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Simple and Clean

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Kingdom Hearts
Simple and Clean
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Artist Utada Hikaru
Composer Utada Hikaru
Vocalist Utada Hikaru
Kingdom Hearts
Simple and Clean -PLANITb Remix- (Short Edit)
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Artist Utada Hikaru
Composer Utada Hikaru
Vocalist Utada Hikaru
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-
Simple and Clean -Ray Of Hope MIX-
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Artist PUNPEE
Composer Utada Hikaru
Vocalist Utada Hikaru
Kingdom Hearts
Hikari
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Artist Utada Hikaru
Composer Utada Hikaru
Vocalist Utada Hikaru
Kingdom Hearts
Hikari -PLANITb Remix- (Short Edit)
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Artist Utada Hikaru
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Vocalist Utada Hikaru
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-
Hikari -Ray Of Hope MIX-
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Artist PUNPEE
Composer Utada Hikaru
Vocalist Utada Hikaru
Kingdom Hearts
Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version-
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Artist Kaoru Wada
Composer Utada Hikaru
Performer New Japan Philharmonic
Length 3:42
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HIKARI -KINGDOM HEARTS Instrumental Version-
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
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Artist Kaoru Wada
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Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour-
Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version-
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Artist Kaoru Wada
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-
Hikari -KINGDOM Tres Orchestra Instrumental Version-
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Artist Kaoru Wada
Composer Yoko Shimomura

"Simple and Clean" and its Japanese counterpart "Hikari" (?, lit. "Light") are a pair of songs written and sung by Utada Hikaru. They are main themes of the Kingdom Hearts series.

A pair of remixes titled "Simple and Clean -PLANITb Remix-" and "Hikari -PLANITb Remix-" debuted alongside the original song in Kingdom Hearts. A new pair of remixes by PUNPEE titled "Simple and Clean -Ray Of Hope MIX-" and "Hikari -Ray of Hope MIX-" were composed for Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-.

An instrumental arrangement of the piece titled "Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version-" was introduced in Kingdom Hearts, arranged by Kaoru Wada and performed by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. A shorter instrumental arrangement by Yoko Shimomura appears in Kingdom Hearts as well, titled "HIKARI -KINGDOM HEARTS Instrumental Version-". A new instrumental arrangment by Kaoru Wada appears in Kingdom Hearts III, titled "Hikari -KINGDOM Tres Orchestra Instrumental Version-".

Appearances[edit]

The album cover of "Hikari".

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

  • Main menu cinematic[1]
  • Opening cinematic[2]
  • Ending credits[3]
Cutscenes

Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories[edit]

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

  • Ending cinematic[1]

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

  • Opening cinematic[2]
  • Ending credits[1]
  • Ending credits (Final Episode)[3]

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded[edit]

  • Opening cinematic[2]
  • Ending credits[3]

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

  • Opening cinematic[1]

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX[edit]

  • Ending credits[1]

Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep -A fragmentary passage-[edit]

  • Opening cinematic[5]
  • Ending credits[3]

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

  • Ending cinematic[6]

Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind[edit]

  • Ending cinematic[6]

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory[edit]

  • Opening cinematic[3]

Composition[edit]

"Simple and Clean"[edit]

"Hikari" first released on Utada's Deep River album, while "Simple and Clean" first released on the Colors single. The name Hikari (光) means "Light" in Japanese, a universal force in the Kingdom Hearts universe.

"Simple And Clean -PLANITb Remix-"[edit]

"Simple And Clean -PLANITb Remix-" and "Hikari -PLANITb Remix-" are versions of "Simple and Clean" and "Hikari" remixed by Russell McNamara at PLANITb Studios London, England. The PLANITb Remix is faster, longer, and has more of a dance mix feel to it than Utada's original song. A shortened version of the remix is used in the Kingdom Hearts series.

"Simple And Clean -Ray Of Hope MIX-"[edit]

"Simple And Clean -Ray Of Hope MIX-" and "Hikari -Ray Of Hope MIX-" are versions of "Simple and Clean" and "Hikari" remixed by PUNPEE. This version is shorter in length in comparison to the original and the PLANITb Remix. The arrangement has a similar dance mix feel to the PLANITb Remix, although a few clicks slower.

"Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version-"[edit]

"Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version-" is approximately three minutes and forty-two seconds long in Kingdom Hearts and the HD remake of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix. The piece has a time signature of 4/4. The opening theme has a tempo of 70 beats per minute, then slightly increases to 80 beats per minute, briefly speeds up with the low brass melody to a tempo of 154 beats per minute, temporarily slows down to 74 beats per minute, and concludes with a tempo around 72 beats per minute before the final rallentando and ritardando.

For instrumentation, "Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestral Instrumental Version-" consists of a full orchestra. This would include: a complete strings section- violin, viola, cello, and stringed bass, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, snare drum, bass drum, orchestral bells, chimes, wind chimes, suspended cymbal, crash cymbal, timpani, piano, and harp.

"Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version-" has a very grand and adventurous feel to it; befitting for an opening or ending cutscene. Several different themes are introduced, which can be broken down into five sections: the opening theme/introduction, the second theme , the third theme, the fourth theme, and the finale. Each section represents either a verse or chorus from "Hikari." Throughout the piece are many instrument-specific and unique techniques, such as: trombone glissandos, the various strings extended techniques- vibrato, and the like.

The opening theme lasts for the first fifty seconds on the piece, and, as the opening statement of the composition, lays the foundation for the following themes. The opening theme's magical mood transitions to the second theme's faster, but equally as mystical tone. The third theme momentarily shifts dynamic and features the percussion and brass sections, before returning the melody back to the strings. Resuming control, the strings lead the ensemble into the fourth theme- a slightly livelier and more percussive variation of the first theme. The last theme is the finale, which changes tempo greatly towards the end through the use of rallentando and ritardando. These tempo reductions, along with the brass fanfares and percussive crashes help imply the ending of a grand adventure.

"HIKARI -KINGDOM HEARTS Instrumental Version-"[edit]

"HIKARI -KINGDOM HEARTS Instrumental Version-" is approximately one minute and nine seconds long in both versions of Kingdom Hearts. The piece has a time signature of 4/4 and a tempo of 74 beats per minute.

This instrumental arrangement is slightly different compared to the orchestral version, instead preferring a smaller instrumentation of: a complete strings section, flute, choir-ahhs, piano, organ, and a synthesizer that is using a music box MIDI sound effect.

Playing only once, "Hikari -KINGDOM HEARTS Instrumental Version-" serves a distinct purpose: it represents sacrifice Sora makes in order to save Kairi. As such, this version references parts of previous tracks in order to connect the music to this specific scene. The use of a music box sound effect is homage to Kairi's theme, while the actual melody draws heavily from the chorus section of "Hikari." It can also be interpreted that this rendition is a "watered down" version of the full orchestral arrangement.

"Hikari -KINGDOM Tres Orchestra Instrumental Version-"[edit]

Lyrics[edit]

When you walk away
You don't hear me say please
Oh baby, don't go
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight
It's hard to let it go
You're giving me too many things
Lately you're all I need
You smiled at me and said,
Don't get me wrong I love you
But does that mean I have to meet your father?
When we are older you'll understand
What I meant when I said "No,
I don't think life is quite that simple"
When you walk away
You don't hear me say please
Oh baby, don't go
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight
It's hard to let it go
The daily things that keep us all busy
Are confusing me
That's when you came to me and said,
Wish I could prove I love you
But does that mean I have to walk on water?
When we are older you'll understand
It's enough when I say so
And maybe some things are that simple
When you walk away
You don't hear me say please
Oh baby, don't go
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight
It's hard to let it go
Hold me
Whatever lies beyond this morning
Is a little later on
Regardless of warnings the future doesn't scare me at all
Nothing's like before
When you walk away
You don't hear me say please
Oh baby, don't go
Simple and clean is the way that you're making me feel tonight
It's hard to let it go
Hold me
Whatever lies beyond this morning
Is a little later on
Regardless of warnings the future doesn't scare me at all
Nothing's like before
Hold me
Whatever lies beyond this morning
Is a little later on
Regardless of warnings the future doesn't scare me at all
Nothing's like before
どんな時だって
ただ一人で
運命忘れて
生きてきたのに
突然の光の中、目が覚める
真夜中に 
静かに出口に立って
暗闇に光を撃て
今時約束なんて不安にさせるだけかな
願いを口にしたいだけさ
家族にも紹介するよ
きっとうまくいくよ
どんな時だって
ずっと二人で
どんな時だって
側にいるから
君という光が私を見つける
真夜中に
うるさい通りに入って
運命の仮面をとれ
先読みのし過ぎなんて意味の無いことは止めて
今日はおいしい物を食べようよ
未来はずっと先だよ
僕にも分からない
完成させないで
もっと良くして
ワンシーンずつ撮って
いけばいいから
君という光が私のシナリオ
映し出す
もっと話そうよ
目前の明日の事も
テレビ消して
私の事だけを見ていてよ
どんなに良くったって
信じきれないね
そんな時だって
側にいるから
君という光が私を見つける
真夜中に
もっと話そうよ
目前の明日の事も
テレビ消して
私の事だけを見ていてよ
Don'na toki datte
Tadahitori de
Unmei wasurete
Ikite kitanoni
Totsuzen no hikari no naka, megasameru
Mayonaka ni
Shizuka ni deguchi ni tatte
Kurayami ni hikari o ute
Imadoki yakusoku nante fuan ni sa seru dake ka na
Negai o kuchi ni shitai dake sa
Kazoku ni mo shōkai suru yo
Kitto umaku iku yo
Don'na toki datte
Zuttofutaride
Don'na toki datte
Soba ni irukara
Kimitoiuhikari ga watashi o mitsukeru
Mayonaka ni
Urusai tōri ni haitte
Unmei no kamen o tore
Sakiyomi no shi sugi nante imi no nai koto wa yamete
Kyō wa oishī mono o tabeyou yo
Mirai wa zutto sakida yo
Boku ni mo wakaranai
Kansei sa senaide
Motto yoku shite
Wanshīn zutsu totte
Ikeba īkara
Kimitoiuhikari ga watashi no shinario
Utsushidasu
Motto hanasou yo
Mokuzen no ashita no koto mo
Terebi keshite
Watashi no koto dake o mite ite yo
Don'nani yokuttatte
Shinji kirenai ne
Son'na toki datte
Soba ni irukara
Kimitoiuhikari ga watashi o mitsukeru
Mayonaka ni
Motto hanasou yo
Mokuzen no ashita no koto mo
Terebi keshite
Watashi no koto dake o mite ite yo
No matter what the time
I'm just alone
Destiny forgotten,
Even though I kept going.
Inside of the sudden light I awaken
In the middle of the night
Quietly, stand in the exit way
In the pitch-black, take the light
And about the recent promises, is it just that I'm so anxious?
A wish that's wanting to be said, but shall be repressed
I'll introduce my family
You'll surely get along well
No matter what the time
We'll always be together
No matter what the time
Because you're by my side
The light known as "you" finds me
In the middle of the night
Enter a noisy street
Put on the mask of destiny.
I'll stop doing things that have no meaning, like thinking about the future.
Today I'll eat delicious things.
The future is always before us
Even I don't know it.
It's not necessary to go right to the end,
Just keep going.
It's okay if the scenes
Go on one by one.
The light known as "you"
Reflects my scenario
Let's talk more,
And about the tomorrow that's before your very eyes.
Turn off the television
Look only at me.
No matter how well we're doing,
I don't believe in us completely.
But at those sort of times,
Because you're by my side,
The light known as "you" finds me
In the middle of the night.
Let's talk more,
And about the tomorrow that's before your very eyes.
Turn off the television
Look only at me.

Other appearances[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, "Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version-" plays in the background of the beginning and ending of Sora's reveal trailer, although it does not appear in the game itself.[7]

Albums[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Hikari -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version-"
  2. ^ a b c d "Simple and Clean -PLANITb Remix-" and "Hikari -PLANITb Remix-"
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Simple and Clean" and "Hikari"
  4. ^ "HIKARI -KINGDOM HEARTS Instrumental Version-"
  5. ^ "Simple And Clean -Ray Of Hope MIX-" and "Hikari -Ray Of Hope MIX-"
  6. ^ a b "HIKARI -KINGDOM Tres Orchestra Instrumental Version-"
  7. ^ Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – The Last Key