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Guys and Gals of Crunchyroll,

I want to ask people which composer for an anime they like the most or left the greatest impression on you? I feel music or lack thereof is an important part of anime and wanted to hear your thoughts on which composer moved you the most.

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Shiro Sagisu for Evangelion, Bleach, Kimagure Orange Road, & Kare Kano. Man is a LEGEND.
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Unfortunately I don't know the composers. Sorry. But the music of The Ancient Magus Bride is very good. https://youtu.be/IEik52J0Um0, but i esp. love the OP1 to the show:"Here" by Junna is, perhaps, my favorite anime song. https://youtu.be/zuW_qSQXFx0 My 2nd favorite is the ED1 of Konosuba. "Chīsana Bōken-sha" by the 3 female lead seiyuus. https://youtu.be/NdrXX3oD5VI I just love the irish/Japanese fusion in the music.
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I'm really the first to mention the amazing Yōko Kanno? She did the music for Cowboy Bebop, Terror in Resonance, and many many others. An extremely versatile, very talented musician, composer and arranger.
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Without a doubt, my favorite is Yuki Kajiura (Madoka, Madlax, Princess Principal)
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Hiroyuki Sawano and Yuki Kajiura. Sawano's soundtracks are just so epic and perfect for getting me hyped. Kajiura's soundtracks have a heavenly sound to them and feel really emotional.
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Off the top of my head probably Yuuki Hayashi (Ballroom e Youkoso, Boku no Hero Academia, Haikyuu!! etc.)
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Yoshihisa Hirano (Death Note, Hunter x Hunter), Akria Senju (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) and Yoko Kanno (Terror in Resonance, Cowboy Bebop).
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Joe Hisashi, probably the most well-known composer for his associative works with Ghibli films, is my first pick. His waltz-style music always resonates well and easy on the ears. His music always makes me want to jump up onto the floor and start dancing.

Yoko Kanno is second on my list. Her pieces, especially with the talented singer/songwriter Akino Arai, are so hauntingly enchanting. She's composed some very well-recognized pieces in many outstanding anime of the 90s-00s (and continues to today's anime), the list which includes "Kiseki no Umi" from Record of Lodoss War, "Tank!" from Cowboy Bebop, and "Yakusoku wa Iranai" from Escaflowne.

A lesser known name and third would be Kenji Kawai. He's done various works in Ranma 1/2, Blue Seed, and Gundam 00 among others but his most recognizable work is probably the Ghost in the Shell theme. While his works don't have the same enchanting feel to the previous composers, his pieces do convey the atmosphere quite clearly. You can especially hear it in the Ghost in the Shell theme, as well as the Patlabor 2 opening and the Ip Man OSTs. His style feels more like a very cinematic approach.


Even those it isn't supposed to be a list, those would be my top 3. :)


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Dang it! I had Yoko Kanno on my list already but I was still in the middle of typing it out. XD
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Shiro Sagisu (Bleach, Berserk, Magi, Evangelion)

Going from one of the saddest moments to one of the most epic in a matter of seconds, I was blown away by "Chokkaku" (Bleach, ep 308). It's the ultimate battle song. https://youtu.be/ZDSZxERkgh8 Absolutely love Sagisu's work.
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Yuuki Hayashi is one that I'm always hyped to see.

The soundtracks for Boku no Hero and Haikyuu are some of my favorites, so I think he really fits that shonen style.
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