About a month ago, I had asked you all to come up with a list rank-ordering your favorite anime composers for a few reasons. First of all, I was curious as to how well people know the composers behind some of their favorite anime series and I was delighted to see that we got a wide range of musicians, including a few I’ve never heard of. The second, but more important reason was because I had in mind a plan to do a writeup on anime composers and simply needed a list to put together so I can decide who to start with first.
The responses I got were pretty overwhelming and encompassed over 90 (!!!!!!!) composers (if you can believe that). Speaking as someone who can name maybe half that number, this was a pretty staggering amount and suggests that there may be more anime music fans amongst the fanbase than I’ve seen so far and that most are just kind of dormant. Anyhow, you’ll want to know how things will look over the next 15 months (yes, we do intend to cover 15 anime composers), so check out the list after the jump!
I also plan to run through the methodology and maybe do some comparisons between the sites where I put up the request. That boring quantitative stuff I’ve thrown on page 2, so if you’re really interested how things unfolded, you can look there. As for the general list and the number of points they received from voters in parenthesis:
- Yuki Kajiura (547 points)
- Yoko Kanno (499 points)
- Joe Hisaishi (383 points)
- Taku Iwasaki (295 points)
- Kenji Kawai (233 points)
- Jun Maeda (214 points)
- Susumu Hirasawa (127 points)
- Shiro Sagisu (124 points)
- Tenmon (120 points)
- Kou Otani (118 points)
- Toshihiko Sahashi (114 points)
- Yoshihisa Hirano (111 points)
- Yasuharu Takanashi (103 points)
- Michiru Ooshima (101 points)
- Kotaro Nakagawa (83 points)
Names that barely missed the cut include: Naoki Sato, Kouhei Tanaka, Masumi Itou (Hikaru Nanase), and Mina Kubota.
How This Will Work
Each month, we’ll be highlighting a composer and place a bit more emphasis on reviewing their albums. In fact, we’ll try to toss out somewhere around 3-4 reviews specific to that composer each month. Before we even do that though, we’ll start off with a general profile where we highlight any important biographical tidbits, the sort of stuff you’d find on Wikipedia for instance, but that will make up a small portion of the profile. The bigger portion is in analyzing just how far we feel they’ve progressed as an artist and analyzing the consistency of their works.
So while last year’s big post series revolved around looking at anime soundtracks from 2000-2009, this year’s series looks to be just as ambitious. Maybe even more so. Do look forwards to it and hopefully you can gain some newfound appreciation for the composers you’re familiar with or find a new composer to check out.
For those with a lot of time on their hands, check out page 2 if you want a peek at the methodology as well as a site-by-site breakdown.