Sayuri performing in Shibuya, Tokyo, February 2016.
|Other names||Sanketsu Shōjo Sayuri (酸欠少女さユり)|
In 6th grade, Sayuri was impressed by the fact that, despite being idols, Kanjani Eight formed a band. They inspired her to take up guitar as a hobby. Sayuri began composing music during her second year of junior high school, aspiring to the lyrics and songwriting of Kanjani Eight.
Afterwards, under the name Asuka, she joined an acoustic duo called LONGTAL based in Fukuoka, she started performing in the streets and live houses of places like Hiroshima, Osaka, and Nagoya. By this time, she had dropped out of high school.
In 2012, as part of LONGTAL, Sayuri was awarded the Grand Prix at the finals of the fifth Music Revolution, a competition sponsored by Yamaha Music. Afterwards, she became active as an indie artist. She adopted the name Sanketsu Shōjo Sayuri (酸欠少女さユり, lit. "Hypoxia Girl Sayuri") which is symbolic of her calling herself a 2.5-dimensional parallel singer-songwriter.
Sayuri moved to Tokyo in 2013. She held her first solo live in March 2015 at Tsutaya O-East in Tokyo. Later that year, Sayuri made her major debut at 18, performing the ending theme song for Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace.
On December 7, 2016, she collaborated with Yojiro Noda of RADWIMPS to release her 4th single "Furaregai Girl." Concerning the single, Noda said, "I had already composed the song and created the lyrics, but I knew that I couldn't sing it. For a while, I searched for the true owner of the song. Then, by chance, I was in the recording studio next to Sayuri. I listened to her CD, and in that moment, something that was only a vague silhouette of a song became crystal clear. It was a song that she was meant to sing."
On March 1, 2017, Sayuri released her fifth single "Parallel Line," which was featured as the ending song to the anime adaptation of Scum's Wish. She released her first album Mikazuki no Koukai on May 17, 2017. It reached first on Oricon's Daily Album Ranking and 3rd on its Weekly Album Ranking. This was a significant jump from her previous singles and a milestone in her career. She released her sixth single "Tsuki to Hanataba" (月と花束 Moon and Bouquet) on February 28, 2018; the song is used as the ending theme of anime Fate/Extra Last Encore. She collaborated with My First Story in performing the song "Reimei" (レイメイ Dawn) released on December 5, 2018; the song is used as the second opening theme of anime series Golden Kamuy.
Sayuri is featured on Hiroyuki Sawano's song "Me & Creed <nZkv>", which will be used as the theme song for the upcoming mobile game Blue Exorcist: Damned Chord under the name "SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Sayuri". On August 25, 2019, it was announced that she will perform the ending theme song for the anime My Hero Academia Season 4 with her song "Koukai no Uta" (The Song of the Voyage).
|Title||Album details||Peak chart position|
|Mikazuki no Koukai
(ミカヅキの航海, Crescent Moon Voyage)
|Title||Year||Peak chart position||Notes||Album|
(ミカヅキ, Crescent Moon)
|2015||20||35||ED theme of the anime Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace.||Mikazuki no Koukai|
|"Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna"
(それは小さな光のような, It Is Like A Small Light)
|2016||17||15||ED theme of the anime Erased.|
(フラレガイガール, Girl Who Should Be Rejected)
|2017||10||10||ED theme of the anime Scum's Wish.|
|"Tsuki to Hanataba"
(月と花束, Moon and Bouquet)
|2018||10||10||ED theme of the anime Fate/Extra Last Encore.||Non-album singles|
|"Koukai no Uta"
(航海の唄, The Song of the Voyage)
|2019||12||TBA||ED theme of the anime My Hero Academia Season 4.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart position||Notes||Album|
|"Reimei" (レイメイ, Dawn)
(with My First Story)
|2018||7||10||OP theme of the anime Golden Kamuy Season 2.||Non-album single|
Awards and nominations
The following table lists out some of the most important awards received by the artist.
|2012||Yamaha Music's 5th Music Revolution||Grand Prix||"Ru-Rararu-Ra-Rurararu-Ra-"
|Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award||Won|
|2018||Space Shower Music Awards||Best Breakthrough Artist||Sayuri||Nominated|
- "Mikiki | みずからを〈酸欠少女〉と表す2.5次元SSW・さユりが語る、乱歩作品への共感託した新シングル"ミカヅキ" | INTERVIEW | JAPAN". Mikiki (in Japanese). Retrieved February 24, 2016.
- "さユり×YKBX「ミカヅキ」対談 (1/4) – 音楽ナタリー Power Push" [Sayuri × YKBX "Mikazuki" Interview (1/4) – Music Natalie Power Push]. Natalie (in Japanese). Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- "ヒストリー The 5th Music Revolution JAPAN FINAL 大会結果 Music Revolution ～日本最大規模の音楽コンテスト＆音楽オーディション～" [The 5th Music Revolution JAPAN FINAL Competition Result Music Revolution ~ Japan's largest music contest & music audition ~] (in Japanese). Music Revolution. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- Green, Scott (June 11, 2015). ""Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace" Anime Support Cast Announced". Crunchyroll. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
- ""酸欠少女"さユり、1stアルバム『ミカヅキの航海』がオリコン デイリー1位獲得" [Sayuri's 1st album "Mikazuki no Koukai" reached 1st place on Oricon Daily Chart]. Rockin'On Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved June 14, 2017.
- "シンガーソングライター・さユり 1stアルバムが自身初のオリコンTOP3入り、「クズの本懐」などタイアップ曲多数収録" [Singer-songwriter Sayuri's 1st album enters its first Oricon TOP 3, a large number of tie-up songs including "Kuzu no Honkai"]. Music.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved June 14, 2017.
- "T.M.Revolution, Sayuri Sing Fate/Extra Last Encore Anime's Theme Songs". Anime News Network. November 19, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
- Ressler, Karen (August 5, 2018). "Sayuri, My First Story Perform Opening Song for Golden Kamuy Season 2". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
- "Hiroyuki Sawano & Sayuri Perform 'Blue Exorcist: Damned Chord' Smartphone Game Main Theme". Moshi Moshi Nippon. January 31, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
- Komatsu, Mikikazu (August 25, 2019). "Blue Encount, Sayuri to perform theme songs for 'My Hero Academia' 4th Season". Crunchyroll. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
- "さユりのアルバム" [Sayuri albums]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- "Billboard Japan Hot Albums | Charts". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). May 29, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
- "さユりのシングル" [Sayuri singles]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. September 19, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. March 12, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- Ressler, Karen (December 17, 2015). "Erased/Boku Dake ga Inai Machi 's 3rd TV Ad Previews Sayuri's Ending Theme". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
- "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. December 24, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. March 18, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. March 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- "レイメイ" [Reimei]. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved December 12, 2018.
- "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
- "さユりのミュージックビデオ情報" [Sayuri music video information]. Space Shower TV (in Japanese). Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- "The 5th Music Revolution Japan Final – ヤマハ音楽振興会". YAMAHA MUSIC FOUNDATION. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
- "Nominees | 2018 Space Shower Music Awards". Space Shower Music Awards website (in Japanese). Retrieved December 10, 2018.