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Japanese Fans Rank Heisei’s Best Anime Composers

Japan’s Heisei era, which began in 1989, comes to a close this May 1. As you might expect, there are all sorts of rankings and best-of lists marking the occasion, including this one, in which Goo has asked its readers to rank:

The best anime composers of Heisei!

Here’s the top 10, including a completely unsurprising pick for #1 (and some surprising omissions).

10. Shiro Sagisu
Neon Genesis EvangelionBerserk films

9. Kohei Tanaka
One PieceGunbuster

8. Hiroyuki Sawano
Blue ExorcistKill la Kill

7. Toshihiko Sahashi
Gundam SEEDHunter x Hunter (1999 version)

6. Noriyasu Agematsu
SymphogearUta no Prince-sama

5. Yuki Kajiura
Sword Art OnlineMadoka Magica

4. Yoko Kanno
Cowboy BebopGhost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

3. Yuji Ōno
Lupin III

2. Katsuo Ōno
Detective Conan

1. Joe Hisaishi
NausicaaMy Neighbor TotoroPrincess Mononoke

No surprise seeing Joe Hisaishi at the top—he’s scored all of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films, creating incredible, unforgettable musical soundscapes for decades. But, uh, where the heck is Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the ShellPatlabor)?! Or Susumu Hirasawa (PaprikaBerserk), for that matter?

Anyway, who are your Heisei favorites?

Source: Goo

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.