoto has won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Grammy, and 2 Golden Globe Awards as a film-score composer. In 1983, the theme song for “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” marked his debut as an actor and film-score composer, and it was adapted into the single “Forbidden Colours”, which became an international hit.

You can listen to the nostalgic theme song from “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” here:

Theme song for “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” .

In 1987, he gained recognition for his work on the music in the film The Last Emperor. He went on to gain popularity for his work on the music for the following films: The Sheltering Sky, Little Buddha, and The Revenant.

Ryuichi Sakamoto comments on composing Exception’s music

Ryuichi Sakamoto is composing the music for the anime, and is featured in the trailer, which can be seen here:

Exception trailer.

I’ve always been a fan of the science fiction genre and after reading Exception’s script I knew I wanted to participate in this project. In today’s modern era, genetic manipulation technology, such as “cloning” is moving from being pure fantasy to being a reality. That reality evokes the questions, “What is life? What is humanity?” Exception brings these questions to the forefront. I wanted the main theme of Exception to be symphonic, and reminiscent of Star Wars. I wanted to make the OST have an overall dark and ambient feeling. Except some dramatic music during the battle scenes. I’m very proud of how the OST turned out.

Ryuichi Sakamoto commented at Comic Natalie

Two talented individuals helm Project Exception

Hirotaka Adachi (a.k.a. Otsuichi) is best-known for his award-winning novels Goth and ZOO. Yoshitaka Amano, who is known for his spectacular art for the Final Fantasy franchise, is in charge of character design for Exception. Amano also collaborated with Neil Gaimon on Sandman: The Dream Hunters, and he won a Bram Stoker award for his work.

What is the plot of Exception?

The story is set in the distant post-apocalyptic future where human beings have been forced to leave Earth and migrate to another galaxy in search of a new home. An advanced team arrives at a planet that is terraformed, but these individuals were created using a biological 3D printer.

As the crew questions what it means to be truly human, a monster is accidentally created with the 3D printer when it tries to bring someone back to life but mixes their DNA with an animal’s DNA. Chaos ensues as the monsters tries to murder the crew, but is it only acting in self dense while trying to survive? Is the monster really a monster at all or just a human in another form? And what is the monster’s mysterious connection to Lewis? His deceased ex-lover, perhaps? Or just a monsterfied version of himself?

Some of the crew see the creature as nothing more than a monster and are prepared to kill it. But Lewis and one of the other crewmembers aren’t completely convinced that the monster should be killed when it begins to exhibit human emotion.

Will the monster be spared? Is the monster simply the next phase of human evolution that is needed to survive in the hostile environment of their new home planet? All these questions and more will be revealed on October 13.

Who are the cast members?

Exception cast members include:

  • Atsumi Tanezaki (Anya in Spy X Family) – Patty
  • Takanori Hoshiino (Tsukuyo in Gintama and Van in Gun x Sword) – Oscar
  • Yuuko Kaida – Nina
  • Takahiiro Sakurai (Griffith in Berserk, Giyuu Tomioka in Demon Slayer) – Mack
  • Chikahiro Kobayashi (Legoshi in BEASTARS, Tatuya Fukua in Ao Ashi) – Lewis

On September 14, 2022, two songs featured in the anime will be released: Exception’s opening theme song “Exception” and a song titled “Oxygen”.  Exception’s OST will be released on October 12, 2022.

Are you looking forward to the horror anime Exception? Let us know in the comment section below!

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